Mayor De Blasio discusses coronavirus outbreak, Halloween plans, micro-clusters and more

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New York Weather: CBS2 10/21 Evening forecast at 6 p.m.CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn has your weather forecast for October 21 at 6 p.m.

The new MTA map displays train arrival times in real time, alertsThe MTA is launching a new app to help metro users know when their train is arriving.

Some colleges cut tuition fees in an attempt to attract students during pandemicThe college experience has changed for most people because of the pandemic, and some families are questioning the value of higher education. Some colleges are reducing tuition fees in an attempt to attract students; Meg Baker reports from CBS2.

Helicopter lands in water off Long Island, pilot rescuedA helicopter pilot was rescued after landing in about a foot of water off Long Island on Wednesday.

NYC allows outdoor cheating this HalloweenHalloween will continue in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Suffolk County doctor, lawmaker victim of undercover drug biteA well-known Suffolk County doctor and lawmaker was the victim of an undercover drug bite, accused of paying a prostitute with pills. The doctor was once a passionate advocate for the prevention of opioid dependence; CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reports.

Queens 5-year-old girl’s book series released during pandemicDuring the pandemic, we all struggle to find meaningful ways to spend time at home. A student in Queens decided to write a series of books that were published during the pandemic; Reports Cindy Hsu of CBS2.

Escaped parrot rescued from Paterson Town Hall roofPaterson, New Jersey firefighters used a ladder truck to help rescue a parrot named Chewy from atop City Hall.

Doctors say more patients hospitalized with coronavirus surviveDoctors say more patients hospitalized with the coronavirus are surviving and the number of deaths has dropped significantly. CBS2’s Dr Max Gomez explains why this is happening and warns that the danger is still great.

The NJ Fire Department has been closed due to COVID exposureA Bergen County fire department has been temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Central Islip Park where bodies were found in 2017 undergoing renovationsA Central Islip park is being renovated to make it more family friendly and deter criminal activity. It is a site on Long Island where several bodies were found several years ago; Alice Gainer reports from CBS2.

Pope Francis becomes the first Pope to support same-sex unionsPope Francis has expressed his support for same-sex couples in a new documentary. Francis is the first pope to approve same-sex unions; CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reports.

Nonprofits like Valerie Fund need donations to continue helping othersMany nonprofit groups have struggled during the pandemic as financial support has declined and, at the same time, needs increase. Vanessa Murdock of CBS2 spoke to the Valerie Fund about the importance of giving.

A global observatory will reopen in NovemberYou will soon be able to peek around New York again from 100 stories high.

Bronx Man Finally Gets Kidney Transplant After Years Of WaitingA man from the Bronx has a second chance at life. His kidney transplant was abruptly canceled and he suffered another devastating health diagnosis, but after years of waiting his surgery is finally moving forward; CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports.

Couple in Lindenhurst crash may share hospital roomThere is an update on the elderly couple whose car plunged into a canal in Lindenhurst on Monday.

Suspect wanted in fatal shooting of 2 children in TrentonTwo Trenton siblings were murdered in their home by stray bullets.

Senate Democrats Block GOP’s Lightweight Coronavirus Bill As Discussions ContinueDiscussions continue in Washington on a coronavirus relief bill, but there is still no deal; CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports.

Mayor De Blasio releases NYC plans for COVID vaccine distributionMayor Bill de Blasio released details on Wednesday about the city’s plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once approved.

Governor Andrew Cuomo adjusts maps for New York’s COVID micro-clustersGovernor Andrew Cuomo has realigned his cards by limiting New York’s COVID micro-clusters. Some parts of the city are reopening, but this is not the case in Rockland and Orange counties; CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has the details.

NJ Governor Phil Murphy self-quarantines himself after staff member tested positive for COVID-19New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy abruptly left the scene at an event on Wednesday after hearing a senior member of his team tested positive for COVID-19. To be sure, he’s now quarantining himself; CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reports.

Several students injured after school bus crash in New WindsorTen people, including eight students, were injured in a school bus crash in New Windsor on Wednesday morning; Reports by Tony Aiello of CBS2.

New York Weather: CBS2 forecast at noonJohn Elliott calls for an unusually warm Wednesday, with a chance of rain.

Loud alarm at Manhattan Inn suppressedThe building manager told CBS2 on Tuesday he had it installed to ward off homeless people, but neighbors said the constant sound was unbearable. CBS2’s Chris Wragge Reports

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