March 13, 2018 at 5:30 am

We’ll kick off the week with the latest local headlines. A helicopter crash in the East River killed five people, but the pilot walked away safely. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused the crash and we have the latest on this developing story. Former Nassau County Executive, Ed Mangano, was once one of the most powerful people on Long Island. Now the jury selection begins as he faces federal corruption charges. Does Governor Cuomo’s friendship with embattled former aide Joe Percoco show a weakness in judgment? Plus, the Governor’s reaction to a potential high profile rival for his job, former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon. City & State’s Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Lentz, is here with an analysis. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge flooded the Canarsie Tunnel under the East River, causing severe damage. The MTA will need to shut down the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn for a projected 15 months beginning in April 2019 to make critical repairs. But how are the half a million L train commuters going to cope? A floating bridge that can carry buses, cyclists and pedestrians across the East River is the latest proposal that has been put forward to help mitigate the impact of the shutdown. We have an inside look at the pontoon bridge plan that might just help make the L-train shutdown manageable. A change at the helm of New York City schools is underway. Richard Carranza may not have been Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first choice to succeed Carmen Fariña as chancellor, but his challenges are just as great. Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is here with a reaction.

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