Up Close with Diana Williams

December 7, 2008 9:13:54 AM PST
"Eyewitness News UpClose" With Diana Williams is a political talk show focusing on issues and information important to residents in the tri-state area.Here is what we talked about this week on "Eyewitness News Up Close."

October 5th, 2008
With the ongoing economic crisis, Eyewitness News spoke with local lawmakers about the bailout bill passed this week.
Link to the Eyewitness News Survial Guide.

September 14th, 2008
Link to more information discussed on "Up Close."

You hear the political term often: The party's base. For Republicans, the base is pretty clearly defined: Religious conservatives. For Democrats, the base spectrum is broader, from union workers to well-educated urban liberals. Energize the base, and you energize the people who will volunteer their time to register voters and get people to the polls on election day. FOR DEMOCRTS...THE BASE SPECTRUM IS BROADER...FROM UNION WORKERS...TO WELL-EDUCATED URBAN LIBERALS. With Sarah Palin, the Republican's base is engergized, so what about the Democrats and their base? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sunday, August 31, 2008
With so much attention being paid to the presidential race, we want to remind New Yorkers that there is a primary coming up on Tuesday, September 9th for several statewide and local races.

One of the most hotly contested races is for New York's 13th congressional seat, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, a seat that became open when incumbent Republican Vito Fossella called it quits after a drunk driving arrest and a scandal that then emerged concerning his affair and a love child.

Staten Island has long been a Republican stronghold, but this year Democrats are poised to try to take that seat as their own.

Joining us Sunday are all the candidates for the post. On the Democratic side, we'll talk with candidates Michael McMahon, a city councilman who represents the North Shore of Staten Island, and Steve Harrison, a Brooklyn lawyer who ran against Fossella two years ago. On the Republican side, it's Robert Straniere, a former state assemblyman and Dr. Jamshad Wyne, a physician who is fincne chairman for the Staten Island Republican Party.

On Sunday, August 17, 2008
Diana Williams chats with local lawmakers and political experts about upcoming budget meetings that will highlight massive cuts proposed by Governor David Paterson.

On Sunday, August 10, 2008
This week, Bill Ritter (filling in for Diana Williams) sat down to speak with Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey.

On Sunday, August 3, 2008
This week, we talked to Gov. David Paterson, about the budget, and his first five months in office after the Spitzer scandal.

On Sunday, July 27, 2008

This week we talked about the state of the MTA, and the proposed rate hikes that could take place next year.

On Sunday, July 13th, 2008

This past week two stories in the news jumped out to us. The Brinkley divorce trial and the drug related death of a Long Island teenager -- the story of Natalie Ciappa, a 19-year-old girl who lost her life to heroin. Her mother is Noe speaking out publicly hoping to warn other parents. Also, we'll talk about the Brinkley case.

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* http://www.divorcenet.com
* http://themodernwomansdivorceguide.com
* http://www.firstwivesworld.com


June 29th, 2008

Up Close on how to save you money! For more, please click here!

June 22nd, 2008

We have Reverend Al Sharpton as out guest. He recently formed an odd alliance with the New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein. Also, you may have seen recent reports in the New York Post that allege Sharpton has been shaking down major corporations for donations to his not for profit "National Action Network" -- and that he faces big trouble from the IRS over personal taxes and payroll taxes.

June 15th, 2008

From rising gas prices to rising unemployment rates, the economy is the number one concern among voters. How will it impact the 2008 campaigns? New York Senator Charles Schumer is our guest. Also, the biological mother of 3-year-old Kyle Smith is speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News out about the death of her child. Little Kyle was allegedly beaten to death by another couple who was acting as the child's guardian. Why did the mother give up custody? And did the system fail another child?

June 8th, 2008

The city's new school budget proposal has everyone from state legislators to parents steaming mad. This morning, schools chancellor Joel Klein explains the controversial plan that includes using money allocated for poor schools to help better performing ones.

May 25th, 2008

Hillary Clinton is signaling she just might take her nomination battle all the way to the convention. Is it a losing battle for the New York Senator and what will that mean for democrats trying to keep the party together? Brooklyn congresswoman and Clinton super-delegate Yvette Clarke is our guest.

May 18th, 2008

There are five more primaries to go in the democratic race for president and Hillary Clinton is not showing any sign of backing down. One of her staunch supporters, Congressman Anthony Weiner and Barack Obama supporter Congressman Steve Rothman join us. Also on the program, New York State has a 5-billion dollar deficit, but why are lawmakers paying for things like synchronized swimming. We take a closer look at how our elected officials are using our tax money for pet projects.

May 11th, 2008

As congress begins hearings in the Sean Bell case, the head of the Detective's Union wants to make sure both sides are heard. The head of the detectives union Mike Palladino joins us and tells us what he wants lawmakers to know. Plus, we're also going to look at Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella's political future after his drunk-driving arrest and revelations about a love child.

Also, the following aid agencies are accepting contributions to help those affected by the cyclone in Myanmar. The list is from InterAction, a coalition of aid agencies, which can be contacted at InterAction at (202) 667-8227 or www.interaction.org.
  • AmeriCares / 88 Hamilton Ave. Stamford, CT 06902 / (800) 486-4357
  • ADRA International / Myanmar Cyclone Fund / 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904 / (800) 424-ADRA ext. 2372
  • Action Against Hunger / 247 W. 37th St., 10th Floor New York, NY 10018 / (877) 777-1420
  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee / JDC: Myanmar Cyclone Relief / P.O. Box 530 132 East 43rd St. New York, NY 10017 / (212) 687-6200
  • American Jewish World Service / 45 W. 36th St., 11th Floor New York, NY 10016 / (800) 889-7146
  • American Red Cross / International Response Fund / P.O. Box 37243 Washington, DC 20013 / (800) HELP-NOW
  • American Refugee Committee / 430 Oak Grove St., Suite 204 Minneapolis, MN 55403 / (612) 872-7602
  • Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team / 6810 Tilden Lane Rockville, MD 20852 / (301) 984-0217
  • Baptist World Aid / Myanmar (or Burma) Relief / 405 North Washington St. Falls Church, VA 22046 / (703) 790-8980
  • CARE / 151 Ellis Street N.E. Atlanta, GA 30303 / (800) 521-2273
  • CHF International / 8601 Georgia Ave., #800 Silver Spring, MD 20910 / (866) 779-2CHF
  • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) / 2850 Kalamazoo Ave., S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600 / (800) 55-CRWRC
  • Church World Service / 28606 Phillips St., P.O. Box 968 Elkhart, IN 46515 / (800) 297-1516
  • Concern Worldwide U.S. / 104 East 40th St., Suite 903 New York, NY 10016 / (212) 557-8000
  • Direct Relief International / 27 South La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 / (805) 964-4767
  • Episcopal Relief and Development / 815 Second Ave., 7th Floor New York, NY 10017 / (800) 334-7626
  • Food for the Hungry / 1224 East Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 / (800) 248-6437
  • Habitat for Humanity International / Cyclone Nargis / 121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709-3498 / (800) HABITAT
  • International Medical Corps / 1919 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 400 Santa Monica, CA 90404 / (800) 481-4462
  • International Relief Teams / Attn: Myanmar Cyclone / 4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G San Diego, CA 92120 / (619) 284-7979
  • International Rescue Committee / (Note on checks: Myanmar) / P.O. Box 96651 Washington, DC 20090-6651 / (877) REFUGEE
  • Latter-day Saint Charities / 50 East North Temple, 7th Floor Salt Lake City, UT 84150 / (800) 453-3860, ext. 23544
  • Lutheran World Relief / P.O. Box 17061 Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 / (800) 597-5972
  • MAP International / Donor Member Services Myanmar Assistance / P.O. Box 7020 Albert Lea, MN 56007-9931 / (800) 225-8550
  • Operation USA / Memo "Myanmar Cyclone" / 3617 Hayden Ave., Suite A Culver City, CA 90232 / (800) 678-7255
  • Project HOPE / 255 Carter Hall Lane Millwood, VA 22646 / (800) 544-4673
  • Relief International / 1575 Westwood Blvd., Suite 200 Los Angeles, CA 90024 / (310) 478-1200
  • Save the Children USA / 54 Wilton Road Westport, CT 06880 / (800) 728-3843
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) / #3019674 Myanmar Emergency / P.O. Box 9068 New York, NY 10087 / (800) 554-8583
  • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. / UUSC-UUA Burma Cyclone Relief Fund / P.O. Box 845259 Boston, MA 02284-5259 / (800) 388-3920
  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF / 125 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor New York, NY 10038 / (800) 4UNICEF
  • World Concern / 19303 Fremont Ave. North Seattle, WA 98133 / (800) 755-5022, ext.7706
  • World Emergency Relief / P.O. Box 131570 Carlsbad, CA 92013 / (888) 484-4543
  • World Vision / P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063 / (888) 56-CHILD

    May 3rd, 2008

    Powerful New York Congressman Charles Rangel never shy away from speaking his mind. We'll talk to him this morning about the democratic race for president, the gas tax and why congress needs to get involved in the police shooting of Sean Bell.

    April 27th, 2008

    New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine is proposing some painful cuts to the state budget including cutting thousands of jobs. It's a bold move that could put his own job at risk. We'll talk to Governor Corzine about the budget battle and his conversation with the pope.

    March 23th, 2008 Just when we thought we could put the Spitzer scandal behind us, this past week, new governor David Paterson opened up about his extra marital affairs. Did his honesty pay off or will it back-fire? And then there was the story about the McGreevey's and their sordid sex life. How much do we need to know about a politicians' sex life? Does it even matter?

    March 16th, 2008

    New Yorkers are now getting over the shock of the Spitzer sex scandal and look ahead to Monday when Lieutenant Governor David Paterson gets sworn in. This morning, Carl McCall, a close friend and adviser to Paterson joins us to give us an insight into what we can expect from our 55th governor. Also this morning, a man who knows what it's like to take charge in the midst of a scandal. New Jersey's former Acting Governor Richard Codey offers his advice for David Paterson.

    January 20, 2008

    President Bush vowed there will be peace in the Mideast before he leaves office. Many say it's not realistic. We took a closer look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from those living in the front line. We also talked to two fighters, a Palestinian and an Israeli who are now searching for a non-violent resolution to the conflict, together.


    January 13, 2008

    Is America really ready to put a woman or an African-American in the white house? Hillary Clinton won over women in New Hampshire but not all women are convinced she's the one. Why not? And Iowa and New Hampshire got all the attention but what about big cities?

    Voter Registration Deadline for Feb. 5 Primaries:

  • New York - 1/11/08
  • New Jersey - 1/15/08
  • Connecticut - 1/31/08 (mail in deadline)

    League of Women Voters NYC

    New York State Board of Elections

    NYC Board of Elections

    NJ Division of Election

    Information from UpClose September 16, 2007

    For more information:
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Iraq Veterans Against the War

    Information from UpClose August 12, 2007

    There are dozens of new websites now offering up information about the candidates from their voting records to their stand on the issues, and more.

    Here are some of the websites we focused on and the websites of the guests we interviewed for the show. We hope this information is helpful-- so you can make an informed choice when you go the polls in 2008.

  • www.techpresident.com is published by our guest of this week's UpClose, Andrew Rasiej.

  • www.dailygotham.com is published by our guest of this week's UpClose, Liza Sabater.

  • www.culturekitchen.com is another website that is published by Liza Sabater.

  • www.techrepublican.com is published by our guest of this week's UpClose, David All.

  • www.opensecrets.org allows you to check on whose campaign your neighbors are donating to and how much they are donating.

  • www.expertvoter.org allows you to check out where the candidates stand on the issues.

  • www.vote-smart.org allows you to see candidates voting records.

  • www.youtube.com has video of the candidates speaking on the issues. This information is provided to the website by the individual campaigns.

  • www.2decide.com is another site offering information on where the candidates stand on the issues.

  • www.sayfienews.com has all the major national political stories posted 7 days a week at 7 a.m. from Congress to the 2008 Campaign to the White House.

    Information from UpClose March 4, 2007

    We talked to two veterans of the Iraq war about the treatment of wounded soldiers and wounded ABC anchor Bob Woodruff shared his story of recovery helping to put the spotlight on the huge number of injured soldiers.

    To find out more on resource and service for veterans:
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • www.woundedwarriorproject.org

    Also, ABCnews.com has more information on how you can help wounded veterans.

    Information from UpClose February 25, 2007

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    Information from UpClose on February 11, 2007

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