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carjackers. they pass themselves off as police officers. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this thursday, final day of 2015. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene today. >> chris, seems like we're ending out 2015 pretty nicely. >> another mild day actually by a late december standards. temperatures heading back into the 40s. the clouds will actually move out a bit and break up from time to time. there's patchy fog across portions of northwest new jersey and the hudson valley as well. as i said, temperatures well into the 40s. that's still above normal. midnight, should be on the chilly side. temperatures settling into the upper 40s. plan on the clouds thinning out from time to time. the clouds breaking up for a little bit of sun so by noon it should be at least partly suj ly ly sunny. forecasting a high of 48 degrees. hopefully the commute is relatively quiet. here's emily west with that. >> there's one spot you need to avoid in clifton.
we had a vehicle flipped over. there is debris on the road. the ramp is shutdown grove street to route 3 eastbound. let's look at the new jersey turnpike this morning by newark airport. that ride looks pretty nice. if you are out, time to go is now. not much happening on the roads. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thanks so much. times square already bustling. there's last-minute preparations for tonight's festivities. already lots of police on hand. "today in new york's" katherine creag is there. we understand you're in a special zone there, where you've been allowed to get up close to what's going to happen. >> reporter: i don't know how we were given this spot, but it's just right over there. the van is parked over here, next to the stages. you know how busy this area gets. i have this feeling we'll be told to leave in a little while because of a security sweep. what we're zooming into right now, the building that everyone will have its eyes on. that's where the times square ball is, the new year's eve ball. it'll drop down one minute
the nypd, it will have its eyes on everything else. what we've seen so far is last-minute preparations happening, testing the new year's ball and clock. the police department says it's very prepared as well. 6,000 nypd officers will be here in and around the area. there will be 14 entrances with security wands and machines. once inside, you'll go through a secondary screening and won't be allowed to leave and return. one woman we talked with just a little while ago has done this twice before, and she will be here tonight. >> we all enjoy each other. it was from every different culture. kissing each other and everything was fine. it was so great. >> reporter: back and she told us she's always had a great experience. we want to give you a live look of what we're experiencing here. technically, we're around the area of 46th street, 47th street in that pedestrian plaza. there are already police
what we always experience, michael, is at about 9:00 a.m., that's when people start gathering in the scout outskirts of the metal barricades. just a little later in the afternoon, they're allowed to get closer to the stage. that's about 3:00 in the afternoon. they still have nine hours to go until the ball drops. so they're committed, you could say. they're in it to win it. as you said earlier, no backpacks. just bring your smile and a good mood. >> like you were saying, once you go in there at 3:00 f you go out, you can't come back in. that's it. >> reporter: right. don't drink a lot of liquids. let's just say that. >> don't get the venti starbucks. 5:03 right now. terror alerts are forcing the cancellation of several new year's eef celebrations overseas. in belgium, officials are calling off their usual fireworks celebration. two suspects were arrested for plotting an attack.
charged with planning an assault in the capital. paris also cancelling its midnight fireworks because of terror fears there as well. out in pasadena, the local police teaming up with their federal counterparts. they're promising the tightest security ever for tomorrow's tournament of roses parade. and of course, the rose bowl itself. but officials insist there is no credible terror threat. the move comes after this month's san bernardino massacre just 50 miles east of there. and a friend of one of the san bernardino killers is now facing a five-count federal indictment. most serious charge against enrique marquez is inspiring to provide material support to terrorists. he's also charged with being the straw man, the person who bought the guns. 14 people were killed in that mass shooting. marquez will be arraigned next wednesday. 5:04. new this morning, police hunting for four suspects who posed as officers during a carjacking. you can see these guys that investigators are looking for in
police say they pulled up behind their victim's vehicle and approached the car. all four of them had badges and what appeared to be protective vests. after ordering the victims out, one of them got in and drove off in their 2009 chrysler minivan. 5:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. it looks like people will be better off than in years past. >> not dealing with any rain or snow or brutally cold conditions. it will get chillier as we go through the night, but nothing more than seasonable temperatures. even slightly above normal temperatures continuing. we're in the mid-40s in the city across long island. still as warm as 48 in westhampton. 37 in newburgh. still not that chilly for this time of year. a lot of cloud cover. it's thinning out more towards the north and west. drier air should win out eventually. we expect to see a little sunshine before the day is through. right now it's mostly cloudy. still mild at 45 degrees.
only to the upper 40s at noon. by 3:00, 48. gets a little breezy too, even with a little sunshine. temperatures no better than the upper 40s. we'll have the complete forecast coming up. almost 5:06. here's emily west. >> the earlier train delays on the and 4, everything is back to normal. switch problems started yesterday. you should be good if you head out. if you are coming in for new year's eve tonight, extra trains on metro north. that starts this afternoon. it is on a modified schedule today. also with new jersey transit, lirr, and path, you will find extra trains there as well. with the buses, q-11 is detoured due to a water main break. extra service this afternoon for new jersey transit buses. alternate side, meter rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. new this morning, it was a fatal fall at an historic new york city hotel. early this morning, a man fell to his death at the four seasons in midtown. police telling us he fell some nine stories. "today in new york's" tracie
i understand you've actually spoken with a family member of this victim. >> reporter: that's right, michael. a woman who identified herself as the aunt of the victim said she just spent christmas dinner with her nephew. she called what happened here just a short time ago an unfortunate accident. we'll show you some video of the crime scene investigators from the nypd as well as the emergency services yunts going in and out of the four seasonings hotel here on 57th street all night long. over the phone, police tell me they discovered a body of a man on a landing, not on the ground here, around 11:00 last night. so far, police haven't released the name or age of the victim, but that woman tells us it's her 20-year-old nephew who's from rockaway, new jersey. she claims he was just trying to take a photo when the worst happened. take a listen. >> he's a young kid. he's a good kid. they weren't drinking. they were taking a picture. that's all they were doing. >> reporter: again, back live here at the four seasons, the nypd has left the scene, but
family are still looking for answers as to what happened. again, michael, they haven't released the identity of the victim here, but police are telling us that man was not alone and they, too, believe it was something that was just simply an accident. back to you. >> all right. thank you very much. 5:08. mourners paying their respects today for the long island man who died in a suicide attack in afghanistan. he was a staff sergeant with the air national guard. visitation is today and tomorrow at branch funeral home in miller place. funeral services will take place on saturday at the new beginnings christian center. new york city police commissioner bill bratton is once again blasting the man who formerly held his job. ray kelly is accusing them of misreporting crime stats to make the city seem safer. bratton writes, quote, none of kelly's charges about nypd
examination. kelly has yet to cite a single incident in which a shooting was downgraded. this morning, bill cosby is free on bond hours after facing a judge for sexual assault. he was brought into a pennsylvania courthouse yesterday. he was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault dating back to an incident in 2004. these claims made by this woman, former temple university employee andrea constand. she says cosby gave her pills and wine at his home. >> the absolute game changer here is bill cosby may very well have to hear not only the victim in this case but the testimony of all of the other alleged victims with a similar m.o. in court. >> this is the first time that he has been charged. we've heard a lot of accusations, but this is the first formal charge. cosby is denying all of the claims. his attorneys are saying, quote, we expect mr. cosby will be exonerated by a court of law. coming up on the "today" show, a
investigation closed and reopened. plus, how the comedian's own words may have been behind that decision. the white house may announce new economic sanctions against iran any day now. just yesterday, we told you about the iranians testing a rocket near where a u.s. navy aircraft carrier was transiting. in recent months, iran also tested two ballistic missiles. the white house insists that move violates a u.n. agreement. reports say firms that finance iran's missile program provide them the money that they will be sanctioned. it took six years, but now uber has reached a billion rides. it happened yesterday when a passenger in london took a short trip. now that passenger is going to be doing a little traveling. they're getting a year's worth of free rides, plus a free vacation to any of the 360 cities that uber operates in worldwide. new this morning, we told you earlier about president obama's special chat with jerry seinfeld. take a look. here it is.
it's 1600 pennsylvania. >> yeah. >> i like the way he's going through. this is an episode of seinfeld's web show called "comedians in cars getting coffee." in the episode, jerry meets the president at the white house. then they take a little car trip around the grounds in a vintage corvette before getting coffee in a break room. but then the interview gets very personal. >> how many suits do they put out in the morning? >> they don't put out suits. i have a closet like normal people do. >> you pick the suit? >> i do, yes. >> really? >> i do. >> i would have a guy just leave -- same with the lunch. here's the suit, here's the lunch. >> you can watch the new episode of "comedians in cars getting coffee" on crackle.com. looks like the president took the wheel. i'm sure he doesn't get to drive a lot. >> probably not so much. just around the grounds of the white house. straight ahead, donald trump's declaration of war.
welcome back. 5:14 on a thursday morning. last day of the year. we're dealing with weather that's still relatively mild by late december, early january standards. 36 in high point this hour. 40 at the delaware water gap. 39 in franklin. generally mid and upper 30s through the northwestern burbs. we're seeing some fog, some visibility issues across northwest new jersey. down to a half mile in sussex. quarter of a mile in newburgh. even across long island, visibility coming down a little bit. watch out for that early on. lots of clouds out there. the rain has moved east of us. it's a dry day, no umbrellas needed. we're hoping some of this drier air will work its way in and maybe we get breaks of sunshine for a change. we're going to start out fairly gray in most areas. you can see on future tracker, the clouds thin out a little bit. notice by noon, still some cloud cover out there.
for some sunshine. that will be the case the rest of the afternoon hours. into the evening, it looks quiet. by midnight, just a little on the chilly side. tomorrow morning starts with sunshine. we just mix in a few fair weather clouds. i think we see a good deal of sun tomorrow. that will be the trend into the weekend. clouds moving out, northwest breeze moving in. temperatures in the upper 40s for the city. a little cooler to the north and west. for tonight, partly cloudy, a bit chillier. lows will slip back into the 30s overnight. first day of the year, not bad at all with temperatures in the 40s. lower to mid-40s with a mix of clouds and some sunshine. as we look at the midnight hour in times square, 40 degrees should do it. it'll feel like the lower 30s with a bit of a breeze out there. bundle up. you don't need the heavy parka, necessarily, but you want to dress in layers. low 40s for the first day of the year.
a reinforcing shot of cold air will knock us down to the 30s for highs. coldest weather of the season monday and tuesday. still storm free with sunshine and wednesday and highs back into the mid-40s. let's get to emily west and find out about the commute. >> the ride through queens, pretty light. let's look at the l.i.e. at the grand central parkway. westbound ride coming towards us. not seeing any volume at all. you see will a lot of volume starting right now and even on into today due to the closures for tonight's celebration for new year's eve. 7th avenue shut down 43rd to 48th, as well as broadway 47th to 48th. and 46th and 47th, 6th through 8th avenue is closed now. the 80/90 express lanes northbound, the center lane is blocked. that's going to slow you down getting on to the george washington bridge. still have this closure in clifton. the ramp is shut down grove street to route 3 eastbound.
route 3 by grove street. that's due to an overturned vehicle, a debris spill. also with the subways, the a and d uptown trains running local. alternate side, meter rules in effect. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you very much. 5:18 now. we want to go to decision 2016. there's more strong language from donald trump. nbc's edward lawrence is in washington with that. we've seen a lot of strong language by donald trump, but this is a new tact here, edward. >> reporter: there really is a new cap. good morning and happy new year's eve to you, michael. political money seems to have jumped on board the senator ted cruz and dr. ben carson bandwagons in the third quarter. they raised more than any other candidates. senator ted cruz toured the tornado damage in texas. he's the first candidate to do so. also before president obama.
their homes that were just standing in the one spot that didn't collapse. >> reporter: at the same time, he raised a whopping $20 million in the fourth quarter, far surpassing his totals for the previous quarter. only ben carson beat that amount for the fourth quarter. $6 million. this as donald trump amps up his attacks on the democratic front clinton. >> the husband wants to come, and she wants to accuse me of things. the husband is one of the great abusers of the world. give me a break. >> reporter: the other republican candidates duke it out for third place behind trump and cruz. >> if they think this is tough now, we're nowhere close to tough yet. >> reporter: in a drastic move, jeb bush cleared out his campaign staff in miami and shipped them to early primary states to get his supporters out to vote. and this is a do-or-die time for a lot of republican presidential candidates. we're about one month out to the first caucus. reporting live in washington,
>> brand new year upon us. thank you so much. more news out of washington this morning. the irs announcing the 2016 tax season will get under way january 19th. the agency says most people can expect to get refunds quickly this year. they think nine out of ten of those refunds should arrive in less than three weeks. >> we're going to hold you do that. getting a rare look at some of the presidential photos that were not released by the white house in the past year. the white house photographer spoke exclusively to the "today" show. >> he is the president of the united states, but he's also a human being. i try to show his personality. >> this photographer is cure rating his annual collection. there are more than 100 images in chronological order. they begin on january 22nd during the state of the union address. >> fantastic. great to see. look forward to seeing them. >> very cool. just ahead, today is your last chance to get a few bucks back from your phone company.
"star wars" movie, except its original creator. george lucas called the movie and all its characters his children, and he acknowledges that he did sell them. however, he says he did supply some of the story lines for "the force awakens" that he had been working on. disney, he says, decided to go another way. >> they wanted to do a retro movie. i don't like that. i like -- every movie, i work hard to make them different. i make them completely different. >> wow. okay. so george lucas also says disney didn't really want him involved in the latest film. he compared people talking about the new "star wars" to a divorce. he called it awkward but not really painful. so i guess he can't let go. he had a vision for "star wars." >> that must be kind of difficult. after you have been invested in something for so long, to let it go. >> he did let it go.
i think he made a few bucks, some spare change. meantime, getting over the warm temperatures. well, you may have to eventually the first few days of the new year. not so much today. we're still above normal. upper 30s to low 40s northwest sections of new jersey. these temperatures not going much higher. clouds early, hopefully breaks of sun toward the midday hour. 48 should do it. for tonight, looking good. gets a little chilly, about 35 in the city. around midnight should be close to the 40-degree mark. no rain, no snow, no brutal >> for today. week. little bit. sorry, michael. it's january. >> right now we have the street closures for tonight's celebration. we have a few closed roads. 7th avenue, 43rd to 48th. broadway, 47th and 48th. and 46th and 47th from 6th to 8th. at 1:30, they'll have a few more closed, then closing more at 5:00. let's take a live look at the
that ride is moving along fine. >> all right. sounds good, emily. thank you. 5:25. in today's cnbc money report, today is the final day for sprint and verizon wireless customers to claim refunds tied to a settlement with the fcc. back in may, both of those carriers agreed to pay $158 million to settle claims after billing customers in a fraudulent practice called cramming. it is where customers get hit with third-party fees for text message fees they didn't sign up. . in the meantime, at&t is doing away for two-year contracts with new smartphone purchases. they're the only major carrier that still offers these deals. starting january 8th, customers will only be able to get new phones by paying the full price or by paying in installments over time. the new policy does not apply to business customers who have a qualified wireless service agreement.
coming up ahead at 5:30, what police say the pastor of a local church was caught doing on camera. plus, a deadly fall at an iconic hotel. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live in the middle of it all in times square. this is where the big party will take place, the new year's eve celebrations. the stages are set. we'll tell you how the nypd is getting ready as well. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
new this morning, a fatal fall at an iconic new york city hotel. plus, security is already tight and in a few hours, a million people will pack times square. what is being done to keep them safe. fill up for a coffee? >> sure, come on by. it's 1600 pennsylvania. >> that's president obama's coffee run with, yes, jerry seinfeld. "today in new york" starts now. wait until you see it. it's great. 5:30 a.m. on this thursday, december 31st. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene.
what's the deal with the forecast? >> what's the deal with no snow in december? >> you're good. >> he does it better than me. >> that looks hysterical, by the way. meantime, weather picture is still gray. hopefully these clouds will break up a little bit. patchy fog, especially north and west of the city this morning. midnight will be a little chillier. probably in the upper 30s at this point. your day planner, plan on clouds early, breaking up for some sun at times. 47 by noon. forecasting a high of 48 degrees. emily west in for lauren. how is the commute rolling along? >> new crash in queens on the grand central westbound right by the cross island. it's the ramp to the cross island taking up a lane there. in clifton, still have the crash on route 3. overturned vehicle, spilled debris. that's eastbound by grove street. that ramp is shut down from grove street to route 3 eastbound. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s.
right now the nipds ypd is beginning the process of locking down times square. "today in new york's" katherine creag is there with a look at the new year's eve preparations. a question i always have for you, kat, at what time do people really get there and stay there until midnight? >> reporter: because we've covered this for so many years, we see people arriving at 9:00 a.m., secure their spot. then they'll go through a security check, a secondary check later, then they get escorted or pushed over to the stages. that's where people want to be, around the stage area for the big concerts, for the celebrities performing on the stages. there are already police officers here. we want to show you some last-minute preparations of organizers, what they've been doing, testing the countdown clock, testing the new year's ball. also, the confetti drop as well. the police department says it is extremely prepared.
in and around the area. there will be 14 entrances with security wands and machines. once inside, you'll go through that secondary screening we mentioned. you will not be allowed to leave and return. you are committed. you are here. for some people, it's not for them, but they were here in times square in these early hours, right now walking around. they wanted to get here before the big crowds started arriving. >> it was so much fun. just to like be in the midst of everything that's going on, it's fun. it's new year's eve. have a good time. >> reporter: so that woman we talked with, she will be home at her own party, having her own festivities. her friend, though, is going to be here. she's experienced it before. she says it's an incredible party. about a million people, maybe more than a million people, michael, will be gathering here. again, 9:00 a.m. is when we start seeing people arriving here. as you know, it's people from
back to you, michael. >> they will not miss it, even if they have to wait 15 hours. >> i'm not one of them. 5:33 right now. some members of a local church calling for the removal of its pastor. he's accused of stealing money from the church. police say pastor daniel iampaglia was arrested last month at the rock church. board members say this exclusive video shows the pastor pocketing the church's offerings. they say after week of their money coming up short, they decided to install a camera and they caught him in the act. now some of the parishioners want to know why he's still leading services. >> in fact, right after he was arrested, the following sunday, i thought he'd be too ashamed to come downstairs and preach. he preached. >> the board cannot fire iampaglia because it's currently involved in a civil lawsuit that was filed two years ago to have him removed. a judge says the board has to wait until after that suit is 5:34 right now. time for a check of weather and
chris, i think you saw with kat saying, people get out there at 9:00 a.m. but at least they're not going to be out there at 9:00 a.m. in 20-degree weather. >> no, it's a long stretch. as temperatures start to drop tonight, while maybe 40 degrees doesn't sound cold, if you're out there for a prolonged period of time, it gets chilly. we're in the upper 30s and low 40s this morning. these temperatures warm for this time of the year at this hour of the morning. visibility a problem in some locations, mainly north and west of the city. down to a half mile in morristown. sussex, quarter of a mile. down to a mile at islip. in and around the city, visibility and fog not going to be a problem. we have some clouds we have to shake off again today. we haven't seen much in the way of sunshine. we're hoping we get some intervals of sun later this morning. turns breezy, 47 at noon, 48 should be the high for the day. that occurs at about 3:00. rest of the forecast, including the first few days of 2016
let's get the update on the commute from emily. >> westchester county, cleanup from an earlier tractor trailer crash. that's route 22. your right lane is going to be blocked. also, if you are heading in for new year's eve celebrations, times square, you'll have extra trains on metro north. today running on a modified schedule. everything else is on schedule. extra service, lirr, new jersey transit, and path. still have the detour on q-11 bus. extra afternoon service for new jersey transit buses. and alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. new this morning, a fatal fall at an historic new york city hotel earlier this morning. a man fell to his death at the four seasons in midtown. he fell nine stories. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is there. are police saying anything more this morning? >> reporter: kerry, not so far. police have actually left the scene, but there's still a lot of questions to be answered, specifically to the victim's relatives.
was the aunt of the victim who says he's a 20-year-old boy from new jersey, rockaway, new jersey. she says she still doesn't know what led to this fatal fall. we have video of the crime scene investigators as well as emergency service units going into the four seasons here on 57th street just a short time ago. police tell us all of this happened around 11:00 last night. that is when they discovered the body of that 20-year-old man on a landing. as you mentioned, police are telling us that the fall was nine stories. it's unclear what led to it, but the woman we spoke to who said she was the victim's aunt said he was simply trying to take a photo and not do anything wrong. >> he didn't climb no scaffolding on the outside of the building. he might have snuck up to take a picture. all the doors were open. he's a young kid. he's in college. nobody knows nothing in there. security knows nothing. it's like absolutely absurd. >> reporter: according to that
guest at the hotel, but as she said, just went inside to take a photo. so far the nypd has not released the age nor the identity of the victim, but they say he wasn't alone. back to you. >> tracie, thank you. 5:37 now. police are trying to track down the hit-and-run driver who shot a good samaritan for trying to keep him at the scene. we're going to show you some surveillance video taken moments after the shots rang out on creston avenue in the bronx. police say the man smashed his red suv into a parked car about 4:30 yesterday afternoon. that's when a witness tried to stop the suv from leaving and was shot in the neck. that witness is expected to recover. this morning, the person who cut two people at a busy mcdonald's is still on the run. an employee and a customer slashed at a restaurant on 58th street and 3rd avenue last night. it began with a fight between two of the customers. then this employee tried to intervene. that's when that employee and the other customer were cut. >> that's crazy because my
that's his favorite mcdonald's. when she he shops at bloomingdale's, he comes to mcdonald's every time. he might be scared to come. >> police spent hours looking at surveillance video in hopes of finding the attacker. knicks forward cleanthony early recovering after he was shot outside a queens strip club. police say six men surrounded the 24-year-old and his girlfriend while they were sitting in an uber car yesterday morning. the thieves stole his chains and then shot him in the kneecap. he tweeted out yesterday, shout out to you beautiful souls for caring, god works in mysterious ways. a babysitter from staten island facing charges after police say she was caught on a nanny cam abusing a 6-month-old girl. 36-year-old elena bass allegedly abused the girl twice while she was babysitting her at her home in brooklyn. police say the parents set up a nanny cam that apparently captured bass violently removing
slamming her into a chair. the texas teenager known for his affluenza defense during a fatal drunk driving case is still being held in mexico. ethan couch was serving ten years probation for the crash that killed four people. several weeks ago, he and his mother fled to mexico. that's where they were captured on monday. an attorney was able to delay ethan's deportation, so it could be weeks more before his return to the u.s. his mother was flown to l.a. yesterday. tomorrow marks one year since the death of former governor mario cuomo. governor andrew cuomo says the executive mansion open house in albany will now take place in march. he's moving it to easter sunday to coincide with an egg hunt on the grounds. the governor is planning to spend new year's day quietly. it is 5:40 now. new this morning, jerry seinfeld's latest episode of
coffee" is online. this one features none other than the president. >> i do this little show, "comedians in cars getting coffee." >> you're a comedian with coffee going nowhere. back it up. >> yes, sir. >> he goes to the white house. they're not able to leave the grounds. they go for coffee in the break room, just like you would do at your office. then the interview gets serious. as serious as a seinfeld interview. >> you seem very relaxed. you got to go off at some point with food. what's your thing with a tray -- >> nachos. that's one of those where i have to have it taken away. i'll have guacamole coming out of my eyeballs. >> okay. didn't know that before. you can catch the new estep soed of -- episode of "comedians in cars getting coffee" on
>> it's good stuff. 5:41 right now. still to come, a chance at relief for a lot of students that are struggling with those student loans. plus a rough ride. a flight ends with a trip to the hospital for some passengers tossed around by turbulence. and your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. 46 degrees out there right now.
welcome back. 5:44 on a thursday morning. things look nice once again on the plaza. tree is going to be around just a few more days. this area will look a lot different in just a few hours. this is times square. of course, when they drop the balled a midnight, there will be several people squeezed into these streets. they will be dealing with temperatures that should be close to 40 and windchills in the 30s. we've had a lot worse in terms of conditions when they drop the ball at mid night in the past. brisk by midnight but not bad at all. looks like a clear but chilly start to 2016. however, the coldest weather of the season may arrive here for a
november 2015 went down as the warmest november on record in central park. this one is going to go down the same way. it's just a matter of the final numbers. right now averaging 51 degrees. that's over 13 degrees above normal. a wetter than normal month. the next closest warmest one was 2001. that record is going to go by easily. 44.1 was the average temperature there. also, probably going to get through this month for the first time without getting to the freezing mark. we're looking at upper 30s from poughkeepsie to danbury, newburgh as well. still plenty of clouds lingering across the area. the rain is gone. we zoom in closer. we're starting to see some breaks show up towards the north and west. northwesterly breeze picks up as we go through the day and into tonight. as i said, tonight, quiet, partly cloudy, a little on the
middle 30s in the city. chillier yet north and west. a brisk beginning to 2016. high temperatures generally in the 40s. at midnight, look for a few patchy clouds, breezy conditions. it will feel like the low 30s with the windchill kicking in. after that, it's quiet with sun. refin forcing short of cold air knocks the high down to the 30s on monday and tuesday. back to the 40s again by wednesday of next week. let's see if the commute on this final day is trouble free. i'm sure there's a spot out there. >> we have a few spots. overall, the volume is light. you can see the green shading everywhere. again, we have a few delays. first off, a disabled vehicle on the cross bronx. this is eastbound at westchester avenue. that takes up the right lane. then cross westchester expressway eastbound near exit 6, we have a cleanup from an earlier accident. a fuel spill also blocking the right lane.
talking about all morning, overturned vehicle and debris spill here, route 3 eastbound. the ramp is closed from grove street to route 3 eastbound. a live look at the lincoln tunnel. moving very well. not bad with the holland or even the george washington bridge. the gowanus expressway, not going to find really any delays. everything is move ing fine through industry city. you will find road closures. 7th avenue shut down 43rd to 48th. broadway, 47th to 48th. and 46th and 47th from 6th to 8th avenue. that's closed for tonight's new year's eve celebration. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. 5:48. happening today in st. louis, there are more flood worries as the mississippi river is expected to crest at more than 12 feet above flood stage. some of these areas have been evacuated. in others, the hope is that sandbags will hold back some of the water. the governor there, jay nixon,
is pledging federal aid to that state. nixon touring some of the most heavily damaged areas. he says it may be the worst flooding in state history. >> it's going to be a while. you don't have this much water over a place with population and businesses and a lot of public assets and the water goes down. it's not over. >> 20 people at least have been killed in cars washed away by fast-moving currents. they're calling it the flight from hell. that's how one passenger is describing her trip on an air canada flight. the plane left shanghai for toronto and made an emergency landing in calgary because of violent turbulence. some passengers were tossed out of their seats and into the aisle. >> the girl sitting next to me, she was sleeping. and she just fly. >> a little shaken up, but we made it back safe and sound.
>> well, the plane had 332 passengers, 19 crew members on board. in a statement, air canada thanked its workers for their response. some of those first passengers have already been released from the hospital. as police prepare for one of the worst drunk driving nights of the year, there's a new york lawmaker pushing for dwi prevention. katherine rice pushing for technology that will keep drivers from ever getting behind the wheel. she's introducing a bill that would require all new cars to be equipped with advanced are dwi prevention technology. new york state will begin accepting applications to help recent college grads pay off their loans. applications are for the state's new student loan forgiveness program. the get on your feet program offers up to two years of federal student loan debt relief. to qualify, students have to be residents who graduated from a new york college and high school, and they have to be making less than $50,000 a year. it's tough for some kids.
and the first thing you have to worry about is how am i going to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars. >> some of them can't find jobs, period. it's tough. 5:50 right now. straight ahead, it could surprise you what a government report is saying about raising the minimum wage. and 4 investigates, concerns that one county's 911 center, why some people say they've been put on hold when they've called for help.
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5:53 right now. taking a live look there at the new jersey turnpike. an economist working for the federal government says the poor do not reap the benefits of a higher minimum wage. this california professor' report says most of the money goes to higher-income families. he also says the hike causes layoffs. the report was released just as new york and other cities are advancing a $15 an hour wage. all right. 5:54. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. >> there's a teeter town? >> it's a little town. look it up. i've never heard of it either. little teeter town has a temperature. >> thank you for educating us. >> check it out. some really interesting little towns throughout the tri-state. we try to get as many of them out there. >> teeter town. >> i like the sound of it.
that all morning. look for clouds giving way to sunshine not only in the city but even in teeter town. 48 the expected high this afternoon in the city. tonight turns clear to partly cloudy. low to mid-30s in the city. chilly, yes, not brutally cold. as we head into the rest of the weekend, first weekend of the new year, looks to be on the chilly side saturday. 42. still chilly on sunday with less wind at 44. a cold shot of air will arrive early next week. it just arrives with sunshine, which is a good trade-off. did you find teeter town? >> i did. i guess it's -- i'm sorry. >> this is good tv. >> looks very nice. >> traffic in teeter town? >> not much traffic going on, but there will be in times square. we already have some roads closed. also with the trains, there will be extra trains, modified schedule. metro north, extra trains this afternoon. let's check out the connecticut turnpike this morning by indian field road.
right now we got light traffic. really hasn't been too much at all this morning. >> okay. teeter town expressway open clearly too. >> very good. 5:55. you're never going to hear the end of it. in long island this morning, 4 investigating looking into claims that nassau county's 911 system is understaffed. james bradenback says he called 911 when he saw two armed men walking into a bank on sunday. he says he was put on hold while those men were holding up the bank. the union representing 911 operators says this computer screen shot shows a night in february when six calls were on hold at the same time. >> there's just not enough operators being assigned to the duty of 911 call taking. >> to me, it's critical. i should not have waited that long. >> nassau police didn't respond to our request for comment, but yesterday governor cuomo announced $10 million in grants to improve the 911 system statewide. another hoverboard went up
this time in crown heights in brooklyn. news 4 got this video of the fire. it's the second fire in a week. neighbors say the family was charging the hoverboard, smelled something burning. they took that board into the hallway where it burst into flames. the fire may have originated from the lithium batteries, which can heat up very quickly. >> a little scary. getting to be a number of those incidents now. >> absolutely. next at 6:00, getting ready for the biggest party of the year. what you need to know if you plan on joining the massive new year's celebration in times square. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device. we'll be back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new
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plus, times square on lockdown as police get ready to protect the biggest party of the year. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. it is thursday, december 31st. final day of 2015. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene. >> and we want to go live to auckland, new zealand, where the clock just struck midnight there. happy new year, everyone. the first ones to wish you this from new zealand. beautiful celebration there. they obviously have fireworks to bring in the new year. that's cool. >> very, very cool. >> our first new year's greetings. let's check in with chris. >> not all that cold. it will be getting chillier by that point. no rain gear needed. nothing to worry about in terms of snow. just bundle up a little bit. the clouds are moving out today,
we have a little patchy fog for our northwestern suburbs this morning. it's a cool day but still above normal. midnight, there will be a little chilly touch to the air. still not bad. right now we're looking at 46 degrees in the city. mostly cloudy sky. we'll see temperatures in the upper 40s this afternoon. the breeze will start to pick up as well. a little after 6:00 a.m. let's see if there are any problems for the commute this morning. >> got a couple problems. overall, not too many people on the roads. first off in the bronx, cross bronx eastbound at westchester avenue, disabled in the right lane. also, cross westchester expressway eastbound near exit 6. right lane blocked with a crash. delays with that. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you very much. times square already closed to traffic as the nypd gets ready for tonight's new year's eve celebrations. thousands of officers will be on hand to make sure the ball drop goes off without a hitch. "today in new york's" katherine creag is already there in a special place as they start counting down the hours.
allowed to park very closely to the stages here. this has never happened before in the many years we've covered this. we're allowed to park here next to the stages. the concerts that will be taking place and we're zooming into the main building. all eyes will be on this building for the ball drop. the nypd says it'll have its eyes on everything else. what we've been seeing, last-minute preparations has been made by the organizers of this huge event. they tested the new yeer ar's ball and countdown clock. 6,000 nypd officers will be here in and under a around the area. numerous officers are already here at this early hour. they're telling us there will be 14 entrances with security wands and security machines for people to go through. once inside, you'll go through a secondary screening and you'll not be allowed to leave and return. no backpacks, no lawn chairs. one of the top nypd chiefs talked with us about how the
>> we do make analysis of what the terrorists have looked at in the past, and we strategically deploy our officers to areas where there will be large crowds. >> reporter: and this is such a huge event. a million people, possibly more than a million people will be gathering here. moouk l, 9:00 a.m. is when people start getting their spot. a little later, about 3:00 a.m., p.m., is when they go through that security check. then they're pushed over here to the stages. because lauren is not there this morning, lauren scala, as you know, covering this event tonight. a huge event. it'll be a big party for her and all of the people around this area as well. back to you. >> they're constructing a special podium for lauren right now. it's going to be fabulous, i'm sure. kat, thanks so much. if you can make it to 't make it to new year's at times square, ring it
new ear's eve celebrations being cut back or suspended in a lot of countries because of terror fears. in belgium, there will be no fireworks in brussels. that's after six people were arrested for plotting a new year's eve attack. there were more arrests in turkey. police there say they foiled a planned attack at the capital. even paris is squal caling back celebrations. organizers of tomorrow's tournament of roses parade say there are no credible threats, but they're not taking any chances either. security there being called unprecedented. more than two dozen federal agencies teaming up with local police in the wake of the san bernardino terror massacre. new this morning, police commissioner bill bratton says there's no merit to claims made by his predecessor ray kelly. former police commissioner accusing the nypd and the de blasio administration of misreporting crime stats, especially shootings, to make the city appear safer. in an op-ed in this morning's
quote, kelly has yet to cite a single incident in which a shooting was downgraded or miscounted. 6:04. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. good morning, chris. >> good morning, kerry. lofty numbers for this time of the year, this hour of the morning. poughkeepsie is 37. monticello well above freezing, as is newburgh. visibility not a problem in and close to the city. it is down to one-eighth of a mile in islip. it drops to 3/4 miles in more morristown. white plains, ten miles. very, very isolated with the fog. the clouds will break up,
it gets breezier later in the day. while lauren scala plans her big party, here's emily west. >> build that pedestal for her in times square. there will be extra trains if you're heading to times square. net row metro north will be on a modified schedule. for the buses, we still have the detour, q-11 new york city bus. alternate side, meter rules are in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you. new this mortgage, a ning, a tragedy at a famed midtown hotel. a college student fell to his death at the four seasons. tracie strahan is there. i understand you spoke with some family members. >> reporter: that's right, kerry. an aunt who said the victim was her 20-year-old nephew from rockaway, new jersey. by all accounts, this was an accident that's something that woman said. so did the nypd. let's show you video from earlier this morning. crime scene investigators as
workers left just a short time ago after casing this area for hours. police tell us this happened around 11:00 last night. that's when the body of a man was discovered on a landing after falling an estimated nine stories. so far, police haven't released a name or age of the victim. again, a woman who identified herself as the victim's aunt told us this. take a listen. >> he's a young kid. he's a good kid. they weren't drinking. they were taking a picture. that's all they were doing. >> reporter: again, the nypd has not released the identity of the victim or his age. that woman says he's 20 years old a college student from rockaway, new jersey. so far, we haven't seen any investigators still inside the hotel. it's just a matter of finding out exactly what led to this. >> all right, tracie. thank you. 6:07 now. mourners will pay their respects today at the wake for the long island man who died in that suicide attack in afghanistan.
staff sergeant with the air national guard. the visitation is today and tomorrow at the branch funeral home in miller place. funeral services will take place saturday at the new beginnings christian center. in the meantime, family, friends, and scores of police officers said good-bye to an nypd detective and air national guard sergeant who was also funeral services for 45-year-old joseph lemm from westchester were held yesterday at st. patrick's cathedral. there was this heartbreaking moment when lemm's 4-year-old son ryan saluted his father's casket as it passed by. this morning, bill cosby free on bond. this is hours after facing a judge for sexual assault. he was brought into a pennsylvania courthouse yesterday. the 78-year-old accused of three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault dating back to an incident that happened in 2004. these claims made by this woman, former temple university employee andrea constand. she said she went to cosby's
>> mr. cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine. the effect of which rendered her unable to move. >> this is the first time that cosby has been charged. he's denied, as he always has, all of the claims. his attorney says, quote, we expect mr. cosby will be exonerated by a court of law. coming up on the "today" show, a live interview with his lawyer. that is straight ahead at 7:00. 6:09 now. happening now, missouri is bracing for more historic flooding as the mississippi river is expected to crest today in st. louis. some areas have already been evacuated. in others, the hope is the sandbags will hold back water. missouri's governor jay nixon spoke with president obama, who's pledged federal aid for the state. nixon toured some of the most heavily damaged areas. he says this could be the worst flooding in the state's history. >> it's going to be a while.
over a place with population and businesses and a lot of public assets and you just -- the water goes down. it's not over. >> at least 20 people have actually lost their life in cars washed away by the fast-moving currents. 6:09. in this morning's cnbc money report, you could soon get a new kind of warning if your e-mail gets hacked. cnbc's landon dowdy joining us with those details and more. good morning. >> hi there, kerry. good morning to you. microsoft plans to start telling users of its e-mail and cloud storage service if it suspects state-sponsored hackers try to break into their accounts. the company previously provided alerts without giving specific details. facebook, twitter, and google also provide such warnings. reuters reports former microsoft employees say chinese authorities hacked into more than a thousand hotmail accounts several years ago, targeting ty betan leaders. and at&t is doing away with two-year contracts next week. starting january 8th, you'll only be able to buy a new
paying a full price or as part of an installment plan. the new policy doesn't apply to business customers. verizon and sprint got rid of two-year contracts in august, while t-mobile stopped offering them two years ago. kerry and michael, back over to you. very happy new year. get your spot in times square. >> absolutely. landon, question. will you be at the exclusive cnbc reception tonight? >> obviously. if i make it through. looks like i'm going to have to have a nap. >> i hear you on that. >> happy new year. >> same to you guys. still ahead, times square isn't the only plabe to ring in the new year. we're going to look at some of the other new year's celebrations happening in our area. plus, a news 4 exclusive. a local pastor accused of stealing money out of the church offerings. why is he still holding services? and we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up as we look at the tappan zee bridge.
6:14 on the final day of 2015. temperatures are once again above normal and are going to stay that way through the balance of this afternoon before we cool they think ings down. we'll get a little sunshine from time to time. brisk by midnight. a chilly start to 2016. it actually gets progressively colder early next week. meantime, finally sun at last. cooler temperatures, but where we should be. 39 is the normal high. we're once again well above normal. this will easy go down as the warmest december on record. up to the north where places should normally see temperatures in the low 20s this hour of the morning, nope. kingston, 37. city is 46 already. mid-40s through long island, down the jersey shore. some patches of fog out there. be aware of that. the thicker clouds pushing out to sea swels as well as the rain
we'ralseeing a thinning to the cloud cover. it may take a while before we see sunshine. we hope to finally see that. it's been a while. you can see on future tracker, the clouds thinning out early this morning. a little cluster of clouds trying to form over the city for the early afternoon hours. that thins out as well during the evening. overnight, quiet, just a partly cloudy sky. tomorrow, clouds around, but i think we see a good deal of sun. that will be the trend through the weekend. lots of clear sky. much the same into saturday night. we go into sunday, a fair amount of sun anticipated. upper 40s today, maybe touching 50s in a few locations. clouds giving way to at least some occasional sun. mid-30s tonight. temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s to the north and west. what does 2016 hold? quiet start, actually. 43 tomorrow.
sun and clouds both days. plenty of sun on sunday. then a quick shot of cold air. 35 for a high on monday. back to mid-40s with sunshine on wednesday. let's get to emily west. what are the trouble spots? >> it's been a quiet morning overall. you can see the green shading, meaning not too many people on the road. the cross westchester expressway heading eastbound, there's a crash here by exit 6. that is going to be in the right lane. also in new jersey, we still have delays in clifton from this earlier overturned vehicle. the shoulder is blocked on route 3 eastbound by grove street. the ramp is going to be closed from grove street to route 3 eastbound. let's take a live look at the george washington bridge this morning, where the upper and lower are looking fine. no delays at the lincoln or holland. a live check by laguardia airport. grand central parkway is moving along just fine. no delays. we do have some street closures already. 7th avenue shut down 43rd to
47th and 48th. and 46th and 47th between 6th and 8th avenues. more closures at 1:30 and again at 5:00. extra trains for your afternoon and evening commute heading into times square. metro north will be on a modified schedule today. alternate side in effect as well. and you got to feed the meters. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you very much. knicks forward cleanthony early recovering at home after he was shot in a robbery outside a queens strip club. police say six men surrounded the 24-year-old and his girlfriend while they were sitting in an uber yesterday morning. the thieves stole early's chains before shooting him in the kneecap. he did tweet out yesterday, shout out to you beautiful souls for caring. god works in mysterious ways. a babysitter from staten island now facing charges after police say she was caught on a nanny cam abusing a 6-month-old girl. this is 36-year-old elena bass. she allegedly abused this little girl twice while she was babysitting her at home in
police say the parents set up a nanny cam. they say it captured bass violently removing this girl from a crab, slamming her into a chair. the child amazingly was not badly hurt. just into the news room, we're getting video of the so-called after fluenza teen's mom a arrive ing back in the u.s. her son ethan was given ten years probation in a drunk driving crash that killed four people. they fled to mexico this month. they were captured on monday. now, her son ethan, he's still in mexico. his attorney delayed his extradition, and it could take two more weeks to get him back to the u.s. 6:19. this morning, we're hearing from passengers on board an air canada flight that was hit by violent turbulence. one of the passengers called this the flight from held. the plane left shanghai for toronto but made an emergency landing in calgary. some of these passengers were tossed out of their seats and into the aisle.
mostly minor injuries, but it included three kids. >> the girl sitting next to me, she was sleeping. she just fly. >> a little shaken up, but we made it back safe and sound. it could have been much worse. >> so the plane had 332 passengers, 19 crew members. in a statement, air canada thanked its workers for their response and says some of the first passengers have already been released from the hospital. >> one of the reports saying it's such a long flight, people have a tendency to be up more. unfortunately, those people are the most at risk. >> don't have their seat belt on. 6:20 now. still ahead, what words and phrases are you sick of hearing? we're going to share the list of banished words that have been misused, overused, or they're generally useless. plus, jerry seinfeld taking president obama for a ride. we'll share what happened when the two tried to go out for a cup of coffee.
all right. so tonight if you're looking for a free new year's celebration that's maybe a little less wild than times square, you can head to brooklyn. at coney island, light rings will light up the parachute jump at midnight. that was done for the first last year. it's pretty cool. in grand army plaza at prospect park, the 36th annual fireworks celebration will welcome the arrival of 2016. >> two fantastic places to go. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. on the other side of the parachute jump is the atlantic ocean. it gets a little breezy there. >> a little brisk. with so many people being outside tonight and so late, the weather really isn't all that bad.
we're dealing with above-normal temperatures. while it feels chilly when the breeze kicks n upper 40s is still way above normal. hoping for the clouds to break up for a change, allowing for a little bit of sunshine. 35 the low tonight. at midnight, we're talking 40s with windchills in the low 30s. a bit of a breeze on saturday with sun and clouds, 42. still nice on sunday, 44. a shot of cold air early next week, but it comes snowless. >> snowless. >> snow lovers are not happy. >> theme of the winter so far. >> lirr delays. we've got a suspension now causing big problems here between port jeff and ronkonkoma. that's suspended. of course, we'll keep you updated. if buses replace trains, which normally happens, we'll let you know. alexander hamilton bridge, that ride looks great. overall, we really haven't had too many problems on the roads. >> that's good. all right, emily, thank you. up next, we're getting ready
>> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in times square, where the biggest party on the planet will take place. more than a million people are expected to gather here . one of the main peopl e in charge just told us what is to be expected. you'll hear from him coming up. i'm tracie strahan live in midtown, where investigators are trying to figure out how a man fell nine stories from this well-known hotel to his death. we'll have the latest on that straight ahead. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. ep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
new this morning, a fatal fall at the four seasons hotel. what family members tell us the victim was doing just before that tragedy. and parishioners outraged over a local pastor accused of stealing money from the church box. it's a news 4 exclusive. plus, security already tight in times square as we count down to the massive new year's celebration. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:30 a.m. on this thursday, december 31st. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene this morning. >> let's check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. >> temperatures well up to the 40s, flirting with 50 at times this afternoon.
a mald ild morning out there. 48 already in point pleasant. mother mercerville is 47. city sitting at 46 right now. patchy fog has been the issue this morning. visibility back up in islip. back to a mile. still quarter mile visibility in newburgh. be careful, particularly northwestern suburbs. that should be breaking up shortly, as will the clouds for some sunshine. 47 at noontime. should be in the upper 40s throughout the afternoon as the breeze picks up. rest of your forecast coming up. here's emily west with the commute. >> lirr problems. suspensions. port jeff and ronkonkoma branch. this is going to be suspended right now. keep that in mind as you do travel out. later this afternoon, on all of lirr and all of your commuter rails, there will be extra trains heading into times square.
accident at 94th street. cleanup from an earlier tractor trailer crash blocks two lanes eastbound. cars are now officially banned from times square. this as police get ready for tonight's big new year's party. katherine creag has been there already in a special zone. kat, we can see all the barriers right around you there. >> reporter: right. we're all kind of corralled in this immediate area, michael. we were just talking with the times square alliance president, who reminded me how far people back go to gather. central park south. that's where you'll find some crowds. we're here on 46th street. you'll see them beyond this immediate area, down broadway, 30s. so many people expected because the weather is so warm. you see some of these last-minute preparations that took place yesterday. they tested the new year's ball. the countdown clock. the police department saying it is also prepared as well. 6,000 nypd officers will be here
there will be 14 entrances with security wands and security machines. once inside, revelers will go through a secondary screening. they will not be allowed to leave and return. the times square alliance president told us because we're having such good weather, he expects even more people gathering here at an earlier time. >> it's always a full house. the crowd always goes all the way up to central park south. they'll probably get here earlier because it's a little warmer and because there's a lot of great talent performing tonight. >> reporter: and we've been talking about this. 9:00 a.m. is when we normally start seeing people gathering around here in the 40s, around the pedestrian plaza. tim tompkins from the alliance thinks people might get here even earlier. then they'll be ushered in about 3:00 in the afternoon, michael. as you've been saying, no backpacks, no big bags, no lawn chairs. but they'll give you these nifty hats. this is atrocious, but i'm going to wear it. hello?
they love this stuff. so no backpacks, but you get a hat. >> kat, you got to promise me you'll wear that all day long. >> reporter: i will. then i'll get sent to somewhere for a mental check. >> no, no. you look fantastic, kat. thanks so much. remember, if you can't make it to see kat in person with her hat in times square, ring in the new year here on nbc 4. new year's eve with carson daly begins at 11:30 p.m. 6:33 right now. new this morning, police hunting for four suspects who posed as police officers during a carjacking. it happened in the fordham heights section of the bronx at morris section and east 182nd street. you can see how all of it went down in this surveillance video. the suspects pulled up behind the victims, approached their car. all four of these guys had badges and what appeared to be protective vests. after ordering the victims out, one of the suspects drove off in their minivan. some members of a local
removal of their pastor. pastor daniel iampaglia was arrested at the rock church on the upper east side. coming up short, they decided to hide a camera. they say they caught iampaglia in the act. now some parishioners want to services. >> in fact, right after he was arrested, the following sunday i thought he'd be too ashamed to come downstairs and preach. he preached. >> well, the board cannot fire i'm pag ampaglia because it's currently involved in a civil lawsuit filed two years ago to have him removed. as police prepare for one of the worst drunk driving nights of the year, there's a new york lawmaker pushing to prevent dwis. representative kathleen rice is pushing for technology that will keep drunk drivers from ever getting behind the wheel. she's introducing a bill that
equipped with advanced dwi prevention technology. 6:34 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. kat creag in her hat in times square. i think we're all set. >> that was adorable. really quite the hat. you may need a hat or gloves. it's not because it's going to be brutally cold, but just chilly enough. clouds are moving out or breaking up from time to time today, allowing for a little sun. we see patchy fog mainly north and west early this morning. highs well into the 40s again, maybe flirting with 50. midnight hour, just a chilly touch. upper 30s to around 40 degrees. windchills in the lower 30s. right now, it's still mild. 46 degrees out there. we're expecting the clouds to break from time to time as we see temperatures basically stay teddy steady in the upper 40s. let's see if it's steady as you go on the commute. >> tough for lirr commuters, especially on the porte jeff and ronkonkoma branches as they are suspended.
schedule on metro north with extra trains for those heading in toward times square this evening. same with new jersey transit and path. lirr will have extra trains too. extra service on new jersey transit buses. we had an earlier delay on the q-11 bus, but that's okay now. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. new this morning, a college student from new jersey is dead. this is following a nine-story fall at the four seasons hotel here in new york. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is at the scene with the latest. tracie? >> reporter: kerry, it's hard to even tell anything happened here on 57th street. construction is happening, people are on their way to work, but the emergency services unit and crime scene investigators just wrapped up things here a short time ago after that man was discovered on a landing. let's show you some video of all the activity of things happening. this all went down around 11:00 last night. crews were here for hours afterwards. so far, police have not released
victim, but we did speak to a woman who says that victim is her 20-year-old nephew from rockaway, new jersey, who's a college student somewhere in massachusetts, according to her. it's unclear if he was a guest at the hotel, but the woman we spoke with said he was simply trying to take a picture when the unthinkable happened. take a listen. >> he came in, and they must have went in and climbed up an elevator, went up a stairway. everything was open, though. they went right to the roof. i don't know how they got up there, but it was all unlocked. everything was unlocked. >> reporter: you notice that she said we. police do confirm the victim was not alone and they were speaking to another person that was with the victim. again, kerry, so far, according to police and according to that woman, this all appears to be an unfortunate accident. >> tracie, thank you. this morning, we have an update to breaking news we brought you last night at 11:00
mcdonald's. police are still looking for the person who slashed an employee and a customer at the restaurant on 58th street and 3rd avenue last night. this began with a fight between two customers. an employee intervened, but that's when the employee and other customer were cut. >> that's crazy because my nephew comes from virginia, and that's his favorite mcdonald's. when he shops at bloomingdale's, he comes over here to mcdonald's every time. he might be scared to come to this mcdonald's. >> police spent hours looking ing ing at surveillance video. we have some surveillance video taken moments just after shots rang out on creston avenue in the bronx. police say that man smashed his red suv into a parked car right around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. a witness tried to stop that man from leaving. he was shot in the neck. he is expected to recover. in new jersey, a former port
the gw bridge traffic can scandal says a civil suit should be dismissed. he attacked the suit filed by business and residents of ft. lee. he says it fails to specify the damages, and it doesn't connect him to the alleged plot. and in brooklyn, another hoverboard going up in flames. news 4 getting video of this fire. the second fire now in a week. neighbors say the family was charging their hoverboard in their crown heights apartment when they smelled something burning. they took the board out into the hallway, where it burst into flames. fdny commissioner says he's worried we will see more fires from these devices. >> i would not plug one in, in my home. i wouldn't do anything to encourage people to have these right now. >> we're told the fire may have originated from the lithium batteries. that has been the case in a lot of these. those batteries heat up very quick
is looking into claims that nassau county's 911 system is understaffed. james bridenback says he called 911 when he saw two armed men walking into a bank sunday. he called 911 and was put on hold. this computer screen shot shows a night in february when there were six calls on hold, all at the same time. >> not enough operators being assigned to the duty of 911 call taking. >> to me it's critical. i should not have waited that long. >> nassau police did not respond to our request for comment. yesterday governor cuomo announced $10 million in grants to improve the 911 system statewide. up next, jerry seinfeld taking president obama for a ride. we'll share what the two talked about. plus, we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up as we look at the belt parkway by jfk.
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good thursday morning. 6:44. time for weather and traffic together. we've got some clouds out there this morning. we have these mild temperatures for this time of the year. when high point new jersey is at 37 degrees in late december, it should be more like the low and mid-20s. 42 in mine hill. we have another mild day heading our way. 46 in the park. we've been pretty much holding steady there. same thing along the jersey shore and down long island. the rain has moved offshore. we have low to mid-level clouds we have to break up through time today. i think we'll see intervals of sunshine for a change. temperatures generally in the 40s to maybe near 50 as the clouds move out. the northwest breeze will pick
for tonight, partly cloudy to clear. we'll see a few upper 20s around the suburbs. a brisk beginning to 2016. still not a bad day tomorrow with sunshine and clouds mixed in at times. high temperatures in the lower 40s. that's closer to the norm. at midnight, as they drop the ball in times square, about 40 degrees. it will feel more like the low to mid-30s. if you're out there for several hours, 40 doesn't look that bad, but it will start to feel chilly. meantime, we're looking at a northwest wind through saturday, mostly sunny and breezy, about 42. it stays similar on sunday with a little less wind. 44 the expected high. we get a reinforcing shot of the coldest air of the season moving on in. that comes in on monday. look what happens in the seven-day forecast. temperatures slip. a rare time perhaps below normal. we're looking at sun and clouds monday at 35. 37 for tuesday.
string of quiet days. it's almost 6:46. emily west is here for lauren. >> updating everyone on the lirr. we still have the branches suspend suspended, the port jeff and ronkonkoma branch. also, delays on the roadways. volume is not too bad, but it's a little slow on the van wyck. let's take a look near the kew gardens interchange, where it's going to be a little busy. not normally what we see at this time of morning, just due to it being new year's eve and all. also, a check of the holland tunnel. everything looks like it's moving along okay. cross westchester expressway eastbound right near route 22, we have a couple lanes blocked here with a crash. that's a cleanup from an earlier tractor trailer accident. everything is out of the way. still going to be pretty busy. also going to find delays here with two lanes taken up with this accident. grand central westbound near laguardia. delays continue in clifton. still have this debris spril
the shoulder is still blocked. the ramp is closed. we have closures in times square starting now. you'll see more closures throughout the day and evening. alternate side, meter rules are in effect. back to you. >> emily, thank you very much. happening today, new york state will begin accepting applications to help recent college grads pay off their loans. the applications are for the state's new student loan forgiveness program. the get on your feet program offers up to two years of federal student loan debt relief. to qualify, students have to be a resident who graduated from a new york college and high school. they have to be earning less than $50,000 a year. all right. if you need to renew your connecticut driver's license, you'll have to wait in line. but it won't be nearly as long as before. you may remember these images from august. drivers were waiting for hours as workers wrestled with that new commuter system they installed.
time for the first two weeks of december was down to 52 minutes. they expect wait times to drop even further as they get more people to complete their transactions online. new this morning, jerry seinfeld's latest webisode of "comedians in cars getting coffee" is now online. >> this one features president obama. >> don't leave. if you're going to have a bite of the apple, you have to take it. >> okay. can i throw it out? you have a garbage? >> you have to use the non-presidential garbage. >> so in this episode, seinfeld meets the president at the white house. they take that little car -- what is that a vintage corvette? >> yes, it is. >> around the grounds and they chat over coffee. >> how many world leaders do you think are just completely out of their mind? >> a pretty sizable percent. >> that's a great question.
you can watch this new webisode of "comedians in cars getting coffee" on crackle.com. it's funny. they pull up to the gate and they're like, where do you think you're going? just going to get coffee. not with the president, you're not. up next, the most misused, overused, and generally useless words of 2015. >> you're watching "today in new york." i'm pfc john kellogg with at camp walker, south korea. i want to wish my family a happy
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michigan's late superior state university unveiling a list of words that need to be banned. they include using the word so to begin answering a question. that was also banned in 1999. they also shut down manspreading. thank you. made popular by mta posters. kim kardashian can no longer break the internet. and the phrase "giving me life" is dead officially. >> all right. i agree with all that. so the "today" show is coming up in a few minutes. >> can i add one? >> we want to check in -- yes. >> i hate "life hacks." >> life hacks. >> kitchen hacks, life hacks. >> any hacks. forget it. i mean hacks, like us, fine. >> no, no. >> guys, good morning. coming up, we have bill cosby's attorney speaking out in a life interview. this morning, how she plans to
against her client and why she believes cosby will be exonerated. also ahead this morning, the mother of the so-called affluenza teen brought back to the united states overnight as her son now fights extradition. why he could stay in mexico for the long haul. we got those stories, plus everything you need to know to say good-bye to 2015 and hello 2016 from the most talked about commercials of the year to some last-minute party ideas and what carson is planning for the big celebration in times square. he and andy cohen are going to stop by and give us a preview. hope you have a great new year's. are you staying up? >> i am. you? >> no. >> gargiulo, i'm impressed. >> are you just pretending you will? >> she'll be out. >> me? i'm asleep right now. are you kidding me? >> guys, have a happy, happy new year, my friends. >> you too. see you next year. >> all right, guys. >> my goodness. yeah, i'm out.
fatal fall was her nephew. he fell nine stories around 11:00 last night. crime scene detectives and emergency services unit quickly made the scene. so far, police haven't released the name or age of the victim. we know they had a tough time bringing him out. it's unclear how this may have happened. it appears to be an accident. >> tracie, thanks. we want to go to katherine creag in times square. security already tight ahead of tonight's big celebrations. >> reporter: it sure is, kerry and michael. a million people are expected here, maybe even more, in fact. the people in charge of this huge event, the times square alliance, you see them there testing things like the countdown clock, the new year's ball, they expect people to get here even earlier than usual to secure a spot. they're protecting all of these people, the nypd. 6,000 members of the force will be here in and around this area
back to you. >> all right, >> all right, kat. thank you. if you can't make it to times square, you can ring in the new year here on nbc 4. >> let's find out how traffic is going. >> the lirr, down to 60-minute delays on the port jeff and ronn ronkonkoma branches. 7th avenue shut down, broadway between 6th and 8th, 46th and 47th. throughout the afternoon and evening, you'll find more closures. grand central westbound by 94th street, couple lanes blocked with a crash. another accident by the cross island. the ramp is closed on the meadow brook southbound to the southern state westbound. >> all right. emily, thank you. final check. >> i'm excited the clouds are going to break up for some sunshine today. we haven't see much sunshine since before christmas. i don't know if you realize that. it's been a cloudy spell. 48 today with sun and clouds. mid-30s tonight. it gets a little brisk. tomorrow starts out the new year with clouds and sunshine. chilly weekend but a nice