The training that could reform the Special Victims Division

The NYPD says that their unit that investigates sex crimes is the best in the country. But victims of sexual assault and advocates say that while the police detectives have definitely improved in recent years – how they talk to survivors still has a long way to go. Both sides agree training is the answer, but as Stevie Hertz found, the question has become – how much?

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Save Those Scraps! New York City is Expanding its Composting Program

New York City has a lot of waste. And most of it, is food waste. Last year, the Department of Sanitation collected nearly 30,000 tons of banana peels, coffee grounds and expired lettuce. And the city is expanding its composting program. But not mandating it. If it did, it could be collecting 40 times that. As the program stands now, few people are participating. And environmentalists are hoping to get that number up. Meira Gebel reports.

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Harlem Residents Face 3-Month Gas Drought, New York’s Crumbling Gas Lines

The deadly gas explosion in East Harlem three years ago represented a worst case scenario. Con Edison’s settlement of more than $150 million with New York signals an increased city-wide focus on gas leaks. One residential building in West Harlem has been without gas since November, after one call led to extreme precaution. Hannah Long-Higgins has the story.

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City Officials And Advocacy Groups Disagree On School Safety

Student safety is measured in numbers of violent incidents. But the problem is what numbers do you use? An advocacy group is taking the Department of Education to court. It says because it claims the city is not doing enough to keep students safe. They city says schools are safer. On some level, the disagreement comes down to which sets of numbers you’re looking at. Gilda Di Carli reports.

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Why the Smart Meters – Coming To NYC – May Save You Money On Your Energy Bill

Last week, New York Public Service Commission approved a plan put out by ConEd — the largest utility company in the state — to distribute new high-tech meters to more than four million customers within the next few years. Reporter Jephie Bernard says these new meters are supposed to get New Yorkers thinking about their electrical use more than just when they pay their monthly bill.

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