By Anthony Payero
(NEW YORK) Welcome back to the NYC Daily Roundup! This is the easiest way to learn the top news for the day. We aim to keep it as local as can be, sharing the news that will help you the most throughout your day. Today is Thursday, Oct. 28, and Halloween is only 3 days away!
Before completing your preparations, whether it's pumpkin carving or picking up your last-minute costume ideas, catch up with the latest news. Sources report a familiar face is preparing to run for New York Governor, Washington Heights welcomes a much-needed renovation and see what Joe Harris did to mark his name in Brooklyn Nets history.
It's a cool day in the city, with the high set at 57°, but at least the sun is out! Enjoy this non-rainy day with some time outside, but before that, here are the top stories for this Thursday:
Letitia "Tish" James is reportedly interested in running for New York Governor, per the Associated Press. James, who was most recently involved in the investigation that led to the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has held a number of political roles in New York including serving as a council member for 10 years before being the public advocate and attorney general.
Political expert Dr. Christopher Malone is a fan of the move for James but can see a close race ensuing for her and the current New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.
“If the election was held today, I would think that Kathy Hochul would win, hands down. But given the fact that we're a year out, I would think that Kathy Hochul has a lot of work to do," says Dr. Malone. "She does have the advantage of being the sitting governor. At the same time, James, as the attorney general, has the ability to make news as well so I would rank them a very close first and second, Hochul and James."
The historic Highbridge Water Tower in Washington Heights will soon be open for public tours after a $5 million renovation project. The Manhattan landmark has been shut down for over a decade due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to urban park ranger Mara Pendergrass.
"It's a symbol of our heritage, New York City's perseverance and spirit," said NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Flalkoff.
Public tours will kick off at the water tower on Nov. 13.
The Brooklyn Nets are back under .500 after losing to the Miami Heat on Wednesday by a score of 106-93 at the Barclays Center. The loss was a tough one for Brooklyn, who struggled to rebound throughout the matchup.
“We talked about it a lot. It’s an Achilles’ heel for us giving up offensive rebounds. We’ve got to keep working. It’s got to continue to be a priority,” head coach Steve Nash said after his Nets were mauled 17-4 on the offensive glass.
Despite the loss, the team can celebrate guard Joe Harris, who became the franchise's all-time leader in 3-pointers made after shooting a corner 3 at the 11:09 mark of the third quarter. The bucket put Harris ahead of Jason Kidd, who held the record with 813 made threes.
Nash had the following to say about Harris before tip-off:
He’s an elite shooter for a reason. His dedication and discipline to do it every day is outstanding and that’s why he is where he is. I don’t think anyone thought when he was in high school or college he’d be the Nets all-time leader in 3-pointers, so that’s just a tribute to how dedicated, how much he’s willing to sacrifice to continue to grow as a player and be in that type of category.