By Anthony Payero
(NEW YORK) Welcome back to the New York City Daily Roundup, the best way to catch up on the city's latest local news on NewsBreak. Today is Wednesday, Nov. 10, and there's plenty to read about today.
The city teachers are still looking to fight the coronavirus vaccine mandate, students ages 5-11 have a chance to win a college scholarship and the Cross Bronx Expressway may soon be changing, but for the better of the community.
Before diving further, here's the weather update for the rest of the day: it's another sunny day in the Big Apple, with the weather peaking at 64° and will remain in the 60s until sundown, which will be at 4:41 p.m. This will be the last sunny day of the week until the clouds and potential rain show up Thursday through Saturday.
That being said, here are the top stories for this Wednesday:
New York City teachers hit the courts on Wednesday as they continue to push against the mandate that resulted in them not being able to work or collect payments. Teachers will gather for a prayer vigil at 1 p.m. as they are led by special education teacher Michael Kane, who is seeking religious exemption after a prior denial.
The court hearing is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Despite the pushback from select teachers, municipal workers have seen a rise in their vaccination numbers since the mandate was put in place.
On Monday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced students ages 5-11 who receive the coronavirus vaccine will be considered for the SUNY/CUNY full scholarship incentive. 50 children will be selected from the pool of those eligible, according to PIX11.
“I’m proud of New Yorkers for all of the progress we’ve made in fighting this pandemic,” Gov. Hochul said. “Each day we get closer to beating COVID-19, but we cannot get complacent. This vaccine is our best weapon, and now children can begin getting vaccinated as well. We must all be an ambassador of this vaccine and tell our loved ones to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
The Cross Bronx Expressway will see changes if the capping and redesign plans presented by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Ritchie Torres receive the federal dollars needed. The infrastructure change could be the result of President Joe Biden's RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) Grant Program.
“We’re here hit to hit the gas on a plan to mitigate the harmful effects of the Cross Bronx Expressway,” Schumer said at the press conference. “This expressway built by Robert Moses is one of the greatest examples of environmental injustice. When it was planned, they didn’t give a hoot about the community.”
“We have a historic opportunity to confront poverty in the air our children breathe in the South Bronx,” Torres said.