Up Close: Debate over increasing police

Segment 1 of UpClose for April 26, 2014. (WABC)
April 29, 2014 12:45:14 PM PDT
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to add 1,000 more police officers.

But the mayor says the city can't afford it.

Mark-Viverito has been in office more than 100 days, and is starting to carve out her own agenda for the city, one that doesn't always conform to de Blasio's.

She and the mayor are now now negotiating the city budget, and the speaker has her own ideas on how the city should spend its money.

She joins us this week.

We're also joined by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, still the only Republican willing to take on incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The latest Siena College poll shows Astorino trailing Cuomo by 30 points.

Ever since actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from a heroin overdose in February, there's been a growing call for lawmakers to increase access to Narcan, an antidote that reverses the effects of an overdose.

To tell us more about it is Dr. Sharon Stancliff and Bill Matthews. They are with the "Harm Reduction Coalition", which advocates for drug policy and public health reforms.

CLICK HERE for a directory of registered programs for NARCAN training.

Harm Reduction Coalition will offer training Tuesday May 4 at 4pm. CLICK HERE for more information.

Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.