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:

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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


Videos and 911 Transcripts Reveal Confusion Moments Before Police Kill Mentally Ill Crown Heights Man

Friday, April 06, 2018

Saheed Vassell, 34, was shot nine times by police on Wednesday afternoon.


Episode 8: 'I Want Someone to Love Me Even for a Second'

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Girls make up a small fraction of the incarcerated juvenile population, but they often land in detention because they have experienced some form of trauma or abuse.


NYPD Sergeant Acquitted of All Charges in Killing of Bronx Woman

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports that NYPD Sergeant Hugh Barry has been acquitted of all charges in the killing of a mentally ill Bronx woman last year.

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Judge Expected to Announce Verdict in Murder Trial for NYPD Sergeant

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of Hugh Barry, who shot and killed Deborah Danner in her Bronx apartment in October 2016.


Police Sergeant Gives Dramatic Account of Shooting Mentally Ill Woman in Bronx

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sgt. Hugh Barry described his version of what happened on an October evening in 2016 when Deborah Danner ended up dead in the bedroom of her Bronx apartment. 


EMT Testifies Mentally Ill Woman Was Unarmed Moments Before Death, at NYPD Trial

Thursday, February 01, 2018

NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry is facing charges of murder, manslaughter and criminally-negligent homicide in the death of 66-year-old Deborah Danner. 

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Trial Scrutinizes NYPD's Handling of Mentally Ill

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The trial of Sergeant Hugh Barry will shed light on a challenging aspect of police work that often leads to deadly confrontations—responding to emotionally disturbed people. 

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Public Housing Chief Misstated Lead Paint Fact, Investigator Says

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Shola Olatoye, already under scrutiny for falsely authorizing lead paint inspections, takes another misstep.

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New York Prisoners Can Once Again Read Whatever They Want to

Friday, January 12, 2018

By limiting the places from where packages to inmates could come from, the state thought they could crack down on contraband. But now the governor says the program is flawed.  


Nursing Home Operator Agrees to Open New Facilities

Friday, January 05, 2018

The nursing home operators at the center of a 2016 real estate scandal agreed, as part of a settlement, to open up new facilities, pay fines and make a big charitable donation. 

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City Takes First Step Towards Shuttering Jails on Rikers Island

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The city plans to close one of the nine jails on the notorious Rikers Island by this summer. The jail houses just under 10 percent of inmates incarcerated on Rikers. 

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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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