The Slant – Albany’s Budget Imbroglio

Do the ends justify the means? Another budget season has come and gone in Albany and another “essentially” on-time budget has been passed. But as has come to be expected, the process was not without a lot of secrecy, confusion and lack of coherence. And we’re still figuring out what is in this year’s financial plan. Here to break it down are City and State editor-at-large Gerson Borrero and editorial director Michael Johnson.

Plus Gerson has some bochinche on just how apprehensive state lawmakers are in Albany.

The Slant – Ethics Reformers’ Reproach

We are days away from the finalization of the state budget, and once again ethics reform proposals will be left on the cutting room floor. Joining us on this week’s podcast are Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group and Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women Voters. They will tell us why the governor and legislature are punting on ethics.

And City & State editor-at-large Gerson Borrero has the latest bochinche on a birthday bash for the city council speaker thrown by the corrections officers union.

SLANT EXTRA: Paging Governor Cuomo

It has been more than 275 days since Governor Cuomo’s last press conference at the state capitol. It is a dearth of public appearances in Albany that has even the capitol press corps perplexed. Albany Times Union state editor Casey Seiler, NY1 statehouse reporter Zack Fink and City & State capitol reporter Ashley Hupfl join Slant editor Nick Powell at the LCA Pressroom in Albany for a bonus podcast to discuss what to make of all this.

CROSSOVER: Hitting The Books Episode 1 from City & State Presents

If you are a fan of the New York Slant Channel, be sure to check out our sister channel City & State Presents. We will be posting podcasts covering various topics and featuring interviews and panel discussions from our popular events.

This is a special presentation of our new podcast series entitled Hitting the Books, where we aim to look at how government policies are impacting education. In this first edition we speak with two educators about the Common Core standards — Mark Anderson, a Middle School special education teacher from the Bronx and Lisa DiGaudio, a high school principal from Brooklyn — to get their perspective.

This podcast is sponsored by High Achievement New York

The Slant – Political Potpourri from Havana to Albany

President Obama’s in Cuba, Cuomo’s already been to Cuba, and de Blasio’s back from Somos weekend in Albany – City & State editor at large Gerson Borrero and Editoral director Michael Johnson are here to talk about what it all means. Plus, we’ve got some behind-the-scenes bochinche that the 2017 race for city council speaker is already heating up. I’m slant editor Nick Powell, and this is the Slant podcast.

The Slant – Women’s History Month: What’s THAT All About?

Editor of the Gotham Gazette Ben Max, Politico New York senior political reporter Azi Paybarah and Politico New York City Hall reporter Gloria Pazmino join City & State columnist Alexis Grenell to debate Women’s History Month.  What is its value? What is the role of men in promoting equality for women? The panel discusses these questions and more.  Plus Gerson Borrero and Nick Powell have the latest bochinche and buzz.


The Slant – Making an Empire Statement

A former New York senator, a Brooklyn-bred democratic socialist and a Manhattan real estate mogul – the Empire State is playing a big role in this year’s presidential election. New York Democratic Party chair Basil Smikle and Iona College political scientist Jeanne Zaino join us to discuss how New Yorkers might vote and what the state means for the 2016 election. And City & State Editor-at-large Gerson Borerro says the congressional race in Harlem is heating up so much it may head to court.

The Slant – Nobody’s Home

New York City is in the throes of a homeless crisis. But how did we get here? Daily News editorial board member and columnist Alyssa Katz and NY1 political director Bob Hardt join us to decipher who and what’s to blame for the increase in homelessness and explain how the Cuomo/de Blasio feud plays in.

And City & State Editor-at-large Gerson Borerro says Latinos aren’t feeling the love in the movies OR on a certain cable news station. We have the latest in Bochinche and Buzz.

The Slant – Road to Reform at Rikers

There’s a groundswell developing over the closing of Rikers Island prison. We’ve brought in two experts on the issue to discuss what’s ahead.  New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Leiberman and Neil Barsky, founder and chairman of the Marshall Project sit down with us.

Plus, Gerson Borrero joins us with some bochinche about a national progressive leader who is coming to New York City, but for a different reason than you might expect.

The Slant – New York City’s Housing Balancing Act

Z-Q-A, M-I-H, F-A-R… There are a lot of acronyms being thrown around with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s housing plan. Daily News Investigative reporter Greg Smith joins us to cut through it all and explain what’s at stake over New York City’s affordable housing. And City & State Editor-at-large Gerson Borerro has been party-hopping this weekend in Albany – he tells us about how de Blasio crashed a party in order to upstage a potential rival, in this week’s bochinche and buzz.