Cindy Rodriguez

Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.  

Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence and more recently the impact of Sandy on poor communities in flood damaged areas.  She’s won the Associated Press’ Best Enterprise Reporting award twice – most recently in 2010 for a story that exposed unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of people living on the margins and desperate for a place to live.

Rodriguez has also covered New York’s immigrant population.  A story about an immigrant restaurant worker who narrowly escaped death on September 11th won her an NFCB Golden Reel Award. Originally from San Antonio, she moved to New York City in 1995 and lives in Queens. 

Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:

Prisoner Advocates Say Parole Board Is Understaffed and Overwhelmed

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New York State's Parole Board has 12 commissioners for 12,000 hearings. Advocates say the result is hearings that are rushed and ultimately unfair. 

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One Week Later, Dozens of Separated Children Remain in New York

Friday, August 03, 2018

An unofficial tally conducted by WNYC finds at least 52 children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border are still in New York despite a government deadline.

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Missing Information and Chaos as Migrant Kids in New York Are Reunified with Parents

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Attorneys worry that some children who were sent to rejoin their parents may have to stay in detention centers again, even if it's only in the short term.

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What It's Like to Represent a Six-Year-Old in Immigration Court

Thursday, July 19, 2018

About 25 children appeared in Judge Zagzoug's courtroom Thursday, including Leo, who's mom was deported back to Guatemala after they were separated at the southwest border.

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Guatemalan Family Reunites in New York City

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pao was separated from her daughter and detained in Arizona. She traveled cross country with help from strangers. Now she's here, reunited with her husband and daughter. 

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Migrant Families in Limbo as Trump Misses First Reunification Deadline

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A few of the young children who were supposed to be reunited with their families by today are in New York, but officials won't say how many.

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Push to Reunite Children Taken From Mother Begins for One Immigration Attorney

Monday, June 25, 2018

A lawyer finally connects with his detained client about her children in a New York foster agency, while hundreds of other children sent to the city remain in limbo.

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Hundreds of Immigrant Children in New York Are in Need of Lawyers

Friday, June 22, 2018

It is still unclear what will happen to the children who were separated from their families at the U.S. border

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For Children Taken from the Border to New York, a Maze of Agencies and Legal Hurdles

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Amidst growing confusion about how many children have been sent to New York from the border, there is little state oversight of the places they stay and not enough lawyers for all.  

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Despite Claims of Better Oversight, New York State Falls Short On Housing Repairs

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The state controlled $100 million in taxpayer funds to fix up New York City public housing developments. Two years later, most of the projects are incomplete or in limbo. 

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Accused of Neglect, City to Spend $2 Billion on Public Housing

Monday, June 11, 2018

New York City will likely pay $2 billion to settle claims that NYCHA has too often left tenants to contend with lead paint, malfunctioning elevators and rats.

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A Mix of Pride and Frustration at Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Sunday, June 10, 2018

As usual, Puerto Ricans waved their red, white and blue flag but this year, they also held signs meant to draw attention to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

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Housing Group Sues for Information on Landlords Skirting the Law

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The state Department of Homes and Community Renewal enforces housing regulations. But some critics have accused the agency of protecting landlords over tenants. 

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Legislation Would Make Phone Calls from Jail Free

Monday, April 23, 2018

Right now, inmates pay 5 cents a minute to talk on the phone. Advocates say it's just a profit machine for a city contractor.  

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Earth Day Inspires Activism, Dancing and a Little Guilt

Sunday, April 22, 2018

In Battery Park, there was a spontaneous dance performance, speeches about shutting down nuclear power plants and reflections on how hard is to stop using plastic bags.  

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Anger and Sadness at Tense Crown Heights Police-Community Meeting

Friday, April 20, 2018

Reporter Cindy Rodriguez and All Things Considered host Jami Floyd discuss the tense police-community meeting in Crown Heights Thursday evening.

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Mourners Gather in Remembrance of Saheed Vassell, Killed By Police in Crown Heights

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Some wore custom t-shirts with a photo of Vassell, 34, emblazoned with the words, "Rest in Power." Vassell was shot nine times by NYPD officers on April 4.

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City Convenes Task Force on Police Response to Mentally Ill in Crises

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The task force will study ways to improve the response to 911 calls involving the mentally ill and fix gaps in mental health treatment so crises can be averted in the first place.

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Public Housing Residents Praise Judge for Ordering Lead Inspections

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A New York Supreme Court Judge will order the city's public housing authority to do emergency lead inspections. Her decision had tenants in the court room applauding.

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NYCHA Chairwoman Resigns Amid Agency Turmoil

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

After months of scandals surrounding lead and tenants without heat, Shola Olatoye, the embattled head of New York City’s public housing authority, stepped down.

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