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January 11, 2017 at 5:55 am

Today is day two of the Cuomo “State of the State Tour” rolls into Long Island. His plans, and their impact on our community, are in detail tonight. Then, the weather may be cold but according to reports, not as chilly as the relationship between Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. City & State Magazine has the latest on what has come to be known in New York simply as “The Feud.” Finally, imagine a nuclear bomb more powerful than Hiroshima hitting Arkansas and wiping ten million people off the face of the Earth. It almost happened! One of the most frightening stories you’ve likely never heard from a man who lived to tell it.

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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 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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November 24, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, nearly 60,000 people are sleeping in New York City shelters every night, according to the most recent statistics from City Hall. That number is up 18 percent since Mayor de Blasio took office two years ago, but city officials say congestion in shelters would be much worse if not for large investments in homeless programs. For many people on the streets, part of the problem is that they don’t know where their families are or how to contact them. That’s where Miracle Messages steps in. The organization uses videos and social media to track down and reunite the homeless with their families. The group’s founder, Kevin Adler, joins us tonight to talk more about the city’s homeless problem and the miracles his organization is facilitating every day.

Next, Koko the Gorilla isn’t your average ape. This 45-year-old primate was taught sign language as a youngster by an animal psychologist who has gone on to become her surrogate mother. For decades, Koko has received worldwide recognition for her ability to communicate with humans. But some in the scientific community are skeptical about her true ability to understand and respond to what people are saying. The documentary, Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, from PBS and the BBC explores this remarkable animal’s life and the controversy surrounding her. Tonight we take a look at the film and sit down with the documentary’s producer to go inside Koko’s story.

Finally, while you snuggle up with your loved ones in front of the TV, what are some of the top films sure to get you in the holiday spirit? Our friends from Fandango share their list of the best season-starters.

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November 22, 2016 at 5:43 am

Tonight, the challenges of having a president-elect living in the heart of Manhattan are posing unprecedented problems for New York. News this weekend that future First Lady Melania Trump will stay in the city as Barron Trump finishes out the school year is only expected to further complicate plans to protect the incoming first family while also allowing New Yorkers to go about their daily lives. Former New York City traffic commissioner and leading transportation advocate Sam Schwartz, otherwise known as Gridlock Sam, tells us what the city can do to prevent “Trump-lock Armageddon.”

Next, President-Elect Donald Trump campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare, which he often called a catastrophe. But his recent interview on CBS 60 Minutes suggests he may have changed his mind about completely repealing the Affordable Care Act. Is the new posture merely a change in tone? And if he does still intend to at least radically reform Obamacare, how will the changes affect us here in New York? Paul Howard, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explores what healthcare could look like under a Trump administration.

Finally, for more than 140 years, New York city’s 92nd Street Y has been a valuable center for the arts, culture and the community. They are now expanding their reach to connect people and communities around the world with their newly named Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. We look at how the new addition is re-imagining the role of the community center in the digital world, allowing everyone to give back and transform lives.

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