Busy preparing

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

March 31, 2014 2:19:01 PM PDT
It's one of the great benefits of my job ? emceeing events for interesting non-groups in our area. And this week, I have two fascinating assignments. One Tuesday morning, another Wednesday.

Tomorrow I'm moderating a panel at the United Nations on the eve of World Autism Awareness Day. The news hook of course is the CDC report last week that showed 1/68 Americans now have some form of Autism.

Then on Wednesday I'm moderating a panel on the homeless problem in New York City ? and it is worse than at any time in modern NYC history. More than 53,000 people are in shelters ? that will more than fill Yankee Stadium ? and nearly 23,000 of them are children, with 40 percent of those under the age of 5.

Not exactly how Mayor Bloomberg wanted his last year to be remembered ? and you'll recall he wanted to cut the number of homeless substantially ? but the truth is it's worth than ever. How to solve the situation? That's what the panel will discuss.

So tonight and tomorrow, I'm busy prepping ? and preparing our 11 p.m. newscast, where we'll have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports, including Opening Day for the Mets. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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