NYS Senate Dems Reunited

Friday, June 27, 2014

soda ban The city shows just how much sugar is in different sizes of drinks. (Fred Mogul/WNYC)

Jimmy Vielkind, Albany bureau chief for Capital New York, talks about the soda ban ruling, the latest labor deals and the breakaway IDC returns to the fold to give the Senate Democrats a majority in Albany... next term.


Jimmy Vielkind

Comments [12]

shashinyc from Manhattan

Like one of your callers, I am also a lifelong progressive and yellow dog Democrat who is troubled by the idea of validating illegal immigrants in NYC with automatic residence cards. They are here, yes, and working. We're not throwing anybody out nor denying them nor their families eseential services. But why shouldn't permanent illegals be made to go through a path-to-citizenship process (perhaps expedited) before getting vetted? I realize this notion intersects with national policy, so it's complicated. But it seems unfair that some would-be Americans play by the rules, get on line to become U.S. citizens, while others game the system, jump the line, and get the identical benefits -- except for voting, which many people, citizens or not, don't care about. If NYC becomes known as a "free zone" for illegals, where is the fairness?

As for De Blasio, though I am generally a fan, I am not sure he doesn't reflexively do what he considers "the right thing" for communities of color so as to be seen a a friend of minorities -- whether it's fair or not. Another example is his firm support of the rebuilding of the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, which multiple experts have questioned vis a vis environmental safety, health concerns, and infrastructure effects. But it would look bad for his image to revoke the plan -- because it's on the Upper East Side, a predominantly white community (although the MTS sits between the UES and East Harlem). It seems that, facts be damned, he doesn't want to be seen as a friend of whitey/a "betrayer" of communities of color. It's all about image. Just my take on it. As a progressive who believes in evaluating each issue discretely.

Jun. 27 2014 10:49 AM
Alejandro from Queens

BTW, when you see these polls saying the majority of Americans are for immigration reform, take a second to actually click on the reference link and look at the individual questions asked and the response numbers. Most actually want the borders controlled as this is included in the questions for these "immigration reform" polls. The headlines always leave this out. If the poll simply asked should there be amnesty, I can see even from the results of the current polls the answer would not be the same.

Jun. 27 2014 10:42 AM
Alejandro from Queens

Brian likes to overlook the costs associated with illegal immigration. Costs of education (easily over 20 grand per year), costs of medical care, costs of housing, law enforcement, strain on infrastructure. But supposedly the fact that they pay sales tax on less than minimum wage on average somehow pays for all of this?!!!! What is wrong with you? This is a huge problem. I am for these cards, because then when times change locating illegal aliens for deportation will be far easier.

My father was a painter and raised a family as a single breadwinner. Try doing that today. To think adding tons of unskilled labor magically doesn't result in lower wages is ridiculous.

Jun. 27 2014 10:32 AM
Nick from UWS

NY ID cards? If you think that undocumented immigrants will trust enough in the NY government to apply for one of these things, you're completely dreaming. Anyone with any street smarts at all will see it as a trap, which it probably is.

Jun. 27 2014 10:32 AM
GIJOE from Brooklyn

Funny yesterday hearing Brian say that the Dr felt real empathy for the mother of the shot youth in Newark even though the doctor's son was much less likely to ever be shot than the Newark youth. Racial profiling, Brian! And if that's the case why is it "racial" to frisk more people in areas where shootings are prevelant?

Jun. 27 2014 10:27 AM
Shawn from NJ

I love this "lifelong liberal" who doesn't want to help out the poor. It's a world economy brother. And he blames it on the right! Hilarious. Just shows the hypocrisy that is the Left.

Guess what? You are the 1% if you look at the world economy. You say the 1% is behind this?? YOU are the 1% when you look at all people on Earth. You frame the debate saying 1% is behind this because it's convenient for you. What a joke you are man.

Jun. 27 2014 10:27 AM

Let's think about this:

Brian seems to prefer positions advanced by Bloomberg money rather than soft drink money, and local law trumping federal law when the local law is pro-"open borders" but not when other states seem to seecede on gun control limits. Why not empower Brian, or someone he designates, to make these important decisions. As Brian is suggesting now, Let's have a King.

Jun. 27 2014 10:27 AM
shellet from nyc

Please STOP calling it a "soda ban " The only thing being banned is massive single serving cups. You can still drink yourself into an early death from Type II diabetes, you'll just have to order two cups at a time to do it.

ALL thus changed was the default.

Jun. 27 2014 10:21 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

I also need the “Freedom” not to pay taxes that goes to public funding of diabetes treatment of children. The families that allow their kids to drink sugary drink and eat sugary foods should pay the medical bills or simply have the kids die. But not impinge on my “Freedom” by forcing me to pay their medical bills. If you want your kid to have with bad health or die why should be part of it?

Jun. 27 2014 10:20 AM
Vivian from East Harlem

With Quinnerito follow the money, rarely real principles involved. Will she buck the mayor when the lobbyists and campaign contributors and Mirram Group tell her not to?

Jun. 27 2014 10:05 AM

Uh, but doesn't firing him for not kissing Israel's butt just reinforce the truth of his post about living in the "United States of Israel"? It does amaze me that professional political hacks don't have more sense about social media though.

Jun. 27 2014 09:31 AM

Speaking of the IDC – friends of the BLS note that efforts to use the WORKING FAMILIES PARTY backfired on Oliver Koppell (to unseat Jeff Klein of IDC) when Koppell hired one of the WFP former field directors as his campaign manager.
The Lefty WFP Angel of Lefty Tolerance, Robert Akleh, had to be fired Tuesday when he was found to have anti-Israel rants on his social media pages. (Koppell is now leaving the race.)

Oh, surprise … the Far Left Hates Israel. LOL … oy, who knew?

Jun. 27 2014 08:19 AM

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