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scandal at a local hospital. a worker is arrested for giving unauthorized physical exams, sexually assaulting and taking pictures of the unsuspected nursing students. first, an investigation in to fundraisers connected to mayor bill de blasio. this as the mayor says he'll receive some of the contributions he received. good evening at 6:00. i'm bill ritter. it might be the biggest bump in the road yet for the administration of new york mayor de blasio, or not. a federal investigation, the u.s. attorney's office and the fbi probing two of the mayor's fundraisers. it's a sidebar to the same federal corruption investigation
n.j. burkett in lower manhattan tonight with our lead story. >> that's right. what does a former restaurant owner in harlem have in common with police commanders in brooklyn and two borough park businessmen who are fundraisers for the mayor? there are at least three degrees of separation in this widening investigation. >> i remember a lot of people i know from borough park, i don't remember knowing those two individuals. >> reporter: the mayor today was firm. that he barely knows jeremy reichburg shown here on the left, and jonah recnits, two former businessmen currently under investigation along with the nypd's former chief of department. investigators are pouring through finance records from the mayor's 2013 campaign, amid questions about how donations from the city's real estate and business interests were solicited and whether individuals may have benefited. >> if i think my administration hasn't handled something well, i'll say so.
things appropriately, i'll also say that. we are very, very careful about doing things in a legal and appropriate manner. we're very, very careful about disclosing the support we get. >> reporter: over the weekend, agents arrested hamlet peralta, accused of running a ponzi scheme. peralta ran the hudson river cafe in harlem and that investigation took agents to the two businessmen in borough park who raised money for the campaign. as well as the police commanders in south brooklyn suspected of granting favors in exchange for trips, gifts, or cash. nypd commissioner bill bratton. >> we took action last week. it's five members of the department. we'll continue our participation. we'll see this as an administrative conflict of interest. criminal violations by any member of our department. >> the commissioner tells me he's not ruled out further administrative action as this case unfolds. in an interesting twist, the two brooklyn businessmen were
that accused ponzi schemer, and this whole case apparently flows from that. the u.s. attorney's office here in lower manhattan has declined to comment on this case. we're live tonight in lower manhattan, n.j. burkett, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> what a story. and what a scene in midtown today. 58th street between 6th and 7th avenues still shut down right now after a water main break caused damage to the road. big damage. water from the break spilling over in to a steam pipe. that caused plumes of what looked like smoke to rise to the ground this morning. water has been shut off in 14 buildings. it's affecting 350 customers. the department of environmental protection trying to figure out exactly what led to this water main break. we're following a developing story that affects your evening community. officials say avoid the lincoln tunnel. big delays you can see on the new jersey turnpike because of emergency repairs. it's closing two lanes on the southbound eastern spur of the turnpike near exit 15x. that's what you're seeing right now from our traffic cam.
tolls to enter the turnpike. the latest polls show hillary clinton with a double-digit lead over bernie sanders and the upcoming new york primary a week from tomorrow. but senator sanders battling as if it were much closer. he's been in this spot before. the state meaning so much to both candidates. political reporter dave evans with the story. he's in port washington on long island. >> as you know, bernie sanders has won eight of the last nine primaries. he's been on a bit of a role. clinton's people tell me they're not worried yet because as they look at the overall delegate count, she's ahead about 240 delegates. she's determined sanders not win here in her adopted home state. >> reporter: hillary clinton was on the attack today, on donald trump and bernie sanders at an indian restaurant in jackson heights. she blasted trump and sanders on immigration reform. >> the best chance we had for comprehensive immigration reform was under ted kennedy's
i voted for it. senator sanders voted against it. >> reporter: at a gun violence forum, clinton claims sanders in his home state of vermont share the blame for new york city's violence. >> in the state that has the highest per capita number of those guns that end up committing crimes in new york come from vermont. >> reporter: and she rid culd sanders saying he can't handle the pressure of new york city media. >> he's had trouble answering questions about his core issue, namely dealing with the banks. >> reporter: upstate today, sanders hit back at clinton, calling her too cozy by wall street and demanded she release transcripts of her big bank speeches. >> i will release all of my transcripts. [ cheers and applause ] which is not difficult for me to do because there are no transcripts. >> reporter: sanders is predicting a win in clinton's
>> turns out that if we have a large voter turnout a week from tomorrow, we're going to win here in new york state. >> reporter: the latest polling has clinton up in new york by 10 points. today she also got the backing of some gun violence victims. >> i told mrs. clinton in the back i was an undecided voter before but i am with her now. >> so far the sanders campaign has not made a direct response to these new attacks from hillary clinton. but it's interesting lately clinton has said these are not attacks, she's simply comparing her record while she was senator to senator bernie sanders. for now, reporting live in port washington, dave evans, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> now to the republicans. texas senator ted cruz campaigning in colorado today but his wife spending the day on long island holding meet and greet events in mineola and billmore.
elect him to do. he has one agenda. through his understanding of the constitution, making sure that this government works for you. >> heidi cruz will be in new york city tonight giving remarks at the queens county gop spring gala in flushing meadows park. as for the other republican candidate, john kasich spending the day upstate. the ohio governor holding a town meeting in troy today. he also held a closed door meeting with public members of the new york state assembly. republicans are choosing between two paths. >> do we look at people's fears and concerns and drive them in to the ditch? or do we acknowledge the fact that people do have concerns and problems. and can we give them a path to solving our problems like americans always have? >> meanwhile, republican frontrunner donald trump in upstate. he has an event tonight in albany. a hospital scandal tonight in connecticut. a very disturbing story. a hospital worker now charged with giving unauthorized medical
sexually assaulting them during these so-called exams. and secretly taking pictures of them naked. eyewitness news reporter tim he's at bridgeport hospital. >> in the suspect's stanford apartment, police did find shocking material. here in bridgeport, a number of people are quite surprised that a healthcare professional has been arrested. >> we didn't think the man was going to take pictures of you. you know what i'm saying? i don't know. it was crazy to me. >> reporter: andre williams and others who have doctors in and around the sprawling bridgeport hospital facility are surprised to hear of the arrest of 62-year-old barry barkinsky accused of multiple counts of sexual assault and voyeurism. >> there was extensive contact between mr. barkinsky and the victims in this case. >> reporter: barkinsky, who was an ems coordinator and teacher here at the bridgeport hospital school of nursing, came under
confirm, after a victim claims that barkinsky, while offering chiropractic treatment allegedly examined his genitalia and secretly took pictures. there are four victims, city officials say. >> there were some things that happened that troubled some of the victims. >> reporter: one victim city officials confirm had enrolled in barkinsky's class and none of the victims were patients. hospital officials say barkinsky, who did not work in patient care areas, is no longer employed at the hospital and they have no record that he provided treatment at the hospital. no one answered the door here at barkinsky's stanford apartment where city officials found some 2,000 pictures along with other videos. >> digital in nature. that is essentially relevant to the case against mr. barkinsky. >> reporter: his landlord only says -- >> no one knows him. he just stays to himself. >> reporter: bridgeport hospital officials say they
investigation back in december and such alleged activity, the hospital goes on to say, if proven to be true, is an absolutely inexcusable violation of trust and inconsistent with the values of our organization. >> the suspect posted a $100,000 bond and will be arraigned next week. reporting live in bridgeport, tim fleischer, channel 7 eyewitness news. still to come on eyewitness news, what are you saying? new jersey transit expanding its surveillance of passengers. we'll tell you why they're now listening in. >> the baby watch continues for one of the mets star pitchers. the latest on jacob degrom's new bundle of joy. >> we're watching a bundle of showers over northern parts of new jersey. one little sprinkle moved across new york city. there's extended rain from hunterdon.
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some serious questions tonight about privacy and who exactly is listening to passengers on new jersey transit. this after the big commuter transportation agency is installing more video and audio surveillance systems on its train. it's supposed to help fight crime but now there are questions about civil rights. here's eyewitness news reporter lucy yang. >> reporter: be careful what you say. surveillance cameras on new jersey transit's light rail
being upgraded to record not just your every move but also your every word. >> totally disagree. no audio. >> reporter: granted there are signs warning riders on the trains which have already been upgraded, but that is hardly calming the critics. >> it's really a monumental invasion of privacy. so that's the real concern, that's there -- they don't have a warrant or any other legitimate reason to be recording these conversations. >> reporter: it's reported the river line trains are already recording conversations. work is underway on the hudson, burgen, and newark light lines to tap in to audio well. federal grant. >> wow, that sounds invasive. >> i personally don't care if they're recording me if they want to hear what i'm having for dinner tonight, they're more than welcome to figure that out. >> to me it doesn't matter because it's for our security. >> reporter: we reached out to new jersey transit all day for a response. so far no statement. so in addition to the privacy issue, it's not clear how long
kept or who will be listening to them. in hoboken, lucy yang, channel 7 eyewitness news. we want to know what you think of new jersey transit's surveillance program. do you have an expectation of privacy when you go on the new jersey transit light rail train or any train? we invite you to join the conversation on our eyewitness news facebook page. when we come back, jeff smith in for meteorologist lee goldberg. as we look weekend, but jeff says we can put it all behind us very soon
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meteorologist jeff smith in for lee goldberg with a good prediction as we move toward tax day. >> a lot to look forward to except for that tax day thing. [ laughter ] the 18th this year. >> they're giving you till the 18th. >> that's good news. that's what we have to look forward to. >> and 70-degree warmth later in the weekend and early next week. we head outside right now, actually got up close to 70 in parts of the area. during the day today, newark got up to 67 degrees. here's a live look out toward central park where we got up to 63 this afternoon. now down to 58, we've had a couple light sprinkles and light showers moving across the city. south wind right now coming in around 8 miles per hour. this is all after a morning low of 43. that's about normal for this time of the year. and for a change after such a cold weekend, we actually had our high temperature go above the normal high of 60. the record was 84 back in 1955. headlines are looking like this. a stray shower this evening. we have a couple of those moving across the area right now especially north and west of the city.
we'll get a break between early this morning and between 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning where not much is going on. morning rain tomorrow gives way to afternoon sun and temperatures getting back in to the upper 50s. we're about a week away from sustained 70-degree warmth. a lot to look forward to here. 43 is not a lot to look forward to in monticello. that's because you had a lot of cloud cover north and west of the city and showers for much of the day. total opposite to the south. more sunshine down by brick, new 64 there. 64, toms river. cooler on the island and southwestern coastal connecticut because we've had a breeze coming off of the cooler waters of the atlantic ocean. the radar showing a batch of showers moving from west to east across the area. this one here moving in to new york city from northern parts of new jersey, maybe some steadier rain here over central passaic county, just about to move in to bergen county and a little bit of light rain crossing over the hudson river in to manhattan. parts of staten island getting in to the act and lower hudson valley and southwestern connecticut.
break in the action over central pennsylvania and then there's much steadier rain over ohio and parts of indiana and illinois and that will move in overnight tonight. we put futurecast in high resolution mode to show you the details over the next 12 or so hours. you see even through 8:30 there can be a scattered shower or two then we get the break right around surrounding midnight. then as we head in to the wee hours of the morning, especially approaching dawn, here comes the steadier rain moving in to the west. by 7:00 in the morning, there could be heavier downpours embedded within this larger patch of rain. you see the back edge approaching binghamton. that means it will probably move through around noon time tomorrow then we start clearing things out. here's your accuweather forecast for tonight. breezy and mild. a stray shower early which we're getting some right now. then steady rain developing toward dawn. we're down to 52 for a low. periods of rain in the morning tomorrow then clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine. 59 heading in to tomorrow night.
we're gown to about 40 degrees. check out this accuweather 7-day forecast. this is the nicest one we've had in a while. 58 on wednesday. a lot of sunshine all the way through after tomorrow morning's rain. partly sunny on thursday. low 60s friday. mid 60s saturday. best shot at 70 would be by next monday. could get warmer by primary day. >> we're turning a corner. rob powers up next with sports. >> still talking baseball. the first week of the season, mets fans would like better results. straight ahead, two wins in five games won't cut it. the mets started 2-3 last year and in 1986. wheeled off 11 straight wins after that. those seasons turned out okay. plus, the rangers get ready for the playoffs. if you're doing everything right but find it harder and harder to get by, you're not alone. while our people work longer hours for lower wages, almost all new income goes to the top 1%.
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let me think, you're saying there's developing news of the mets. is this off the field? >> it's been developing about nine months. first this big news. met fans want to know, jacob degrom is on his way to florida. his wife is pregnant. baby is coming. also met fans a little frustrated with their team's 2-3 record to start the season. back at it tonight at citifield. steven matz makes his first start of the season. it's still very early but mets fans getting a little impatient after five games. what would help is a win. matt harvey 0-2 to start the season. he didn't have it again yesterday. mets team batting average, .180. in five games they've scored 14 runs. >> i'm not concerned. it's early in the year. we aren't swinging good. we get that. but i got a lot of baseball cards in my office that dictate these guys are going to finish and do just fine when they start getting going. >> love that.
meanwhile in boston, the red sox home opener, the last in the career of david ortiz who says he will retire at season's end. they played highlights of his career before the season started. martinez, russell, wakefield, varitek on the field as guests but the biggest moment came when ortiz's daughter alex sang the national anthem. he didn't seem to have any idea. it was very, very cool. nhl stanley cup playoffs. rangers-penguins, wednesday. today, practice for the rangers. there's a lot going on with this team. goaltender henrik lundqvist isn't feeling well. he left the ice early but is expected back at practice tomorrow. ryan mcdonagh skated before practice. he's nursing the hand won't be ready for game one. dan girardi didn't practice today but should work tomorrow. the rangers need to get healthy in a hurry. >> everybody has to step up. we can't think about that.
on the golf schedule is the u.s. open in june. jordan spieth, the defending champion and favorite to win. he's hoping for a better finish than he gave us yesterday at the masters. he was the defending champion there as well. spieth headed to the back nine in the final round with a five-shot lead. everybody figured he'd cruise to back-to-back masters titles, but spieth followed back-to-back bogies with a quadruple bogey on hold 12 and he finished in a tie for second place. danny willett won. as defending champ, spieth had to help willett in to his green jacket as masters winner. that's a tough day. although $880,000 seemed to ease the pain a bit. knicks and nets wrap up their regular seasons this week. head home for the summer. the golden state warriors beat the spurs last night for win number 72, that ties the michael jordan-led chicago bulls for most wins ever. they have another one yet to play, wednesday at home against memphis. remember, the spurs hadn't lost
last night. golden state can make nba history with one more win. finally from us, a highlight from the knicks game last night, kinda. cleanthony early tries to steal the ball, knocks it out of bounds. in to the scorers table. then he chases the ball, eventually lands in somebody's lap in courtside seats. he knocked over a tv monitor and also rammed the table leg in to the knee of knick legend walt fraser. the knee he said was okay. the suit, we can only hope was undamaged as well. >> you can only hope. >> i'm thinking you would look very good in one of those. >> maybe he'll give it to me. or hopefully not. thank you, rob. coming up tonight on eyewitness news at 11:00, dirt bikes and atvs recklessly driving in and out of traffic in new york city. the illegal activity raising concerns for other drivers. we'll take a closer look at how the nypd plans to combat this problem.
probably never heard of. is cuba running out of beer? the relationship between the u.s. and cuba putting a strain on that island nation's watering holes. told you you probably never heard of or thought about that as an issue. those stories and much more tonight on eyewitness news at 11:00. that's it for us for now. thanks for watching. i'm bill ritter. world news tonight with david muir is next. for all of us here, have a great night. see you back here at 11:00. tonight, trump's tirade. donald trump now calling the nomination process rigged and corrupt. sending out this video, somebody burning up their registration. and ivanka trump revealing she did not register as a republican. she cannot vote in the primary.