In this anti-incumbent year, can Democrats turn out their base across the country and hold on to their advantage in the House? Listen as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest in key races in New York State and around the country.
Andrew Cuomo, to the consternation of the media that covers him, likes to be in complete control of his message at all times, saying as little as he can get away with. The wildly undisciplined campaign of his opponent, Carl Paladino, has given him an excuse to say even less.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who led the push to extend term limits for city lawmakers, says he will vote next week to roll back the law to its original incarnation.
The term limits issue is one of two questions that will appear on the back of the November 2 ballot for New York City voters. If the measure passes, the law will roll back and limit future city lawmakers to serving two, consecutive four-year terms. If the measure fails, the current limit of three terms, will stand.
From the NY Inspector General's report on the Aqueduct Entertainment Group's bidding process and what it says about Albany's dysfunction to Andrew Cuomo's tightly controlled campaign and its lack of speficity, eavesdrop on WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah as they catch up on the latest in politics.
A legal defense fund created by Hiram Monserrate before he was kicked out of the New York legislature may be his latest legal headache. Monserrate raised money for the fund by seeking donations from registered lobbyists and people with business before the state.
Nearly half the polling sites in New York City had problems with a voting machine on primary day. 17 percent of polling sites in Manhattan didn't open on time. And out of 125 poll workers sampled, 54 did not pass the required training.
These are among the highlights in State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's report on "Voting-Related Problems" during the primary.
When the candidates left the stage, the real debate began. Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino walked off stage and sent surrogates to spin reporters after the 90-minute debate at Hofstra University.
Gerson Borrero, columnist at El Diario La Prensa and columnist at borreroreport.com, and WNYC reporter and blogger Azi Paybarah, recap last night's NY gubernatorial debate between all seven candidates.
With just 17 days left before Election Day, WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah catch up on the various statewide races.
Jeff Sharlet, journalist and author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter and blogger, and conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation Matt Towery, talk about religion, the Republican Party, and whether or not some candidates are pandering to religious bigotry.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she won’t support a bill requiring businesses to give workers paid time off when they get sick. Quinn said pushing the legislation forward now would backfire, and actually hurt the very workers the bill targets.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said Sunday that he takes a "live and let live" approach to gay people -- but he doesn't want kids growing up to think that they are normal or should be emulated in any way. He said he would veto any legislation favoring same-sex marriages or civil unions and that it is one of the issues that distinguishes him from his Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo.
From Gov. Chris Christie's pulling the plug on the ARC tunnel project to the guilty plea of former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, listen as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and (a still anesthesized) Azi Paybarah discuss the action-packed week in local and national politics.
Former New York state Comptroller Alan Hevesi has admitted taking part in a "pay-to-play" scandal at the state pension fund. Hevesi pleaded guilty Thursday in Manhattan to a felony corruption charge. The plea marks the culmination of a multi-year probe into kickbacks paid by money management firms that had been awarded lucrative pension fund investment contracts.
The race for New York State Comptroller is coming down to one question: which place do voters distrust more -- Wall Street or Albany? Both are derided as hotbeds of bad behavior, poor decision making and nomadic territories with no effective sheriff. But which one caused New York’s economy to tank?
Andrew Cuomo called the allegations of infidelity made against him by his Republican rival "hurtful" and said it is the sort of thing that is turning people off of politics.
Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter, talks about Rick Lazio's decision not to run for governor and the future of the conservative party. Then Rick Lazio himself calls in to talk about why he is abdicating the Conservative Party line.
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Former Rep. Rick Lazio said he will not pursue a gubernatorial campaign along the conservative party line, but stopped short of endorsing the man who beat him in the Republican primary, seemingly warning of Carl Paladino's "outrageous promises" and lack of policy specifics.