TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD will reform policies on marijuana enforcement in the city. New York City’s Public Advocate Letitia James joins us to share her take on the legalization debate. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez joins us to discuss the cutting edge “Justice 2020” initiative, which intends to keep Brooklyn safe and strengthen community trust in the criminal justice system through legal reform. Last night, Chris Lehane, Airbnb’s head of global policy and communications, told us why the company believes its program is a boon to New Yorkers. Tonight New York City’s Comptroller Scott Stringer tells us why he disagrees. As the royal wedding quickly approaches, we’ll be celebrating the forthcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with a decidedly New York twist.

Aired on May 16, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS MANHATTAN GOES TO POT.

MAYOR DEBLAZEO AND THE NYPD WILL CHANGE THE POLICY.

MORE LEGAL REFORM AHEAD.

ERIC GONZALEZ WITH THE CUTTING EDGE JUSTICE 2020.

LAST NIGHT AIRBNB TOLD US WHY THEIR PROGRAM IS A BOON.

AND TONIGHT SCOTT STRINGER TELLS US WHY IT'S A BUST.

AND PART ONE OF THE ROYAL WEDDING COVERAGE WITH THE DECIDEDLY NEW YORK TWIST.

THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS METROFOCUS STARTS RIGHT NOW.

ANNOUNCER: THIS IS METROFOCUS, WITH RAFAEL PI RAMAN, JACK FORD AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY --

ANNOUNCER: CORPORATE FUNDING FOR METROFOCUS WAS PROVIDED BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA, YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY AND BY PSE&G, SERVING CUSTOMERS, STRENGTHENING THE BUSINESS COMMUNE AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

> TODAY I'M ANNOUNCING THAT THE NYPD WILL OVERHAUL AND REFORM ITS POLICIES RELATED TO MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS.

[ APPLAUSE ]

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO METRO EFFICACIOUS FOCUS I'M RAFAEL PI RAMAN.

MAYOR DEBLAST OWE IS MAKING A CHANGE IN THE WAY NYPD AND THE CITY HANDLE INSTANCE OF MARIJUANA POE SEKS OF THE ONE OF THE MOST VOCAL AT VOEKD IS PUBLIC ADVOCATE LETITIA JAMES.

I REASON HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH HER ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND BEGAN THE CONVERSATION BY ASKING HER WHY DECRIMINALIZATION HAS BECOME SUCH A BURNING ISSUE NOW.

LISTEN WE HAVE TO FACE FACTS.

ONE, THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS BEEN A COMPLETE FAILURE.

IT'S BEEN NOTHING MORE THAN A WAR ON POOR PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR.

80% OF THE INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED OR CONVICTED OF SMALL POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR, BLACK AND LATINO.

AND MOST OF THEM ARE LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE USE IS THE SAME ACROSS.

THE USE AMONGST RACES AND ETHNIC GROUPS ARE BASICALLY THE SAME.

YEAH IT'S ON AVERAGE THE SAME BUT ENFORCEMENT UNFORTUNATELY -- UNFORTUNATELY IS PRIMARILY DISPROPORTIONALLY WILL AFFECTING PEOPLE OF COLOR AND POOR PEOPLE.

AND SO I SAY LET'S REGULATE IT.

LET'S LEGALIZE IT AND LET'S USE THE RESOURCES AS A RESULT OF THE LEGALIZATION TO INVEST IN COMMUNITIES THAT UNFORTUNATELY HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY THIS FAILED.

INVEST IN WHAT.

INVEST IN-HOUSING.

INVEST IN SCHOOLS.

INVEST IN PARKS AND OPEN SPACE.

INVEST IN EMPLOYMENT.

INVEST IN EDUCATION AND HIGHER EDUCATION.

INVEST IN JOB TRAINING.

INVEST IN AREAS AND IN RESOURCES THAT UNFORTUNATELY HAVE NOT BEEN FUNDED IN A VERY LONG TIME.

AND PARTICULARLY AT THIS TIME WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT COOPERATING WITH MUNICIPALITIES AND/OR STATES.

BUT THERE ARE SOME LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT LEGALIZING MARIJUANA.

FOR EXAMPLE THERE IS A CONCERN THAT ALLOWING FOR PROFIT BUSINESSES TO SELL MARIJUANA COULD LEAD TO AGGRESSIVE MARKETING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ADDICTED THE PRODUCT JUDGES AS HAPPENS WITH ALCOHOL AND TOBAGO WHO MAKE MOST OF THE PROFITS BY SELLING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE SERIOUSLY ADDICTED TO THOSE PRODUCTS.

HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT.

TO THE PROHIBITION AND ALCOHOL AND PROHIBITION AND CIGARETTES, OBVIOUSLY HAS FAILED AND WE HAVE LEGALIZED THAT.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT REGULATION.

AND WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A DISPENSARY ON EVERY CORNER.

AND WE'RE ONLY TALKING ABOUT RECREATIONAL USE FOR ADULTS AND ADULTS ONLY.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT INDIVIDUALS UNDERSTAND THAT IT WILL BE REGULATED.

THAT IT WILL BE TRACKED

WHAT ABOUT THE HEALTH CONCERNS?

I MEAN, ONE NEW ZEALAND STUDY SHOWED -- FOLLOWED TRACKED USERS FOR MANY YEARS AND SHOWED THERE WAS AN AVERAGE DROP OF 8 POINTS OF IQ FOR PEOPLE WHO CHRONICALLY USED IT.

THE POINTS NEVER COME BECOME EVEN AFTER THEY STOPPED.

IN THE KBREFTEN STUDY SAYS IT'S ASSOCIATED WITH A LOSS OF SHORT AND LONG-TERM MEMORY.

THERE ARE SOME CONCERNS.

BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT MOST STUDIES HAVE BEEN BASED ON ABUSE WHERE INDIVIDUALS USE HIGH AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA.

WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT REGULATED AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA -- LIMITED USE.

YOU ARE PREPARED TO WORK WITH THE GOVERNOR ON THIS.

YES.

I'VE SPOKEN TO THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND WE'VE AGREED TO LOOK AT THIS TOGETHER AS HE ANALYZES AND ISSUES A REPORT AND STUDIES THE ISSUE AND ANALYZEDS AGAIN IT'S HOW IT'S BEEN HANDLED IN NINE STATES AND ITS IMPACT BOTH POSITIVE POSITIVELY AND NEGATIVELY.

AND I LOOK FORWARD AGAIN TO THE REPORT.

SINCE WE ALREADY HAVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA HERE IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND IT'S GOING WELL FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE STRUGGLING AND SUFFERING.

AND THERE HAVE NOT BEEN ADVERSE EFFECTS AND/OR IMPACTS I THINK THIS IS AN ISSUE WE CAN EXPLORE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK JUST AS NEW JERSEY IS EXPLORING AND THE OTHER NINE STATES PLUS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BECAUSE THE WHERE ON DRUGS HAS HAD AN ADVERSE IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES.

IT'S DESTROYED THEM AND BEEN A COMPLETE FAILURE.

HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THOSE WHO SAY THIS IS THE FIRST SAL ROE TO THE MAYORAL RUN IN 2021.

WE'RE FOCUSINGS ON THE ROLE AS A PUBLIC ADVOCATE FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK.

TAKING ON DIFFICULT ISSUES AND DIFFICULT STANDS.

I KNOW THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT ISSUE.

BUT IMPRISONING IT'S IMPORTANT THAT INDIVIDUALS UNDERSTAND THAT THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED AND THE PROHIBITION AGAINST ALCOHOL THERE WAS A SIMILAR CONCERN WITH RESPECT TO CLL.

A APPEAR.

AND WE REGULATED IT.

AGAIN WE SHOULD DO THE SAME WITH MARIJUANA.

BECAUSE TOO MANY LIVES UNFORTUNATELY HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED AS A RESULT OF THIS WHERE OP POOR PEOPLE.

BUT YOU ARE UNARING IN 2021 CORRECT FOR MAYOR IN I'M CONSIDERING MY OPTIONS IN THE FUTURE BUT AT THIS POINT IN I'M JUST FOCUSING OHHEN BEING A PUBLIC ADVOCATE FOR NEW YORK.

WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE AND IMPORTANT ISSUE THANK YOU FOR TAKING IT ON THING YOUR JOINING US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

> AIRBNB IS GOING TO THE MATTRESSES WITH SCOTT STRINGER.

NEW YORK CITY'S COMPTROLLER.

THE SUBLETTING GIANT IS FURIOUS WITH STRINGER'S OFFICE WITH A NEWLY RELEASED REPORT CLAIMING THE COMPANY OPERATIONS DROVE UP RENTS FOR MILLIONS OF NEW YORKERS.

ACCORDING TO STRINGERS'S REPORT RENTS ROSE ACROSS THE IS CITY BY 10% FROM 2009 TO 2016 WHICH HE ATTRIBUTES TO AIRBNB OPERATIONS.

AIRBNB FIRED BACK FILING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO FIND OUT THE MOTIVE BEHIND THE STUDY CLAIMING THAT THE COMPTROLLER IS IN THE ARMS OF THE HOTEL INDUSTRY.

ANY ALSO TOOK TO THE AIRWAVES WITH THIS AD AIRING ACROSS ALL FIVE BUROUGHS.

THIS IS COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER.

HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR TAX DOLLARS.

AND HE JUST USED THEM TO PUT OUT A FALSE REPORT MISLEADING NEW YORKERS ABOUT HOME SHARING.

THE REPORT HAS BEEN CALLED DEEPLY FLAWED AND PATHETIC.

THE COMPTROLLER USED AIRBNB AS A SCAPEGOAT FOR HOUSING AFFORD ABILITY CRISIS.

COMPTROLLER STRINGER INSTEAD OF FALSELY ATTACKING NEW YORKERS TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET WHY MOT WORK WITH THE CHUNT TO HELP KEEP PEOPLE IN HOMES.

YESTERDAY WE WELCOMED CHRIS LA HAN TO THE PROGRAM THE HEAD OF AIRBNB.

TONIGHT IT'S THE TURN OF SCOTT STRINGER TO OFFER HIS REBUTTAL.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PROBLEM.

GOOD TO BE HERE.

YOUR REACTION TO THE COMMERCIAL.

LISTEN, THIS AIRBNB CREW THEY ARE FREAKING OUT BECAUSE WE DID A REPORT THAT SHOWS WHAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN THINKING FOR SOME TIME, WHICH IS FIRST NEW YORK CITY IS SEEING A HUGE INCREASE IN RENT ACROSS THE BOARD.

WE ESTIMATE IN THIS REPORT THAT BETWEEN 2009 AND 2016 RENTS HAVE SHOT UP 25%. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE HAVING TROUBLE MAKING IT IN THE CITY.

THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE FORCED OUT OF COMMUNITIES.

WE HAVE A HOUSING CRISIS.

BUT AS PART OF THAT REPORT WE ALSO IDENTIFIED THAT ABOUT 9% THAT HAVE 25% COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO AIRBNB RENTALS.

THAT WAS THE REPORT.

AND THE LOBBYISTS, THE BACK ROOM DEALERS, THEY CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH.

WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS PERSONALLY COMING AFTER ME WHICH IS FINE I'M THE COMPTROLLER I CAN TAKE IT.

BUT THEY'RE ALSO COMING AFTER NEW YORK CITY WITH THE COMMERCIALS.

BECAUSE WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO IS CONFUSE WHAT'S REALLY AT STAKE HERE.

THEY HAVE A BUSINESS MODEL THAT DOES NOT PLAY BY THE RULES.

AND WE HAVE A CITY THAT NEEDS AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

WELL, THERE IS CERTAINLY GROWS THERE IS DEFINITELY A HOUSING CRISIS IN THE CITY.

BUT WE DID SPEAK WITH CHRIS LA HAN YESTERDAY.

HE WAS SAYING ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THEY HAD WITH THE REPORT WAS THAT THE NUMBERS THAT WERE USED FROM I BELIEVE IT WAS AIR DNA EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD OR SOMEHOW MANIPULATED OR SOMETHING IN THE REPORT THAT YOU WERE USING.

SO I JUST WANT TO.

OF COURSE HE IS GOING TO SAY THAT.

WHAT'S HE SUPPOSED TO SAY?

THIS IS A PRACTICE AND PATTERN THAT AIRBNB DOES APPREHEND THE COUNTRY.

THEY GO IN.

A STUDY HAPPENS.

THEY IMMEDIATELILY SAY THE STUDY IS NOT ACCURATE, THE DATA WRONG THIS IS WRONG.

WHEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DID A STUDY SHOWING 72% OF THE RENTALS MAY NOT BE PLAYING BY THE RULES THAT'S WRONG.

THEY DO THIS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

WHAT AIRBNB IS SAYING AS I WANTED IN THE SBROE YOU ARE IN THE ARMS OF THE HOTEL INDUSTRY.

IN FACT WE HAVE A CLIP FROM CHRIS LA HAN FROM YESTERDAY.

WE HAVE ASKED THE COMPTROLLER AND RESPECTFULLY COULD YOU ANSWER YES OR NO DID YOU ENGAGE AND HAVE CONVERSATIONS YOU OR YOUR OFFICE WITH PEOPLE OR ENTITIES REPRESENTING THE HOTEL INDUSTRY?

IT'S A REALLY REALLY SIMPLE QUESTION.

THERE IT IS SIMPLE QUESTION YES OR NO.

HE IS REALLY MAD ABOUT THIS REPORT.

OF COURSE I TALKED TO THE HOTEL UNION.

OF COURSE WE TALKED TO HOTEL TRADES COUNCIL.

THEY'RE THE PEOPLE REPRESENTING WORKING FOLKS IN NEW YORK.

BUT BY THE WAY, I CAN TALK TO WHOEVER I WANT WHEN I'M ALIGNED ON THE ISSUE.

HERE IS WHERE I AGREE WITH THE UNION.

AIRBNB IS DRIEPG UP RENTS.

AIRBNB IS BAD FOR BUSINESS.

AIRBNB HAS TO REFORM ITS ITSELF AND GET OVER ITSELF IF THEY WANT TO BE A PLAYER IN NEW YORK CITY.

WHAT CHRIS IS UPSET ABOUT IS WE FINALLY BLEW THE LID OFF WHAT WE'VE KNOWN A LOG IN TIME PROCESS THEY DON'T RELEASE FAIR DATA.

NOT MRIING BY THE RULES AND NOW COMING IN HERE TRYING TO CONFUSE EVERYBODY.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE FAMILIES OR PEOPLE WHO RELY ON AIRBNB TO TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES.

THERE IS LAW THAT IS GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO RENT OUT THEIR ROOM AND APARTMENT.

THAT'S THE LAW IN NEW YORK CITY.

AND SO I SUPPORT THOSE GOOD CITIZENS OF NEW YORK, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO DO THAT.

BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS FIGHT IS ABOUT.

THIS IS ABOUT THE MULTIPLE LISTINGS, THE SPECULATIVE -- THE OPERATORS NOT PLAYING BY THE RULES.

AIRBNB IS AWARE OF THIS BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST PLAYING OUT IN NEW YORK CITY.

IT'S THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

IT'S PLAYING OUT ACROSS AMERICA.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE HOUSING CRISIS AND YOU LOOK IN SOME OF OUR COMMUNITIES PEOPLE BEING PUSHED OUT -- FIRST OF ALL SENIORS WHO HAVE SPENT A LIFETIME BUILDING OUR CITY THAT'S THE FIGHT HERE.

I APPRECIATE WHEN A CORPORATE GIANT COMES AFTER ME AND TRIS TO PUT THEIR MARKER DOWN.

I'M GLAD TO BE ON THE SHOW TO SAY I'M NOT BACKING DOWN.

WE WILL DOUBLE DOWN AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF OUR CITY BECAUSE THAT'S MY JOB AND ELECTED TO DO THAT.

WELL LISTEN COMP STROLLER STRINGER FOR COMING ON THE PROGRAM AND GIVING US YOUR SIDE OF THE REBUTTAL AND SIDE OF THE STORY.

WE'LL BE LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION RELEASED SOMETIME SOON I HOPE.

ME TOO.

THANK YOU.

> POLICING AND THE ROLE OF THE COURTS IN BROOKLYN HAVE AN OVERHAUL.

THE NEW DISTRICT ATTORNEY ERIC GONZALEZ HAS LAUNCHED THE 2020 JUSTICE INITIATIVE PULLING THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST MINDS IN THE CITY ALL WITH THE COMMON GOAL IN MIND, IMPROVEMENT.

OVER 60 PEOPLE WILL JOIN SUBCOMMITTEES THIS YEAR COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS AND EVERYTHING FROM BAIL REFORM TO THE WAY DRUG ADDICTS ARE TREATED EVEN DATA AND TRAEFRPTCY WILL BE UNDER SCRUTINY WHEN IT COMES TO POLICING AND PROSECUTIONS WHEN THEY'RE ALL REVIEWED.

SOME MAY BE ASKING WHY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WANTS TO FIX HE WHAT PEOPLE SAY IS NOT BROKEN.

THE BUROUGH IS THE SAFEST IT'S WITHIN.

IN THE DECADES LOPPING DROP IN IME IS THE ENVY OF CITIES ACROSS THE NATION.

YET SUPPORTERS OF THE PLAN SAY THERE IS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT.

JOINING ME TO PLAIN THIS EXCLUSIVE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF BROOKLYN.

ERIC GONZALEZ JOINS WITH US INSIGHT HOW THE NEW EFFORT WILL WORK.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY, NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

LET ME START OFF WITH THE FIRST NOTION THAT I JUST MENTIONED HERE.

THE STATISTICS HAVE BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING.

OBVIOUSLY YOU ALWAYS WANT TO SEE THEM GET BETTER IN TERMS OF THE INCIDENTS OF CRIMES.

BUT CLEARLY WHAT IS BEING DONE IN KING'S COUNTY AND BROOKLYN HAS BEEN TRUMPETED AS A MEANS TOS SUCCESS IN TERMS OF FIGHTING CRIME.

WHY THEN DID YOU FEEL THAT WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO IS TAKE A WHOLE NEW LOOK AT EVERYTHING, THIS 2020 INITIATIVE AND MAKE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IF WARRANTED.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE HELPED LEAD THE WAY TO SAFETY IN THE CITY AND BROOKLYN.

THE DECREASE IN VIOLENT CRIME IN PARTICULAR IN BROOKLYN IS STAGGERING ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO LIVED THERE, YOU KNOW, MY ENTIRE LIFE.

AND YOU KNOW, REMEMBER WHAT BROOKLYN WAS LIKE IN THE 80s AND THE '90s.

SO WE HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB IN MAKING SURE THAT BROOKLYN REMAINS A SAFE PLACE AND GETS BETTER AND STRONGER.

BUT IN ORDER TO REACH AND TO CONTINUE PROGRESS AND MAKING SURE WE ARE SAFE WE NEED TO SORT OF FIGURE OUT HOW WE BRING THE COMMUNITY TO TRUST LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND THERE'S BEEN A DIVIDE, YOU KNOW, IN MANY PARTS OF THE CITY.

WE'VE SEEN IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHERE COMMUNITY AT TIMES DOES NOT FEEL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS -- HAS BEST INTERESTS AT HEART.

AND IN BROOKLYN WE ARE AT A GREAT PLACE.

WE ARE SAFER.

BUSINESS IS BOOMING IN THE BUROUGH.

FAMILIES ARE MOVING IN.

WE'RE GROWING EXPONENTIALLY IN BROCK LYNN AND SAFER THAN BEFORE.

SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT ISSUES OF REFORM NOW WE COULDN'T DO NO THE '90s OR THEATE 80s.

I MENTIONED LOOKING AT PUTTING TOGETHER TEAMS.

WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE COMING FROM AND WHAT IS THE MISSION GOING TO BE?

THE MISSION IS SIMPLE.

I'M THE BROOKLYN D.A. AND RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING BROOKLYN SAFE.

BUT I'M ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR STRENGTHENING TRUST IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM.

AND I BELIEVE YOU CAN ONLY DO THAT BY ENSURING FAIRNESS AND EQUAL JUSTICE FOR EVERYONE.

WE START ADD TREND IN BROOKLYN ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO WHERE OUR APPROACH TO KEEPING BROOKLYN SAFE WAS BASED ON FOCUSING IN ON THE VERY SMALL -- IT'S REALLY A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE.

WE ESTIMATED IT TO BE ABOUT 0.5% OF PEOPLE WHO ARE VIOLENT DRIVERS OF CRIME.

WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO IDENTIFY WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE AND TO MAKE SURE ANY TIME THEY COME INTO THE SYSTEM THAT IN RE CASES ARE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY THAT THEY DON'T GET BREAKS THAT AREN'T DESERVING.

WE ESTIMATE THIS SMALL HANDLEDFUL ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR 70% OF VITAMIN CRIME.

THOSE ARE STAGGERING NUMBERS.

THESE ARE SHOOTERS, ROBBERS, BURGLARS, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WILL HURT OUR FAMILIES.

THE EFFORT HAS BEEN OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS -- I THINK THIS IS HOW WE HAVE DRIVEN DOWN CRIME IN BUROUGH TO FOCUS IN ON THEM.

AND NOT JUST BE REACTIVE WHEN THEY COMMIT A CRIME BUT TO PAY ATTENTION TO THEM AND FOCUS IN ON THEM.

AND WE'VE BUILT CASES THAT HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY CASE CLOSED BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THEY WERE THE RESPONSIBLE PARTIES.

BAIL REFORM.

WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT BAIL REFORM.

WHAT'S YOUR SENSE OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND WHAT CAN BE DONE IN BROOKLYN?

IT'S VERY SIMPLE.

BAIL HAS BEEN MEANT HISTORICALLY IN OUR STATE TO SECURE SOMEONE'S RETURN TO COURT.

IT'S NOT MEANT TO DETAIN SOMEONE HUE THINK IS GUILTY, AS IS AN EFFORT TO CLOSE RIKERS ISLAND, AS THERE IS AN EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THERE IS MORE FAIRNESS IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.

WE LOOK AT WHO IS ON OUR RIKERS ISLAND AND 75% OF THE PEOPLE ON RIKERS ISLAND ARE NOT THERE BUS THEY WERE ACTUALLY CONVICTED OF A CRIME BUT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A FUTURE TRIAL COMING UP.

SO PRETRIAL DETENTION.

OUT THAT HAVE GROUP A FULL 90% -- 89% TO NIEPT% ARE EITHER BLACK OR HISPANIC WHO ARE SIMPLY THERE BECAUSE ANY COULD NOT AFFORD A SMALL AMOUNT OF BAIL.

IT HAS BECOME AN ISSUE OF, YOU KNOW, RACIAL, SOCIAL JUSTICE.

BUT IT'S ALSO AN ISSUE THAT THE SYSTEM SEEMINGLY HAS BECOME A SYSTEM FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN AND CAN'T AFFORD BAIL.

I'M ADVOCATING THAT OUR BAIL SYSTEM BE CHANGED.

THAT OUR BAIL SYSTEM HOLD PEOPLE IN WHO ARE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY BUT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY THEY SHOULD NOT BE KEPT IN PRETRIAL.

SO WE'RE GOING TO BRING YOU BACK TOMORROW AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE OUR CONVERSATION WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

AND WHAT THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN THE COMING MONTHS AHEAD.

HE WILL BE BECOME.

I HOPE YOU JOIN US ALSO.

> THE ROYAL WEDDING WATCH IS ON.

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO TRAVEL TO ENGLAND TO CELEBRATE THE NUPTIALS IN TRUE BRITISH STYLE.

WE INVITE TO YOU WATCH OUR CONTINUING SPECIAL NIGHTLY COVERAGE OF THE MARRIAGE OF PRINCE HARIR WALES AND TO MEGHA MARKLE.

YOU CAN ALSO GETTY YOUR DOSE OF ALL THINGS AT 'DOWNTON ABBEY' THE EXHIBITION.

THEN THERE YOU CAN DISCOVER HOW SIMILAR THE CROWLEYS ARE TO THE MOUNT BATON WINDSERS.

LOOK AT THE EXHIBIT AND WHAT AMERICAN BORN MEGHAN MARKLE BECOMES WHAT INSIDERS SAY WILL BE THE FIRST DUCHESS OF SUFFICIENT OKAYS.

OUR GUIDE MIKA MEYER AND ANN CHERTOFF SFL JUST LIKE THE WEDDING OF DOWNTOWNEN WE SEE THE SIMILARITIES WITH THE WE HAD OENGA MAY 19th.

ALL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY, VERY ARREST O KRATIC IN INVITATION.

PEOPLE OF TITLE.

YOU WILL SEE THE MISSOURI MOST IMPORTANT VIPs AT THE FRONT AND THEN TRICKLE DOWN OPINION A LOT OF SIMILARITIES NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED EVEN THOUGH SO MUCH HAS AT THE SAME TIME.

THE BRITISH PLACE SETTING BACK THEN IS THE SAME AS IT IS NOW IN FORMAL DINING.

SO IT'S QUITE EXCITING THAT EVERYTHING YOU SEE HERE IS REALLY WHAT YOU'LL BE SEEING IF YOU WERE TO BE INVITED TO THE PALACE.

JUST REMEMBER, WHEN YOU ARE SEATED AT A DINING TABLE ONE SHOULD PLACE THE NAPKIN ON THE LAP WITH THE FOLDED CREASE FACING YOU.

COMING FROM AN INFORMAL DINING SETTING IN AMERICA AND THEN PUT IN FRONT OF THIS PLATES SETTING BE, YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW OVERWHELMING THAT MIGHT FEEL.

WE SEE HER TAKE ON HER POSITION AND TITLE AND SHE IS KIND OF ABLE TO NAVIGATE THE TABLE BEAUTIFULLY JUST LIKE WE KNOW MEGHAN IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO.

WITH THE WEDDING YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN ON 'DOWNTON ABBEY.'

YOU HAVE THE DAUGHTERS WHERE FAMILY TIERA AND WHIL THEY DOESN'T HAVE A FAMILY TIERA SHE WILL BE ABLE TO BORROW WHICH IS WHAT SHE DID WITH KATE MIDDLETON WHEN SHE WAS MARRIED PRINCE WILLIAM.

THE GIRLS OF 'DOWNTON ABBEY' GOT MARRIED IN A CHURCH.

MEGHAN GETS MARRIED IN A CHURCH WHICH MEANS HER DRESS HAS SOME FORM OF COVERAGE, WHETHER HIGH NECKLINE OR LONG SLEEVES.

SO THERE IS SOME SIMILARITIES REGARDING THE TRADITIONS OF THE BIG DAY THAT WEAL SEE ON MAY 19th.

A LOT OF THE DRESSES THAT YOU SEE IN 'DOWNTON ABBEY' FOR THE WEDDING IN PARTICULAR WERE VERY MUCH OF THE TIMES.

THESE WERE WEALTHY PEOPLE.

WE SEE THE FASHION LOW HE SHOW IN LONDON THEY'D BE ABLE TO GO TO PARIS TO GET THE DRESSES.

WHAT THE COSTUME DESIGNERS DID FROM 'DOWNTON ABBEY' THEY TOOK THE HIGH END FASHION LOOKS THAT WERE TRADITIONAL AT THE TIME BUT FASHION FORWARD OF THE MOMENT 37 SO IN GREAT BRITAIN BEFORE EASTER YOU WEAR A DIFFERENT TYPE OF HAT THAN AFTER EASTER.

BEFORE EASTER YOU'VE GOT FABRICS.

AFTER EASTER STRAW.

WE EXPECT TO SEE A LOT OF THE SAME STRAW HATS BECAUSE IT'S POST EASTER.

WE SEE COLORS AND SHAPES.

AND FASCINATOR WITH HEAD BANDS WITH FLOWERS OR FABRICS.

BIG BRIM HATS IN CHURCH BLOCK VIEW AND YOU DON'T NEED TO BLOCK SUN IN THE CHURCH.

YOU DENT TAKE OFF THE HAT.

JUST LIKE WITH THE LADIES OF DOWNTOWNEN WHO KEEP ON THE HATS INSIDE THROUGHOUT THE CEREMONY THE SAME WOULD APPLY FORE MEGHAN MARKLE'S BIG DAY.

IT WILL BE A WILL LIKE A RAINBOW OF COLORS AND DESIGNS AND STYLES.

THERE WILL BE SOME REALLY BEAUTIFUL ONES.

JUST REMEMBER WHILE GENTLEMEN SHOULD REMOVE HATS LADIES DON'T NEED TO IF IT'S PART OF THE OUTFIT.

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A FORMAL TABLE SETTING WITH KORA WHEN SHE FIRST CAME SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN USED TO ONE MAYBE TWO MAYBE SIX COURSES BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SET VERY DIFFERENTLY THAN THIS TABLE THAT WE SEE HERE.

KORA AS AN AMERICAN JUST LIKE MEGHAN WOULDN'T KNOW THINGS LIKE PUDDING.

WE HAVE YORK SHIRE PUDDING HERE ON THE MEN U BUT A PUDDING IN THE UK IS A THE DESSERT.

THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENCE THAT IS MEGHAN IS GOING TO HAVE TO ADJUST TO.

AND EVEN THE WHICH SHE DINES.

HERE FOR THIS PLACE SITTING WE HAVE A SOUP.

AND THE SOUP IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND THE WAY THAT YOU EAT SOUP IS STILL THE SAME TODAY AS IT WAS DURING DOWNTOWNEN DAYS AND IT'S SCOOPING AWAY FROM YOU AND INTO YOUR MOUTH.

IN AMERICA WE SCOOP TOWARD OURSELVES AND YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN KORA HAVING TO DO EXACTLY THAT AS SHE LEARNED TO EAT IN THE BRITISH MANNER.

> IN THE UK WE HOLD CUTLERY DIFFERENTLY THAN IN THE U.S.

IN AMERICA WE CUT THEN WE PUT DOWN OUR KNIVES OFTEN AND THEN WE EAT WITH THE FORK WITH THE PRONGS UP.

BUT IN THE UK WE SEE KORA AND MEGHAN LEARNING THE BRITISH WHICH.

INDEX, WRAPPING AND TWIST AND PRONGS STAY DOWN.

IN YOU CAPTAIN REMEMBER TO WHERE TO PLACE THE ANGLES AND BREAD PLATE USE THE INDEX FINGER AND THUMB AND MAKE A LOWER CASE B FOR BREAD WITH YOUR LEFT-HAND AND A LOWER CASE D FOR DRINKS WITH YOUR RIGHT.

SO YOU'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE BREAD PLATE IS PLACED ON THE LEFT.

AND THE DRINKS ON THE RIGHT.

I ALSO THINK IT'S REALLY INTERESTING WHEN YOU LOOK AT EPISODES AT DO YOU WANTEN ABBY.

AT BREAKFAST KORA YOU IS HAVING BREAKFAST IN BED BECAUSE SHE IS MARRIED WHENEVER YOU SEE THE DIPPER SITTING THEY ARE ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TABLE WITH THE MOST VIP TO THE RIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT YOU WOULD SEE AT THE PALACE WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE THE LONG TABLES WHERE THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILLIP WOULD SIT ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER.

AND YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE CLASSES KIND OF MIMIC WHAT THE PALACE IS DOING.

AT THE WEDDING YOU SEE PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE POSSIBLY HIS BROTHER BEST MAN SITTING TO THE RIGHT OF HIM OR TO THE RIGHT OF HER.

IT'S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE FOR ME WITH DINING THAT I'VE SEEN IN A LOT OF BRITISH SHOWS IS THAT AT THE END OF DINING IN AMERICA WE PUT OUR FORK AND KNIFE FACING THE 4:00 POSITION IN THE USK THEY PUT IT 6/12.

IN AMERICA 4:00 IN THE UK IT'S 12/6.

IF YOU ARE DRINKING CUP OF TEA.

THE SAUCER SHOULD RICE WITH YOU.

THE CUP'S HANDLE SHOULD FACE 3:00.

THE OTHER THING TO KNOW ABOUT ONE OF THE GLASSES AND HOW THEY HELD GLASSES BUT ALSO HOW THEY CHEERED.

SO IN 'DOWNTON ABBEY' YOU'LL NOTICE THAT THEY HAVE BEAUTIFUL CRYSTAL.

AND THEY WOULD NEVER WANT TO CHIP OR BREAK THE CRYSTAL.

SO THEY WOULD JUST RAISE AND THEN DRINK.

THEY WOULD NEVER CLING.

NO CLINGING.

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