Bill de Blasio Day One; Harper's Index; Albany Democrats; More...

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Bill De Blasio sworn in as New York City Mayor on January 1, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Bill de Blasio vowed to march towards his progressive vision for New York City during yesterday's inauguration. Now that he's in power, what's his day one agenda? And how is he preparing for his first snowstorm? New York Times City Hall bureau chief Michael Grynbaum and NY1's Errol Louis discuss. Plus: a tour through this month's Harper's Index of surprising stats and figures; and Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses the Albany Democrat's agenda in 2014.

Bill de Blasio Day One

Bill de Blasio is the new mayor of New York City, Errol Louis of NY1 and the new New York Times Bureau Chief Michael Grynbaum discuss the de Blasio agenda, and recap the inauguration for those of you who were a little too hung over to hear it. And Howard Wolfson, former deputy mayor for Mayor Bloomberg, talks about how yesterday's speeches referred to the previous administration's record and defends the Bloomberg record. 

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Albany's Other Democrats

The New York State Senate Democrats are still stymied by the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference alliance with Senate Republicans. New York State Senator (D-35) and Democratic conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins talks about the Senate Democrats' plans for the next term.

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From Harper's Index

Christopher Beha, deputy editor at Harper's Magazine, talks about some of the surprises in the January index. 

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What's Ahead in New Jersey Politics

Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, and WNYC reporter Matt Katz give us a preview of what's on deck for New Jersey politics.


Sotomayor's Contraceptive Coverage Exemption

On New Years Eve, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary exemption to the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act for a elder care facility run by a group of nuns in Colorado, and related organizations. Emily Bazelon, senior editor and court watcher at Slate, explains this latest challenge to the contraception mandate and what it might mean for the law.

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Open Phones: Your New Year's Continuing Resolutions

So many New Year's resolutions are about changing behavior or making a break with the past -- but we want to hear about what from 2013 you want to carry over into 2014. What are the good things you want to keep doing? What did you start in 2013 that you want to build on this year? Call 212-433-9692 or post below...

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The Curious Case of the Missing Inauguration Bible

Mayor Bill de Blasio took the oath of office with a bible owned by FDR, and after the ceremony, reports are that the bible... went missing. Local writer and comedian Alex Edelman was there, and tells Brian Lehrer what he saw.

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