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New York City Is Getting A New Schools Chancellor In The Midst Of The Pandemic

2/26/2021
After only three years on the job, New York City’s Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is stepping down. A new chancellor from within the school system, Meisha Porter, takes over next month. The change in leadership in the nation’s largest school system comes in the midst of the pandemic, with the majority of New York City students still enrolled in full-time remote learning. WNYC education reporter Jessica Gould says Porter — a former teacher and principal at the Bronx School for Law,...

Duration:00:05:04

Twenty-Eight Years Later, Lessons From The First World Trade Center Bombing

2/26/2021
The FBI had an undercover agent who was infiltrating a terrorist cell, but yanked him before he could figure out the target.

Duration:00:04:53

The House Party Continues at the Apollo, Three Decades Out

2/26/2021
31 years ago, a film centered around Black high schoolers dancing, rapping, and sneaking out to parties became a national hit. House Party, directed by Reginald Hudlin, stars the hip-hop duo Kid n' Play, Christopher "Kid" Reid of the Bronx, and Christopher "Play" Martin from Queens. Reid spoke to WNYC's David Furst about "House Party," and why it's still relevant, three decades out. The Apollo Theater is celebrating both House Party and House Party 2 with a streaming event at 7 PM on...

Duration:00:06:52

31 Years After "House Party," One Of Its Stars Reflects On The Cult Classic

2/26/2021
Thirty-one years ago, a film centered around Black high schoolers dancing, rapping, singing and sneaking out to parties became a national hit. House Party was a groundbreaking teen comedy and is now a cult classic. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, the film stars the hip-hop duo Kid n' Play, made up of Christopher "Kid" Reid from the Bronx and Christopher "Play" Martin from Queens. The duo's film dance-off is legendary, but their characters also nodded at social issues like police brutality and...

Duration:00:04:52

Cuomo’s New Nursing Home Rules Mean Many Families Still Won’t See Loved Ones Any Time Soon

2/25/2021
New rules on New York nursing home visitations go into effect tomorrow. Read the full story on Gothamist.com.

Duration:00:00:44

MTA's Inspector General Saves Agency $22M

2/25/2021
The pandemic has not slowed down efforts to root out fraud and find savings for the MTA's independent investigator at the cash-strapped agency. As the MTA continues to face a severe budget crisis, the MTA’s Inspector General, Carolyn Pokorny says she has identified some nice savings. She says her office has recovered $2 million through various lawsuits, forfeitures and settlements against employees and contractors who committed fraud. Her office received more than a thousand tips about...

Duration:00:00:44

America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Immigration Reform

2/25/2021
Airing LIVE Thursday, February 25th, 8-9pm ET. Join the national conversation with host Brian Lehrer as the Biden/Harris administration starts its work. President Biden's plan for comprehensive immigration reform, The United States Citizenship Act of 2021, is in Congress for consideration and goes beyond the eight-year path to citizenship for Dreamers that has gotten the most attention. Has the time come for immigration reform? This week, Brian is joined by: Linda SanchezCA 38thSergio...

Duration:00:50:32

The CCRB Found This Officer Used A Banned Chokehold. Two Years Later, He Has Still Not Been Disciplined.

2/24/2021
In January, the NYPD rolled out new disciplinary guidelines for infractions like chokeholds. Advocates say they are watching to see if the department sticks to the new guidance in this case.

Duration:00:02:33

A Woman Mayor In NYC Is More Viable Than Ever, Even If There Is Not A "Women’s Vote"

2/24/2021
New York City has had 109 mayors with one thing in common: they're men. This year, that might change. WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports.

Duration:00:06:56

NYC's Middle Schoolers Poised To Return To Classrooms As More Educators Get Vaccinated For COVID-19

2/24/2021
New York City’s public high school buildings have been closed with all students on full-time remote learning since before Thanksgiving. But Mayor de Blasio says he'll have an update in the next few weeks about whether high schoolers can return this semester. He says covid testing capacity has been expanded for the return of an expected 62-thousand middle schoolers. Like the lower grades, 20 percent of middle school students and staff will be tested each week. And the mayor has promised the...

Duration:00:00:39

Ex-Cuomo Aide Says Governor Sexually Harassed And Forcibly Kissed Her

2/24/2021
A former adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo has come forward with detailed allegations that describe how he sexually harassed her over three years. The governor, Lindsey Boylan alleged, tried to keep tabs on her movement, joked about playing “strip poker,” made her deeply uncomfortable by commenting on her appearance to other staffers, and forcibly kissed her. Read the full story on Gothamist.com.

Duration:00:00:49

How Ineligible New Yorkers Are Getting Vaccinated

2/24/2021
When it comes to getting vaccinated for COVID-19, New York has strict eligibility requirements. No one is supposed to get vaccinated without having an appointment first, and many people in need struggle to find bookings. Even though the state has expanded eligibility in recent weeks, some of us may have heard stories through the grapevine of people who landed a shot before their turn was up. Gothamist reporter Caroline Lewis spoke to WNYC's Sean Carlson about the vaccine sites doling out...

Duration:00:04:36

MTA Opens Second Vaccination Site for Employees

2/24/2021
New York's transit agency has opened a second vaccination site just for its workforce, one that's been hit hard by COVID-19. Since just last month, 17 MTA workers have died from COVID. That makes a total of 148 MTA deaths to date, the most of any agency in the city. MTA workers are eligible for the vaccine at state and city sites, but now the agency is making the vaccine available to its employees at its offices in downtown Brooklyn. So far, just 15 percent of the agency's 70,000...

Duration:00:00:44

Good Things: Taking a Chance on Street Cats

2/24/2021
Sabbi Charlton always considered herself a dog person. But the pandemic led her to an encounter that changed her mind. WNYC's Amy Pearl tagged along on a pre-dawn feeding to learn more.

Duration:00:01:42

NYC Middle Schools To Reopen To In-Person Students Thursday

2/24/2021
New York City's public middle schools will reopen to students Thursday for the first time since November, when Mayor Bill de Blasio shuttered the system because of an increasing COVID case positivity rate. About 62,000 of roughly 200,000 middle school students will return in person, while the rest have chosen to continue learning remotely from home. Students in 3K through 5th grade, plus District 75 programs who elected to return to school buildings, were able to return in person in...

Duration:00:00:45

Proposed Nursing Home Reforms Face Stiff Criticism

2/24/2021
New York lawmakers are looking at ways to make nursing homes safer and Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposals of his own. But advocates and families fear none do enough to address the most pressing issues for vulnerable residents. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan reports. Red the full story on Gothamist.com.

Duration:00:02:38

New York Seeks To Cancel Some Standardized Tests

2/23/2021
The Biden Administration says states must move forward with certain standardized tests this year. But students in New York may not have to take as many as usual. In a letter to states, federal officials said the standardized tests are necessary to glean how much students across the country have learned or lost during the pandemic. But there will be more flexibility. For example, states can administer tests virtually or later in the year, and schools won't be held accountable for test...

Duration:00:00:40

Now That NJ Legalized Weed, State's Top Cop Tells Prosecutors to Drop Low-Level Charges

2/23/2021
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is ordering local prosecutors to dismiss all pending low-level marijuana charges. He also says police officers should stop making marijuana-related arrests. In addition, officers can't use the smell of marijuana as a reason to stop and search pedestrians. Since driving under the influence remains illegal in the state, police can still search a vehicle if an officer smells marijuana, but only if the officer has another reason to believe the driver is...

Duration:00:00:44

Westchester's New District Attorney Mimi Rocah Revamps Conviction Review Unit

2/23/2021
Westchester County’s new District Attorney Mimi Rocah is following through on her campaign promise to revitalize her agency’s conviction review unit. This week, the county’s top prosecutor announced that Anastasia Heeger, a public defender and exoneration expert, will be heading the bureau, which is tasked with investigating claims of wrongful conviction.

Duration:00:00:53