This week Bill de Blasio is announcing his transition team, a set of advisers and commissioners who he says will help tackle his priority of reducing inequality in New York City. Today he is expected to announce Bill Bratton as NYPD Commissioner.
Meanwhile, President Obama gave a speech yesterday in which he warned of a "dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" in the developed world. He also quoted Pope Francis: "How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?"
We discuss the inequality agenda in New York City and beyond with your calls and local analysis from Juan Manuel Benitez of NY1 Noticias and Jill Colvin of The Observer. Plus, live coverage of Bill de Blasio's latest transition announcement, scheduled for 10am.
With just five more days to go before the city's primary elections, the candidates competing to be New York City's next mayor and comptroller are working overtime to make their case with the voters.
Brian is a panelist for tonight's debate -- the first official CFB debate between the Democratic candidates for mayor. Errol Louis of NY1, moderator for the debate, and Brian's fellow panelists Juan Manuel Benitez of NY1Noticias and NY1 reporter Grace Rauh discuss what to expect.
WNYC will air the debate live tonight, have live video and a live chat, plus debate bingo! All the information you need is here.
WNYC is one of the official sponsors for the Campaign Finance Board debates. Brian Lehrer previews the Comptroller, Public Advocate, and Mayoral debates -- all happening over the next two weeks -- with his co-moderator Errol Louis of NY1. Plus: all the info you need to get ready for the debates, and how you can suggest a question.
"We speak English here!" is often the answer I get at Republican or Tea Party gatherings whenever I skim the crowd looking for a Spanish speaker that can produce a soundbite for my television story. I wonder if they are the same people who cringe when an automated machine tells them to "press one for English, para español, oprima el dos."