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NY1’s Grace Rauh Just Wants de Blasio to Have Fun

One week after Mayor Bill de Blasio coasted to victory in the Democratic primary election, we’re left questioning whether an election defined by low turnout gives him a “mandate” to continue enacting his agenda. NY1 political reporter Grace Rauh has followed de Blasio since his election in 2013, often literally doorstepping him at various events. She joined the Slant podcast to explain the enthusiasm gap around de Blasio, why he avoids her questions outside of his Park Slope gym, and her...

Duration: 00:40:43

Juan González on De Blasio’s Watershed Mayoralty

New York City has had its share of larger-than-life mayors - from Koch to Giuliani to Bloomberg - but none have transferred power to the working class as aggressively as Bill de Blasio. That’s the argument made by former longtime New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez in his new book, Reclaiming Gotham - an in-depth account of de Blasio’s rise to power as part of the nationwide progressive movement. By Gonzalez’s calculations, the reforms de Blasio has instituted in his first term...

Duration: 00:31:18

Pollsters Pick Apart Cuomo

Pundits and pollsters alike are assuming that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make a run for the White House in the 2020 election. But according to Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, and Steve Greenberg of the Siena College Research Institute, if Cuomo does want to be president, he should give up on his goal of becoming a third term governor. In the second part of our conversation with Miringoff and Greenberg, we talked about how Cuomo's transit troubles...

Duration: 00:24:46

Pollsters Review the Tape on Trump’s Election

Donald Trump’s election shocked many across the country - but did pollsters really get it wrong? The answer is a resounding no, according to Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, and Steve Greenberg of Siena College Research Institute, two longtime polling experts who note the clear distinction between the accuracy of pre-election polls and forecasting aggregators like FiveThirtyEight that promoted a misleading narrative. The Slant podcast traveled...

Duration: 00:31:43

Discrimination from Charlottesville to Albany, with Dr. Christina Greer

Following this weekend’s Neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University, told us that the violent events are a direct side effect of the toxic political environment encouraged by President Donald Trump. Dr. Greer spoke with us about the president who she calls the “boy king” and the Republicans in Congress who have enabled him to this point. She also addressed some local issues, like why she believes Nicole...

Duration: 00:42:31

Staten Island Fever with Jimmy Oddo

Few New York City elected officials speak with as much candor and passion as Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo. From examining the mistakes made nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy wrecked parts of his borough, to drilling down on the failures of the New York City “perma-government", Oddo certainly does not pull any punches. We ventured to Staten Island this week to chat with Oddo on a wide range of topics, from Sandy recovery to the borough’s infrastructure needs. Oddo also...

Duration: 00:42:22

Best of Slant: Highlights from the First Half of 2017

We're off this week at the NY Slant podcast, so we thought we'd bring you a short compilation of some of our favorite interviews that we've done so far this year. Guests on this podcast include: Assemblyman Charles Barron, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NY1 political anchor Errol Louis, and Ben Kabak of the 2nd Avenue Sagas blog. We'll be back next week with a new podcast interview.

Duration: 00:26:09

Broken Windows, Broken Promises with Bob Gangi

Before Mayor Bill de Blasio can face presumptive Republican nominee Nicole Malliotakis in the November general election, he has to get through the September Democratic primary. Bob Gangi, an activist and co-founder of the Police Reform Organizing Project, is challenging de Blasio to be the Democratic nominee, running on a progressive platform, with a focus on reforming the criminal justice system in New York City. He talks about the institutional problems in the NYPD, how de Blasio let...

Duration: 00:33:58

Single-Payer Showdown

Did you think the presidential debates were low on substance? We've got substance AND style today with a debate on creating a single-payer health care system here in New York. Assemblyman Dick Gottfried has been pushing the idea for years, but Bill Hammond, a healthcare expert with the Empire Center, is skeptical it will work as advertised. Both joined the podcast to explain what exactly we mean when we say "single-payer," the cost of such a system in terms of new taxes and their thoughts...

Duration: 00:48:40

DeBlasio’s Staten Island Conundrum

Staten Island has long been a Republican stronghold in an otherwise overwhelmingly Democratic political landscape in New York City. And with a conservative Staten Island politician running for mayor against the liberal incumbent Bill de Blasio, that political contrast will be on full display in the coming months. Anna Sanders, the City Hall reporter for the Staten Island Advance, joins the Slant podcast to explain why Staten Islanders disapprove of the mayor, the appeal of Nicole...

Duration: 00:30:25

Remembering Gabe Pressman

Legendary Bronx-born journalist Gabe Pressman, whose reporting legacy spanned more than half a century and who was a thorn in the side of New York mayors from William O’Dwyer to Bill de Blasio, died last week at the age of 93. In this special edition of the Slant podcast, we are joined by two of his closest confidants. Bob Liff was a reporter and columnist who worked closely with Pressman in their days at City Hall. Liff shares stories of how Pressman “comforted the afflicted and afflicted...

Duration: 00:32:53

Correcting Corrections – Glenn Martin on #CloseRikers

In recent years the movement to shut down the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York City has gained significant momentum. The Rikers jail complex has a notorious reputation for violence, abuse and corruption. But thanks largely to the efforts of criminal justice advocates, Rikers is now on the road to permanent closure. One of those advocates, Glenn Martin, the president and founder of JustLeadershipUSA, joins the Slant podcast to discuss the timeline for closing the island,...

Duration: 00:23:37

The Sorry State of Our Subways with Second Ave Sagas’ Ben Kabak

With more than 5 million daily weekday riders, New York City’s subway system is the lifeblood that keeps our metropolis humming 24/7. Yet as anyone with eyes and ears has noticed, subway delays and mishaps are now rampant, the system’s crucial infrastructure is deteriorating, and the MTA continues to kick the can down the road on solving these problems. Ben Kabak, the founder of the New York City transit blog 2nd Avenue Sagas joins us this week to contextualize the MTA mess and explain...

Duration: 00:32:38

Errol Louis on Segregation in NYC

New York City may be famously liberal and proudly diverse but its education system continues to be one of the most segregated in the entire country. NY1 anchor Errol Louis has written extensively about school segregation in his column for the Daily News and joins us this week to discuss the inadequacy of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school diversity plan in addressing this issue. Louis also gives his thoughts on mayoral control of schools and his role as one of the privileged few with regular...

Duration: 00:46:51

Bill Thompson on Fixing CUNY’s Problems

CUNY has long been a pillar of New York educational opportunity, yet the university system is not without its problems: Latino and black enrollment is down and reports of corruption and mismanagement have plagued its administration. Former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson is now the man tasked with cleaning up the system as chairman of the CUNY Board of Trustees. Thompson joins us to talk about the reforms he’s implementing at CUNY, why he didn't challenge Bill de Blasio for...

Duration: 00:33:16

Nydia Velázquez Marches On

Puerto Rico's big day is coming up, and we're not talking about the parade...or not *only* talking about the parade. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez is back on the podcast to talk about the future of the island and whether statehood could fix its problems. She also talks about life in Trump's Washington and whether she thinks impeachment is in his future.

Duration: 00:38:52

Michel Faulkner Tackles the Comptroller Race

Michel Faulkner is a pastor in Harlem and when it comes to the New York City comptroller race, he's all fire and brimstone. The Republican candidate joins us to share his thoughts on where Scott Stringer has failed as comptroller, ideas for fixing the New York City Housing Authority, and walking the walk in engaging with Minority and Women-owned Businesses that contract with the city.

Duration: 00:38:32

Nicole Malliotakis Takes a Longshot

A young, female, Republican from Staten Island. Nicole Malliotakis has a lot of demographic challenges to make up in her run for mayor of New York City. But the four-term assemblywoman is already making a splash as arguably the most prominent challenger to Bill de Blasio's re-election. Malliotakis joins us today to talk about why she would be a better advocate for New York City’s interests in Albany, how she'd change the city's immigration policies.

Duration: 00:35:05

Arzt History 101

He's been sued by Donald Trump, insulted by Mario Cuomo and hired by Ed Koch. George Arzt has been around city politics for decades, and now runs a communications firm. Like any PR pro, he's a master of the one-liner. He joins us to talk about all the mayors he covered and why de Blasio is the most political of them all. We also ask George how interacting with the media has changed since his days flacking for Ed Koch.

Duration: 00:34:01

Cuomo’s Quandaries

The new secretary to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, could be the second-most powerful person in the state, but her father is also a powerful Albany lobbyist. NY1 statehouse reporter Zack Fink's job is to ask our state leaders uncomfortable questions, but when Fink asked Gov. Cuomo about DeRosa's perceived conflicts of interest, the governor didn't take too kindly to it. Zack joins the podcast from Albany to talk about that testy exchange, plus the most contentious budget process of Cuomo's...

Duration: 00:33:40

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