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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS,' COULD UBER AND LYFT LEAD TO THE PRESIDENT'S IMPEACHMENT?

CAMERAS IN OUR SCHOOLS.

THE CITY HAS A PLAN TO TURN THEM BACK ON.

WE HAVE THE LATEST.

THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE BETWEEN ANDREW CUOMO AND CYNTHIA NIXON TAKES PLACE ON LONG ISLAND ON WEDNESDAY.

WHO HAS MOMENTUM BEHIND?

IN APRIL OF 2016, 120 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN THE BRONX.

IT WAS THE LARGEST GANG TAKEDOWN IN NEW YORK CITY'S HISTORY.

THE RESULTS OF A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION.

THE DETAILS AHEAD.

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GETAWAY BUT DON'T WANT TO TRAVEL TOO FAR FROM HOME?

LOOK EAST.

WE HAVE THE SPOTS ON LONG THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS.

PLUS, HE IS THE AMBASSADOR OF THE AMERICA SONG BOOK AND SHE'S A BIG STAR.

A MOMENT AND A LOOK AT THE PAST THAT LED THEM HERE.

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

THIS IS 'METROFOCUS.'

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY, JAMES AND MERRILL TISH, BARBARA HOPE ZZUCKERBERG AND BY --

YOUR RETIREMENT COMMITTEE, PG AND E.

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

> GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

IT'S BEEN LESS THAN A WEEK SINCE MICHAEL COHEN PLED GUILTY TO CRIMINAL CHARGES STATING THAT HE BROKE CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS AT THE DIRECTION OF THEN CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP.

IT WAS A POLITICAL BOMBSHELL THAT ROCKED WASHINGTON AND PROMPTED RENEWED CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO BEGIN IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT.

WHILE THAT STILL REMAINS OFF THE TABLE ACCORDING TO CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS, WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT THE INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP'S FORMER LAWYER HAS BROUGHT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS CLOSE ARE THAN EVER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS INNER CIRCLE.

THE STORY OF MICHAEL COHEN'S DOWNFALL AND ULTIMATELY THAT OF THE PRESIDENT HAS A NEW YORK TWIST.

THAT'S THE FOCUS OF A NEW PIECE BY OUR FRIENDS AT CITY AND STATE.

JOINING US TO TELL US ABOUT THAT AND ALSO TO BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN POLITICS IS AT THIS TIME AND STATE EDITOR JOHN LINTZ.

YOU HAD A STORY WHICH BASICALLY MADE THE POINT THAT IF COHEN'S INDICTMENT LEADS TO TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT COULD BE BECAUSE OF UBER AND LYFT.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE PAYOFFS FOR ALLEGED AFFAIRS INVOLVING THE PRESIDENT.

MICHAEL COHEN, HIS FIXER AND ATTORNEY WHO FLIPPED ON THE PRESIDENT, A LOT OF HIS WEALTH FOR A LONG TIME HAS BEEN WRAPPED UP IN TAXI MEDALLIONS.

IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE NEWS IN NEW YORK, YOU KNOW THE TAXI INDUSTRY IS NOT DOING WELL.

THAT'S REALLY COINCIDED WITH UBER, LYFT, RIDE-HAILING APPS.

THE TAXIS ARE STRUGGLING.

THE MEDALLIONS HAVE BEEN AN INVESTMENT FOR CERTAIN FOLKS, INCLUDING MICHAEL COHEN.

HE HAD A LOT OF MONEY INVESTED IN THAT.

WHERE THE WRONGDOING COMES IN, IT LOOKS LIKE HE TOOK OUT A LOT OF CREDIT, LOANS AGAINST THIS AS COLLATERAL.

THAT'S PLUMMETED, PUT HIM IN TROUBLE FINANCIALLY.

MAY HAVE LED TO WHERE HE IS TODAY.

THAT'S THE LEVERAGE THE FEDS HAD ON HIM FOR HIM TO FLIP ON THE PRESIDENT.

AS PART OF THAT STORY, THE LONGTIME CFO OF THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION, ALLEN WEISSELBERG, WAS GIVEN AN IMMUNITY DEAL.

BY THE FEDS.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE GETTING THE BOOKKEEPER OF THE MOP.

THAT SOUNDS --

WE WILL PAY ATTENTION TO THAT.

IN ADDITION, DAVID PECKER, THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL ENQUINQUITE THE 'NATIONAL ENQUIRER,' THE FORMER ADULT FILM ACTRESS, HE IS ALSO COOPERATING TO SOME DEGREE.

STAY TUNED ON THAT.

REALLY CLOSE TO THE INNER CIRCLE.

SPEED CAMERAS AROUND SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CITY.

THEY WENT DARK ABOUT A MONTH AGO BECAUSE THE STATE SENATE DIDN'T VOTE TO EXTEND THEM.

DURING LAST SESSION.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON THAT.

WHAT ARE THEY?

THIS WAS A HOT TOPIC AT THE END OF SESSION.

DIDN'T GET THE DEAL DONE.

THE SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED FOR NOT PASSING THIS LEGISLATION TO RENEW SPEED CAMERAS IN SCHOOLS.

A LOT OF LIVES SAVED.

CHILDREN PROTECTED.

THE NEW DEAL IS THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL IS TRYING TO TAKE MATTERS INTO ITS OWN HANDS.

THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE GOVERNOR WHO WILL PASS EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO ALLOW THIS TO BE RENEWED AS WELL AS BILL de BLASIO IS WORKING WITH THE GOVERNOR --

WOW.

THAT'S BREAKING NEWS.

THEY WANT THESE BACK AND RUNNING WHEN SCHOOL STARTS ON THE 5th.

THAT WAY IF YOU ARE DRIVING THROUGH A SPEED ZONE AND YOU ARE SPEEDING, YOU GET A TICKET.

THE GOVERNOR WILL BE DEBATING CYNTHIA NIXON FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY DEBATE THEY WILL HAVE BEFORE THE PRIMARY SEPTEMBER 13th.

IN 2014, GOVERNOR CUOMO DIDN'T DEBATE HIS OPPONENT SAYING DEBATES CAN BE A DISSERVICE TO DEMOCRACY.

WHAT HAS MADE HIM CHANGE HIS MIND?

I THINK CYNTHIA NIXON HAD A HIGH PROFILE TO BEGIN WITH AS AN ACTRESS AND ADVOCATE.

I THINK SHE'S REALLY STRUCK A NERVE ARE A LOT OF VOTERS ON THE LEFT.

YOU HAVE SEEN ANDREW CUOMO SHIFT TO THE LEFT.

IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, A LOT OF WOMEN ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

A LOT OF LIBERALS AND PROGRESSIVES ARE RILED UP DUE TO DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

IT COULD HAVE BACKFIRED IF HE SEWED, NO DEBATE.

THAT SAID, I THINK IT'S HIS TO LOSE AS LONG AS HE AVOIDS GAFFS.

POLLS SHOW HIM UP 30 OR MORE.

NIXON'S CAMPAIGN SAYS 30 POINTS ARE MISLEADING.

THE POLLS AREN'T REACHING VOTERS COMING OUT FOR HER.

TO THAT POINT, TWO THINGS.

THE RACE AGAINST JOE CROWLEY, THERE WAS LET POLLING.

THERE'S BEEN MORE POLLING AND IT HAS BEEN CONSISTENT.

IT'S THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEW YORK.

I DON'T KNOW IN QUEENS AND BRONX WILL BE REPLICATED IN THE GOVERNOR'S RACE.

GOVERNMENT -- THE GOVERNOR, WHAT'S HE DOING TO GET OUT OF THE HOLE WHEN HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T THAT GREAT.

IF HE SAID SOMETHING LIKE THAT WEDNESDAY, THAT COULD HURT HIM.

APART FROM THAT, HE HAS A STRONG PATHWAY FORWARD.

JOHN, THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.

> ON APRIL 27, 2016, THE NYPD ARRESTED 120 PEOPLE IN THE BRONX IN WHAT WAS THE LARGEST GANG TAKEDOWN IN HISTORY.

THE RESULT OF RAY KELLY'S, QUOTE, OPERATION CREW CUT.

CRITICS SAY THE GANG TAKEDOWNS ARE THE LATEST METHOD OF TARGETING YOUNG MEN OF COLOR.

WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE CASE AND HAVE CHRONICLED THE CASE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THESE GANGS.

THESE GANGS ARE NAMED THE BIG MONEY BOSSES.

THEY WERE BASED AROUND WHITE PLAINS ROADS.

THEIR RIVALS ARE TWO-PLY Gs.

THIS GOES BACK BEFORE THE TWO GANGS EXISTED.

OTHER GANGS EXISTED.

IT'S A RIVALRY BETWEEN TWO GUY -- BETWEEN TWO GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS.

THESE GO GANGS OVER A DECADE SHOT AND KILLED PEOPLE, SOLD DRUGS, ENGAGED IN OTHER ACTS.

SOMETIMES YOU HEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT SAYING, THE GANGS ARE GOING AFTER EACH OTHER, BUT LET THEM GO AGAINST EACH OTHER.

THESE GANGS ARE HAVING AN IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY.

WHEN THE PROSECUTORS BROUGHT THESE CHARGES AGAINST 120 PEOPLE, THEY SAID THEIR GOALS WERE TO DECREASE CRIME IN THE AREA BUT IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, PARTICULARLY FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING.

AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS OPERATION CREW CUT, THE CREWS, ONE OF THE TERMS USED FOR THE GANG MEMBERS, HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM TOOLS THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT USED PREVIOUSLY?

SO THE NYPD STARTED REFOCUSING ON GANGS AND CREWS UNDER RAY KELLY WITH CREW CUT.

SINCE THEN, THEY HAVE ONLY INTENSIFIED THEIR FOCUS.

THERE'S NO MORE TALK OF CREW CUTS.

WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT IS PRECISION POLICING, TO IDENTIFY A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMMITTING THE MAJORITY OF VIOLENCE IN THE CITY AND BIDDING STRONG CASES SUCH AS THIS ONE AGAINST THEM AND OFTEN USING VERY POWERFUL WEAPONS SUCH AS RACKETEERING AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES.

ONE COMMENT I SAW ABOUT THIS IN YOUR REPORTING WAS A JAILED GANG MEMBER TALKING ABOUT THIS RIVALRY.

ESSENTIALLY QUESTIONING WHETHER IT MADE SENSE ANYMORE.

TALK ABOUT THAT.

RIGHT.

YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT AARON RODRIGUEZ.

I INTERVIEWED HIM IN PENNSYLVANIA.

HE IS SERVING 13 YEARS.

VERY LONG SENTENCE.

YOU KNOW, WHEN HE WAS LOOKING BACK AT HOW THAT RIVALRY STARTED, HE WAS SAYING THAT HE COULDN'T QUITE PUT HIS FINGER ON IT.

HE WASN'T SURE, YOU KNOW, WHEN HE BECAME A MEMBER OF TWO PLY WHY HE WAS -- WHY THEY WERE -- IT GOES BACK FOR GENERATIONS.

PEOPLE KIND OF GROW INTO IT.

SO WHAT ARE YOU SEEING AS A REPORTER?

WHAT ARE YOU SEEING IN TERMS OF THE IMPACT THAT THIS APPROACH BY LAW ENFORCEMENT IS HAVING ON THE GANGS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES?

CRIME RATES ARE VERY LOW.

LAST YEAR, WE HAD THE LOWEST NUMBER OF MURDERS SINCE THE 1950s.

COPS SAY THESE KINDS OF STRATEGIES ARE ONE REASON WHY THAT'S HAPPENING.

IN THE BRONX, THE NUMBER OF SHOOTINGS AND MURDERS WAS DOWN IN TWO YEARS AFTER THE TAKEDOWN COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS.

SOME PEOPLE HAVE CERTAINLY SAID THEY FEEL LIKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS QUIETER.

THEY FEEL LESS WORRIED ABOUT BEING OUTSIDE WITH THEIR KIDS.

OTHERS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE TAKEDOWN AND ABOUT PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE SIMPLY BY AFFILIATED --

TALK ABOUT THAT.

I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT, THIS HAS NOT BEEN WITHOUT CRITICISM FROM SOME PEOPLE.

RIGHT.

THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ARREST READY MOSTLY YOUNG MEN OF COLOR.

SOME HAVE SAID THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR STOP AND FRISK.

COPS ARE TARGETING COMMUNIIES AND THESE TAKEDOWNS ARE TOO BIG.

SO BOTTOM LINE, AS A REPORT HE I'M CURIOUS IF ANYTHING SURPRISED YOU.

YOU WENT IN WITH AN IDEA WHAT THE STORY IS GOING TO BE.

YOU ARE NEVER SURE WHERE THE STORY WILL TAKE YOU.

WHEN YOU FINISHED UP, WAS THERE SOMETHING THAT HAD SURPRISED YOU THAT YOU HADN'T ANTICIPATED THAT YOU WOULD LEARN ABOUT THIS?

I THINK IT'S JUST THE REALIZATION THAT FOR YOUNG MEN WHO ARE PART OF THESE CREWS OR GANGS, I THINK THEY MIGHT SOMETIMES BE AWARE OF THE CHARGES THEY FACE AT A CERTAIN POINT.

BUT ONCE THEY FACE THEM, IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT PROCESS TO GO THROUGH.

ONE OF THE STORIES I TOLD WAS OF A 19-YEAR-OLD WHO HAD TO SORT OF QUICKLY DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT A RACKETEERING AND CONSPIRACY CHARGE MEANS.

HOW DO YOU NAVIGATE A FEDERAL CRIMINAL DECISION AND HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHETHER TO PLEAD GUILTY TO TAKE YOUR CASE TO TRIAL AND FACE POTENTIALLY FACE A LOT OF TIME IN PRISON.

IT WAS WONDERFUL REPORTING.

VERY INSIGHTFUL AND POWERFUL.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

AGAIN, GREAT JOB REPORTING.

WE WILL TALK TO YOU NEXT TIME.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

> THE AMBASSADOR OF THE SONG BOOK AND PAIR HIM WITH TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER AND YOU GET AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING BY TWO LEGENDARY PERFORMERS.

THEIR LATEST SHOW HIGHLIGHTS CLASSICS.

THE SHOW'S NAMESAKE, 'TWO FOR THE ROAD.'

♪ IN SUMMERTIME, THE SUN WILL SHINE ♪ ♪ IN WINTER WE WILL DRINK SUMMER WINE ♪ ♪ AND EVERY DAY THAT YOU ARE MINE ♪ ♪ WILL BE A LOVELY DAY

I'M DELIGHTED TO WELCOME BACK TO 'METROFOCUS' THESE TWO MUSICAL LUMINARIES.

IT'S NICE TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE.

NICE TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU PERFORMING TOGETHER.

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN IN YOUR WORLD THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN -- DOES SOMEBODY SUGGEST IT?

DID THE TWO -- HOW DID.

I SAID, I'M GOING TO SING WITH HER.

I STARTED SINGING WITH HER.

SHE COULDN'T GET RID OF ME.

LET'S CONTINUE WITH IT.

IN YOUR WORLD, HOW DOES THAT COME ABOUT?

WELL, AS I RECALL -- I THINK THAT WE FIRST WORKED TOGETHER AT FEINSTEIN'S AT THE REGENCY.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT WITH WHOM I WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM.

AND I THINK IT WAS AS SIMPLE AS ASKING CHRISTINE IF SHE WOULD BE INTERESTED.

SHE SAID YES.

YOU DISCOVER THAT WHETHER YOU ARE FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE OR NOT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT IT WILL TRANSLATE ON STAGE.

WE, ON STAGE, ARE SO COMFORTABLE.

DO YOU HAVE THAT ALL THE TIME WITH PEOPLE?

CAN YOU MANUFACTURE THAT?

DOES THAT HAVE TO BE GENUINE?

WHEN IT'S GENUINE, IT COMES THROUGH.

WHEN IT'S MANUFACTURED, IT'S NOT AS AUTHENTIC, BUT PEOPLE FEEL THE TRUTH UNTIL.

GEORGE BURN SAYS WHEN YOU LEARN TO FAKE SINCERITY IN SHOW BUSINESS, YOU HAVE MADE IT.

MY WIFE AND I SAW THE SHOW.

IT WAS MARVELLOUS.

I WATCHED EACH OF YOU.

AS I WAS FACE THE STAGE, ONE OF YOU WOULD BE ON THE STAGE AND THE OTHER WOULD GO OFF TO A TABLE ON THE STAGE.

I WAS STRUCK BY THE FACT THAT EACH OF YOU, YOU ARE WATCHING MICHAEL, MICHAEL WATCHING CHRISTINE, YOU LOOKED LIKE YOU BECAME PART OF THE AUDIENCE.

YOU WOULD CLAP.

YOU WOULD JUST ACT THE WAY WE WERE ACTING.

ARE YOU ABLE TO DO THAT?

WHEN YOU STEP ASIDE AND CHRISTINE IS SINGING, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PART OF THE AUDIENCE?

ABSOLUTELY.

BECAUSE I'M CARRIED AWAY ABOUT WHAT SHE DOES AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE IS.

I'M HAVING A GOOD TIME.

IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME.

WE WILL STAY HERE.

YOU GO AHEAD AND WORK.

CAN I GET SOMETHING TO EAT OVER HERE?

HAVING A BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF A SHOW IS -- IT'S UNUSUAL.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT SONGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO WHEN YOU DO A SHOW LIKE THIS?

IT'S --

WE HAD A THEME, TWO FOR THE ROAD.

IT BECAME AN EVENING ABOUT SONGS ABOUT TRAVEL.

COMING UP WITH THE TITLE FIRST IS REALLY THE KEY.

COMING UP WITH THE IDEA.

ONCE YOU HAVE THE IDEA, THEM YOU KIND OF KNOW WHERE TO START TO AIM.

WITH A THEME LIVE TRAFFIC, THERE ARE AN INFINITE NUMBER OF SONGS.

IT'S PUTTING TO THE WHAT FEELS LIKE IT FITS.

WE BOTH HAD THINGS WE WANTED TO INCLUDE.

BOTH HAD THOUGHTS ABOUT DUETS AND THINGS WE WANTED TO TRY.

IT IS IN THIS CASE QUICKLY PUT TOGETHER, A FAST EVOLUTION.

I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU.

THIS IS NOT A BROADWAY SHOW THAT TOOK YEARS TO PUT TOGETHER.

HOW LONG --

I THINK WE HAD ONE REHEARSAL, DIDN'T WE?

IS THAT UNUSUAL, THE NOTION OF DOING A PERFORMANCE THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER WHERE YOU GET TOGETHER ONCE TO WORK IT THROUGH AND THEN --

WE WOULD E-MAIL EACH OTHER.

MICHAEL IS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE WEALTH OF INFORMATION OF THE AMERICAN SONG BOOK.

HE WOULD PRESENT IDEAS.

I WOULD HAVE THINGS TO BRING TO THE TABLE.

I THINK JUST OUT OF THAT -- WE WERE UP TO THE LAST MINUTE CHANGING THINGS.

AFTER THE FIRST SHOW, WE CHANGED AND EXPANDED.

DOES IT HAPPEN SOMETIMES WHERE YOU DO WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT AND YOU THINK THE SONG DIDN'T WORK OR YOU FOUND SOMETHING BETTER?

IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE, IT DICTATES TO YOU.

HOW MUCH OF THAT DECISION IS DICTATED BY THE REACTION YOU GET TO AN AUDIENCE?

ALMOST ALL OF IT.

SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL RESPOND IN DIFFERENT PLACES.

THEY WILL REACT TO A DIFFERENT LINE IN A SONG.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT REACTIONS.

WE BOTH ARE VERY REACTIVE TO THE AUDIENCE.

AND CHRISTINE IS LIGHTNING QUICK WITH A LINE.

SO I JUST LEAN ON HER.

IT WAS GREAT --

I THOUGHT I LEANED ON YOU.

THAT'S THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP.

AS I SAID, IT'S JUST SUCH A DELIGHTFUL SHOW.

THAT'S PROBABLY THE BEST WORD I CAN USE.

DELIGHTFUL SHOW.

MARVELLOUS SELECTION OF SONGS.

IT'S NICE TO SEE EACH OF YOU INDIVIDUALLY BUT TO SEE THE TWO YOU HAVE TOGETHER ON A STAGE WAS A DELIGHT.

IT'S SO NICE TO TALK WITH YOU BOTH.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US BOTH.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT TIME WE CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION.

A REMINDER THAT CHRISTINE AND MICHAEL WILL BE AT FEINSTEIN'S 54 BELOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 3.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, LOG ON TO METROFOCUS.ORG.

> LONG ISLAND HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

WHETHER YOU LIKE TO CATCH SUN AT THE BEACH, SIP WINE OR SHOT AT A MOM AND POP STORE, IT'S A TRAIN RIDE AWAY.

THAT MAKES THE ISLAND THE PERFECT PLACE TO BE.

IT HAPPENS TO BE A GOOD SPOT TO SPEND QUALITY TIME DURING THE REST OF THE YEAR.

JOINING US TO TELL US ABOUT THAT IS CHRISTEN JARGEN.

THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

WHEN I THINK OF LONG ISLAND AS A TOURIST DESTINATION, I THINK OF PLACES LIKE THE HAMPTONS, FIRE ISLAND.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN TO ANY OF THOSE PLACES, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

WHAT DO YOU SAY MAKES THEM SO ATTRACTIVE?

THOSE ARE FAMOUS PLACES.

EVERYONE IN THE WORLD KNOWS THE HAMPTONS AND EVERYONE HAS HEARD OF MONTAUK.

WE HAVE FIRE ISLAND.

WE HAVE JONES COAST.

WE HAVE SOME OF THE MOST NOTABLE PLACES IN THE WORLD.

THE BEACHES, THE INCREDIBLE CUISINE, THE SEAFOOD, THE CULTURE, THE CHARM THAT WE HAVE.

THERE'S SO MUCH TO LONG ISLAND THAT PEOPLE PROBABLY AREN'T AWARE OF.

TELL US SOME OF THOSE PLACES THAT THEY MAY NOT BE AWARE OF.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE COMING FROM NEW YORK CITY, THE GREATEST THING IS YOU CAN JUMP ON A TRAIN IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AND GO TO ANY ONE OF OUR UNIQUE CHARMING DOWNTOWNS OR BEACHES.

THE HOME OF BLUE POINT BREWERY, YOU CAN GO THERE.

INCREDIBLE RESTAURANTS, BARS.

THERE'S GREAT COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC THEATER HERE.

THERE'S A LOT OF CULTURE THAT WE OFFER ON LONG ISLAND.

THERE'S BEEN SHOWS LIKE TURN SERIES THAT ARE DEDICATED TO OUR HISTORY.

THE REVOLUTION WAS REALLY SHAPED ON LONG ISLAND.

WE LIKE TO SAY LONG ISLAND IS THE REASON YOU DON'T HAVE A BRITISH ACCENT.

YOU TALKED ABOUT THE CULTURAL AMENITIES.

ELABORATE ON THAT.

IF YOU ARE A CULTURAL TOURIST AND WANTS TO SEE MUSEUMS OR A HISTORY BUFF THAT WANTS TO SEE SOME HISTORICAL SITES, WHAT DOES LONG ISLAND OFFER?

WE PROBABLY START WITH OUR NATIONAL PARK, WHICH IS THE HOME OF TEDDY ROOSEVELT.

MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT LONG ISLAND IS ACTUALLY -- WAS THE FIRST SUMMER WHITE HOUSE.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE WHITE HOUSE EVER STAYED OPEN DURING SUMMER.

IT USED TO CLOSE BECAUSE OF THE HEAT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

WHEN ROOSEVELT WAS PRESIDENT, THE TELEPHONE WAS INVESTED.

HE COULD KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING ALL YEAR.

WE HAVE INCREDIBLE AVIATION AND MILITARY HISTORY.

WE HAVE THE ARMORY MUSEUM WHERE YOU CAN COME AND LITERALLY RELIVE WORLD WAR II AND RIGHT IN A TANK AND HAVE ACTORS PORTRAY IT FOR YOU.

IT'S QUITE FUN.

I HAVE A PICTURE IN MY HELMET WITH MY STARBUCKS CUP.

THERE'S REALLY GREAT, BEAUTIFUL AVIATION, MILITARY HISTORY HERE.

I THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED BY THAT.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE -- YOU TOUCHED ON THIS.

ASIDE FROMACTIVITIES, THINGS TO DO THAT YOU COULDN'T BO IN NEW YORK CITY.

THAT'S TOUGH.

WHAT CAN YOU NOT DO IN NEW YORK CITY?

I THINK ONE OF THE UNIQUE ASPECTS ABOUT LONG ISLAND IS WE ARE AN ESCAPE FOR NEW YORK CITY.

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT LONG ISLAND IS OUR EVENTS.

IF YOU LOOK AT -- WE ACTUALLY -- WE LAUNCHED NEW SOFTWARE BECAUSE THE EVENTS ARE SO POPULAR TO MAKE THEM MORE ENGAGING.

EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND, THERE ARE A LITANY EVENTS.

FITFEST ON LONG BEACH.

WE HAVE SEAFOOD FESTIVALS.

WE HAVE THE DICKENS FESTIVAL WHERE LITERALLY THE WHOLE TOWN DRESSES UP LIKE A CHARLES DICKENS NOVEL.

WE HAVE THE EVENT IN THE HAMPTONS WHICH IS THE ARTS WEEKEND.

WINTERFEST IN THE WINTER WHERE IT'S A JAZZ ON THE VINES AND MUSIC AND VINEYARDS.

LOOK AT THE CALENDAR.

THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE HOLD OUR MOST UNIQUE ASPECTS.

IF YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY, TOURISM IS REALLY -- IT'S NOT JUST VISITORS COMING FOR THE WEEKEND.

WE'RE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT OUR OURSELVES AS THE VISITOR ECONOMY.

IT'S $5.9 BILLION ON LONG ISLAND.

WHAT THAT MEANS IS THE REASON WHY -- WE DON'T JUST INVITE TOURISTS HERE TO TAKE UP OUR FAVORITE PARKING SPOTS.

WE DO IT BECAUSE IT'S MORE THAN $700 MILLIONS IN LOCAL AND STATE REVENUE.

THAT KEEP OURS PERSONAL TAXES LOWER.

WE INVITE VISITORS TO COME.

YOU MENTIONED SOME OF THE THINGS AVAILABLE.

TELL US A FEW MORE.

I MOVED HERE THREE YEARS AGO FROM ARIZONA.

I STILL SEE WINTER AS AN INCREDIBLE NOVELTY.

I MAYBE IT SEE IT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.

THE SNOW, IT'S LIKE A WINTER WONDERLAND.

THE VILLAGES BECOME THESE INCREDIBLE NEW ENGLAND-STYLE CHARMING PLACES WHERE YOU CAN GET UNIQUE AND LOCAL CRAFTS AND RETAIL ITEMS.

IT'S A PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR UNIQUE SHOPPING FOR THE WINTER.

IF SOMEBODY WHO IS WATCHING NOW WANTS TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES IN LONG ISLAND, WHO SHOULD THEY TALK TO?

OF COURSE, WE LIKE TO SAY, CALL US AND GET ONLINE.

DISCOVERLONGISLAND.COM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TALKING TO YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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