TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

After a winter with no heat and infestations of vermin and mold, now New York City Housing Authority’s tenants are experiencing a threat to their water. The results of a City & State water tank investigation are ahead. A suspected dating app killer reportedly told authorities that a nurse in Queens wasn’t their only victim, there are allegedly five others in the New York area. The chilling details head. The statues in Central Park are no longer an all-boys club. Find out which women will be breaking the gender barrier in one of our city’s treasures. Actor Erich Bergen has gone from one of the singing “Jersey Boys” all the way to the West Wing to service “Madame Secretary.” Now Bergen is serving up a dish of a different kind in “Waitress.” He’s here with the details.

Aired on August 7, 2018.

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS,' THE SUSPECTED DATING APP KILLER, A NURSE IN QUEENS WASN'T HIS ONLY VICTIM AS HE REPORTEDLY TOLD AUTHORITIES THERE ARE FIVE OTHER NEW YORK VICTIMS.

THE CHILLING DETAILS AHEAD.

> ANOTHER OUTRAGE OR TENANTS AFTER A WINTER OF NO HEAT, AND CONTAMINATED WATER TOWERS.

WHAT IS THE RISK?

THE RESULT OF AN INVESTIGATION AHEAD.

> THE STATUES IN CENTRAL PARK ARE NO LONGER AN ALL BOY'S CLUB.

> ACTOR ERIC BERGEN HAS GONE FROM A SINGING BOY IN JERSEY ALL THE WAY TO THE WEST WING, IN SERVICE TO MADAM SECRETARY, NOW HE'S SERVING UP A DISH OF A DIFFERENT KIND.

> THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

Announcer: THIS IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAPHAEL P RAMON, JACK FORD, AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND EDGAR WUKEN HYMN III, ROSALYNN P. SCHWARTZ, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG, AND BY --

> GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

TONIGHT, WE UPDATE YOU ON THE SHOCKING CITY AND STATE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON ROOFTOP WATER TANKS AND THE THREAT TO OUR DRINKING WATER THAT WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT JUST TWO MONTHS AGO.

THE REPORT EXPOSED EXTENSIVE DECAY, AND ALARMING CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DEAD BIRDS, RODENTS, AND INSECTS INSIDE THOUSANDS OF THOSE ROOFTOP TANKS THAT HELPED PROVIDE DRINKING WATER TO MILLIONS OF NEW YORKERS EVERY DAY.

AND NOW, A NEW REPORT SHOWS EVEN MORE DAMAGING FINDINGS.

HERE TO UPDATE US WITH THE LATEST IS FRANK RUNYON, FORMER REPORTER, WHO ORIGINALLY BROKE THE STORY.

FRANK, WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

FIRST LET'S START OFF WITH THE UPDATE.

WELL, I FOCUS IN ON ONE PARTICULAR GROUP OF BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK.

WE LOOKED AT NYCHA.

IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE LOOK AT THAT AND HOW THOSE TANKS WERE BEING MAINTAINED.

WHAT WE FOUND WHEN WE CHECKED INTERNAL DOCUMENTS AGAINST HEALTH DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS IS THAT THEY DIDN'T MATCH, THAT THE INTERNAL DOCUMENTS SHOWED CONTAMINATION IN THE DRINKING WATER TANKS AND THAT NYCHA WAS TURNING AROUND AND REPORTING THAT THERE WAS NO UNSANITARY CONDITIONS IN THOSE TANKS.

THIS IS ON TOP OF SEVERAL, LET'S SAY, INCONGRUOUS REPORTS THAT WE'VE SEEN FROM WHAT'S BEEN REPORTED AND WHAT'S THE OFFICIAL STANCE.

BUT HAS THERE BEEN ANY INDICATION OF THERE BEING ANY SORT OF DISEASE OR SICKNESS TIED TO THE WATER THAT WAS COMING OUT OF THE PIPES FROM THESE CONTAMINATED WATER TOWERS?

NOTHING BEYOND WHAT SOME OF THE TENANTS SAY THEY FEEL.

THEY SAY THAT THEY'RE AFRAID OF THEIR DRINKING WATER.

SOME OF THEM HAVE SAID THAT IT MAKES THEM FEEL ILL WHEN THEY DRINK IT.

THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF DRINKING WATER IS COMPLICATED.

IT'S DIFFICULT TO TIE SOMETHING SPECIFIC TO DRINKING WATER.

AND AS A MATTER OF FACT, A LOT OF THE TIMES THEY WILL TELL YOU THE LAST THING PEOPLE THINK OF IS YOUR DRINKING WATER.

THE CHINESE FOOD I ATE, OR THE CHICKEN I UNDERCOOKED, MAYBE THAT WAS IT, WHY I DON'T FEEL WELL.

SO IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DO THAT.

I WANT TO BE CLEAR AT THIS MOMENT, NO, THERE ARE NOT.

THERE'S NO PROOF THAT SHOWS THAT ILLNESSES ARE TIED TO DRINKING WATER TANKS.

GOING BACK TO THESE TWO DIFFERENT REPORTS, WHAT EXACTLY -- DO WE KNOW WHAT EXACTLY HAS BEEN LEFT OUT OR CHANGED, OR RETRACTED, PERHAPS?

I'M NOT EVEN SURE WHAT THE RIGHT WORD IS.

YEAH, SURE, IF YOU LOOK AT THAT HE HAS HANDWRITTEN REPORTS WHICH THE GUYS THAT LITERALLY CLIMB INSIDE THESE BIG WOODEN BARRELS ON THE ROOFTOPS AND THEY CLEAN THEM OUT, AND IT'S A DIFFICULT JOB.

AND THEY HAVE WRITTEN DOWN BIRDS IN THE TANK, INSECTS ARE IN THE TANK, DECEASED SQUIRRELS IN THE TANK.

SO THEY'LL WRITE THESE THINGS DOWN IN HANDWRITING ON A FORM THAT NYCHA GIVES THEM AND THEN THEY'LL TURN THAT OVER TO NYCHA.

WHAT HAPPENED IS AT SOME POINT ALONG THE WAY THAT INFORMATION WAS NOT PASSED TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THERE WAS A POLICY THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE THAT ACTUALLY LED TO WHITEOUT BEING PUT ON THOSE DOCUMENTS AND STRIKING OUT SOME OF THAT INFORMATION.

SOME OF THAT WAS RETAINED AND STAYED ON THE FORMS, AND OTHER TIMES IT VANISHED.

SO IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW HOW MANY TIMES PEOPLE SIMPLY DIDN'T RECORD THE INFORMATION AT ALL, OR INFORMATION WAS VERY EFFECTIVELY ERASED.

BUT WE KNOW THAT AT LEAST 71 TIMES WE FOUND EVIDENCE THAT THE DOCUMENTS WERE CLEARLY ALTERED.

AND A COUPLE DOZEN TIMES THAT THERE WERE NOTATIONS THAT WERE CLEARLY SHOWING CONTAMINATION IN THE TANKS.

IT WAS NEVER REPORTED TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

WE DID SORT OF GET INTO THIS THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE.

I DID WANT TO CIRCLE BACK AGAIN.

YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ACTUALLY ARE IN CHARGE OF MAINTAINING THESE TANKS, CHECKING ON THEM, ET CETERA.

HOW PERVASIVE IS THIS PROBLEM OF FOREIGN OBJECTS OR CREATURES GETTING INTO THESE WATER TANKS?

IS IT AN OCCASIONAL THING, OR IS IT A LOT MORE PREVALENT THAN WE'RE THINKING?

IT'S DIFFICULT TO SAY.

I THINK THE ANSWER IS THAT IF YOU DON'T REPAIR STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS IN THE DRINKING TANK, AND LET ME MAKE THAT CLEAR, IF THERE'S A HOLE IN THE DRINKING WATER TANK, THINGS GET IN IT.

IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE.

SO IF YOU AREN'T REPAIRING AND MAINTAINING YOUR TANK PROPERLY, THEN, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST NOT GOING TO BE CLEAR TO ANYBODY WHAT EXACTLY GETS IN THAT TANK IN THE COURSE OF A YEAR.

WHEN THE CLEANERS SHOW UP, SOMETIMES THEY'LL FIND BIRDS DEAD, SOMETIMES THEY'LL FIND OTHER ANIMALS DEAD, INSECTS IN THERE.

BUT WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING THE OTHER 364 DAYS?

THAT IS FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

SO MOVING ON THEN, DO WE KNOW OF ANY ACTION THAT'S BEEN TAKEN?

AS I UNDERSTAND COUNSELOR SPEAKER COREY JOHNSON HAS TAKEN UP THIS CAUSE.

HE CALLED AN EMERGENCY MEETING WITH THOSE NYCHA TENANTS IN CHELSEA HOUSES AND ELLIOTT HOUSES IN DUNTOWN MANHATTAN.

AND SO WE WILL HAVE TO SEE WHAT COMES OF THAT.

I DON'T KNOW.

BUT I AM AWARE THAT HE HAS CALLED THAT MEETING.

I'M NOT SURE IT'S BEEN SCHEDULED YET.

ALL RIGHT.

AND THEN, ALSO, WHEN IT COMES TO THE WATER TANKS THAT -- AT LEAST HAVE THE DAMAGE AND FOREIGN OBJECTS OR CREATURES HAVE BEEN GETTING INTO THEM, THERE ISN'T ANY DEFINITIVE PROOF THAT THIS WATER IS MAKING PEOPLE SICK.

HOWEVER, HAS THERE BEEN ANY SORT OF ADVICE COMING FROM THE CITY IN TERMS OF WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING IF YOU ARE GETTING YOUR WATER FROM THESE WATER TANKS JUST TO BE SAFE?

WHAT YOU CAN DO IS REQUEST THESE REPORTS FROM YOUR LANDLORD.

AND IF YOUR LANDLORD IS NYCHA, YOU CAN REQUEST THEM FROM NYCHA, I MADE A REQUEST FOR EVERY DRINKING WATER TANK INSPECTION REPORT AND THEY GAVE THEM TO ME WITHIN FIVE DAYS.

THEY REQUIRED ME TO DO THAT.

IT'S YOUR RIGHT AS A TENANT TO GET THIS INFORMATION.

START THERE.

CALL UP YOUR LANDLORD.

IF THEY WON'T GIVE IT TO YOU, CALL UP THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THEY CAN FORCE THEM TO DO THAT.

UNFORTUNATELY WHERE WE ARE AT THE MOMENT IS YOUR BEST BET IS ARMING YOURSELF WITH INFORMATION, AND THEN GOING TO YOUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS, HEALTH DEPARTMENT, CITY AGENCIES.

SO I THINK THAT'S THE BEST I CAN DO.

OKAY.

SO NOT SO MUCH BOIL WATER, BUT DEFINITELY GET ON THE PAPERWORK ASPECT?

RIGHT.

I WOULD JUST MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU ARE SEEING IN YOUR OWN APARTMENT.

IF YOU'RE SEEING DARK WATER COMING INTO YOUR APARTMENT, CALL 311.

REPORT THIS.

THE MORE THAT THERE ARE PUBLIC RECORDS OF THESE PROBLEMS, THE MORE THAT JOURNALISTS LIKE MYSELF ARE ABLE TO CHASE DOWN THOSE PROBLEMS AND WE CAN ESTABLISH PATTERNS AND SEE WHERE THINGS ARE NOT BEING REPORTED.

THE MORE INFORMATION THERE IS ABOUT IT.

LISTEN, FRANK, I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR NOT ONLY BREAKING THIS STORY, BECAUSE THIS IS THE KIND OF REPORTING THAT MAKES LOCAL NEWS SO INCREDIBLY VALUABLE TO ALL OF US.

BUT THANK YOU ALSO FOR KEEPING US UP TO DATE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH IT.

AND WE'LL BE FOLLOWING YOU.

AND OF COURSE THE STORIES THAT CONTINUE TO DEVELOP.

MY PLEASURE, THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

THANK YOU.

AFTER THE DEATH OF SAMANTHA STUART, A 29-YEAR-OLD NURSE FOUND RAPED AND STRANGLED IN HER QUEENS APARTMENT.

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRACED HER BRUTAL MURDER TO ONE MAN, DANIEL DRAYTON, NOW KNOWN TO MANY AS THE TINDER SERIAL KILLER.

HE LURED HIS VICTIMS AND HAS SINCE CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR UP TO SEVEN MURDERS WHICH POLICE ARE NOW INVESTIGATING.

SO AS POLICE UNRAVEL HIS LETHAL QUEST, ONE MAJOR QUESTION REMAINS.

WHILE DATING APPS HAVE OFTEN ALLOWED MILLENNIALS TO NAVIGATE THE WORLD OF DATING WITH JUST A SPIEP ON THEIR PLATFORM, COULD THESE PLATFORMS PROVE DEADLY?

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME, JENNA.

FIRST, HOW WERE THE POLICE ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT DRAYTON WAS CONNECTED TO THE KILLING?

ONCE SAMANTHA WAS FOUND THAT DAY, THEY FOUND THAT DRAYTON THAD ACTUALLY USED HER CREDIT CARD TO TAKE A ONE-WAY TRIP TO CALIFORNIA.

AND THEY FOUND HIS CAR AT JFC AIRPORT.

THEY CAUGHT HIM IN CALIFORNIA.

AND, YOU KNOW, FOUND HIM THERE AND CONNECTED HIM TO HER MURDER.

HOW DOES, THEN, THAT CONNECTION THEN LEAD BACK TO TINDER?

WHEN THEY WERE INVESTIGATING THIS, THEY FOUND THAT DRAYTON AND SAMANTHA STUART HAD MET ON TINDER, HAD DATED, AND, YOU KNOW, WE FOUND, IN MANY CASES, THIS WAS THE CASE, THAT DRAYTON HAD MET HIS VICTIMS ON TINDER.

THEY DATED FOR A LITTLE BIT.

AND, YOU KNOW, THINGS WENT SOUR.

NOW, WHEN IT CAME TO HIM CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR UP TO SEVEN MURDERS, AND UP TO, DOES THAT MEAN THAT POLICE BELIEVE THERE COULD BE MORE PEOPLE, THAT HE JUST HASN'T OWNED UP TO?

IT'S A LITTLE UNCLEAR.

OF COURSE HE'S, YOU KNOW, ADMITTED TO, OR CONFESSED TO UP TO SEVEN OTHER MURDERS.

BUT WE'RE NOT SURE IF THAT'S ACTUALLY TRUE.

WE DO KNOW HE, YOU KNOW, AT LEAST HE'S SUSPECTED OF KILLING SAMANTHA STUART.

HE'S SUSPECTED OF ATTEMPTING TO MURDER THIS WOMAN IN CALIFORNIA THAT HE WAS CAUGHT WITH.

THERE IS, YOU KNOW, STRANGULATION CHARGES IN CONNECTICUT.

BUT AS FOR MURDER, HE'S CONFESSED TO SEVERAL OF THEM, YOU KNOW, IT'S UNCLEAR IF HE'S ACTUALLY DONE IT OR IF HE'S JUST TRYING TO MAKE HIMSELF BIGGER THAN HE IS.

SO WHAT HAS BEEN THE REACTION FROM THESE DATING APPS, I WANT TO SAY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS, BUT SPECIFICALLY THESE DATING APPS, TO THE FACT THAT YOU NOW HAVE, ESPECIALLY TINDER, HE'S NOW NICKNAMED THE TINDER KILLER.

TINDER HAS COME OUT WITH A STATEMENT SAYING THEY ARE WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY FIND THIS, YOU KNOW, HORRIFIC, PLENTY OF FISH, THE OTHER APP HE'S USED, HASN'T COME OUT WITH A PUBLIC STATEMENT YET.

THE REACTION TO THEM IS EXPECTEDLY, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE SAYING WE'RE SORRY FOR THIS, WE ARE WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

BUT THE QUESTION IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT DO THEY DO GOING FORWARD?

THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE HAS MET A GUY OR A GIRL ON TINDER AND THINGS HAVE GONE HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY WRONG.

HOW DO YOU FIX SOMETHING LIKE THIS?

DO YOU ADD MORE BARRIERS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ENTERING TINDER OR DO YOU JUST LET IT BE AND LET THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DATING EACH OTHER HANDLE THEMSELVES?

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A QUESTION THAT CAN BE ANSWERED UNLESS YOU START GOING INTO WEIRD QUESTIONS OF CRIMINAL HISTORY.

WELL, THAT DOES COME UP BECAUSE, OF COURSE, AS YOU MENTIONED, DRAYTON DID HAVE A STRANGULATION REPORT MADE AGAINST HIM IN CONNECTICUT.

SO THIS IS SOMEONE WHO DID HAVE A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

RIGHT.

BUT WAS THERE -- THERE'S NOTHING, ANY SORT OF MECHANISM THAT EXISTS RIGHT NOW FOR THOSE SITES TO KNOW BEFORE SOMEONE ENTERS INTO THAT ONLINE DATING POLL, IS THAT CORRECT?

EXACTLY.

AND YOU CAN'T ASK THEM TO ASK PEOPLE EITHER.

ONCE YOU START ASKING PEOPLE, HEY, DO YOU HAVE A CRIMINAL HISTORY, THAT'S KIND OF A RABBIT HOLE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THESE SITES WANT TO GO DOWN.

BECAUSE YOU MAY HAVE A VIOLENT CRIMINAL HISTORY, LIKE DRAYTON DOES, BUT YOU ALSO MAY HAVE A NONVIOLENT CRIMINAL HISTORY, YOU KNOW, FOR WEED POSSESSION OR TURNSTILE JUMPING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND NOW THEY'RE BARRING PEOPLE WHO ARE MAYBE OTHERWISE GOOD PEOPLE FROM ENTERING THE SITE BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT THIS BLANKET, WE WILL NOT ALLOW PEOPLE WITH A CRIMINAL HISTORY ON OUR SITE.

SO BEFORE -- AND I DO WANT TO GET BACK TO THE CASE RIGHT NOW THAT'S AT LEAST THE CASES AGAINST DRAYTON.

BUT I DO WANT TO GO BACK TO THE DATING SITES.

ARE THERE ANY SORT OF BEST PRACTICES THAT SOME LEVEL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, OR SOMEBODY HAS COME OUT WITH AND SAID, LISTEN, WE KNOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM, WE KNOW THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED A FEW TIMES BEFORE, HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT YOU CAN AT LEAST DO TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE?

WELL, I MEAN, I THINK IT'S REALLY UP TO THE USER.

YOU KNOW, AS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHAT THEY CAN DO IS IT'S KIND OF A REACTIONARY APPROACH.

IT'S REALLY UP TO THE PERSON WHO'S USING THE APP TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN -- YOU KNOW, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PERSON THEY'RE PLANNING TO MEET WITH MAY BE DOING A LITTLE BIT OF A BACKGROUND CHECK THEMSELVES, YOU KNOW, MEETING THEM IN PUBLIC PLACES, JUST BEING CAREFUL WHEN YOU'RE DATING SOMEONE ONLINE.

I THINK THAT'S JUST THE BIGGEST THING HERE, YOU'RE MEETING SOMEONE ONLINE YOU'VE NEVER MET BEFORE AND YOU'RE MEETING THEM IN PERSON.

IT'S JUST IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE IN THAT CASE.

AS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, I'M NOT SURE WHAT MORE THEY CAN DO UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS.

WELL, LISTEN, AYSHA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR REPORTING.

WE'LL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE HOW THIS CASE DEVELOPS.

AND PERHAPS ANY CHANGES TO DATING APPS, OR AT LEAST SHARING OF INFORMATION BETWEEN POLICE DEPARTMENTS BETWEEN STATES HAPPEN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

> A POLISH KING, A VENEZUELAN MILITARY LEADER, A SLED DOG, ALL STATUES LOCATED IN CENTRAL PARK.

INTERESTING FACT FOR YOU, NOT A SINGLE STATUE HONORING A WOMAN.

BUT NOW THE ELIZABETH KATY STANTON AND SUSAN B. ANTHONY STATUE FUND IS WORKING TO BREAK THE BRONZE CEILING, BY PLACING THE FIRST STATUE OF HISTORICAL WOMEN IN CENTRAL PARK.

MERRITH BERGMAN IS THE WINNING ARTIST.

IT'S SLATED FOR A 2020 UNVEILING.

TO DISCUSS THE STATUE FUNDS, CURRENT 'METROFOCUS' INTERN.

IT IS SO NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE SITTING TALKING WITH YOU.

USUALLY, YOU AND I ARE OUTSIDE AND YOU'RE HANDING ME NOTES AND GIVING ME THOUGHTS ON INTERVIEW SUBJECTS.

SO WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.

THANK YOU.

SO FIRST QUESTION FOR YOU IS HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN ALL OF THIS?

I GREW UP IN NEW YORK CITY WITH CENTRAL PARK AS MY BACKYARD.

IT WASN'T UNTIL I READ A 'NEW YORK TIMES' ARTICLE ABOUT THE STATUE FUND THAT I LEARNED ABOUT THE LACK OF WOMEN STATUES IN CENTRAL PARK.

STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL, I CONTACTED THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATUE FUND AND ORGANIZED A GROUP OF STUDENTS ALSO INVOLVED AND THAT'S HOW I BECAME A VOLUNTEER AND THEN LATER DIRECTOR.

I WAS, QUITE HONESTLY, I WAS ASTONISHED TO LEARN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF GETTING PREPARED TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH YOU TODAY THAT THERE WERE NO HISTORICAL WOMEN STATUES IN CENTRAL PARK.

DO WE KNOW WHY?

AFTER READING THE ARTICLE, I JUST KEPT ASKING MYSELF, NOW, HOW COULD I HAVE NOT REALIZED SOONER THAT THERE ARE NO REAL STATUES IN CENTRAL PARK, AND THAT'S A REACTION MANY PEOPLE HAVE IN FINDING OUT THIS INFORMATION.

AND TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, IT SPEAKS TO THE LARGE E ISSUE OF VISIBILITY FOR WOMEN IN ALL ASPECTS OF SOCIETY, BEYOND JUST IN OUR PUBLIC SPACES, YOU KNOW, S.T.E.M., POLITICS, SPORTS, A VAST NUMBER OF OTHER OCCUPATIONS.

I THINK IT'S REALLY UNTIL PEOPLE BEGIN TO SLOWLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE VARIOUS CONTRIBUTIONS THESE WOMEN HAD MADE THROUGHOUT SOCIETY, WILL THEY REALLY QUESTION WHY WE DON'T HAVE STATUES IN CENTRAL PARK?

EXPLAIN FOR US THE PROCESS NOW.

ONCE THESE FOLKS FINALLY SAID, WAIT A MINUTE, WE HAVE TO RECTIFY THIS.

HOW DO THEY GO ABOUT DOING IT?

WE JUST HAD OUR DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE FIRST STAGE WAS A REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION.

AND THEN A JURY OF ART AND DESIGN PROFESSIONALS, REPRESENTATIVES FROM NYC PARKS AND THE STATUE FUND, AS WELL AS HISTORIANS SELECTED FOUR SEMIFINALISTS WHO CREATED A McCAN HE NOT.

AND FROM THERE IT WAS WITH GREAT PLEASURE AND PRIDE THAT WE ANNOUNCED MEREDITH BERGMAN THE WINNER.

YOU PROVIDED ME A PHOTO OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

WHAT I WAS STRUCK BY IS NOT ONLY THE MAJESTY OF THE TWO OF THEM IN THE WAY THEY ARE STAGED IN THIS, BUT ALSO THAT ON THE SCULPTURE ITSELF IS THE WORD 'VOTE.'

WHY WAS THAT SO IMPORTANT?

THE STATUE OF SUSAN B.

ANTHONY AND ELIZABETH KATY STANTON.

STANTON IS IN A SEATED POSITION WITH A LONG SCROLL, PERHAPS A SPEECH, AND ANTHONY IS NEXT TO HER, LOOKING OVER.

AND THE SCROLL ENDS, AS YOU MENTIONED, ON A BALLOT BOX THAT SAYS 'VOTE.'

I THINK THAT MESSAGE WILL REALLY COME ACROSS TO ALL THE PARK VIEWERS IN A WAY THEY CAN REALLY ENGAGE WHAT THIS MONUMENT REPRESENTS.

FOR ME THIS MONUMENT REPRESENTS MORE THAN WOMEN'S EQUALITY, LIKE UNDER THE LAW OR IN SOCIETY, BUT WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE IN A DEMOCRATIC NATION.

YOU KNOW, I THINK MANY PEOPLE TAKE VOTING FOR GRANTED.

AND NOW, MORE THAN EVER, ARE REALIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A POLITICAL VOICE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE.

THAT'S WHAT STANTON AND ANTHONY AND ALL THE OTHER WOMEN FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE BELIEVED IN AT THE END OF THE DAY.

WE TALKED ABOUT THE FUND.

WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM?

DONATIONS.

HOW IS IT MOVING FORWARD SO FAR?

MOVING FORWARD, WE HAVE A TARGETED $1.5 MILLION TO COMMISSION AND MAINTAIN THE STATUE, AND WE'RE VERY CLOSE TO MEETING THAT TARGETED GOAL, BUT NOT YET.

SO PLEASE DONATE TO MONUMENTALWOMEN.ORG.

ARRIAL IT'S A PLEASURE TALKING TO YOU.

WE LOVE HAVING YOU HERE WORKING WITH US.

THE WORK YOU'RE DOING IS JUST MARVELOUS.

WE'RE GLAD IT'S DONE SO WELL SO FAR.

WE'LL CATCH UP WITH YOU DOWN THE ROAD.

THANK YOU.

A REMINDER HOW YOU CAN BRING MONUMENTAL WOMEN TO CENTRAL PARK, VISIT US AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

> HE IS A MANHATTAN NATIVE WHO PLAYED A JERSEY BOY ON STAGE AND IN THE CLINT EASTWOOD JERSEY BOYS FILM AS PRESENTLY STARRING AS BLAKE MORAN ON THE HIT DRAMA 'MADAM SECRETARY' AND NOW ERIC BERGEN IS SERVING UP A

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO HEAR MORE FROM ERIC BERGEN, HE HAS AN UPCOMING CONCERT SEPTEMBER 30th AT NEW YORK CITY HALL, AND WE'RE GLAD TO WELCOME THE TALENTED MUSICIAN/ACTOR ERIC BERGEN AT 'METROFOCUS.'

IT'S SO NICE TO SEE YOU, IN PERSON, I'VE SEEN YOU IN A VARIETY OF THINGS, INCLUDING THE FILM, YOU AND I WERE TALKING BEFORE, AND HOW WHEN I WAS A YOUNG KID, THEY WOULD PERFORM IN PLEASANT BEACH.

WE'D HIDE OUT UNDERNEATH THE BOARDWALK AND LISTEN AND SAY HOW COOL IS THIS.

IT'S VERY COOL.

YOU DON'T.

IT'S A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE TO SEE JERSEY BOYS NOW THAN THEN.

I'M SURE IT WAS.

THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE YOU DO SO MUCH, AND WELL, EXTRAORDINARILY WELL.

WHAT WAS YOUR DAY TODAY?

YOU STARTED AT 5:00 THIS MORNING.

YES, WELL, YESTERDAY WAS EVEN MORE WILD.

YESTERDAY WAS GETTING UP AT 5:00 A.M., GOING TO BROOKLYN TO FILM MADAM SECRETARY, THEN GOING TO DO A MATINEE OF WAITRESS, HAVING PHYSICAL THERAPY AND DOING AN EVENING SHOW OF WAITRESS, AND ALL THE WHILE I'M MOVING RIGHT NOW.

I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER, AND I COULDN'T BE MORE GRATEFUL, BUT I'M A LITTLE TIRED.

WHAT A SLACKER.

LET'S TALK ABOUT 'WAITRESS.'

YOU WANTED TO -- YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN MUSICAL THEATER FOR SO MUCH OF YOUR LIFE.

YES.

ONE OF THE THINGS I FIND CURIOUS IS WHEN ACTORS ARE ASKED ABILITY WHAT'S DIFFERENT FROM ACTING ON TELEVISION AND ON BROADWAY?

I WAS LOOKING AT AN INTERVIEW, AND SOMEBODY ASKED YOU ABOUT WHAT'S THE HARDEST THING ABOUT 'WAITRESS'? I'M EXPECTING SOMETHING ABOUT DEALING WITH THE AUDIENCE OR HOW YOU ENUNCIATE OR SOMETHING.

AND YOUR ANSWER WAS SOMETHING ABOUT A MUFFIN.

TELL ME THAT STORY.

YOU KNOW, THIS IS A SHOW THAT HAS A LOT OF BAKING IN THE SHOW, AND THERE'S A LOT OF PIES AND THINGS.

AND THERE IS A MOMENT IN THE SHOW WHEN I HAVE TO TAKE A FEW BITES OUT OF THIS MUFFIN.

AND I'M SO IN LOVE WITH THIS THING THAT JENNA HAS BAKED THAT I TAKE THESE GARGANTUAN BITES.

WHEN YOU GET CLOSER TO THE END OF THE WEEK, BECAUSE THEY PRE-BUY THE MUFFINS, THE PROP MUFFINS EARLIER IN THE WEEK, THEY TEND TO GET A LITTLE LESS MOIST.

THEY'RE NOT THAT BAD, BUT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TUESDAY MUFFIN AND THE SUNDAY MUFFIN.

LET'S PUT IT THAT WAY.

THEN I HAVE TO SING THIS REALLY HARD SONG RIGHT AFTER IT.

IT IS LIKE -- IT'S LIKE SINGING IN LAS VEGAS AGAIN.

I'VE GOT DESERT THROAT, BUT IT'S MUFFIN THROAT.

LET ME JUMP TO MADAM SECRETARY.

FIFTH SEASON, GETTING STARTED.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

NOWADAYS, BROADCAST TELEVISION, GETTING TO A FIFTH SEASON IS A MAGNIFICENT ACCOMPLISHMENT.

IT'S WILD, IT'S WILD.

DID YOU KNOW -- FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE AN INTERESTING THOUGHT.

I KNOW THAT SO MANY OF THE PERFORMERS, AND I HAD INTERVIEWED BEE BEE NEWWORTH HERE.

SHE AND I TALKED ABOUT HOW MANY ACTORS ARE LIKE YOU, MUSICAL THEATER.

I

IT'S FILLED WITH THEATER PEOPLE.

BUT HEROES OF MINE COME IN AS GUEST STARS.

I GET THE CALL SHEET -- I WAITED OUTSIDE A STAGE DOOR FOR YOU WHEN I WAS 11 YEARS OLD TO GET YOUR AUTO GRAPH.

STARS, THE PREMIERE, SEASON PREMIERE, OCTOBER 7th, I BELIEVE.

THREE FORMER ACTUAL SECRETARIES OF STATE.

WE DO.

COLIN POWELL, HILLARY CLINTON AND MADELINE ALLBRIGHT.

THEY WERE GREAT.

THEY'RE ALL FANS OF THE SHOW.

IT WAS FUNNY WATCHING THEM IMPROV CERTAIN THINGS.

THAEL REALLY, REALLY GOOD.

ANY OF THEM SING AND DANCE WITH YOU?

NO, THERE WERE PLENTY OF SECRET SERVICE AROUND.

THEY WERE GREAT, COULDN'T HAVE BEEN KINDER AND WE HAD SOME GREAT DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE SHOW AND OUR CURRENT STATE OF OUR COUNTRY.

SO IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING, REALLY INTERESTING DAY.

NEXT QUESTION FOR YOU IS TELL ME ABOUT THE CONCERT COMING UP.

WELL, MY NEW MUSIC COMES OUT NEXT MONTH.

RELEASING --

BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO MUCH FREE TIME.

WELL, EXACTLY.

I'M RELEASING SINGLES THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THIS YEAR, STARTING IN SEPTEMBER, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE PREMIERING A LOT OF THE NEW MUSIC ON SEPTEMBER 30th IN THIS BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL NEW ROOM.

IT'S A VERY OLD ROOM, BUT IT'S BEEN REDONE, SONY HALL ACROSS THE STREET FROM HAMILTON.

WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING MUSIC FROM JERSEY BOYS AND WAITRESS AND SOME SURPRISE GUESTS.

IT WILL BE REALLY EXCITING.

IT WILL BE FABULOUS.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE.

I'VE BEEN A FAN OF A LOT OF THINGS YOU DO.

IT'S NICE WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE TO TALK TO SOMEBODY WHO IS ACTUALLY AS NICE AS THEY APPEAR TO BE.

NOT ALWAYS THE CASE, BUT IT IS NICE.

BUT CONGRATULATIONS ON EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING.

IT'S A PLEASURE.

YOU BE WELL.

LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO YOU AGAIN SOON.

A REMINDER FOR ALL OF YOU TO SEE MORE OF ERIC BERGEN.

HE'LL BE STARRING IN 'WAITRESS' UNTIL AUGUST 12th.

AND SEE HIM ON 'MADAM SECRETARY' ON OCTOBER 7th ON CBS.

Announcer: 'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND EDGAR WALKENTIME III, ROSALYNN P.

SCHWARTZ, CORPORATE FUNDING WAS PROVIDED BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA, YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY.

AND BY PSE&G, SERVING CUSTOMERS, STRENGTHENING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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