Gotham Gazette Gotham Gazette is an online publication covering New York policy and politics as well as news on public safety, transportation, education, finance and more. http://www.gothamgazette.com/component/tags/tag/robert-jackson 2018-12-13T23:15:12+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com Manhattan Senate Debate Offers Another Round of IDC Argument, Few Ideas to Fix NYCHA or the MTA 2018-08-26T04:00:00+00:00 2018-08-26T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7889-senate-debate-offers-another-round-of-idc-argument-few-ideas-to-fix-nycha-or-mta Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/alcantara-jackson-leon.jpg" alt="alcantara jackson leon" width="600" height="305" /></p> <p>Sen. Alcántara, Jackson, &amp; Leon (l-r) during the MNN debate</p> <hr /> <p>Roughly three weeks before the September 13 primary elections, three candidates running for the Democratic nomination in state Senate District 31 – an area that spans the west coast of Midtown and the Upper West Side before encompassing most of Northern Manhattan – debated the incumbent’s involvement with the now defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and discussed some of the district’s most pressing issues, including those regarding transit, public and affordable housing, and the recently-passed rezoning of a portion of Inwood by city officials.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52pMM7H6kNM&amp;t=299s" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network</a> -- which taped Wednesday, aired Thursday, and was moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max -- saw first-term Senator Marisol Alcántara continue to defend her IDC membership, reiterating that her break from the mainline Democratic conference did not affect her voting record while in Albany and resulted in benefits for her constituents. Meanwhile, Robert Jackson, a Democrat making his third straight bid for the seat, continued to criticize the senator, questioning her Democratic credibility given the IDC’s alignment with the Republican conference and that majority’s blockage of a multitude of progressive legislation, much of which both Alcántara and Jackson <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7856-manhattan-rematch-of-tight-primary-takes-shape-in-different-political-environment">say they support</a>.</p> <p>Another Democratic challenger, Thomas Leon, struggled to answer questions during the debate and a fourth candidate, Tirso Pina, was absent from the event altogether. What Leon did make clear was his negative view of all the sniping back and forth between Alcántara and Jackson, but he largely did not provide concrete policy positions.</p> <p>While Alcántara and Jackson seemed to agree on major policy problems and solutions, such as the crises facing the MTA and NYCHA, neither offered detailed proposals or radical new approaches to resolve the existential threats facing the two public authorities, even as the candidates were pressed for more information.</p> <p>Alcántara was first elected in 2016 after a four-way race between her, Jackson, Micah Lasher, and Luis Tejada. She, Jackson, and Lasher each garnered about a third of the votes cast, with Alcántara, of course, coming in first, followed by Lasher, then Jackson. Lasher is not running again, he has endorsed Jackson’s candidacy, but there are questions about who will actually come out to vote this year, including the number of new voters, some possibly spurred by the extensive anti-IDC movement that has sprung up.</p> <p>“So, the expectation [is] that all of the votes that he received are coming to me, give or take a few,” Jackson said of Lasher’s 2016 supporters during the debate, when the two candidates were asked about how they are reaching out to voters that did not vote for them last cycle. Jackson additionally has the support of many activist organizations, almost all of the district’s Democratic clubs, and many elected officials. Alcántara has much a great deal of support from organized labor, including several of the city’s most politically active unions.</p> <p>When asked how she has been targeting new voters in her campaign, Alcántara said, “We send out mailers like every campaign to everybody...We have tried to reach out to everyone in our district and work with everybody in our district regardless of where they’re from, because we feel that’s the best way to represent.” Alcántara also repeatedly stressed that she has the advantage with labor, including the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Nurses Association, and 1199SEIU, the health care workers.</p> <p><strong>MTA and NYCHA</strong><br />The state of the MTA and NYCHA have been flashpoints in this year’s election cycle. Both authorities are badly in need of repairs, with rampant delays plaguing the subways and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7644-de-blasio-points-to-cuomo-s-nycha-order-as-potentially-dangerous-to-city-budget">NYCHA developments falling apart</a> and riddled with mold, lead paint, and heating issues. Both authorities need better management and tens of billions of dollars in funding for repairs and upgrades.</p> <p>During the debate, both Alcántara and Jackson expressed support for congestion pricing, both to reduce traffic and raise revenue for the MTA.</p> <p>“We need to get more cars off the streets,” Alcántara said. “We have a high asthma rate in the district. We can do two things by congestion pricing: we can fix our asthma and our environmental issues and we can bring in funding for our subway system.” Alcántara additionally suggested that legalizing recreational marijuana may aid the subway crisis if its tax revenue can be funneled into funding public transit.</p> <p>While the senator avoided blaming anyone for the MTA crisis, Jackson placed the weight of the problem on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s shoulders. The governor has frequently come under fire for the deterioration of the city’s subway system, especially from his gubernatorial primary challenger, Cynthia Nixon, who has cross-endorsed with Jackson. The governor appoints a plurality of members to the MTA board and the leader of the authority, while also playing the largest role in determining how the MTA is funded and its top priorities. “The governor needs to be able to deal with that because he’s the primary one responsible for the MTA,” Jackson said. While he agrees with the importance of congestion pricing, Jackson also believes that “there needs to be a better working relationship between the governor and the mayor to work together to address the issues” and that “the primary responsibility is for the state of New York to provide the resources.”</p> <p>As for Leon, his answer to repeated MTA questions including that there must be “a team” in place, but he did not discuss any details when given the opportunity.</p> <p>Somewhat like with the MTA, it is estimated that around $30 billion is needed over the next five years in order to address the NYCHA crisis.</p> <p>Asked about solutions for NYCHA, especially around new revenue, Alcántara discussed her work for NYCHA residents, which she said includes funding for tenant organizations, calling for an independent monitor for NYCHA, surveying over a thousand NYCHA residents, touring all NYCHA buildings in her district, and fighting to include $200 million for NYCHA in the state budget.</p> <p>“I have a seniors building that is NYCHA that has six apartments that are vacant. Why are they vacant?,” the senator said. “Because the roof is not working and it leaks into the apartment.” When confronted with such building damages, Alcántara said the first thing she does is snap a picture send it to NYCHA. “I say, ‘Look, you have six apartments empty. We have a homeless crisis in the city. We could house six different families in these apartments,’” she said.</p> <p>In terms of funding NYCHA’s repairs, Alcántara suggested the possibility of renting out NYCHA-owned parking spaces and appeared somewhat open to new development on NYCHA land that includes some market-rate housing.</p> <p>Jackson expressed more clear and full opposition to market-rate housing on NYCHA land, though he provided few ideas about how to bring in new revenue for NYCHA, mostly referencing the idea of winning more federal funding, though he acknowledged that is unlikely given current federal leadership.</p> <p>While they did not articulate clear ideas for addressing NYCHA funding requirements, both candidates emphasized the need to include NYCHA residents in the conversations that may precipitate new programs.</p> <p>“We need to get together with the residents of NYCHA and come up with a plan that works for everybody,” Alcántara said.</p> <p>“I wanna hold hearings in order to get the input from the government officials and from advocates in the field and from the public,” Jackson said. “And, I’m open to considering everything. But, the end result should be where the residents are involved.”</p> <p>Leon, who didn’t speak of specific policy details to resolve the NYCHA funding crisis, suggested that the funds were not being allocated properly. “We don’t have the funds and the state has the money,” he said.</p> <p>None of the candidates mentioned raising taxes on high earners to fund the MTA, as Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for, or to add dedicated revenue for NYCHA.</p> <p><strong>Affordable Housing and Rezoning Inwood</strong><br />All three candidates agreed that affordable housing is a major issue afflicting the 31st Senate District. The three additionally oppose the <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/402-18/mayor-de-blasio-council-member-rodriguez-celebrate-city-council-approval-the-inwood">Inwood Neighborhood Rezoning</a>, a plan of new neighborhood land use rules developed by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and local City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, which was officially approved by the City Council earlier this month.</p> <p>“To have the opportunity to get an apartment for rezoning, we need to have a very high salary,” Leon said of the plan. “More than 40,000 [dollars]. And our workers, they hardly make 20,000 a year.”</p> <p>“I remember when my neighborhood [West Harlem] was rezoned in 2014,” Alcántara said, recalling “the number of people that have moved out of our neighborhood because of rezoning and what that means for real estate. So, seeing the Inwood rezoning is like playing the same movie again.”</p> <p>The rezoning is aimed at allowing more housing to be built in the area, with certain affordability guidelines on some units, and will provide a variety of new city investments into the community.</p> <p>The senator, who has been endorsed again by Rodriguez, criticized the city for not properly addressing infrastructure and labor issues. “What does that mean when you’re gonna have an additional 20,000 people taking the A and 1 train in Upper Manhattan without building any additional space?” she said. “There’s no labor agreement, so we are seeing the number of construction workers that have died in the city over 30, most of them immigrants from Latin America, and I am afraid that if we’re gonna start construction on Inwood, how come we didn’t address any of the labor issues?”</p> <p>Jobs should go to people within the community, the community must have access to all of the new services, and small businesses need the opportunity to move into any new real estate space, Alcántara said.</p> <p>Jackson’s opposition to the plan stems from the notion that rezoning Inwood will expel those already living within the neighborhood due to higher costs of living. “It’s gonna have a negative impact on the people that lived there and it’s gonna accelerate gentrification,” said Jackson. “It should’ve been voted down, but, in fact, it’s moving forward. And people are looking at what the options [are].”</p> <p><strong>The IDC Debate</strong><br />The debate over Alcántara’s membership in the IDC – the conference of eight breakaway Democrats that caucused with Republicans in the state Senate, and was dissolved in April whereby its members joined the mainline Democratic conference – is a well-worn one, especially as all the former IDC members continue to defend their defection as they face-off against <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7870-state-senate-candidates-file-fundraising-numbers" target="_blank">challengers of their own</a> this primary season. In her own defense, Alcántara argued that a unified Democratic minority conference in the Senate still brought no progress on key Democratic legislation, that joining the IDC did not sway her voting record away from progressivism, and that she has accomplished a lot for her district.</p> <p>“I believe my record speaks for itself,” the senator said. “I brought in a record of investment in our community. That’s why I have been endorsed by the teachers union, because of the work that I have done in education.” She cited three teacher centers built within the district and funding she allocated for a CUNY campus.</p> <p>When asked if she justified her IDC membership by the potential to obtain greater resources for her district, Alcántara offered a different rationale. “When I ran for office [in 2016], I reached out to all the Democratic establishment in the city of New York...No one from the entire establishment supported or were interested in bringing some label of diversity to the state Senate. I had a prior relationship with Diane Savino [a co-founder of the IDC], who came out of the labor movement like I did, and thus how I came in contact and thus how I joined the IDC.”</p> <p>The IDC was well-established and growing when Alcántara joined after taking office in early 2017, after he narrow 2016 primary was funded by more than $500,000 through IDC accounts.</p> <p>Jackson, whose campaign is centered on Alcántara’s IDC membership and what he calls betrayal of her constituents, countered that the 2016 election “was an open seat. The establishment really does not support an open seat.”</p> <p>Alcántara said that despite major donations from real estate and charter school and education reform interests, her votes in Albany still aligned with her own moral compass as a long-time progressive.</p> <p>“For example, I voted for charter schools to be cut. I have voted for transparency in the way charter schools operate,” Alcántara said, responding to a question of how she reconciles her involvement with IDC and those sources of money that she says she is opposed to. “Just because they gave money, it has not stopped my vote or how I feel and what I think is the best for students of my district.”</p> <p>Still, Jackson distinguishes himself from Alcántara based on her alliance with Republicans on the Senate floor. “I will always be a Democrat, a true blue Democrat, and never swim across the river in order to sleep with the Republicans,” he said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52pMM7H6kNM&amp;t=299s" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Watch the full debate</a>:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/52pMM7H6kNM" width="560" height="315" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/alcantara-jackson-leon.jpg" alt="alcantara jackson leon" width="600" height="305" /></p> <p>Sen. Alcántara, Jackson, &amp; Leon (l-r) during the MNN debate</p> <hr /> <p>Roughly three weeks before the September 13 primary elections, three candidates running for the Democratic nomination in state Senate District 31 – an area that spans the west coast of Midtown and the Upper West Side before encompassing most of Northern Manhattan – debated the incumbent’s involvement with the now defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and discussed some of the district’s most pressing issues, including those regarding transit, public and affordable housing, and the recently-passed rezoning of a portion of Inwood by city officials.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52pMM7H6kNM&amp;t=299s" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The debate hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network</a> -- which taped Wednesday, aired Thursday, and was moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max -- saw first-term Senator Marisol Alcántara continue to defend her IDC membership, reiterating that her break from the mainline Democratic conference did not affect her voting record while in Albany and resulted in benefits for her constituents. Meanwhile, Robert Jackson, a Democrat making his third straight bid for the seat, continued to criticize the senator, questioning her Democratic credibility given the IDC’s alignment with the Republican conference and that majority’s blockage of a multitude of progressive legislation, much of which both Alcántara and Jackson <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7856-manhattan-rematch-of-tight-primary-takes-shape-in-different-political-environment">say they support</a>.</p> <p>Another Democratic challenger, Thomas Leon, struggled to answer questions during the debate and a fourth candidate, Tirso Pina, was absent from the event altogether. What Leon did make clear was his negative view of all the sniping back and forth between Alcántara and Jackson, but he largely did not provide concrete policy positions.</p> <p>While Alcántara and Jackson seemed to agree on major policy problems and solutions, such as the crises facing the MTA and NYCHA, neither offered detailed proposals or radical new approaches to resolve the existential threats facing the two public authorities, even as the candidates were pressed for more information.</p> <p>Alcántara was first elected in 2016 after a four-way race between her, Jackson, Micah Lasher, and Luis Tejada. She, Jackson, and Lasher each garnered about a third of the votes cast, with Alcántara, of course, coming in first, followed by Lasher, then Jackson. Lasher is not running again, he has endorsed Jackson’s candidacy, but there are questions about who will actually come out to vote this year, including the number of new voters, some possibly spurred by the extensive anti-IDC movement that has sprung up.</p> <p>“So, the expectation [is] that all of the votes that he received are coming to me, give or take a few,” Jackson said of Lasher’s 2016 supporters during the debate, when the two candidates were asked about how they are reaching out to voters that did not vote for them last cycle. Jackson additionally has the support of many activist organizations, almost all of the district’s Democratic clubs, and many elected officials. Alcántara has much a great deal of support from organized labor, including several of the city’s most politically active unions.</p> <p>When asked how she has been targeting new voters in her campaign, Alcántara said, “We send out mailers like every campaign to everybody...We have tried to reach out to everyone in our district and work with everybody in our district regardless of where they’re from, because we feel that’s the best way to represent.” Alcántara also repeatedly stressed that she has the advantage with labor, including the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Nurses Association, and 1199SEIU, the health care workers.</p> <p><strong>MTA and NYCHA</strong><br />The state of the MTA and NYCHA have been flashpoints in this year’s election cycle. Both authorities are badly in need of repairs, with rampant delays plaguing the subways and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7644-de-blasio-points-to-cuomo-s-nycha-order-as-potentially-dangerous-to-city-budget">NYCHA developments falling apart</a> and riddled with mold, lead paint, and heating issues. Both authorities need better management and tens of billions of dollars in funding for repairs and upgrades.</p> <p>During the debate, both Alcántara and Jackson expressed support for congestion pricing, both to reduce traffic and raise revenue for the MTA.</p> <p>“We need to get more cars off the streets,” Alcántara said. “We have a high asthma rate in the district. We can do two things by congestion pricing: we can fix our asthma and our environmental issues and we can bring in funding for our subway system.” Alcántara additionally suggested that legalizing recreational marijuana may aid the subway crisis if its tax revenue can be funneled into funding public transit.</p> <p>While the senator avoided blaming anyone for the MTA crisis, Jackson placed the weight of the problem on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s shoulders. The governor has frequently come under fire for the deterioration of the city’s subway system, especially from his gubernatorial primary challenger, Cynthia Nixon, who has cross-endorsed with Jackson. The governor appoints a plurality of members to the MTA board and the leader of the authority, while also playing the largest role in determining how the MTA is funded and its top priorities. “The governor needs to be able to deal with that because he’s the primary one responsible for the MTA,” Jackson said. While he agrees with the importance of congestion pricing, Jackson also believes that “there needs to be a better working relationship between the governor and the mayor to work together to address the issues” and that “the primary responsibility is for the state of New York to provide the resources.”</p> <p>As for Leon, his answer to repeated MTA questions including that there must be “a team” in place, but he did not discuss any details when given the opportunity.</p> <p>Somewhat like with the MTA, it is estimated that around $30 billion is needed over the next five years in order to address the NYCHA crisis.</p> <p>Asked about solutions for NYCHA, especially around new revenue, Alcántara discussed her work for NYCHA residents, which she said includes funding for tenant organizations, calling for an independent monitor for NYCHA, surveying over a thousand NYCHA residents, touring all NYCHA buildings in her district, and fighting to include $200 million for NYCHA in the state budget.</p> <p>“I have a seniors building that is NYCHA that has six apartments that are vacant. Why are they vacant?,” the senator said. “Because the roof is not working and it leaks into the apartment.” When confronted with such building damages, Alcántara said the first thing she does is snap a picture send it to NYCHA. “I say, ‘Look, you have six apartments empty. We have a homeless crisis in the city. We could house six different families in these apartments,’” she said.</p> <p>In terms of funding NYCHA’s repairs, Alcántara suggested the possibility of renting out NYCHA-owned parking spaces and appeared somewhat open to new development on NYCHA land that includes some market-rate housing.</p> <p>Jackson expressed more clear and full opposition to market-rate housing on NYCHA land, though he provided few ideas about how to bring in new revenue for NYCHA, mostly referencing the idea of winning more federal funding, though he acknowledged that is unlikely given current federal leadership.</p> <p>While they did not articulate clear ideas for addressing NYCHA funding requirements, both candidates emphasized the need to include NYCHA residents in the conversations that may precipitate new programs.</p> <p>“We need to get together with the residents of NYCHA and come up with a plan that works for everybody,” Alcántara said.</p> <p>“I wanna hold hearings in order to get the input from the government officials and from advocates in the field and from the public,” Jackson said. “And, I’m open to considering everything. But, the end result should be where the residents are involved.”</p> <p>Leon, who didn’t speak of specific policy details to resolve the NYCHA funding crisis, suggested that the funds were not being allocated properly. “We don’t have the funds and the state has the money,” he said.</p> <p>None of the candidates mentioned raising taxes on high earners to fund the MTA, as Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for, or to add dedicated revenue for NYCHA.</p> <p><strong>Affordable Housing and Rezoning Inwood</strong><br />All three candidates agreed that affordable housing is a major issue afflicting the 31st Senate District. The three additionally oppose the <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/402-18/mayor-de-blasio-council-member-rodriguez-celebrate-city-council-approval-the-inwood">Inwood Neighborhood Rezoning</a>, a plan of new neighborhood land use rules developed by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and local City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, which was officially approved by the City Council earlier this month.</p> <p>“To have the opportunity to get an apartment for rezoning, we need to have a very high salary,” Leon said of the plan. “More than 40,000 [dollars]. And our workers, they hardly make 20,000 a year.”</p> <p>“I remember when my neighborhood [West Harlem] was rezoned in 2014,” Alcántara said, recalling “the number of people that have moved out of our neighborhood because of rezoning and what that means for real estate. So, seeing the Inwood rezoning is like playing the same movie again.”</p> <p>The rezoning is aimed at allowing more housing to be built in the area, with certain affordability guidelines on some units, and will provide a variety of new city investments into the community.</p> <p>The senator, who has been endorsed again by Rodriguez, criticized the city for not properly addressing infrastructure and labor issues. “What does that mean when you’re gonna have an additional 20,000 people taking the A and 1 train in Upper Manhattan without building any additional space?” she said. “There’s no labor agreement, so we are seeing the number of construction workers that have died in the city over 30, most of them immigrants from Latin America, and I am afraid that if we’re gonna start construction on Inwood, how come we didn’t address any of the labor issues?”</p> <p>Jobs should go to people within the community, the community must have access to all of the new services, and small businesses need the opportunity to move into any new real estate space, Alcántara said.</p> <p>Jackson’s opposition to the plan stems from the notion that rezoning Inwood will expel those already living within the neighborhood due to higher costs of living. “It’s gonna have a negative impact on the people that lived there and it’s gonna accelerate gentrification,” said Jackson. “It should’ve been voted down, but, in fact, it’s moving forward. And people are looking at what the options [are].”</p> <p><strong>The IDC Debate</strong><br />The debate over Alcántara’s membership in the IDC – the conference of eight breakaway Democrats that caucused with Republicans in the state Senate, and was dissolved in April whereby its members joined the mainline Democratic conference – is a well-worn one, especially as all the former IDC members continue to defend their defection as they face-off against <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7870-state-senate-candidates-file-fundraising-numbers" target="_blank">challengers of their own</a> this primary season. In her own defense, Alcántara argued that a unified Democratic minority conference in the Senate still brought no progress on key Democratic legislation, that joining the IDC did not sway her voting record away from progressivism, and that she has accomplished a lot for her district.</p> <p>“I believe my record speaks for itself,” the senator said. “I brought in a record of investment in our community. That’s why I have been endorsed by the teachers union, because of the work that I have done in education.” She cited three teacher centers built within the district and funding she allocated for a CUNY campus.</p> <p>When asked if she justified her IDC membership by the potential to obtain greater resources for her district, Alcántara offered a different rationale. “When I ran for office [in 2016], I reached out to all the Democratic establishment in the city of New York...No one from the entire establishment supported or were interested in bringing some label of diversity to the state Senate. I had a prior relationship with Diane Savino [a co-founder of the IDC], who came out of the labor movement like I did, and thus how I came in contact and thus how I joined the IDC.”</p> <p>The IDC was well-established and growing when Alcántara joined after taking office in early 2017, after he narrow 2016 primary was funded by more than $500,000 through IDC accounts.</p> <p>Jackson, whose campaign is centered on Alcántara’s IDC membership and what he calls betrayal of her constituents, countered that the 2016 election “was an open seat. The establishment really does not support an open seat.”</p> <p>Alcántara said that despite major donations from real estate and charter school and education reform interests, her votes in Albany still aligned with her own moral compass as a long-time progressive.</p> <p>“For example, I voted for charter schools to be cut. I have voted for transparency in the way charter schools operate,” Alcántara said, responding to a question of how she reconciles her involvement with IDC and those sources of money that she says she is opposed to. “Just because they gave money, it has not stopped my vote or how I feel and what I think is the best for students of my district.”</p> <p>Still, Jackson distinguishes himself from Alcántara based on her alliance with Republicans on the Senate floor. “I will always be a Democrat, a true blue Democrat, and never swim across the river in order to sleep with the Republicans,” he said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52pMM7H6kNM&amp;t=299s" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Watch the full debate</a>:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/52pMM7H6kNM" width="560" height="315" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>

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Rematch of Tight Manhattan Senate Primary Takes Shape in Different Political Environment 2018-08-09T04:00:00+00:00 2018-08-09T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7856-manhattan-rematch-of-tight-primary-takes-shape-in-different-political-environment Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/marisol-alcantara-reelect.jpg" alt="marisol alcantara reelect" /></p> <p>Sen. Alcántara, middle (photo: @NY31Alcantara)</p> <hr /> <p>Both are Democrats with a steady history of politics and activism in New York. Both graduated from in-state universities and began their careers by working with labor unions. Both are people of color and have participated in the political arena while being the only one of their demographic in the room. On virtually every policy issue, they agree, yet the two -- Marisol Alcántara and Robert Jackson -- are engaged in a nasty political race that will be decided on primary election day, September 13.</p> <p>Alcántara is the first-term state senator of District 31, a western sliver of Manhattan that covers parts of Midtown West and the Upper West Side before widening into neighborhoods like Washington Heights and Inwood. She’s currently the only Latina elected to the New York State Senate, the 63-seat upper house of the state Legislature where the Republican conference recently held a one-seat majority, bolstered for the last seven years by the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway faction of elected Democrats that Alcántara joined after her election two years ago. The IDC, which folded in April of this year under immense pressure to rejoin the larger mainline Democratic conference, invested heavily in Alcántara’s first campaign, providing her with hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding as she narrowly won a four-way primary guaranteeing her ascension to the Senate given the district’s overwhelming Democratic enrollment.</p> <p>Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, himself seeking a third term this year and facing a tough primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon, brokered the IDC reunification deal just after this year’s state budget was decided, attempting to undercut a central line of criticism he’s received: that he supported the existence of the IDC to help bolster Republican control of the Senate and govern more from the center than the left.</p> <p>The deal made Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the IDC, deputy leader of the Democratic conference, behind Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who could become the first woman of color to lead the Senate majority if Democrats take control of the chamber through this year’s elections. Despite these efforts to sew the intra-party split shut, all eight former IDC members face spirited primary challenges, with Alcántara widely seen as the most vulnerable to defeat given her limited tenure, the closeness of her 2016 victory, the increase in IDC awareness and anti-IDC activism, Jackson’s history in the district, the one-on-one nature of the race, and other factors.</p> <p>Jackson – a former Community School Board President in the 1990s and the only Muslim City Council Member during his 12-year tenure – is running for the seat for the third straight eletion, having lost to former senator, now U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat in 2014 and Alcántara is 2016 (he also ran unsuccessfully for Manhattan borough president in 2013 as he was term-limited out of the Council). While last time around Jackson warned of Alcántara’s ties to the IDC, this time he is using her membership in the conference against her as he tries to unseat her, while she touts bills she has been able to pass and funding for the district she has been able to secure as the results of that IDC membership.</p> <p>“I’m helping to flip a seat,” Jackson said on a recent <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7836-max-murphy-podcast-manhattan-state-senate-rematch-centered-on-breakaway-democrats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">episode</a> of Max &amp; Murphy on WBAI radio, during which both candidates separately appeared, responding to a question of whether or not Democrats should focus their attention on flipping Republican seats rather than challenging incumbent Democrats, “where you basically have a Trump Democrat, a turncoat Democrat, a rogue Democrat, representing the district.”</p> <p>Alcántara, on the other hand, refuted the idea that joining the IDC – which has been criticized for helping to block the passage of key progressive legislation like the DREAM Act and the Reproductive Health Act, both issues that she says she supports in her reelection campaign – affected her decision-making in Albany. “I have never taken a vote in the Senate that has been against my principles, as a trade unionist or as an immigrant, as a Latina,” she told Max &amp; Murphy. “So, I’m very proud of my record.”</p> <p><strong>The 2016 Election</strong><br /> When Espaillat left the New York State Senate in 2016 to join Congress, Alcántara made her bid for the newly empty Senate District 31 seat, as did Jackson and fellow Democrats Micah Lasher and Luis Tejada. Alcántara won the primary, with 8,309 votes, and Lasher and Jackson trailed closely behind, at 7,737 and 7,616, respectively. Tejada received 1,253 votes. Lasher is not running this year and has instead thrown his support behind Jackson. Tejada is not running either.</p> <p>While she was overlooked for support by most Democratic officials and clubs, labor unions, and others, Alcántara found support from the IDC, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars and political support from the group, which was looking to grow its ranks. She <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/09/alcantara-wins-race-to-replace-fellow-latino-espaillat-105438" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reportedly</a> did not publicly commit herself to the breakaway coalition during the campaign, but, on the night of her victory, Alcántara’s spokesperson announced that she would be joining its ranks in Albany.</p> <p>It is Alcántara’s IDC membership that is the core of Jackson’s challenge.</p> <p>“If you truly believe you’re a Democrat, then stand with the Democrats,” Jackson said on Max &amp; Murphy. “Micah Lasher and I took a pledge, we raised our right hand two years ago and said we will always be Democrats fighting for the people of our district, not selling them down the river.”</p> <p>Alcántara defended the dissolved coalition, arguing that the IDC’s existence did not change the fact that Democrats would still not have held a majority in the Senate, but also that her values and the policies she stood for were not put in peril by her membership. “Marriage equality was done with a coalition government. Raise the Age was done with a coalition government. Paid family leave was done with a coalition government. A lot of free college tuition was done with a coalition government, also,” she said of policies that have been passed through a Republican-IDC led state Senate over the past several years.</p> <p><strong>Policy</strong><br />Both candidates espouse similar policy issues as the pillars for their senatorial campaigns. If reelected, Alcántara has a <a href="https://www.marisolalcantarany.com/10-point-action-plan-1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ten Point Action Plan</a> that deals with issues ranging from immigrant protections to gun control. Likewise, Jackson’s platform, according to his <a href="https://www.voterobertjackson.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">campaign website</a>, devotes attention to nine separate issues, spanning his views on topics like education and the environment. The candidates’ policy positions show a lot of overlap, and they cite similar legislation they want to see passed through Albany next year, though they do prioritize some different bills.</p> <p>At the top of Alcántara’s agenda is the issue of immigrant rights, namely the Dream Act, a bill she co-sponsors that would allow undocumented immigrants and their children access to state financial aid for college, as well as a farmworkers’ rights bill; meanwhile, Jackson’s campaign has been less outspoken on immigrant rights and his campaign website makes no mention of the Dream Act, which has not passed the Senate along with many other top Democratic priorities, a fact Jackson linked to his opponent and the IDC, while Alcántara blamed a Republican Senate majority.</p> <p>“When you look at what has occurred in the tenure since the IDC, Marisol Alcántara included as one of those, nothing has been passed as far as legislation that benefits the people I represent,” Jackson said on Max &amp; Murphy. Along with the Dream Act, Jackson mentioned bills dealing with rent control, health care, and women’s reproductive rights, all of which are listed in both Alcántara’s and Jackson’s platforms. He’s consistently had education funding at the top of his agenda over decades and believes that New York City schools are owed billions more from the state as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.</p> <p>Alcántara highlights her own accomplishments, especially related to Latinas. During her two year tenure in the state Senate, Alcántara says she has secured over $7 million in state funding to her district, using these resources to develop community-based organizations such as Upper Manhattan’s first LGBTQ Youth Homeless Center and the establishment of the Immigrant Defense Fund, which provides free legal services to documented and undocumented immigrants. She has also invested $500,000 into implementing a pilot program that works to reduce class sizes for English language learning students -- “Such as myself,” Alcántara, who moved to the United States at age 12 from the Dominican Republic, added on Max &amp; Murphy -- and has worked to address issues on the Senate floor that have traditionally not been spotlighted.</p> <p>“I addressed issues in the Senate in terms of issues with Latina suicide that had never been addressed before,” the senator said. “My bill, which talks about why there’s such a high number of African-American women and women of African descent that died after childbirth, that was never addressed before in the Senate.”</p> <p>Jackson has said that Alcántara only focuses on the northern part of the district, where she got the bulk of her votes in 2016 and which is heavily Latino. She has staked some of her argument for reelection on the fact that she is the only Latina in the Senate, while Jackson dismissed any concern with unseating her and removing a woman and the lone Latina senator from office, saying that demographic qualities don’t supercede making the right, or wrong, choices while in office.</p> <p>Still, the two agree on much policy -- the senator and her challenger have both announced their support for two key pieces of legislation in regards to reproductive rights, the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act and the Reproductive Health Act, which would, respectively, mandate insurance coverage for contraceptive options and uphold a woman’s right to choose contraception or an abortion. Both Alcántara and Jackson support the passage of the New York Health Act, another bill that Alcántara co-sponsors, which would establish universal health coverage to New Yorkers statewide.</p> <p>Affordable housing and voting reform are other key issues across this year’s races, including in the Alcántara-Jackson contest. For the former, both candidates have campaigned on the promise to repeal vacancy decontrol and set an end to vacancy bonuses. For the latter, both support the establishment of early voting, no-excuse absentee ballots, and same day voter registration. Additionally, Alcántara and Jackson support the establishment of a public campaign financing program and closure of the Limited Liability Companies loophole, which allows entities to donate virtually limitless sums to candidates by using various LLCs.</p> <p><strong>Campaign Finance Picture</strong><br />Alcántara and her former IDC mates find themselves in controversy given that a state Supreme Court <a href="https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/IDC-Independence-campaign-finance-deal-declared-12975561.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ruled</a> as illegal a campaign financing deal struck between the IDC and the Independence Party – which allowed the IDC and Senator Klein as its leader to raise its own funds despite not being a political party and to funnel unlimited amounts to its candidates. Critics and constituents alike have called for Alcántara and other former IDC members to return the money raised through the account, but thus far it appears that the parties involved met the only court-mandated requirement involving details of how the account is registered. Former IDC members have said they have no intention of returning the money, though the State Board of Elections Enforcement Counsel, Risa Sugarman, has said they should. The issue has become a major point of attack from Jackson and other IDC challengers.</p> <p>In response to a caller’s question as to why she has not returned the money she received through the account, Alcántara said, “The money that we spent in 2016 was spent. My attorneys have not received any letters stating that I have to give money back. I will do whatever the court says I have to do.”</p> <p>January to July, Alcántara raised $116,000 for her reelection campaign, falling short of her $130,000 expenditures it that time, according to July campaign finance filings. Additionally, she received about $66,000 from the IDC committee in question, and had about $132,000 cash on hand at the filing.</p> <p>Jackson has claimed 8,800 campaign donations, with an average contribution of $31, according to his campaign office, which pointed out that Alcántara had received only 503 donations. Jackson raised a little more than $156,00 in the most recent six-month filing period, and had raised a total of $284,490 for this race as of mid-July. At that filing, he had about $158,000 on hand to spend.</p> <p><strong>Endorsements</strong><br />A string of city and state figures have endorsed Jackson to be the next State Senator of the 31st District. These figures include the New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, and various others. Organizations such as the Working Families Party, No IDC NY and Tenants PAC have also thrown their support behind Jackson. Additionally, while Jackson holds the endorsements of 15 Democratic clubs within the district – all of District 31’s Democratic clubs save for the Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change – Alcántara lacks the endorsement of any of the district’s clubs, according to the Jackson campaign and a review of Alcántara’s endorsement list.</p> <p>Alcántara, meanwhile, currently holds the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Senators Roxanne Persaud and Velmanette Montgomery, as well as of a wide variety of labor unions, such as the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, the New York State Nurses Association and Uniformed EMTs. She also has the tacit support of Gov. Cuomo, who said when announcing the Democratic Senate unity deal that the parties involved would not support primaries against any of the others involved.</p> <p>In a telling sign of which way the wind is blowing, however, Espaillat -- who strongly backed Alcántara as his successor in 2016 -- says he’s not taking a side. “I’m staying neutral,” he told Gotham Gazette on Wednesday, when asked if he’s backing Alcántara again this year. “I decided not to get involved, I spoke to her, I spoke to Robert - and let the community decide.”</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/marisol-alcantara-reelect.jpg" alt="marisol alcantara reelect" /></p> <p>Sen. Alcántara, middle (photo: @NY31Alcantara)</p> <hr /> <p>Both are Democrats with a steady history of politics and activism in New York. Both graduated from in-state universities and began their careers by working with labor unions. Both are people of color and have participated in the political arena while being the only one of their demographic in the room. On virtually every policy issue, they agree, yet the two -- Marisol Alcántara and Robert Jackson -- are engaged in a nasty political race that will be decided on primary election day, September 13.</p> <p>Alcántara is the first-term state senator of District 31, a western sliver of Manhattan that covers parts of Midtown West and the Upper West Side before widening into neighborhoods like Washington Heights and Inwood. She’s currently the only Latina elected to the New York State Senate, the 63-seat upper house of the state Legislature where the Republican conference recently held a one-seat majority, bolstered for the last seven years by the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway faction of elected Democrats that Alcántara joined after her election two years ago. The IDC, which folded in April of this year under immense pressure to rejoin the larger mainline Democratic conference, invested heavily in Alcántara’s first campaign, providing her with hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding as she narrowly won a four-way primary guaranteeing her ascension to the Senate given the district’s overwhelming Democratic enrollment.</p> <p>Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, himself seeking a third term this year and facing a tough primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon, brokered the IDC reunification deal just after this year’s state budget was decided, attempting to undercut a central line of criticism he’s received: that he supported the existence of the IDC to help bolster Republican control of the Senate and govern more from the center than the left.</p> <p>The deal made Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the IDC, deputy leader of the Democratic conference, behind Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who could become the first woman of color to lead the Senate majority if Democrats take control of the chamber through this year’s elections. Despite these efforts to sew the intra-party split shut, all eight former IDC members face spirited primary challenges, with Alcántara widely seen as the most vulnerable to defeat given her limited tenure, the closeness of her 2016 victory, the increase in IDC awareness and anti-IDC activism, Jackson’s history in the district, the one-on-one nature of the race, and other factors.</p> <p>Jackson – a former Community School Board President in the 1990s and the only Muslim City Council Member during his 12-year tenure – is running for the seat for the third straight eletion, having lost to former senator, now U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat in 2014 and Alcántara is 2016 (he also ran unsuccessfully for Manhattan borough president in 2013 as he was term-limited out of the Council). While last time around Jackson warned of Alcántara’s ties to the IDC, this time he is using her membership in the conference against her as he tries to unseat her, while she touts bills she has been able to pass and funding for the district she has been able to secure as the results of that IDC membership.</p> <p>“I’m helping to flip a seat,” Jackson said on a recent <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7836-max-murphy-podcast-manhattan-state-senate-rematch-centered-on-breakaway-democrats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">episode</a> of Max &amp; Murphy on WBAI radio, during which both candidates separately appeared, responding to a question of whether or not Democrats should focus their attention on flipping Republican seats rather than challenging incumbent Democrats, “where you basically have a Trump Democrat, a turncoat Democrat, a rogue Democrat, representing the district.”</p> <p>Alcántara, on the other hand, refuted the idea that joining the IDC – which has been criticized for helping to block the passage of key progressive legislation like the DREAM Act and the Reproductive Health Act, both issues that she says she supports in her reelection campaign – affected her decision-making in Albany. “I have never taken a vote in the Senate that has been against my principles, as a trade unionist or as an immigrant, as a Latina,” she told Max &amp; Murphy. “So, I’m very proud of my record.”</p> <p><strong>The 2016 Election</strong><br /> When Espaillat left the New York State Senate in 2016 to join Congress, Alcántara made her bid for the newly empty Senate District 31 seat, as did Jackson and fellow Democrats Micah Lasher and Luis Tejada. Alcántara won the primary, with 8,309 votes, and Lasher and Jackson trailed closely behind, at 7,737 and 7,616, respectively. Tejada received 1,253 votes. Lasher is not running this year and has instead thrown his support behind Jackson. Tejada is not running either.</p> <p>While she was overlooked for support by most Democratic officials and clubs, labor unions, and others, Alcántara found support from the IDC, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars and political support from the group, which was looking to grow its ranks. She <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/09/alcantara-wins-race-to-replace-fellow-latino-espaillat-105438" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reportedly</a> did not publicly commit herself to the breakaway coalition during the campaign, but, on the night of her victory, Alcántara’s spokesperson announced that she would be joining its ranks in Albany.</p> <p>It is Alcántara’s IDC membership that is the core of Jackson’s challenge.</p> <p>“If you truly believe you’re a Democrat, then stand with the Democrats,” Jackson said on Max &amp; Murphy. “Micah Lasher and I took a pledge, we raised our right hand two years ago and said we will always be Democrats fighting for the people of our district, not selling them down the river.”</p> <p>Alcántara defended the dissolved coalition, arguing that the IDC’s existence did not change the fact that Democrats would still not have held a majority in the Senate, but also that her values and the policies she stood for were not put in peril by her membership. “Marriage equality was done with a coalition government. Raise the Age was done with a coalition government. Paid family leave was done with a coalition government. A lot of free college tuition was done with a coalition government, also,” she said of policies that have been passed through a Republican-IDC led state Senate over the past several years.</p> <p><strong>Policy</strong><br />Both candidates espouse similar policy issues as the pillars for their senatorial campaigns. If reelected, Alcántara has a <a href="https://www.marisolalcantarany.com/10-point-action-plan-1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ten Point Action Plan</a> that deals with issues ranging from immigrant protections to gun control. Likewise, Jackson’s platform, according to his <a href="https://www.voterobertjackson.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">campaign website</a>, devotes attention to nine separate issues, spanning his views on topics like education and the environment. The candidates’ policy positions show a lot of overlap, and they cite similar legislation they want to see passed through Albany next year, though they do prioritize some different bills.</p> <p>At the top of Alcántara’s agenda is the issue of immigrant rights, namely the Dream Act, a bill she co-sponsors that would allow undocumented immigrants and their children access to state financial aid for college, as well as a farmworkers’ rights bill; meanwhile, Jackson’s campaign has been less outspoken on immigrant rights and his campaign website makes no mention of the Dream Act, which has not passed the Senate along with many other top Democratic priorities, a fact Jackson linked to his opponent and the IDC, while Alcántara blamed a Republican Senate majority.</p> <p>“When you look at what has occurred in the tenure since the IDC, Marisol Alcántara included as one of those, nothing has been passed as far as legislation that benefits the people I represent,” Jackson said on Max &amp; Murphy. Along with the Dream Act, Jackson mentioned bills dealing with rent control, health care, and women’s reproductive rights, all of which are listed in both Alcántara’s and Jackson’s platforms. He’s consistently had education funding at the top of his agenda over decades and believes that New York City schools are owed billions more from the state as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.</p> <p>Alcántara highlights her own accomplishments, especially related to Latinas. During her two year tenure in the state Senate, Alcántara says she has secured over $7 million in state funding to her district, using these resources to develop community-based organizations such as Upper Manhattan’s first LGBTQ Youth Homeless Center and the establishment of the Immigrant Defense Fund, which provides free legal services to documented and undocumented immigrants. She has also invested $500,000 into implementing a pilot program that works to reduce class sizes for English language learning students -- “Such as myself,” Alcántara, who moved to the United States at age 12 from the Dominican Republic, added on Max &amp; Murphy -- and has worked to address issues on the Senate floor that have traditionally not been spotlighted.</p> <p>“I addressed issues in the Senate in terms of issues with Latina suicide that had never been addressed before,” the senator said. “My bill, which talks about why there’s such a high number of African-American women and women of African descent that died after childbirth, that was never addressed before in the Senate.”</p> <p>Jackson has said that Alcántara only focuses on the northern part of the district, where she got the bulk of her votes in 2016 and which is heavily Latino. She has staked some of her argument for reelection on the fact that she is the only Latina in the Senate, while Jackson dismissed any concern with unseating her and removing a woman and the lone Latina senator from office, saying that demographic qualities don’t supercede making the right, or wrong, choices while in office.</p> <p>Still, the two agree on much policy -- the senator and her challenger have both announced their support for two key pieces of legislation in regards to reproductive rights, the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act and the Reproductive Health Act, which would, respectively, mandate insurance coverage for contraceptive options and uphold a woman’s right to choose contraception or an abortion. Both Alcántara and Jackson support the passage of the New York Health Act, another bill that Alcántara co-sponsors, which would establish universal health coverage to New Yorkers statewide.</p> <p>Affordable housing and voting reform are other key issues across this year’s races, including in the Alcántara-Jackson contest. For the former, both candidates have campaigned on the promise to repeal vacancy decontrol and set an end to vacancy bonuses. For the latter, both support the establishment of early voting, no-excuse absentee ballots, and same day voter registration. Additionally, Alcántara and Jackson support the establishment of a public campaign financing program and closure of the Limited Liability Companies loophole, which allows entities to donate virtually limitless sums to candidates by using various LLCs.</p> <p><strong>Campaign Finance Picture</strong><br />Alcántara and her former IDC mates find themselves in controversy given that a state Supreme Court <a href="https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/IDC-Independence-campaign-finance-deal-declared-12975561.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ruled</a> as illegal a campaign financing deal struck between the IDC and the Independence Party – which allowed the IDC and Senator Klein as its leader to raise its own funds despite not being a political party and to funnel unlimited amounts to its candidates. Critics and constituents alike have called for Alcántara and other former IDC members to return the money raised through the account, but thus far it appears that the parties involved met the only court-mandated requirement involving details of how the account is registered. Former IDC members have said they have no intention of returning the money, though the State Board of Elections Enforcement Counsel, Risa Sugarman, has said they should. The issue has become a major point of attack from Jackson and other IDC challengers.</p> <p>In response to a caller’s question as to why she has not returned the money she received through the account, Alcántara said, “The money that we spent in 2016 was spent. My attorneys have not received any letters stating that I have to give money back. I will do whatever the court says I have to do.”</p> <p>January to July, Alcántara raised $116,000 for her reelection campaign, falling short of her $130,000 expenditures it that time, according to July campaign finance filings. Additionally, she received about $66,000 from the IDC committee in question, and had about $132,000 cash on hand at the filing.</p> <p>Jackson has claimed 8,800 campaign donations, with an average contribution of $31, according to his campaign office, which pointed out that Alcántara had received only 503 donations. Jackson raised a little more than $156,00 in the most recent six-month filing period, and had raised a total of $284,490 for this race as of mid-July. At that filing, he had about $158,000 on hand to spend.</p> <p><strong>Endorsements</strong><br />A string of city and state figures have endorsed Jackson to be the next State Senator of the 31st District. These figures include the New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, and various others. Organizations such as the Working Families Party, No IDC NY and Tenants PAC have also thrown their support behind Jackson. Additionally, while Jackson holds the endorsements of 15 Democratic clubs within the district – all of District 31’s Democratic clubs save for the Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change – Alcántara lacks the endorsement of any of the district’s clubs, according to the Jackson campaign and a review of Alcántara’s endorsement list.</p> <p>Alcántara, meanwhile, currently holds the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Senators Roxanne Persaud and Velmanette Montgomery, as well as of a wide variety of labor unions, such as the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, the New York State Nurses Association and Uniformed EMTs. She also has the tacit support of Gov. Cuomo, who said when announcing the Democratic Senate unity deal that the parties involved would not support primaries against any of the others involved.</p> <p>In a telling sign of which way the wind is blowing, however, Espaillat -- who strongly backed Alcántara as his successor in 2016 -- says he’s not taking a side. “I’m staying neutral,” he told Gotham Gazette on Wednesday, when asked if he’s backing Alcántara again this year. “I decided not to get involved, I spoke to her, I spoke to Robert - and let the community decide.”</p> <p>

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Max & Murphy Podcast: Manhattan State Senate Rematch Centered on Breakaway Democrats 2018-08-02T04:00:00+00:00 2018-08-02T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7836-max-murphy-podcast-manhattan-state-senate-rematch-centered-on-breakaway-democrats Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette,&nbsp;and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p><strong>August 1, 2018 - Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: The Epicenter of the Fight Over the IDC, with guests State Senator Marisol Alcántara and challenger Robert Jackson<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/marisol-alcantara-robert-jackson-state.jpg" alt="marisol alcantara robert jackson state" width="277" height="139" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" />Marisol Alcántara won a close, competitive four-way Democratic primary in 2016 to take her seat in the state Senate, and promptly joined the controversial Independent Democratic Conference (the rogue Democrats who formed a coalition with the majority Senate Republicans), which had supported her in her narrow primary victory, including with hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding.&nbsp;Alcántara says she did not keep Democrats from the Senate majority and that she has accomplished a great deal in her first term.</p> <p>But Robert Jackson, who narrowly lost to&nbsp;Alcántara in 2016, is challenging her, and this time it's head to head and amid a major backlash against the IDC members, who returned to the mainline Democratic conference in April, in an apparent effort to quell primary challenges that have continued.</p> <p>Alcántara then Jackson joined Max &amp; Murphy for this week's podcast, originally aired on WBAI radio, where each also took listener calls.&nbsp;The podcast includes the full Max &amp; Murphy hour on WBAI, including the two interviews, listener calls, and other discussion.&nbsp;Alcántara is on starting about five minutes in and Jackson is on starting at about 30 minutes into the hour.</p> <p>Listen to the full conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below or download the episode wherever you get your podcasts, under "Max &amp; Murphy," and listen to the show on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on WBAI radio, 99.5FM or wbai.org</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/479898951&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="170" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette,&nbsp;and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p><strong>August 1, 2018 - Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: The Epicenter of the Fight Over the IDC, with guests State Senator Marisol Alcántara and challenger Robert Jackson<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/marisol-alcantara-robert-jackson-state.jpg" alt="marisol alcantara robert jackson state" width="277" height="139" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" />Marisol Alcántara won a close, competitive four-way Democratic primary in 2016 to take her seat in the state Senate, and promptly joined the controversial Independent Democratic Conference (the rogue Democrats who formed a coalition with the majority Senate Republicans), which had supported her in her narrow primary victory, including with hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding.&nbsp;Alcántara says she did not keep Democrats from the Senate majority and that she has accomplished a great deal in her first term.</p> <p>But Robert Jackson, who narrowly lost to&nbsp;Alcántara in 2016, is challenging her, and this time it's head to head and amid a major backlash against the IDC members, who returned to the mainline Democratic conference in April, in an apparent effort to quell primary challenges that have continued.</p> <p>Alcántara then Jackson joined Max &amp; Murphy for this week's podcast, originally aired on WBAI radio, where each also took listener calls.&nbsp;The podcast includes the full Max &amp; Murphy hour on WBAI, including the two interviews, listener calls, and other discussion.&nbsp;Alcántara is on starting about five minutes in and Jackson is on starting at about 30 minutes into the hour.</p> <p>Listen to the full conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below or download the episode wherever you get your podcasts, under "Max &amp; Murphy," and listen to the show on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on WBAI radio, 99.5FM or wbai.org</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/479898951&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="170" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>

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Senate Candidates Outline Primary Campaigns Against ‘Trump Democrats’ 2018-02-27T05:00:00+00:00 2018-02-27T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7504-senate-candidates-outline-primary-campaigns-against-trump-democrats Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/jackson-ramos-presser.jpg" alt="jackson ramos presser" width="600" height="515" /></p> <p>Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson</p> <hr /> <p>The eight-member Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate has drawn increasing ire from Democrats around the state, especially in New York City. Democratic senators who have broken away from their colleagues in the regular Democratic conference, IDC senators form a power-sharing agreement with Senate Republicans, helping the GOP enhance its razor thin majority. The Senate is the only current Republican stronghold in state government.</p> <p>Several factors, including the election of Donald Trump as President, have led to increased awareness about the IDC, and most IDC members are now facing primary challenges from the left in this election year where all seats in the state Legislature are on the ballot.</p> <p>Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson are two candidates taking on IDC members: Jose Peralta of Queens and Marisol Alcantara of Manhattan, respectively. On Monday, Ramos and Jackson <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">joined the Max &amp; Murphy Podcast</a> from Gotham Gazette and City Limits to discuss their candidacies, why they are taking on the “Trump Democrats” of the IDC, and more.</p> <p>“I’m running for state Senate because the Queens I was born in, the Queens that I’m raising two sons in, the Queens I love, isn’t being represented in the state Senate,” Ramos said, indicating that the anti-IDC push is aimed at ensuring “real” Democrats occupy seats in the Legislature, not “turncoat” elected officials, as Jackson put it. Both candidates agreed that the IDC was helping Republicans stand in the way of a more progressive state.</p> <p>They called discretionary funding that IDC members bring back to their districts “blood money,” the spoils of a rotten power grab.</p> <p>Jackson, a former City Council member, is running in the Democratic primary for the 31st State Senate District against incumbent Sen. Alcantara, who was first elected to the seat in 2016, narrowly defeating Jackson and Micah Lasher, who came in second and is backing Jackson this time around, in a contentious primary. The district encompasses much of the west side of Manhattan, from Hell's Kitchen to Inwood.</p> <p>Ramos, a former aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio, is a first-time candidate, running against Sen. Peralta, who was first elected in 2010 to represent the 13th State Senate District, which includes communities of Jackson Heights, Corona, and East Elmhurst in central and northwestern Queens.</p> <p>While the IDC has claimed it is able to work with Senate Republicans to pass more progressive legislation than would otherwise be passed, Ramos, Jackson, and other IDC critics have sought to debunk that claim. The legislation has been “watered down,” Jackson said, referring to things like the state’s relatively new minimum wage program, and Ramos agreed.</p> <p>“They're eating crumbs off the Republican plates,” Jackson said of IDC members.</p> <p>Ramos describes funding IDC members get -- often significantly more than mainline Democratic senators and even some members of the Republican conference -- as “payment that they are receiving in exchange for supporting the Republican majority, and lest we forget that that discretionary funding is actually our very own taxpayer dollars.” The funding, she says, is more about politics than really serving the district.</p> <p>“Every single district that has New Yorkers that pay taxes should be receiving the same amount of funding,” Ramos said.</p> <p>“The bigger picture,” Jackson said, “is all of the legislative stuff that can be done, that’s where our people are going to benefit from.”</p> <p>Both Ramos and Jackson said that replacing IDC members with true Democrats would help lead New York in a more progressive direction. In total, they listed more than half a dozen bills or programs that they believe a Democratic majority in the Senate could deliver, including more education funding, single-payer health care, codification of Roe v. Wade abortion protections into state law, and more.</p> <p>The two candidates touted early endorsements they’ve received, such as Ramos getting the backing of The Working Families Party.</p> <p>During the podcast the candidates answered questions about their records on particular issues, whether they have a path to victory, and other tougher subjects than simply going on the attack against the incumbents they hope to unseat.</p> <p>Ramos, for example, worked for de Blasio, and has to navigate how she approaches the mayor during her campaign. She discussed her work at City Hall whether she expects the mayor to campaign for her leading up to September’s primary vote.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Listen to the full Max &amp; Murphy episode with Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson here</a>, or find Max &amp; Murphy wherever you get your podcasts.</em></p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/jackson-ramos-presser.jpg" alt="jackson ramos presser" width="600" height="515" /></p> <p>Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson</p> <hr /> <p>The eight-member Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate has drawn increasing ire from Democrats around the state, especially in New York City. Democratic senators who have broken away from their colleagues in the regular Democratic conference, IDC senators form a power-sharing agreement with Senate Republicans, helping the GOP enhance its razor thin majority. The Senate is the only current Republican stronghold in state government.</p> <p>Several factors, including the election of Donald Trump as President, have led to increased awareness about the IDC, and most IDC members are now facing primary challenges from the left in this election year where all seats in the state Legislature are on the ballot.</p> <p>Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson are two candidates taking on IDC members: Jose Peralta of Queens and Marisol Alcantara of Manhattan, respectively. On Monday, Ramos and Jackson <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">joined the Max &amp; Murphy Podcast</a> from Gotham Gazette and City Limits to discuss their candidacies, why they are taking on the “Trump Democrats” of the IDC, and more.</p> <p>“I’m running for state Senate because the Queens I was born in, the Queens that I’m raising two sons in, the Queens I love, isn’t being represented in the state Senate,” Ramos said, indicating that the anti-IDC push is aimed at ensuring “real” Democrats occupy seats in the Legislature, not “turncoat” elected officials, as Jackson put it. Both candidates agreed that the IDC was helping Republicans stand in the way of a more progressive state.</p> <p>They called discretionary funding that IDC members bring back to their districts “blood money,” the spoils of a rotten power grab.</p> <p>Jackson, a former City Council member, is running in the Democratic primary for the 31st State Senate District against incumbent Sen. Alcantara, who was first elected to the seat in 2016, narrowly defeating Jackson and Micah Lasher, who came in second and is backing Jackson this time around, in a contentious primary. The district encompasses much of the west side of Manhattan, from Hell's Kitchen to Inwood.</p> <p>Ramos, a former aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio, is a first-time candidate, running against Sen. Peralta, who was first elected in 2010 to represent the 13th State Senate District, which includes communities of Jackson Heights, Corona, and East Elmhurst in central and northwestern Queens.</p> <p>While the IDC has claimed it is able to work with Senate Republicans to pass more progressive legislation than would otherwise be passed, Ramos, Jackson, and other IDC critics have sought to debunk that claim. The legislation has been “watered down,” Jackson said, referring to things like the state’s relatively new minimum wage program, and Ramos agreed.</p> <p>“They're eating crumbs off the Republican plates,” Jackson said of IDC members.</p> <p>Ramos describes funding IDC members get -- often significantly more than mainline Democratic senators and even some members of the Republican conference -- as “payment that they are receiving in exchange for supporting the Republican majority, and lest we forget that that discretionary funding is actually our very own taxpayer dollars.” The funding, she says, is more about politics than really serving the district.</p> <p>“Every single district that has New Yorkers that pay taxes should be receiving the same amount of funding,” Ramos said.</p> <p>“The bigger picture,” Jackson said, “is all of the legislative stuff that can be done, that’s where our people are going to benefit from.”</p> <p>Both Ramos and Jackson said that replacing IDC members with true Democrats would help lead New York in a more progressive direction. In total, they listed more than half a dozen bills or programs that they believe a Democratic majority in the Senate could deliver, including more education funding, single-payer health care, codification of Roe v. Wade abortion protections into state law, and more.</p> <p>The two candidates touted early endorsements they’ve received, such as Ramos getting the backing of The Working Families Party.</p> <p>During the podcast the candidates answered questions about their records on particular issues, whether they have a path to victory, and other tougher subjects than simply going on the attack against the incumbents they hope to unseat.</p> <p>Ramos, for example, worked for de Blasio, and has to navigate how she approaches the mayor during her campaign. She discussed her work at City Hall whether she expects the mayor to campaign for her leading up to September’s primary vote.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Listen to the full Max &amp; Murphy episode with Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson here</a>, or find Max &amp; Murphy wherever you get your podcasts.</em></p> <p>

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Max & Murphy Podcast: IDC Challengers Robert Jackson & Jessica Ramos 2018-02-26T05:00:00+00:00 2018-02-26T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p><strong>February 26, 2018 - Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: IDC Challengers Robert Jackson &amp; Jessica Ramos<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/ramos-jackson-podcast-277.jpg" alt="ramos jackson podcast 277" width="277" height="114" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson have launched Democratic primary challenges to two state senators who are members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of eight breakaway Democrats that forms a ruling coalition with the Senate Republican majority. Ramos, a former aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Jackson, a former City Council member, joined the podcast to explain their reasons for running, their criticisms of the IDC, and what they would hope to bring to Albany and their districts if elected this fall.</p> <p>Ramos is taking on Senator Jose Peralta in their Queens district, while Jackson is taking on Senator Marisol Alcantara in their Manhattan district. The two challengers did not hold back in criticizing the IDC members, saying the "Trump Democrats" had turned their back on voters and that propping up a GOP majority is bad for the city and the state overall when it comes to policies like rent regulations, education funding, and more.</p> <p>Listen to the full conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>, with guests Robert Jackson (<a href="https://twitter.com/RJackson_NYC" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@RJackson_NYC</a>) &amp; Jessica Ramos (<a href="https://twitter.com/jessicaramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@JessicaRamos</a>). You can listen to the episode through the embedded audio below or download the episode wherever you get your podcasts.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/405469155&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="170" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p><strong>February 26, 2018 - Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: IDC Challengers Robert Jackson &amp; Jessica Ramos<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/ramos-jackson-podcast-277.jpg" alt="ramos jackson podcast 277" width="277" height="114" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson have launched Democratic primary challenges to two state senators who are members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of eight breakaway Democrats that forms a ruling coalition with the Senate Republican majority. Ramos, a former aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Jackson, a former City Council member, joined the podcast to explain their reasons for running, their criticisms of the IDC, and what they would hope to bring to Albany and their districts if elected this fall.</p> <p>Ramos is taking on Senator Jose Peralta in their Queens district, while Jackson is taking on Senator Marisol Alcantara in their Manhattan district. The two challengers did not hold back in criticizing the IDC members, saying the "Trump Democrats" had turned their back on voters and that propping up a GOP majority is bad for the city and the state overall when it comes to policies like rent regulations, education funding, and more.</p> <p>Listen to the full conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>, with guests Robert Jackson (<a href="https://twitter.com/RJackson_NYC" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@RJackson_NYC</a>) &amp; Jessica Ramos (<a href="https://twitter.com/jessicaramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@JessicaRamos</a>). You can listen to the episode through the embedded audio below or download the episode wherever you get your podcasts.</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/405469155&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="170" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>

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Max & Murphy on Politics - Podcast 2017-06-25T04:00:00+00:00 2017-06-25T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/podcasts/max-murphy-on-politics Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p>Max &amp; Murphy on Politics is a podcast hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits. It began in 2016 focused on housing policy and politics when those issues were front and center to city and state politics and government, but it has expanded since. Now, in 2017, we are focused on the city election cycle, heading toward the September primary and November general elections. Find episodes through the links below, or find Max &amp; Murphy wherever you get your podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, etc.</p> <p>Our election coverage began with an overview and preview episode June 1. Then we started to talk with mayoral candidates, with Democrat Bob Gangi on June 12 and Republican Paul Massey June 19. We're following those with Democrat Sal Albanese June 26 and we'll continue from there, also featuring episodes with other political figures and candidates for other offices. Have feedback? Find us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@jarrettmurphy</a>.</p> <table style="width: 600px;" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="3"> <tbody><!-- --> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8139-max-murphy-podcast-will-single-payer-health-care-come-to-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/wbai-dec12-400.jpg" alt="Gustavo Rivera and Bill Hammond" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8139-max-murphy-podcast-will-single-payer-health-care-come-to-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Will Single-Payer Health Care Come to New York?</a> — Decemeber 12, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8120-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-the-push-for-fair-elections-for-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/wbai-hirsh-jw-400b.jpg" alt="wbai hirsh jw 400b" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8120-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-the-push-for-fair-elections-for-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">De Blasio Finishes Year 5 &amp; The Push for 'Fair Elections for New York'</a> — Decemeber 5, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8108-max-murphy-podcast-homelessness-affordable-housing-development" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/gr-mp-400px.jpg" alt="gr mp 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8108-max-murphy-podcast-homelessness-affordable-housing-development" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Homelessness &amp; Affordable Housing Development</a> — November 28, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8098-max-murphy-podcast-congestion-pricing-the-mta-in-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/alex-m-dana-rubenstein-wbai.jpg" alt="Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Congestion Pricing &amp; the MTA in 2019" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8098-max-murphy-podcast-congestion-pricing-the-mta-in-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Congestion Pricing &amp; the MTA in 2019</a> — November 21, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8072-max-murphy-podcast-bail-reform-with-assemblymember-latrice-walker" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/latrice-walker-wbai-400.jpg" alt="latrice walker wbai 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8072-max-murphy-podcast-bail-reform-with-assemblymember-latrice-walker" target="_blank">Bail Reform with Assemblymember Latrice Walker</a> — November 14, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8071-max-murphy-podcast-senate-democratic-leader-andrea-stewart-cousins-election-aftermath" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/asc_andreastewartcousinswbai-400.jpg" alt="asc andreastewartcousinswbai 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8071-max-murphy-podcast-senate-democratic-leader-andrea-stewart-cousins-election-aftermath" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins</a> — November 14, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8055-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-2018-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/alyssa-katz-wbai-400.jpg" alt="Analyzing 2018 Election Results &amp; Looking Ahead to 2019, with Alyssa Katz of The Daily News" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8055-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-2018-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Analyzing 2018 Election Results &amp; Looking Ahead to 2019, with Alyssa Katz of The Daily News</a> — November 7, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8054-max-murphy-podcast-election-day-live-show-with-special-guests" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/jumm-williams-1.jpg" alt="Election Day Live Show with Special Guests including Jumaane Williams &amp; Errol Louis" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8054-max-murphy-podcast-election-day-live-show-with-special-guests" target="_blank">Election Day Live Show with Special Guests including Jumaane Williams &amp; Errol Louis</a> — November 6, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8034-max-murphy-podcast-minor-party-candidates-for-comptroller-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/voting_line_in_brooklyn.jpg" alt="voting line in brooklyn" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8034-max-murphy-podcast-minor-party-candidates-for-comptroller-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Minor Party' Candidates for Comptroller &amp; Attorney General</a> — October 31, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8015-max-murphy-podcast-cuomo-molinaro-debate-analysis" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/cuomo-molinaro-debate-400.jpg" alt="Cuomo-Molinaro Debate Analysis" width="400" height="198" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8015-max-murphy-podcast-cuomo-molinaro-debate-analysis" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo-Molinaro Debate Analysis</a> — October 23, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8014-max-murphy-podcast-u-s-rep-dan-donovan" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/us-rep-dd-400.jpg" alt="U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8014-max-murphy-podcast-u-s-rep-dan-donovan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">U.S. Rep. 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<td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7986-max-murphy-podcast-larry-sharpe-libertarian-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Larry Sharpe, Libertarian nominee for Governor</a> — October 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7985-max-murphy-podcast-republican-attorney-general-nominee-keith-wofford" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/keith-wofford-wbai-400-2.jpg" alt="keith wofford wbai 400 2" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7985-max-murphy-podcast-republican-attorney-general-nominee-keith-wofford" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Republican Attorney General Nominee Keith Wofford</a> — October 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7975-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-tom-dinapoli" 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</tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7958-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-serve-america-movement-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/stephanie-miner-400px.jpg" alt="stephanie miner 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7958-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-serve-america-movement-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stephanie Miner, Serve America Movement Nominee for Governor</a> — September 26, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7959-max-murphy-podcast-howie-hawkins-green-party-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/hawkins_2010t.jpg" alt="Howie Hawkins, Green Party Nominee for Governor" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7959-max-murphy-podcast-howie-hawkins-green-party-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Howie Hawkins, Green Party Nominee for Governor</a> — September 26, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7941-max-murphy-podcast-marc-molinaro-republican-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/marc-molinaro-pod400.jpg" alt="marc molinaro pod400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7941-max-murphy-podcast-marc-molinaro-republican-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marc Molinaro, Republican Nominee for Governor</a>&nbsp;— September 19, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7942-max-murphy-podcast-primary-post-mortem-with-rebecca-katz-top-cynthia-nixon-strategist" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/rebecca-katz-400.jpg" alt="rebecca katz 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7942-max-murphy-podcast-primary-post-mortem-with-rebecca-katz-top-cynthia-nixon-strategist" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Primary Post-Mortem with Top Cynthia Nixon Strategist</a>&nbsp;— September 19, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7929-max-murphy-podcast-2018-primary-day-is-here" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/primary-day-sept-400.jpg" alt="primary day sept 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7929-max-murphy-podcast-2018-primary-day-is-here" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Primary Day Is Here</a> — September 12, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7913-max-murphy-podcast-final-days-of-the-lieutenant-governor-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/podcast-hocul-williams-400.jpg" alt="Final Days of the Lieutenant Governor Primary between Kathy Hochul &amp; Jumaane Williams" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7913-max-murphy-podcast-final-days-of-the-lieutenant-governor-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Final Days of the Lieutenant Governor Primary between Kathy Hochul &amp; Jumaane Williams</a> — September 5, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7897-max-murphy-podcast-an-intense-queens-senate-primary-with-jessica-ramos-and-senator-jose-peralta" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/podcast-ramos-perlata-400.jpg" alt="Intense Queens Senate Primary Centers on Delivering for Immigrant Communities, with Jessica Ramos &amp; State Senator Jose Peralta" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7897-max-murphy-podcast-an-intense-queens-senate-primary-with-jessica-ramos-and-senator-jose-peralta" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Intense Queens Senate Primary Centers on Delivering for Immigrant Communities, with Jessica Ramos &amp; State Senator Jose Peralta</a> — August 30, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7881-max-murphy-podcast-race-politics-in-ten-years-since-obama-s-nomination" target="_blank" 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href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7849-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-sean-patrick-maloney" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Attorney General Candidate Sean Patrick Maloney</a> — August 8, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7836-max-murphy-podcast-manhattan-state-senate-rematch-centered-on-breakaway-democrats" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/marisol-alcantara-robert-jackson-state-400.jpg" alt="marisol alcantara robert jackson state 400" width="400" height="201" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7836-max-murphy-podcast-manhattan-state-senate-rematch-centered-on-breakaway-democrats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manhattan State Senate Rematch Centered on Breakaway Democrats</a>&nbsp;— August 1, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7824-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-leecia-eve" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/leecia-eve-400px.jpg" alt="leecia eve 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7824-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-leecia-eve" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Attorney General Candidate Leecia Eve</a>&nbsp;— July 25, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7812-max-murphy-podcast-letitia-james-the-attorney-general-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/tish-james-400px.jpg" alt="tish james 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7812-max-murphy-podcast-letitia-james-the-attorney-general-primary" target="_blank" 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target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/kathy-hochul-400.jpg" alt="Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7737-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-kathy-hochul" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul</a>&nbsp;— June 14, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7712-max-murphy-podcast-criminal-justice-reform-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/fortune-society-reps-for-400.jpg" alt="fortune society reps for 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7712-max-murphy-podcast-criminal-justice-reform-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Criminal Justice Reform in New York</a>&nbsp;— June 5, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7707-max-murphy-podcast-senate-democratic-leader-andrea-stewart-cousins" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2016/andrea-s-c-pod-400px.jpg" alt="Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7707-max-murphy-podcast-senate-democratic-leader-andrea-stewart-cousins" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins</a>&nbsp;— June 1, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7692-max-murphy-podcast-state-party-conventions-nominations" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo-400px.jpg" alt="mxm logo 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7692-max-murphy-podcast-state-party-conventions-nominations" target="_blank" rel="noopener">State Party Conventions &amp; Nominations</a>&nbsp;— May 25, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7673-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-syracuse-mayor-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/pod-steph-miner-400-163.jpg" alt="pod steph miner 400 163" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7673-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-syracuse-mayor-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stephanie Miner</a>&nbsp;— May 15, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7659-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-joe-borelli" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img 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400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7632-max-murphy-podcast-political-purity-tests-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/m-m-stanley-fritz-citizen-action-400px.jpg" alt="Stanley fritz citizen action 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7632-max-murphy-podcast-political-purity-tests-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Political Purity Tests in New York</a>&nbsp;— April 25, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7617-max-murphy-podcast-reforming-special-elections-more-in-albany" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/susan-lerner-cc-ny-400px.jpg" alt="susan lerner cc ny 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a 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Molinaro Launches Campaign for Governor" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7583-max-murphy-podcast-molinaro-launches-campaign-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Molinaro Launches Campaign for Governor</a>&nbsp;— April 2, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7568-max-murphy-podcast-chirlane-mccray" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/ch-mccray-400px.jpg" alt="Chirlane McCray" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7568-max-murphy-podcast-chirlane-mccray" target="_blank" rel="noopener">First Lady Chirlane McCray</a>&nbsp;— March 26, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7548-max-murphy-podcast-michelle-de-la-uz" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/michelle-de-la-uz-400.jpg" alt="michelle de la uz 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7548-max-murphy-podcast-michelle-de-la-uz" target="_blank" rel="noopener">City Planning Commissioner Michelle de la Uz</a>&nbsp;— March 19, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7536-max-murphy-podcast-a-journalist-runs-for-state-senate" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/ross-barkan-senate400.jpg" alt="ross barkan senate" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7536-max-murphy-podcast-a-journalist-runs-for-state-senate" target="_blank">A Journalist Runs for State Senate</a>&nbsp;— March 13, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7517-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-s-progress-fighting-homelessness" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/bdb-homelessness-400.jpg" alt="De Blasio's Progress Fighting Homelessness" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7517-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-s-progress-fighting-homelessness" target="_blank" rel="noopener">De Blasio's Progress Fighting Homelessness</a>&nbsp;— March 5, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/ramos-jackson-podcast.jpg" alt="ramos jackson podcast" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IDC Challengers Robert Jackson &amp; Jessica Ramos</a>&nbsp;— February 26, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7490-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-candidate-jumaane-williams" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/jumanne-williams-pod-400.jpg" alt="Jumaane Williams" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7490-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-candidate-jumaane-williams" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lieutenant Governor Candidate Jumaane Williams</a>&nbsp;— February 23, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7478-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-de-blasio-s-state-of-the-city-address" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/feb14-podcast.jpg" alt="feb14 podcast" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7478-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-de-blasio-s-state-of-the-city-address" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Analyzing De Blasio's State of the City Address</a>&nbsp;— February 14, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7462-max-murphy-podcast-deconstructing-de-blasio-s-visit-to-albany" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/3kall-pod-400.jpg" alt="Deconstructing De Blasio's Visit to Albany" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7462-max-murphy-podcast-deconstructing-de-blasio-s-visit-to-albany" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deconstructing De Blasio's Visit to Albany</a>&nbsp;— January 30, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7448-max-murphy-podcast-education-in-de-blasio-s-second-term" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/bdb-mayor-hearing-400px.jpg" alt="bdb mayor hearing 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7448-max-murphy-podcast-education-in-de-blasio-s-second-term" target="_blank" rel="noopener">De Blasio's 2nd Term Focus on Education</a>&nbsp;— January 30, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7433-max-murphy-podcast-congestion-pricing-with-alex-matthiessen-of-move-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/alex-matthiessen-move-ny-400.jpg" alt="alex matthiessen move ny 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7433-max-murphy-podcast-congestion-pricing-with-alex-matthiessen-of-move-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Congestion Pricing with Alex Matthiessen of Move New York</a>&nbsp;— January 22, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7426-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-ritchie-torres-on-the-new-council-his-new-role" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/ritchie-torres-400px.jpg" alt="ritchie torres 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7426-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-ritchie-torres-on-the-new-council-his-new-role" target="_blank" rel="noopener">City Council Member Ritchie Torres on The New Council &amp; His New Role</a>&nbsp;— January 17, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7413-max-murphy-podcast-new-city-council-members-justin-brannan-carlina-rivera" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/rivera-brannan-400x167.jpg" alt="rivera brannan 400x167" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7413-max-murphy-podcast-new-city-council-members-justin-brannan-carlina-rivera" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New City Council Members Justin Brannan &amp; Carlina Rivera</a>&nbsp;— January 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7400-max-murphy-big-political-news-to-start-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bdb400px.jpg" alt="bdb400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7400-max-murphy-big-political-news-to-start-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Big Political News to Start 2018</a>&nbsp;— January 3, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7383-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-speaker-melissa-mark-viverito" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/melissa-mark-viverito-alatriste-podium400.jpg" alt="melissa mark viverito alatriste podium400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7383-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-speaker-melissa-mark-viverito" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito</a>&nbsp;— December 15, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7363-max-murphy-podcast-eric-koch-former-city-council-communications-director" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/eric-koch-400.jpg" alt="eric koch 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7363-max-murphy-podcast-eric-koch-former-city-council-communications-director" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eric Koch, former City Council communications director</a>&nbsp;— December 15, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7355-max-murphy-podcast-nycha-ceo-shola-olatoye" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/shola-olayote-400.jpg" alt="Shola Olayote" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7355-max-murphy-podcast-nycha-ceo-shola-olatoye" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NYCHA CEO Shola Olatoye</a>&nbsp;— December 7, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7348-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-elizabeth-crowley" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/liz-crowley-podcast-400.jpg" alt="liz crowley podcast 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7348-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-elizabeth-crowley" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley</a>&nbsp;— December 5, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7337-max-murphy-podcast-previewing-de-blasio-s-second-term" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bill_de_blasio_2nd_term_400px.jpg" alt="bill de blasio 2nd term 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7337-max-murphy-podcast-previewing-de-blasio-s-second-term" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Previewing de Blasio's 2nd term</a>&nbsp;— November 27, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7308-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bdb-voting-sign-in-400.jpg" alt="bdb voting sign in 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7308-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Analyzing the 2017 Election Results</a>&nbsp;— November 9, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7301-max-murphy-podcast-10-things-to-think-about-on-election-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/mayor-bdb-400.jpg" alt="mayor bdb 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7301-max-murphy-podcast-10-things-to-think-about-on-election-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Things to Think About on Election Day</a>&nbsp;— November 7, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7292-max-murphy-podcast-resetting-the-mayoral-race-after-the-final-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/mayoral-candidates-400.jpg" alt="mayoral candidates 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7292-max-murphy-podcast-resetting-the-mayoral-race-after-the-final-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Resetting the Mayoral Race after the Final Debate</a>&nbsp;— November 3, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7269-max-murphy-podcast-akeem-browder-aaron-commey-mike-tolkin-are-running-for-mayor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/3-mayors-stream.jpg" alt="3 mayors stream" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7269-max-murphy-podcast-akeem-browder-aaron-commey-mike-tolkin-are-running-for-mayor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Akeem Browder, Aaron Commey &amp; Mike Tolkin are Running for Mayor</a>&nbsp;— October 23, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7259-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-the-public-advocate-comptroller-debates" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/brigid-at-debate-nyc-votesstream.jpg" alt="brigid at debate nyc votesstream" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7259-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-the-public-advocate-comptroller-debates" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Analyzing the Public Advocate &amp; Comptroller Debates</a>&nbsp;— October 19, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7243-max-murphy-analyzing-the-first-general-election-mayoral-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/debate-stage400.jpg" alt="debate stage400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7243-max-murphy-analyzing-the-first-general-election-mayoral-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Analyzing the First General Election Mayoral Debate</a>&nbsp;— October 11, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7229-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-letitia-james" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/tish-james400.jpg" alt="tish james400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7229-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-letitia-james" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Public Advocate Letitia James</a>&nbsp;— October 2, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7219-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-candidate-michel-faulkner" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/michel-faulkner400.jpg" alt="Michel faulkner" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7219-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-candidate-michel-faulkner" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Comptroller candidate Michel Faulkner</a>&nbsp;— September 29, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7201-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-candidate-jc-polanco" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/jcpolanco-400.jpg" alt="jcpolanco 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7201-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-candidate-jc-polanco" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Public Advocate Candidate JC Polanco</a>&nbsp;— September 18, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7186-max-murphy-podcast-a-candidates-final-hours-of-a-campaign" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/gifford-miller-city-council-400px.jpg" alt="gifford miller city council 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7186-max-murphy-podcast-a-candidates-final-hours-of-a-campaign" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gifford Miller, former Speaker of the City Council and mayoral candidate</a>&nbsp;— September 11, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7173-max-murphy-podcast-previewing-primary-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/brigid-bergin-and-ben-max400px.jpg" alt="brigid bergin and ben max400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7173-max-murphy-podcast-previewing-primary-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Brigid Bergin of WNYC radio</a>&nbsp;— September 5, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7164-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-author-joseph-viteritti" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/cover-vitteri-stream2.jpg" alt="Joseph Viteritti" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7164-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-author-joseph-viteritti" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">De Blasio Author Joseph Viteritti</a>&nbsp;— August 30, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7158-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-candidate-david-eisenbach" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/public-adv-candidate-david-eisenbach400px.jpg" alt="Public advocate Candidate David Eisenbach" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7158-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-candidate-david-eisenbach" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Public advocate Candidate David Eisenbach</a>&nbsp;— August 28, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7135-max-murphy-podcast-azi-paybarah" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/azi-paybarah-tv-400px167px.jpg" alt="azi paybarah tv 400px167px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7135-max-murphy-podcast-azi-paybarah" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Azi Paybarah</a>&nbsp;— August 17, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7129-max-murphy-podcast-christina-greer-and-alexis-grenell" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/grenell-max-greer-400-167.png" alt="Dr. Christina Greer and Alexis Grenell" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7129-max-murphy-podcast-christina-greer-and-alexis-grenell" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Representative vs. Substantive Representation, with Dr. Christina Greer and Alexis Grenell</a>&nbsp;— August 15, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7098-max-murphy-podcast-the-mayoral-race-with-top-political-strategists" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> <img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/max-murphy-katz-fullington-res.jpg" alt="max murphy katz fullington res" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7098-max-murphy-podcast-the-mayoral-race-with-top-political-strategists" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Mayoral Race with Top Political Strategists</a>&nbsp;— July 31, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <!-- Breaks --> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7080-max-murphy-podcast-mayoral-candidate-bo-dietl" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> <img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bo-dietl.jpg" alt="bo dietl" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7080-max-murphy-podcast-mayoral-candidate-bo-dietl" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mayoral Candidate Bo Dietl</a>&nbsp;— July 24, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <!-- Breaks --> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7064-max-murphy-podcast-republican-mayoral-candidate-nicole-malliotakis" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/nicole-malliotakis.jpg" alt="nicole malliotakis" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7064-max-murphy-podcast-republican-mayoral-candidate-nicole-malliotakis" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Republican Mayoral Candidate Nicole Malliotaki</a>&nbsp;— July 13, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7033-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-press-secretary-eric-phillips" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/eric-phillips.jpg" alt="eric phillips" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7033-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-press-secretary-eric-phillips" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eric Phillips, press secretary to Mayor Bill de Blasio</a>&nbsp;— July 5, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7030-max-murphy-podcast-democratic-mayoral-candidate-sal-albanese" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/sal-albanese.jpg" alt="sal albanese" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7030-max-murphy-podcast-democratic-mayoral-candidate-sal-albanese" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Democratic Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese</a> — June 26, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7009-max-murphy-podcast-republican-mayoral-candidate-paul-massey" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/paul-massey.jpg" alt="paul massey" width="400" height="167" /></a>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7009-max-murphy-podcast-republican-mayoral-candidate-paul-massey">Republican Mayoral Candidate Paul Massey</a>&nbsp;— June 19, 2017 (note: Paul Massey dropped out of the mayoral race on June 28, though the episode is still worth listening to)</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/6989-max-murphy-podcast-mayoral-candidate-bob-gangi" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bob-gangi.jpg" alt="bob gangi" width="400" height="167" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/6989-max-murphy-podcast-mayoral-candidate-bob-gangi">Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bob Gangi</a> — June 12, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo-400px.jpg" alt="mxm logo 400px" width="400" height="167" /></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/6997-max-murphy-on-politics-election-season-is-here">Election Season is Here!</a> — June 1, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />A variety of earlier episodes of the Max &amp; Murphy Podcast, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6183-max-a-murphy-on-housing">through the&nbsp;archive</a>, often focused on New York housing policy and politics — <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6183-max-a-murphy-on-housing">see all episodes from the start February 12, 2016 to May 25, 2017</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette, and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p>Max &amp; Murphy on Politics is a podcast hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits. It began in 2016 focused on housing policy and politics when those issues were front and center to city and state politics and government, but it has expanded since. Now, in 2017, we are focused on the city election cycle, heading toward the September primary and November general elections. Find episodes through the links below, or find Max &amp; Murphy wherever you get your podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, etc.</p> <p>Our election coverage began with an overview and preview episode June 1. Then we started to talk with mayoral candidates, with Democrat Bob Gangi on June 12 and Republican Paul Massey June 19. We're following those with Democrat Sal Albanese June 26 and we'll continue from there, also featuring episodes with other political figures and candidates for other offices. Have feedback? Find us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@jarrettmurphy</a>.</p> <table style="width: 600px;" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="3"> <tbody><!-- --> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8139-max-murphy-podcast-will-single-payer-health-care-come-to-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/wbai-dec12-400.jpg" alt="Gustavo Rivera and Bill Hammond" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8139-max-murphy-podcast-will-single-payer-health-care-come-to-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Will Single-Payer Health Care Come to New York?</a> — Decemeber 12, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8120-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-the-push-for-fair-elections-for-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/wbai-hirsh-jw-400b.jpg" alt="wbai hirsh jw 400b" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8120-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-the-push-for-fair-elections-for-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">De Blasio Finishes Year 5 &amp; The Push for 'Fair Elections for New York'</a> — Decemeber 5, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8108-max-murphy-podcast-homelessness-affordable-housing-development" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/gr-mp-400px.jpg" alt="gr mp 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8108-max-murphy-podcast-homelessness-affordable-housing-development" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Homelessness &amp; Affordable Housing Development</a> — November 28, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8098-max-murphy-podcast-congestion-pricing-the-mta-in-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/alex-m-dana-rubenstein-wbai.jpg" alt="Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Congestion Pricing &amp; the MTA in 2019" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8098-max-murphy-podcast-congestion-pricing-the-mta-in-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Congestion Pricing &amp; the MTA in 2019</a> — November 21, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8072-max-murphy-podcast-bail-reform-with-assemblymember-latrice-walker" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/latrice-walker-wbai-400.jpg" alt="latrice walker wbai 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8072-max-murphy-podcast-bail-reform-with-assemblymember-latrice-walker" target="_blank">Bail Reform with Assemblymember Latrice Walker</a> — November 14, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8071-max-murphy-podcast-senate-democratic-leader-andrea-stewart-cousins-election-aftermath" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/asc_andreastewartcousinswbai-400.jpg" alt="asc andreastewartcousinswbai 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8071-max-murphy-podcast-senate-democratic-leader-andrea-stewart-cousins-election-aftermath" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins</a> — November 14, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8055-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-2018-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/alyssa-katz-wbai-400.jpg" alt="Analyzing 2018 Election Results &amp; Looking Ahead to 2019, with Alyssa Katz of The Daily News" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8055-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-2018-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Analyzing 2018 Election Results &amp; Looking Ahead to 2019, with Alyssa Katz of The Daily News</a> — November 7, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8054-max-murphy-podcast-election-day-live-show-with-special-guests" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/jumm-williams-1.jpg" alt="Election Day Live Show with Special Guests including Jumaane Williams &amp; Errol Louis" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8054-max-murphy-podcast-election-day-live-show-with-special-guests" target="_blank">Election Day Live Show with Special Guests including Jumaane Williams &amp; Errol Louis</a> — November 6, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8034-max-murphy-podcast-minor-party-candidates-for-comptroller-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/voting_line_in_brooklyn.jpg" alt="voting line in brooklyn" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8034-max-murphy-podcast-minor-party-candidates-for-comptroller-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Minor Party' Candidates for Comptroller &amp; Attorney General</a> — October 31, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8015-max-murphy-podcast-cuomo-molinaro-debate-analysis" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/cuomo-molinaro-debate-400.jpg" alt="Cuomo-Molinaro Debate Analysis" width="400" height="198" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8015-max-murphy-podcast-cuomo-molinaro-debate-analysis" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo-Molinaro Debate Analysis</a> — October 23, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8014-max-murphy-podcast-u-s-rep-dan-donovan" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/us-rep-dd-400.jpg" alt="U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8014-max-murphy-podcast-u-s-rep-dan-donovan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan</a> — October 23, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7998-max-murphy-podcast-battle-for-control-of-the-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mg-td-wbai-400.jpg" alt="Michael Gianaris Thomas Doherty WBAI" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7998-max-murphy-podcast-battle-for-control-of-the-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Battle for Control of the State Senate</a> — October 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7986-max-murphy-podcast-larry-sharpe-libertarian-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/larry-sharpe-wbai-400.jpg" alt="larry sharpe wbai 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7986-max-murphy-podcast-larry-sharpe-libertarian-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Larry Sharpe, Libertarian nominee for Governor</a> — October 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7985-max-murphy-podcast-republican-attorney-general-nominee-keith-wofford" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/keith-wofford-wbai-400-2.jpg" alt="keith wofford wbai 400 2" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7985-max-murphy-podcast-republican-attorney-general-nominee-keith-wofford" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Republican Attorney General Nominee Keith Wofford</a> — October 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7975-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-tom-dinapoli" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/tom-dinapoli-400.jpg" alt="tom dinapoli 400" width="400" height="267" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7975-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-tom-dinapoli" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Comptroller Tom DiNapoli</a> — October 3, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7974-max-murphy-podcast-jonathan-trichter-republican-nominee-for-comptroller" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/john-trichter-130.jpg" alt="john trichter 130" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7974-max-murphy-podcast-jonathan-trichter-republican-nominee-for-comptroller" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jonathan Trichter, Republican nominee for Comptroller</a> — October 3, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7958-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-serve-america-movement-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/stephanie-miner-400px.jpg" alt="stephanie miner 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7958-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-serve-america-movement-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stephanie Miner, Serve America Movement Nominee for Governor</a> — September 26, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7959-max-murphy-podcast-howie-hawkins-green-party-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/hawkins_2010t.jpg" alt="Howie Hawkins, Green Party Nominee for Governor" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7959-max-murphy-podcast-howie-hawkins-green-party-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Howie Hawkins, Green Party Nominee for Governor</a> — September 26, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7941-max-murphy-podcast-marc-molinaro-republican-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/marc-molinaro-pod400.jpg" alt="marc molinaro pod400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7941-max-murphy-podcast-marc-molinaro-republican-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marc Molinaro, Republican Nominee for Governor</a>&nbsp;— September 19, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7942-max-murphy-podcast-primary-post-mortem-with-rebecca-katz-top-cynthia-nixon-strategist" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/rebecca-katz-400.jpg" alt="rebecca katz 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7942-max-murphy-podcast-primary-post-mortem-with-rebecca-katz-top-cynthia-nixon-strategist" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Primary Post-Mortem with Top Cynthia Nixon Strategist</a>&nbsp;— September 19, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7929-max-murphy-podcast-2018-primary-day-is-here" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/primary-day-sept-400.jpg" alt="primary day sept 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a 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400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7632-max-murphy-podcast-political-purity-tests-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/m-m-stanley-fritz-citizen-action-400px.jpg" alt="Stanley fritz citizen action 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7632-max-murphy-podcast-political-purity-tests-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Political Purity Tests in New York</a>&nbsp;— April 25, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7617-max-murphy-podcast-reforming-special-elections-more-in-albany" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/susan-lerner-cc-ny-400px.jpg" alt="susan lerner cc ny 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a 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href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IDC Challengers Robert Jackson &amp; Jessica Ramos</a>&nbsp;— February 26, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7490-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-candidate-jumaane-williams" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/jumanne-williams-pod-400.jpg" alt="Jumaane Williams" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7490-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-candidate-jumaane-williams" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lieutenant Governor Candidate Jumaane Williams</a>&nbsp;— February 23, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7478-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-de-blasio-s-state-of-the-city-address" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/feb14-podcast.jpg" alt="feb14 podcast" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7478-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-de-blasio-s-state-of-the-city-address" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Analyzing De Blasio's State of the City Address</a>&nbsp;— February 14, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7462-max-murphy-podcast-deconstructing-de-blasio-s-visit-to-albany" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/3kall-pod-400.jpg" alt="Deconstructing De Blasio's Visit to Albany" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7462-max-murphy-podcast-deconstructing-de-blasio-s-visit-to-albany" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deconstructing De Blasio's Visit to Albany</a>&nbsp;— January 30, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7448-max-murphy-podcast-education-in-de-blasio-s-second-term" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/bdb-mayor-hearing-400px.jpg" alt="bdb mayor hearing 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7448-max-murphy-podcast-education-in-de-blasio-s-second-term" target="_blank" rel="noopener">De Blasio's 2nd Term Focus on Education</a>&nbsp;— January 30, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7433-max-murphy-podcast-congestion-pricing-with-alex-matthiessen-of-move-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/alex-matthiessen-move-ny-400.jpg" alt="alex matthiessen move ny 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7433-max-murphy-podcast-congestion-pricing-with-alex-matthiessen-of-move-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Congestion Pricing with Alex Matthiessen of Move New York</a>&nbsp;— January 22, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7426-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-ritchie-torres-on-the-new-council-his-new-role" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/ritchie-torres-400px.jpg" alt="ritchie torres 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7426-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-ritchie-torres-on-the-new-council-his-new-role" target="_blank" rel="noopener">City Council Member Ritchie Torres on The New Council &amp; His New Role</a>&nbsp;— January 17, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7413-max-murphy-podcast-new-city-council-members-justin-brannan-carlina-rivera" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/rivera-brannan-400x167.jpg" alt="rivera brannan 400x167" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7413-max-murphy-podcast-new-city-council-members-justin-brannan-carlina-rivera" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New City Council Members Justin Brannan &amp; Carlina Rivera</a>&nbsp;— January 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7400-max-murphy-big-political-news-to-start-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bdb400px.jpg" alt="bdb400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7400-max-murphy-big-political-news-to-start-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Big Political News to Start 2018</a>&nbsp;— January 3, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7383-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-speaker-melissa-mark-viverito" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/melissa-mark-viverito-alatriste-podium400.jpg" alt="melissa mark viverito alatriste podium400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7383-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-speaker-melissa-mark-viverito" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito</a>&nbsp;— December 15, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7363-max-murphy-podcast-eric-koch-former-city-council-communications-director" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/eric-koch-400.jpg" alt="eric koch 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7363-max-murphy-podcast-eric-koch-former-city-council-communications-director" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eric Koch, former City Council communications director</a>&nbsp;— December 15, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7355-max-murphy-podcast-nycha-ceo-shola-olatoye" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/shola-olayote-400.jpg" alt="Shola Olayote" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7355-max-murphy-podcast-nycha-ceo-shola-olatoye" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NYCHA CEO Shola Olatoye</a>&nbsp;— December 7, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7348-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-elizabeth-crowley" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/liz-crowley-podcast-400.jpg" alt="liz crowley podcast 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7348-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-elizabeth-crowley" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley</a>&nbsp;— December 5, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7337-max-murphy-podcast-previewing-de-blasio-s-second-term" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bill_de_blasio_2nd_term_400px.jpg" alt="bill de blasio 2nd term 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7337-max-murphy-podcast-previewing-de-blasio-s-second-term" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Previewing de Blasio's 2nd term</a>&nbsp;— November 27, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7308-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bdb-voting-sign-in-400.jpg" alt="bdb voting sign in 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7308-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Analyzing the 2017 Election Results</a>&nbsp;— November 9, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7301-max-murphy-podcast-10-things-to-think-about-on-election-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/mayor-bdb-400.jpg" alt="mayor bdb 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7301-max-murphy-podcast-10-things-to-think-about-on-election-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Things to Think About on Election Day</a>&nbsp;— November 7, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7292-max-murphy-podcast-resetting-the-mayoral-race-after-the-final-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/mayoral-candidates-400.jpg" alt="mayoral candidates 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7292-max-murphy-podcast-resetting-the-mayoral-race-after-the-final-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Resetting the Mayoral Race after the Final Debate</a>&nbsp;— November 3, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7269-max-murphy-podcast-akeem-browder-aaron-commey-mike-tolkin-are-running-for-mayor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/3-mayors-stream.jpg" alt="3 mayors stream" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7269-max-murphy-podcast-akeem-browder-aaron-commey-mike-tolkin-are-running-for-mayor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Akeem Browder, Aaron Commey &amp; Mike Tolkin are Running for Mayor</a>&nbsp;— October 23, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7259-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-the-public-advocate-comptroller-debates" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/brigid-at-debate-nyc-votesstream.jpg" alt="brigid at debate nyc votesstream" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7259-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-the-public-advocate-comptroller-debates" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Analyzing the Public Advocate &amp; Comptroller Debates</a>&nbsp;— October 19, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7243-max-murphy-analyzing-the-first-general-election-mayoral-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/debate-stage400.jpg" alt="debate stage400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7243-max-murphy-analyzing-the-first-general-election-mayoral-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Analyzing the First General Election Mayoral Debate</a>&nbsp;— October 11, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7229-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-letitia-james" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/tish-james400.jpg" alt="tish james400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7229-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-letitia-james" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Public Advocate Letitia James</a>&nbsp;— October 2, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7219-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-candidate-michel-faulkner" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/michel-faulkner400.jpg" alt="Michel faulkner" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7219-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-candidate-michel-faulkner" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Comptroller candidate Michel Faulkner</a>&nbsp;— September 29, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7201-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-candidate-jc-polanco" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/jcpolanco-400.jpg" alt="jcpolanco 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7201-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-candidate-jc-polanco" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Public Advocate Candidate JC Polanco</a>&nbsp;— September 18, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7186-max-murphy-podcast-a-candidates-final-hours-of-a-campaign" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/gifford-miller-city-council-400px.jpg" alt="gifford miller city council 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7186-max-murphy-podcast-a-candidates-final-hours-of-a-campaign" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gifford Miller, former Speaker of the City Council and mayoral candidate</a>&nbsp;— September 11, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7173-max-murphy-podcast-previewing-primary-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/brigid-bergin-and-ben-max400px.jpg" alt="brigid bergin and ben max400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7173-max-murphy-podcast-previewing-primary-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Brigid Bergin of WNYC radio</a>&nbsp;— September 5, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7164-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-author-joseph-viteritti" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/cover-vitteri-stream2.jpg" alt="Joseph Viteritti" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7164-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-author-joseph-viteritti" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">De Blasio Author Joseph Viteritti</a>&nbsp;— August 30, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7158-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-candidate-david-eisenbach" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/public-adv-candidate-david-eisenbach400px.jpg" alt="Public advocate Candidate David Eisenbach" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7158-max-murphy-podcast-public-advocate-candidate-david-eisenbach" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Public advocate Candidate David Eisenbach</a>&nbsp;— August 28, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7135-max-murphy-podcast-azi-paybarah" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/azi-paybarah-tv-400px167px.jpg" alt="azi paybarah tv 400px167px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7135-max-murphy-podcast-azi-paybarah" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Azi Paybarah</a>&nbsp;— August 17, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7129-max-murphy-podcast-christina-greer-and-alexis-grenell" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/grenell-max-greer-400-167.png" alt="Dr. Christina Greer and Alexis Grenell" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7129-max-murphy-podcast-christina-greer-and-alexis-grenell" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Representative vs. Substantive Representation, with Dr. Christina Greer and Alexis Grenell</a>&nbsp;— August 15, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7098-max-murphy-podcast-the-mayoral-race-with-top-political-strategists" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> <img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/max-murphy-katz-fullington-res.jpg" alt="max murphy katz fullington res" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7098-max-murphy-podcast-the-mayoral-race-with-top-political-strategists" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Mayoral Race with Top Political Strategists</a>&nbsp;— July 31, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <!-- Breaks --> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7080-max-murphy-podcast-mayoral-candidate-bo-dietl" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> <img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bo-dietl.jpg" alt="bo dietl" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7080-max-murphy-podcast-mayoral-candidate-bo-dietl" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mayoral Candidate Bo Dietl</a>&nbsp;— July 24, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <!-- Breaks --> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7064-max-murphy-podcast-republican-mayoral-candidate-nicole-malliotakis" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/nicole-malliotakis.jpg" alt="nicole malliotakis" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7064-max-murphy-podcast-republican-mayoral-candidate-nicole-malliotakis" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Republican Mayoral Candidate Nicole Malliotaki</a>&nbsp;— July 13, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7033-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-press-secretary-eric-phillips" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/eric-phillips.jpg" alt="eric phillips" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7033-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-press-secretary-eric-phillips" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eric Phillips, press secretary to Mayor Bill de Blasio</a>&nbsp;— July 5, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7030-max-murphy-podcast-democratic-mayoral-candidate-sal-albanese" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/sal-albanese.jpg" alt="sal albanese" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7030-max-murphy-podcast-democratic-mayoral-candidate-sal-albanese" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Democratic Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese</a> — June 26, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7009-max-murphy-podcast-republican-mayoral-candidate-paul-massey" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/paul-massey.jpg" alt="paul massey" width="400" height="167" /></a>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7009-max-murphy-podcast-republican-mayoral-candidate-paul-massey">Republican Mayoral Candidate Paul Massey</a>&nbsp;— June 19, 2017 (note: Paul Massey dropped out of the mayoral race on June 28, though the episode is still worth listening to)</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/6989-max-murphy-podcast-mayoral-candidate-bob-gangi" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/podcast/bob-gangi.jpg" alt="bob gangi" width="400" height="167" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/6989-max-murphy-podcast-mayoral-candidate-bob-gangi">Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bob Gangi</a> — June 12, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo-400px.jpg" alt="mxm logo 400px" width="400" height="167" /></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/6997-max-murphy-on-politics-election-season-is-here">Election Season is Here!</a> — June 1, 2017</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br />A variety of earlier episodes of the Max &amp; Murphy Podcast, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6183-max-a-murphy-on-housing">through the&nbsp;archive</a>, often focused on New York housing policy and politics — <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6183-max-a-murphy-on-housing">see all episodes from the start February 12, 2016 to May 25, 2017</a></p> Anger, Protests & Potential Bellwether in Democratic Senate Primary Already Underway 2017-06-01T04:00:00+00:00 2017-06-01T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/6966-anger-protests-potential-bellwether-in-democratic-senate-primary-already-underway Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/34199310524_c38faa4151_z.jpg" alt="protest alcantara IDC" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>(photos: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)</p> <hr /> <p>“No fake Democrats! Take the New York Senate back!,” yelled the crowd of protestors huddled on the sidewalk outside 5030 Broadway in Inwood, near the northern tip of Manhattan. The demonstrators -- a cohort of about three dozen older New Yorkers, millennials, and one as young as 10 years old -- were one of a number of groups that had gathered at locations across the city on a recent Wednesday to protest at the offices of Democratic state Senators who the protesters believe have betrayed them. These senators are members of a breakaway faction called the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), which leverages its numbers to help Republicans control the legislative chamber, at odds with the Democratically-controlled Assembly.</p> <p>The protest at 5030 Broadway, organized by True Blue NY, a four-month-old grassroots group, took aim at Sen. Marisol Alcántara of District 31, who was elected last year and joined the now eight-member IDC. Alcántara’s election has coincided with a groundswell awareness of state politics -- owing largely to the election of Donald Trump as president, a wake-up call to many Democrats -- and a growing movement by grassroots groups to make the bicameral New York Legislature entirely Democratic. Activists’ patience with the IDC has vanished, and with it much tolerance for the breakaway Democrats from other Democratic elected officials.</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/34878999992_92750489d8_z.jpg" alt="protest IDC senate" width="300" height="200" style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" />Alcántara’s membership in the IDC is anathema to those hoping that New York Democrats can stand up to Trump administration policies, many of which Democrats believe will do significant harm to the state’s most vulnerable people. Democrats at the national, state and local level have increasingly come to call for IDC members to make their way back into the fold and caucus with the 23 mainline Democrats, as well as one other nominal Democrat, Senator Simcha Felder, who conferences with Republicans. After the recent election of Democrat Brian Benjamin to the state Senate, Democrats have 32 members, including Felder and the IDC, to 31 Republicans. But, they remain in the minority.</p> <p>Many leaders in the Democratic National Committee, the state Legislature, local county committees, and elsewhere have weighed in, urging the wayward Democrats to make their way back home. (Democrats like Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have largely stayed out of the discussion, however. Gillibrand recently <a href="http://thealt.com/2017/06/01/gillibrand-supports-mainline-senate-democrats/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">indicated her disapproval</a> of the IDC and called for Democratic unity.)</p> <p>Alcántara’s opponents have declared their ultimatum to the senator: either join mainline Democrats or be replaced by someone who will. And those opponents see a clear path to deposing her in next year’s election by supporting former City Council Member Robert Jackson, who has already declared that he is challenging Alcántara though the primary is 16 months away.</p> <p>Jackson, a three-term Democratic Council member who left office in 2013, also ran for Senate District 31 last year, losing to Alcántara by a <a href="https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2016/Primary/2016StateLocalPrimaryElectionResults.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">margin</a> of just 533 votes in a four-way Democratic primary (He ran in 2014 as well but lost to Adriano Espaillat, who is now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives). Jackson was a close third, after Micah Lasher, who was just 294 votes behind Alcántara but has thrown his weight behind Jackson’s campaign this time around.</p> <p>Jackson is confident that the numbers are in his favor. “The race is pretty simplistic,” he said in a phone interview, citing last year’s vote totals and touting the recent endorsement he received from Lasher, which he believes will be more than enough to put him past Alcántara in a 2018 primary. “Then you take into factor, after Trump’s election as president, all of the various groups that have basically risen up from the dirt as beautiful flowers,” he said, referring to grassroots organizations that have sprung up to protest the IDC, groups that can mobilize support for his campaign. “There are many groups that are basically now standing up and fighting the system that basically they feel is not in their best interest.”</p> <p>Democrats who backed Alcántara and other IDC members now find themselves in an awkward position of explaining their support while also calling for a unified Democratic conference. Public Advocate Letitia James endorsed Alcántara in last year’s race, but recently wrote in an editorial for <a href="http://cityandstateny.com/articles/opinion/mainline-and-independent-democrats-in-the-senate-must-unite-behind-a-resistance-agenda.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">City &amp; State</a> that “it’s time for Albany’s Democrats – mainline and Independent Democratic Conference – to come together. This is the only real way we will move forward on so many critical issues like reproductive choice, health care, education funding and the DREAM Act.”</p> <p>Gotham Gazette sought comment from James’ office on whether she would support Alcántara next year, but a spokesperson did not respond.</p> <p>Jackson cited the same policy issues, challenging Alcántara’s assertions, and those of her colleagues and supporters, that the IDC allows its members a place at the negotiating table and the ability to deliver resources to their communities. Instead, Jackson said, the IDC is simply “eating crumbs off the Republican plate,” while holding up the larger progressive Democratic agenda.</p> <p>But Alcántara’s victory resonated with residents of her district who are glad to see a Latina representative in the overwhelmingly white and male Senate. Some of those residents and local Democratic party functionaries showed up at the protest outside Alcántara’s office to stand up for her and drown out the voices of her critics. “Marisol! Latino power!,” they yelled in unison, inching forward and eventually circling the members of True Blue NY to, peacefully, drive them away. True Blue NY members slowly trickled away as police officers stepped in with barricades to cordon off the two groups and clear the sidewalk.</p> <p>“The IDC exists because of lack of leadership from the Democrats themselves,” said Alcántara supporter Manny De Los Santos, a state committee member and president of the Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change, at the protest. “At the end of the day, we need leaders that can not only represent the district where they live but also bring resources to this community, and Marisol has done just that. We had a senator who spent a lifetime in the Senate and wasn’t able to deliver resources to the community. As a rookie state senator, she has done that.” De Los Santos said Alcántara is a “pure Democrat” and vowed to fight back against those questioning her credentials. Alcántara has a history in labor unions and clearly progressive politics, which made her joining the IDC so shocking to some. The IDC pumped thousands of dollars into her primary, however, as she aligned with the breakaway faction.</p> <p>The fight is likely to be a long, drawn out battle -- both in the 31st Senate District and elsewhere -- as groups like True Blue NY and No IDC are vowing a sustained campaign of opposition to the entire IDC. Just recently, the Manhattan County Democratic Committee, headed by Chair Keith Wright, a former Assembly member, passed a resolution vowing not to support members of the IDC in next year’s elections, and the prominent progressive Working Families Party (WFP) rallied against the IDC once the Democrats gained the numerical majority.</p> <p>“Here in this very supposedly blue state, we have a state Senate controlled by the Republicans and propped up and enabled...by these eight Democrats,” said Bill Lipton, New York State Director of the WFP, in a May 25 <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2017/05/26/bill-lipton-working-families-party.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NY1 interview</a>, “these IDC independent Democrats whose voters elected them under the auspices that they were going to stand up and caucus with the Democrats. So people are extremely frustrated, they’ve become woke to this idea that these folks are not doing what they’re supposed to and we’ve just seen an outpouring of support.”</p> <p>The WFP, with its considerable resources and strong grassroots following, could play a strong role in swaying voters away from reelecting IDC members. At the same time, the IDC will also be able to wield its own campaign finance machinery, which they employed in Alcantara’s favor last year, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/6538-idc-housekeeping-account-raises-questions-but-may-not-be-challenged" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">spending</a> nearly $100,000 dollars in advertising and other support.</p> <p>As it stands, Alcántara seems the most vulnerable of the lot. “People are really surprised to learn about [the IDC] and dismayed and that’s why all these people are out here,” said Lisa DellAquila, a co-leader of True Blue NY, at the Wednesday protest. DellAquila said the group had signed up hundreds of people in the last three months alone and held a recent summit attended by representatives of about 50 community groups, nonprofits and advocacy organizations. “We’re gonna have a big push to primary all the members of the IDC and Simcha Felder,” she said, insisting that the IDC dynamic, propping up Senate Republicans, is increasingly becoming untenable. “[IDC Leader] Jeff Klein is severely wounded right now,” she said. “I think he needs to come back to the Democrats and bring the IDC with him. Let’s unify and pass progressive legislation in New York.”</p> <p>Alcántara was not made available to comment for this article. Instead, IDC spokesperson Candice Giove pushed back against the criticism, both of the senator and of the IDC at large. "Senator Alcántara was humbled to see so many Latina women come out to support her in the face of protesters from outside of the district attempting to distort her record, which includes securing $10 million in legal aid for immigrants in the face of bad policy coming from Washington,” said Giove, in a statement.</p> <p>That pushback, along with Alcantara’s statements on the Senate floor in response to criticism of the IDC, have invited accusations of race-baiting by critics. Jackson reiterated that line in the phone interview. “They’re playing the race card,” said Jackson, who is black. “All of those people out there [protesting] are from the community...they live in the district.”</p> <p>Giove also addressed the growing calls for Democratic unity, insisting that, "Thirty-two is not a magic number unless there are 32 Democrats who are ready to stand up and unite on policies that combat Donald Trump.”</p> <p>“Until we achieve unity and stand up for women, immigrants, and the most vulnerable New Yorkers, all talk about a majority is nothing more than meaningless rhetoric on the part of failed leadership,” she said in the statement. “The Independent Democratic Conference has made its positions and its values clear. We are asking every other Senator to do the same. It's time to call the roll.” Giove’s comments are in reference to the fact that Felder continues to conference with Republicans and that at least one mainline Democratic senator, Ruben Diaz Sr., is not supportive of a variety of socially progressive measures.</p> <p>Jackson, however, sees it another way. If nine people in a room are holding up a ceiling, he said, and eight of them walk away, “What happens to that ceiling?” If the eight-member IDC abandons the Republicans, he’s confident the ninth holdout, Simcha Felder, will too. Otherwise, he thinks they will all see a backlash at the polls.</p> <p>“This is a movement that Jeff Klein and the IDC cannot stop,” he said.</p> <p>

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by Samar Khurshid, senior reporter, Gotham Gazette
     

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</p> <p>Note - This post has been updated to include a reference to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's recent comments on the IDC. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/34199310524_c38faa4151_z.jpg" alt="protest alcantara IDC" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>(photos: Samar Khurshid/Gotham Gazette)</p> <hr /> <p>“No fake Democrats! Take the New York Senate back!,” yelled the crowd of protestors huddled on the sidewalk outside 5030 Broadway in Inwood, near the northern tip of Manhattan. The demonstrators -- a cohort of about three dozen older New Yorkers, millennials, and one as young as 10 years old -- were one of a number of groups that had gathered at locations across the city on a recent Wednesday to protest at the offices of Democratic state Senators who the protesters believe have betrayed them. These senators are members of a breakaway faction called the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), which leverages its numbers to help Republicans control the legislative chamber, at odds with the Democratically-controlled Assembly.</p> <p>The protest at 5030 Broadway, organized by True Blue NY, a four-month-old grassroots group, took aim at Sen. Marisol Alcántara of District 31, who was elected last year and joined the now eight-member IDC. Alcántara’s election has coincided with a groundswell awareness of state politics -- owing largely to the election of Donald Trump as president, a wake-up call to many Democrats -- and a growing movement by grassroots groups to make the bicameral New York Legislature entirely Democratic. Activists’ patience with the IDC has vanished, and with it much tolerance for the breakaway Democrats from other Democratic elected officials.</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/34878999992_92750489d8_z.jpg" alt="protest IDC senate" width="300" height="200" style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" />Alcántara’s membership in the IDC is anathema to those hoping that New York Democrats can stand up to Trump administration policies, many of which Democrats believe will do significant harm to the state’s most vulnerable people. Democrats at the national, state and local level have increasingly come to call for IDC members to make their way back into the fold and caucus with the 23 mainline Democrats, as well as one other nominal Democrat, Senator Simcha Felder, who conferences with Republicans. After the recent election of Democrat Brian Benjamin to the state Senate, Democrats have 32 members, including Felder and the IDC, to 31 Republicans. But, they remain in the minority.</p> <p>Many leaders in the Democratic National Committee, the state Legislature, local county committees, and elsewhere have weighed in, urging the wayward Democrats to make their way back home. (Democrats like Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have largely stayed out of the discussion, however. Gillibrand recently <a href="http://thealt.com/2017/06/01/gillibrand-supports-mainline-senate-democrats/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">indicated her disapproval</a> of the IDC and called for Democratic unity.)</p> <p>Alcántara’s opponents have declared their ultimatum to the senator: either join mainline Democrats or be replaced by someone who will. And those opponents see a clear path to deposing her in next year’s election by supporting former City Council Member Robert Jackson, who has already declared that he is challenging Alcántara though the primary is 16 months away.</p> <p>Jackson, a three-term Democratic Council member who left office in 2013, also ran for Senate District 31 last year, losing to Alcántara by a <a href="https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2016/Primary/2016StateLocalPrimaryElectionResults.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">margin</a> of just 533 votes in a four-way Democratic primary (He ran in 2014 as well but lost to Adriano Espaillat, who is now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives). Jackson was a close third, after Micah Lasher, who was just 294 votes behind Alcántara but has thrown his weight behind Jackson’s campaign this time around.</p> <p>Jackson is confident that the numbers are in his favor. “The race is pretty simplistic,” he said in a phone interview, citing last year’s vote totals and touting the recent endorsement he received from Lasher, which he believes will be more than enough to put him past Alcántara in a 2018 primary. “Then you take into factor, after Trump’s election as president, all of the various groups that have basically risen up from the dirt as beautiful flowers,” he said, referring to grassroots organizations that have sprung up to protest the IDC, groups that can mobilize support for his campaign. “There are many groups that are basically now standing up and fighting the system that basically they feel is not in their best interest.”</p> <p>Democrats who backed Alcántara and other IDC members now find themselves in an awkward position of explaining their support while also calling for a unified Democratic conference. Public Advocate Letitia James endorsed Alcántara in last year’s race, but recently wrote in an editorial for <a href="http://cityandstateny.com/articles/opinion/mainline-and-independent-democrats-in-the-senate-must-unite-behind-a-resistance-agenda.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">City &amp; State</a> that “it’s time for Albany’s Democrats – mainline and Independent Democratic Conference – to come together. This is the only real way we will move forward on so many critical issues like reproductive choice, health care, education funding and the DREAM Act.”</p> <p>Gotham Gazette sought comment from James’ office on whether she would support Alcántara next year, but a spokesperson did not respond.</p> <p>Jackson cited the same policy issues, challenging Alcántara’s assertions, and those of her colleagues and supporters, that the IDC allows its members a place at the negotiating table and the ability to deliver resources to their communities. Instead, Jackson said, the IDC is simply “eating crumbs off the Republican plate,” while holding up the larger progressive Democratic agenda.</p> <p>But Alcántara’s victory resonated with residents of her district who are glad to see a Latina representative in the overwhelmingly white and male Senate. Some of those residents and local Democratic party functionaries showed up at the protest outside Alcántara’s office to stand up for her and drown out the voices of her critics. “Marisol! Latino power!,” they yelled in unison, inching forward and eventually circling the members of True Blue NY to, peacefully, drive them away. True Blue NY members slowly trickled away as police officers stepped in with barricades to cordon off the two groups and clear the sidewalk.</p> <p>“The IDC exists because of lack of leadership from the Democrats themselves,” said Alcántara supporter Manny De Los Santos, a state committee member and president of the Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change, at the protest. “At the end of the day, we need leaders that can not only represent the district where they live but also bring resources to this community, and Marisol has done just that. We had a senator who spent a lifetime in the Senate and wasn’t able to deliver resources to the community. As a rookie state senator, she has done that.” De Los Santos said Alcántara is a “pure Democrat” and vowed to fight back against those questioning her credentials. Alcántara has a history in labor unions and clearly progressive politics, which made her joining the IDC so shocking to some. The IDC pumped thousands of dollars into her primary, however, as she aligned with the breakaway faction.</p> <p>The fight is likely to be a long, drawn out battle -- both in the 31st Senate District and elsewhere -- as groups like True Blue NY and No IDC are vowing a sustained campaign of opposition to the entire IDC. Just recently, the Manhattan County Democratic Committee, headed by Chair Keith Wright, a former Assembly member, passed a resolution vowing not to support members of the IDC in next year’s elections, and the prominent progressive Working Families Party (WFP) rallied against the IDC once the Democrats gained the numerical majority.</p> <p>“Here in this very supposedly blue state, we have a state Senate controlled by the Republicans and propped up and enabled...by these eight Democrats,” said Bill Lipton, New York State Director of the WFP, in a May 25 <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2017/05/26/bill-lipton-working-families-party.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NY1 interview</a>, “these IDC independent Democrats whose voters elected them under the auspices that they were going to stand up and caucus with the Democrats. So people are extremely frustrated, they’ve become woke to this idea that these folks are not doing what they’re supposed to and we’ve just seen an outpouring of support.”</p> <p>The WFP, with its considerable resources and strong grassroots following, could play a strong role in swaying voters away from reelecting IDC members. At the same time, the IDC will also be able to wield its own campaign finance machinery, which they employed in Alcantara’s favor last year, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/6538-idc-housekeeping-account-raises-questions-but-may-not-be-challenged" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">spending</a> nearly $100,000 dollars in advertising and other support.</p> <p>As it stands, Alcántara seems the most vulnerable of the lot. “People are really surprised to learn about [the IDC] and dismayed and that’s why all these people are out here,” said Lisa DellAquila, a co-leader of True Blue NY, at the Wednesday protest. DellAquila said the group had signed up hundreds of people in the last three months alone and held a recent summit attended by representatives of about 50 community groups, nonprofits and advocacy organizations. “We’re gonna have a big push to primary all the members of the IDC and Simcha Felder,” she said, insisting that the IDC dynamic, propping up Senate Republicans, is increasingly becoming untenable. “[IDC Leader] Jeff Klein is severely wounded right now,” she said. “I think he needs to come back to the Democrats and bring the IDC with him. Let’s unify and pass progressive legislation in New York.”</p> <p>Alcántara was not made available to comment for this article. Instead, IDC spokesperson Candice Giove pushed back against the criticism, both of the senator and of the IDC at large. "Senator Alcántara was humbled to see so many Latina women come out to support her in the face of protesters from outside of the district attempting to distort her record, which includes securing $10 million in legal aid for immigrants in the face of bad policy coming from Washington,” said Giove, in a statement.</p> <p>That pushback, along with Alcantara’s statements on the Senate floor in response to criticism of the IDC, have invited accusations of race-baiting by critics. Jackson reiterated that line in the phone interview. “They’re playing the race card,” said Jackson, who is black. “All of those people out there [protesting] are from the community...they live in the district.”</p> <p>Giove also addressed the growing calls for Democratic unity, insisting that, "Thirty-two is not a magic number unless there are 32 Democrats who are ready to stand up and unite on policies that combat Donald Trump.”</p> <p>“Until we achieve unity and stand up for women, immigrants, and the most vulnerable New Yorkers, all talk about a majority is nothing more than meaningless rhetoric on the part of failed leadership,” she said in the statement. “The Independent Democratic Conference has made its positions and its values clear. We are asking every other Senator to do the same. It's time to call the roll.” Giove’s comments are in reference to the fact that Felder continues to conference with Republicans and that at least one mainline Democratic senator, Ruben Diaz Sr., is not supportive of a variety of socially progressive measures.</p> <p>Jackson, however, sees it another way. If nine people in a room are holding up a ceiling, he said, and eight of them walk away, “What happens to that ceiling?” If the eight-member IDC abandons the Republicans, he’s confident the ninth holdout, Simcha Felder, will too. Otherwise, he thinks they will all see a backlash at the polls.</p> <p>“This is a movement that Jeff Klein and the IDC cannot stop,” he said.</p> <p>

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by Samar Khurshid, senior reporter, Gotham Gazette
     

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</p> <p>Note - This post has been updated to include a reference to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's recent comments on the IDC. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
In Race to Replace Espaillat, Ramifications for Senate Control, His Power, and More 2016-08-23T04:00:00+00:00 2016-08-23T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/6492-in-race-to-replace-espaillat-ramifications-for-senate-control-his-power-and-more Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Espaillat_Alcantara.jpg" alt="Espaillat Alcantara" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p>Espaillat, center, &amp; Alcantara, right of center (photo: @Espaillat4NY)</p> <hr /> <p>Marisol Alcantara, a labor organizer who ran a successful insurgent campaign for district leader in 2010, is seen by many in her Uptown district as a liberal firebrand. As Alcantara now pursues election to the New York State Senate, she is also fighting a proxy war for Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is about to be elected to Congress and Alcantara hopes to replace. The hotly contested Democratic primary for Espaillat&rsquo;s Senate seat is becoming a test of his power and that of his top allies.</p> <p>Alcantara&rsquo;s candidacy is also backed by the Senate Independent Democratic Conference, or IDC, which she <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2016/08/15/four-way-race-to-replace-espaillat-a-free-for-all-as-albany-dems-hope-to-retake-senate-majority.html" target="_blank">has pledged to join</a> if elected, a scenario that may enable Senate Republicans to keep control of the chamber in a year when mainline Democrats believe they have the best chance to take power and see all major parts of state government run by the party.</p> <p>In other words, the race to replace Espaillat, along with several Senate races around the state, could have significant implication for billions of dollars in state budget money and major policies of all kinds - these decisions are currently made among Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, the Democratic leader of the state Assembly, and the Republican leader of the state Senate, with some input from the IDC.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Alcantara was endorsed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. who is an ally of IDC head Jeff Klein, senator from the Bronx, and of Cuomo, who has encouraged the IDC&rsquo;s ruling coalition arrangement with Senate Republicans in the past.</p> <p>&ldquo;From organizing voter registration drives, to helping tenants facing eviction navigate city bureaucracy, to standing with workers on the picket line, to passionately advocating for education funding, Marisol Alcantara has spent her career fighting for the issues that New Yorkers care about,&rdquo; Diaz Jr. said in a press release.</p> <p>According to five sources involved in the race, Espaillat is flexing his new-found muscle after his Democratic primary win to replace retiring Rep. Charles Rangel in Congress. Espaillat, set to become the first Dominican-American elected to Congress during a formality of a November general election, has called in favors and is lobbying other electeds to back Alcantara. In the state Senate primary set for September 13, she is facing former City Council Member Robert Jackson; Micah Lasher, former chief of staff to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; and Luis Tejada, a community activist.</p> <p>The 31st Senate District runs from the Upper Manhattan neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights, down the West Side to Hell&rsquo;s Kitchen.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a lady who stands on her own two feet,&rdquo; Espaillat said of Alcantara last week as she received the endorsement of the Transit Workers Union Local 100. &ldquo;I listen to her and I know that we will not always agree, because she is her own person, as she should be, because leadership is about that.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jackson, who has been running since February, is allied with Assembly Member Keith Wright, who Espaillat defeated in the Congressional primary. Jackson challenged Espaillat for his Senate seat two years ago, winning about 43 percent of the vote, when Espaillat was losing to Rangel for the second cycle in a row.</p> <p>Lasher, who has been running since April, is a first-time candidate but is known as an expert political strategist and has deep political connections to many top city and state politicians, such as Schneiderman and city Comptroller Scott Stringer.</p> <p>There is concern in Espaillat&rsquo;s camp that a Jackson or Lasher victory could create a ready-made primary challenger for Espaillat two years from now, when it is assumed he&rsquo;ll be seeking re-election to Congress. Neither Lasher&rsquo;s nor Jackson&rsquo;s campaign returned requests for comment.</p> <p>In efforts to elect Alcantara, the candidate, Espaillat, and others also hope to tap into enthusiasm in the Dominican and larger Hispanic communities over Espaillat&rsquo;s congressional victory. Meanwhile, Alcantara has received the financial backing of the IDC which is looking to expand its membership before negotiating a deal to control the Senate with either the Democrats or Republicans.</p> <p>City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez switched his endorsement from Lasher to Alcantara when Alcantara declared her candidacy on July 20. It also appears Alcantara has picked up labor endorsements that were expected by Jackson and Lasher, one of which is that of Transit Workers Union Local 100.</p> <p>Espaillat is featured heavily in Alcantara mailers that are funded by the IDC. Espaillat also recorded a robocall for Alcantara. &ldquo;As an immigrant to our country just like me, Marisol Alcantara knows the importance of standing up for those without a voice,&rdquo; Espaillat says on the call before asking voters to &ldquo;make history&rdquo; with him again by electing Alcantara. Alcantara immigrated from the Dominican Republic when she was a child.</p> <p>While in the Senate, Espaillat has been a member of the mainline Democrat conference, not the IDC.</p> <p>"Marisol is a longtime labor and community activist who's worked closely with elected officials, faith leaders, and non-profits across the district to fight for tenants, seniors, immigrants and working families,&rdquo; said Jonathan Davis, a spokesperson for Alcantara, in a statement. &ldquo;Voters know how hard she'll fight to strengthen tenant protection laws, increase education funding, pass the DREAM Act, fix New York's broken campaign finance system, and protect our environment and parks. It's no surprise she's built such a diverse and impressive coalition in a short amount of time, and she's only getting started."</p> <p>Both Lasher and Jackson have criticized Alcantara for aligning herself with the IDC. Mainline Senate Democrats worry that Alcantara will simply serve to strengthen Klein&rsquo;s hand when it comes time to negotiate a governing deal. They note that while some major liberal issues have passed the Senate under Republican and IDC control, like a minimum wage increase and paid family leave, other major issues like criminal justice reform, the DREAM Act and ethics reform have foundered.</p> <p>Klein, in <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/state/6454-2016-a-far-different-election-year-for-independent-democrats" target="_blank">an interview with Gotham Gazette earlier this summer</a>, said, &ldquo;I worked extremely well this year with Senator John Flanagan and yes, this session we were able to work well with [Democratic Minority Leader] Andrea Stewart-Cousins -- it is a much better relationship, but I think the Republican Conference has been even better and a lot of credit has to go to the relationship with Senator Flanagan, again.&rdquo;</p> <p>Alcantara defended her alliance with the IDC in a statement <a href="http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2016/08/sd-13-with-alcantara-win-idc-would-grow/" target="_blank">released last week</a>: &ldquo;I witnessed an increase in the minimum wage twice, paid family leave, and Universal Pre-K for NYC&ndash;all possible because of the IDC&rsquo;s influence. When I am elected I look forward to going to Albany to continue to push for progressive legislation critical to the people of the 31st district.&rdquo; She added that she will remain an independent voice for &ldquo;tenants and families&rdquo; throughout her district, where rent regulation and affordable housing are top concerns.</p> <p>Sources within Alcantara&rsquo;s camp insist she will be a vocal proponent of liberal issues and likely clash with Senate Republicans regardless of which conference she sits with, while noting it is likely that the IDC will caucus with Democrats as Republicans are facing the <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/state/6482-trump-could-tip-key-races-for-state-senate-control" target="_blank">potential negative impact a Trump candidacy may have on turnout</a>.</p> <p>Alcantara and her allies dismiss criticism from Lasher and Jackson and point to their histories as evidence that they have worked across party lines. Jackson voted in favor of extending term limits in 2008 when then Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to run for a third term. Lasher worked as a top state government lobbyist for Bloomberg and also served as executive director of pro-charter school group StudentsFirstNY, a group that has worked to defeat Democrats.</p> <p>Jackson&rsquo;s major endorsements include powerful unions the United Federation of Teachers and DC37, and former Mayor David Dinkins. Lasher is backed by Attorney General Schneiderman, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Jerry Nadler, Comptroller Stringer and State Sens. Jose Peralta and Jose Serrano.</p> <p>A win by Alcantara wouldn&rsquo;t just give the IDC more leverage during negotiations this fall, it would also add diversity to its ranks as the conference is currently made up of only white members, four men and one woman. They&rsquo;ve come under heavy criticism for taking a seat at the negotiating table with Gov. Andrew Cuomo while mainline Senate Democrats - who are represented by Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a black woman, and represent the majority of city residents - are excluded.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Espaillat_Alcantara.jpg" alt="Espaillat Alcantara" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p>Espaillat, center, &amp; Alcantara, right of center (photo: @Espaillat4NY)</p> <hr /> <p>Marisol Alcantara, a labor organizer who ran a successful insurgent campaign for district leader in 2010, is seen by many in her Uptown district as a liberal firebrand. As Alcantara now pursues election to the New York State Senate, she is also fighting a proxy war for Senator Adriano Espaillat, who is about to be elected to Congress and Alcantara hopes to replace. The hotly contested Democratic primary for Espaillat&rsquo;s Senate seat is becoming a test of his power and that of his top allies.</p> <p>Alcantara&rsquo;s candidacy is also backed by the Senate Independent Democratic Conference, or IDC, which she <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2016/08/15/four-way-race-to-replace-espaillat-a-free-for-all-as-albany-dems-hope-to-retake-senate-majority.html" target="_blank">has pledged to join</a> if elected, a scenario that may enable Senate Republicans to keep control of the chamber in a year when mainline Democrats believe they have the best chance to take power and see all major parts of state government run by the party.</p> <p>In other words, the race to replace Espaillat, along with several Senate races around the state, could have significant implication for billions of dollars in state budget money and major policies of all kinds - these decisions are currently made among Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, the Democratic leader of the state Assembly, and the Republican leader of the state Senate, with some input from the IDC.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Alcantara was endorsed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. who is an ally of IDC head Jeff Klein, senator from the Bronx, and of Cuomo, who has encouraged the IDC&rsquo;s ruling coalition arrangement with Senate Republicans in the past.</p> <p>&ldquo;From organizing voter registration drives, to helping tenants facing eviction navigate city bureaucracy, to standing with workers on the picket line, to passionately advocating for education funding, Marisol Alcantara has spent her career fighting for the issues that New Yorkers care about,&rdquo; Diaz Jr. said in a press release.</p> <p>According to five sources involved in the race, Espaillat is flexing his new-found muscle after his Democratic primary win to replace retiring Rep. Charles Rangel in Congress. Espaillat, set to become the first Dominican-American elected to Congress during a formality of a November general election, has called in favors and is lobbying other electeds to back Alcantara. In the state Senate primary set for September 13, she is facing former City Council Member Robert Jackson; Micah Lasher, former chief of staff to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; and Luis Tejada, a community activist.</p> <p>The 31st Senate District runs from the Upper Manhattan neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights, down the West Side to Hell&rsquo;s Kitchen.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a lady who stands on her own two feet,&rdquo; Espaillat said of Alcantara last week as she received the endorsement of the Transit Workers Union Local 100. &ldquo;I listen to her and I know that we will not always agree, because she is her own person, as she should be, because leadership is about that.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jackson, who has been running since February, is allied with Assembly Member Keith Wright, who Espaillat defeated in the Congressional primary. Jackson challenged Espaillat for his Senate seat two years ago, winning about 43 percent of the vote, when Espaillat was losing to Rangel for the second cycle in a row.</p> <p>Lasher, who has been running since April, is a first-time candidate but is known as an expert political strategist and has deep political connections to many top city and state politicians, such as Schneiderman and city Comptroller Scott Stringer.</p> <p>There is concern in Espaillat&rsquo;s camp that a Jackson or Lasher victory could create a ready-made primary challenger for Espaillat two years from now, when it is assumed he&rsquo;ll be seeking re-election to Congress. Neither Lasher&rsquo;s nor Jackson&rsquo;s campaign returned requests for comment.</p> <p>In efforts to elect Alcantara, the candidate, Espaillat, and others also hope to tap into enthusiasm in the Dominican and larger Hispanic communities over Espaillat&rsquo;s congressional victory. Meanwhile, Alcantara has received the financial backing of the IDC which is looking to expand its membership before negotiating a deal to control the Senate with either the Democrats or Republicans.</p> <p>City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez switched his endorsement from Lasher to Alcantara when Alcantara declared her candidacy on July 20. It also appears Alcantara has picked up labor endorsements that were expected by Jackson and Lasher, one of which is that of Transit Workers Union Local 100.</p> <p>Espaillat is featured heavily in Alcantara mailers that are funded by the IDC. Espaillat also recorded a robocall for Alcantara. &ldquo;As an immigrant to our country just like me, Marisol Alcantara knows the importance of standing up for those without a voice,&rdquo; Espaillat says on the call before asking voters to &ldquo;make history&rdquo; with him again by electing Alcantara. Alcantara immigrated from the Dominican Republic when she was a child.</p> <p>While in the Senate, Espaillat has been a member of the mainline Democrat conference, not the IDC.</p> <p>"Marisol is a longtime labor and community activist who's worked closely with elected officials, faith leaders, and non-profits across the district to fight for tenants, seniors, immigrants and working families,&rdquo; said Jonathan Davis, a spokesperson for Alcantara, in a statement. &ldquo;Voters know how hard she'll fight to strengthen tenant protection laws, increase education funding, pass the DREAM Act, fix New York's broken campaign finance system, and protect our environment and parks. It's no surprise she's built such a diverse and impressive coalition in a short amount of time, and she's only getting started."</p> <p>Both Lasher and Jackson have criticized Alcantara for aligning herself with the IDC. Mainline Senate Democrats worry that Alcantara will simply serve to strengthen Klein&rsquo;s hand when it comes time to negotiate a governing deal. They note that while some major liberal issues have passed the Senate under Republican and IDC control, like a minimum wage increase and paid family leave, other major issues like criminal justice reform, the DREAM Act and ethics reform have foundered.</p> <p>Klein, in <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/state/6454-2016-a-far-different-election-year-for-independent-democrats" target="_blank">an interview with Gotham Gazette earlier this summer</a>, said, &ldquo;I worked extremely well this year with Senator John Flanagan and yes, this session we were able to work well with [Democratic Minority Leader] Andrea Stewart-Cousins -- it is a much better relationship, but I think the Republican Conference has been even better and a lot of credit has to go to the relationship with Senator Flanagan, again.&rdquo;</p> <p>Alcantara defended her alliance with the IDC in a statement <a href="http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2016/08/sd-13-with-alcantara-win-idc-would-grow/" target="_blank">released last week</a>: &ldquo;I witnessed an increase in the minimum wage twice, paid family leave, and Universal Pre-K for NYC&ndash;all possible because of the IDC&rsquo;s influence. When I am elected I look forward to going to Albany to continue to push for progressive legislation critical to the people of the 31st district.&rdquo; She added that she will remain an independent voice for &ldquo;tenants and families&rdquo; throughout her district, where rent regulation and affordable housing are top concerns.</p> <p>Sources within Alcantara&rsquo;s camp insist she will be a vocal proponent of liberal issues and likely clash with Senate Republicans regardless of which conference she sits with, while noting it is likely that the IDC will caucus with Democrats as Republicans are facing the <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/state/6482-trump-could-tip-key-races-for-state-senate-control" target="_blank">potential negative impact a Trump candidacy may have on turnout</a>.</p> <p>Alcantara and her allies dismiss criticism from Lasher and Jackson and point to their histories as evidence that they have worked across party lines. Jackson voted in favor of extending term limits in 2008 when then Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to run for a third term. Lasher worked as a top state government lobbyist for Bloomberg and also served as executive director of pro-charter school group StudentsFirstNY, a group that has worked to defeat Democrats.</p> <p>Jackson&rsquo;s major endorsements include powerful unions the United Federation of Teachers and DC37, and former Mayor David Dinkins. Lasher is backed by Attorney General Schneiderman, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Jerry Nadler, Comptroller Stringer and State Sens. Jose Peralta and Jose Serrano.</p> <p>A win by Alcantara wouldn&rsquo;t just give the IDC more leverage during negotiations this fall, it would also add diversity to its ranks as the conference is currently made up of only white members, four men and one woman. They&rsquo;ve come under heavy criticism for taking a seat at the negotiating table with Gov. Andrew Cuomo while mainline Senate Democrats - who are represented by Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a black woman, and represent the majority of city residents - are excluded.</p> <p>

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