NEW YORK (WABC) – It’s been a week and some changes have taken place since a small group of House Republicans fought to get their way with Kevin McCarthy before agreeing to vote for him as House Speaker.

On this episode of Up Close, we hear from one person watching and participating in the historic events that opened the 118th Congress, incoming Rep. Michael Lawler of New York’s 17th District.

Also, the New York City Department of Sanitation is re-instating the old alternative side parking rules to clean up the streets and introducing new rules to reduce the rat population.

We will speak with the city’s health commissioner, Jessica Tisch.

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