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NYCHA Tenants Demand Repairs

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Standing at the pulpit, Nancy Baptiste led her congregation in reciting not amens or hymns, but the number most public housing tenants have committed to memory:

7-1-8-7-0-7-7-7-7-1

That’s the phone number New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, tenants call when something needs to be fixed. Too often, Baptiste said, no one shows up, the wrong work gets done, or the maintenance crew makes the problem worse.

“Enough is enough,” said Baptiste, who lives in Canarsie’s Bayview Houses. “It’s time for the mayor to show up and be accountable. Give NYCHA the money it needs to finish the work, hire enough staff to get the job done right, and make sure they’re properly supervised so the work is completed.”

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Questions Trail Charter School

Friday, March 13th, 2015

As an author, CNN and MSNBC educational correspondent, host of TV One’s “Save My Son” and founder of the Hartford, Conn., Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Steve Perry has built himself into an educational brand, referring to himself as “the most trusted educator in America.” He is set to bring that brand to New York City, a charter school in West Harlem set to open this August.

Boasting nearly perfect graduation rates and a 100 percent college acceptance rate, Perry and Capital Prep seemingly dispel the notion that poverty and minority racial status equate to low academic standing.

But critics in the Nutmeg State have charged Perry, who holds a master’s in social work and a doctorate in education, with exaggerating Capital Prep’s accomplishments.

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Summit Tackles Gender Equality

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Thousands of women from around the world flocked to the United Nations to promote gender equality and better business practices. The event, hosted by the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, drew business leaders, government officials – and a few men.

Also on hand was presumed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who opened the event at the UN after addressing questions about why she used her personal email account when she was secretary of state.

The two-day event drew more than 6,000 participants to discuss concrete steps to advance gender equality in the workplace and in communities across the globe.

Staten Island’s Heroin Problem

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Kayla Vitale’s heart stopped for more than 15 minutes as she was being transferred from one hospital to another after overdosing on heroin. “I wasn’t supposed to live,” she said recently

Now Vitale is five-months sober – and sharing her story. She hopes that her near-death experience will help prevent others from suffering a similar – or worse – fate.

Vitale is from Staten Island, where heroin death rates are 30 percent higher, per capita, than the city average. Experts believe heroin use skyrocketed following the 2012 passage of the I-STOP law, which made opiates harder to get.

Opiate addicts were forced to look elsewhere in order to feed pill habits, with many moving onto heroin, experts say.

Where the Snow Goes

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

SPECIAL REPORT: The Rap Sheet Trap

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

All Not Aboard on Bus Station

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Paper Victory in Wage Cases

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Ex-Cons Trapped in Paper Prison

Monday, February 23rd, 2015