Newscast II

In New York, I’m Hannah Long-Higgins.   This afternoon, hospitals and institutions in dozens of countries across continents experienced a simultaneous cyber attack when computer systems with patient records were shut down. Hospitals had to turn away patients in emergency rooms. Other public health institutions, and even ambulances were affected. The attack made use of […]

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New App Helps Tenants Fight Landlord Problems


Over one million New Yorkers live in deficient housing. That means they cope with problems like mold, pests, and neglected repairs. But the city’s legal system can seem overwhelming and it can be hard to access for tenants if they don’t know where to begin. It’s a problem that led three New Yorkers to create an app so that tenants facing landlord harassment might have a fighting chance both at home and in housing court. It may seem improbable– technology helping tenants fight problem landlords–but for some New Yorkers, it’s already helping to tip the scales. Hannah Long-Higgins reports.

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City Opens Homeless Shelter for LGBTQ Youth

Earlier this week, the city opened a new homeless shelter in the Bronx called Marsha’s Place. It’s the first shelter specifically for LGBTQ young adults. And in a city where 40 percent of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, the need for customized shelters like Marsha’s Place is high. But some advocates and homeless youth say there are still too many barriers to getting a spot.

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Harlem Residents Face 3-Month Gas Drought, New York’s Crumbling Gas Lines

The deadly gas explosion in East Harlem three years ago represented a worst case scenario. Con Edison’s settlement of more than $150 million with New York signals an increased city-wide focus on gas leaks. One residential building in West Harlem has been without gas since November, after one call led to extreme precaution. Hannah Long-Higgins has the story.

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