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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Funding Boost for Amsterdam Addition

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The Amsterdam Addition, a 175-unit, 27-story building constructed in 1974, is virtually indistinguishable from any other public housing under the New York City Housing Authority’s domain. But unlike most federal public housing in the city, Amsterdam Addition, along with 20 other properties, was developed by the city and state. And when the State Legislature cut [&hellip
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'F' For Failing Falafel?

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New Yorkers who enjoy falafel, halal, huaraches or the classic dirty water dog may soon know if their street meat got a passing grade from the city. After the Department of Health required restaurants to post a letter grade following an inspection, East Side Council Member Dan Garodnick wants street vendors to follow suit. “We [&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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Extell Scales Back Riverside South Plan

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Extell Development Co., the group behind the Riverside South megaproject, followed through with plans to scale back the commercial and residential complex. The developer has tinkered with the plan for more than a year since the public first saw renderings of the proposal in 2008. The latest rendition of the five-building, mixed-use project was shown [&hellip
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The Man Behind The Transit Blog

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During the past four years, Benjamin Kabak has become an expert on all things transit, writing in-depth posts about capital budgets, debt service and shuttered stations on his blog, SecondAvenueSagas.com—all while attending law school at NYU. The Brooklyn resident, who grew up on the Upper West Side, said he became interested in covering Second Avenue [&hellip
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