Elderly Man Mugged

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An 87-year-old man was mugged March 31 at 2:11 p.m., after he finished grocery shopping. Police said that assailant David Simmon, 47, started shaking the elderly Upper West Side man on the northwest corner of West 68th Street and Broadway. During the interaction, Simmons allegedly lifted the man’s wallet out of his pocket. The man [&hellip
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Financial Folly

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Police said that a student organization at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, the Fordham Follies, was robbed March 29. A member of the performance group told police that $2,400 that the group had collected was stolen from an office at the Fordham University School of Law, 140 W. 62nd St., between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues. [&hellip
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West Side School Picked for PCB Removal

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P.S. 199 will be part of a study to target and remove PCBs, a cancer-causing substance, throughout public schools in the five boroughs. Two years ago, the man-made chemical was found in the Upper West Side school, at 270 W. 70th St. between West End and Amsterdam avenues. An investigation revealed that the school was [&hellip
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WHERE THE BUILDINGS HAVE NO NUMBERS

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Most New Yorkers have been frustrated trying to find buildings with missing addresses, but Upper West Siders now know that they are home to one of the highest rates of unmarked buildings in the borough. A survey conducted by the office of Borough President Scott Stringer found that Columbus Avenue between West 67th and 83rd [&hellip
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Audit: Sloppy Contracting at Dept. of Homeless Services

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Comptroller John Liu dubbed the Department of Homeless Services the “Department of Hand-Shake deals” in an audit released March 25. The agency that has been using properties throughout the city—including a hostel at 237 W. 107th St.—for emergency homeless clients rarely signs contracts with service providers or the buildings’ landlords, the audit found. Payments to [&hellip
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Stringer Gives Thumbs Down to P.S. 452 Enrollment Plan

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The Department of Education may be opening a new primary school to alleviate District 3 crowding, but Borough President Scott Stringer is not happy with the enrollment timeline. Families who have been waitlisted at their zoned schools will receive offers for alternative schools if they cannot be moved off of the waitlist. But the second-round [&hellip
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Charter Crusader: Eva Moskowitz

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If Eva Moskowitz were an action figure, her signature accessory might be a coffee cup. She’s often seen clutching one, with a cell phone or BlackBerry in the other hand. But it must take an inordinate amount of caffeine—along with determination, vision and smarts—to power this former East Side Council member through her day managing [&hellip
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