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5:00 a.m. on this thursday, april 7 ft. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. we have more of those april showers coming your way. the good news today, the temperatures milder along with the rain. temperatures already flirting with 50 in the city. getting well into the 50s this afternoon. the showers and thunderstorms off to the south and west, gradually filling in moving in our direction. the east end of long island, wading river 52. islip 51. bridgeport, 51. close to 50 in poughkeepsie. . down the jersey shore in the 50s. morristown, bridgewater in the upper 30s. the afternoon and early eepg, we could see wind gusts of 40 to 45 miles an hour especially along the coast of monmouth ocean county. we have a wind advisory in effect until 6:00 p.m. for today, breaks down like this. plenty of clouds and eventually pretty soggy, especially from late morning through the afternoon. mild and 56 forecasting a high
little after 5:00 a.m., roads are dry. >> we do have two problems on the roads. we'll head to nassau county. we'll show what you it looks like. an accident investigation is shutting down the l.i.e. eastbound out by exit 41. so what you're seeing here is the lineup of cars and trucks detoured off exit 41 on to the service road. you'll be able to get back on the l.i.e. at the next exit and should be fine. things are slow going through this area. the northern state parkway is doing fine. that's the way to go. let's head over to new jersey on 78 eastbound after exit 43. th tere is a tractor-trailer fire out there that's in the process of being extinguished. two lanes are closed down in the meantime. something to take note of. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you very much. police are investigating the deadly hit and run in queens. they have just released new information that came moments ago. this happened overnight in astoria at the intersection of 30th road and -- >> reporter: this corner is
a driver who just kept on going. a big problem right here at 21st street and 30th road, if you take a look around, there is not a stoplight here. there's one two blocks away. the other one a block away. residents want to change that. we want to show you the video of the scene. the aftermath of this tragedy. the victim a 45-year-old man was crossing the street when he was struck by the driver of a dark-colored toyota. a vehicle that now has windshield damage to it according to police. that driver. all of this happening around 11:00 last night. the driver took off north on 21st street and people who live in the area tell us it's always busy here with drivers, well. there's a huge center nearby. >> you don't have the traffic on this road. you got kids coming out of the community center. down here, of course go down
trying to get a traffic light over here but it hasn't happened. >> reporter: the investigation into this hit and run is happening as two queens lawmakers are getting ready to unveil legislation to add thousands of speed cameras in various neighborhoods in queens. also, michael, have them operating 24 hours a day. one of the lawmakers, jose peralta, he'll have a press conference a little bit later today. back to you, michael. happening right now, police are searching for a teenage suspect in the stabbing of a 13-year-old boy on the subway. a manhattan bound train last night. investigators tell news 4 is started between an argument -- who they believe is 14 to 16 years old. she allegedly stabbed him in the stomach. the boy is expected to be okay. >> brooklyn neighborhood, they're calling to end gun violence this after a grandmother was hit by a stray bullet. 61-year-old pierre was shot
she was hit while looking out the window of her east flatbush apartment after a fight broke out on the street monday. another neighbor was grazed in the head. they were rallying to stop the violence in the neighborhood last night. >> why did this happen to her. she's been asking herself that. >> i don't understand how it's gangster, when you can't even shoot straight and spraying up the whole block. >> police say they've caught the shooter. she's had three surgeries, still in the hospital. it's not clear if she will lose vision in her right eye. part of the henry hudson parkway is closed for emergency repairs through an unstable retaining -- the northbound side from 110th street to 127th street. they're going -- about two hours from now they'll reopen. the lanes close tonight again at 10:00. they'll stay closed until 7:00 a.m. friday.
throughout the weekend saturday and sunday morning. that's going northbound during those times. >> i mean, i could see that they're doing stuff on our way down. on the northbound side is where they will be most affected. affected a little bit this weather. temperatures, rain, all that stuff too, chris. >> i think everybody will at some point in time be affected by the rain. the morning commute, most of us stay relatively dry. a couple of light showers out east. into the late morning and afternoon, the heavier showers move on in. it will be wilder, at least temperatures are climbing into the 50s already. should top off to the upper 50s near 60. strong wind gusts out there. wind advisories in effect for parts of the area. a partly to mostly cloudy -- temperatures on their way up. but the rain will fall from the clouds as we get into the late morning and especially mid afternoon. look at the temperature, though. 56 at noon and 59 at 3:00 the high for the day. it will dry out in time for the
then a tricky weekend forecast. let's talk commute with lauren right now. >> i have an update for people that commute in the berkeley heights area. all lanes are shut down as they extinguish the tractor-trailer. you want to take local streets or head over to 22 in the meantime. i'll keep a close eye on that. >> on the buses, we have detours out there. the q 6, q 100. x 10 and 11. you need to move your car as well. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. thanks, lauren. 5:06. today a group of parents will gather to speak about a problem in schools that's getting worse. violence. they filed a lawsuit over it. tracie strahan is live in lower manhattan with details. so many parents saying, tracie, it's getting worse and worse. >> reporter: they are. the allegations, darlene, that are enclosed in this lawsuit are pretty alarming to anyone that has a kid that goes to school in new york city. this is a lawsuit filed really just hours ago. it claims by not properly
in violence in schools, the department of education is robbing students of getting a proper school education. mayor de blasio is saying that's not what the facts show. this is a federal class action lawsuit that was filed really hours ago on wednesday night. it comes on behalf of ten public school students. it discusses instances of a student being bullied so badly that he stuck a pencil in his own ear to block the insults. another allegation in the suit claims that teachers regularly call students in classrooms animals or stupid. on the day that the suit was filed, mayor de blasio said the department of education has comprehensive programs already in place to address bullying and violence. >> each of these incidents is obviously troubling. we don't ever want to see a weapon in a school. but if you look at the facts, school safety is doing a good job continuing a trend starting in the previous administration
to drive down crime in the schools. >> reporter: this will also be the subject of a rally at the courthouse in just a few hours. those parents, darlene, calling for reforms in the department of education's procedures or for them to enforce the protocols already in place. back to you. >> tracie strahan, thank you. in connecticut, a teacher now faces charges after police say he brought a gun to a school in newtown. police arrested jason adams at newtown middle school yesterday. another employee saw the weapon concealed under his clothing. adams has a valid gun permit. but state law forbids firearms on school property. the school is just miles from the site of the deadly massacre at sandy hook elementary school in 2012. new jersey now one step closer to requiring elementary and high school students to pass the state's parcc exams. state education board members voted to make the exams a graduation requirement at a hearing yesterday. parents protested that vote
to fail so governor christie can close schools with low test scores and open charter schools in their place. today, new jersey's assembly speaker plans to introduce a new bill to ease the financial crisis. that legislation would offer state financial aid without restricting the unions. but governor christie says that bill is too late. he supports one already passed by the state senate. yesterday, atlantic city agreed to change how it pays municipal workers to keep the government functioning after the city runs out of money. the chief of staff, regina egea is stepping down. she testified she wasn't sure when she deleted text messages regarding the closure. those messages were apparently exchanged with the governor. 5:09 right now. ahead this morning, one presidential candidate attack became the top trending topic on twitter. plus, if counting calories does not do the trick, this might.
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it's 5:12. here are four things to know this morning. police are investigating a deadly hit and run overnight in queens. it happened in astoria. "today in new york's" katherine creag is there. she'll have an update in 15 minutes. mayor de blasio signs a bill banning e-cigarettes at ball parks. yankee stadium and citi field are among them. eleanor rose is recalling two different size of pajamas. sold in sizes 12 months to -- they failed to meet flamability standards. bringing back the w train between manhattan and queens. that meeting takes place at 5:00 tonight. it will be at the mta's office right across from the bowling green subway station.
weather picture is relatively quiet right now. the clouds are thickening up. but the rain is getting closer. maybe an isolated thunderstorm or two. it looks dry for the mets home opener against the phils. you need to bundle up. it's been a chilly day. a wintry feel. we'll talk about that in a little bit. school day forecast, the bus stop, take along the rain gear. maybe not so much early this morning. maybe if you get lucky, you'll miss the showers. by recess time, dismissal time, rain is likely. the temperatures are milder. put away the heavy coats. into the upper 50s this afternoon. after school the showers gradually taper off. chelsea 51. dyker heights 53. same thing in green ridge on staten island. 51 in hoboken. few reluctant 30s. even up through the hudson valley -- low 50s across long island and down the jersey shore. storm tracker, a lot of clouds,
rain, not anything nearby right now. there's one batch of showers to the west of us. this cluster may clip long island. this one is the real player. that will move in here, again, as i said during the midday hours. rain coats recommended. especially in the midday. sans liner, though. upper 50s to 60s. that strong southerly wind could gust to 40 miles per hour. overnight, a stray shower or two left over. during the day tomorrow, looks dry for the first pitch at citi field. with clouds. limited sunshine. can't rule out a brief passing sprinkle. from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. especially along the coast, brooklyn, queens and long island, average wind speed. 15 to 25 miles per hour. could see gusts. get to 40 or 45 miles per hour. also futurecast rainfall, a half inch to an inch. in a relatively short period of time. heavier downpours possible
heavier amounts possible to the north and west. it gets nasty on saturday. rain will develop, could mix with a changeover to wet snow by late in the day or saturday evening. even in the city that could happen. a cold rain and wintry mix in the evening hours. then cold even into sunday with temperatures in the 40s. at least we're back to sunshine at that point. soggy today. dry tomorrow. kind of nasty saturday with that mixed bag of rain and wet snow. sunday, 47. then we get closer to normal. closer to 60 on tuesday. clearing by wednesday. lauren scala, we'll check in on the thursday morning commute. >> not running along in nassau county so great. an accident investigation eastbound on the l.i.e. all lanes are shut down. you can see all the flares and police activity out here by exit 41. routes 106 and 107, what you're seeing is a line here that can be detoured, diverted off at exit 41. i'm going to take you to a map to show you that.
get off right here and right back on after that. or you can head to the northern state if you don't want to deal with the trucks. this is doing finement i'll keep you posted on that. heading over to the major deegan, we have an accident investigation out there as well. but the roadway is open right now. that blocks the right lane northbound by exit 3, third avenue. berkeley heights, still 78 shut down out by exit 43 because of the tractor-trailer fire. there are some delays in this area. you need to take local streets or 22 to get around it. if you're getting on the trains, all good news there. metro-north, lirr, ny transit, path and subways are operating on or close to schedule. the next update on the 4s. now to decision 2016. it is the battle for new york. so the push to win over local voters. nbc's tracie potts has a showdown on the republican side and now the bernie sanders comment that went trending on twitter. a lot of back and forth over
>> you're going to hear what bernie sanders had to say and maybe later today hillary clinton's comment on that. we're looking closely at the frontrunners. clinton who now needs about a third of remaining delegates to get the nomination. including new york. but it's more than uphill time for donald trump after that loss in wisconsin. he needs 58%. >> it's great to be home. this is home. it's great to be home. >> amid protests, heavy security and thousands of supporters, dona trump makes a big splash back home in the big apple and calls out ted cruz's comments on new york values. >> with hatred, with hatred of new york. so folks, i think you can forget about him. >> the people of new york know exactly what those values are. >> cruz visits brooklyn later today. >> if you want to know what liberal democratic values are. follow donald trump's checkbook. >> hillary clinton is toning
she barely mentioned him in pennsylvania last night reserving her harshest words for trump. >> when i listen to the rhetoric coming out of donald trump's campaign, it is deeply disturbing. >> but sanders unleashed his most direct attack on clinton yet. calling her unqualified for the presidency. >> i don't think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from wall street. >> new york, home to three candidates and the next battleground. we're all focused there over the next week or so. we've been watching overnight. hillary clinton's press secretary tweeted for bernie sanders to take back what he said about clinton. no word if that's going to happen. we'll be watching both of them. they have dueling news conferences happening around the same time later in morning. >> it's like we're living in ohio.
>> exactly. not something new york is used to. >> we're not used to it at all. tracie, thank you so much. get out of bronx. >> stay strong. >> stay strong. >> that was donald trump not only the only candidate in our area drawing protesters, people were gathering outside a bronx restaurant where ted cruz held an event. supporters -- critics have said cruz, some opponents made it into the venue before they were escortut. so cruz, though, still in our area. as tracie reported, he's going to hold an event in brooklyn today. and john kasich, he'll be in brooklyn today. he'll have an event in bay ridge. >> but the food is really good at that restaurant. it's very good. 5:20 right now. in the cnbc money report, dominos has come up with possibly the easiest way to order a pizza. the company unveiled a no click app.
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looking at the hamilton bring on this thursday morning. they claim the mta is using questionable math in calculating wait time. the wait assessments between 2014 and 2015 are off. it found wait times actually got longer on 16 lines. people waited the longest for the 5 train. but wait times got better for 5 lines. the g train had the best performance. the mta responded saying it's filled with misunderstandings and misinterpretations. >> you misinterpreted as the train being there. it was there. >> people faithfully use that train there. >> it's there in spirit. >> that's what really counts. it wants to be there. anyway, you want to take the umbrella before you head out this morning. rain is headed our way for late morning and this afternoon.
already much milder. you will notice that stepping out. 52 in the city already. upper 50s to near 60 this afternoon. the winds pick up along the coast. wind advisories coastal areas of new jersey and long island as well. low 40s tonight. showers taper off. leftover spotty shower during the overnight hours. a dry, chilly day tomorrow. the weekend starts out unsettled. wish it would look like that. that would be great. i'm trying to be optimistic. we've got a wintry mix of rain and maybe wet snow saturday, saturday night and it dries out sunday. the temperatures, that's not acceptable for this time of april. 40 saturday, upper 40s on sunday. it gets better next week >> great photo there. i didn't see wintry mix. i saw flowers. we have problems on the roads talking about this retaining wall on the henry hudson. it's taking place by 125th street. two lanes shut down. just the right lane is closed and reassessing if it will need to be completely closed.
an accident investigation on the deegan northbound by 138th street. that's in the right lane. expect delays there. a quick look outside at the bridge. no roadwork getting in your way. north of the city, to construction delays or accidents. good news there. long island expressway, different story. the details in a few minutes. charity stair climb at one world trade center is back on. organizers of the tunnel to tower stair climb, they did work out an agreement with the landlord of the building. the event was in jeopardy over security concerns. it raises money for wounded veterans of the they'll have the event on may 15th and the registration is open now. it's become a new york tradition. >> it really has. it's 5:27 right now. just ahead, the vote today that could transform times square. plus, the new look at what's bringing people into emergency rooms in new york and whatever it is, it is costing a lot of money.
what they call a rise in violence in city schools that slapped the department of education with a lawsuit. i'm tracie strahan live in lower manhattan with a look at what they're asking for. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the app on your mobile
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new this morning, a man run down in queens. police searching for a driver in a deadly hit and run. plus a scare at a local school. why police are stepping up patrols today. it's not raining yet. but the umbrella is a must. "today in new york" starts now. >> good morning everybody. it is april 7th. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. let's check in with storm team 4 chris cimino and find out why i will need my hat brel a. >> i love that. >> is that the spinny thing? >> yeah. >> we've got app area of rain to the west of us. it's gaining on us. another batch of rain will fill in too. we're in between both areas right now. a good portion of the morning commute will be free of rain. just cloudy. low to mid 40s northwest new jersey. it's mild from the city on east.
hudson valley. gusts of 45 miles an hour possible. so a wind advisory in effect coastal new jersey and all of long island. but the day planner, plan on taking that umbrella along with you and the sturdy one. could even be a rumble or two of thunder. 56 at noontime, 57 by 6:00. by that point the showers should taper on down. here's lauren. >> we still have problems in nassau county for people commuting on long island. the l.i.e. remains closed. moving the camera right now. eastbound by exit 41. there's an accident investigation out here. you see all the flares and activity. cars are being detoured on to the service road. first trucks have to get back on l.i.e. the northern state for car commuters doing fine fudd like to take that as an alternate option. delays back one exit. over on 78 in new jersey, we had a tractor-trailer fire out there. has been extinguished. right lane is closed by exit 43. more weather and traffic ahead
>> lauren, thank you. 5:32. a deadly hit and run in queens. someone hit a man late last night. this happened overnight in astoria, the intersection of 30th rote and 21st street. "today in new york's" katherine creag is there with what they're saying. >> reporter: a woman sold us she doesn't understand how someone can leave a victim lying on the ground. this is where it happened. 21st street and 30th road. that man was crossing the street when he was struck by the driver of a dark-colored sedan. the victim was krogs the intersection was struck by that driver. it is believed that the vehicle is a toyota that now has damage to the windshield. police are looking for the driver and the vehicle. it happened around 11:00 last night. the driver took off north on 21st street. people who live in the area tell us they're shocked that this
>> the intersection for this to be happening, means like there's no speed limits and everything is getting out of hand here. >> reporter: also, this particular corner, there's no stoplight. the investigation into the hit and run is happening as two queens lawmakers are also getting ready to unveil legislation to add thousands of speed cameras in various neighborhoods in queens. darlene, to have them operating 24 hours a day. something they told us people might be surprised that the speed cameras aren't always turned on. >> katherine creag in astoria. thank you. new york city council going to vote on a bill to place limits on where costume characters can pose pictures in times square. if approved, the costume characters and the topless painted women would be restricted to designated zones in times square. the plan will help to cut down on confrontations with tourists. some of the costume characters are arguing it means less money for them. this afternoon, michelle
her gardening skills. she'll go to phillips academy charter school to help students plant april vegetable garden. the first lady is visiting schools to help youngsters grow their own healthy food option. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. they're not going to have to worry about watering that garden. >> the rain heading -- the tomatoes will be the size of basketballs. >> that's the upside of the rain. we need it heading into the spring season. the rain will pick up in intensity later on. most of the early morning commute, i think, is okay. probably after 9:00 offer 10:00. the showers overspread the area. then pick up in intensity. noon to about 4:00, our heaviest round of showers. milder temperatures and a few rumbles of thunder embedded in there. up against the coast, we could see winds -- >> it's partly to mostly cloudy. up to 52 degrees in the city. we keep driving into the 50s this afternoon. close to 60.
showers are likely. they'll taper off tonight. the mets home opener forecast. the weekend outlook in a bit. she's looking at the commute right now. thanks, chris. an accident investigation on the roads. the roadway is not closed. heading northbound by exit 3, third avenue. the right lane is closed. delays are building. almost back to the bruckner now. if you're getting on the buses, a couple of detours left. otherwise they look good. rails all on or close to schedule that includes the subways. you do need to move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. the next weather and traffic update on the 4s. 5:36 right now. in westchester county, an apartment building went up in flames. it happened in mt. vernon last night. firefighters managed to rescue them. no one was hurt. it's not clear yet how the fire started. >> right now, police are setting up extra patrols of schools in one town after a man tried to
she was headed home from westchester middle school in os ing on monday. he said his mother was in a car accident and needed a ride. the girl then ran off. if you have any information, call police. parents are rallying over dangerous conditions in new york city schools. they filed a lawsuit even now to do something about the violence. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is live in lower manhattan with details. interesting lawsuit. it basically charges negligence, tracie. >> reporter: what's that it is, michael. more than 90 pages long. page by page, it includes allegations of bullying, verbal and physical abuse. sometimes on the part of teachers teachers. one of plaintiffs is 7 years old. this is a federal class action lawsuit filed on behalf of parents squarely at the department of education. just last night, the plaintiffs range in age from 7 to 14 years old. some of them were involved in high-profile incidents involving student on student or teacher on
parents in the lawsuit claim that violence in all city schools are on the rise. things like being choked by other students. transferring students to other classrooms or other schools after an incident. >> part of the conclusion states in part, based on the actions and inactions in violation of procedure, denying main class plaintiffs and other students similarly situated with their en joichlt a constitutionally protected right to a free public education and safe educational environment. >> either coming up with new reforms to come up with this type of violence or enforce the regulations that they already have in place. they say it's not happening right now. some of the parents here on the steps of the tweed courthouse, they'll be holding a rally in just a few hours. tracie, thank you.
york city council will consider a crackdown to affect lots of uber drivers. the council is expected to vote on a bill raising -- who illegally pick up passengers who hail them on the streept. reports show the number of illegal street hails has skyrocketed. >> police on long island are trying to find a thief who stole a wheelchair from a boy with disabilities. the boy's family told us the wheelchair was stolen from the front porch of their home in holbrook. the chair belongs to a 10-year-old boy, cody. he has leukodystrophy and cerebral palsy. although he can walk a little, he -- carrying him is a struggle. he's 60 pounds. >> it's the only way i can think about it and not be sad. somebody needed it. maybe more than we did. maybe it was somebody homeless
didn't have food or somewhere to sleep at night. >> in fact, police say wheelchairs are often stolen and sold, in fact, for parts or for scrap. the family is hoping that insurance covers the cost of a new chair. connecticut lawmakers have approved another round of budget cuts totaling close to $600 million. the department of f of children and families were among the programs hardest hit. the state still needs to cut $300 million by may 4th in order to balance the budget. united airlines giving up -- the move came yesterday after the government sued united to stop the acquisition. the airline controls 2/3 of the flights in and out of newark liberty. they feel more controls could have driven up airfares. a new analysis of emergency room visits shows many new yorkers are paying more for going to the e.r. blue cross blue shield looked at
they found 2 million visits were for sinus infections and sprains. nine out of the ten could have been treated in a doctor's office or urgent care center for far less than a trip to the e.r. put tg to good use. the tree that stood in a new home it. see the video that grabbed the attention of police and got a local motorcyclist arrested. torm team 4 tracking rain. we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. there's a look the traffic by
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only fios can. welcome back. 5:44 on a thursday morning. it will feature a bit of a breeze and milder temperatures. by the end of the morning and afternoon, wet weather moves in. grab the umbrellas even though you may not need them out the door. big, big change in temperature. that's the upside of this. unfortunately, the trade-off is back to the wet weather we go. the weather headlines, 52 degrees right now. partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies. maybe each a thunder shower embedded in there. looks dry for the mets home opener. i think the yanks have a game this afternoon.
with the showers. as we head to the weekend, a wintry feel. allergy forecast, tree pollen, that's mild. mold spores at moderate levels. i'm talking about the temperature change compared to yesterday at this time, it's 21 degrees warmer in the city right now. 38 degrees warmer in lakehurst. close to 20 degrees warmer in morristown. 30 degrees warmer in sussex. most that of in poughkeepsie. most of long island at 25, closer to 35 degrees warmer this morning. a big swing in temperatures. sheepshead bay, 54 in staten island, 50s along the jersey shore. out east, 50 or better. mid and upper 40s. wree luck tant -- you can see the cloud cover is in place. showers may clip eastern long island this morning. this area to the west, that will start to fill on in.
for the rain to pick up in intensity. future track, at 1:00, heavier showers. notice the areas of red and orange embedded in there. quick bursts of heavy rain possible. any time from noon through probably 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon, it tends to wind down. still showers out to the west of us, though. they have to get on through during the overnight hours. not a completely dry night either. tomorrow, 8:00 a.m. sunshine with a mix. clouds will build up as the atmosphere is chilly and unstable. a couple of string ls by 1:00, 2:00 in the afternoon. it should be a chilly day with the wind out of west, northwest. it's dry saturday morning and gets busy in the afternoon and evening. maybe even wet snow by evening. flirt wg -- well into the 50s through the hudson valley we go with the rain -- we have a wind advisory.
we could see a few gusts to 40, 45 miles an hour. the low tonight, 42 in the city. it turns chillier again. we'll see 30s to the north and west. just a couple of spot showers first half of the night. tomorrow is dry. bundle up, 50. especially -- back it sunshine and chilly sunday. back to more wet weather but milder by tufs next week. >> the latest on the commute. >> i do. i have an update in the bronx. a live look outside the cross bronx expressway. roadwork is really jamming things up. you can see cars on the westbound side of the roadway. the -- two lanes are shut down for at least another 15 minutes or so. delays back to castle hill avenue. leave yourself plenty of extra time. also in the bronx, we have this accident investigation by exit 3, third avenue in the right lane. delays back to the rfk try borrow bridge. heading over to long island, we
eastbound on the l.i.e. by exit 41. you are being detoured off the road here. you can get on to the service road and back on after. starting to pick up the alternate volume there. the delays go back an exit or so. not too bad. heading over to new jersey, we have an accident on route 1 and 9 northbound by broad street and also this tractor-trailer fire out there eastbound. he approaching exit 43. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks very much. 4:48 now. a motorcyclist who recorded a dangerous ride while fleeing a traffic stop in new jersey now faces charges. 20-year-old admitted it was his helmet mounted go pro camera that captured this madison county ride. it shows him on taconic and other roads weaving in and out of traffic. going as fast as 160 miles an hour. officers even gave up chasing him at one point. he was eventually arrested after
>> just in the heat of the moment. just nervous. >> you think you panicked. >> oh, absolutely. >> unbelievably insane disregard for public safety is what pops into my mind. while he could get probation insed of driving time but may lose his motorcycle license. former maybe dinkins plans to hold a symposium with attorney general loretta lynch. he admits he was scared by his recent health crisis. he was hospitalized for a couple of days in february with congestive heart failure. now he feels much better. he admits that he became breath last while walking. >> like that. i'd stop and lean on a pole or take my cell phone out and pretend i was making a call. >> dinkins said he lost 25 pound and taking a lot of prescription pills. he still teaches and works with several organizations. an nba player arrested
suing the city and several police officers. the atlanta hawks self-lows a was accused of ignoring orders. after a right broke out last april. he was acquitted of all charges last year. he's accusing five officers of false arrest and of using excessive force. he suffered a broken leg during the arrest and missed the playoffs. country music stars are remembering meryl haggard this morning. >> i'm proud to be an oak i from muskogee. >> that was his number one hit in 1969. another song called mama tried reflecting on his early life of crime and time in prison. willie nelson says online, "he was my brother, my friend." meryl haggard died yesterday on his 79th birthday. ahead, the transportation proposal that will fix some subway stations but this would
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tina fey. she beat out her friend from "saturday night live," jimmy fal fallon. often maying musical instruments. >> intimidated. i think. >> after a couple of beers, all bets are probably off. see whapts. >> that would be nice if it were friday or saturday. you can drown your sore sorrows in the rain and wind. we have a wind advisory in effect. monmouth, ocean county. brooklyn-queens and long island. especially during the afternoon hours. wind gusts of 45 miles an hour. be aware of that as a possibility. in addition to some heavier showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm. 52 right now. it's a milder day, it tase in the 50s all day. upper 50s to near 60 this afternoon. grab the umbrellas and the sturdy one at that. with the gusty winds, the little guy is going to be in the trash can probably.
>> never mind. >> scratch that. we have problems out there in rockland county. an accident on the palisades parkway southbound by exit 11, so watch out for that. head over to the commuter checklist, all the trains are doing fine this morning. major commuter lines and subways. we have a lot of other problems on the roads including a closure on the long island expressway. i'll have the details coming up. restoring the w train to manhattan and queens. that will take place at 5:00 tonight at the mta office right across from the bowling green subway station. is the transportation equivalent of ripping off a band-aid. one transit group is proposing something radical to fix the l train line. the mta has warned a section of the line that could be impacted for years. now the group, if the regional plan pg association, they propose shutting the whole thing
they want to close a section of 14th street and manhattan to traffic as they do that work. it would only allow shuttle buses. it's the debate. do you shut it down and do everything quickly. >> how much pain to you want to tolerate at one time. coming up, going above the call of duty. we'll tell you what happened when two local police officers saw a father digging for toys in a dumpster. at 6:00 a.m., get ready for the taco bot. we'll tell you hoe hoe yes, taco bot. we'll tell you how it could end your lunchtime cravings. >> if you're heading out the day, take us along. download the app on your mobile device right now. we're back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new
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pointed attack on hillary clinton. hear what he had to say about his democratic rival. >> get ready for wind and rain. it will make a mess of your day. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. thursday morning. it's april 7th. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. let's check in with chris cimino. wind and rain. chris, why don't we throw in hail and snow. >> if you'd like, i can do that if you want. >> that's okay. >> it doesn't look like that happens today. however, temperatures, it's a tradeoff thursday. milder temperatures, yes, but a winter day ahead of us. 48 in sleepy hollow. 47 tarrytown. these numbers better than yesterday morning at this time. in particular, the city and long island. down the jersey shore, already in the 50s. sussex up to northwest new jersey at 50 degrees. there'sth rain, though. it is filling in to the west. it will gradually slide in our direction from late morning into the afternoon. the heaviest period of rain will be in the afternoon. most of the early morning commute stays dry. the heaviest showers through the
milder today, though. near 60 with a few ruffles. let's talk about the commute with lauren. >> thanks, chris. problems on the roads. we had construction on the cross bronx expressway. it was causing delays. delays are back to the bruckner interchange already. head over to the bruckner if you can. an accident investigation on the major deegan northbound by exit 3 in the right lane. you can see that's affecting the bruckner as well. leave yourselves extra time if you're commuting in the bronx today. long island, big problems on the l.i.e., still an investigation investigation out by exit 41. you can see this is there for quite a while. cars and trucks are being diverted on to the service road. you can get back on after. there are a lot of westbound delays because of rubber necking. do you take the northern state? i'd recommend it. >> more weather and traffic on the 4s.
a man is dead following a t and run in queens. he was truck overnight near the intersection of 30th road and astoria. katherine creag is there with more. kat? >> this roadway, darlene, extremely busy at all hours of the day. what you're looking at here, this is 21st street. residents are telling us what's badly needed is a stoplight. that is the intersection where that 45-year-old man was struck and he later died at the hospital. when he was hit by the driver of a dark-colored toyota a vehicle that has damage to the windshield has happened around 11:00 last night. the driver was last seen going north on 21st street. people who live in the area tell us they're shocked this happened. just as importantly, that this intersection needs a stoplight. >> it needs a light, yes. because sometimes it's a big car parking in this area and you can't -- they're blocking the
everybody's very, very bad to look around and do -- >> reporter: this investigation into the hit and run is happening as two queens lawmakers are getting ready to unveil legislation about -- also, darlene, have them operating 24 hours a day. we'll hear from the lawmakers a little bit later today. they have a press conference sked suld at noon. back to you, darlene. >> katherine creag, thank you. happening today, stabbing of another teen on a brooklyn train. police say a 13-year-old boy was stabbed in the stomach as he got off an a manhattan bound c train. investigators saying this started with an argument between the boy and the suspect whom they believe is to be between 14 and 16 years old. that boy was stabbed. he's expected to make a recovery. happening today, a group of parents will be speaking about the new class action lawsuit about the city's department of education. they claim not enough is being
it deprives students much their right for public -- it says the d.o.e. retaliates against students who report violence. all that and more at 6:30 in a live report new jersey is one step closer to requiring elementary and high school students to pass state exams. state education -- they voted to make the math and english exams a graduation requirement at a hearing yesterday. parents protested this vote. they believe students are set up to fail. so governor christie can close schools with low test scores. open charter schools in their placement. >> now to a commuter alert. the henry hudson parkway is closed for emergency repairs. we want to take a live look at crews and they're at work this morning. the lane closures are on the northbound side from west 110th street to west 127th street. the area will reopen later on about an hour from now at 7:00 a.m.
10:00 tonight and it will stay closed until 7:00 a.m. friday morning and then it will also be closures northbound saturdays and sunday mornings as well. they're trying to get that work done. a lot of overnight closures. meanwhile, 6:04. time for weather and traffic on the 4s on this thursday morning. chris cimino giving that all to us. good morning. >> yeah. we've got a lot of changes headed our way. it's relatively quiet right now. temperatures are mild, skies cloudy. no rain or great strong wind out there. the wind will increase through the day today. a wind advisory in effect. especially along the coast. monmouth, ocean county. in the city, nassau, suffolk county as well. the average wind speeds at 15 to 20. gusts of 40 to 45 are possible. this is out of the south and southwest. especially through the midday hours. here comes the rain from the west. it's beginning to fill on in. it will intensify as it gets closer to us. extra oomph and lift to the air. 56 at noon. 57 at 6:00.
out there. quiets down tomorrow. then warm. let get over to lauren scala. it's 6:06. how is the commute looking? >> lot of problems today for the commute. in new jersey, on 78 eastbound, just before exit 23, berkeley heights. we have what's left of a a tractor-trailer fire in the right lanes. still pretty heavy here. head over to 22. you can see by the traffic flows and live data, that's still green. it's moving along at the speed limit. the palisades parkway, we have an accident southbound by exit 11. this one not causing too much of a problem but keep it in mind. then, if you are getting on the rails, all good news from there. subways and major commuter lines doing fine. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> thanks so much, lauren. bernie sanders is turning up the heat in the race for president. 12 days ahead of the new york primary. last night in philadelphia, he leveled strong attacks on his opponent hillary clinton. sanders challenged her
after he says she raised doubts about his. >> i don't think you are qualified if you're supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement which cost us millions of decent paying jobs. >> there's been a lot of distortions about my record on trade. >> clinton's press secretary tweeted that the candidate has never called sanders unqualified. tonight senator sanders will appear on late night with seth meyers. watch it here starting at 12:35 a.m. two republican candidates are here in town looking for votes in new york. governor john kasich is going to be in the bronx. senator ted cruz, he'll be in brooklyn. protesters greeted donald trump last night on long island. he had a big rally at the grumman studios in bethpage. trump renewed his battle with ted cruz over the meaning of new york values. >> do you remember during the
me on new york values. like we're no good. >> they are the values of the people of new york who are frustrated with liberal democratic politicians who keep hammering the people of this great state. >> senator cruz in town yesterday at a little restaurant. some shouted he should get out of bronx. the "today" show will have all the updates on the campaign trail. look for that coverage at 7:00 a.m. tense moments during an apartment building fire in westchester county when a family becomes trapped on the fire escape. the flames broke out around 7:30 building. firefighters were quickly able to rescue the family. no one was hurt. started. today, new jersey lawmakers get a -- want to offer state financial aid without restricting the unions in atlantic city. that would run counter to the
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the lanes will reopen at 7:00 a.m. the repairs will last overnight over the course of the next few days. a consumer alert involving pajamas. eleanor rose is recalling two different styles of pajamas sold in sizes 12 months through size 12. it fails to meet federal flam ability standards. national beer day is today. it marks the end of prohibition 83 years ago today. >> it seems like yesterday. 6:14. dealing with rain moving in our direction. this is pretty much what we're looking at. this from reeves beach, one of our weather underground cameras. thank you for that. 33 degrees there. eventually the clouds will yield wet weather. some showers, maybe even an isolated thunderstorm or two.
kind of a wintry feel to the weekend. may even sprinkle in wet snow into the picture. i'll explain in a second. 351 51 in a store why. 42 armonk. there are 40s across the northern half of new jersey. each a few upper 30s. down the jersey shore in the 50s. most of long island in the low 50s at this hour. starting to see a few showers creeping up along the coast. long island may see the first showers this morning. from the city on west, it may take longer. probably after 10:00 in the morning. the rain is filling in to the west of us. heavy showers for us. this is pushing north and eastward toward us, too. that's why you need the rain gear, rain coat through the afternoon hours. heavier showers moving on through with increasing strength with that southerly breeze. upper 50s to near 60. it's mild and damp this evening. keep the umbrella handy. the on and off leftover showers. 42 with the cold front. the wind goes northwest tomorrow. it gets chilly.
the normal high in the 60s. it could be a sprinkle or two even tomorrow afternoon. i think they'll get the game in. about an inch to the west of us to half inch to 3/4 of an inch of rain across long island. lesser amounts to the south. the yanks four or five starts. showers are likely. this could be touch and go. again the showers may start to wind down into the late afternoon and toward the evening hours. that would be the saving grace. by the weekend, it gets colder. another system headed our way. wet snow. only 40 for a high on saturday. even with bright sunshine. 47 is the best we do. perhaps more wet weather come tuesday. it's 6:16. what's the latest lauren? >> when things are good, they're great. let's get through the problems. >> the hudson river crossings. minor delays heading into the tolls. let's talk about the bronx. we have heavy delays there. westbound on the cross bronx expressway.
the bronx river parkway. delays back to castle hill avenue. the bruckner picked up a lot of the alternate traffic. more traffic westbound because of an accident investigation on the major deegan. this is northbound by exit 3. it's just blocking one lane. it's starting to affect people coming off the rfk try borrow bridge. i'll keep you posted about those things. still a big mess out there. an accident investigation in the eastbound lanes out by exit 41. so things are very slow going as they detour cars and trucks off that exit 41 on to the service road and back on after. but what you don't see on the shot is the westbound rubber necking delays that go back past the seaford oyster bay. trucks can't take the northern state. in new jersey, delays on 78 eastbound because of that tractor-trailer fire that has since been extinguished. still out there by exit 43. that's in the right lane. it's a slow go through here as well. more weather and traffic on the
in westchester county, police are setting up extra patrols at several schools after a man tried to lure a student into his van. the girl said he drove up next to her. she was headed home from school. he told the girl, her mother was in a car accident and sent her to give her a ride. the girl then ran off. if you have any information, call police. an alert driver helped to save a group of children when their bus caught fire in long island. the bus driver pulled over yesterday morning after noticing his bus was starting to overheat and smoke. after all the students got off the bus, the front of the bus burst into flames. fortunately, no one was hurt. another bus came by to get the children to school. newark's campaign to keep uber drivers away from the airport and penn station is heating up. newark city council voted it allow them at the train station.
fee of $1500. the uber drivers say they can't afford the fee. there's a final vote scheduled for next week. in connecticut, two police officers went botch and beyond the call of duty when they found out why a man was digging through a garbage can. he was looking for a stuffed animal that had been thrown away. after hearing the heartbreaking story, the officers went to a nearby store and bought the man for his daughter some toys, a new stuffed animal and a water gun. >> in his eyes, you could see it went far. you can imagine the eyes of his daughter how far it really went, you know. >> the officers say buying the toys was a small thing to do. probably made a big impact, though. >> great example of people. >> wonderful example for people. >> there are great people in the world. there's an example. 6:19 right now. a motorcyclist records his dangerous ride while fleeing a traffic stop.
out of the airport. sz the airline controls 2/3 of the flights at the airport. the government fears that more control would drive up airfares there. first lady michelle obama will share her green thumb with children in new jersey. she'll go to phillips academy charter school in newark to help them plant a vegetable garden. it's part of her tour to promote healthy options for people. al roker will have an interview th her. you
can see it tomorrow on the "today" show. the first lady will be owe help watering the plants today. >> good with that. >> it all happens naturally. >> we got rain that will pick up in intensity later on this afternoon. this morning, it's still quiet. most of the morning commute, the showers hold off. the clouds are thickening up though. it's much milder. upper 50s near 60. already at 53 in the city.
wind advisories in effect through the day and the early evening. leftover showers in the evening hours tonight with a low temperatures that turns chillier. 42. the weekend pictures feels more like winter. we're talking about temperatures near 40 on saturday with that mix of rain and wet snow. in the we change that little background picture. >> i know. >> i liked it. >> the reality -- >> okay. coming back. commuters won't like the lie l.i.e. the eastbound lanes by exit 41. routes 106, 107, you could see the cars and trucks are being detoured off there on to the exit ramp. and on to the service road. back on to the l.i.e. you have to sit at a light. the westbound delays are worse. all the rubber necking here.
bay expressway. oh, my goodness. that's worse than i thought it was. l.i.e. not the place to be this morning in nassau county. lauren, thank you. it's 6:25 right now. coming up next, a major school safety lawsuit. >> anger over what parents call a rise in violence in new york city public schools has led to legal action. i'm tracie strahan live in lower manhattan with more on what they're planning. i'm katherine creag live in astoria queens, police are investigating yet another hit and run. we'll tell you what residents say is badly needed on this corner coming up. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the app on your mobile device right now. we'll be right back. you can't predict the market. but through good times and bad... ...at t. rowe price... ...we've helped our investors stay confident for over 75 years. call us or
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good morning everyone. 6:30 a.m. on this thursday, april 7th. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris cimino looking at the weather picture today. good morning. >> good morning, guys. milder but wetter later on this morning and afternoon. 53 degrees right now in the city. big change from yesterday morning at this time. 46 white plains. upper 40s up to poughkeepsie. 50 in northwest new jersey. sussex. low 50s in the coastal areas of long island and down the jersey shore. not a lot of rain nearby. plenty of clouds. the first shower showing up in the last few frames. probably will move into long island in the next couple of hours. out to the west, that's the more organized area of rain. even embedded thunderstorm activity to watch moving in our direction later this morning and afternoon. the day planner, plan on lots of clouds and take along the umbrella. looking at 56 by noontime. a high today of 59 degrees. the showers should taper off into the evening hours. the rest of the forecast coming up on the 4s. michael, darlene. thanks so much, chris. now that major commuter alert on
kai simonsen is over the scene. >> good morning to both of you. continuing issues on long island as you've been hearing folks. live pictures from chopper 4. the first on the scene of the long island expressway by exit 41 in jericho. accident investigation continuing out here. that car somehow involved in this accident investigation. you can see the rest of the activity there toward the bottom end of your screen. in the meantime, the eastbound side of the l.i.e. remains closed at exit 41. you can see the closure right there. not only on the main line here and the eastbound side of the l.i.e. but the service road as well. what we're worried about is the rubber necking tea lace that extend back to the seaford oyster bay expressway. something to keep in mind. i'm kai simonsen. lauren, what's the rest of the traffic looking like? >> we have similar delays in the bronx because of an accident investigation on the major deegan expressway. this is northbound by exit 3. only the right lane is shut down.
things up to the rfk triboro bridge. now we also had an accident that just cleared westbound on the cross bronx expressway. both of the roadways are a bit of a mess this morning. leave yourself a lot of extra time. we have a mess on 78 eastbound for new jersey commuters. out before exit 43. there was a tractor-trailer fire earlier. still cleanup from that ongoing. one lane gets by. you can see delays go back a few miles. a fatal hit and run in queens. a man was struck overnight near the intersection of 30 th road and -- 30th road and 20th street. >> reporter: we've seen a lot of people trying to cross the street. there's no stoplight here. it's very much a busy road. 21st street is what you're looking at. we want to show you video of the aftermath of this fatal hit and run. a tragedy that took the life of a 45-year-old man. that victim was crossing the
driver of a dark-colored toyota. a vehicle that now has damage to the windshield. this happened around 11:00 last night. the driver took off north on 21st street. people who live in the area are telling us this morning that they're saddened that this happened and more importantly, this intersection needs a stoplight. >> it's an intersection for this -- there's no speed limits and everything is getting out of hand over here. >> it's very bad. you know, because we have a lot of people, we have kids in this area. >> reporter: and police are still investigating this obviously. they have not yet revealed the identity of the victim. but wa we know he's a 45-year-old man who according to some of the people who live here, they believe that he's a long time resident of this area. there's also a press conference later, michael on a separate issue. two queens lawmakers want to add
around various neighborhoods in queens and to have them run 24 ours a day. they want to introduce that legislation soon. >> you can see how busy that area is. that street. how wide it is. >> reporter: it is. it's such a busy street, michael. the nearest stoplight about two blocks away. people would have to go two blocks that way to cross the street safely. you know people will cross you here. >> we see someone behind you right now. a brooklyn community calling for a cease-fire after two people were hit by stray bullets. one was a grandmother cooking dinner. she was hit while looking out of the window of her east flatbush apartment after a fight broke out on the street monday. another person was grazed in the head. her son was one of those rallying to stop the violence. >> why did this happen to me, she's still asking herself that. >> i don't understand how it's
shoot straight and spraying up the whole block. >> they've caught the shooter. she's meanwhile had three surgeries. it's not clear if she's going to lose vision in her right eye. new york city council will vote on a bill to restrict costume characters to certain parts of times square. council committee gave the plans the approval yesterday. the bill would designate specific zones where people dressed in costumes can ask for tips. the new rules won't put any costume characters out of work. it will prevent confusion and confrontation with tourists. >> let's check weather and traffic right now on the thursday morning. ups and downs, 53 degrees at this hour, chris. >> that's the up side of today. it's much milder this morning. temperatures already in the low 50s in the city. even the suburbs considerably warmer. the tradeoff here is we've got wet weather headed our way. the early morning commute so far so good in terms of the roads staying dry. a few showers will creep on in.
midday into the mid afternoon hours. maybe even embedded thunderstorm or two. don't be surprised if you hear a rumble or two of thunder. noticeably milder. temperatures well up into the 50s. 60s in the area. the winds will pick up as well. right now, we're starting out with mostly cloudy sky. 53 degrees. get showers breaking out. they'll pick up in intensity and coverage through the afternoon. expecting a high today of 59 degrees. more changes in that seven-day. we'll get to that in a little bit. how about changes in the commute? >> one going on for hours. no change -- all remain -- kai simonsen was live over the scene a few moments ago. the delays continue to get worst including the westbound. curiosity delays. back past the seaford oyster bay. in addition to the problem on 78 eastbound in berkeley heights, an accident came in. country club road, blocks the lane.
in better news, for mass transit commuters, we're not -- buses and ferries also look great. you need to move your cars today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. in just a few hours, parents will rally in lower man han. they claim officials aren't doing enough to curb violence. tracie strahan is outside the department of education headquarters with more on what the parents are doing. tracie? >> reporter: darlene, the allegations are really alarming. not only does this lawsuit claim that the department of education isn't enforcing regulations when it comes to keeping kids safe, they say it also is because they're retaliating against -- these parents with kids as young as 7 years old, it's because violence is on the rise in schools. mayor de blasio, however, disagrees. this federal class action lawsuit is filed -- it comes on behalf of ten public school students. it discusses instances of a
he stuck a pencil in his own ear to block the insults. another allegation claims that teachers regularly call students things like animals or stupid. now, mayor de blasio says the department of education already has comprehensive programs in place to address things like bullying and violence. he made statements about in on the same day that that lawsuit was filed. >> each of these instance is obviously troubling. we don't ever want to see a weapon in a school. if you look at the facts, school safety is doing a very good job continuing a trend. it started in the previous administration to their credit continuing to drive down crime in our schools. >> reporter: again, this had will all be the subject of a rally in a few hours. not only will we hear from the parents. they're expected to bring students, some as young as 7 years old who have been the victim of violence they say in city schools. back to you. >> tracie, thank you. in connecticut, a teacher
say he brought a gun to a school in newtown. jason adams at newtown middle school yesterday morning, they say another employee saw that weapon concealed under his clothing. adams has a valid gun permit. but state law forbids firearms on the property. this -- in 2012. police on long island are trying to find the thief who stole a wheel care from a disabled boy. the boy's family told us the wheelchair was taken from the front porch of their home in holbrook. the chair belongs to a 10-year-old cody. he has leukodystrophy and cerebral palsy. although cody can walk a little, he needs it when they leave the house. he weighs 60 pounds and carrying him is a struggle. >> the only way i can think about it and not be sad is that somebody needed it maybe more than we did. maybe it was somebody homeless who needed to sell it for money and didn't have food or
>> police say wheelchairs are often stolen and sold for parts or scrap. the family is hoping insurance will cover the chair. an nba player arrested outside a nightclub is suing the city and several police officers as well. the atlanta hawks thabo self-lows a was accused of ignoring orders of leaving the area after a fight broke out in a club. he was acquitted of all charges last october. he's accusing five officers of false arrest and using excessive force. he suffered a broken leg and missed all of the playoffs. fleeing a traffic stop in new jersey, he's now facing charges. 20-year-old anthony darigo admitted it was his helmet cam that shows him on roads in december weaving in and out of traffic at speeds approaching 160 miles per hour. officers gave up chasing him.
after a friend posted that video on youtube. >> just all in the heat of the moment. it was nervous. >> you think you panicked? >> absolutely. yeah. >> unbelievably insane disregard for public safety is what pops into my mind. >> he could get probation instead of jail time. he may lose his bike. in a couple of hours, the annual battle over rent in new york begins. several new york city council members plan to protest with tenants' rights groups. they'll demand a rent rollback that would take place before the first meeting of the rent guidelines board. last year it approved the first rent freeze for a million regulated apartment the. 6:41 on this thursday morning. coming up, feel like you're always left waiting on the subway platform? you're not alone. we'll tell you which line leaves commuters waiting the longest. plus, we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. as we look at the tappan zee
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6:44 on a thursday morning. rain is staying away. but it will move in later this afternoon. the mild air has pushed in. it's 52 in tribeca. 56 in jersey city. 40s in the suburbs to the north and west. low 50s across long island and low to mid-50s down the jersey shore. a much milder start. here comes the first push of showers. probably note them across long island within the next hour or so. generally light in nature. the showers out to the west, they're beginning to fill in. this is the stronger front. notice the areas of orange and yellow showing up here. that's indicative of thunderstorm activity percolating. as the day wears on, that front gets closer, i think this line will become more accurate. future tracker shows that at 7:00 a.m., okay. cloudy skies for the most part. showers start to fill in. this is at noontime. heaviest bands around western new jersey, eastern pennsylvania.
and 3:00 in the city. notice by -- game time for the yanks. the heavier showers hift shift to go the north. we're not quite done. the rain doesn't shut down incompletely. it shuts down and we get showers the first half of the night. mix in the clouds in the afternoon. this is 1:00. a sprinkle or two possible. mets home opener, they get the game in. >> it could be a brief sprinkle. saturday morning is fine. saturday afternoon, a band of rain moves on in. colder air moves in -- the rain could mix with a change to snow. south, the colder air wraps behind this system. we're not anticipating accumulating snow. we have wind advisory in effect. upper 50s to near 60 this afternoon. even the suburbs up to the north and west, into the 50s. the rain could be heavy at spots
the strong, gusty winds. colder saturday. the rain/snow mix. dries out on sunday. another round of wet weather but milder by tuesday of next week. highs back into the 60s. let's find out where the trouble spots, if any, where are they? >> lots of people on the roads. staten island expressway eastbound into the verrazano is picking up a lot of volume. no problems out there. we have problems on the l.i.e. this accident investigation shuts down all lanes eastbound by exit 41. so you will be diverted offer the road there. you want to sit in at least a mile of traffic getting into the area. you head over to the northern state parkway. westbound delays go back to -- people rubber necking. l.i.e. a big mess today. heading over to the -- into queens westbound on the ramp. an accident blocking a lane. cross bronx
is still heavy. delays should ease out. the -- route 46 westbound by main street and lodi an overturned vehicle. 78 jammed up eastbound. one lane is closed at exit 43. a look outside at the holland tunnel. 30 minutes inbound at the lincoln tunnel as well. only 15 at the george washington bridge. back to you darlene and michael. >> thanks so much. >> it is the transportation equivalent of ripping off a band-aid. one group is proposing something radical to prepare the l train. the mta has warned a section of the line could be impacted for years. now the group, the regional planning association is proposing shutting the entire line down for 18 months. they want to close a section of 14th street? manhattan to traffic during the work. only shutting buses would be allowed. new york city transit is holding a public hearing about restoring the w train between manhattan and queens. the first phase of the second
street. the hearing takes place at 5:00 tonight at the mta office across from the bowling green subway station. >> waiting for the subway can be dreadful. many of you are waiting longer than what the mta reports. state comptroller's office looked at the wait assessments between 2014 and '15. found the wait times were longer on the 16 lines that you see here and that the 5 train was the worst. the wait times only got better on a handful of lines. the audit accuses of mta of using questionable math to calculate those wait times. it's 6:49. coming up next, it's only april but the rockefeller center christmas tree is making news. we'll tell you why. don't forget. follow us on facebook and twitter. michaelg4ny michaelg4ny, darlene4ny,
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kai sigh mop e monsen is over the scene. >> good morning to you. we got word on this at 6:00 a.m. this morning. over 1830 second avenue. as you said in the upper east side. the scene of a second alarm fire. this is a five-story building. you can see we have a moderate smoke condition right now. firefighters are working the rooftop rooftop. we have two buildings very, very close by, only inches that separate those two buildings. as far as we know, the fire has not jumped into any other buildings. only affecting the building where the fire began. we have no injuries reported at this point. second avenue, you should know, is closed from 96th street to 94th. you can see the fire department activity. we'll continue to keep you up to date. live in chopper 4, kai simonsen, michael and darlene, back to you. >> kai, thank you. the "today" show is coming up in a few minutes. we'll check in with matt and savannah. >> hi. good morning. coming up on a thursday, donald trump kicks off the battle for
long island and bernie sanders questions if hillary clinton is qualified to be president. got that covered. ryan seacrest opens up about how he's feeling with the finale of "american idol" hours away. he has surprising things to say about his future plans. we're going to have that, plus al is live at the white house today. natalie will be at universal studios hollywood for the public opening of the wizarding world of harry potter. as we get set on a thursday morning here on "today." back to you. just with my family at the wizarding world in orlando. up at 5:45 in the morning to get in early. >> really. >> to potterland. >> how did that go? >> it was exhausting. all i wanted was a harry potter cough eave. >> michael, are you griffin dore or slitherin. >> i have no idea. they did an amazing job. >> michael pushing children out of the way and trying to skip the line was unacceptable. >> yeah.
>> exactly. >> have a good show, guys. >> 6:54 right now. the christmas tree that towered over rockefeller last december will become part of a new home today. >> it will go to newburgh where habitat for humanity will use it to build an affordable home. it's a tradition that began a decade ago. they've been used to build homes in stamford and philadelphia and other cities in the area. for as far away as mississippi. >> 6:55. we'll check in with chris next for an update on the rainy forecast. you're watching "today in
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that breaking news we're following on the upper east side. an apartment building fire. kai simonsen is over the scene in chopper 4. >> reporter: michael and darlene, we got word of this at 6:00 a.m. this morning. we continue over the upper east side. a second alarm fire at a five-story building. firefighters working the rooftop there. we have a moderate smoke condition. no injuries have been reported. you should know that second avenue is closed from 96th street down to 94th. something to keep in mind. live in chopper 4. i'm kai simonsen, live in chopper 4. back to you. a man is dead fooling a llowing a hit and run in queens. >> katherine creag is following the story. >> reporter: this is where the tragedy happened. 21st street at 30th road. the man who was killed, a 45-year-old who was crossing the street.
dark-colored toyota struck and killed him and that vehicle has windshield damage and police have been taking a look, trying to find more evidence. back to you. >> kat, thank you. second avenue traffic is going to be -- >> it's affecting the m-15 buses. expect delays there. expect a lot of delays on the l.i.e. still shut down at exit 41. traffic diverted off there. we have an accident westbound out by the northern state parkway, exit 42 in the hov lanes. not helping the situation. in addition to that, we still have one on the cross bronx expressway westbound by the sheridan expressway. thank you very much. lauren. chris, another check of the weather. not raining yet. it will later on today. quite a bit of rain gathering strength to the west of us. rumbles of thunder embedded in there. the heaviest period of rain from 11:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. it will be windy at times. wind advisories up against the coastal areas.
tomorrow for the mets home opener but dry at 50 with sun and clouds. rain, a cold rain develops saturday that could mix with wet snow. back to sunshine on sunday in the upper 40s. the "today" show is coming you next. >> that's what's happening "today in new york." good morning and welcome to new york. ted cruz gets a chilling reception at his first new york city event and donald trump tries to make cruz's past words content. >> talking about new york values with hatred of new york. >> on the democratic side things take a nasty turn. >> i don't believe she is qualified skblmpt it the battle for new york is on. reported tornadoes rip