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News Closeup: Impact of Harvey Weinstein conviction; NYCHA crisis

Posted at 3:58 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 15:58:28-05

NEW YORK — This week, a Manhattan jury found disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein guilty on two counts; third degree rape and criminal sex act.

The verdict is seen as a victory for the ‘Me Too’ movement, however women’s rights advocates say this case is the tip of the iceberg in a pervasive culture of abuse against women. Weinstein’s defense team is focusing on an appeal, saying the prosecution’s case was weak and that it was impossible for Weinstein to get a fair trial in New York City. We hear reaction from a member of Weinstein’s defense team and from the president of the New York chapter of the National Organization of Women.

New York City’s troubled housing authority suffered two more blows this week when the Trump administration announced HUD budget cuts that could cripple the effort to make necessary repairs at NYCHA buildings. Meanwhile, a new class action lawsuit was filed against NYCHA by tenants who accuse the agency of severe neglect threatening the health and safety of those who live in NYCHA buildings.

We hear from PIX11’s Monica Morales who has been front and center in the fight to help residents get repairs. We also hear from two tenant association presidents who live in NYCHA developments.