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The Albany Angle: The Nixon Effect and the Demise of the IDC

By merely jumping into the Democratic primary for governor, actor Cynthia Nixon is already having an impact on New York politics. Some say Governor Cuomo's sudden push for the dissolution of the senate's Independent Democratic Conference is a result of being challenged from left. Nick Reisman is the capitol correspondent for Spectrum News and blogger for New York State of Politics. He joins NY1 statehouse reporter Zack Fink to break down what this all means.


Conference Call: Peralta Talks Reunited Senate Dems

Last week was one of the more exciting weeks in recent New York state Senate history, with secret steakhouse meetings culminating in a public handshake that reunited the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference with the mainline democrats. State Sen. Jose Peralta has been a member of the IDC since the beginning of 2017. He joins us today to talk about what reunification means for the state and why it is happening now. We also asked him if his 14-month foray in the Senate majority was...


Conference Call: Peralta Talks Reunited Senate Democrats

Last week was one of the more exciting weeks in recent New York State senate history, with secret steakhouse meetings culminating in a public handshake that reunited the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference with the mainline democrats. State Senator Jose Peralta has been a member of the IDC since the beginning of 2017. He joins us today to talk about what what reunification means for the state and why it is happening now. We also asked him if his 14-month foray in the senate...


Get Rech’t: Scott Rechler Talks Transportation

As state lawmakers and Governor Cuomo hash out the state's budget ahead of the April 1st deadline, one major point of debate is how to fund New York City's dilapidated subway system. Real estate developer Scott Rechler, a Cuomo-appointed MTA board member, sat down with us to talk about his support for a congestion pricing plan, and to discuss a controversial proposal to collect revenue for the MTA by taxing property near subway stations. Rechler also gives us his take on the Gateway...


The Albany Angle: Corruption Conviction Hits Close to Cuomo

While he was not implicated, Governor Andrew Cuomo certainly loomed large in the corruption trial that found his former close aide Joe Percoco guilty of three charges. And with another corruption trial set for June, will these court cases ultimately hurt Cuomo in his upcoming reelection campaign? We're joined today by Jesse McKinley of The New York Times and Erica Orden of The Wall Street Journal to break this all down. We'll also talk about actor Cynthia Nixon, and what a primary...


Patchett’s EDC: From Amazon to Willets Point

New York City is one of the finalists to house Amazon's second headquarters, although not everyone thinks it's the right match for the city. Joining us to make the case for Amazon is James Patchett, the president and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Patchett also discusses the growing challenges in achieving the city's ambitious affordable housing goals, defends the city's investment in ferry services, and updates us on the status of two long-delayed projects: the...


Trottenberg Talks Transit

The issue of congestion pricing has been a sticking point between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Cuomo supports the idea but Mayor de Blasio has been a tougher sell. While the mayor was initially against it, New York City Department of Transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg tells us that the mayor - and his administration - seem to be coming around to the idea, and could support some version of it. Trottenberg joins us to discuss that issue, progress on Vision Zero,...


The Albany Angle: Inaugural Podcast

The Albany Angle is our brand new podcast where we discuss the highs and lows, the wins and losses, and lift the curtain on the New York State political scene in Albany and New York City. The podcast is hosted by NY1 statehouse reporter Zack Fink. In our inaugural episode, we're joined by Daily News Albany bureau chief Ken Lovett, and Laura Nahmias of Politico New York to talk about the ongoing feud between Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, including the debate over who is responsible...


New NYC Council Declares Independence

New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres is heading a newly expanded committee that some see as an effort to assert the council’s independence from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Oversight and Investigations Committee plans to hire 10 to 15 new staffers to increase its investigatory reach. Torres dropped by the Slant Podcast to talk about his new role, and how it will be different from other watchdog efforts in New York City.


Justice Delayed

During his State of the State address last week, Governor Cuomo spoke at length about his proposal to reform bail and other criminal justice policies in New York. At the center of his pitch on bail reform was Kalief Browder, who committed suicide after spending three years at Riker's Island while awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a backpack. Akeem Browder, Kalief's brother who has become an outspoken criminal justice advocate, was recognized by the Governor during his speech. Akeem...


Cuomo Kicks Off Session, and Re-election Campaign

Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of the State address is in the books. It lasted over 90 minutes and touched on a slew of legislative priorities and hot-button issues. And while we will find out Cuomo's true priorities when he lays out his budget later this month, today's address shows the governor's political positioning as he looks ahead to re-election, and even a potential presidential run in 2020. Long-time Siena College pollster and Albany veteran Steve Greenberg joins us to analyze...


The Progressive Picture, with Dr. Christina Greer

From Alabama to New York, progressives in the United States are trying to figure out how to navigate the political landscape in the Trump era. Dr. Christina Greer of Fordham University joins us to talk about the electoral and policy strategies and goals of the progressive movement, and the role of the Democratic party. We also touch on national security in light of the bombing at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and the race for New York City council speaker.


Christine Quinn Speaks Her Mind

As the CEO of Win (Women in Need), Christine Quinn is concerned about the impact the pending federal tax bill will have on the families her organization serves. The former city council speaker joins the Slant podcast to talk about how the current political climate is impacting her nonprofit. She also gives her candid take on the state of the national Democratic Party, the race to be the next NYC council speaker, talks to reunite the NYS Senate democrats, and the recent quarrel between...


The Never-ending Saga: Ben Kabak Talks Transit

Ben Kabak is the author of the 2nd Ave. Sagas blog, which chronicles the daily developments and drama of New York City’s transportation system and the MTA. He dropped by the Slant podcast, co-hosted by City & State editor-at-large Gerson Borrero and guest host Jon Lentz, City & State editor-in-chief, to talk about the city’s transit woes. Kabak discussed the appointment of the new president of New York City Transit, Andy Byford, and the likelihood of a congestion pricing plan passing the...


Finksgiving Part 2: De Blasio’s Second Term Preview and Surveying the 2018 Landscape

In part two of our discussion with NY1 reporter Zack Fink, we look into what the next four years will look like for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who declared a mandate for his agenda after his re-election victory. Zack also surveys the 2018 landscape for competitive House races throughout the state and whether Gov. Cuomo will face a competitive primary.


Farewell, Nick Powell!

Our intrepid podcast host and opinion and features editor Nick Powell is leaving City & State for Galveston, Texas where he'll report for the Houston Chronicle. As host, Nick has been instrumental in growing the Slant podcast to what it is now, and we will all surely miss him. In this extra episode, Gerson and Nick reminisce about building the podcast, discuss the state of the media industry, and Nick tells us some of his favorite and not-so-favorite guests. City & State editor-in-chief...


Finksgiving Part I: What do 2017 elections say about 2018 in New York?

Zack Fink believes the Democratic victories in the election on Nov. 7 could be a sign of things to come. The Albany reporter for NY1 and frequent podcast guest returned to talk about the election results in the city and state, and what it means for the future of the Democratic Party. Zack also previewed the 2018 statewide races and what the 2017 results could mean for potential primary and Republican challengers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


Economic Anxiety Takes Hold from Puerto Rico to New York, with NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

As Puerto Rico continues to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria, New York lawmakers met for a modified version of the 2017 Somos conference -- which was held in Queens this year instead of San Juan. As part of our coverage of Somos, we sat down with state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to discuss just how difficult a recovery process this will be economically for Puerto Rico. We also talked about what inaction on the federal level means for New York's budget.


Gov. Cuomo Talks Puerto Rico and Lower Manhattan Terror Attack

While this year's normal SOMOS conference was cancelled due to the devastation from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, elected officials instead gathered in Queens to discuss the recovery and the path forward for the island. Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the conference, committing New York's resources to helping Puerto Rico and criticizing the federal response. Cuomo joins us for this podcast to discuss these issues as well as the recent terror attack in lower Manhattan.


J.C. Polanco Advocates for Himself

J.C. Polanco wants to redefine what it means to be a Republican in New York City. The long-shot candidate for public advocate dropped by the Slant podcast to talk about how he thinks Republican ideas can improve the community, from using charter schools as a tool for desegregation to his voter reform plan. The son of Dominican immigrants, Polanco discussed his complicated relationship with the state party, and how he hopes to inspire greater diversity in the New York GOP.