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.

The Slant – Build it Backlog: The Sandy Non-Recovery

The Superstorm Sandy recovery process has endured many bumps in the road and with the fourth anniversary of the storm coming this week, Mayor de Blasio delivered more bad news — the city will fall short of its goal of getting every single affected home rebuilt by the end of this year. Wall Street Journal reporter Mara Gay has covered the recovery process extensively and joins us to talk about all the problems that have plagued the Build it Back program.

Plus, our Bochinche and Buzz segment is back with some gossip about a possible primary challenge to Governor Cuomo.

The Slant – Hillary’s Quinn-tessential Surrogate

When she’s not leading one of New York’s largest nonprofit homeless shelter providers, Christine Quinn has been a steady presence on your TV screen advocating for Hillary Clinton. The former city council speaker joins for our podcast this week to talk about the sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton’s struggle communicating her platform, her thoughts on the NIMBYism around building new homeless shelters in New York City and her future political plans.

The Slant – Hakeem with a Dream (of a House Majority)

Democrats already hold 18 of the 27 Congressional seats in New York, but with the highly unpopular Donald Trump on the Republican presidential ticket, Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries thinks the Democrats could win five, maybe six seats in New York en route to a possible House majority. Jeffries also talks about whether the power sharing arrangement in the state Senate is sustainable, gives his thoughts on possible challengers to de Blasio in 2017 and shares finals words about his friend, the late Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson.

The Slant – Christie and Cuomo: Unlikely Allies

In a highly polarized election year, a certain Democratic governor appears to enjoy palling around with his Republican peer across the Hudson. Yes, Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie always seem to have something to talk about, and now they can share notes on what it’s like to have key members of their inner circle accused of illegal actions. NY1 political reporter Zack Fink has covered both leaders in Trenton and Albany and joined us to discuss the unlikely alliance between the leaders of the Garden and Empire states.

The Slant – Court Date with the Mayor

Bill de Blasio promised the most transparent administration in New York City history, but with endlessly delayed FOIL requests and “strictly on-topic press conferences,” most of the city hall press corps disagrees. New York Post city hall bureau chief Yoav Gonen is one plaintiff in the lawsuit taking on city hall for access to e-mails between de Blasio and the “agents of the city.” Gonen joins us to discuss the legal case, the mayor’s media strategy and more.

The Slant – A Fate Worse Than Debt

Student loan debt is a hot-button issue across the nation, and now state comptroller Tom DiNapoli is shining a spotlight on the student loan burden in New York State. Comptroller DiNapoli joined us for an exclusive look at his new report, which focuses on the implications of an increasing debt obligation to New York State’s economic future. We also talked a little bit of politics, including the comptroller’s often tense relationship with Governor Cuomo.

Slant Special: 9/11 Through Their Eyes, Part II

We’re marking the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a series of interviews with people who were quite literally on the front lines that day. In part II of these interviews, Slant editor Nick Powell and City and State editor-at-large Gerson Borrero are joined by Bernard Kerik, the former NYPD commissioner, and Thomas Von Essen, the former FDNY commissioner. They share some breathtaking anecdotes, and shed some light on the emotions and decision-making involved in leading the most prominent and important city agencies on their most challenging day.