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:

HUD Secretary to Public Housing Residents: Why Don't You Fix It Yourself?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Housing Secretary Ben Carson says tenants should be given an escrow account for repairs; if they don't use it, they could keep the money.

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Brooklyn Church Wants to Help Victims of Child Slavery from Haiti

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Haitian community leaders are denouncing a form of child slavery back home. They want to identify victims now living in Brooklyn so they can offer them mental health services. 


Local Hospital Bills Rape Survivors for Rape Kits — Then Regrets It

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Brooklyn Hospital has agreed to reimburse dozens of sexual assault survivors after it improperly billed them for the exams that produce evidence used to catch and prosecute rapists. 


NYCHA Falsifies Lead Documents, City Investigators Find

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The city's public housing authority claimed for years it was complying with federal lead-paint regulations — but it really wasn't, leaving thousands of kids at risk of lead poisoning.


Governor Moves to Make Work Schedules More Predictable

Friday, November 10, 2017

New state regulations would require employers to give workers their schedules two weeks in advance or pay extra for last minute changes.  


Sandy Took Her Home but Gave Her Some Perspective

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cherell Manuel stayed for more than a year in hotels after Sandy. Her new home isn't perfect, but it's a home.


Humanitarian Flight Into Puerto Rico — And Back Out

Friday, October 06, 2017

A United Airlines flight out of Newark delivered supplies and relief workers to Puerto Rico. On the way back, it picked up hundreds of evacuees in need. 


Puerto Rico Report

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The latest on relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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On a Flight to San Juan, Passengers Seeking to Help Puerto Rico, and Find Loved Ones

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

A WNYC reporter joined a humanitarian flight bringing workers and supplies to the island. Many on board, who also hoped to reach loved ones, described the conditions there.


Complaint: Queens Property Manager Used Hate Symbols To Harass Immigrant Tenants

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The lobby is a confusing mixture of historical images that also include Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Attica prison riots of 1971.

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Feds Say They Won't Prosecute Cops Who Killed Harlem Man In 2012

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Federal prosecutors said there's not enough evidence to prosecute police who shot and killed a Harlem man experiencing a mental breakdown. The man's mother says she's outraged.  


Alternatives to 911 for Mental Health Crises

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Families with a member facing a mental health crisis have an alternative to 911: mobile crisis teams.

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New Yorkers Protest Charlottesville Violence and Trump's Reaction

Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Yorkers protested President Trump's reaction to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia by taking to the streets.

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Dominican Day Paradegoers Honor Slain Police Officer

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Some of the attendees cheering the annual Dominican Day parade on Sunday took time to remember Bronx police officer Miosotis Familia, who died in the line of duty in July.


Who Should Respond During a Mental Health Crisis?

Friday, August 11, 2017

The NYPD responds to hundreds of calls each day about someone in a mental health crisis, but cases that are not dire, there is another alternative: the city's mobile crisis teams. 

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NYPD says Brooklyn Man, Fatally Shot by Officer, Lunged with a Knife

Monday, July 31, 2017

Police say the officer fired after another officer tried and failed to neutralize the man with a taser.

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A Legal Settlement for the Mentally Ill, 14 Years in the Making, Nearly Falls Apart

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When the state limited discharges of mentally ill people into so-called adult homes, the industry fought back and almost derailed a class-action legal settlement in a case from 2003. 

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NYPD Now Gives You a Ticket Instead of Jail for Certain Crimes

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In most cases, things like urinating in public, littering and spitting will be handled as civil instead of criminal offenses.


One Year After Orlando, Gay New Yorkers Are Cautious but Undeterred

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's been one year since a gunman murdered 49 people inside a gay bar in Orlando. The shooting shocked the gay community. In New York City, there's a mix of caution and defiance.  


Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Bronx Woman Highlights Problem in Police Procedure, Advocates Say

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

When the mentally ill fail to receive treatment and are in crisis, police often have to respond. Yet there's no way to ensure specially-trained officers are answering those calls.