METROFOCUS: SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

September 12, 2019 at 5:30 am

First responders who fell ill after working at the remains of the World Trade Center and their families fought hard to get needed aid. We’ll take you inside their bittersweet victory. Come inside the planning and development of the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza and the most overlooked and natural aspects of this somber yet magnificent setting. Students at the prestigious Stuyvesant High School were caught in “The Shadow of the Towers” both during and after the attack. Their story is one you won’t soon forget.

Aired on September 11, 2019. 

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>>> I'M MATT RYAN, MANAGING
EDITOR AND HOST OF NEW YORK NOW.
THE 2018 BLUE WAVE HIT
REPUBLICANS HARD.
THE PARTY HERE IN NEW YORK WAS
SWEPT ON THE STATEWIDE TICKET
ONCE AGAIN.
THEY SUFFERED SOME SURPRISING
DEFEATS IN RED CONGRESSIONAL
DISTRICTS AND LOST BADLY IN
SENATE RACES GIVING DEMOCRATS
TOTAL CONTROL IN ALBANY.
A LONG TIME PARTY CHAIR WAS
FORCED TO STEP ASIDE WHEN
WESTERN NEW YORK'S NICK
LANGWORTHY SECURED ENOUGH VOTES
TO TAKE OVER THE POSITION.
THE LONG TIME HEAD OF THE EERIE
COUNTY GOP HAS A LOT OF WORK TO
DO AS HE ACKNOWLEDGED WHEN WE
SAT DOWN WITH THEM.
>> NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP.
AND I THINK THE MOST CENT CNN
POLL THAT CAME OUT A COUPLE OF
WEEKS AGO TALKED ABOUT HOW NEW
YORKERS WANT BALANCE IN THEIR
GOVERNMENT.
AND YOU HAVE OVER 60% OF F
PEOPLE THAT SAID THEY DON'T,
THEY PREFER IT TO HAVE YOU KNOW,
AT LEAST ONE HOUSE LEGISLATURE.
ONE ARM OF GOVERNMENT TO BE IN
REPUBLICAN HANDS.
I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE A
PENDULUM SWING.
MY JOB TO GET IT GOING IN THAT
DIRECTION AND I THINK WITH A NEW
ENERGY AND A NEW DIRECTION AND A
MORE AGGRESSIVE FORM OF
MESSAGING, WE'RE GOING TO DO
THAT.
>> HE WAS AN EARLY SUPPORTER OF
DONALD TRUMP.
F IN FACT, HE TRIED TO PERSUADE
HIM TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR IN 2014.
BEFORE THE REAL ESTATE MOGUL SET
HIS SIGHTS ON THE OVAL OFFICE.
HE GIVES THE PRESIDENT HIGH
MARKS HALFWAY THROUGH HIS TERM.
>> I JUST LOOK AT THE ECONOMY.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY ON FIRE.
WE'VE GOT RECORD LOW EMPLOYMENTS
UNDER EVERY SOCIOECONOMIC
SEGMENT OF OUR POPULATION.
I MEAN THE STOCK MARKET AND
PEOPLE'S 401(k)s HAS SOARED.
HE'S ACTUALLY YOU KNOW HOLDING
THE WORLD A TAX THAT OTHER
COUNTRIES ARE ACTUALLY STARTS TO
PAY FOR THINGS.
NOT JUST AMERICA PAYING THE BILL
FOR EVERYBODY ELSE.
THE PRESIDENT'S DOING EXACTLY
WHAT HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO DO
WHEN HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT.
I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE MEDIA
HAS SUCH A HARD TIME WITH.
SOMEONE THAT'S ACTUALLY
FOLLOWING THROUGH IN GOVERNING
THE WAY THEY SAID THEY WOULD.
>> HE SAID ONE OF THE REASONS
REPUBLICANS SUFFERED LOSSES LAST
NOVEMBER WAS BECAUSE TRUMP
WASN'T ON TOP OF THE TICKETS.
ONE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL
DISTRICTS THE GOP CHAIR THINKS
CAN FLIP BACK IS IN STATEN
ISLAND AND
BROOKLYN.
WHICH MAX ROSE UPSET LAST YEAR.
THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A STRONG
CANDIDATE RUNNING NEXT YEAR IN
CURRENT ASSEMBLYWOMAN AND FORMER
MAYORAL CANDIDATE.
>> I JUST SPENT FIVE DAYS WITH
NICOLE IN ISRAEL AS WE TOURED
THE COUNTRY TOGETHER.
SHE'S RUNNING VERY HARD,
AGGRESSIVELY AND SHE'S YOU KNOW
RAISING RESOURCES.
SHE'S BEEN ELEVATED IN SOME OF
THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN RANKINGS
AS A SEAT TO WATCH AND I THINK
THEY CALL IT YOUNG GUNS IS THE
DESIGNATION HER CANDIDACY WAS
GIVEREN, WHICH IS SET BY KEVIN
McCARTHY TRK REPUBLICAN LEADER
OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE
NATIONALLY WATCHING THAT RACE.
SHE'S CERTAINLY A STRONG ETHNIC
WOMAN AND TO HAVE WE NEED HER TO
BE SUCCESSFUL TO RESTORE A
REPUBLICAN SEAT IN CONGRESS
WITHIN THE FIVER BOROUGHS OF THE
CITY OF NEW YORK.
I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT
FOR US TO HAVE A FEDERAL
OFFICIAL FROM THE FIVE BOROUGHS
FOR PARTY IDENTITY PURPOSES, BUT
SHE'S JUST A FAR MORE EFFECTIVE
ADVOCATE FOR STATEN ISLAND AND
BROOKLYN THAN MAX ROSE.
>> AND LANGWORTHY ISN'T JUST
THINKING SHORT-TERM HERE.
HE HAS HIS EYES SET ON THE C
CAPITOL WHERE CUOMO SAYS HE
PLANS TO RUN IN 2022.
>> WE MEET ONE CUOMO AND WE'RE
GOING TO BEAT ANOTHER ONE.
THIS GOVERNOR IS A BULLY.
HE GOVERNS THROUGH INTIMIDATION
AND AS I TALK ED ABOUT EARLIER
TODAY, I MEAN WE HAVE A CULTURE
OF PAY TO PLAY THAT'S PERMEATED
HIS ADMINISTRATION FOR THE LAST
DECADE.
BETWEEN THAT AND THE LEASH THIS
LEGISLATURE IS NOW FORCING ON
THIS GOVERNOR UNDER HIS WATCH,
ISSUES LIKE DRIVER'S LICENSES
FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.
ISSUES LIKE GJERE ATTIC PAROLE.
THE WAY WE'RE SEEING POLICE
OFFICERS TREATED IN THE STREETS.
YOU HAVE A DEEVOLUTION OF NEW
YORK.
THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE ON THE
VAST SILENT MAJORITY OF THIS
STATE ARE PEOPLE THAT RESPECT
THE RULE OF LAW.
RESPECT LAW ENFORCEMENT.
AND YOU DON'T SEE THAT, THE
PEOPLE IN THEIR GOVERNMENT
HAVING THEIR BACK.
AND I, I BELIEVE THAT YOU KNOW,
THIS GOVERNOR YOU KNOW THINKS
HE'S IMPERVIOUS TO SHELF LIFE.
BUT WE'RE READY FOR A NEW YORK
COMEBACK WHICH STARTS WITH
COMMON SENSE.
WE'RE OUT THERE LOOKING ACTIVELY
FOR THE NEXT REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR
OF THIS STATE BECAUSE THE ONLY
WAY TO CHANGE NEW YORK IS TO
CHANGE GOVERNORS.
>> WE'LL SEE WHAT GAINS
REPUBLICANS MAKE IN 2019 AND
VARIOUS COUNTY EXECUTIVE RACES
ACROSS THE STATE, BUT NO DOUBT
THE FIRST BIG TEST OF LAN
LANGWORTHY'S LEADERSHIP WILL
COME NEXT NOVEMBER AT THE POLLS.

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