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 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: Steve McLaughlin

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Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin discusses the Republican Party’s chances in 2014 elections in New York, education reform and the NY SAFE Act in an interview with Matthew Hamilton. McLaughlin’s name was part of the gubernatorial candidate talks to begin the year, but at this point he says that a run is highly unlikely. That leaves businessman Donald Trump and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as the two big-name candidates considering a run, although Carl Paladino, who ran in 2010, has said… [More]

City & State TV: Mickey Kearns

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Buffalo-area Assemblyman Mickey Kearns discusses the culture of sexual harassment in the chamber, his push to pass two foreclosure bills this session and the chances for the Buffalo Bills next year in an interview with Matthew Hamilton: Kearns left the Assembly Democratic Conference in May 2013, saying he wouldn’t return until Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was replaced. Roughly eight months later, the Assembly has again been wrapped up in scandal, including more of the sexual harassment allegations that initially prompted… [More]

City & State TV: John Samuelsen

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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]