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Michael Gareth Johnson

Multimedia Director for City and State NY

City & State TV: Greg Ball

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Video

State Sen. Greg Ball discusses his plan to give disabled veterans preference in state contracts and his opposition to the NY SAFE Act, and says it would be nice if Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked him to play golf sometime, in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz. Ball represents the Town of Mount Kisco, where Cuomo lives. Asked about being the governor’s representative in the state Senate, Ball quipped that Cuomo has never invited him to play golf or… [More]

City Council 101: New York City’s Fiscal Position And Upcoming Budgetary Issues

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Video

“Budgeting is like an exotic exercise.” That is how Marc Shaw, the City University of New York’s senior vice chancellor for budget, finance and fiscal policy, explained the complicated process that is arguably the most important task for New York City Council members. In a panel moderated by City & State Editor Morgan Pehme, financing challenges were the topic of the day. Participants included CUNY’s Marc Shaw, James Parrott from the Fiscal Policy Institute, Ronnie Lowenstein from the New York… [More]

City & State TV: Gov. Cuomo 2014-2015 Budget Analysis

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Video

City & State Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz and Capitol Pressroom host and City & State contributor Susan Arbetter hosted a live analysis of Gov. Cuomo’s budget address from the Legislative Correspondents Association office in the state capitol with guests including E.J. McMahon from the Empire Center for New York State Policy, Blair Horner from NYPIRG, and Ron Deutsch from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Watch it here:… [More]

City & State TV: Lou Coletti

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Real Estate/Construction, Video

Lou Coletti, President and CEO of the Building Trades Employers Association, discusses the push for Scaffold Law reform up in Albany this legislative session in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz. The issue has become a point of contention this year as insurance prices have skyrocketed for mostly small and mid-sized construction companies. One of the most publicized groups impacted by this has been the New York City School Construction Authority. Coletti said their insurance has jumped from… [More]

City & State TV: Angela Sung Pinsky

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

Angela Sung Pinksy is one of the Real Estate Board of New York’s top lobbyists, a sharp mind who pushes the powerful trade organization’s agenda on the city, state, and federal level. She sat down with our City Hall Bureau Chief Nick Powell for a video interview to talk about her time with the Bloomberg administration and the future of real estate in New York City. Pinsky’s roots are in the public sector, having worked in former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s… [More]

First Read, January 10, 2014

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014   WEATHER: Wintry mix downstate; snow likely across upstate and western New York. New York City, high 44; Albany, high 35; Buffalo, high 40.   WINNERS AND LOSERS: Gov. Cuomo patted himself on the back for building on the progress of the last couple of years. Everyone in Albany patted Mayor de Blasio on the back for building on the progress of the last few months. And you get to build on your own progress by voting… [More]

First Read – January 8, 2014

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in News

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014 WEATHER: Cloudy downstate; sunny upstate; snow in western New York. New York City, high 22; Albany, high 18; Buffalo, high 17. CITY & STATE TV: At the official launch party for City & State TV, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli spoke with Morgan Pehme: http://bit.ly/1gfGd6t; and you can watch the entire live-stream from last night here:http://bit.ly/1ae2fpI   YEAR OF THE FAMILY: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers should consider enacting paid family leave like several other states, which would probably be… [More]