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Erica Pitzi

New York, NY

Mom-Wife-Journalist // formerly Al Jazeera America // @brownuniversity grad // Yankee Girl

NJ judge rules those who text drivers hold ‘special responsibility’ in accidents — HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY (PIX11) - A warning to anyone who texts in the state of New Jersey: if you send a text to someone you know is driving and that driver gets into an accident that seriously hurts someone, you could be held responsible.

‘Our neighborhood is not a highway’: Community fights DOT for safety island on deadly intersection in Brooklyn — KENSINGTON, BROOKLYN (PIX11) - "Our neighborhood is not a highway." That is the rally cry of hundreds of Brooklyn residents, some of whom will band together Thursday morning to turn in a stack of petitions to Governor Cuomo's office in Manhattan.

Hundreds of animals up for adoption at Monmouth County SPCA — (PIX11) - If you're a pet lover, this is the story for you. Hundreds of dogs and cats still need homes nine months after super storm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore. The Monmouth County SPCA is offering a two for one deal on all cats and kittens at the overcrowded shelter.

Sandy victims sue LIPA after electrical fires consume homes, businesses — ROCKAWAYS, New York (PIX11) - In parts of the Rockaways and Breezy Point, it was not Sandy's tidal surge that took down homes. Instead fierce fires burned down those homes. "Salt water combined with electrical system caused sparking and fires erupted everywhere, it was an absolute inferno," said lawyer Keith Sullivan.

‘Princesses: Long Island’ cast member’s boozy shoot with 9/11 statue offends firefighter’s family — The Bravo Network is responding to PIX 11's questions about one of its reality shows by taking action. This comes after the family of a fallen hero says they felt disrespected by a recent episode that was filmed at the Jonathan Ielpi Memorial Park in Great Neck Plaza.

Mold serious health issue for neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy — "Everyone is getting sick. There are many cases of pneumonia, many cases of infection. People are saying it's allergies. But it is the same symptoms of toxic mold syndrome," said New Dorp Beach resident Dee McGrath who says she came down with pneumonia for the first time this year.

Sen. Gillibrand pushes FEMA to pay Sandy victims after PIX exposes loophole — NEW YORK (PIX11) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand formally pressured FEMA to pay up, thanks to our report that showed how a loophole in the Fed's flood insurance program (NFIP) has thousands of Sandy victims faced with flood claim denials.

IRS also targeted liberal groups using buzzwords ‘occupy,’ ‘progressive’ and ‘Israel’ — New York, NY (PIX11) - The plot thickens in the scandal of the IRS picking and choosing groups for closer examination before granting tax-exempt status. It turns out IRS screeners used a list of buzz words to look for in organization names that included more than just 'tea party.'

Protesters fight to keep LICH open

U.S. Senator responds to PIX11 story on federal flood program denying Sandy victims’ claims — NEW YORK (PIX11) - In response to a story we first reported Thursday, one U.S. Senator is calling this situation involving the fed's flood insurance program "outrageous." Here's the situation: we've learned thousands of homeowners are being blindsided with flood claim denials on damage to their foundations, that was clearly caused by Sandy's flood waters.
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