Steve Israel: Receding Tea Party Tide Left GOP “High And Dry” In New York

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Interviews

As chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Steve Israel was responsible for his party’s congressional election efforts all across the country. Following last week’s election, Israel praised his candidates, including those in his home state of New York, for gaining ground after Republicans had said Democrats would lose seats in Congress. City & State: How did Democrats do on Election Day, in the country as a whole and in New York?  Steve Israel: Nationally, House Democrats had a… [More]

The Power Writer: A Q&A with Historian Robert Caro

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

Anyone who has studied New York City or state politics seriously has read Robert Caro’s The Power Broker. City & State Editor Morgan Pehme spoke with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and lifelong New Yorker about his time covering Albany as a reporter, his approach to writing and who else he thinks would be a worthy subject of a Caro biography.… [More]

Tony Danza Not Running For Mayor After All

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Interviews, Latest, News, News & Features

Tony Danza isn’t running for mayor of New York City after all. “For the record, I am not considering running for mayor of NYC,” the actor wrote in a largely overlooked post on Twitter some weeks ago. And in a follow-up interview with the West Side Spirit, a sister publication of City & State, Danza said that his comments to the Wall Street Journal had taken on a life of their own. “I was at a red carpet for Joseph Levitt’s… [More]

Councilman Contends Race Must Be a Factor In Crime Fighting

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Interviews, News, Public Safety

After City Councilman Jumaane Williams released a statement saying that it would be “irresponsible” for the City Council to not pass the proposed Community Safety Act, a package of bills aimed at reforming the NYPD, Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. reiterated his opinion that the legislation would hurt the city’s fiscal health. Williams, a prime sponsor of the four bills, had told City & State that an amendment was submitted to Bill No. 800 of the Community Safety Act that would… [More]

Talib Kweli Sounds Off On NYPD, Obama And Hip-Hop

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Features, Interviews

Talib Kweli is one of the few rappers who can claim mainstream appeal while also being considered one of the more socially conscious members of the genre. The Brooklyn native recently released his acclaimed “Attack The Block” mixtape as a prelude to his forthcoming album, “Prisoner of Conscious,” which is slated to be released on Nov. 20, but found time to make a fiery speech at a rally for NYPD reform on Thursday in City Hall Park. City & State managed to… [More]

An Interview with Carlo Scissura, the Brooklyn Chamber’s New Leader

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Interviews

Carlo Scissura, the former chief of staff to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz who was once seen as Markowitz’s potential successor, started a new job last week as president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. In an interview with City & State, he discusses his goals, the Brooklyn Nets and how to replace Markowitz.   Q: How is your first week going so far? A. It’s very exciting! Lot of packing of boxes, settling in, talking to staff, and… [More]

Is The Fall of Vito Lopez a Tragedy? (In the Literary Sense)

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Interviews

COMPARATIVE LIT 201: Vito Lopez The rise and fall of Assemblyman Vito Lopez is a tragedy, but is it truly a Shakespearean one? To find out, we asked one of the country’s foremost Shakespearean scholars, Columbia University Professor Jean Howard, to compare Lopez with the characters and themes of some of England’s greatest history plays and dramas(time to reread Richard II). And yes, today’s reading is part of the core curriculum. City and State: Is there one play that matches the circumstances… [More]