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Following the election, which resulted in the landslide victory of incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, we address the national implications of his re-election to a second term as New York City’s mayor. A new way to help at-risk families. Tonight we’ll take you inside one of the city’s new Group Attachment Based Intervention (GABI) centers. Before astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in space, Buzz Aldrin made history by walking on the moon. He’s here, so get ready for lift off!

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BILL DE BLASIO SAILS INTO A LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN AN ELECTION THAT SAW FEW SURPRISES ACROSS THE CITY BUT INTERESTING RESULTS IN LONG ISLAND AND NEW JERSEY AND ALL WITH BIG NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS.

THE BREAK DOWN AHEAD.

> AN AMAZING NEW WAY TO HELP AT-RISK YOUTH.

WE WILL TAKE YOU INSIDE ONE OF THE NEW GABBY CENTERS.

> BEFORE ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY SPENT A YEAR IN SPACE BUZZ ALDRON MADE HISTORY BY WALKING ON THE MOON.

'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

> THIS IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD AND JENNA FLANNIGAN.

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> AMERICA GOT A LITTLE FAIRER TONIGHT.

AMERICA GOT A LITTLE BLUER TONIGHT.

AND TONIGHT NEW YORK CITY SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE WHITE HOUSE, AS WELL.

OUR MESSAGE WAS THIS, YOU CAN'T TAKE ON NEW YORK VALUES AND WIN, MR. PRESIDENT.

IF YOU TURN AGAINST THE VALUES OF YOUR HOMETOWN, YOUR HOMETOWN WILL FIGHT BACK.

GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M RAFAEL PI ROMAN.

BILL DE BLASIO COMPLETED A LANDSLIDE VICTORY SECURING A SECOND TERM AS MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY.

TOUTING HIS PROGRESSIVE AGENDA AND HIS COMMITMENT TO CHALLENGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE INCUMBENT OVERWHELMED HIS OPPONENT.

A FEW SURPRISES DOWN BALLOT BUT ON LONG ISLAND SWEEPING CHANGES WITH TWO KEY POSITIONS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE TURNING OVER TO DEMOCRATS.

IN THE RACE TO REPLACE CHRIS CHRISTIE PHIL MURPHY DEFEATED WHILE THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION REMAINS IN THE HANDS OF DEMOCRATS WHILE RALPH NORTHAM.

PLENTY TO DISCUSS WITH OUR PANEL.

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

SO PRETTY MUCH THINGS WENT AS EXPECTED IN THE MAYORAL RACE AS THE POLLS PREDICTED.

BUT INTERESTING IMPLICATIONS IN THE RACE.

WE WILL TALK ABOUT IT.

LET ME START WITH THE RACE AS I MENTIONED IN THE INTRODUCTION.

THE DEMOCRAT BEAT REPUBLICAN JACK MARTINS.

AND ALSO THE COMP TROLLER THERE, AND IN WESTCHESTER I THINK THAT IS A BIG ONE.

SO THESE ARE CONSIDERED SURPRISES.

AT THE VERY LEAST THEY ARE SIGNIFICANT.

HOW SIGNIFICANT?

I AM SURPRISED BY THE MARGIN IN THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY RACE.

. I THINK THAT IS ONE IMPLICATION IS IT TAKES A POTENTIAL CHALLENGER FOR GOVERNOR CUOMO.

I HESITATE TO READ INTO LOCAL RACES THAT EXPRESS LOCAL DYNAMICES AND INVOLVE INDIVIDUAL LOCAL PEOPLE TO SAY ANYTHING BIGGER ABOUT POLITICS.

I DON'T KNOW THAT THE COUNTY EXEC RACES SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE STATE BUT THEY ARE CERTAINLY INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS.

I THINK THE MAYOR IS RIGHT IN HIS INTRO THAT THE WORLD WILL GET BLUER AND WILL STAY THAT WAY IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS AND THREE YEARS.

LET ME MAKE THE LEAP THAT JARED HAS THE GOOD SENSE NOT TO.

PART OF A BLUE WAVE.

ON THE TWO COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES IT IS BECOMING MORE DEMOCRATIC.

I DON'T THINK THIS MEANS ANYTHING FOR THE SOUTH OR MIDWEST OR ALL OF THOSE SQUARE STATES IN THE MIDDLE.

BUT FROM NEW JERSEY TO VIRGINIA WHICH, BY THE WAY, IS A MID ATLANTIC STATE AND NOT REALLY A SOUTHERN STATE ANYMORE, FROM NOT ONLY THE CITY OF NEW YORK BUT SUBURBS DEMS HAVE LOTS OF ADVANTAGES.

WE SAW THE ROMPING YESTERDAY AND I THINK WE CAN GET MORE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I THINK THAT WESTCHESTER CASE IS A REAL BIG IMPACT IN THE GOVERNOR'S RACE.

I THINK THE LAST TIME AROUND GOT 41%. HE COULD BE OUT OF THE PICTURE NOW.

LOOK AHEAD TO 2020 PEOPLE THINK HE WANTS TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

THIS LOOKS EASIER FOR HIM.

DO YOU THINK IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO IN A NATIONAL MINI BLUE WAVE OF THE DEMOCRATS?

IT FITS THE NARRATIVE.

I THINK THE BIG ISSUE WAS CORRUPTION.

BIG CASES.

THE INCUMBENT WHO CHOSE NOT TO RUN FOR ELECTION --

WAS INDICTED.

HE WAS CONVICTED.

AND BOTH WERE TRYING TO MAKE THE CASE THAT THEY WERE STRONGER ON CORRUPTION.

SHE IS I THINK MORE OF AN OUTSIDER.

MORE CLOSELY TIED.

IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.

ALWAYS SOME LOCAL DYNAMIC.

YOU CAN'T LOOK AT EVERYONE OF THESE THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THOSE REGIONS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AND NOT SEE THAT THERE ARE PATTERNS THERE.

SO LET'S TURN TO THE MAYORAL RACE.

YOU KNOW THE MARGINS WERE ACTUALLY LARGER THAN THEY WERE, THAN THE POLLS PREDICTED.

I'M LOOKING AT YOU BECAUSE YOU SAID IT WOULD BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

I WAS SURPRISED THAT THERE WERE NO SURPRISES ON THAT, THAT MAYOR DE BLASIO COVERED THE SPREAD, I GUESS, AND WINNING I THINK IT WAS 66-28.

A VERY SIZABLE MARGIN ON A NIGHT WHERE THE TURNOUT WAS ABOUT WHERE IT WAS FOUR YEARS AGO.

WHICH IS AN ALL-TIME LOW.

MAYBE SURPRISING.

IT WAS A COLD, HARD RAIN DURING VOTING HOURS.

PEOPLE CAME UP TO VOTE.

BUT I THINK WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THAT PEOPLE TURN TO THE FACT THAT THE TOTAL VOTE WAS LOWER.

THE MARGIN WAS SMALLER.

I THINK AS YOU MENTIONED THE BIG STORY PERHAPS --

MAYBE THAT IS THE REASON, BY THE WAY.

SO JOHN, WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THIS MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR THE MAYOR PLUS THE LOW TURNOUT, WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE MAYOR FOR HIS AGENDA?

FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

TO THAT POINT ONE THING IS REALLY INTERESTING I DON'T THINK DE BLASIO LAID OUT A LOT OF NEW INITIATIVES ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL T. IS MORE OF THE SAME OLD THING.

DID DOUBLE DOWN ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

BUT NO REAL BIG NEW INITIATIVE.

WANTS TO EXPAND TO 3 K.

I THINK IT IS JUST GOING TO BE MORE OF THE SAME, NOT A REAL BIG MANDATE TO BEGIN WITH.

NOT A LOT THAT HE WAS CALLING FOR.

I THINK HE WANTS TO NATIONALIZE IT.

HE WANTS TO GIVE A BLUE SPEECH.

I DON'T JUST MEAN THE SUIT HE WAS WEARING IN THE OPEN.

THERE IS A REAL NEW LOCAL INITIATIVE.

FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW THIS IS ALL ABOUT PRESENTING HIMSELF AS A NATIONAL FIGURE IN THE PROGRESSIVE WING OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY USING THE VOTE YESTERDAY AS PART OF HIS ARGUMENT THAT HE IS A BIG DEAL.

UNFORTUNATELY HE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO SOLVE THAT.

IN JANUARY HE WILL BE A LAME DUCK IN EFFECT BECAUSE HE WILL BE TERM LIMITED AT THE END OF THE SECOND TERM.

DOES THAT WEAKEN HIM OR LIBERATE HIM TO LET HIS PROGRESSIVE FREE FLAG FLY?

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

I THINK IT DEPENDS ALSO ON WHAT A LOT OF OTHER OPERATORS IN GOVERNMENT DOES.

HE IS A LAME DUCK.

AS OF THIS MORNING EVERYONE ELSE IS THINKING ABOUT A NEW JOB IN 2021 BECAUSE BASICALLY EVERYBODY IS TERM LIMITED.

I THINK THAT THEN GOES TO THE QUESTION OF THE NATIONAL AMBITION AND WHETHER HE IS OR ISN'T GOING TO TRY FOR THAT.

THERE IS ALMOST A STRATEGIC IMPERATIVE TO KEEP THAT ALIVE BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU JUICE.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT PAST MAYORS, MAYOR BLOOMBERG WAS ALMOST CONSTANTLY RUNNING.

IT'S BEEN A THING THAT MAYORS DO BUT GIVES YOU A SENSE THAT YOUR CAREER IS NOT GOING TO END ON JANUARY 1, 2022.

YOU TALK ABOUT THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE AND THE COMPTROLER.

THEY WON.

THEY ARE TERM LIMITED.

THEY BOTH HAVE MAYORAL I CAN'T VOUCH FOR THAT.

HOW IS THAT GOING TO EFFECT THE DYNAMIC BETWEEN THEM AND THE MAYOR?

I THINK STRINGER STANDS OUT.

WHEN IT WAS LOOKING LIKE HE HAD A CHANCE TO JUMP IN THIS TIME AROUND HE WAS REALLY AGGRESSIVE, LOTS OF APPEARANCES.

WHEN THE PAY TO PLAY ALLEGATIONS WENT AWAY THERE WERE NO INDICTMENTS HE GOT QUIET AGAIN.

HE IS ONE OF THE KEY CHECKS ON THE MAYOR.

EXPECT HIM TO GET REAL AGGRESSIVE AND MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF.

.

WAS THERE ANYWAY THAT THIS ELECTION WAS GOING TO TURN OUT ANY DIFFERENT?

COULD ANOTHER REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE HAVE THE CHANCE TO BEAT THE INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT OR HAS THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE CITY MADE THAT DIFFICULT?

I THINK THE LESSON WOULD BE THE BIG FOLKS CHICKENED OUT.

THERE WAS A PERIOD MAYBE WHERE DE BLASIO DID LOOK POTENTIALLY VULNERABLE.

ONCE HE WASN'T INDICTED --

EVEN SO, BOLD LEADERS STEP FORWARD AND TAKE ON BIG CHALLENGES.

I THINK IF YOU LOOK ACROSS THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE OF NEW YORK THERE WAS A LOT OF ISSUE.

THE NEXT THING TO PAY ATTENTION TO, COUNCIL SPEAKER.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT.

JUST EXPLAIN SHE WAS TERM LIMITED OUT OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

THERE IS A NEW SPEAKER OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

HOW WILL THAT CHANGE THE DYNAMIC WITH THE MAYOR?

THERE ARE EIGHT MEN, ALL MEN RUNNING FOR THAT POSITION WHICH IS NOTABLE.

AND I THINK THEIR POSITIONS ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME.

THERE MAY BE DIFFERENCES HERE AND THERE.

IT IS A BIG QUESTION.

WILL IT BE SOMEONE THE MAYOR WANTS IN THAT POSITION.

HOW FRIENDLY WILL THAT PERSON BE WITH THE MAYOR?

HOW EASY WILL IT BE TO PASS LEGISLATION OR ALTERNATIVELY BLOCK LEGISLATION?

HE HAS HAD A PRETTY GOOD SITUATION.

DOES HE HAVE A FAVORITE?

IS THERE SOMEBODY WHO HAS THE END ON THIS?

I THINK HE IS BEING AT LEAST PRETTY QUIET ABOUT HIS PICK.

LAST TIME HE RUFFLED SOME FEATHERS.

THERE HAVE BEEN SOME ROUNDS OF THE COUNCIL SINCE.

I THINK HE WANTS TO BE CAREFUL OF THAT.

THIS WILL BE A ONE-TERM SPEAKER.

THAT MIGHT EFFECT WHAT THEY ARE THINKING IN TERMS TO THEIR DYNAMICS.

LET ME GO BACK.

SHE RAN A RESPECTABLE CAMPAIGN.

DOES SHE HAVE A POLITICAL FUTURE?

A LOT MORE PEOPLE HAVE HEARD ABOUT HER THIS MORNING THAN HAD HEARD OF HER SIX MONTHS AGO.

SHE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD CLOSE ANY OF THOSE DOORS.

SHE IS UP A LITTLE STEP.

YOU GUYS AGREE?

SHE IS YOUNG AND AMBITIOUS.

SHE DIDN'T EXACTLY LIGHT FIRE HERE.

SHE WORKED HARD.

SHE'S SMART.

SHE CLEARLY WAS THINKING ABOUT HER FUTURE MOST LIKELY IN STATEN ISLAND WHILE SHE COULDN'T KICK TOO FAR DOWN THE CURB.

I THINK THERE IS SOME FUTURE.

WE HAVE TO WRAP IT UP THERE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY.

WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

THANK YOU.

> ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MAN KIND.

1969 APOLLO 11 BECAME THE FIRST SPACE FLIGHT TO LAND HUMANS ON THE MOON.

ASTRONAUTS NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN MADE HISTORY.

ALMOST 47 YEARS LATER AT THE AGE OF 86 BUZZ ALDRIN CONTINUES TO EXPLORE, INSPIRE AND ADVOCATE FOR SPACE TRAVEL.

IN HIS NEW BOOK 'NO DREAM IS TOO HIGH' ALDRIN REFLECTS ON THE JOURNEY THAT LED TO HIS ROLE IN THE HISTORIC MOON LANDING AND SHARES THE LESSONS HE LEARNED GETTING THERE.

JOINING ME NOW HERE ON THE DECK OF THE INTREPID MUSEUM IS BUZZ ALDRIN.

IT'S AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.

BRINGS BACK MEMORIES.

NOT A NAVY GUY.

DEFINITELY NOT A NAVY GUY.

THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING BOOK IN THAT IT'S BOTH AUTO BIGRAPHICAL AND INSPIRATIONAL.

YOU TELL A LOT OF FASCINATING STORIES ABOUT YOUR LIFE, SOME THAT SURPRISE ME.

IN THE PROCESS YOU SHARE LESSONS THAT COULD HELP ALL OF US MAKE THE BEST OUT OF OUR LIVES.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WRITE THE BOOK AND WHY IN THIS WAY?

MAYBE IT'S THE SAME REASON THAT I PLAYED WITH JOHN TRUVOLTA IN THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SORT OF THINGS.

IT SORT OF KEEPS ME IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC AS A VERSATILE PERSON, NOT JUST THE BOOK WORM OR DOCTOR RONDE VOUS.

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOU AND NEIL ARMSTRONG.

YOU GUYS COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE DIFFERENT BUT THE WAY YOU WRITE ABOUT HIM IN THE BOOK IS AS A BROTHER WOULD WRITE ABOUT ANOTHER BROTHER.

I FIRST MET HIM I WAS VISITING ED WHITE BECAUSE ED HAD A HOUSE NEXT TO NEIL.

AND I GO OVER TO SEE ED AND HERE IS THIS GUY ROLLER SKATING AROUND.

WHO IS THAT?

THAT'S NEIL ARMSTRONG.

WELL, HE WAS UNUSUAL, NOT THAT EASY TO GET TO KNOW ACCORDING TO OTHER TEST PILOTS THAT I TALKED TO, BUT WHEN WE WERE PUT TOGETHER AS THE BACKUP CREW FOR APOLLO 8 WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY TOGETHER.

APOLLO 8 WAS GIVEN THE MISSION WITH FRANK BOHRMAN, JIM LOWELL WHO WAS WITH US FOR A WHILE WITH NEIL AND I.

BUT NEIL AND I WORKED QUITE CLOSE TOGETHER.

IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE MAKE AND YOU YOURSELF TALK ABOUT IT IN THE BOOK ABOUT WHO WAS THE FIRST TO STEP ON THE MOON AND WHO WAS THE SECOND ONE.

FOR A PERIOD OF TIME YOU DIDN'T LIKE BEING REFERRED TO AS THE SECOND GUY ON THE MOON.

ALWAYS THE JUNIOR PERSON HAD BEEN THE ONE THAT WENT OUTSIDE AS I WAS ON GEM NI12.

THERE WERE THE PEOPLE THAT THOUGHT THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD START WITH THE OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES THAT WERE RELATIVELY COMPLEX.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE --

YOU SAY YOU CAME TO ACCEPT THAT.

HOW DID YOU COME TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU WERE SECOND?

YOU DON'T HEAR YOURSELF WINCE EVERY TIME, BUT I HAD A VERY BRIGHT DISTANT COUSIN WHO WAS PARALYZED.

HE WOULD ADVISE GOVERNORS AND OTHERS IN CALIFORNIA.

I WOULD SHARE WITH HIM.

HE SAID YOU CAN'T CHANGE HISTORY.

JUST ACCEPT THINGS.

I THINK ACCEPTANCE INSTEAD OF OBJECTING TO THE LOUSY DEAL I GOT.

WHY ME?

YOU CAN'T CHANGE THINGS.

IT'S ALMOST 50 YEARS SINCE YOU SET FOOT ON THE MOON.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU DIDN'T THINK THAT BY NOW WE WOULD BE MUCH FARTHER AHEAD.

THERE WAS A 1969 A SPACE TASK GROUP THAT LOOKED AT THE FUTURE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THIS.

AND THERE WAS A STRONG INTENSITY OF SPACE TRAVEL, A MEDIUM AND NOT SO STRONG.

EVEN THE NOT SO STRONG REACH MARS BEFORE THE YEAR 2000.

WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT --

WHY DID THE SPIRIT LEAVE US?

PUBLIC APATHY.

I GOT TO SAY THAT.

THERE WERE OTHER THINGS.

FINAL QUESTION.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE WILL BE YOUR GREATEST LEGACY?

SPACE FUTUREST OR A FUTURIST IN SPACE.

A STATESMAN FOR SPACE.

I AM A GLOBAL STATESMAN FOR SPACE.

NOT JUST THE U.S.

WE DON'T WANT TO COMPETE WITH CHINA ESPECIALLY, NOT JUST COOPERATE.

WE WANT TO BRING TOGETHER TO HELP THE NATIONS.

BUZZ, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

> RAISING A CHILD IS NEVER EASY ESPECIALLY WHILE A PARENT STRUGGLES.

FOR ANYONE FEELING LOST THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN'S SERVICES IS HERE TO HELP NAVIGATE UNCHARTERED TERRITORY.

GABBY OPENED THE FIRST FACILITY.

THE PROGRAM IS A CENTER DESIGNED TO SUPPORT AT-RISK FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO AGE 3.

THE MODEL WAS DESIGNED BY DR.

ANN MURPHY.

IT IS EXPECTED TO EXPAND TO EACH BOROUGH BY THE FALL.

HERE TO TELL US MORE IS THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR COMMUNITY-BASED STRATEGIES IN THE DIVISION OF PREVENTION SERVICES.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

TELL ME ABOUT THE PROGRAM.

BIG PICTURE.

SURE.

SO IT IS REALLY DESIGNED TO SUPPORT PARENTS WHO ARE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME RAISING KIDS.

WE KNOW SPECIFICALLY FOR 0 TO 3 YEAR OLDS THAT IS A TOUGH AGE GROUP.

A LOT OF PARENTS WE WORK WITH ARE NEW PARENTS SO GABBY IS DESIGNED TO DECREASE STRESS AND HELP WITH THE BONDS BETWEEN PARENT AND CHILD.

IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE YOU WOULD THINK THAT COMMON SENSE WISE PEOPLE WOULD SAY LET'S START HELPING FOLKS WHO NEED HELP WHEN CHILDREN ARE YOUNGER.

IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE WE FOCUSSED ON THAT VERY EARLY STAGE.

WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS TAKING A WHILE FOR US AND FOR THIS PROGRAM TO GET GOING?

I THINK OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS WE HAVE SEEN A GROWTH IN THE RESEARCH AROUND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT FOR CHILDREN 0 TO 3.

WE KNOW THAT IS SUCH A CRITICAL TIME NOW.

I THINK IT IS REALLY WORKING TO INCREASE RESOURCES FOR THAT AGE GROUP.

WE HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT HOW CAN WE REINFORCE THE DEVELOPMENT WORK THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR THAT 0 TO 3 GROUP BETWEEN THE PARENT AND CHILD.

THAT'S WHY WE REALLY STARTED TO THINK ABOUT IT.

WE ARE USING IT AND A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN WE TYPICALLY DO.

FAMILIES THAT ARE ENROLLED AND THEN THEY GET ACCESS TO GABBY AS AN ADDED SUPPORT.

I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT HOW PEOPLE CAN GET INVOLVED.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE PROGRAM ITSELF.

YOU DESCRIBED THE GENERAL CONCEPT.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

IT IS A GROUP MODEL.

IT IS GROUP ATTACHMENT BASED INTERVENTION.

AND THE WAY IT WORKS WE ARE ADDING GABI HUBS.

THEY CAN CHOOSE WHAT TIME THEY WANT TO COME.

IT IS A TWO-HOUR GROUP AND LOOKS LIKE A PLAY GROUP.

WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL SPACES, FUN TOYS AND IT'S VERY COLORFUL.

NOT INTIMIDATING.

NOT AT ALL.

AND THE DROP IN WE CHOOSE WHEN THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE AND WHEN WORKS FOR THEIR SCHEDULE.

THEY SHOW UP AND DO A GROUP.

THEY START AS A BIG GROUP TOGETHER WITH PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS BETWEEN 10 AND 12 AND THEN DO A WELCOME SONG.

THEY DO 45 MINUTES OF PLAY ON THE GROUND WITH CLINICIANS SUPPORTING ALL OF THE ATTACHMENT WORK AND THEN SEPARATE AND THE PARENTS HAVE A GROUP AND CHILDREN HAVE A GROUP.

THIS IS WATT WE CALL TWO-GENERATION APPROACH.

WE WANT SAFE AND HEALTHY CHILDREN BUT WE CAN'T WITHOUT SAFE AND HEALTHY PARENTS.

HAVING THE PARENT GROUP SEPARATE AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER IS HELPFUL AND THEN THEY COME BACK TOGETHER AND DO A REUNION SONG AND CLOSE OUT.

THAT IS THE TWO HOURS OF THE GABI GROUP.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS SO IMPORTANT?

THE NOTION OF MAKING IT SO EMBRACING.

I SUSPECT SOME PEOPLE WOULD FIND IT DAUNTING.

THE IDEA THAT WE HAVE A PROGRAM FOR YOU.

WHEN THEY HEAR PROGRAM DOES THAT MEAN I AM LOCKED IN A ROOM AND SOMEONE IS LECTURING ME ABOUT WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING WITH MY CHILD.

WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE CREATED THIS WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT?

WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED THROUGH THE RESEARCH IS THAT TWO BIGGEST PREDICTORS OF CHILD MALTREATMENT ARE UNTREATED MENTAL ILLNESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION.

I THINK GETTING AT SOCIAL ISOLATION PIECE IS IMPORTANT AND IT HELPS REDUCE THE STIGMA.

DOING IT IN A GROUP SETTING WHERE YOU ARE -- AND THEN YOU ARE ENGAGING WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME EXPERIENCES YOU ARE GOING THROUGH.

I THINK WE ALL NEED A SUPPORTIVE NETWORK ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE HOME WITH THE LITTLE ONES THAT CAN BE ISOLATING.

IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THESE SPACES AND THESE PEER SUPPORTS AND WE WANT TO GET AT THAT.

HOW BIG OF A HURDLE DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

THE NOTION OF ATTACHING A STIGMA TO THIS.

I THINK WHAT YOU ARE SAYING TO PARENTS OR WHAT THEY MIGHT HEAR IS YOU ARE NOT A GOOD PARENT.

I WOULD THINK THAT THAT WOULD BECOME A BARRIER FOR SOME PEOPLE.

IT IS SUCH AN INTIMATE BOND.

WE WANT TO SUPPORT THAT.

GABI TRAINS CLINICIANS TO COME FROM NONJUDGMENTAL STANCE AND SEE THEMSELVES AS A PARTNER WITH THE FAMILY.

IT IS NOT AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE PARENTS ARE BEING TOLD DO THIS OR DO THAT, IT IS ABOUT NURTURING.

GABI IS PART OF THE STRIVE INITIATIVE.

AND THAT INITIATIVE IS REALLY ABOUT REDUCING STIGMA AND TALKING MORE OPENLY ABOUT NEEDING SUPPORT.

WE WANT FOLKS TO FEEL LIKE THIS IS A WAY THEY CAN GET SUPPORT AND THERE IS NO JUDGMENT.

LAST QUESTION FOR YOU.

SOMEBODY IS WATCHING THIS AND SAYING EITHER MY FAMILY OR I KNOW SOMEBODY WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM, HOW CAN THEY BECOME PART OF IT?

RIGHT NOW GABI IS AVAILABLE FOR OUR FAMILIES WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN GENERAL PREVENTION AND FAMILY TREATMENT REHABILITATION TREATMENT PROGRAM.

FAMILIES ARE CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING IN THOSE PROGRAMS THEY CAN ASK THEIR CASE PLANNER FOR A REFERRAL TO GABI IF THEY HAVE A 0 TO 3 YEAR OLD.

IF FOLKS ARE INTERESTED WHO AREN'T INVOLVED IN PREVENTION PROGRAMS THEY CAN CALL OUR HELP LINE FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR HOW TO GET INCREASED SUPPORT.

SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE A VALUABLE PROGRAM.

THANKS FOR SPENDING SOME TIME AND TALKING WITH US ABOUT THIS.

THANK YOU.

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