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NYC Daily Roundup 11/17: Luis Rojas signs with Yankees, Holiday Lights Festival returns to Bronx Zoo & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Welcome back, fellow New Yorkers! This is the New York City Daily Roundup, the top spot to find the latest news from across the five boroughs.

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 17, and there are plenty of clouds to spot over the city skies. The sun will set around 4:35 p.m. and with no rain on the radar, it's a great day to enjoy the mild weather, which will peak at 55°.

Here are the top stories to check out this Wednesday:

1.) Luis Rojas to stay in New York as third base coach for Yankees after Mets stint

The New York Yankees announced the signing of former Mets manager Luis Rojas on Monday, as the former skipper will serve as the third base coach in the Bronx. Rojas spoke to the media via Zoom on Tuesday, saying there was no "second thought" regarding his move to the cross-town team after being let go by the Mets last month.

“I know the city. My wife loves the city. My son loves the city. There’s personal stuff that we have in the city, too, from a personal standpoint that matters to us. The Yankees organization and the tradition,” he said.

2.) Bronx Zoo launches 2021 Holiday Lights Festival

The Bronx Zoo is getting started on welcoming the holiday season this year as the Holiday Lights Festival is set for its official return on Friday, Nov. 19. The zoo held an opening ceremony on Tuesday, as director Jim Breheny was joined by event sponsor Con Edison to make sure everything was set in place.

"As New York City continues to recover from the pandemic, the city is once again at the heart of the holiday season and festivities," Breheny said. "Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo is a family tradition that will further demonstrate the resiliency of New Yorkers and the path back to normalcy."

"The Bronx Holiday Lights Festival brings thousands of New Yorkers and visitors together to enjoy this beloved tradition year after year," Con Edison Vice President of Government Relations Kyle Kimball said. "This outdoor event is a safe, socially distanced way to celebrate the spirit of the season with friends and family."

The Holiday Lights Festival will be open to the public beginning Friday through Jan. 9.

3.) Rangers hold off Canadiens for 3-2 victory at MSG

The New York Rangers earned their fourth straight victory after defeating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-2 at home Tuesday. Kaapo Kakko scored in his second straight game and was joined by Chris Kreider and Julien Gauthier on the score sheet. Goalie Igor Shesterkin recorded 31 saves in the win.

“The team is getting together, knowing each other pretty well now," Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “It's just clicking right now. I thought we played a real good game tonight."

“The whole team is playing great right now and we are winning games," Kakko said. ”We're playing good in the o-zone."

The Rangers will travel to Toronto for a game against the Maple Leafs on Thursday.

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