Former New York City mayor David Dinkins spent the better part of five decades of his life in the political arena, including a tumultuous term as mayor. But hindsight is 20-20, and though Dinkins was a politically unpopular mayor at the time, his policies continue to have influence today. Dinkins sat down with us for a wide-ranging interview. Today we bring you part one, in which we discuss the Crown Heights riots and the famed “gang of four.” Dinkins also weighs in on the fractured relationship between governor Andrew Cuomo and current mayor Bill de Blasio.
While the national political stage is rife with activity, the state and local political scenes have been somewhat quieter over the last few weeks. But these dog days of summer haven’t been without their headlines. This week, City & State Editorial Director Michael Johnson and Editor-At-Large Gerson Borrero sit down to discuss and give their take on the latest developments.
Bratton is out, and Jimmy O’Neill is on his way in as the new NYPD Commissioner. What does this mean for Mayor de Blasio, the city council and the police force? We discuss this and more with two guests. First, we have NY1 criminal justice reporter Dean Meminger. Also joining us is city councilman Jumaane Williams.
The national conventions are over, but in an election year in which the dust will never quite settle, we want to know how each party views the election landscape moving forward. The head of the state Democratic party Basil Smikle and the head of the state Republican party Ed Cox joined us to discuss and debate the outcomes.
John LoCicero has more than a half-century of experience in New York City politics with plenty of stories to share about mayor Ed Koch and other heavy hitters in the city’s political past. LoCicero, a former special adviser to mayor Koch and longtime political operative, joins us for a wide-ranging discussion, taking us behind the scenes of New York’s political past and sharing some thoughts about where mayor de Blasio has gone astray in his first term.
Upper Manhattan and the Bronx will have a new representative in Congress for the first time in a half century. And the first Dominican born member of the House to boot. State senator Adriano Espaillat joins us on this week’s episode to discuss unifying the ethnically diverse district, how to preserve affordable housing in an ever-gentrifying neighborhood, and even a little baseball.
The “feud” between Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio has been out in the open for a whole year now, and de Blasio’s reelection bid is inching ever-closer. Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Dawsey and Mike Vilensky wrote about it this week—we have them on to talk about Cuomo potentially maneuvering behind the scenes to back a Mayoral opponent—arguably the worst kept secret in New York City politics.
Everybody wants reform in Albany, but is a constitutional convention the way to do it? We’ve got two former assemblymen with us: Jerry Kremer who’s out with a book saying past conventions have been cesspools of corruption and almost never get anything done – and Nelson Denis, who thinks a convention is the only prescription for the sickness of money and corruption in Albany.
The congressional primary elections are just around the corner and while history tells us the voter turnout will be abysmally low, the impact of the election is much higher. City and State Editor-at-Large Gerson Borrero and Slant Editor Nick Powell discuss the candidates lining up to replace retiring Congressional titan Charles Rangel, and some of the other high profile races in New York.
Gerson also has some bochinche on a few current New York elected officials.
Plus we call up City & State Albany reporter Ashley Hupfl to discuss this year’s legislative session that many would say went out with a whimper, though Governor Cuomo might disagree.
Albany is in a weird state. It’s always a little weird but this year is different. Closed door three men in a room meetings are rare. There’s barely any buzz. Lawmakers and lobbyists are oddly chill. It’s an end of session like we’ve not seen in more than a decade in the halls of the state Capitol. We try to figure out why with NY1’s Zack Fink, and City & State’s Albany reporter Ashley Hupfl.