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:

After a Shooting Death, How to Protect the Mentally Ill — and the Police

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When Charles Hargreaves heard police had killed his mentally ill client, he was heartbroken. So he shared an essay she wrote that has people talking about keeping the mentally ill safe.


A Walk Through the Formerly Forbidden Hart Island Graveyards

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A million people are buried on Hart Island. There are no tombstones, just mass graves marked by white posts. For decades the public was not allowed. But that's starting to change.   

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New York and New Jersey Bombing Suspect Arraigned

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York, injuring more than 30, was arraigned Thursday on charges he tried to kill police officers in New Jersey.

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NYPD Makes a New Push to Build Trust and Cooperation

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The NYPD knows it's got a trust problem in communities where people often don't want to cooperate with police, so it's starting a campaign to change that.


After 2-Year Fight, Seniors Get Pushed Out

Monday, October 10, 2016

When the owner of an assisted living facility sold his Brooklyn building, five elderly women refused to leave. But in the end, the housing market won out. Relocating at 101 isn't easy.

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Hoping to Make Arrests, Bronx District Attorney Sets Up Bureau on Rikers Island

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Bronx DA is opening a new bureau—on Rikers Island, where violence continues to spike. Prosecutors hope to deter the slashings, stabbings and fights by making arrests. 


Rikers Guards to be Issued Stun Guns and New Scanners

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Mayor said new scanners, like the ones used at airports, and stun guns will make the jails on Rikers Island safer. Neither advocates nor jail guards are satisfied.


State Health Department to Investigate Allegations of Improper Discharges

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

After a WNYC investigation revealed patients at two nursing homes may have been rushed out too quickly by a controversial operator, the state says it will look into discharges. 

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NYC Nursing Homes Evacuate Patients Without Plans

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Both The Lower East Side Rivington House and Bed Stuy's CABS Nursing Home emptied out patients before filing required plans for the patients' future.

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Nursing Home Owner in de Blasio Investigations Flouted State Rules that Protect Patients

Monday, August 29, 2016

First they emptied two nursing homes, then they filed required plans for the patients'  future. And state health officials went along.

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Clinton Fields Questions from Black, Hispanic Journalists

Friday, August 05, 2016

At a convention for black and Hispanic journalists, the Democratic nominee for president provided reporters a rare opportunity: a chance to ask her questions at a press conference.


A Jersey City Mural Gets Painted Over After a Variety of Complaints

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Monopoly board mural inspired by gentrification was painted over in Jersey City. The artist says he was forced to keep making changes until, ultimately, the mural was gone. 

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Cutting Back on Power During the Heat Wave

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New Yorkers are wearing less, sweating more and blaring their ACs — except those customers paid to cut back. 

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New Yorkers Do What They Can to Beat the Heat

Sunday, July 24, 2016

After a sweltering weekend, the high is expected to stay in the 90's through at least Wednesday in the New York City area.


Some Rikers Teens Could be Moved to Bronx Detention Center

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The city wants to move 16-and 17-year-old inmates off Rikers Island and into a facility that currently holds juvenile delinquents in the Bronx. The move could take four years.


City Hall Should Have Known Nursing Home Would Be Flipped: Investigation

Thursday, July 14, 2016

An investigation into a controversial real estate deal finds high-ranking city officials missed many chances to stop a nursing home from being turned into luxury condos. 

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Ending Solitary Proves Challenging for City Jails

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New York City's Department of Correction has been given a fourth extension to end solitary confinement for inmates under age 22. The agency now has until mid-October. 


Public Housing Invites Private Developers

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The New York City Housing Authority wants to transfer about 5,000 apartments into a program that allows private developers to invest in and manage public housing. 

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Second in Command Replaces Embattled Norman Seabrook as President of Correction Union

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The head of the city's correction union has been removed as President and he's being replaced by his second-in-command.


Union Boss Norman Seabrook Held Tight Grip on Rikers

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Many activists think Seabrook's outsized power at Rikers stood in the way of reform.