Getting in Heastie’s Head

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is one of Albany’s proverbial “three men in the room” – a linchpin in shaping the $152 billion state budget, and the most prominent Democratic voice in the state Legislature. Speaker Heastie invited us to record this week’s podcast inside his office at the state Capitol, giving us a peek behind the curtain on how the sausage is made, and a window into his political calculations – from the moratorium on New York City’s plastic bag fee to negotiating with a Republican Senate to taking the governor’s temperature on legislative priorities.