New Edition of Thirteen's MetroFocus Premieres Tonight

New Edition of Thirteen's MetroFocus Premieres Tonight

A new edition of the award-winning MetroFocus premieres in the New York metro area tonight, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21 and Thursday, July 17 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and 10:30 p.m. on NJTV.

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New York Public Library CEO and President, Anthony Marx,outlines the plans for the NYPL now that plans to transform part of the Fifth Avenue flagship building into a circulating library were withdrawn. As Marx tells guest host Jack Ford, the NYPL plans to renovate the Mid-Manhattan Library, the institution's largest circulating branch, and expand storage space into a vast space underneath Bryant Park.

The Long Island Rail Road is one of the busiest commuter railroads in North America with over 700 daily trains traveling from Montauk to New York City's Penn Station. Strike or no strike, the LIRR's union workers and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have issues and commuters have complaints about service. Transportation expert Sam Schwartz, also known as "Gridlock Sam," talks to "MetroFocus" host Rafael Pi Roman about what the region's transit system can handle and what it can't, past strikes and the future of the metropolitan region as its transit system tries to keep up with demand.

Steve Malanga, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and Teresa Ghilarducci, director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, join Pi Roman for a closer look at public pension funds in the tri-state region.

In New Jersey, the federally-funded Summer Food Service program provides up to two meals a day for 76,000 children. NJTV News reporter Lauren Wanko takes us to Seaside Heights, New Jersey where Elementary school children enjoy sandwiches and snacks all summer long.

MetroFocus Series Overview

MetroFocus is an award-winning multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. The MetroFocus television program features interviews, in-depth reporting, content from many partners and solutions-oriented reports from the community. Major areas of coverage include sustainability, education, Science and technology, the environment, transportation, poverty and underserved communities. MetroFocus.orgamplifies that reporting with daily updates and original stories that also cover culture, government and politics, the economy, urban development and other news in the metropolitan region. More information at:

MetroFocus is a production of WLIW21 in association with WNET, parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of Science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Ford Foundation, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Charlotte and David Ackert, Jody and John Arnhold, Betty and John Levin and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Corporate funding is provided by Mutual of America.

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