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RETIRE IMPOVERISHED?clip
April 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Fifty-two percent of New Yorkers do not have a retirement plan. 60% of all retirees live in poverty, 90% of which are minorities. But now there’s relief. We continue our ongoing reporting initiative called “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America” with New York State Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez. Aired on April 17, 2018.    Chasing the Dream: Poverty and […]

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TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
April 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Local residents are suing nearly every agency involved. The expected L train shutdown is projected to last 15 months. Greg Mocker, transit reporter for WPIX-11, is here with the details. A scary statistic: if you’re between the ages of 18 and 64 and live in New York, about 52 percent of you do not have a retirement plan. Even worse: […]

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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?clip
April 13, 2018 at 5:15 am

Do you have what it takes to change the life of a child?  If so, now’s your chance to become a mentor.   We talk to Paula Gavin – the Chief Services Officer in charge of the new initiative, and Bianca Gottesman and Jade Nieves  – a mentor-mentee duo from the organization i-Mentor – which builds mentoring relationships that empower first-generation […]

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FROM POVERTY TO THE BIG SCREENclip
April 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

He grew up in a life of poverty, drugs and jail, but chased his dreams to become a voice for his community.  MetroFocus sits down with award-winning actor, writer, community arts activist, and most recently the star, co-writer, and producer of the film, “Chapter and Verse,” Daniel Beaty. Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public […]

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CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUNDclip
April 13, 2018 at 4:30 am

The right to education, health, safety and equity.  They’re all things that all children should be entitled to. But for at risk youth getting them is not a guarantee. We caught up with the Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-New York, Samantha Levine, and one of the scholars who has beaten the odds, Elphram Chowdhury. Chasing the Dream: Poverty and […]

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TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
April 12, 2018 at 5:30 am

Disgraced New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairwoman, Shola Olatoye, has stepped down. Now NYCHA’s tenants, who have suffered with heatless, unsafe, and vermin-ridden homes, step forward with parting words for her and shed light on the next steps for their communities. As the war on opioids continues, a possible turning point toward victory for turning the tide. Former City Council Speaker, […]

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FIGHTING HUNGERclip
April 10, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Food: nutritious, fresh, necessary, and hard to come by right here in the metro area. A look at so-called “food deserts” and City Harvest’s fight against them. Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is […]

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TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
April 03, 2018 at 5:30 am

After weeks of negotiations, lawmakers have passed a budget for New York State. We’ll assess who won, who lost, and how the deal will impact your family and your bottom line with City and State’s Editor-In-Chief, Jonathan Lentz. Cynthia Nixon and Governor Andrew Cuomo are both courting New York’s African-American vote. New York Times reporter, Jeffrey C. Mays, is here […]

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