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January 07, 2017 at 5:13 am

Tonight, Governor Cuomo’s recently announced proposal to offer free college tuition for students sounds like a great plan, but one expert gives it a failing grade. Find out why.

He’s one of many who wants to unseat Mayor Bill de Blasio. We get into the issues with New York State Senator Tony Avella in part two of our conversation with the mayoral contender.

Next, before it was a hit television show, there were the “real” Mad Men of Madison Avenue who manipulated each and every one of us. Their story is ahead as part of the new Smithsonian Channel four-part series The Real Mad Men of Advertising.

Finally, experience a sense of someone else’s reality with the new PBS Independent Lens documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things, which is a celebration of outcasts everywhere.

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January 06, 2017 at 5:32 am

New York State Senator Tony Avella thinks our homeless problem is getting worse, taxes are growing too high, and the quality of life is fading, and he wants to do something about it. In fact, he wants to unseat Bill de Blasio as mayor to make these problems go away. He’ll be here with his plan to fix what he thinks is broken in New York City.

Russians expelled from Long Island in the wake of the election hacking scandal. We have the latest on this drama playing out on the North Shore. Then, if you’re all about the next must have gadget and can’t afford to get out to the Consumer Electronics Show starting today in Las Vegas: fear not. We’re going to take you there and preview the latest that technology has to offer.

Finally, we’re headed to the heights, Jackson Heights that is, for an intimate look at the people and the dreams that make that neighborhood a special part of New York City.

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December 21, 2016 at 5:47 am

We take you inside the fight by Church sanctuaries in Manhattan to remain safe havens for undocumented immigrants.

A stunning development in Long Island’s Gilgo Beach serial killer case? Is it possible that the former chief of police is involved? That’s the claim, and we’ve got the latest.

He was the visionary architect that saw the future and made it so. We have a look at the new PBS American Masters documentary that explores the work of Eero Saarinen.

Finally, what was supposed to be a look for love, turned into a study in arranged marriages. We have a look at the Independent Lens documentary Meet The Patels which follows the hijinks of one man’s 21st century search for a wife using traditional Indian methods.

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December 17, 2016 at 7:18 am

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff gives us a fascinating look at how advances in military medicine are changing the lives of America’s service members. Woodruff, who was critically injured covering the War in Iraq in 2006 and was saved by military medical care, brings his personal understanding of the issues to this special half-hour exploration.

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December 16, 2016 at 4:03 am

Find out Mayor de Blasio’s thoughts on the Trump presidency, its potential impact on New York’s working poor, the future of the Democratic Party, terror threats to the city, and what the mayor feels are his greatest accomplishments and challenges. WABC Eyewitness News anchor Bill Ritter joins MetroFocus host Jack Ford with analysis of his conversation with the mayor on ABC 7’s Up Close.

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