Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, signed a settlement agreement with HUD that provides $1 billion less to the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, than was previously required to be provided under a prior consent decree that was deemed inadequate ; the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, right, refuses to explain or account for the fewer settlement funds being provided to NYCHA. The U.S. Attorney's Office had been investigating NYCHA for violations of physical condition standards. The investigation was recently concluded, and it led to the ouster of interim NYCHA CEO Stanley Brezenoff. Left to Right : City of New York and U.S. Attorney's Office. Background : File Photograph. (Public Domain or Fair Use)

SDNY prosecutors refuse to explain why new HUD settlement with NYCHA calls for de Blasio and City of New York to contribute $1 billion less to public housing

Federal prosecutors won’t explain a $1 billion drop in the NYCHA settlement fund in face of speculation that Bart Schwartz will serve as the first outside, Federal monitor of the troubled public housing authority.

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The New York City Housing Authority was founded years before the Nation passed the U.S. Housing Act, a law that created a framework for local Governments to create public housing agencies. The New Deal promise that housing would be treated as a social good is now under threat of privatisation. Photo Illustration/Progress New York

Feds consulting with de Blasio, as he privatises NYCHA, despite past campaign finance controversies from real estate donors

Bill de Blasio, who faced accusations of undertaking official acts on behalf of his donors, is negotiating the sale of public housing to real estate developers. How the Feds tolerate the corruptive role of money in politics undermines the public good — including public housing.

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"I am not a biased judge," is what U.S. District Court Judge John Koeltl proverbially claimed during a Court Conference 19 October 2017, to nobody's belief. Photo Illustration/Fair Use (President Richard Nixon photo by Associated Press ; John Koeltl by NYU)

To restore public confidence in the U.S. District Court for S.D.N.Y., Judge John Koeltl must resign

EDITORIAL : No amount of reasoning, or judicial complaints, has compelled S.D.N.Y. Judge John Koeltl to introspectively examine the causes or sources of his bias and misconduct. As a result, he must resign.

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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was remarkable for making numerous speeches, only some of which were public addresses. An open records request seeking his speech records has been being undermined by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney's Office he formerly headed, and a Federal judge, John Koeltl. Photo Archive/Progress Queens

To undermine open records request for Preet Bharara’s speech records, DOJ relying on U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal judge to thwart FOIA Request

The U.S. Department of Justice and a Federal judge are engaging in misconduct to thwart a FOIA Request for Preet Bharara’s speech records.

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A map of the partial, proposed route of the BQX streetcar service, indicating that the streetcar would run through the Long Island City section of Queens, which is represented in the New York City Council by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). New York City Economic Development Corporation/Public Domain

Amazon.com was using lobbying firm from BQX to lobby City Government for cloud computing services

By Progress New York Staff The lobbying firm, Yoswein New York, Inc., which had been prominently promoting the troubled Brooklyn-Queens Connector,

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