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 to the Marist College campus to speak with Miringoff and Greenberg, who did some soul-searching about the results of 2016 election and what it meant for their institutions. The two also parsed some of the reasons for Trump’s victory and debunked some myths around polling.
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 Malliotakis doesn’t have the leadership capabilities to serve as mayor, and her secret solution to getting Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to work together.
This conversation was recorded before President Trump specifically condemned white supremacists on Monday, 2 days after condemning the violence on “many sides.”
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 explains why his endorsement of fellow Staten Islander Nicole Malliotakis for mayor won’t affect his productive relationship with Bill de Blasio.
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.
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 down true progressives, and what he would do on his first day as mayor.
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 on the Obamacare repeal debate.
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 Malliotakis and how voters in the borough feel about Donald Trump’s presidency.
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 the comfortable” through his straightforward, dogged style of reporting. We are also joined by longtime WNBC producer Inara de Leon, who worked with Pressman for 14 years. She talks about the editorial process and internal conversations that led to Pressman’s reports over the years.
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, Mayor de Blasio’s responsibility on criminal justice reform and what he wants to see from New York City’s next correction commissioner.
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 who’s responsible for the sorry state of our subways.