Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has announced several key appointments to his cabinet this morning. Anthony Shorris will be first deputy mayor. Emma Wolfe will be Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. And Dominic Williams will be Shorris' Chief of Staff.
WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Kathleen Horan are at the press conference. Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, talks about the appointments and what they suggest about de Blasio's policy priorities.
Between losing his leg in WWII and his tragic suicide in 1979, Bill de Blasio's father forged a career with think tanks and multinational corporations aimed at blocking the spread of communism. A decade after his death, his son was in Nicaragua, working in support of the kind of socialist government his father's old colleagues tried to prevent in Latin America.
Former boss "Little Al" D'Arco was the highest-ranking mobster to become a government informant. His life story is told by Tom Robbins in his new book Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D’Arco, The Man Who Brought Down the Mafia. Robbins is an investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice. Jerry Capeci, who writes a weekly column on organized crime at GangLandNews.com and has covered the mafia as a journalist for decades, co-authored the new book.
Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, and Harold Shultz, senior fellow at the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and former special counsel at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, discuss CUNY and City Limits' investigation into Frank Palazzolo, the Bronx's "phantom landlord," and how to protect tenants from similar circumstances.
Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice and Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, discuss the investigation into the NYPD's involvement in the controversial film "The Third Jihad."
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Early this morning the FBI and local law enforcement made what may be the biggest mafia bust in a single day in US history. Over 100 organized crime members have been arrested for various criminal charges. Tom Robbins, Village Voice reporter, and Jon M. Shane, assistant professor of criminal justice at John Jay College, join us to talk about the arrests.
NYC-TV is the city's own television station, and it used be, well, a sleepy place not exactly known for cutting edge broadcasts. Under Mayor Bloomberg, who made his fortune in the media business, the annual budget of NYC-TV jumped from about $2-million to over $10-million, and attracted some of the ...