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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

The color of the snow — rusty white with patches of dirt — matched that of the sanitation trucks that brought it to the mounting pile in the center of a New York City Financial District block on one Wednesday afternoon this winter. Workers from the towering office buildings nearby who were on a smoke break gazed at the story-high pile and rumbling tractors that were shoveling it. One snapped a photo.

At the other end of the block, which was roped off from traffic, two tractors shoveled the snow inside a large, orange, steaming metal vat on wheels — a snow melter. The shoveled loads seemed to disappear into the rising vapor.

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All Not Aboard on Bus Station

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Local leaders in Washington Heights blasted the developer behind the George Washington Bridge Bus Station renovation, charging it failed to hire local workers for the project, is not offering enough community space in the retail complex and is keeping locals in the dark about its plans.

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents the area in which the station sits at West 178th Street and Broadway, ripped the George Washington Bridge Bus Station Development Venture at a meeting of the Council’s transportation committee, saying it hasn’t followed through on promises to work with the neighborhood.

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Paper Victory in Wage Cases

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The New York State Department of Labor boasts that it has recovered $169.4 million in stolen wages since 2011 through settlements and judgments against employers.

But workers aren’t seeing all of that money.

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Ex-Cons Trapped in Paper Prison

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A Push to Open Adoption Records

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Runners Chart a Safer Course

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Snow Big Deal

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Bronx Board Fires Manager

Sunday, January 18th, 2015