TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

March 02, 2018 at 5:30 am

The defense rests in the trial of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joseph Percoco. The allegations of corruption include pay for play, off-color emails, and a code name “Ziti.” Jennifer Rodgers, Executive Director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Advancement of Public Integrity, is here with an explanation of the trial’s next steps and a deep analysis of Albany’s sub-culture. Friday, March 2 marks Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, is here with the details on the literary celebrations. The “Frontline” documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” a 2018 Academy Award nominee in the “Documentary Feature” category, tells the story of a small family-owned bank located in Chinatown that was the only U.S. bank to be indicted for mortgage fraud related to the financial crisis of 2008. The film follows the bank’s indictment, subsequent trial and the defense of its legacy over the course of a five-year legal battle. The film’s director Steve James joins us ahead of the March 4th Oscar ceremony.

Aired on March 1, 2018.