METROFOCUS: MARCH 6, 2020

Next week, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. New York City’s new Census Director, Julie Menin, is here to tell us why ensuring each New Yorker is counted should matter to you. We’ll examine the federal response to the earthquakes that have been rocking the already devastated island, and hear from Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, who led a state delegation to the frontlines of the catastrophe. It’s “National Day of Unplugging” and there’s a movement across the country with the aim to make us do just that. We have the details.

Aired on March 6, 2020. 

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> NEXT WEEK HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THAL RAR COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS.

THEN PUERTO RICO AND CRISIS.

WE'LL EXAMINE THE FEDERAL RESPONSE TO THE EARTHQUAKES ALREADY ROCKING THE DEVASTATING ISLAND AND HEAR FROM A WOMAN WHO LED THE STATE TO THE FRONT LINES OF THE CATASTROPHE.

IT'S NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING AND THERE'S A MOVEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHOSE AIM IS TO DO JUST THAT.

THE DETAILS AHEAD.

AS 'METRO DDS NOEK ♪

THIS IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD, AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III, THE SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM.

BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ, ROSALIND P. WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG,

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

THE UNITED STATES WILL ONCE AGAIN COUNT EACH AND EVERY PERSON IN THE COUNTRY TO DETERMINE THE DIST RUBRIBUTION FEDERAL DOLLARS AND THE NUMBER OF STATES ALLOCATED IN CONGRESS.

THE LAST CENSUS WAS IN 2010 AND THEY BELIEVE THE COUNT MUST HAVE MISTED MORE THAN 200,000 RESIDENTS.

WHAT IS PT IN DISPUTE IS AT THIS TIME PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARE VERY HARD AT WORK TRYING TO MAKE SURE EVERY NEW YORKER IS COUNTED.

JOINING US TO TALK ABOUT THE EFFORTS AND WHY AN ACCURATE COUNT MATTERS IS THE CENSUS DIRECTOR AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT CORPORATION COUNSEL AT THE CITY LAW DEPARTMENT, JULIE MENNEN.

THANK YOU JOINING US AGAIN.

BEFORE WE GET TO 2020, LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION ABOUT 2010.

HOW DO WE KNOW FOR SURE THERE WAS AN UNDERCOUNT IN THAT CENSUS?

IN 2010 AND I MIGHT ADD IN 2000, THE SELF-RESPONSE RATE WAS 62%. MEANING ONLY 62% OF NEW YORKERS SELF RESPONDED TO THE CENSUS.

ALL THAT MEANS IS THEY DID NOT FILL OUT THE CENSUS.

WE LOST A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF FUNDING AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO STEP IN AND SEND OUT DOOR KNOCKERS TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR.

OFTEN TIMES THEY CAN'T COLLECT THE INFORMATION BECAUSE THEY'LL KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND IF THEY DON'T ANSWER, THEY CAN KNOCK ON THE NEIGHBOR'S DOOR AND SAY HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN THE HALLWAY AND THAT'S HOW 2 MILLION CHILDREN WERE SIMPLY NOT COUNTED, THEY WERE INVISIBLE.

DO WE HAVE SEINES HOW MANY WERE NOT COUNTED?

THE ESTIMATE IS 250,000.

THE PROBLEM IS THE DATA IS NOT GREAT BECAUSE A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IMPUTS.

THEY BASICALLY LOOK AT OTHER RECORDS AND SOURCES IF PEOPLE DON'T RESPOND TO THE CENSUS.

THAT'S AGAIN HOW CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE ARE UNDERCOUNTED.

THEY'RE THE NUMBER ONE UNDERCOUNTED POPULATION.

IT MATTERS FOR HEAD START FUNDING AND OTHER IMPORTANT FUNDING THAT FAMILIES SO DESPERATELY NEED.

THE FUNDAL PROBLEM IS PEOPLE DON'T RESPOND, THEY DON'T PARTICIPATE IN THE CENSUS.

WHAT ARE THE FACTORS THAT LEAD TO THE NONPARTICIPATION?

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN TRADIT TRADITIONALLY BEEN DONE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

FILL THE CENSUS OUT BECAUSE IT'S IN THE CONSTITUTION.

IT'S YOUR SIEVING DUTY.

AND THAT'S WHY WE HAD A 52% RESPONSE RATE IN NEW YORK CITY.

IF YOU DON'T TAKE THE TWO MINUTES TO FILL THE TEN QUESTIONS OUT, DID YOU KNOW YOU'LL LOSE FUNDING FOR YOUR CHILD'S LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL, THAT WILL MATTER.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH THE EFFORTS.

WHAT ARE THE THINGS WE WILL LOSE IF WE'RE UNDERCOUNTED?

WE'RE IN A NATION WIDE COMPETITION OF SORTS.

WE'RE FIGHTING FOR OUR FAIR SHARE OF OVER $650 BILLION AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOCATES EVERY YEAR.

OVER THE NEXT DECADE IT'S $6 TRILLION WE'RE FIGHTING FOR OUR FAIR SHARE OF AND THAT'S WHY IT'S NOT AN OVER STATEMENT TO SAY THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IS INDEED THE CENSUS.

AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE THERE ARE OVER 200 VITAL SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS THAT DEPEND ON IT.

PUBLIC EDUCATION, PUBLIC HOUSING, MEDICAID, SENIOR CENTERS, SNAP, HEAD START.

DOZENS OF PROGRAMS THEY DEPEND ON, RELY ON US GETTING THIS RIGHT.

AND AN UNDERCOUNT WOULD LEAD TO AN INTRODUCTION OF LOSS OF RRPTIVES.

WE STAND TO LOSE TWO CONGRESSIONAL SEATS STATE WIDE AND WE HAVE TO REMEMBER WHAT THIS MEANS AND HOW IT PLAYS OUT AROUND THE COUNTRY.

THERE WAS A LOT OF MEDIA ATTENTION AROUND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS TO ADD A CITIZENSHIP QUESTION.

WE JOIN WOULD THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, WE SUED AND WON OUR CASE AT THE SUPREME COURT.

LET'S TALK ABOUT WHY THEY WANTED TO ADD THE CITIZEN QUESTION AND CONTINUES TO TWEETED OUT IT'S ON THE CENSUS.

THE WHOLE ATTEMPT TO ADD THE CITIZENSHIP QUESTION WAS AN ATTEMPT TO DEFUND CITIES LIKE NEW YORK THAT HAVE LARGE IMMIGRANT POPULATION AND HAVE THEM LOSE REPRESENTATION.

AND IT GOES TO RED REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS THAT DON'T HAVE LARGE POPULATIONS.

WHEN YOU THINK OF THE REPERCUSSIONS, IT CAN CHANGE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE FOR YEARS, IF NOT DECADES TO COME.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE STEPS YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TAKING TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAMMON IN 2020.

THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNSEL HAVE ALLOCATED A TOTAL OF $20 MILLION.

FIRST, WE'VE ANNOUNCED WE'RE DISSEMINATING $19 MILLION OF THAT 40 MILLION TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ON THE GROUND.

NE'ER OFTEN TIMES THE MOST TRUSTED VOICE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO, WE NEED YOUR HELP HELP TOOLING ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COMBAT THE MISINFORMATION SPREAD BY THE TRUMPED A 34I7B STRAGZ.

WE'RE ALSO LAUNCHING A FIELD CAMPAIGN.

WE'VE DIVIDED NEW YORK INTO 45 DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND AND WE'VE FORMED WHAT WE'RE CALLING KNOX.

AND WE CAN JOIN OUR LOCAL KNOX AND JOIN OUR WEBSITE AND THEY CAN JOIN THEIR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND WE'RE GOING TO UTILIZE MEDIA AND ADVERTISING.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE OUR MESSAGING IS MICROTARGETED.

WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT FUNDING TO PUBLIC EDUCATION, HOUSING, SENIOR CENTERS, FOR MEDICAID.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND IF THEY DON'T TAKE THE TWO MINUTES TO FILL THE CENSUS OUT, THEY WILL LOSE FUNDING FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.

AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT'S CONDUCTED ONLINE OR PART OF IT IS CONDUCTED ONLINE.

I HEARD YOU SAY IT'S A GOOD THING.

BUTTED ARE THE PEOPLE LOOEAST CONNECTED TO THE WEB?

THE ADVANTAGE IS IT WILL BE EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO FILL THE CENSUS OUT IN MIDMARCH.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO TAKE YOUR PHONE OUT AND IN TWO MIN LUTES YOU'RE DONE FILLING OUT THE CENSUS.

AND ALL 219 BRANCHS WILL HAVE COMPUTER TERMINALS, EXTRA STAFF, THEY'LL BE OPEN EXTRAHOURS AND BE ON THE FRONT LINES.

SO FOR THE THIRD OF NEW YORKERS, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GO TO THEIR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OR OTHER LOCS.

THE NEGATIVE IS JUST THAT.

A THIRD OF NEW YORKERS DON'T HAVE AN ACCESS TO BROAD BAND.

BUTTE WE THINK WE'VE ADDRESSED THEM.

AGAIN BY PARTNERING WITH LIBRARIES, FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND EQUIPPING THEM WITH RESOURCES AND TOOLS THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE CAN FILL THE CENSUS OUT.

WHAT ABOUT THE CONCERN SOME MAY HAVE ABOUT DATA BREACH THAT AS HAS HAPPENED, THE INFORMATION WILL BE HACKED AND PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL BE COMPROMISED?

J THAT IS A CONCERN AND WHY THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN FILL THE CENSUS OUT.

IF YOU WANT IT IN THE OLD-FASHIONED PAPER FORM, YOU DO THAT.

AND THEY HAVE A PHONE OPTION.

SO THERE WILL BE A 1-800 NUMBER FOR PEOPLE TO CALL IF THEY DON'T WANT TO FILL IT OUT ONLINE.

THE CENSUS IS 10 QUESTIONS.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LARGELY HAS THIS INFORMATION ALREADY ON EVERYONE.

SO, NOW WE WON OUR CASE IN THE SUPREME COURT AND THAT IS OFF.

THESE QUESTIONS ARE LARGELY INFORMATION THE GOVERNMENT HAS.

SO, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT.

THE NUMBER OF TIMES A DAY WHERE I HEAR THE FOLLOWING REFRAIN, PEOPLE SAY I'M NOT GOING TO FILL THE CENSUS OUT BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO GIVE MY SOCIAL SECURITY.

THE CENSUS DOESN'T ASK FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY.

OR THEY SAY I'M NOT GOING TO DISCLOSE MY INCOME.

IT DOESN'T ASK YOUR INCOME.

IT ASKS QUESTIONS SUCH AS NAME, ADDRESS, WHETHER YOU RENT OR OWN YOUR HOME, HOW MANY LIVE IN THE RESIDENCE.

THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF QUESTIONS.

AND SOME OF THOSE -- THAT INFORMATION IS ALREADY PUBLIC.

SOME OF IT IS ALREADY PUBLIC AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A LOT OF THAT INFORMATION.

AND WE'VE GOT TO REMEMBER IF PEOPLE DON'T FILL IT OUT WHAT'S AT STAKE.

LOSEING ALL OF THE VITAL FUNDING WE RELY ON.

AND THE CENSUS IS LEGALLY AND COMPLETELY PROTECTED BY TITLE 13 OF THE U.S. CODE.

IT'S 100% CONFIDENTIAL.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT SHARE THAT INFORMATION, EVEN TW THE CITY GOVERNMENT.

PEOPLE SAY I DON'T WANT TO DISCLOSE MY INFORMATION BECAUSE WE HAVE AN ILLEGAL BASEMENT.

THE CITY CAN'T GET THAT INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

HOW CLOSELY ARE YOU WORKING WITH THE STATE?

THE STATE HAS ALLOCATED 20 MILLION STATE WIDE, THE CITY 40 MILLION CITY WIDE.

THE STATE HASN'T MADE DECISIONS HOW THEY'RE SPENDING THE MONEY.

BUT WE HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH FOLKS.

YOU KNOW THERE ARE CRITICS WHO SAY THE STATE IS NOT DEALING WITH THIS WITH THE SAME URGENCY THE CITY IS AND IT'S TAKING TOO LONG TO DEVISE THE STEPS IT INTENDS TO TAKE.

FAIR CRITICISM?

WE THINK THIS IS A CRISIS AROUND THE CENSUS.

IT'S WHY WE JUMPED ON THIS ISSUE.

WE BELIEVE THAT TIME, EVERY DAY THAT GOES BY WE'RE NOT IN THE FIELD IS A DAY PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND REALLY WHAT'S AT STAKE.

SO, WE'VE JUMPED ON THIS ISSUE IMMEDIATELY.

WE THINK IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND WANT TO REVERSE THE TREND OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2000 AND 2010 AND BOOST OUR SELF RESPONSE NUMBERS.

IF THEY CAN BEAT THEIR 2010 NUMBER, THAT WILL BE A SUCCESSION.

AND WE HAVE ON OUR WEBSITE, WE LIST EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD, HOW THEY DID IN 2010 AND YOU CAN CLICK ON OUR INTERACTIVE MAP AND JOIN YOUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZING COMMITTEE WHICH WE PROVIDE TRAINING AND RESOURCES TO.

ARE THERE PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOODS OR COMMUNITIES YOU'RE TARGETING?

THERE'S CERTAIN HARD TO COUNT NEIGHBORHOODS.

CERTAINLY IN CENTRAL BROOKLYN.

THE RESPONSE RATES WERE IN THE HIGH 40s, LOW 50s.

BR BROOKLYN IS SABURREE.

THEIR SELF RESPONSE RATE IS 55.5%. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS 76%. SO, WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER.

WE ARE ABSOLUTELY FOCUSSED ON A NUMBER OF HARD-TO-COUNT NEIGHBORHOODS.

KW QUITE FRANKLY WE NEED EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD TO DO BETTER.

BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO LIFT THAT OVERALL SELF RESPONSE RATE.

WHEN SHOULD OUR VIEWERS EXPECT TO BEGIN THE PROCESS?

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SEND EVERYONE THE FIRST MAILING MARCH 12th.

AND AGAIN YOU CAN RESPOND BY PHONE, YOU CAN RESPOND ONLINE OR THERE WILL BE AN OPTION TO DO THE PAPER FORM.

THAT GOES THROUGH MAY.

THEY WILL SEND FOUR ADDITIONAL REMINDERS AND COME MIDMAY A FEDERAL DOOR KNOCKER WILL KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR.

WE DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.

WE WANT ALL NEW YORKERS TO FILL THE CENSUS OUT WHEN THEY FIRST HEAR ABOUT IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TO TALK ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

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> EARTHQUAKES HAVE ROCKED THE ISLAND AS IT STRUGGLES TO REBUILD AFTER THE DEVASTATION CAUSED BY HURRICANE MARIA.

THE GROUND IS STILL SHAKING, DRIVING THOUSANDS TO SHELTERS.

GOVERNOR CUOMO, AFTER CONDUCTING A DAMAGE ASSESSMENT ON THE GROUND, SENDING A STATE DELEGATION OF BUILDING INSPECTORS AND BILINGUAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO AID IN THE RECOVERY.

LEADISH THEM IN THE RECOVERY, AND WHY DID IT LEAD HER TO ALLEGE THE GOVERNMENT IS FAILING THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO ONCE AGAIN.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CATHY, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

AND LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR CONVERSATION.

SO YOU LED A DELEGATION OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND STATE BUILDING INSPECTORS.

THIS WAS A TWO HF DAY TRIP, I BELIEVE.

TELL ME GENERALLY WHAT YOU SAW WHEN YOU WENT DOWN WITH THIS COALITION?

YOU REALLY HAD TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT PUERTO RICO AND YOU CAN SEE PICTURES OF SAN JUAN AND EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE IT'S BACK TO NORMAL, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO VERY FAR TO SEE THE DEVASTATION FROM THE HURRICANE THAT STILL EXISTS TWO YEARS LATER, AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY THAT TOOK A HIT, NOT JUST FROM A HURRICANE BUT LITERALLY WIPED OUT BECAUSE OF AN EARTHQUAKE.

UNPRECEDENTED DUNL ATTACKS ON THIS REMOTE PART OF THE ISLAND, SMALL COMMUNITIES AND WHAT I SAW WAS TRULY HEARTBREAKING.

AMERICAN CITIZENS LYING ON KAUTSZ IN THE HOT SUN WHOSE HOUSES WERE A PILE OF RUBBLE.

LITTLE KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL FOR A MONTH AND NO CHANCE OF GETTING BACK BECAUSE THERE'S NO SCHOOL AND THEY'RE AFRAID TO GO FOOEXISTING BUILDINGS BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN 3,000 EARTHQUAKES AND AFTERSHOCKS SINCE THE DAY THE FIRST EARTHQUAKE STRUCK IN DELK AND THE SECOND IN JANUARY.

WE HAD A 5.0 ON THE RICHTER SCALE WHEN I WAS THERE.

AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ABDICATED THEIR RESPONSIBILITY ONCE AGAIN AND THE STATE OF NEW YORK IS STEPPING UP.

I WANT TO TATALK ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN JUST A BIT.

BECAUSE FOR ME WHEN I HEARD YOU WERE GOING DOWN TO DO THIS, THAT'S AN ANGLE OF THIS I WOULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT, THAT THESE PEOPLE HAD EXPERIENCED THIS HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKE AND THEY'RE FEELING EMOTIONS BUT DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO SERVICES TO DEAL WITH THEM.

I'M GLAD YOU'RE PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON.

THEY NEED MEDICAL SUPPLIES.

BUT THE MENTAL TOLL THIS HAS TAKEN, PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER, LITERALLY FOR SIX MONTHS, SOME TO A YEAR, LIVING A SUBSISTENCE LEVL, WAITING FOR HELP TO COME TO THEIR IENLD AND IT DIDN'T COME FOR A LONG TIME.

WE'VE BEEN ON THE GROUND BUT WE DO THE BEST WE CAN.

THEN TO THINK THEY'RE FINALLY GETTING THEIR LIVES BACK TO NORMAL, THE BUILDINGS ARE STARTING TO GO UP AND BROUGHT DOWN WITH AN EARTHQUAKE, IT'S ALMOST A BLANK LOOK OF WE CAN'T TAKE ANYMORE.

SO, OUR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, THEY'RE DOING ART THERAPY WITH KIDS IN TENTS WHO WON'T BE IN SCHOOL FOR LITERALLY MONTHS AND TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS AND HOW THEY'RE GOING TO RECOVER.

AND PROBABLY A 12-YEAR-OLD SAT THERE WITH SUCH A LOST LOOK AND HE SAID I LOST MY SCHOOL, MY HOUSE, I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY FRIENDS ARE AND I GOT MY GRANDMA AND WE'RE SITTING OUT HERE ALL DAY LONG.

I THOUGHT THIS IS SO SAD.

IT IS NOT OVER BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION.

SO, THESE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE PERFORMING A CRITICAL ROLE TO BUILD RESILIENCY . YOU'RE GOING TO BE THE STRONGEST ADULT EVER BECAUSE WHO ELSE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO SAY I SURVIVED A HURRICANE AND AN EARTHQUAKE AND I'M STILL STANDING.

WE NEED TO GIVE THEM POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT THEY'RE GOING TO BE OKAY.

DID THEY TALK TO YOU ABOUT NEEDS YOU HAVE THAT HAVEN'T BEEN MET YET THROUGH NEW YORK STATE OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

AND THAT'S THE ONE THEY NEED TO GET KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL.

THERE'S CHILDREN OUT THERE, IN THES FOR THE LAST MONTH WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT A CLASS ROOM.

IT'S NOT SAFE IN THE BUILDINGS, THEY'RE IN TENTS.

EVERYONE'S DISPLACED AND 400 PEOPLE LAID OFF FROM A HEWS HOS.

THEY'RE LOSING THEIR INCOME BECAUSE THE HOSPITAL IS SHUT DOWN.

THE HOSPITAL IS DAMAGED.

AND NOW THEY'RE SETTING UP TENTS IN PARKING LOTS AND STADIUMS.

THERE'S CAMPS PEEP HAVE BEEN LIVING IN.

THESE WERE NICE MIDDLE CLASS HOMES.

REDUCED TO RUBBLE AND THE PROBLEM IS IF YOU REBUILD IT AGAIN, IT'S PROBABLY $150,000.

FEMA WILL GIVE THEM 35,000.

SO, THEY'LL NEVER HAVE THE LIFE THEY HAVE BEFORE AND I UNDERSTAND WE NEED FIGHT WITH FEMA ON THIS AND AS FAR AS THE NEEDS I SAW IT DEFINITELY GOES TO MEDICAL SUPPLIES, SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

AND THESE TENTS.

LET'S GET THESE KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL.

YOU WERE THERE ON THE GROUND.

HAS THERE BEEN A BIG RESPONSE, SATISFACTORY RESPONSE?

SHOULD THEY BE DOING MORE?

THEY MEET FEMA PURSES PERSONNEL AND THEY'RE GETTING DEFENSIVE.

THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE, DOING THE BEST THEY CAN BUT IF WASHINGTON ISN'T SENDING THEM RESOURCES.

THEY PASSED A MAJOR AID BILL AND HAS TO GET THROUGH SENATE AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT.

WE THINK HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET AID TO THE ISLAND AFTER HURRICANE MARIA.

IT WAS UNCONSCIONABLE THE WAIT PEOPLE HAD TO HAVE AND THE PRESIDENT THROWS ROLLS OF PAPER TOWELS AT PEOPLE AND THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE GRATEFUL.

THESE ARE PROUD PEOPLE.

THEY WANT TO BE RESPECTED.

HOW IS THE MORALE OF THE PEOPLE YOU TALKED TO DOWN THERE?

IS IT ENCOURAGING FOR NEW YORK TO GIVE THEM SUPPORT OR DO THEY SEEM HOPELESS?

THE ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE VERY GRATEFUL BECAUSE THEY KNOW NEW YORK IS DOING MORE THAN THE OTHER STATES AND INDEED THE NATION.

THEY KNOW THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN THERE.

THEY APPRECIATED MY VISITS.

I THINK THERE'S A SENSE OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT HOW MUCH MORE CAN WE TAKE?

AND THEY'RE FEARFUL BECAUSE ONCE YOU EXPERIENCE AN EARTHQUAKE, YOU NEVER HAVE A SENSE OF SECURITY.

WHEN I WAS LITERALLY IN THE AIRPORT, THE EARTH TREMBLED AND IT WAS A FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCE.

BUT OUR WALLS STAYED UP.

I CAN'T IMAGINE BEING IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU WATCH YOUR HOUSE CRUMBLE AND YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO GO IN A BUILDING THE NEXT DAY.

YOU NEVER KNOW.

PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING IN THEIR YARDS ADD NIGHT BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID OF THE NEXT UREARTHQUAKE GOING TO RESULT IN THEIR ROOF COLLAPSING ON THEM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CATHY OGLE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

ARE WE USING TECHNOLOGY OR IS IT USING US?

SHOULDN'T WE UNPLUG AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER?

SOCIAL PLAT FFORMS WERE TO BE A PLACE TO CONNECT AND SHARE AND CARE.

IS THAT WHAT'S HAPPEN SNG A DOCUMENTARY CALLED 'LIKE' EXPLORES THE EFFECT IT HAS ON OUR BRAINS.

HERE'S A PREVIEW.

WHEN 2 BILLION PEOPLE HAVE SMARTPHONES AND WE'RE CHECKING THEM ON AVERAGE 150 TIME AS DAY.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE WHEN 2 BILLION PEOPLE ARE CHECKING DEVICES 150 TIMES A DAY.

MY PARENTS SAY I'M A BIT ADDICTED TO IT.

I USE MY PHONE TOO MUCH.

WE WANT THAT RECOGNITION OF PEOPLE SEEING EVERYTHING WE'RE DOING AND WE WANT THOSE COMMENTS AND THR LIKES TO REASSURE YOURSELF WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS GOOD.

THE THING I THINK IS MOST IMPORTANT IS THESE DEVICES ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR YOU IN MANY WAYS.

YOU ARE NOT THE CUSTOMER.

YOU THE PRODUCT BEING SOLD AND ARE YOU TECHNOLOGY OR IS TECHNOLOGY USING YOU?

SHEILA, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

SHOULD WE UNPLUG?

I THINK WE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO CREATE BALANCE IN OUR LIVES WITH OUR TECHNOLOGY.

THAT'S A GOOD PIECE OF ADVICE.

ONE OF THE THINGS I FOUND SO INTERESTING, ESPECIALLY AS A JOURNALIST AND WE'LL GET TO THE EF EFFECT IT'S HAVING ON YOUNG PEOPLE -- IT'S PART OF MY JOB TO CHECK ON MY PHONE.

IT'S WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR LIVES.

HOW WE CONNECT WITH FAMILIES, FRIENDS, NEWS, WORK.

WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT AND SINCE WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT, LIKE FOOD.

WE HAVE TO LEARN MODERATION, HOW TO USE IT IN HEALTHY WAYS.

APPARENTLY FOR THE GENERATION BEHIND ME IT'S ALMOST ENTIRELY BASED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.

WE FILMED IN HONG KONG AND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND WE PROBABLY FILMED 75 STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THEY ALL AGREED IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE SCHOOLS TAUGHT A COURSE IN HOW TO HAVE A FACE TO FACE REAL-LIFE CONVERSATION.

I SAID WHAT WOULD THAT ENTAIL AND THEY SAID WHERE DO YOU LOOK?

WHERE DO YOU PUT YOUR HANDS?

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR BODY?

YOU'RE USED TO HAVING A SCREEN.

IT IS A ALMOST PART OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY'VE GROWN UP WITH THAT.

THIS IS HOW YOUNG PEOPLE ARE COMING OF AGE.

IS IT POSABLE TO EXPECT THEM TO DRAWBACK SOME OR ARE WE ASKING FOR TOO MUCH?

FIRST ALL OF IT IS A BIG -- IT'S A BIG TASK.

BECAUSE WE HAVE -- IN SOME WAYS BECOME LAZY.

CELL PHONES AND iPADS HAVE BECOME BABY SITTERS FOR KIDS OR ON ROAD TRIPS.

YOU'RE NOT LOOKING OUTSIDE.

YOU'RE LOOKING DOWN.

BUT THEY'VE BEEN PROGRAMMED THIS WAY SINCE BIRTH.

THEY'RE AT THE PARK WITH MOM AND DAD AND THEY'RE IN A STROLLER AND MOM AND DAD ARE ON THEIR PHONE.

WHAT THEY SEE IS MOM AND DAD ON THEIR PHONE, EVERYONE ON THEIR PHONE.

WE'RE MODELING THAT FOR THEM.

DOCTOR, WHO'S IN THE MOVIE SAID YOU CAN'T MONITOR HOW MUCH YOU'RE ON THE PHONE.

THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO GO ABOUT IT.

WHAT CAN DO IS MONSTER HOW MUCH TIME YOU'RE OFF THE PHONE.

DEVELOP THREE HOURS OFF LINE EVERY DAY AND THAT'S AFTER HOMEWORK, AFTER SCHOOL.

START TO CULTIVATE, YOU KNOW, INTERACTION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT IS OFF LINE.

WELL, THAT WAS ALSO ONE OF THE THINGS -- AND I'M SURE IT WAS THE SAME DOCTOR FROM THE FILM, WHO BROUGHT UP THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO BE BOARD.

IT'S OKAY TO HAVE THAT DOWN TIME -- AND I FIND MYSELF DOING IT IF I'M WAITING FOR THE SUBWAY.

I'M MINDLESSLY SCROLLING THROUGH SOMETHING.

BUT HAVING THE DOWN TIME FOR YOUR BRAIN IS IMPORTANT.

IT'S KEY.

I THINK IT'S KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR CIVILIZATION.

IF WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO IMAGINE, TIME TO THINK, TIME TO FEEL, WE'RE NOT GOING TO EVER BE COMFORTABLE IN OUR BODIES.

I DEFINITELY THINK IT'S SOMETHING FOR US ALL TO KEEP IN MIND AND PERHAPS A GOOD CHANCE FOR ADULTS TO LEAD AND SHOW INWAY WITH THIS UNPLUGGING MOVEMENT.

I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CREATING THIS FILM.

IF NOTHING ELSE, IT FORCES YOU TO CHECK YOURSELF.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

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