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October 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

It looks like it’s full steam ahead for The Gateway Project, an infrastructure proposal that will add two new tunnels to improve rail connections between New York and New Jersey and avert what some are calling “Transportation Armageddon.” The project was recently placed on the President’s Permitting Dashboard, a process that will have any permitting needs for Gateway pushed to the front of the line. If all goes according to plan, New York Senator Chuck Schumer says that construction on the Hudson tunnel portion of the project could begin in 2019. But, is the project truly necessary? What obstacles stand in its way? And beyond that, why has it been so difficult to build and repair our nation’s infrastructure over the past few decades? Philip K. Howard, chair of Common Good, a nonpartisan coalition whose goal is to simplify government, joins us to discuss how critical The Gateway Project is for our region and the roadblocks that infrastructure projects face.

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October 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, as time ticks away, the Trump and Clinton campaigns become more and more about numbers, but events from both sides of the aisle this weekend have caused public opinion to sway. Between the release of a 2005 recording of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women and a press conference with women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, everything seemed to come to a head at the second presidential debate on Sunday night. The drama escalated as each candidate took aggressive swipes at each other on every topic possible. As the dust settles from a turbulent weekend in politics, many in the Republican Party are turning their backs on their own nominee, Donald Trump, even going as far as urging him to bow out. All these events have affected the standings of both candidates, but they each seem determined to see this race through to the end. Tonight, we speak to political writer Harry Enten from his headquarters at 538, to update you on everything you need to know from this constantly-changing race to the White House.

Next, if this past Sunday’s presidential debate is any indicator, the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could be one of the most contentious in modern times. But what does it take to run for the most powerful office in the world? The Contenders: 16 for ’16 is a PBS series that looks at the most compelling and influential presidential campaigns of the past fifty years using first-hand accounts from many former presidential hopefuls, from Jesse Jackson and Howard Dean to Gary Hart and Pat Buchanan. Carlos Watson, host of The Contenders: 16 for ’16 and editor of OZY Media, takes us inside the next episode titled “The Conservatives,” airing tonight at 8 p.m. on Thirteen, which explores the campaigns of Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee in the 1964 election, and President Ronald Reagan.

Then, tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Jewish ‘Day of Atonement.’ In honor of the reverent holiday, we bring you a unique story in Jewish history that would have been largely forgotten if not for a Catholic priest. Father Patrick Desbois spent over a decade traveling across Eastern Europe in search of mass graves used by Nazi Germany killing squads to bury some 2 million Jews — roughly a third of those who died during the Holocaust. We sit down with Desbois to talk about his work and his goal: to learn from the past and stop this kind of genocide from happening again.

Finally, while New York is working on completing the Second Avenue subway line and Williamsburg prepares for the impending shutdown of the L train, London has embarked on a massive transit project of its own. The Crossrail Project is a super tunnel that will connect one end of London to the other and create 26 miles of new tunnels and connections to existing infrastructure. For the jam-packed, centuries-old city, this feat is no easy task and is filled with challenges and hazards at every turn. A new Nova documentary called Super Tunnel takes its audience underground to explain the importance of the new line while exploring risks this project poses to the city’s existing infrastructure. Tonight, NOVA Senior Producer Chris Schmidt takes us inside the film and gives us an exclusive look at Europe’s largest construction project.

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October 11, 2016 at 6:26 pm

While New York is working on completing the Second Avenue subway line and Williamsburg prepares for the impending shutdown of the L train, London has embarked on a massive transit project of its own. The Crossrail Project is a super tunnel that will connect one end of London to the other and create 26 miles of new tunnels and connections to existing infrastructure. For the jam-packed, centuries-old city, this feat is no easy task and is filled with challenges and hazards at every turn. A new Nova documentary called Super Tunnel takes its audience underground to explain the importance of the new line while exploring risks this project poses to the city’s existing infrastructure. Tonight, NOVA Senior Producer Chris Schmidt takes us inside the film and gives us an exclusive look at Europe’s largest construction project.

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October 11, 2016 at 5:30 am

If you’re from New Jersey, expect an unpleasant surprise when you go to fill up your gas tank. The price per gallon for gas is going to hike up 23 cents, a price that Governor Chris Christie has agreed on with the state’s Democratic leaders. Where will the added nickels and dimes go? The state’s depleted transportation fund, which foots […]

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October 08, 2016 at 10:30 am

The Brooklyn Bridge may be getting some major upgrades as city officials explore the idea of expanding the promenade. In recent years, the bridge has earned a reputation for being congested with people. Between tourists, speeding cyclists, and busy commuters, the 133 year-old landmark isn’t that easy to cross. The issue has caught the attention of the city’s Department of […]

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October 07, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, City Hall is under serious scrutiny as Mayor Bill De Blasio’s political nonprofit organization, “The Campaign for One New York,” goes under investigation. The ethics violations that triggered the inspection have now led to a sweeping subpoena on our city’s seat of power and an extensive look into the communications between the mayor, his aides, the organization, and its donors. What are they looking for? Tonight, we’re digging for those answers with William K. Rashbaum, the New York Times reporter who broke the story.

Next, to this day it remains both one of the greatest aviation mysteries in history and a deeply personal tragedy for our area. On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport on its way to Paris, France. Twelve minutes later, the Boeing 747 jetliner exploded off the coast of Long Island and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 230 people on board. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the plane went down after a short circuit led to an explosion onboard, but not everyone agrees with the conclusion. 20 years after the crash, News 12 Long Island went back and interviewed those involved with the case to try and figure out what exactly happened. Tonight the producer behind that report, Brad Trettien, joins us to explain what he and his team uncovered.

Finally, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth boasts a career that spans all facets of show business, and now the notoriously bubbly performer is opening up to MetroFocus and revealing a side of her that’s never been seen…a sultry, jazzy side. Her new album, “The Art of Elegance,” has been described by critics as vibrant and beautiful, and has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz Chart. A bit of a departure from her Broadway persona. At the Great White Way, she’s known for roles such as Glinda the Good Witch in the original cast of Wicked and Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Now, she’s returning to her roots in a limited engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in My Love Letter to Broadway. And after all that, she shows no signs of slowing down. By the end of this year, Chenoweth will have put out “The Art of Elegance,” designed a jewelry collection, and starred in NBC’s Hairspray Live! as Velma Von Tussle. Tonight, the multi-faceted actress takes time out of her jam-packed schedule to discuss what’s new and what’s next in her dazzling career.

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October 06, 2016 at 6:28 pm

To this day it remains both one of the greatest aviation mysteries in history and a deeply personal tragedy for our area. On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport on its way to Paris, France. Twelve minutes later, the Boeing 747 jetliner exploded off the coast of Long Island and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 230 people on board. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the plane went down after a short circuit led to an explosion onboard, but not everyone agrees with the conclusion. 20 years after the crash, News 12 Long Island went back and interviewed those involved with the case to try and figure out what exactly happened. Tonight the producer behind that report, Brad Trettien, joins us to explain what he and his team uncovered.

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September 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Tonight, we are continuing our coverage of yesterday morning’s crash of a New Jersey Transit train that caused catastrophic damage to the Hoboken Terminal. The incident injured over 100 people and left one dead, disrupting the morning commutes of NJ Transit passengers across the region. MetroFocus returns to the scene of the terrible accident where MetroFocus contributor William Jones investigates […]

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September 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm

This morning’s commute took a deadly turn when a New Jersey Transit train failed to reduce speed while entering a major station in Hoboken. At 8:45 a.m., a commuter train went airborne after hitting a bumper block and plowed into a crowded passenger concourse; the force of the crash caused parts of the ceiling to cave in. At least one person standing on the platform was killed by falling debris, and more than 100 people sustained injuries both inside the train and the station. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stated that all passengers trapped on the train were safely evacuated earlier today and investigations are ongoing to determine what caused this tragic event. Tonight, MetroFocus is on the scene in Hoboken getting you the latest from the people there and what this might do to transit in New Jersey and New York.

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