Air-conditioning breakdowns on subway cars happened about 10 times a day during June, July and August between 2010 and 2014, according to analysis of Metropolitan Transportation Authority data obtained by The New York World through open records request. In total, there were nearly 6,500 “hot cars” over the five-year period covered by the data. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of those incidents occurred during the hottest months of the year.
The agency responsible for investigating complaints of police misconduct relies largely on young investigators with little or no prior investigative experience who often don’t receive formal training for weeks or even months after starting the job. And, in part because of low pay, many investigators leave the job after only a few years.
While fiery train derailments across the U.S. and Canada have drawn New Yorkers’ attention to the dangers of transporting crude oil by rail, there has been much less focus on the potential dangers of shipping oil down the Hudson River by barge. But some environmentalists worry that a crude oil spill would wreak havoc on a river that has recovered well after enduring decades of industrial pollution that nearly destroyed it.
The New York World has partnered with WNYC to continue an effort to systematically track and record every traffic-related death across the five boroughs. Photo: Geoff Young/Flickr
The homeless count represents a 10 percent jump during Mayor de Blasio’s first year in office. Despite his vows to turn around the problem and ditch the use of cluster units, the city is still forced to house families in these much-criticized apartments, which have often been cited for hazardous code violations. Photo: AP/Mark Lennihan
Nearly two dozen nonprofits selected to receive more than $150,000 in council have had their tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS for failing to file tax returns for three consecutive years.
A disgraced former executive of a nonprofit that receives millions of dollars of taxpayer money received a buyout worth more than $200,000, tax filings reveal.
Between 2011 and 2013, the state Board of Elections made 164 referrals to district attorneys across the state for excessive corporate campaign contributions. Not a single prosecution resulted, however, prompting the board to stop sending referrals. Meanwhile, corporations continue to regularly make contributions in excess of the $5,000 annual limit.
Campaign finance package agreed to with Legislature off to a weak start.