While City Fights Sandy Victim Class-Action Suit, Judge Extends Eviction Deadline

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Six months after Hurricane Sandy swept across New York City's coastlines, most people affected by the storm have moved on from crisis mode. Power's back, insurance has (hopefully) kicked in. But there's a smaller group of people--a little less than 200 households altogether--for whom Hurricane Sandy is still an everyday battle. This time, though, they're not wrestling with storm surge. Their fight is with the city.

Some 1,500 people have lived in New York City hotels with the assistance of the Department of Homeless Services after their homes were destroyed by Sandy. Those who haven't yet found new housing are called "homeless," but they weren't before the storm. Some lost their jobs in the aftermath, some are undocumented--and at least one is a recovering victim of a violent crime. In March, the DHS sent notice that the hotel-dwellers had until April 30 to leave, despite the fact that some housing was not yet ready for the 125 households that were in the middle of transitioning, and that 71 other households had no place to go at all.

This week, judge extended that deadline until May 15, but victims could find themselves in the same situation in another two.

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Which NY Agencies Are the Worst at Responding to Freedom of Information Requests?

The NYPD and New York City Housing Authority are some of the worst offenders when it comes to disclosing information to the public, according to a new report put out by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

Between January and March of 2011, New York City agencies received 9,970 requests for information--a line of inquiry that's supposed to be ensured by the Freedom of Information Law, enacted in 1974. But according to the Public Advocate's analysis, 40 percent of city agencies didn't even have directions on their website on how to submit them. And of the requests that went through, one in 10 were ignored or lost. The NYPD had the largest number of missing FOILs (577), while NYCHA failed to process 29 percent of its requests. Of the FOILs that NYCHA did address, 51 percent of them took more than 60 days to receive a response.

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MTA Employees Indicted For Failing To Do A Job That Probably Doesn't Need To Be Done In The First Place


Apparently, there is an entire staff of MTA employees whose job it is to inspect the subway's signal system, several of whom have falsified multiple documents claiming they'd inspected various signals when in fact they hadn't.

That said, the MTA -- and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office -- assures the Voice that at no point was the public's safety at risk because the the agency has a "fool-proof plan" to ensure that the signal system is safe, regardless of whether it's ever inspected.

Naturally, we wondered "then why the fuck is there an entire staff of people whose jobs it is to inspect the signal system?"

MTA officials wouldn't speak on the record about what this squad of "safety" inspectors actually does, and -- after a long laugh -- the agency told us "that's an interesting question" before providing us with an explanation of how the "fail safe" system actually works (which you can see below).

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