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Michael Gareth Johnson

Multimedia Director for City and State NY

City & State TV: Ruben Diaz Jr.

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Latest, News, Video

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. discusses several recent political developments in an interview with C&S Editor Morgan Pehme, including the potential primary challenge Rep. Jose Serrano could face this year and the decision by freshman New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres to publicly break with Bronx lawmakers and back Melissa Mark-Viverito for Council Speaker. As City & State reported last week, several Bronx Democrats say there is a groundswell of opposition to Rep. Jose Serrano and at least three names… [More]

City & State TV: John Samuelsen

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in News, Video

Transport Workers Union Local 100 John Samuelsen discusses the state of contract negotiations for his workers, his disappointment with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent comments about those negotiations and his working relationship with MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast in a video interview with Nick Powell: In September, Samuelsen wrote an op-ed in the Daily News describing his relationship with former MTA chairman Joe Lhota, who at the time was the New York City Republican mayoral nominee. Samuelsen was asked if his solid working… [More]

City & State TV: Billy Easton

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Video

Alliance for Quality Education Executive Director Billy Easton, a member of City & State‘s 2013 New York State Power 100 list, discusses the dueling proposals to fund Pre-K in New York City, Common Core’s failed rollout and his hope for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an interview with Morgan Pehme.… [More]

City Council 101: “Land Use and Real Estate Development in the Five Boroughs”

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Video

Affordable housing is an issue all politicians want to tackle. The cost of living in the city has grown steadily over the years as the need for housing has surpassed the ability to build. During a City & State panel entitled “Land Use and Real Estate Development in the Five Boroughs,” experts in the industry discussed creative ways to tackle this issue with a focus on what the City Council can do. The panel was hosted by John Goering from… [More]

City & State TV: Leecia Eve

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Leecia Eve, the former New York State deputy secretary for economic development, discusses her new role at Verizon as vice president for government affairs for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and lays out the company’s top legislative priorities for 2014  in New York in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz. Eve said her top priority for the 2014 legislative session was to reform and update the state’s existing telecommunications laws, which date back to the 1970s, an… [More]