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Cezary is a reporter at ProPublica covering New York. Previously, he worked as a reporter at Reuters specializing in data-driven news stories. His work with Carrick Mollenkamp for Reuters’s “Uneasy Money” series was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. He has covered energy and commodities and the private equity industry, among other beats, after leaving investment banking in 2008 to pursue journalism. Since July 2015, he has spearheaded ProPublica’s reporting on state and local New York City issues, including regulators’ failure to enforce rent laws.
Cezary earned a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and is a 2011 alumnus of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, where he won the Melvin Mencher Prize for Superior Reporting. He is fluent in Polish.
May 15, 12:18 p.m.Keith Noreika helped big banks avoid state laws protecting consumers. As head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, he now has the power to override those state laws.
April 25, 8 a.m.Thanks to a 2003 state law, owners of rent-stabilized apartments can arbitrarily boost rents to a legal maximum that they set themselves. The tactic fosters gentrification, eviction and homelessness.
March 27, 7:59 a.m.We’re tracking the state’s growing portfolio of business subsidies.
March 27, 7:57 a.m.Here’s a deeper look at how we created the most comprehensive list of subsidies awarded by 12 major New York State programs from 2011 to 2014.
March 13, 7:21 p.m.Only the fired U.S. attorney knows for sure.
Feb. 28, 1:22 p.m.The president’s 2016 federal financial disclosure lists gross receipts for his dealings with New York City. If you subtract expenses and fees, the amount he earned from the deals is much smaller.
Jan. 26, 12:12 p.m.The governor’s initiative would water down a longstanding requirement that developers who receive a $1.4 billion-a-year tax break must cap rent increases in new apartment buildings.
Jan. 20, 9 a.m.If Republicans succeed in repealing the estate tax, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Wilbur Ross, Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin, Betsy DeVos and their heirs may be able to defer capital gains taxes forever.
Dec. 30, 2016, 9 a.m.A first-of-its-kind analysis shows just how tactical the real-estate industry is about bankrolling state legislators who will protect its $1.4 billion tax break and weaken rent laws.
Dec. 29, 2016, 12:28 p.m.Regulators have sent letters to property owners asking them to certify compliance with a 2007 law mandating higher pay to workers in taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings.
Dec. 28, 2016, 11 a.m.A state effort to get landlords to comply voluntarily with a 2009 court ruling in favor of tenants appears to have fallen far short of its goal, newly available records show.
Dec. 15, 2016, 2:26 p.m.Since 1994, the City Council and state legislature have gradually dismantled legal protections for New York City tenants, giving landlords an incentive to hike rents and evict lower-income tenants. We’ve mapped more than 450,000 New York City eviction cases filed between January 2013 and June 2015.
Dec. 15, 2016, 9 a.m.A 1994 City Council vote enabling landlords to dodge limits on rent increases has had a profound impact on the lives of New Yorkers.
Dec. 6, 2016, 3:01 p.m.The mayor’s statement, publicizing a crackdown on owners of more than 3,000 rental buildings, is his sharpest critique yet of enforcement lapses benefiting scofflaw property owners.
Nov. 23, 2016, 1:44 p.m.Reversing years of lax scrutiny, officials are seeking to enforce rent protections tied to the city’s single biggest housing subsidy.
Nov. 16, 2016, 4:36 p.m.Legislation introduced in City Council on Wednesday would require the city’s housing arm to audit 20 percent of buildings receiving the benefit. Violators would have to return the money.
Oct. 20, 2016, 12:16 p.m.Two-thirds of more than 6,000 rental properties receiving tax benefits from the city’s 421-a program don’t have approved applications on file and most haven’t registered apartments for rent stabilization as required by law. That allows owners to raise rents as much as they want.
Oct. 20, 2016, 12:15 p.m.Search for your building to see if your landlord has been approved for the program and registered your building for rent stabilization, as required by law. If not, you may be paying more than you should.
July 20, 2016, 12:27 p.m.The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development is flouting a rent-reporting requirement for apartments built under the city’s single biggest housing tax break. Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t seem to mind.
July 13, 2016, 1:21 p.m.A Danish member of the European Parliament is asking the trading bloc’s executive arm to examine the tax avoidance deals, which are going on in at least 13 member states of the European Union.
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