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NYC Daily Roundup: Colin Powell loses battle to COVID-19, MTA speaks on subway performance and more news for 10/18

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Welcome to the New York City Daily Roundup! Today is Monday, Oct. 18 and it is a crisp fall day in the Big Apple. To start the week off right, this is the best place to find the local news that you need for the day, as we work to provide some insight into the top stories from the weekend.

After a busy weekend, catch up on all things NYC today with the top stories for this Monday:

1.) NYC native Colin Powell passes away after bout with COVID-19

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away at the age of 84 on Monday. He was battling COVID-19 and died of complications from the virus, despite being fully vaccinated, according to his family.

Powell was raised between Harlem and the South Bronx, and graduated from The City College of New York in 1958. It was at City College where he joined the ROTC program, and went on to serve in the Army. He served the military for 35 years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had the following to say about the former Secretary of State:

General Powell served this nation with tremendous distinction, but what we all feel as New Yorkers is he was an example of the greatness of New York City. Just an absolutely great example of the good, the talent, the ability, that comes out of the city...He also was, of course, a trailblazer, proving to the world, showing the world, that talent and ability comes in all colors, comes in all races, comes in all genders, comes in everything. And he opened the doors for so many others, so he's someone we are going to miss a lot. We are particularly going to miss him because he showed the world what New York City is all about. Anyone here, anyone and everyone, has the opportunity. We foster it, we respect it, we believe in each New Yorker.

2.) MTA addresses C train troubles during September

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority shared data that showed more than one in five C trains failed to run in September.

MTA’s New York City Transit tallied 79.3% of C train service “delivered” on weekdays. In other words, this number represents the rate of scheduled trains that actually run. That marks 20.7% of subways on the C line never appeared, according to the MTA Board’s monthly NYCT committee books released Friday. 

“We are continuing all the aggressive steps I laid out in September to address crew shortages,” wrote NYCT Interim President Craig Cipriano in the report released Friday. “We are intensely focused on service delivery, bringing on new train operators, conductors, and bus operators.”

3.) New York Giants fall to 1-5 after tough loss to the Los Angeles Rams

The Giants have lost two games in a row as they continue to struggle in the 2021-22 NFL season. They were tasked with playing a tough team on the road Sunday in the Rams, who now hold a 5-1 record. The game ended with a final score of 38-11 and QB Daniel Jones left the field with four turnovers in the matchup.

The Giants return to action next Sunday when they host the Carolina Panthers (4-2) at Metlife Stadium.

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