Washington focuses on damaged roads


Federal money to the tune of $36 million is coming to the state — but isn’t intended to help with the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, according to U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, the funds are earmarked to repaid damaged federal roads.

It’s part of an ongoing project to bring roadways damaged by the 9/11 attacks as well as Hurricane Sandy and 2018 flooding back up to spec. It’s not clear, however, which roads will be targeted for repairs.


Teen TV program debuts on BronxNet

BronxNet launches a new show it describes as being “for, by and about young people.”

It’s called “Leaders of the Future,” and is hosted by pediatric doctor Denise Nuñez, and co-hosted by a number of teenagers who are participating in the Leaders of the Future program at the Niño de la Caridad Foundation.

That organization was founded by Nuñez, intended to “extend a helping hand” to children in Bronx neighborhoods.

The first episode features Latin Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Prince Royce discussing his music career, the importance of holding on to values, and following through on a vision. The episode has aired a number of times already on Optimum Channel 69 and FiOS Channel 2135. However, it’s also available online at

“Our young people have their way of seeing the world, and they also have the ability and the right to express their opinions,” Nuñez said, in a release.


Free flu shots for MTA workers

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it wants to “Stop the Flu in its Tracks” by offering free flu vaccine shots to all MTA employees with the help of Walgreens.

Officials with the agency hope to stem what they call a “twindemic” of its work force battling both the standard seasonal flu and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Beginning last week, any MTA employee could get a free flu shot simply by visiting 50 worksite locations, or one of more than 500 Walgreens or Duane Reade locations.