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Bill Ritter talks with New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. (WABC)

Summer is known as time off from school for most students and teachers. But not time off for the Chancellor of New York City schools.

Carmen Farina, a lifetime educator, was picked by Mayor de Blasio a month after he was elected, December 2013, to head the largest public school system in the country.

More than a million students. More than 1700 campuses. And a budget of more than $25 billion -- that's more than the budgets of about half the states in this nation.

It is a big business. If it were run like a business, Carmen Farina, would be the CEO.

But it's a school system - and her title is chancellor.

She joins us from Education Department headquarters in Lower Manhattan.

As of Sunday morning, there were 120,000 American men, women and children anxiously waiting for life-saving organ transplants.

Every ten minutes, another person is added.

They are stunning stats. But perhaps here's the biggest: 22 people a day die waiting for an organ.

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Brill Ritter talks with NJ Sharing president Joe Roth, transplant recipient Keith Gerald and Jill Szalony, who is awaiting a heart transplant.


Joining us this week are Joe Roth, president and CEO of NJ Sharing, a transplant network.

Keith Gerald: he's one of the lucky people. He received a heart and liver transplant in 2015.

And Jill Szalony. She is a mother of two from Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She is right now waiting for a heart transplant.

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Bill Ritter talks with NJ Sharing president Joe Roth, transplant recipient Keith Gerald, and Jill Szalony, who is awaiting a heart transplant.



For more information on NJ Sharing, visit: http://www.njsharingnetwork.org/

For more information on Jill Szalony, visit: http://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1150498&team=6658908
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