This Week’s MetroFocus Follows Hurricane Sandy Recovery Money, the State of Repairs, Armed Officers in Schools, and Former Mayor Ed Koch on NY Politics

Air date: 01/10/2013

This Week’s MetroFocus Follows Hurricane Sandy Recovery Money, the State of Repairs, Armed Officers in Schools, and Former Mayor Ed Koch on NY Politics


Mayor of Marlboro Township Jonathan Hornik,

“City Limits” editor Jarrett Murphy, “City & State” reporter

Nick Powell, and Covenant House’s Kevin Ryan are featured


As the country continues to struggle from the aftermaths of Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many local Tri-State communities seek solutions to rebuild and cope with the effects of these recent catastrophic events. Hosted by Rafael Pi Roman, the latest edition of MetroFocus explores a myriad of recovery topics, including financial allocations of hurricane relief funds, community reconstruction, and security in schools. MetroFocus airs Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21, Thursday, January 10 at 8:00 p.m. on NJTV and at 9:00p.m. on THIRTEEN. After broadcast, the program will be available to national audiences on with integrated online stories and additional reporting.

Featuring an interview by Pi Roman with “City Limits” editor-in-chief Jarrett Murphy and “City & State” staff reporter Nick Powell, MetroFocus takes a closer look where federal money will be going and at what still needs to be done to recover from Superstorm Sandy. NJToday’s managing editor Mike Schneider speaks with Jonathan Hornik, mayor of Marlboro Township, NJ, about his latest decision to post armed police officers in the town’s schools. A special MetroFocus solutions segment features Covenant House president, Kevin Ryan, as he addresses the issues affecting homeless youth, how to help, and his book Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope.

In a follow up to his interview that aired on December 20, 2012, former mayor Ed Koch continues his discussion with Pi Roman, tackling such subjects as political corruption, political leaders, his decision to seek a fourth term as mayor of New York, and why he loves New York.

The segments are as follows:

– NJToday’s Lauren Wanko reports from the oceanfront community of Mantoloking, NJ where more hundreds of homes were destroyed or severely damaged

– Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Jarrett Murphy, editor-in-chief of the non-profit investigative news organization “City Limits” and staff reporter, Nick Powell, from New York newspaper “City & State” about where the billions of federal money are going to go, and which communities are still struggling in New York

– Investigating the latest on school coping after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, NJToday managing editor Mike Schneider interviews Jonathan Hornik, the mayor of Marlboro Township, NJ, who decided to put armed police officers in every one of the town’s school

– Rafael Pi Roman continues his interview with Former New York Mayor Ed Koch discussing Albany and New York City politics

– The president of Covenant House, Kevin Ryan, talks about homeless youth and how to help in a MetroFocus Solutions story


MetroFocus is a production of WLIW21 in association with WNET, parent company of

THIRTEEN and WLIW21.  For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Jody and John Arnhold, The Nissan Foundation, and The Ford Foundation. Corporate funding is provided by Mutual of America.



About MetroFocus
MetroFocus is a multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. The MetroFocus television program features interviews, in-depth reporting, content from many partners and solutions-oriented reports from the community. Major areas of coverage include sustainability, education, science and technology, the environment, transportation, poverty and underserved communities. amplifies that reporting with daily updates and original stories that also cover culture, government and politics, the economy, urban development and other news in the metropolitan region.  More information at:


About WNET
In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and the operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah!  and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and, MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.