Transition to de Blasio; Electric Bikes in NYC; Freeing Oscar Lopez Rivera

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio speaking at Columbia University about his early childhood and afterschool education plans. (Eileen Barroso/Columbia)

NY1 host Errol Louis discusses the de Blasio transition and what his staffing choices signal about his approach. Plus: Incoming Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer discusses the ban on electric bikes; and the movement to free from prison Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera. 

DC's (Next) Budget Battle

Congress goes on vacation Friday, before then a budget deal needs to be reached in order to preserve several social safety programs. Lori Montgomery, politics and economic policy reporter for the Washington Post, explains why this deal is not a landmark of bipartisanship despite moving along (relatively) smoothly.

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This Week in Local Politics: Bratton Reaches Out

The once and future NYPD chief is making overtures to assure skeptics that he will uphold Bill de Blasio's pledge to improve community relations -- and in an op-ed over the weekend Sharpton referred to Bratton as a "friend" despite criticism during his first stint as chief.  Errol Louis, host of Road to City Hall on NY1, and Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Amsterdam News, discuss the Bratton appointment and what is still to come in the de Blasio's transition efforts.

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The Electric Bike Backlash

New York City councilwoman and Manhattan Borough President-elect Gale Brewer says more enforcement is needed for a new ban on electric-powered bikes.

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The Movement to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

Oscar Lopez Rivera is a Puerto Rican nationalist who has been in prison for 32 years for "seditious conspiracy." Juan Gonzalez, co-host for "Democracy Now!" and columnist for The New York Daily News, talks about his case and why activists are pushing for President Obama to pardon Rivera so he can be released by Christmas. Rivera had refused a 1999 pardon from President Clinton.

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Taking on the E-Cigarette Haters

The City Council is currently considering a bill that would forbid the use of e-cigarettes anywhere cigarettes are currently banned, including bars and restaurants. Two public health professors make the case for tolerating e-cigs -- especially when the alternative is old-school smoke.

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Support the Elaine Rivera Scholarship in Journalism

Former WNYC reporter Elaine Rivera recently died at the age of 54. The community of journalists and students she worked with are banding together to establish a scholarship fund to support young journalists at Lehman College, where Elaine taught. Here's how to support the efforts.

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