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Frank G. Runyeon

is a freelance investigative reporter in New York City.

New York City

Policy

New York City to pass water tank reforms

In a rebuke of city health officials, the New York City Council plans to pass seven new laws tightening oversight and regulation of thousands of rooftop drinking water tanks, citing evidence of contamination, widespread neglect, and lax oversight by agency officials.

New York City

Policy

The scramble to profit from legal pot

New York’s about-face on marijuana has triggered a gold rush.

Andrew Cuomo

Politics

Andrew Cuomo and the curse of the third term

Will single-party control allow the governor to avoid the pitfalls that plagued his long-serving predecessors?

Port Authority

Policy

Will the Port Authority Bus Terminal ever get replaced?

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the last remnant of New York City’s bad old days. Will it ever be replaced?

Marcos Crespo

Politics

The lag in Latino political representation

Recent years have seen only slight in improvement in the number of Latino elected officials.

New York City

Policy

NYC failed to enforce water tank law, council health chair finds

After neglect in New York City water tank inspection was exposed, seven reform bills weighed.

Jeff Klein

Politics

No judgeships for Klein or Hamilton – for now

Party bosses deny having plans to select Jeff Klein or Jesse Hamilton to judgeships, but reformers said it’s a problem that they could.

Jeff Klein

Politics

Jeff Klein, architect of the IDC, deposed at 58

Jeffrey Klein, a state senator in the Democratic Party for nearly 15 years who created the Republican-aligned Independent Democratic Conference, or IDC, was defeated on Thursday in the 34th state Senate District primary in the Bronx. He was 58 years old.

New York State Assembly

Politics

Assemblyman Brian Miller's former aide arrested for petition fraud

New York State Police announced they had arrested a former staff member for Republican state Assemblyman Brian Miller on charges that he forged ballot petition signatures for the Conservative Party line. The investigation was undertaken in conjunction with the Albany County district attorney’s public integrity unit.

Zephyr Teachout

Politics

Three strikes and you're out? Or third time's a charm?

Some candidates fizzle out after multiple failed bids. But for others, persistence pays off.

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Corey Johnson

Policy

Bellevue homeless shelter’s neglected water tank

Homeless men at Bellevue homeless shelter were being served drinking water from a neglected wooden water tank that, until a few days ago, had never been cleaned, inspected or tested – in violation of city law and the health code.

NYCHA

Politics

Inspectors reported contamination in water tanks. NYCHA had it erased.

Some of the worst water tanks in New York City are in the city’s public housing.

NYCHA

Politics

Council speaker calls emergency meeting on NYCHA’s water tanks

New York City elected officials and tenants’ advocates denounced the deteriorating condition of the rooftop water tanks that supply drinking water to New York City Housing Authority tenants, following a report by City & State which revealed dozens of cases of contamination – including birds, rodents, and insects in the tanks – that were never reported to city health officials, as the law requires.

New York State Assembly

Politics

Voters question petition signatures for Assemblyman Brian Miller

More than a dozen of people whose names submitted on ballot petitions for Assemblyman Brian Miller for the Conservative Party line deny they ever signed it, despite their addresses and supposed signatures appearing on the petitions, with some calling it a “forgery.”

Liuba Grechen Shirley

Personality

Liuba’s coming for Pete

Liuba Grechen Shirley is the congressional candidate who changed the game on campaign child care, and now she's looking to dethrone Rep. Pete King.

New York City

Politics

Donovan easily beats Grimm in GOP primary

Incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan held off former Rep. and convicted felon Michael Grimm in NY11's Republican primary.

New York City

Policy

Advocates: De Blasio marijuana plan won't end racial disparities

New York City will replace marijuana possession arrests with summonses, but blacks and Latinos will still bear the brunt.

New York City

Policy

Missing water tank reports at many NYC hospitals

Gaps in New York City's water tank reporting cited at local hospitals.

Donald Trump

Policy

Experts: AG suit builds towards possible criminal case against Trump

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood's lawsuit builds towards a possible criminal case against Donald Trump, and if federal officials don’t pursue charges, state and city prosecutors could.