The Slant – Nydia Velazquez: Picking Up the Progressive Pieces

After 24 years in Congress with a district spreading across Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, Nydia Velazquez has established herself as a power broker with a strong voice on New York City issues. But her influence extends beyond the five boroughs as well, as far as Washington DC, Cuba and her native Puerto Rico.
Velazquez joins us this week to recount her battles with Sheldon Silver and Vito Lopez, give her thoughts on how to save public housing under the new president and why she thinks Bill de blasio should welcome a primary in 2017.

The Slant – Running a Cunning Campaign

Donald Trump may be dominating the headlines today, but in 2002, New York City was getting used to the idea of a different multi-billionaire assuming high office. Yes, fifteen years ago, Michael Bloomberg won the mayoral election running as a Republican, thanks in part to the work of Bill Cunningham, one of the chief architects of Bloomberg’s 2001 and 2005 campaigns.

Cunningham, a prominent communications consultant who also worked for governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo and senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, joins us for this week’s podcast to share some war stories from his time working with Bloomberg. And with Mayor Bill de Blasio set to run for re-election in 2017, Cunningham tells us whether de Blasio can be beaten and if his campaign messaging will resonate as well it did in 2013.

The Slant – Breaking Common Ground

Henry Cisneros has held many prominent titles over the course of his career, but none more important than his four years as the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development under Bill Clinton. At HUD, Cisneros hired and worked closely with Andrew Cuomo and he shares some stories about their accomplishments together and the relationship between the Cuomos and the Clintons. Cisneros also gives his unfettered take on what a Trump administration could mean for infrastructure in the country, the prospect of Dr. Ben Carson running his old agency, and where the president-elect and Democrats might be able to find some common ground.

The Slant – Race, Class and the ‘Boy King’ Trump

Dr. Christina Greer is shocked and dismayed at the results of the presidential election, but also not entirely surprised. The author and Fordham University political science professor analyzes the election through the lens of gender, race and income, in particular. Dr. Greer helps us parse the election results through these unique lenses ad also gives her take on how we should discuss Trump’s actions and appointments over the last two weeks as we enter the “normalization” phase of the post-election coping process.

Somos Part 4: An Open Investigation into the Next President

With Donald Trump’s upset win in Tuesday’s election, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman now finds himself in the precarious position of suing and investigating the next president of the United States. Schneiderman has been scrutinizing Trump University and the Trump Foundation for potentially illegal conduct and those investigations are moving forward even after Donald Trump’s victory. The A.G. joins us on the podcast to discuss all this and give his thoughts on the Democratic party’s future.

Somos Part 3: Taking Stock

The stock market has recovered after a shaky election night, and while half of the country’s electorate voted for Donald Trump, the uncertainty about his specific policies has New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli keeping an even closer eye on the state’s finances. DiNapoli sits down with us to give his reaction to the election and discuss the way forward.

Somos Part 2: Outspoken

New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is one of the country’s most prominent Latina and Puerto Rican voices. As the Somos conference continues in San Juan, the Speaker sits down with us to give her take on Trump’s election, and talk about how the Democratic party should pick up the pieces moving forward. She also has some thoughts on the new governor of Puerto Rico, which also held elections on Tuesday.

Somos Part 1: Moving Forward after Trump Victory

The Slant podcast is in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2016 Somos El Futuro conference, but the mood here is not celebratory, as many expected. With Donald Trump set to assume the presidency in January, the elected officials and members of the Latino community assembled here are concerned about the future.
We’re joined by two prominent Bronx elected officials – Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, who serves as the Somos conference chair.

The Slant – Election Postmortem

It’s a new day in America, and in New York as well. Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was one of the biggest upsets in political history. We sat down with Basil Smikle, executive director of the state Democratic party, and Republican strategist Jessica Proud of the November team to go over the results and figure out what went wrong in the polls, and what the results mean for New York politics.

The Slant – All Polls Day

This excruciating election season is closing in on its final week. With the big day inching closer, politicos, journalists, and junkies are viewing every poll with increased scrutiny. But with the volatility of this election, along with general anger pointed at the so-called “establishment,” we want to know what pollsters are focused on as election day approaches. And how have the polling trends differed from prior elections? Dr. Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, and Dr. Don Levy, Director of the Siena Research Institute, join us to discuss.

Plus, stay tuned for a bonus discussion at the end of the podcast, featuring two students from the Marist polling institute who tell us what it’s like to be on the survey front lines this election, and what their peers think of their choices in the first election that many of them will be voting in.