MetroFocus Full Episode: Cornell NYC Tech, Adolfo Carrión Jr., Broadband in Rural Areas, Malala Speaks Out

This edition of MetroFocus features an in-depth report on the coming Cornell NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. The two billion dollar project will break ground next winter with students and faculty expected to arrive in 2017. In addition to graduate applied sciences and computer engineering courses, a dual-degree master’s program in Information Systems will be offered due to a collaboration between Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University. Host Rafael Pi Roman interviews Dan Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell NYC Tech, and Professor Craig Gotsman, Founding Director of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, about building a culture for tech innovation, the challenges facing a new graduate school and how Cornell Tech will contribute to New York’s growing tech economy.

In the continuing series NYC Votes 2013, Independence Party mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrión Jr. tells Pi Roman he’s running because he represents “that silent majority. And I want to wake that silent majority up.” Joining the conversation online, legendary journalist Dan Rather, host of Dan Rather Reports on AXS TV, submitted his question for the mayoral candidates. Pi Roman asks Carrion Rather’s question on the air as part of MetroFocus’ NYC Votes 2013 project which is collecting viewer questions for upcoming candidate interviews.

A story from Mountain Lake PBS in upstate New York takes us to the town of Thurman as it becomes one of the first communities in the nation to try a new way to bring high speed broadband internet service to rural communities.

And, sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, steps back into the spotlight to speak up for children, freedom and the right to an education for all at the United Nations.

 

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

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> FROM THE WORLD'S LEADING CENTER FOR FINANCE, PUBLISHING, SCIENCE, RESEARCH, MEDIA INNOVATION, AND MUCH MORE, THI IS METRO FOCUS WITH RAFAEL P ROMAN, WINNER OF THE NEW YOR STAY BROADCASTER'S AWARD FO OUTSTANDING, LOCALLY PRODUCE TELEVISION PROGRAM

HIGH TECH AND HIG EXPECTATIONS ON ROOSEVEL ISLAND

IN MANY WAYS, THIS PROJEC IS ITSELF START-UP

AND THE MAYORAL RACE

I REPRESENT THE SILEN MAJORITY I WHAT TONIGHT WAKE THEM UP.

> AND A POWERFUL VOICE THA WILL NOT BE SILENCED

ONE BOOK AND ONE PEN CA CHANGE THE WORLD

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE BY: PLA

HELLO, I'M RAFAEL PI ROMAN.

IT'S BILLED AS A CAMPUS AS A CAMPUS FOR THE NEXT CENTURY.

WHEN IT WAS UNVEILED TO RUN NE YORK CITY'S VERY OWN APPLIE SCIENCES UNIVERSITY, IT' MADE HEADLINES.

IT'S CONNECTING A GREA UNIVERSITY TO NEW YORK'S SILICON ALLEY.

THE CAMPUS WILL BE SET ON TINY ROOSEVELT ISLAND AND THE EAS RIVER AND FINANCED WITH CITY DONATED LAND AND MILLIONS IN PRIVATE FUNDING.

IT WILL COMBINE THE ACADEMIC POWERHOUSES OF NEW YORK'S IV LEAGUE UNIVERSITY CORNELL, WIT ISRAEL'S FAMOUS UNIVERSITY, TH TECHNION IN A MOMENT, WE WILL TALK WITH THE TWO MEN LEADING THE DUAL PROGRAM AND THE CONSTRUCTION O THE NEW CAMPUS, BUT, FIRST, QUICK OVERVIEW THE ARCHITECT'S DRAWING SHOW 2 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF CLASSROOMS, LABS, OFFICES, HOUSES AND CONFERENCE CENTER AND ACRES OF NEW GREEN SPACE O THE TWO-MILE LONG ROOSEVEL ISLAND WITH AN AERIAL TRAM ON THE WES SIDE AND ONLY ONE BRIDGE ON TH EAST, SOME OF THE 12,000 RESIDENTS ON THE TINY ISLAND ARE STILL CONCERNED BUT FO OTHERS, THE ARRIVAL OF 20,00 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS OVER TH YEARS IS GOO NEWS

I THINK FOR THE ISLAND, IT' KIND OF CULTURE SHOCK BECAUS THIS ISLAND HAS BEEN THE SAM FOR A LONG TIME BUT I THIN PERSONALLY IT WILL BRING T ROOSEVELT ISLAND

I MET UP WITH A COUPLE OF PEOPLE FROM THE SCHOOL THEY HAD A LOT OF FIELD TRIP CAME DOWN.

IT WAS VERY, VERY NICE IT WAS GOOD.

INTRODUCED THEM TO A LOT O PEOPLE ON THE ISLAND THEY WERE DOING A LOT OF WORKSHOPS WHICH WA EXCELLENT.

IT'S A GOOD FIT.

THE GROUNDBREAKING IS SET FOR NEXT WINTER.

THE STUDENTS ARE SCHEDULED T ARRIVE IN 2017 BUT CONSTRUCTIO OF THE MULTIBILLION DOLLAR CAMPUS WILL NOT BE FULLY COMPLETED UNTIL 2037 CORNELL UNIVERSITY IS THE LOCA PARTNER IN CORNELL TECH.

ITS ACADEMIC PARTNER FOR THE PLANNED DUAL DEGREE PROGRA IS TH TECHNION IT'S FAMOUS FOR TURNING OUT TECH TALENT IN ISRAEL, A COUNTRY OF 7 MILLION PEOPLE WITH MORE THAN 4800 START-UPS AND THE TECHNION HAS MADE THE CITY OF HAIFA A CIT FOR ISRAEL'S TECH VENTURES T GET THE NEW UNIVERSITY PROGRAM STARTED, GOOGLE, DONATED 22,00 SQUARE FEET OF ITS GIANT CHELSEA HEADQUARTERS AND HOSTE THE BETA CLASS OF CORNEL STUDENTS THIS PAST YEAR.

SEVEN GRADUATE ENGINEERING STUDENTS STUDYING COMPUTER SCIENCE ARRIVED IN JANUARY AND 35 MORE ARE EXPECTED TO STAR THIS SEPTEMBER THE HOPE IS THAT GRADUATES WIL NOT ONLY STAY BUT ALSO START U NEW TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES IN TH CITY AND JOINING US NOW ARE DAN HODELLOCKER, AT THE CORNEL CAMPUS AND THE FOUNDER OF TH DIRECTOR OF THE TECHNION INNOVATION INSTITUTE

THE CORNELL NYC TECH CAMPU IS SUCH LONG-TERM PROJECT, WHAT IS THE PAYOFF

THE PAYOFF IS REALLY TH LONG TERM PAYOFF IN THE SHORTER TERM, WE AR ALREADY STARTING TO ATTRAC SOME OF THE BEST TECHNOLOG TALENT IN THE WORLD IN ACADEMIC SPHERE TO NEW YORK BUT ACADEMI TALENT WHICH IS ALSO INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMI DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY.

SO OUR FACULTY AND STUDENTS AR ENGAGED AND WORKING WITH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN NEW YORK, BRINGING MORE TECHNOLOGY EXPERTISE TO THE CITY, ALREADY EVEN THOUGH WE ARE BARELY OF THE GROUND

AND, CRAIG, WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TECHNION INNOVATION INSTITUT AND THE LARGER TECH CAMPUS

THE CAMPUS ITSELF IS CORNELL CAMPUS BECAUSE CORNELL UNIVERSITY IS THE SENIOR PARTNER IN THIS PROJECT.

AND THEY ARE LEADING THE ACTUA DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAMPU ITSELF WITHIN THE CAMPUS, WE HAVE THE EMBODIMENT OF THE PARTNERSHI BETWEEN THE TWO UNIVERSITIES WHICH IS TH JTCII, AND THAT' WHERE WE HAVE 9 KEY PROGRAMS OF THE KEY ACADEMIC AN RESEARCH PROGRAMS OF THE CAMPU ITSELF BASICALLY, A NUMBER OF MASTERS AND FUTURE ALSO PH.D. PROGRAMS WHICH WILL B INTERDISCIPLINARY, WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM THE CONVENTIONA MASTER OF ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAMS WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY OFFERED IN THE SPRING, O COURSE, THOSE WERE EASIER TO START WITH, BUT IN THE FUTURE, WE WILL HAVE MOR INTERDISCIPLINARY, 9 TYPE OF PROBLEM -- THE TYPE OF PROBLEMS

WHAT IS INNOVATION INSTITUT INNOVATIVE ABOUT THETECHNION INNOVATIVE INSTITUTE.

THE INNOVATION AND TH ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS SOMETHIN THAT THE CITY OF NEW YORK WANT TO HAVE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY.

ISRAEL IS FAMOUS FOR ITS TECHNOLOGY, FOR IT ENTREPRENEURS, FOR THE STARUPS THAT ARE COMING -- START-UPS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THERE AND THAT'S A TYPE OF CULTURE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO BRING TO NEW YORK CITY.

THROUGH THE EDUCATIONA PROGRAMS AND THROUGH THE RESEARCH WE WILL BE DOING AN THE INTERACTION WITH THE TEC ECOSYSTEM IN NEW YORK CITY, WE HOPE TO BRING SOME OF THAT T NEW YORK AND EVENTUALLY GROW IT HERE IN THE CITY AND TURN NE YORK CITY INTO THE HIGH TECH CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES T BEING AT THE BEGINNING OF AN ENTERPRISE THAT WILL REALL TAKE 24 YEARS TO BE COMPLETED?

SO IN MANY WAYS THIS PROJEC IS ITSELF A START-UP IN FACT, IT'S A START-UP INSID A UNIVERSITY AND PARTNERSHIP WITH A GOVERNMENT, WHICH I ALMOST A SELF-CONTRADICTION.

REALLY WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW IS ARTICULATING THE VISION THAT GUIDES THIS CAMPUS FORWAR FOR THAT FIVE-YEAR TIME FRAM AND THEN STARTING TO DO TH IMPLEMENTATION AND WHEN I US THE ANALOGY TO A START-UP, IT' VERY MUCH LIKE A START START-UP THAT HAS GOTTEN THE INITIAL ESTIMATE, WHERE YOU HAVE LON ON VISION AND SHORT ON EXECUTION.

AND SO NOW WE ARE FOCUSED ON BUILDING THOSE PROGRAMS.

AND CRAIG, I WILL START WIT YOU.

WHAT WAS THE ROLE OF MAYOR BLOOMBERG IN GETTING THIS DREA TO BECOME REALITY?

A KEY ROLE.

A KEY ROLE WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAV NOT ONLY THE MAYOR BEHIND US BUT THE ENTIRE -- HIS ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION IN THE CITY HER HAS BEEN HELPING US.

THEY ARE ACTUALING THE PREFERRED PARTNER THIS THI PROJECT, THERE'S CORNELL AND THE CITY OF NE YORK, THER BEEN A TREMENDOUS SOURCE O SUPPORT.

WE MEET WITH HIM QUITE REGULARLY TO UPDATE HIM ON OUR PROGRESS AND THE FEEDBACK AN THE SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS A SO ON WE ARE FOR FORTUNATE TO THAT SUPPORT.

LET'S STAY ON MAYOR BLOOMBERG.

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT POST-BLOOMBERG NEW YOR CITY DAN?

I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT A POST-BLOOMBERG NEW YORK CITY WITH RESPECT TO THIS CAMPUS AT ALL.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT REALL HAS VERY BROAD SUPPORT AS CRAI WAS SAYING THE ONE THING WHERE BLOOMBER HAS BEEN ABLE TO PLAY A UNIQUE ROLE IS MORE BROADLY AROUN BEING A CHAMPION FOR THE TEC SECTOR IN NEW YORK CITY.

9 MAYOR BECAUSE OF HIS MIX O BEING THE MAYOR AND ALSO HAVIN SUCH A STRONG ENTREPRENEURIA BACKGROUND IN HIMSELF IN TECH-RELATED BUSINESSES I UNPARALLELED SPOKESPERSO ALMOST ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD REALLY

HOW CAN YOU GUARANTEE THA THE SCIENTISTS AND THE ENTREPRENEURS THAT YOU TRAIN AFTER YOU TRAIN THEM WILL STAY IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOT GO TO SILICON VALLEY

WE CAN'T GUARANTEE IN THA WE DON'T HAV AN INDENTURE SERVITUDE PROGRAM.

WE ARE BUILDING STRONG TIES, STRONG NETWORKS FOR OU STUDENTS WHILE THEY ARE HERE SO THAT THEY ARE TIED IN TO TH EARLY STAGE ANGEL INVESTORS, T THE EARLY STAGE VENTUR INVESTORS HERE IN NEW YORK T THE START-UP COMPANIES IN NE YORK ALL OF OUR STUDENTS DO INTERNSHIPS AND PROJECTS WIT COMPANIES AND WITH EARLY STAGE INVESTORS WHILE THEY ARE HER IN NEW YORK CITY WHEN THEY HAVE THAT VERY STRON NETWORK UPON GRADUATION, I WILL BE A VERY STRONG ATTRACTO TO KEEP THEM HERE IN NEW YORK.

AND CRAIG, WHAT'S BEEN TH BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED SO FAR AS YOU STARTE YOUR JOB

ATTRACTING THE VERY BES FACULTY.

A KEY TO A GOOD CAMPUS IS TH UNIVERSITY'S FACULTY AND GETTING THE BEST, TH BRIGHTEST, THE CORRECT PROFILE WE NEED TO BUILD THIS VERY UNIQUE CAMPUS IS WHAT'S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE SO FAR

AND DAN, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY

SO I WOULD AGREE WITH CRAIG THAT IT'S REALLY -- AND I WOUL SAY EVEN JUST A LITTLE BROADER IT'S GETTING THE CULTURE RIGHT WE ARE BUILDING A NE ORGANIZATION THAT ORGANIZATION IS REALL INTENDED TO BE A MODEL FOR THE WORLD TO BRING TOGETHE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AN ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP WITH REA WORLD IMPACT REAL WORLD IMPACT IN TERMS O COMMERCIALIZATION, AND THE ALSO I TERMS OF MORE BROADL JUST SOCIETAL IMPACT O TECHNOLOGY

SOME OF THE CHAMPIONS OF TH TECH CAMPUS HAVE SAID THAT THE GOAL IS TO SURPASS, OVERCOME SILICON VALLEY IS THAT YOUR GOAL?

SO MY GOAL IS TO BUILD NE YORK INTO ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADERS IN THE TECH SECTOR I ACTUALLY THINK THAT WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT IS TO IDENTIFY WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT NEW YORK THAT CAN MAKE IT AN EXTREMEL SUCCESSFUL TECHNOLOGY CENTER THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S COMPLIMENTARY TO RATHER THAN COMPETING WITH THE VALLEY.

THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT THE VALLEY DOES WELL AND THERE'S SOME THINGS THAT NEW YORK CA DO VERY WELL IT'S THE BRINGING TOGETHER O TODAY'S VERY RICH INFORMATIO INDUSTRIES, THINGS LIK INFORMATION, ENTERTAINMENT, HEALTH, WITH REAL LEADERSHIP I TECHNOLOGY WE ARE THE CENTER OF SO MANY O THESE INFORMATION-RICH INDUSTRIES, BRINGING REA TECHNOLOGY EXPERTISE HERE ON THE GROUND IN NEW YORK CITY IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW YORK TO LEAD IN THE NEXT CENTURY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

ALL RIGHT, GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE

THANK YOU

WHO WANTS TO BE NEW YOR CITY'S NEXT MAYOR?

'THE NEW YORK TIMES' LISTED 11 CANDIDATES AS MAJOR CONTENDERS SEVEN DEMOCRATS, THREE REPUBLICANS AND ONE INDEPENDEN WITH POSSIBLY MORE TO COME TONIGHT, WE CONTINUE OUR NYC VOTES 2013 COVERAGE WITH A INTERVIEW WITH INDEPENDENT CANDIDAT ADOLFO CARRION

I'M NOT APPEALING TO YOU AS DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS O INDEPENDENTS I' APPEALING TO YOU AS FELLOW NE YORKERS.

LET'S JUST BRING AN END TO THE POLITICS OF PA PARALYSIS AND DIVISION AND MAKE IT YOUR CITY LET' GET INVOLVED AND MAKE IT YOUR CITY.

LET'S REGISTER YOUR NEIGHBOR TO VOTE AND MAKE IT YOUR CITY.

LET'S HELP CHARTER BRIGHT COURSE FOR EVERYONE WHO WANT TO RUN A BUSINESS IN NEW YOR CITY AND MAKE IT YOUR CITY SHOW AMERICA AND THE WORLD THA NEW YORK IS INNOVATIVE, IS ALIVE, AND IS READY TO MOV INTO THE NEX CENTURY AND WE WILL MAKE IT YOUR CITY [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] THIS IS YOUR CITY.

WHOSE CITY I IT

OUR CITY.

WHOSE CITY IS IT?

OUR CITY.

LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THE FUTURE AWAITS US

AND WITH US NOW I CANDIDATE, ADOLFO CARRION

THAT'S VERY INSPIRING AND FUN!

MAKE IT YOUR CITY IS TH THEME OF YOUR CAMPAIGN

IT'S THE THEME AND TAKING OWNERSHIP.

WE HAVE MORE THAN 4 MILLIO VOTERS IN NEW YORK CITY AN ONLY 29% OF THEM CAME OUT TO VOTE IN 2009

WHO IS THE YOU?

YOU KNOW WHAT, IT'S THE SLEEPING GIANT OUT THERE.

THIS 8 850,000 REGISTERED LATINO AND ONLY 190,000 OF THEM CAM OUT TO VOTE.

16%. WE'RE IN A REAL CRISIS IN OU DEMOCRACY.

MY FRIEND ERIC GARCETTI JUST GOT ELECTED LOS ANGELES MAYOR.

2 IN 10, 1% OF THE ELECTORAT CAME OUT TO VOTE SO THEY ESSENTIALLY SAID W DON'T BELIEVE IN THIS ANYMORE.

WE DON'T THINK OUR VOTE COUNTS AND THEY SURRENDERED THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CITY, TH CITY'S POLICIES AND POLITICS AND THE ECONOMY, THE LIFE 69 OF THE CITY TO THE SPECIA INTEREST

WHO ARE THE SPECIAL INTERESTS?

THE SPECIAL INTERESTS IS TH BUSINESS INTEREST OF NEW YOR CITY THAT CAN BUY LOBBYISTS AN SPONSOR POLITICIANS.

THE SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE TH LABOR UNIONS WHETHER THEY BE PRIVATE SECTOR LABOR OR PUBLIC SECTOR, MUNICIPAL WORKERS, AND IT IS NOT THAT THEY ARE BA INTERESTS, BUT WE CAN' SURRENDER OUR POLITICS TO TH SPECIAL INTERESTS.

WE HAVE TO GIVE IT BACK TO THE PEOPLE AND SO WHAT THE PEOPL OF NEW YORK HAVE DONE, THE HAVE EXPRESSED FIVE TIMES OVER THAT THE BELIEVE IN INDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP THEY ELECTED AND REELECTED MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AS A INDEPENDENT.

WE VOTE OUTSIDE OF OUR COMFORT ZONE FOR THE GROWNUP THAT WILL EXTEND THE VISION OF THE CIT THAT WE BELIEVE IN ONE WHERE THERE IS REA OPPORTUNITY, LIKE FOR MY FAMILY YOU KNOW, YOU COME HERE IN THE 1950s AND IN ONE GENERATION, WE GO INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS AN INTO HOMEOWNERSHIP.

NOW, MR. CARRION, WE AR ASKING OUR VIEWERS TO SEND U QUESTIONS AS PART OF THE NYC VOTES 2013 PROJECT WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM NE YORKER AND LEGENDARY JOURNALIST, DAN RATHER

WOW

HE ASKS IF ELECTED, WHAT' FIRST MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU WILL DO ON DAY ONE THAT WILL IMMEDIATELY HELP THE CITY?

NOW, HE SPECIFIED 9 SPECIFIED THE VERY FIRST THING.

I WILL DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN OUR HOUSING THE PROBLEM IS WE HAVE A 2 VACANCY RATE THE CITY HAS BECOM UNAFFORDABLE YOU CANNOT FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IF YOU ARE GROWING INT THE MIDDLE CLASS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HOUSE 9 POOR WE HAVE -- THE POOR.

WE HAVE HAD DIFFICULTY HOUSIN THE HOMELESS P.M. BUT WE ARE NOT GIVING THEM AFFORDABLE OPTIONS TO STAY HERE WE WILL LOSE THE HEART OF TH CITY THE HEART 69 CITY IS THE MIDDL CLASS.

IT'S THE PEOPLE WOULD PAY TAXE WHO VOTE, AND WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS AND ARE TH FABRIC LOOK, WE WENT FROM 1955 WHEN M FOLKS GOT HERE TO 1969, FROM POVERTY TO HOMEOWNERSHIP, AND THAT'S WHAT OUR CITY OUGHT T BE BUT WE HAD THE OPTIONS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO DO THAT

WHAT ABOUT JOBS THAT'S A BIG PART OF YOU AGENDA NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WILL D AS MAY OVER MAYOR TO INCREASE JOBS FO THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK

WE NEED TO INCREASE I BROADBAND CAPACITY TO TAKE OUR ECONOMY FROM A FIRE ECONOMY, FINANCE, INSURANCE, AND REAL ESTATE, TO A FREIGHT ECONOMY FINANCE, REAL ESTATE, AN INFORMATIO TECHNOLOGY THE BIG, THE FUTURE OF THE CITY, ANY GLOBAL CITY TO B COMPETITIVE AGAINST TH BACKDROP OF A SHANGHAI, LONDON, A SILICO VALLEY IN TH BAY AREA, A RALEIGH DURHAM, BOSTON, YOU KNOW, WE WER COMPETIN WITH BOSTON.

WE COMPETE WITH BOSTON ALL THE TIME, WHETHER IT'S BASKETBAL OR BASEBALL.

WE CAN'T ALLOW NEW YORK CITY T FALL BEHIND.

IT HAS TO BE ATTRACTIVE TO INVESTMENT INVESTMENT THE GROWTH SECTOR IS IN I.T.

IF WE ARE GOING TO CREATE JOBS AND PREPARE A WORKFORCE FO THOSE JOBS OF THE FUTURE, WE HAVE TO EXPAND OUR BROADBAND CAPACITY

OKAY.

YOU HAVE SAID THAT THIS CITY THAT WE ARE LIVING IN NOW IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE CITY THAT YOU GREW UP IN MOSTLY BECAUSE 69 OF THE DRAMATIC DECREASE IN CRIME.

WHAT WILL YOU DO TO KEEP NEW YORK CITY THE SAFEST BIG CIT IN THE COUNTRY

WE NEED TO HIRE MORE COPS WE LOST 6,000 COPS SO WHAT WE HAVE IS A SMALLE POLICE FORCE IN TH NEIGHBORHOODS, IN TH PRECINCTS.

WE HAVE TAKEN 1,000 OF THEM AN PUT THEM INTO ANTI-TERRORISM TASK FORCE VERY IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL FOR NEW YORK CITY.

WE HAVE TAKEN ANOTHER 1,000 OR ABOUT TO TAKE ANOTHER 1,000 AN WE WILL PUT THEM IN THE GROUND ZERO HERE TO MAKE SURE OUR TOURISTS AND VISITORS ARE SAFE AND THAT WE CAN HAVE A WATCHFU EYE OVER THIS VERY IMPORTANT UNFORTUNATE GLOBAL TARGET FO TERRORISM, BUT WHERE LASS THAT COME FROM?

IT'S COME FROM THE LOCAL PRECINCTS.

WE NEED TO PUT THE BEAT CO BACK ON THE STREET SO IF YOU HIRE MORE COPS, YO GET THEM OUT OF THE CARS AND YOU RESTORE THE TRUST AND OF THE CONFIDENCE AND THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WE SHOUL HAVE WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

WHEN YOU WERE IN THE CITY COUNCIL AND BRONX BOROUG PRESIDENT YOU WERE CONSIDERE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADERS IN TH CITY WHY DID YOU LEAVE TH DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO RUN FO MAYOR?

LOOK, OUR POLITICAL PROCESS IS BROKEN.

PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR INDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP 40% OF THE AMERICAN EE HECTORRATE - ELECTORATE I INDEPENDENT.

A LARGE SHARE OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS UNAFFILIATED VOTERS AND INDEPENDENT PART VOTERS ALL VOTE WITH AN INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT OF WHAT'S BEST FOR TH CITY NOT FOR TH PARTY, BUT THE CIT AND THE FAMILY AND THE BUSINESS I WANT TO WAKE THE SILEN MAJORITY UP.

THEY ARE HOME.

THEY ARE FRUSTRATED THAT W CAN'T FIX OUR SCHOOL SYSTE STILL.

WE ARE OVERBURDENING OUR BUSINESSES WITH TAXES THAT ARE OUT OF CONTROL, REGULATION THA DOESN'T MAKE SENSE WE NEED TO CREATE AN APP CITY, AN APP ECONOMY, A SMART CITY THAT DELIVERS SERVICES DIRECTL TO PEOPLE IN THE FASTEST AND THE BEST WAY, IN A MODER WAY.

SO YOU DO THAT BY UNTETHERIN YOURSELF FROM THE POLITICA INTERESTS AND GIVING YOURSEL TO THE PEOPLE' INTERESTS.

ALL RIGHT, MR. CARRION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU, RAFAEL

HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE CANDIDATES SUBMIT IT ON OUR WEBSITE: METROFOCUS.ORG AND WE MAY AS IT ON THE AIR.

HARD TO IMAGINE, BUT FO CLOSE TO 20 MILLION AMERICANS, 6% OF THE POPULATION HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS I NOT A PART OF LIFE.

ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE PROBLEM IS MOS SEVERE IN RURAL AREAS WHER ALMOST 25% ARE EITHER USING OL AND SLOW DIAL UP ACCESS OR NO ACCESS AT ALL.

AS WE HEAR FROM UPSTATE NE YORK, BRINGING BROADBAND T UNDER SERVED AREAS IS BI CONCERN.

THURMAN IS GOING TO CONNECT IN A WHOLE NEW WAY.

TOWNS LIKE THURMAN, NESTLED INSIDE OF ADIRONDACK PARK AR HARD TO REACH.

THURMAN IS VERY RURAL YOU CANNOT BUY GAS IN THE TOWN OF THURMAN YOU CANNOT BUY A GALLON OF MIL IN THE TOWN OF THURMAN IT'S VERY COMMUNICATE ORIENTED AND QUIET, PEACEFUL TOWN

EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE BUT IN A MAJOR WAY, THEY ARE DISCONNECTED MUCH OF THE TOWN USES DIAL U OR DRIVES TO THE LOCAL TOW HALL WI-FI HOT SPOT FOR ACCESS

LITTLE COMMUNITIES LIKE THI ONE ARE NOT GOING TO SURVIVE VERY WELL, WITHOUT BROADBAND IT MAKES A HUGE IMPACT ON YOUR ENTIRE CHILDREN.

YOUR CHILDREN CAN'T DO THEIR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.

THEY ARE HAVING TO CHOOS BETWEEN SPORTS AND GETTING THEIR HOMEWORK DONE.

IT AFFECTS EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE, HOW YOU SHOP, HOW YO BANK, EVERYTHING AND IF IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT IS ACCESSIBLE TO YOU COMMUNITY, PEOPLE ARE NOT GOIN TO COME AND STAY IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

LIKE MANY OTHER NEW YOR TOWNS, THURMAN IS TAKING INITIATIVE BUT MOVING IN A DIRECTION FEW HAVE GONE BEFORE THEY ARE ONE OF THE FIRS COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY TRYING TO CREATE A RESIDENTIAL WHITE SPACE NETWORK.

IN THE ADD ADIRONDACKS ESPECIALLY, WE FACE A COUPLE O UNUSUAL CHALLENGES THAT YO DON'T FIND ELSEWHERE IN TH COUNTRY.

ADIRONDACK PARK INDUSTRY RESTRICTS US FROM BUILDING O PEAKS OR RIDGE LINES SO WE CAN'T JUST PUT A TOWER O TOP OF SOME MOUNTAIN FOR ANOTHER THING, WHEN YOU DO DO WIRELESS, 9 EXISTIN TECHNOLOGIES, BEFORE THE WHITE SPACE TECHNOLOGIES WOULD NOT PASS THROUGH TREES AND LEAVE WHICH MEANS COULD YOU NOT DO WIRELESS NETWORKS.

SO THE BENEFIT OF THE WHIT SPACE IS THE FACT THAT THE SIGNALS ARE MUCH LOWER FREQUENCY AND THEY TRAVE THROUGH THE TREES.

THE GOAL IS TO TRANSMIT HIGH-SPEED INTERNET TO RESIDENTS USING WHITE SPACE OR THE UNUSED PORTIONS OF THE ANALOG TV SPECTRUM IT'S PERFECT FOR RURAL AREAS SINCE THEY TEND TO HAVE MORE OPEN CHANNELS THAN CITIES.

ON THIS DAY, THEY ARE STILL IN THE TESTING PHASE, DETERMINING THE BEST LOCATIONS TO PUT RADIOS TO RELAY THE INTERNET SIGNALS ACROSS THE TOWN.

IT'S A MATTER OF A RELA BOUNCING SIGNALS FROM ONE SPOT TO THE NEXT.

WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WE AR BORROWING OR REPRESENTING A SPACE ON THE FIBER FRO FRONTIER O VERIZON, AND W WILL PLUG INTO THAT AND THEN W WILL EXTEND THAT AND COVER A CERTAIN RADIUS OF HOUSES THA WILL GET THIS.

AND THEN WITHIN THAT RADIUS, THEN WE FIND ANOTHER SPOT AN WE BOUNCE THE SIGNAL TO TH NEXT AREA.

ONE THING THEY ALREADY HAVE FIGURED OUT, WHERE TO PLACE TH HEART OF THE NETWORK

THIS IS 9 THE CENTER OF THURMAN WHITE SPACE PROJECT AX LONG THIS ROAD I THE FIBE THAT WE INTEND TO TAP INTO TO THE RIGHT, WITH WE HAVE FRONTIER'S FIBER ON THE POLE AND WE HAVE VERIZON THE SAME POLE SO WE HAVE CARRIER DIVERSITY THE TEST ANTENNA, IT'S MOUNTE TO A TREE AND IT'S UP IN THE LEAVES OF THE TREE FROM HERE WE, HOPE TO COVER TH ROAD GOING TO THE NORTH, GOING DOWN TO THE SOUTH AND WEST OUT TO GARNET LAKE

THIS TOWN PULLED TOGETHER T PROCURE A GRANT THROUG TH STATEWIDE CONNECT NEW YORK BROADBAND INITIATIVE IT COVERS 9 COST O CONSTRUCTING A RESIDENTIAL NETWORK.

THERE WE GO

OTHER WHITE SPACE EXPERIMENTS IN VIRGINIA AN CALIFORNIA, FOR EXAMPLE, WER CONDUCTED USING OLDER MODELS

IT'S BEEN TESTED IN A FEW AREAS OF THE COUNTRY THE FCC HAS BEEN WORKING O APPROVING IT FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN 2011, THEY FINALLY APPROVED THE USE OF IT.

THE EQUIPMENT WAS NOT AVAILABL UNTIL EARLY THIS YEAR.

SO ANY TRIALS THAT WERE DONE ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY WER USING FIRST GENERATION EQUIPMENT FROM A DIFFERENT VENDOR SO NOW WE ARE ON SECON GENERATION EQUIPMENT, WHICH HA HIGHER CAPACITY.

WE HAD BUSINESSES CLOSE DOW BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAV INTERNET THEY CAN'T PROCESS CREDI CARDS.

THIS HE CAN'T GET ONLINE THEY ACTUALLY HAD PEOPLE STO THEIR SALE TO BUY A HOME HER WHEN THEY FOUND OUT THERE WA NO INTERNET.

WE ARE HOPING THAT ONCE WE GET THURMAN UP AND RUNNING AND EVERYBODY ELSE SEES WHAT W WERE ABLE TO DO WE FEEL CERTAI THAT IT WILL JUST TAKE OFF EVERYWHERE

IF TESTING CONTINUE ACCORDING TO PLAN, THEY AR HOPING TO BEGIN THE BUILDING O THE ACTUAL NETWORK DURING TH SUMMER, HAVING EVERYTHING UP AND RUNNING FOR RESIDENTS BY EARLY AUTUMN I'M TAMEKA WEATHERSPOON, I THURMAN, NEW YORK, FOR METRO FOCUS.

HER SHOOTING SHOCKED TH WORLD.

HER SURVIVAL INSPIRED MILLIONS MALALA, THE PAKISTANI TEENAGER WHO IS AN OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION FOR GIRLS WA SHOT IN THE HEAD FROM TH TALIBAN ON HER WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL SHE SPENT MONTHS IN BRITIS HOSPITALS BUT NOW SHE'S BACK I THE SPOTLIGHT.

WE WANT TO YOU IS SEE AND HEA HER IN THE LISTENING I SEGMENT.

IT'S AN EXCERPT TO 9 THE SPEEC TO THE UNITED NATIONS YOUT ASSEMBLY ON JUNE 12th.

ON THE 9th OF OCTOBER 2012, THE TALIBAN SHOT ME ON THE LEFT SIDE OF MY FOREHEAD THEY SHOT MY FRIENDS TOO.

THEY THOUGHT THAT THE BULLET WOUL SILENC US BUT THEY FAILED.

WE WILL CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY T OUR DESTINATION OF PEACE AND EDUCATION.

NO ONE CAN STOP US.

AND IF WE WANT T ACHIEVE OU GOAL, THEN LET US EMPOWE OURSELVES WITH THE WEAPON OF KNOWLEDGE.

AND LET US HEA OURSELVES WITH UNITY AND TOGETHERNESS SO LET US WAGE A GLORIOU STRUGGLE AGAINST ILLITERACY TERRORISM.

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