New York City will now phase in the start of in classroom learning, an abrupt change. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he met for hours with school union leaders on Wednesday over many school concerns.

“Although they acknowledged that some real progress had been made that not enough had been made and more needed to be done.”


The Loved and Lost project is a statewide media collaborative that launched in June to name and celebrate the lives of very resident in New Jersey lost to COVID-19.  It's being coordinated by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and was originally a project of

New Jersey officials on Wednesday reported an additional 447 confirmed COVID-19 cases, raising the cumulative case total to 197,792 since the first case was reported on March 4. An additional nine confirmed deaths were also reported, raising the death toll to 14,263. The total of probable deaths rose to 1,791.

The rate of transmission remains flat at 1.06, meaning that for every 10 people who test positive, the virus spreads to at least 10 others.

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Businesses in New Jersey, like everywhere else, are up against it these days.

Things could get even tougher in July 2021 if an automatic tax is triggered to replenish the depleted unemployment trust fund and repay a federal loan the state accessed to continue paying unemployment benefits. Christopher Emigholz of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association said the loan repayment though, is reversible.

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Acclaimed jazz guitarist Vic Juris died on December 31, 2019, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 66 after a six-month battle with liver cancer. This Sunday, September 20, from 4-5 p.m., fellow West Orange guitarist Dave Stryker (they lived on the same street) will give a nod to his late friend while also performing some of his own material at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Virtual Social, which can be viewed on the NJJS Facebook page (NJJS).

NYC Health Officials Urge Getting a Flu Vaccination

Sep 16, 2020
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New York City officials are urging folks to get the flu shot in an effort to help the coronavirus situation. The City is launching a multi-media ad campaign to encourage folks to get vaccinated.

“With Covid-19 still around, it is especially important to protect yourself from getting the flu and needing medical care.”

Health Commissioner Dr. David Chokshi says officials are trying to keep the energy and time spent on flu cases down because of coronavirus which has similar symptoms

“This year’s flu vaccine could be the most important one you ever get.”

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New Jersey Transit commuters will have one less headache to deal with in the years ahead. Ground was broken Tuesday in South Amboy on the four-year project to replace the Raritan Bay Bridge, just 112 years old.

Governor Phil Murphy was there. He said the project will put thousands to work. “It is projected that this project will create and support more than 5700 good, overwhelmingly union, jobs,” he said, “and pay the workers on site here more than $350 million in wages.”

Trains will use the old bridge while the new one is built slightly west of it.

Hispanic Heritage Month

 Today (Tuesday)  begins a month of celebrating New Jerseyans with Hispanic or Latino roots.

It's the latest observance that will be different in 2020.

As Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy says the COVID-19 Pandemic will make the celebration not as vibrant as in years past.

"Across New Jersey Hispanic Heritage Month is one of our most colorful and meaningful celebrations and so much else this year we will have to celebrate a little differently."

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The state of New Jersey is predicting it's just a matter of time before cases of the Coronavirus occur in schools. It's how public health officials deal with the issue is of primary importance.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says there has NOT been a reported case coming out of schools in the state and they are working to keep things that way as much as possible.

"I think it's about what we expected, It feels to me that the system is working, steps are being taken as it should be."

Flu season

The state of New Jersey is preparing for Flu season.

Health officials say they are aiming for a 20 percent increase in the number of people vaccinated. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli says they are worried COVID-19 coupled with the Flu will be a major problem in the state.

"This year we are preparing for the possibility of a twin-demic, a severe flu season and a resurgance of COVID-19 which could strain healthcare resources."

Perischilli says they are asking people to obtain a Flu shot as soon as possible to prevent the spread of that virus.

Macy's Parade

The famous annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a TV and online event only this year because of coronavirus. 

Macy’s says this year on Thanksgiving, it will put on a television only special presentation with the production focused in and around Herald Square in Midtown. 

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There are now 55 positive coronavirus cases with New York City school staff with in classroom learning still on track to begin next Monday.

Mayor de Blasio says the infection rate among school faculty is well below half a percent, with nearly 17 thousand staff members tested.

“That tells us how much all the efforts to fight back this disease are working. And it tells us the folks who work in our school system have been really careful and diligent.”

NYC Lawsuit to Increase Capacity for Indoor Dining

Sep 14, 2020

A lawsuit has been filed to try and get the capacity increased for indoor dining when it reopens September 30th in New York City. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis accuses Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio of discriminating against New York City restaurant owners by only allowing 25 percent capacity for indoor dining. “25 percent capacity is still treating us differently than the other municipalities in the state. Every other municipality is operating at 50 percent capacity.” She says the city meets coronavirus data metrics.

19 Years After 9/11 First Responders Are Still Paying the Ultimate Price

Sep 11, 2020
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WBGO News Director Doug Doyle speaks with WBGO Journal reporter Bob Hennelly

DOYLE: It was 19 years ago this week that two airliners ploughed into the World Trade Center and forever altered our world. On that day, close to 3,000 people perished, including 343 firefighters who were killed when the WTC towers collapsed.

New Jersey reported another 518 cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the cumulative total over the last six months of the pandemic to 195,888 positive cases.

The state also reported another nine deaths related to the virus. That means there have been 14,234 confirmed fatalities and another 1,789 probable deaths from COVID-19.

The state’s rate of transmission was 1.08, meaning for every 100 people testing positive, the virus spreads to 108 more people.

Young people driving new cases

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Two ceremonies drew large crowds to honor 9-11 victims on this 19th anniversary of the terror attacks in New York City.

At the 9-11 Memorial, family members who lost loved ones turned out in droves. They wore face coverings and brought flowers and pictures of their loved ones who had been killed.

A recording of the victims’ names was played because of coronavirus concerns. “Paul James Bataglia, W.  David Bauer.”

Blocks away a charity foundation holding a similar ceremony insisted the names be read with cleaning of the microphones in between speakers.

Ask Governor Murphy

The September (10) edition of Ask Governor Murphy focused the reopening of New Jersey schools this past week and the proposed state budget from Governor Murphy.

Governor Murphy joined AGM host Nancy Solomon from his home, practicing social distancing.  WBGO Statehouse Reporter Joe Hernandez also remotely joined the program.

AGM is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC.

Click above to hear the entire program. 

NYC to Hold Two Ceremonies for 9-11 Anniversary

Sep 10, 2020
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There are two ceremonies in Lower Manhattan tomorrow to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks. 

The Tunnel To Towers Foundation is holding its own ceremony with name reading. CEO Frank Siller said many are not happy that the 9-11 Memorial will be using prior years' recordings instead of reading victim names out loud because of coronavirus.

“I know that it can be done in a safe way," he said. "When the 9-11 Memorial said it couldn’t be done in a safe way I knew that was bogus.”

New Jersey reported another 284 cases of coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the state’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic to 194,667 cases.

The state also reported another 5 confirmed deaths, which occurred more than two months ago. New Jersey has now seen 14,213 confirmed fatalities and 1,783 probable deaths from COVID-19.

The rate of transmission is at 1.1, meaning for every 10 positive cases, the virus spreads to 11 people.

Limited ‘knucklehead behavior’ as indoor dining returns

Ask Governor Murphy

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m. on WBGO and here at Join host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as they talk about New Jersey's response to the coronavirus outbreak, the reopening of schools with in-classroom and remote learning  and the hot bottom issues in the state budget.

The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy. Submit your questions in advance at

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New York City school buses will be up and running for the start of in-classroom learning but classroom concerns from teachers and parents remain.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the routes are now set and parents can expect school bus schedules by the end of the week.

“Mandatory masks for everyone, adults and children alike on the buses," he said. "That means there will be social distancing. That means there will be windows open.”

Indoor Dining to Resume in NYC Sept. 30

Sep 9, 2020
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The long wait is over for frustrated restaurant owners in New York City.

Indoor dining can resume on Sept. 30 but with many restrictions. Governor Cuomo said all customers will have their temperatures checked, one person from each table must provide contact information in case tracing is needed, masks must be worn when not seated, there will be no bar service and restaurants will have to close at midnight.

Some NYC Schools Have Not Passed COVID Inspections

Sep 8, 2020
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Tuesday was the first day teachers were to report to their classrooms in New York City but some were not able to do so.

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said there are 10 buildings identified as needing repairs across the board when it comes to ventilation and other issues connected to coronavirus.

“We’re prioritizing these buildings to get all systems up to par by the 21st of September," he said. "Meanwhile, staff at those buildings will be temporarily working from home.”

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New York City is providing free childcare for some working parents who need help with their child doing remote learning.

Starting Sept. 21 there will be seats for 30,000 children, preschool to eighth grade, and that number will grow to 100,000 over the next few months.

Susan Haskell is the deputy commissioner for youth services. “We know that working parents will need a helping hand," she said. "So Learning Bridges will provide support by offering free childcare on remote learning days for families whose children are enrolled in blended learning.”

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Governor Cuomo says school districts are being required to provide coronavirus testing data.

Starting Tuesday, school districts will be required to provide daily coronavirus testing reports to the state Department of Health. That includes the number of people testing positive in each in school.

Governor Cuomo says the information will be available to the public on a dashboard. There will be a link to the dashboard on every school district’s website.

WBGO's Doug Doyle reports looks at how NYC and New Jersey are preparing for the opening of schools and businesses.

New Jersey reported another 478 cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 193,422 cases over the last six months.

Another 7 residents died from COVID-19, which means there have now been 14,195 lab-confirmed deaths and 1,783 probable deaths attributed to the outbreak.

The state’s rate of transmission was 1.03, which means everyone who tests positive for the disease was spreading it to at least one other person, and the spot positivity rate for coronavirus tests was 1.81.

Dinner reservations for this weekend are already filling up at Mr. Shrimp, a seafood restaurant and market in Belmar.

Like countless others across the Garden State, the restaurant will open to customers for indoor dining for the first time in more than five months on Friday as the state lifts a major restriction put in place in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is threatening to sue the Trump Administration if President Trump tries to withhold federal aid to New York City.

A Trump memo mentions looting and a spike in crime in the city. Trump is directing federal agencies to look at federal funding cuts for what Trump calls lawless cities.  Mayor de Blasio says Congress has already approved the money.

There's a deal between the de Blasio administration and New York City teachers union that delays the start of the school year.  

The start date was the middle of next week but now Remote instruction will begin September 16thand students will report to school buildings September 21st. Mayor de Blasio says teachers will go in on the 8th to prepare for all the coronavirus protocol.