Top of the Hour Newscast: Local News

From Columbia Radio News in New York, I’m Camille Petersen.

 

Ed Mangano, the former Nassau County Executive, was convicted today in federal court of bribery, fraud, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Mangano held office from 2007 to 2017.

 

A former New York City police officer was arrested on federal charges for assaulting a man at the Bellevue Men’s Homeless Shelter in Manhattan. Cordell Fitts was a police sergeant at the Department of Homeless Services until he resigned last year after the incident. If convicted, Fitts could face up to 30 years in prison.

 

Newly elected Public Advocate Jumaane Williams joined several City Council members to oppose part of Governor Cuomo’s MTA funding plan. The plan would use tax revenue from legalized marijuana sales to help fund the MTA. Williams said the taxes should instead go to communities most affected by marijuana criminalization.

 

WILLIAMS 1

It’s a terrible plan. And it’s based in the type of ignorance we have seen over and

over again in this community. (0:07)

 

Governor Cuomo’s office estimates the marijuana taxes could contribute $2 billion to MTA funding.

 

A group of 14 children’s and education advocacy groups is opposing cuts to a program that connects homeless students with social workers. Mayor De Blasio’s yearly budget eliminates nearly $14 million from the program. In the last year, a record number of students was homeless.

 

This morning, Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren announced a plan to break up large tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Tonight, Warren will make a campaign stop in Long Island City, Queens. The neighborhood was briefly Amazon’s choice for its second headquarters.

 

It’s 37 degrees and partly sunny in Central Park. There are delays on 2,3 and L trains.

 

For Columbia Radio News, I’m Camille Petersen.

 

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