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 challenge from her would mean for Cuomo amidst this year’s charged political atmosphere.

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 Willets Point development in Queens and the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.

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, and much more.

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 for transit in New York City. We’ll also touch on the electoral picture as we head toward campaign season for Governor Cuomo.

And the Grammy Awards go to…New York City

The Grammys are back in New York City this Sunday. Leaving its usual home Los Angeles, the popular music industry awards show is returning to New York’s Madison Square Garden for the first time in more than a decade.
Julie Menin, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, stopped by the Slant Podcast to talk about how she lured the show back to New York.

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 Browder joins us today, alongside Gabriel Seyeigh of the Katal Center, to discuss their hopes for where the bail reform discussion goes from here, and what they’d like to see from Governor Cuomo and lawmakers in Albany.

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 speech.

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 current speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and city hall reporters over access to the building’s eastern end.