WEEKEND EDITION

MetroFocus Preview Dec. 20

December 13, 2012 4:40 PMvideo

MetroFocus airs Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. on WLIW21, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. on NJTV, and Dec. 20 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

The next edition of MetroFocus features an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what happened when the power went out at New York hospitals. Reporter Rick Karr visits Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, where almost two months after the storm, there is still limited care available. Rafael Pi Roman follows the story with an interview with Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Sheri Fink, who documented the catastrophic failures in one New Orleans’ hospital after Hurricane Katrina for the non-profit news organization ProPublica. Her reporting for The New York Times and ProPublica is raising questions about care for the region’s most vulnerable populations in hospitals and nursing homes.

NJToday Managing Editor Mike Schneider continues our coverage of Sandy’s aftermath in an interview with former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman and NJToday’s Lauren Wanko reports on how dunes may have saved the day in Bradley Beach.

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch comes to our studio to talk with Rafael Pi Roman about the politics and billions of dollars it will take to recover from Sandy, and the upcoming mayoral race in the city.

And just in time for the holidays, we’ll have a MetroFocus solutions story from the ASPCA—how building a temporary animal shelter may be a permanent solution to the continuing problem of residents who won’t evacuate during natural disasters if  they have pets at home.

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