Good morning. Here are the latest headlines from the WNYC newsroom.
The man who authorities have identified as the shooter in Monday's deadly rampage at the Washington Navy Yard is from Queens. The FBI says 34-year-old Aaron Alexis was born in Flushing. Other reports say he grew up in Brooklyn and is still on the voter rolls in Queens.
Officials are set to release the results of the investigation into the New Jersey boardwalk fire that destroyed dozens of businesses in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. The Ocean County Prosecutor's fire investigation task force has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon in Toms River.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appears ready to endorse Bill de Blasio for mayor. Quinn is expected to endorse de Blasio today. It would come a day after fellow Democratic candidate Bill Thompson conceded the race for the party nomination. De Blasio will face Republican Joe Lhota in the November general election.
It's going to be sunny and a little cooler today with a high of 67.
Also heard on WNYC this morning:
Donovan Drayton was arrested and accused of murder days after a 30-year-old man’s bullet-riddled body was found in the doorway of a single-family home in South Jamaica Queens. Drayton, a 19-year-old with no criminal record, said he was innocent. But given the severity of the charges, a judge refused to grant bail. So he was sent to Rikers Island pending trial. And there he waited. For five years.
The MTA has voted to spend to spend $1.8 billion to buy up to 676 commuter railroad cars from the Kawasaki Rail Car company. The cars will be built in Yonkers and are scheduled to be placed into service from 2017 to 2019. As of now, the MTA has the money to buy only 92 cars at cost of $355.5 million.