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plus, spending millions to make the city's parks safer. the announcement today from mayor de blasio. and sarah palin talking about her son's arrest. how she's placing blame on president obama. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's thursday morning. it is january 21st. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris is off, but storm team 4's dave price is here with the forecast. dave, what is happening? >> well, we have a storm heading in our direction, and it means business. alcul the models now again continuing to reinforce what we spoke about last night. that is that we have some heavy snow working in our direction and a mix along the coast that is going to make saturday into sunday a treacherous 24 hours. here's what we need to know as we wake up. 35 degrees should be the temperature today. plenty of sunshine. a little bit on the chilly side. nice and quiet. that's what we need because things are going to be changing into the weekend. tonight down to 23 degrees. clouds start to gather.
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as we head into friday night and early saturday morning and that storm works its way up the coast, it is going to be a sloppy go. that's a quick look at your forecast for the next 24 hours. full details ahead. right now, traffic and transit and lauren's here. >> thank you, dave. good morning, everyone. this just came in right now because of a police investigation. there's no service on the 4 train between the brooklyn bridge stop and atlantic avenue. that's in both directions. then if you're getting on the f train, downtown f trains are running express from 34th street to west 4th because of some track maintenance. we also have fast track maintenance on the 2. more weather and traffic coming up. right now in new jersey, the signs of an approaching storm are everywhere. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in hoboken with that. od morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. there's proof that you can't start too soon when it comes to preparing for this storm. the city of hoboken is warning residents that today they're going to start putting brine on
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the roads. it's not just the snow but the strong winds and coastal flooding concerns that already had this city and several others on guard. we were able to see evidence of storm preparation first hand this morning. we w walked down and saw steel reinforcement plates surrounding a new jersey transit elevator here at the hoboken terminal. this was a station that was inundated by flooding during hurricane sandy. since then, they've made an effort to try and control things around this area just because it's right by the water. the walls, yet another effort to try and keep trains moving during the storm. coastal flooding of course a concern at the jersey shore. sand was trucked in hours ago. it's an emergency reserve you're seeing there. officials are fearing that a washover from coastal flooding would force them to shut down route 35. of course, a main artery, as well as other roads after the storm. we're standing at the path station. they're also concerned about them continuing to run during
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we're going to pop down and speak to some commuters about th ieir plans or contingency plans if need be. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you. on long island, emergency crews are ready for whatever the storm brings. yesterday suffolk county police showed off a number of humvees in their fleet. the officers will use them to respond to emergency calls and to rescue stranded drivers. they also have three military-style five-ton trucks to transport large numbers of people. they have high road clearance as well. airlines are already preparing for the storm. united and delta are waiving change fees. southwest is allowing people to change their flights on friday or saturday. american airlines will allow changes between tomorrow and sunday. jetblue is waiving fees on saturday only. in the meantime, people getting to the stores in our area to load up on supplies before the storm hits. winter clothes finally flying off the store shelves.
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shoppers looking to bundle up. ey're getting the heavy coats, the boots, hats, winter gloves as well. then of course people heading over to the grocery store, making sure their refrigerator is full when the snow starts piling up outside. >> bought my milk and bread. i wanted to get salt, but they're all out. >> i feel like the best thing to do is assume for the worst and get everything you need. >> shovels and snow removal equipment is selling fast. many shoppers told news 4 unfortunately the stores are already out of snow melting salt. if you have questions about the forecast, we're here to answer them. you can chat with storm team 4's erica grow today. just head to the nbc new york facebook page. it will be at 1:30 this afternoon if you want to chat with erica on facebook. all right. 4:34. meanwhile, we're going to chat with david price, see what's happening at 4:00 a.m. on a thursday morning. >> it's not so much what's happening at 4:00 a.m. on a thursday morning.
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it's what's going to happen friday night and saturday morning that is going to be the big concern. all right. here is the energy that is forming this storm. it's going to dip down now, grab that gulf moisture, wind its way up to the carolina coastline, out to the atlantic, where it's going to become a nor'easter. as it works its way in our direction, that's when the trouble starts. already we are preparing for this. we have a blizzard watch in effect for the area, out to long island. we anticipate this entire region is going to fill up. we have a winter storm watch in effect for ocean, monmouth, counties. in addition, we are looking at the potential for flooding. we're keeping our eyes right now on sections of new jersey as well as we head to the weekend. keep that in mind. as far as what you can expect through the day today, it is going to be a moderately cold with temperatures in the mid-30s. plenty of sunshine out there. that's a quick look at your
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forecast for today. let's say hello to lauren. >> hello, dave. good morning. let's talk about the subways again. we had that suspension on the 4 train. that cleared out. we have fast track maintenance on the 2 train this week. until 5:00 a.m., when it wraps up. no service between franklin avenue and flatbush avenue. in addition to that, we have overnight track work on the 1, 2, 4, 6, a, e, d, j, and n lines. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. it's 4:36. today mayor de blasio is going to reveal some of his 2016 budget proposals. this year he wants to spend millions more on safety. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in prospect park. safety in all ways has been really a big issue for the city this year. >> reporter: absolutely, michael. the mayor's proposed budget and that spending plan, he'll be
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we're learning he wants to keep people safe. add funding, add staffing to programs, keep people safe in parks like where we are in prospect park. he wants to hire more security personnel to focus on safety in parks, including the coney island park area. the battery in lower manhattan. part of the may your's plan includes hiring 67 full-time parks enforcement patrol staffers. also, another 50 seasonal security employees. the mayor wants to add $5.3 million to the park department's current $14 million budget. also, in a news 4 exclusive, a separate program, we learn the mayor wants to invest another $3 million to more than double the coverage area that shot spotter covers. 4 investigates has learned the plan involves adding that money to that system which uses special sensors to detect the
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more than 1600 times last year that alert let police know when someone had fired a gun. last year the nypd credited shot spotter in making eight arrests and 13 gun recoveries without one single 911 call. it was just that sound of gunfire that alerted police to know where they needed to investigate. back to you. >> it is amazing technology, the way it has been explained. kat, thank you so much. 4:38 right now. new this morning, police releasing the identity of a teenager who was stabbed to death at a bus stop in brooklyn. it happened around 4:30 yesterday afternoon at a bus stop near lorimer street. a 17-year-old got into an argument with another teenager. that teenager stabbed him and took off. he was rushed to the hospital, where he later died. a box cutter was found at the scene. it's not clear if he knew his attacker. >> just upsets me to know that,
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you know, kids so young are getting murdered, probably over nothing. >> police are now checking surveillance video in their search for the attacker. and happening today, scarsdale police expected to release new information on that town's first murder in nearly 40 years. officers responding to a 911 call in an upscale neighborhood on lincoln road. the caller said the woman there was seriously hurt. when they got there, she was dead, and a 61-year-old man who lived at the same home was taken into custody. he's being questioned right now by investigators. the man charged with stabbing a new jersey woman to death is now suing the new york city transit authority. police say arthur lomando killed suzanne bardzell in her midland park driveway last october. they say he jumped in front of a train at the 168th street station. doctors had to amputate both of his feet to save his life. lomando claims he fell from an overcrowded platform. he's suing for $50 million. coming up on 4:40.
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today marks one year since a massive fire at the avalon apartment complex in edgewater, new jersey. it left nearly 500 people without a home. since then, law make verse promised changes in the building codes. however, no new bills have passed in trenton. meanwhile, some residents are living with family still as they wait on pending lawsuits. that fast-moving fire was started by two unlicensed maintenance workers using a blow torch. sarah palin blames president obama and her son's military service for his recent arrest. track palin was charged monday with abusing his girlfriend and threatening to kill himself with an assault rifle. palin spoke about the incident yesterday while stumping for donald trump. she called it the elephant in the room and said her son suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. >> my son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. they come back hardened. >> palin also said president obama lacks respect for america's war veterans, and he doesn't provide them with enough medical care. 4:40 now.
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ahead, amazon making a big announcement about hoverboards. plus, this morning some specifics about how the oscars plan to improve diversity. and storm team 4 with the latest projections for the storm everyone is talking about. just how much snow could fall where you live? watch in effect watch in effect weather and traffic ahead. don't forget, follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
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it's 4:43. here are four things to know this morning. our entire area under a blizzard watch for the weekend, this weekend. in hoboken, they're also bracing for flooding.
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an update on the storm in just a moment in weather and traffic on the 4s. could be another nervous day on wall street. all the major asian markets did close down overnight. that follows yesterday's 250-point dive for the dow. a big announcement from amazon. the company now offering full refunds for anyone who bought a hoverboard on the site. the consumer product safety commission has been investigating hoverboard fires since last year. mayor de blasio's 2016 budget will reportedly include more than $100 million for a new staten island ferry. the new storm resistant boat will join two others already being added to the fleet. nice to see everyone. 28 degrees outside. we've got a lot going on. not necessarily in the near term. it's going to be very quiet and calm today. the clouds will build in the next 24 hours or so. we're tracking saturday's storm, a blizzard watch in effect. keep an eye on that for long island. we have other watches, which are
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continuing to build over and through the region. this is the source of energy. this system is going to work its way down to the gulf, pick up some moisture, head out and off the eastern seaboard where it's going to become a classic nor'easter, building and potentially dumping historic snow on the washington, d.c., area before moving up the coast and giving us a good dose of snow as well. let's talk about where things are right now. sheepshead bay, we wake up to 29 degrees. city island, 28. jersey city, 27 degrees. it is much cooler as you head to monticello, 19 degrees there. 22 in duchess county in poughkeepsie. 30 out in montauk. bridgewater checks in with 27 degrees. morristown, 25. all right. this is the weekend storm likely track at this point. the storm system stays relatively close to the coast. that means we have heavy snow, coastal mixing, a threat of coastal flooding, and damaging winds upwards of 60 miles per hour. this system begins to move on in friday night and then early
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saturday morning into the city, stays with us, and early sunday morning it begins to push away. before all is done, we could see between 6 and 12 inches of snow in the city. to the north and west, where often we get a lot more snow, there's just no moisture to feed it. so you get cut off. 4 to 6 inches. as far as the precipitation type, right along the coastline, there we see that combination of rain, snow, ice, and wind. power outages a possibility, and coastal flooding a concern. potential snowfall for the city. again, these numbers just about 6 inches to just about 12 inches. this is the american model. we'll keep track of all of it, but we can expect a significant snowfall throughout the five boroughs with heavier snow to the south and inland. there's your seven-day forecast, everybody. as we take a look, clouds are going to build on friday. saturday and sunday, the trouble spots. monday into tuesday and wednesday, look at those warm temperatures, where a lot of this stuff will hopefully melt away. but a rough weekend ahead.
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that's a quick look at your weather picture. let's say hello to lauren. >> thanks, dave. good morning. we have one accident on the roads, although it's not causing much of a problem. l.i.e. commuters in nassau county, heads up. watch out for this on the l.i.e. westbound just after exit 36. it's in the right lane. plenty of flashing lights, but things are still moving along nicely. we'll show you the long island expressway in queens, where eastbound you have some roadwork out there. bright lights. we have a new traffic pattern on the service road out thereto by 108th street. something to keep in mind. also, heading over to another roadway, here's the alexander hamilton bridge, where things are still moving along nicely. two lanes blocked heading to the outbound upper level of the george washington bridge under the apartments there, but it's still quiet. it doesn't seem to be backing anything up. changes. and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you, lauren. 4:47. today is day two in the jury selection in the trial of the
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nypd officer accused of fatally shooting a man in brooklyn. prosecutors say peter liang acted recklessly two years ago. liang says the shooting was an accident. opening statements expected next week. police have arrested the driver wanted for the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in brooklyn. investigators say 31-year-old junior hicks was driving the u-haul truck that hit the victim tuesday night. he was riding his bike home from work when he was killed. the 54-year-old was a chinese immigrant who bought his family to the united states seven years. police say they're now talking to the man wanted for making those isis-related threats to the nypd and the philadelphia police department. they're not identifying the man, but he did turn himself in, in the bronx. we're told he's being held on unrelated warrants. he's not been charged with making any threats. investigators say a caller pledged allegiance to isis and said he would shoot police officers. a home security system is giving us a clear look at a suspected burglar in queens. take a look at this video from
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december 2nd. you can see the man walk into the kitchen and slipping on a pair of gloves. then you see him walk down a hallway and look in several rooms. police say he got away with jewelry and electronics. if you recognize this man, call police. police say that speed may have caused a deadly crash in a new jersey turnpike toll booth. a car slammed into a concrete barrier at the toll booth exit 14 about 7:00 last night. a passenger in the front seat died. the driver right now is in the hospital. that person is in critical condition. today loved ones will say good-bye to a new jersey ems worker who died after responding to a crash involving his daughter. captain scott danielson died of a massive heart attack saturday while waiting to see his daughter in the hospital. services for captain danielson will be this morning at 9:00 at cochran funeral home in hackenstown. police expect traffic tie-ups in the area during services. it is 4:49.
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school board voted to close both the get alot avenue school and the tecumseh elementary school. these closures are going to happen after the school year ends. according to news day, parents are concerned about overcrowded classes now in the rest of the district. others hope the savings will bring back some after-school programs. we are learning some of the ideas being floated in hollywood to help diversify the academy awards. "the new york times" reports one idea being talk abouted is to allow the best picture category to have ten nominees instead of eight. another idea is to open up acting categories the same way. instead of the five-nominee limit it's had since the 1930s. there's also talk on penalizing academy members who do not regularly vote. pennsylvania prosecutors crying foul over efforts to get bill cosby's sex assault case dismissed. cosby's lawyer argues there was a deal not to prosecute him, but the suburban philadelphia
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he also says cosby wants special treatment. hearing on this matter is scheduled for february 2nd. bill cosby is accused of abusing a temple university worker. he's denying any wrongdoing with any women. oregon's governor is urging federal officials to move quickly against the group of armed protesters that have taken over a wildlife refuge. it's been nearly three weeks since they started the occupation at the refuge. the group and its leader, ammon bundy, attended a community meeting tuesday night. the residents had one single overwhelming message for them, please leave. 4:51 now. still to come, a new york city institution that's closing its doors. plus, cracking down on toll violators. the new penalty for those who do not pay up. and we have some history being made in the nfl by a coach
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welcome back. 28 degrees out. it is 4:54 on a thursday morning. an inch of snow in d.c. caused big problems on the roads, even for the commander in chief. look what happened last night to president obama. his motorcade slipped and slid through washington's snowy streets. the parade of suvs even hit the curb a few times and passed several accidents. the weather grounded the president's usual helicopter ride. no one is immune from the slipping and sliding that happens on the street with even just a little bit of snow. >> and there you have a very important backseat driver. >> that's right. >> without a doubt. >> got to listen to him. >> when he says slow down, you slow down. folks, let's take a check of the weather, see what's happening out and about right now.
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to the maps we go. 27 degrees, partly cloudy skies. we've lost a degree in the last few minutes, but we're going to get it back plus more. we're going to climb up to about 31 at nine. we'll top it off at 35. we'll see some clouds begin to roll in tonight at 30 degrees. we have some big changes in the forecast as we head through tomorrow. we're tracking the storm. a coastal storm, which is going to actually bring significant snow to the south of us, and we're watching the snow totals and going to update them when we see you in the next hour with the latest model readings. >> all right. looking forward to that. meantime, let's check in with lauren. >> it's early. not too many problems on the roads. we have some subway changes. downtown f trains running express. we'll look at the van wyck expressway by the kew gardens interchange. one accident on the l.i.e., but it's really not causing a problem. a nice ride as you head out the door. >> speaking of rides, we're getting a better idea of how much it's going to cost to
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improve amtrak in and out of penn station. officials say it's going to be $24 billion. that's almost $8 billion to the new tunnel under the hudson. we've been telling you, of course, about the train delays and cancellations due to the fact they're working with an existing century-old tunnel. after only a year on the job, connecticut's dmv commissioner is stepping down. he took the position in december of 2014. his resignation follows various problems with the new multimillion-dollar computer system upgrade. governor dann malloy is expected to announce a new commissioner. new york drivers who repeatedly go through tolls without paying will now have their car registration suspended. the dmv first proposed this new
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violators who eventually do pay up, you can have your registration reinstated. news for your health. family finances may affect your child'swell being. researchers at the university of wisconsin recently conducted a study. they found children whose parents had unsecured debt, like unpaid credit card bills, unpaid medical bills, were more likely to have behavior problems. experts say carrying short-term, hiooke-interest debt creates stress and anxiety for parents and can also affect their parenting skills. we have some good news though. here's one thing for you. research shows more americans are living longer. 2014, nearly 26,000 people died after they got to 100 years old. that's actually a 40% increase in just 15 years. 80% of those people are women. many men and women live past 100. the study also finds heart disease is still the number-one killer of people who get to that century mark.
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longer be able to enjoy those wide screen movies at the legendary ziegfeld theater. the theater is closing. turns out the operators are losing money. this is the last of the city's large single-screen film palaces. by fall of next year, it will be turned into a giant ballroom. well, rutgers unveiling plans to raise $100 million for new or expanded athletic facilities. they'll include a state of the art practice center for basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and gymnastics. the scarlet knights athletic director announced the campaign in a video sent to supporters of the university sports program. he said head coaches and senior administrators are also planning to donate on their own. the buffalo bills and head coach rex ryan are making history. they hired the first female assistant coach in the nfl. katherine smith was named a special teams quality control coach. she worked for 12 years with the
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jets and headed off to buffalo with rex ryan as his administrative assistant. he said she deserves the promotion for her knowledge and commitment. congratulations to her. >> absolutely. coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching "today in new york" by downloading the news 4 app on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now. a blizzard watch issued for a storm that's still a long way away. storm team 4 has the latest projections. plus, it's been decades since this happened, but this morning police are investigating a murder in one quiet town. and the mayor wants to open new york city's wallet to make our parks safer. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this thursday, january 21st. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. chris is off this morning. storm team 4's dave price is here with the forecast. >> we have a blizzard watch in effect as we head into the weekend. we'll have all the watches and warnings for the entire region
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coming up in just a few minutes.
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