Univ. Crime Soars — Amid Citywide Drop

For this New York Post piece, I analyzed U.S. Department of Education data using Microsoft Excel and Access to determine that while citywide crime famously declined in the last several years, assaults, burglaries, robberies and rapes on New York City college campuses increased dramatically. 

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Nursing homes face increasing number of lawsuits

Elder lawyer Lewis Fishlin says the number of lawsuits against nursing homes has risen dramatically. He said there is ‘quite a bit of money in it,’ compared to years ago when the cases were ‘not worth taking from a lawyer’s perspective.’

The Riverdale Press looked at several graphic lawsuits against nursing homes in The Bronx to tell the broader story of an increase in elder abuse. 

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For some, market for homes is still hot

As the third part of a four-part series on the real estate market in The Bronx’s Riverdale, The Riverdale Press began with the success story of the most expensive co-op sold in the community to date.

"From 2003 to 2008, the most expensive co-ops in Riverdale rose in price each year, jumping 167 percent. Even the least expensive homes rose from $90,000 in 2005 to $530,000 in 2007."

Seller Albert Cruz said of his four-bedroom Penthouse “because of the outrageous prices in Manhattan, Riverdale gives you a much better bang for your buck.”

After the jump is the March 13, 2008 article that was based on a Microsoft Excel analysis of real estate statistics published in The Riverdale Press between 2000 and 2008. 

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Probation Union: Guns Deadly for Members

Four Probation Officer suicides in four years prompted the head of the United Probation Officers Association to question New York City Probation Commissioner Martin F. Horn’s decision to allow Probation Officers to carry weapons on the job.

The weapons, which were meant as a deterrent, had only been used in self-inflicted cases, union president Dominic Collucio told The Chief in August 2009. The suicides were said to be the result of stress from an increased workload. 

Before the new weapons policy, no Probation Officers committed suicide in the prior 31 years.

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FBI collars bribe-taking school bus supervisor

The long-running Federal investigation of mafia influence in Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union hit the tony Riverdale enclave of The Bronx in 2007 when a bribe-taking Department of Education bus supervisor from the community was arrested.

Geoffrey Berger’s crimes allegedly dated back as far as the 1980’s. Taxpayers took the hit as the DOE was charged an additional $100 to $190 per day for each bus run.

Mr. Berger faced a maximum of five years in prison. This December 2007 article appeared in The Riverdale Press after his arrest.

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Workers charge DEP lied about chlorine spill

An afternoon hazmat incident at the Jerome Park Reservoir in the summer of 2007 cast a light on the facility where the city Department of Environmental Protection denied dangerous chlorine gas was stored.

Two anonymous workers came forward to tell The Riverdale Press that this assertion was untrue and storage of chlorine gas at the Jerome Park Reservoir in The Bronx had already resulted in debilitating injuries to at least one worker.

The Riverdale Press broke the story on Aug. 9, 2007. 

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