TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

February 15, 2018 at 5:30 am

Mayor De Blasio delivered his “State of the City” address on Tuesday, February 13, detailing his plan to make New York City the “fairest big city in America.” We have New York City’s reaction to the address. City & State staff reporter Jeff Coltin joins us to discuss what it means for you and your family. The massive fire in Belmont, Bronx in December 2017, which claimed 13 lives, was New York City’s deadliest fire in nearly three decades. This tragic accident was caused by a 3-year-old child playing with a stove. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro is here with his reaction to the historic tragedy and to share a reminder to “close the door” if you are fleeing from a fire in your home or apartment. Despite legislation meant to address the issue, a new study by North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights, Long Island, has found that it’s increasingly difficult to find mental and addiction healthcare specialists who accept commercial insurance. The organization’s executive director Andrew Malekoff and social worker Kerry Lynn Eller are here to talk about “Project Access” which is exploring the challenges of providing timely affordable mental health treatment and addiction care. There is an increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The two-hour PBS documentary The Talk – Race in America revealed the state of race relations in America. We revisit our conversation with director and supervising producer Sam Pollard and producer and executive producer Julie Anderson.

Aired on February 14, 2018.