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.
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.