Cindy Rodriguez

Reporter, WNYC News

Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:

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.


Mailman to Sue City for False Arrest

Monday, June 06, 2016

Glenn Grays was arrested while on the job. His lawyer says officers were trying to humiliate him after he yelled at them for driving crazy. A video of the incident went viral. 

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Swimmers Who Don't Mind Female-Only Hours at the Public Pool

Monday, June 06, 2016

The Metropolitan Recreation Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has special swim hours for women only. It's an accommodation for the neighborhood's Hasidic women that's come under fire. 

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Change Slow to Come to Rikers

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monitors say the city is making progress in reforming its troubled jail system but they point out problematic uses of force are still frequent.  


Reports of Sexual Abuse Against Rikers Inmates Rise

Thursday, May 26, 2016

This year, 118 allegations of sexual violence and harassment have been reported to medical staff at the jail complex.


Section 8 Housing: A New Window After 36 Years

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How the program designed to replace public housing is now being used to save it. 

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Section 8 Housing: Poor But Not Impoverished in Hasidic Williamsburg

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Section 8 housing voucher is keeping the Hasidic community rooted — for now — in one of the hottest real-estate markets in the city.

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Revamping Section 8

Monday, May 16, 2016

A team of WNYC reporters looked into the Section 8 housing program and how it fails in New York City.


Section 8 Housing: 'We All Deserve the Right Thing'

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Section 8 housing voucher gives low-income people a choice of where to live. But today that choice is increasingly limited to high-poverty neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city.

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City Takes a Chance on Non-Violent Defendants Struggling to Make Bail

Friday, April 08, 2016

Every year roughly 15,000 poor defendants end up on Rikers Island because they can't make bail of $1,000 or less. The city wants to cut that number by monitoring people on the outside.


As Public Advocate, de Blasio Flagged Lead Problems in Public Housing

Friday, March 18, 2016

Now the tables have turned — the de Blasio Administration is on the hot seat as the US Attorney investigates lead in public housing.


Lawsuit Says State Fails to Protect Women from Sexual Abuse in Prison

Friday, February 26, 2016

A recent lawsuit alleges the sexual abuse of females in state prison has remained persistent because not enough is done to investigate allegations and punish guards. 

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Searching 10,000 Brains for Signs of Mental Illness

Friday, February 19, 2016

Researchers from the Child Mind Institute are scanning the brains of 10,000 New York City children to find physical proof of psychiatric disorders. They started on Staten Island.


With Blizzard Over, New Yorkers Shovel Out and Get Back to Normal

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The blizzard of 2016 left behind up to 30 inches of snow. With help from the sun, shovels and plows, New Yorkers got back to normal. 

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Palacio: 'There is No Such Thing as 'Those' People'

Friday, January 08, 2016

Dr. Herminia Palacio says her life informs how she tackles chronic social issues like poverty and mental illness. 


Former Public Health Official to Take on Homeless Crisis

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Mayor has appointed a medical doctor and public health expert to be Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services. Her first task—dealing with the homeless crisis.  


Clinicians Team with Police to Respond to Mentally Ill and Homeless

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Starting after the new year,  a group of 12 licensed social workers and psychologists will team with police officers to respond to calls involving those in a mental health crisis. 

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New York's Kindest

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

After years of resistance, the NYPD is teaching officers how to avoid using force when approaching the mentally ill. It requires compassion, empathy and staying calm.

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City Moves to Make Naloxone Easier to Get

Monday, December 07, 2015

More than 150 Rite Aids and dozens of independent pharmacies have signed on to distribute Naloxone without a prescription. The drug reverses the effects of opioids after an overdose.

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Recidivism at Rikers Calls for Smarter Policing

Friday, November 20, 2015

New York City's Bureau of Correctional Health is studying people who routinely go in and out of jail and proposing housing and social services as alternatives to incarceration.

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