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.
Give us 22 minutes, we’ll give you the World of Albany. There’s one week left of session with much left to be settled from mayoral control to ethics reform and a whole lot more. NY1 Albany reporter Zack Fink is on the phone with City & State editorial director Michael Johnson and editor-at-large Gerson Borrero to talk about how it’ll all go down.
With an election looming nationally and various corruption scandals here in New York, a plethora of new public polls come out each week. But the polling industry faces many challenges in how their data is collected and how it is interpreted. So what should an educated consumer of polls be on the lookout for?
We brought in the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion Lee Miringoff and Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg to delve into this and more.
What does it mean to be a Republican, a woman, and a Republican woman in New York State and nationally in this presidential election? Jessica Proud, political consultant and parter at the November Team, and Leticia Remauro, CEO of the Von Agency and former Staten Island Republican Chair, join City & State columnist Alexis Grenell and Slant editor Nick Powell for a conversation about this and more.
With corruption investigations dominating the headlines in both New York state and city government, what’s the impact on productivity at City Hall and in Albany? Will it effect policy decisions? Will it affect Mayor de Blasio’s reelection chances? City & State Editorial Director Michael Johnson joins Gerson and Nick to talk it over.
It’s part 2 of our interview with retiring congressman Charlie Rangel. He’s served the Harlem-area for 46 years and gives us his unique perspective on religious leaders, the development of upper Manhattan’s neighborhoods, affordable housing, and Harlem politics.
Congressman Charlie Rangel’s career representing Harlem and the surrounding neighborhoods in Congress has spanned 46 years. He’s seen eight presidential administrations, nine speakers of the House of Representatives, and seven mayors of New York City. And now, as Rangel prepares to retire, he sits down with us for a special, two-part edition of the Slant podcast. He shares his perspectives on current politics, as well as stories only someone with his unique perspective could tell.
Part II will be published next Monday.
As the federal investigations mount into New York’s highest public offices, we get perspective on what we can expect from someone who has firsthand experience on the convoluted underbelly of campaign fundraising because he served time in prison for coordination. Former Missouri state senator and current Milano Graduate School professor Jeff Smith sits down with us.
Plus, what’s the morning line on the future of the New York Racing Association? NY1 political director and horse racing aficionado Bob Hardt gives us his take.
And Gerson Borrero has the bochinche on the political insiders counting the days until city council speaker Melissa Mark Viverito’s term is up.