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A grisly dissection of New York's political underbelly.

A grisly dissection of New York's political underbelly.


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A grisly dissection of New York's political underbelly.




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State Watchdog Rips Glen Cove IDA a New One

Glen Cove Councilwoman Marsha Silverman returns to the podcast to help us gawk at the shocking results of the NYS Comptroller's audit of one of the most wasteful agencies in the state. Follow us at @graftpodcast. Subscribe at


The Swift, Terrifying, Overdue Downfall of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

It's a special crossover episode with, your insider's guide to political prediction markets. With scandals continuing to pile up, could covid prom king Andrew Cuomo's days in Albany be numbered? Traders on PredictIt have him at 60% to make it through the year. We think that might be generous... Follow us at @oldbulltv and @graftpodcast. Subscribe at and All content and opinions presented herein, whether by hosts and guests, are for informational...


Who'll Fill Collins' Vacancy in CD-27 (with Beth Parlato and Rob Ortt)

Back in October, 4-term Republican congressman Chris Collins resigned his seat representing New York's 27th District upon pleading guilty to insider trading, setting up a fierce competition to replace him, first in a special election this April, and again this November for a full term. The 27th is one of those few deep red districts in New York, so the winner of the GOP primary is virtually guaranteed a seat in Congress. Today, we're talking with two of the leading candidates in that...


Confessions of a Political Assassin (with Randy Koniowka)

Buckle up listeners, because we're going back to Cohoes, NY. This is our 4th episode on Cohoes and former mayor Shawn Morse. And why can't we quit this tiny upstate city? Because it's simply the most fascinatingly dysfunctional political scene in New York and that's a high bar. The recently ousted Morse, awaiting sentencing on a federal fraud charge, has long maintained he'd simply fallen prey to a coordinated political hit job. Now it appears he may have been (at least partly) right. So...


Long Island Throws Out Some Bums, Keeps Others (with Brad Schwartz)

Yesterday was Election Day in New York. Joining us to gawk at the results of the biggest (downstate, non-NYC) races is Brad Schwartz, host of "The Big Fish" podcast (, a fantastic new show focused on Long Island's biggest, fishiest political movers and shakers. To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email, or call (646) 450-4060. Theme Music by Jay Lifton (


Albany's Lecherous Moral Hazard (with Bob Confer)

Here's an uncontroversial statement: New York taxpayers shouldn't pay for lawmakers' sexual harassment settlements. And yet we do, to the tune of millions of dollars. With us today is Bob Confer, author of a recent op-ed exposing this dirty little secret and offering lawmakers a variety of proposals for them to ignore on how to fix it. To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email, or call (646) 450-4060. Theme Music by Jay Lifton...


Tilting at Puppy (and Patronage) Mills (with Diane Madden)

Today we're joined by Diane Madden, animal advocate and an independent 2019 candidate running on the brand new Libertarian line for supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, NY, America's largest town. Central to Madden's anti-corruption campaign is her ongoing exposé of the jaw-dropping waste and mismanagement at the Hempstead Animal Shelter. Should the party-backed candidates be nervous? Let's find out. To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email...


Cuomo Double Dares You To Hate School Kids (with Chris Paolillo)

Last month, Governor Cuomo signed a new bill called the School Bus Camera Bill. A bill for the kids that no one can disagree with, which aims to stop people from bypassing stop sign arms on school buses. But Chris Paolillo, a member of the West Babylon School Board, is joining us today to tell us why this bill may not be everything it's cracked up to be. To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email, or call (646) 450-4060. Theme Music by...


The Hypsochromic Hypothesis (with Melanie D'Arrigo)

A couple weeks ago, we aired the explosive episode On Your Left, featuring Michael Weinstock, a progressive primary challenger to the Democratic incumbent from NY's 3rd Congressional District, Tom Suozzi. But Weinstock's not alone in taking the self-styled centrist to task over his self-styled centrism. Today we're joined by another 3rd District Democratic hopeful, Melanie D'Arrigo, who aims to prove that in the era of Trump and AOC, machine-backed moderate Democrats - even in purple,...


Anyone Left In Mount Vernon Who Isn't Mayor? (with Mayor Andre Wallace)

If you remember our July 15 episode, The Supernumerary Mayors of Mount Vernon, you know that city just north of NYC was experiencing a remarkable power struggle between two men, Richard Thomas and Andre Wallace, both of whom claimed to be mayor. Department heads, city employees, and citizens didn't know quite what to make of it. At one point, the newly appointed (though naturally contested) chief of police was arrested when he arrived for work. After a few weeks, a judge's ruling seemed to...


How Epstein Cheated the Hangman (with Wardens Catherine Linaweaver and Cameron Lindsay)

Today we’re probing the ignominious end of Jeffrey Epstein’s ignominious life. The circumstances of Epstein’s death are suspicious, whether or not you subscribe to the more fantastical conspiracy theories. While the details of timelines and security lapses remain sketchy and incomplete, what we know is that the highest profile prisoner in the federal prison system died of unnatural causes, in the special housing unit of a facility used to incarcerating mob bosses, drug kingpins, and...


On Your Left! (with Michael Weinstock)

In the era of AOC, NY's Democratic incumbents are sleeping with one eye open, even in the suburbs. Congressman Tom Suozzi (Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens) has attracted at least two challengers from his left flank. Today, we sit down with former sex crimes prosecutor Michael Weinstock (, one of those progressive Democrats looking to snatch the 3rd District nomination from Suozzi. Weinstock blasts Suozzi not only for being a "fake Democrat," but over his support for a...


NY's Finest Crisis (with Assemblyman Mike LiPetri)

A crisis is brewing in the NYPD, with implications far graver than a few cops getting doused by bucket-wielding miscreants. To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email, or call (646) 450-4060. Theme Music by Jay Lifton (


Queens DA: The Never-Ending Primary (with Craig Burnett)

It's been 25 days since Queens Democrats went to the polls to pick their nominee for District Attorney, a primary and proxy war that pitted borough president Melinda Katz against the AOC/Sanders/Warren-backed upstart Tiffany Cabán. The borough of over 2 million people wound up with the candidates separated by just 16 votes, sparking an overtime battle being waged at the Board of Elections, in court, and naturally all over social media. Assuming it ever ends, will the losing side accept the...


The Supernumerary Mayors of Mount Vernon

Think your local government is dysfunctional? If you don't live in Mount Vernon, you don't know the meaning of the word. Last week, a year after being indicted, their mayor pled guilty to pilfering campaign funds. So the city swore in a new mayor. But they both keep showing up to work. Also, there's now a third mayor. It's complicated. To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email, or call (646) 450-4060. Theme Music by Jay Lifton...


The Most Important Pointless Office In New York (with Joe Borelli)

The NYC Public Advocate is a heartbeat from the mayoralty. Yet the position (formerly held by current mayor and quixotic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio) is virtually powerless. Councilman Joe Borelli wants the gig anyway. Let's find out why. To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email, or call (646) 450-4060. Theme Music by Jay Lifton (


Primary Pick'em

What do a man indicted on felony federal corruption charges, a Gen Z named Hercules, a state senator who took office about 15 seconds ago, and the socialist party's favorite public defender have in common? New Yorkers have the chance to vote for all of them. Tomorrow. Today, we're breaking down all the big primary races, and politely pretending you didn't just realize tomorrow was primary day. Elections featured: - Cohoes Mayor (D) - Yonkers Mayor (D) - NYC Council District 45 (D) - Queens...


Fixing the Unfixable (with Jack Schnirman)

Put on your green eye shades and get ready to count some beans. Because today we're talking with Jack Schnirman, the comptroller of Nassau County, that perennial fiscal basket case that's the suburban home to over a million New Yorkers and the site of some of our state's most egregious corruption and mismanagement. Over the past 18 number-crunching months, Jack's taken on the challenge to fish Nassau County out of the financial and ethical toilet. Let's see how he's doing so far. Follow...


House of Canards (with David Lombardo)

Ten years ago this week, a couple state senators had a wonderful, awful idea. The ensuing power struggle unleashed a perfect storm of government dysfunction and disarray. David Lombardo joins us with a behind-the-scenes look at his brand new, award-winning podcast series on the Senate Coup of 2009 and its woeful legacy. Check out Dave's work at To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email...


Straw Into Gold - Part 1 (with Chris Bragg)

Meet aviation and real estate tycoon Adam Katz, who might be a little too good at convincing people to give money to Andrew Cuomo (a governor who might be a little too good at making decisions that benefit Mr. Katz). We're joined by investigative journalist Chris Bragg from the Albany Times Union, who's hot on the trail. Bragg's excellent reporting can be found at To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at, email, or...