Tuesday, December 18, 2012
UPDATED. MTA Chief Joe Lhota is preparing to step down from his job to enter the race for mayor of New York City. The decision, which has been privately and publicly backed by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, roils both the 2013 race and the future of the MTA as it faces $5.2 billion in reconstruction costs after the devastation caused by Sandy.
Friday, December 07, 2012
The Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook suffered major flooding after Sandy. Three members of the community from different areas of the Red Hook talk about recovery and what they expect from the next storm. Plus: the latest on the cease-fire in Gaza and what it means economically; a look at what the next emerging markets might be, going beyond the Brazil-Russia-India-China format known as BRIC; and your calls on your fantasy mayoral candidates for New York City.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Some call it the Emerald Empire, others Rain City, but Takeaway listeners at KUOW Seattle call it home. Host John Hockenberry has been visiting Seattle this week, and had the opportunity to speak with Mayor Mike McGinn to talk about the narrative of the city — from the changes in the broad-based economy to managing accusations of racial profiling by the police force, and how the city incorporates accessible design with community building.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
A bill requiring New York City mayors to notify other city officials when they take out-of-town trips is not going anywhere.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) President Clinton was in New York City today to join NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg in announcing the merger of C40 cities, a global coalition of world capitals led by the Mayor to head off Global Warming and the Clinton Climate Initiative.
At the announcement at Gracie Mansion, President Clinton gave high marks to China's high-speed rail progress. "Just as our Congress is defunding rapid rail, they have tested a train that runs 306 m.p.h almost 100 m.p.h. faster than the fastest Japanese and German trains. I would give them a good grade on that. They are doing great."
Listen to Bill Clinton on China's high-speed rail.
Clinton also spoke about green jobs among other environmental topics, WNYC's Bob Hennelly asked the President, "In this last budget deal to keep the government open, one of the things that took s terrible hit was both the EPA and the kind of green jobs you talk about. How can we overcome the kinds of setbacks and develop this long term view?"
Listen to Bill Clinton on green energy and jobs:
One of the real challenges that the President faces in negotiating with the Republicans--and it’s a similar to what I faced in 1995--was captured in the Wisconsin debate. That is, there’s a difference between finding the most effective way to reduce the deficit and the debt and using that to further some ideological goal.
Now, a lot of people in the new majority don’t believe in climate change and don’t believe in green energy. In the tax compromise at the end of the year, the only bad thing about it was they got rid of that payment which was the equivalent of a 30 percent per employee tax credit for green manufacturing jobs.
But, you know, neither the mayor nor I can have an enormous amount of influence on that. I hope that there will be some thought given to that. All this business about they have to subsidize green energy. That’s just, more than others, not true.
Coal doesn’t pay for the air pollution, external costs that they make. We give… the administration is supporting, and the Republicans voted for subsidizing nuclear giving them big low interest loan.
And in 2005, the Congress recognizing that no insurance company would write insurance on a nuclear power plant, basically said the federal government would do it. How much bigger subsidy can you get?
Friday, April 01, 2011
WNYC Radio is putting together a series called "Bloomberg by the Numbers," which will focus on different New York City services Mayor Michael Bloomberg has invested in. We're relying on the Public Insight Network sources to provide anecdotal evidence of how successful these services are.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter recently announced he won't run for reelection in 2010, leaving wide speculation about who will succeed him. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was in the midst of recording an interview with The Takeaway Wednesday afternoon when Ritter called Hickenlooper to talk about what the job entails. Hickenlooper took the call, called us back, and strongly implied that he's considering running for governor.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Copenhagen this week to take part in the Climate Summit for Mayors. Last week, the Mayor passed his Greener, Greater, Buildings Plan, and this week he hopes to inspire leaders from other cities to follow suit. With cities around the world producing more than 80 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, changes in urban systems can have green effects globally. We speak with Bloomberg from Copenhagen. (click through for the full interview transcript)
Monday, December 14, 2009
On Saturday, Houston, Texas became the largest American city to elect an openly gay mayor. Mayor-elect Annise Parker joins us to discuss her campaign, her opposition and the country's political and cultural landscape.
Friday, December 04, 2009
President Obama is making Allentown, PA, the first city to visit after yesterday's White House jobs summit. Our guest, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, attended the jobs summit and is trying to figure out the best ways to remedy high unemployment in his city and the country. Mike Fegley is the marketing director of his family-owned restaurant, Allentown Brew Works; he gives us a read on Allentown's morale and hopes the President stops by for a drink and a bite to eat.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has been convicted of one count of embezzlement. Dixon was found guilty of stealing around $630 worth of gift cards intended for needy families in Baltimore, then using the cards at stores like Target and Old Navy. Though the charge was only a misdemeanor, Dixon could be forced from office. We're joined by Marc Steiner, host of The Marc Steiner show on WEAA. He's a long-time Baltimore resident and he's been taking the pulse of a city that has, at times, been deeply divided over the mayor's trial.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
In Atlanta, a hotly contested mayoral race that was almost certainly partially about race drew to a too-close-to-call near-tie Tuesday night. Former state senator Kasim Reed, who is black, and city councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is white, tried not to make race a central focus of the campaign. But in a city where black mayors have been the norm since the 1970's and city residents often vote along racial lines, there was almost no escaping the hot-button issue. We talk to Rickey Bevington, an anchor with Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Monday, November 30, 2009
As economists declare the country to be officially heading out of recession, many are looking around them and still seeing severe economic troubles. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joins us; he says American cities are in serious trouble, can expect little help from cash-strapped state governments, and need direct action from Washington. (click through for a full interview transcript)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The 35th Annual National Conference of Black Mayors convenes today in Las Vegas. In honor of the conference, we put together our own roundtable of black mayors to talk about issues they're facing during these tough economic times. We speak to Mayor John Marks of Tallahasse, Fla., Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden of Baton Rouge, La., and Mayor Sheila Dixon of Baltimore.