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Healthcare Guide Funding Threat

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Suzanne Schwing tried for months to get health insurance through New York’s Affordable Care Act marketplace last winter—calling, sending documents, calling again.

Schwing, 45, works a dozen jobs as a freelance classical singer, which stumped marketplace representatives as they tried to estimate her future income. By the time they agreed on a figure, she’d missed the March 31 deadline. So when enrollment reopened on Nov. 15, Schwing decided she needed face-to-face help from an expert.

“I’m really up against a deadline, and I don’t have time to play around anymore,” she said.

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Brooklyn Boy Races Against Time

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

On the outside, Pietro Joseph Scarso looks like an ordinary kid.

On the inside, though, the 5-year-old Brooklyn boy is deteriorating.

That’s because Pietro is one of 3,500 boys worldwide born annually with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal degenerative disease that weakens muscles at an aggressive pace.

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NYCHA’s Leaky OT Budget

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

At cash-strapped NYCHA, it’s good to be a plumber.

Take Housing Authority plumbing supervisor Robert Procida.

In fiscal year 2014, Procida earned $232,459 — more than NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye ($210,000) and even more than Mayor de Blasio ($225,000).

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This story was reported in conjunction with the New York Daily News as part of theStop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.

Mold Takes Their Breath Away

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

NYCHA tenant Trinita Lee thought she’d finally caught a break the night in October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy slammed into her Coney Island development.

She and her six children had lived for years with sickening black mold in their Gravesend Houses apartment — a nightmare for her children, ages 6 to 19, all of whom are asthmatic.

She’d fought for years with NYCHA to clean it up, and says beyond quick fixes — painting over the problem — the mold festered and her children suffered.

So when Sandy struck, she was delighted to learn she’d be getting a new apartment at the optimistically named Hope Gardens in Bushwick.

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This story was reported in conjunction with the New York Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.

This story was reported by the NYCity News Service in conjunction with the Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor. – See more at: http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2014/12/molds-still-growing-problem/#sthash.ZAsFFmxp.dpuf

Mold’s Still a Growing Problem

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

STOP THE MOLD

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A Free Bite of the Big Apple

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Calming Local Ebola Fears

Saturday, October 25th, 2014