October 13, 2016: Gangs Of New York: 4 L.I. Teens Murdered. Cracking Down on Corruption. Rehabilitation Through The Arts. Living Your Best Life After 40.

October 14, 2016 at 5:30 am

For one community on Long Island, the school year has started off with unimaginable tragedy. The bodies of four teenagers were found dead in the course of a month, and all are believed to be tied to gang violence. Investigations are still ongoing, but the gang in question goes by the name Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini has confirmed that 12 gang-related arrests have been made in the past few weeks, but no charges have been filed in connection with the murders. Tonight, MetroFocus’ William Jones is on the scene in Brentwood speaking with the families impacted as the investigation unfolds and authorities work to find the people responsible for this tragic loss of life.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara has come to be known as a crusader prosecutor, and the name is well deserved. In the years since he’s taken on the position, he has brought diplomats, wall street executives and state politicians alike to justice. Bharara is responsible for having prosecuted the well-known Albany corruption cases OF former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. In this Metrofocus exclusive interview, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara takes Contributor Casey Seiler to the frontlines of his fight against what he has dubbed Albany’s “Cauldron of Corruption.”

The national average rate of recidivism among prison inmates hovers above 60 percent. With the help of organizations like Rehabilitation Through the Arts, or RTA, that number plummets to about five percent. RTA is a creative arts program operating in multiple maximum and medium-security New York State correctional facilities. Its mission is to use the arts to transform those behind bars so that they can live productive lives once they rejoin the outside world. The program has seen improved social and communication skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence and its participants have gone on to complete GEDs, college, and even masters degrees. As part of our ongoing reporting initiative, Chasing the Dream, we spotlight this transformational arts program with its founder and Executive Director, Katherine Vockins.

Who says it’s downhill after 40? Turns out, women who are middle-aged are living life more vibrantly than ever before, or at least that’s according to one of New York’s premier psychologists and relationships experts and nationally known psychotherapist, Dr. Robi Ludwig. In fact, she wrote the book on how women can make the most out of this age bracket and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. Dr. Robi Ludwig, author of Your Best Age is Now, sits down to discuss how mid-life doesn’t mean the glass is half-empty, but overflowing with tremendous growth.


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