MetroFocus Full Episode: Corruption in Albany, Robin Hood Foundation, Sonia Manzano

April 17, 2013 3:09 PMvideo

MetroFocus airs Wednesday on WLIW at 7:30pm, Thursday on THIRTEEN at 10:30pm and Thursday on NJTV at 9pm.

In this edition of MetroFocus: political corruption in Albany and New York City and why the voters aren’t reacting.  Reporter Andrew Grossman of The Wall Street Journal and City Limits editor-in-chief Jarrett Murphy join host Rafael Pi Roman for a discussion of the latest news about a long-running New York State scandal.

As the six month mark approaches after Superstorm Sandy, the Robin Hood Foundation has distributed 100% of the $50 million raised at a star-studded 12-12-12 concert for Sandy relief. NJ Today reporter Brenda Flanagan takes us to Eatontown, NJ where money from the fundraiser built new homes for victims of the storm. Pi Roman follows up with the Robin Hood Foundation’s David Saltzman about how the non-profit managed to distribute the money so quickly and what is being funded across the region.

You may know her best as “Maria” on “Sesame Street” but actress Sonia Manzano is now an author and Pi Roman talks with her in studio about her book for young adults “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” life in New York City’s El Barrio in the 1960’s and 70’s and her writing and acting career on “Sesame Street”.

And meet the fish mongers of Manhattan, a multi-generational fish tale from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism student, Salima Koroma.

Watch the individual MetroFocus segments below and stay up to date on MetroFocus news from the New York region on Twitter.


The Robin Hood Foundation has provided modular home rentals to those displaced by the storm, from money raised during a concert for Hurricane Sandy victims.
Two separate cases involving bribery and corruption resulted in arrests of politicians.
Author and actress Sonia Manzano speaks to MetroFocus anchor Rafael Pi Roman about her book, "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano."
Sonia Manzano’s novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, is a young girl’s coming of age story set in New York City’s “el Barrio” neighborhood in the late 1960s. This was a time when the city’s Puerto Rican - or “Nuyorican” - community was beginning to feel its strength and make political demands.
To date, the Robin Hood Foundation has raised a total of $70.5 million to aid Superstorm Sandy victims.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Salima Koroma reports on a third generation Italian fishmonger family and the unlikely financial success of the seafood business.


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