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City & State TV: Sid Davidoff

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Video

Veteran political strategist Sid Davidoff contrasts the de Blasio administration with those of Mayors Dinkins and Lindsay in an interview with Morgan Pehme. Davidoff served as an administrative assistant to Mayor John Lindsey and then as an advisor to Mayor David Dinkins. Comparing the current mayor to the two former ones, Davidoff thinks Mayor Bill de Blasio is much more like Lindsay. “I like to compare BdB more to John Lindsay, who came in as a progressive Republican fighting for… [More]

No Good Deed

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Opinion

Five hundred years before House of Cards, Niccolò Machiavelli counseled in The Prince that “men should either be caressed or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, but of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that one does to a man should be such that one does not fear revenge for it.” A deft practitioner of pragmatic political philosophy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doubtlessly well acquainted with the substance of this advice—all the more reason he… [More]

City & State TV: Geraldo Rivera

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Features, Interviews, Profiles

  For generations, Geraldo Rivera has been one of the most recognizable television journalists and talk show hosts in America. The host of the show Geraldo at Large and a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel, recently Rivera’s radio program on WABC shifted to a locally focused format centering on the New York area. City & State Editor Morgan Pehme spoke with the Peabody-award winning journalist about Bill de Blasio, the rise of Latino political power, the DREAM Act,… [More]

City & State TV: Gale Brewer

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has seen her fair share of State of the City addresses. She talks to C&S Editor Morgan Pehme about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech and the need for more humor in the annual address. “I thought he hit all the highlights and did it in a fun, entertaining fashion,” Brewer said of de Blasio’s speech, pointing out the mayor’s call to expand paid sick leave, jobs, affordable housing and inequality. Brewer has… [More]

City & State TV: Ruben Diaz Jr.

Written by Morgan Pehme 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]

First Read – February 10, 2014

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  WEATHER: Mostly sunny downstate; slight chance of snow across the rest of the state. New York City, high 30; Albany, high 26; Buffalo, high 19.   EARLY INNER CIRCLE DETAILS EMERGE: In an exclusive tidbit, City & State’s reveals the name of this year’s comedy venue, its date and how to get tickets: http://bit.ly/1bEdCol LET GRANDFATHER GO: The New York City Council should repeal the grandfather clause that will allow certain members to serve a third term, City &… [More]

Let Grandfather Go (CORRECTED)

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Opinion

Poor freshmen. Always get the short end of the stick. Take the 21 freshman members of the New York City Council. While these women and men are limited by law to serve two terms, 18 of their veteran colleagues can run for a third term in 2017. A third term? How is that possible, you ask? Didn’t New York City voters approve a referendum in November 2010 that for the third time since 1993 unmistakably affirmed that the will of… [More]

First Read – February 6, 2014

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WEATHER: Mostly sunny for most of the state; chance of snow in Buffalo. New York City, high 30; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 13.   CITY & STATE TV: Assemblyman Francisco Moya discusses his push to pass the DREAM Act in New York, which would provide access to financial aid for higher education for young illegal immigrants, in an interview with Jon Lentz: http://bit.ly/1g51DCU HOW OPEN IS NEW YORK CITY’S DATA? In 2012 then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the Open Data… [More]

First Read – February 4, 2014

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WEATHER: Mostly sunny across upstate and downstate; increasing clouds in western New York. New York City, high 34; Albany, high 32; Buffalo, high 25.   De Blasio Pre-K Push Mirrors Dinkins’ Safe Streets, Safe City Negotiation: While making the case for a temporary tax hike to fund his universal preschool proposal in Albany last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio drew a parallel to former mayor David Dinkins similar efforts to raise taxes to pay for his Safe Streets, Safe City program,… [More]