Preview 5/7: Dean Skelos, Concentrated Poverty, The Rule of Nobody, Rocking the Boat

May 06, 2015 at 1:45 pm

On the next edition of MetroFocus:

Matt Ryan reports from Albany on the political fallout from the arrest of State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County) and his son on corruption charges just four months after the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) on a different set of corruption charges.

Anchor Jack Ford talks with NYU associate professor Patrick Sharkey about the issue of concentrated poverty and race, as part of the new multi-platform public media initiative reporting series Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America. This week MetroFocus, PBS Newshour Weekend and NJTV News will all broadcast reports on concentrated poverty. You can see all of the Chasing the Dream reporting at

Author Philip K. Howard addresses what he sees as the issue of government dysfunction due to the burden of too many rules in his book The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government in an interview with host Rafael Pi Roman.

And in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, a program called Rocking the Boat is teaching STEAM subjects through boat building, navigation and environmental projects. This story is part of American Graduate, which focuses on keeping students on the path to graduation.

MetroFocus Airs: 
WLIW21     Thursday     5/7    7:00pm
Thirteen      Thursday     5/7    8:30pm
NJTV           Thursday     5/7    10:30pm

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