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NYC Daily Roundup 01/21: Gov. Hochul sends mental health teams to city, Knicks lose at home to Pelicans & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Friday(!!!), fellow New Yorkers! Welcome back for a weekend edition of the New York City Daily Roundup, the best way to catch the latest news from across the five boroughs. Today is Friday, Jan. 21, and it is another frigid weekend in the Big Apple!

Temperatures will remain in the low 20s on Friday, with a high of 24°F. Despite the cold temperatures all weekend, the upside is there is no rain or snow in the forecast!

As for the news, here's what you need to know this Friday:

1.) Gov. Kathy Hochul sends out mental health teams to NYC

After the latest subway platform incident that resulted in the death of Michelle Go, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is deploying mental health teams to the city. Go was fatally pushed onto subway tracks at the Times Square station last Saturday, with the alleged culprit — 61-year-old Martial Simon — now in a psychiatric facility after a court appearance.

Hochul will send out four teams of eight to 10 members across the five boroughs, from the Office of Mental Health.

“Working with our partners in New York City, we’re taking action to help make our streets and subways safer,” Hochul said in announcing the rollout.

“Too many New Yorkers are sleeping on our streets and subways – they need resources and support to get back on their feet. By deploying outreach professionals to targeted areas, we will help improve safety and ensure New Yorkers experiencing homelessness have the support they need.”

2.) Knicks suffer home loss to Pelicans

The New York Knicks were defeated at Madison Square Garden by the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday by a score of 102-91. The Knicks are now 11-14 at home — recording their third home loss in four days.

"When things aren't going our way Julius is going to take a lot of the blame," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "But, it's a team game and we have to get out of it as a team. It wasn't one particular play or incident. Things just weren't going our way."

The Knicks return to action on Sunday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.

3.) Beer and wine headed to NY movie theaters

The New York State Liquor Authority announced Thursday the approval of beer and wine sales at concession stands in movie theaters across the state, per PIX 11 News.

“The next time we get a big movie like “Spider-Man,” our bar sales will certainly help our revenue very, very much,” said Joe Masher, president of the New York branch of the National Association of Theater Owners.

The move to allow drinks follows the hardship theaters faced at the height of the pandemic. The new rule is now in effect, but theaters must apply for the appropriate licenses before sales.

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