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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayor Menino's Guide to Running Cities

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Former Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, offers his insights from leading a major metropolitan area.

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The Takeaway

Philly Mayor: America is Broken & Needs Fixing

Monday, June 23, 2014

This past weekend, Dallas played host to hundreds of mayors from around the nation. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was among those in attendance. He weighs in on the challenges facing his city, and the troubling divides plaguing the nation.

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Freakonomics Radio

“If Mayors Ruled the World”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Unlike certain elected officials in Washington, mayors all over the country actually get stuff done. So maybe we should ask them to do more?

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The Takeaway

GOP Struggles in Big City Politics

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mayoral races are heating up across the country, but for the GOP in big cities, the future isn't as bright. On a list of the U.S.’s largest cities, you have to go down to number 13, Indianapolis, before you find the first Republican mayor. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the urban GOP mayoral void is Mayor Scott Smith, Republican mayor of Mesa, Arizona and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Sarah Burd- Sharps, codirector of Measure of America, weighs in on the shifting demographics of big cities nationwide.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate John Liu

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show continues its series of interviews with candidates for New York City. Today: Comptroller John Liu discusses the latest news from the campaign trail.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet Mayor Fulop

Monday, July 01, 2013

In a ceremony early this morning, Steven Fulop was sworn in as the newest mayor of Jersey City. He discusses his platform and the issues facing his community.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet the Candidates: Sal Albanese

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our series of interviews with candidates for Mayor continues. Sal Albanese, former teacher, city council member and Democratic mayoral hopeful, discusses the campaign and his policy agenda.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate John Liu

Monday, June 17, 2013

Our series of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. Today: Comptroller John Liu discusses the latest news from the campaign trail.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate Christine Quinn

Friday, June 14, 2013

City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, talks about her campaign for mayor.

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The Civic Wit of Humorist Harry Hershfield

Monday, October 15, 2012

WNYC

"New York City Mayors I Have Known" might be the better title for this 1954 installment of Campus Press Conference featuring guest Harry Hershfield -- columnist, cartoonist, and "Toastmaster Extraordinary."

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The Takeaway

Mayors Address Economic Hardships Plaguing the Nation's Cities

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mayors from across the nation are meeting this week to discuss unemployment and other economic issues hitting their respective cities. The United States Conference of Mayors, who is hosting the event, claims that nearly 80 of the country’s metro areas will not reach pre-recession levels of employment for at least five years. Mayor Steve Benjamin, an attendee of the conference, discusses his own struggles as mayor of Columbia, SC and the hardships other cities face presently in the United States.

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The Empire

Coalition Pushes for Mandate Relief

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

By Karen DeWitt, New York Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief

A coalition of business lobbyists, city and village mayors, and school boards are pushing hard for reduced pension and health benefits for their employees, as part of a package of mandate relief that they say is necessary to help communities around New York live within the new 2% property tax cap law.

The groups want public workers and teachers to pay a minimum amount for their health insurances, at least 15% for individuals and 25% for families. They’d also like them to accept reduced pension benefits in the form of portable 401(k)s, and require that injured workers are awarded less money in some cases if they are hurt on the job.

Brian Sampson with the pro business group Unshackle Upstate says the newly passed 2% property tax cap is not going to work, unless local governments and schools  get easements from those rules in order to cut costs.

“This is what the taxpayers are asking for,” said Sampson. “They want government that’s affordable.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a mandate relief task force. It issued its first report last March, but contained no major shake ups to existing mandates. Sampson says the panel just “nibbled around the edges”.

Heather Briccetti, with the New York State Business Council, agrees.

“It’s very modest recommendations,” Briccetti said. “This is broader than what that task force has offered up.”

Governor Cuomo says mandate relief is “a work in progress”, and admits more needs to be done.

“It’s a continuing process, it’s an evolving process,” said Cuomo.

Cuomo was at a bill signing ceremony to require more health insurance coverage for autistic children.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who also attended the event, says he thinks the governor and legislature took a “large step” this year toward mandate relief, and the Speaker says municipalities still want state money for the programs, they just don’t want to be told how to spend it.

“Which has its pluses and minuses,” says Silver, who cites instances of school districts receiving money for pre- Kindergarten  programs, and saying they want the extra cash, but do not want to implement pre-K programs.

Unions, whose members would feel the brunt of many the mandate changes requested, were incensed.  Danny Donohue, President of the state worker union CSEA, in a statement, accused the coalition of being a “front group” for Cuomo, and his “corporate allies”, who he says are using public workers as a “scapegoat”.

The coalition says they are responding to a request from the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, who asked the audience at a recent Business Council meeting to provide specific examples of mandates that they find onerous.

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The Takeaway

Frustrated Voters Recall Mayors Online

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In 2008, much was made about how the Obama campaign’s mastery of social media helped catapult a young, relatively unknown senator into the White House. But three years later, voters are harnessing the power of social media not to put candidates into office, but to "throw the bums out." Recall elections have gone viral, and angry voters throughout the country are using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to drive recall efforts against unpopular politicians.

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The Takeaway

Coalition of Mayors Announces New Urban Service Grants

Monday, January 18, 2010

A group of mayors from around the country, including New York City's Michael Bloomberg, are awarding a new set of grants on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The grants will go to ten cities, and are designed to encourage service in urban areas.

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