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Feb 3, 2015

In annual speech, mayor vows to make New York City more affordable

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de
Blasio plans to make it compulsory for developers to include
cheaper, affordable apartments if they build in six newly
rezoned parts of the city, he said in his second annual State of
the City speech on Tuesday.

De Blasio also said the city will triple the money it spends
on legal services for tenants to $36 million in the hope of
making it harder for landlords to force out older, poorer
tenants in favor of new ones willing to pay more.

Jan 28, 2015

As blizzard skips New York, meteorologists ponder forecasts’ power

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – In the end, it was the weather
forecasts that crippled New York City, not the blizzard.

As residents emerged into a largely shuttered city on
Tuesday morning after a snowfall that barely covered garbage
bags left out on the sidewalk, several meteorologists pondered
the storm-like havoc their mere words can cause and debated who
among them was the least inaccurate.

Jan 27, 2015

`Life-threatening’ blizzard shuts down much of U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A life-threatening blizzard
barreled into the U.S. Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of
Americans as it kept workers and students housebound, halted
thousands of flights and prompted New York to ban cars from
roads and shut down subway trains.

With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that
ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast
states declared emergencies. The storm could affect up to 60
million people in nearly a dozen states.

Jan 27, 2015

Blizzard shuts down New York City, much of U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A life-threatening blizzard
barreled into the U.S. Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of
Americans by making workers and students housebound, halting
thousands of flights and prompting New York to ban cars from
roads and halt subway trains.

With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that
ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast
states declared emergencies, and the snow blast threatened to
affect up to 60 million people in nearly a dozen states.

Jan 27, 2015

Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard, transit systems shut

, Jan 26 (Reuters) – A massive,
wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday,
creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New
York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm
Sandy devastated the region in 2012.

The potentially historic storm which could affect 20 percent
of the U.S. population, caused at least six states up and down
the East Coast to declare emergencies, forced the cancellation
of thousands of flights, closed schools and major mass transit
systems – including the New York City subway.

Jan 26, 2015

Northeastern U.S. braces for ‘crippling’ blizzard

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Northeast on Monday braced for a massive, crippling blizzard that could dump as much as three feet of snow as tens of millions of people were urged to stay home and airlines canceled thousands of flights.

Transit systems in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts planned to curtail services, and several governors ordered motorists off roadways by evening in a region that is home to some 50 million people.

Jan 26, 2015

East Coast braces, flights canceled as ‘historic’ blizzard looms

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first flakes ahead of a potentially historic blizzard began swirling through New York City on Monday morning, with forecasters predicting up to 3 feet (90cm) of snow in the coming day and millions of people facing snarled transportation.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas beginning 1 p.m. EST on Monday, and warned of two days of winter storms across the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to Maine.

Jan 23, 2015

New York jail watchdog seeks federal probe in Rikers inmate death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York state watchdog agency that
oversees jails has urged the U.S. Justice Department to
investigate the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found
naked and covered in feces at Rikers Island, The New York Times
reported late on Thursday.

Bradley Ballard was locked in his cell at the
problem-plagued New York City jail complex and deprived of food,
running water and insulin for his diabetes for six days leading
up to his death on Sept. 11, 2013, according to news accounts.

Jan 13, 2015

New York City police slowdown shows signs of easing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A work slowdown by New York City police that began after the slaying of two officers may have started to ease last week, according to the police commissioner and the latest figures for arrests and summonses released on Monday.

For a third week in a row, arrests and court summonses were still markedly lower than at this time a year ago, but the drop was not quite as dramatic as seen in the preceding two weeks.

Jan 9, 2015

New York police commissioner confirms slowdown by officers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s police commissioner
conceded on Friday that there had been a widespread work
slowdown by officers in the four weeks since two policemen were
shot dead in an ambush, although he suggested it was coming to
an end.

Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio had
repeatedly said this week it was too soon to tell if a slowdown
was underway, saying other factors may explain the drop in
arrests and court summonses.