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/stephanie-miner 2018-09-22T18:53:51+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com What You Can Learn From Gubernatorial Candidates' Campaign Websites 2018-08-19T04:00:00+00:00 2018-08-19T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7875:what-you-can-learn-from-the-gubernatorial-candidates-campaign-websites Samar Khurshid <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/cuomo-campaign-site.png" alt="cuomo campaign site" width="600" height="320" /></p> <p>(image: Cuomo campaign website home page)</p> <hr /> <p>The digital presence of elected government officials and candidates seeking elected office – whether it’s a fledgling Instagram account with a humble following or a tweet gone viral with tens of thousands of retweets – cannot be underestimated in today’s world. Social media provides direct access between candidates and voters, and can remove traditional barriers between constituents and their elected officials.</p> <p>Many, for instance, have partly ascribed <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7770-ocasio-cortez-upsets-crowley-donovan-defeats-grimm-other-2018-new-york-congressional-primary-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the triumph of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez</a> – the 28-year-old democratic socialist who upended 10-term Democratic Congressional Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York’s primary -- to her strong social media presence and digital outreach efforts. Ocasio-Cortez’s first <a href="https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1001795660524457985" target="_blank" rel="noopener">campaign ad</a> went viral -- it has now reached over 3.7 million views on Twitter -- as it revelled in the basics of New York life, following the first-time candidate as she rode the subway and greeted a cashier at her local bodega.</p> <p>Undoubtedly, electoral success depends on a broad range of tried-and-tested campaign tactics, but internet virality, it seems, can pay off, leading many candidates to dedicate robust efforts at Facebook, Twitter, and other social media streams. Some, like Ocasio-Cortez, as well as New York gubernatorial candidates Marc Molinaro, Stephanie Miner, and Howie Hawkins, appear to largely run their own Twitter accounts, directly responding to voters, journalists, even competitors.</p> <p>Interested parties can often learn a lot about a candidate from social media, however curated and stiff, or full of personality and policy the campaign presence might be.</p> <p>But what about campaign websites, often the place that candidates first direct voters or that show up in Internet searches? What portrait can hopeful elected officials shape for themselves within the virtually unlimited scope of the Internet? And, perhaps more importantly, what can voters learn about candidates from those sites?</p> <p>Many candidates attempt to entrance the electorate with professional videos, sharp social media posts, and flashy websites – in part to communicate their policy platforms with access that comes as easy as a click of a mouse or a tap on a smartphone.</p> <p>In this election year for many federal and state offices, one key question for New Yorkers is what they can learn about this year’s candidates for governor, especially in terms of policy proposals, by looking at those candidates’ campaign websites.</p> <p>Two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a Democratic primary challenge this year from Cynthia Nixon, the actor and education activist. On the Republican side, there’s no primary and the party chose Molinaro, the Dutchess county executive as its nominee. Then there are the ‘third-party’ candidates such as Howie Hawkins from the Green Party and Larry Sharpe from the Libertarian Party. Stephanie Miner, a Democrat and the former mayor of Syracuse, is running as an independent with the new Serve America Movement.</p> <p>In each candidate’s case, their campaign website articulates his or her policy positions to varying degrees, with some choosing to unveil lengthy detailed policy packages while others cover little or minutely describe a presented legacy of prior accomplishments with few forward-looking proposals.</p> <p><strong>Andrew Cuomo</strong><br />Cuomo’s campaign website is an example of the latter. It lists many issues and few proposals, providing more of a resume that touts accomplishments, mostly in brief. The issues <a href="https://www.andrewcuomo.com/issues" target="_blank" rel="noopener">page</a> -- titled with his campaign slogan “Proven Leadership” -- presents 10 subjects, accompanied by just 10 paragraphs (the longest paragraph, reciting his work for “Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Reform,” is just six sentences long) explaining his commitment to the issues and the ways he has already tackled them during his two-term tenure.</p> <p>Even issues that the governor has been actively campaigning on over the last few months with specific policy goals, such as protecting women’s reproductive rights and additional gun control measures, are not listed on Cuomo’s campaign website.</p> <p>Under “Fighting for Women’s Equality,” for example, it states that he “passed the most comprehensive paid family leave program in the nation, launched the most aggressive public university sexual assault policy in the country, fought for a comprehensive policy to combat sexual harassment, achieved the smallest wage gap in the country, and ensured that contraceptive coverage is not interrupted regardless of what happens in Washington.”</p> <p>The section, however, lacks any mention of the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Act, two key pieces of legislation that would, respectively, codify Roe v. Wade into New York law and mandate that insurers cover birth control fees. These bills have been integral to many state candidates’ platforms regarding women’s rights in this election cycle, and many of those candidates have criticized the governor for failing to push the two bills through the Legislature.</p> <p>Under a separate website page that calls for New Yorkers to sign a petition to protect reproductive rights, it reads, “Republicans in the NY Senate have repeatedly refused to guarantee reproductive health care by codifying Roe v. Wade into our State Constitution. Now, we need to vote them out.” While Cuomo’s campaign has on social media promoted his push to codify Roe v. Wade into state law, the website offers scant insight.</p> <p>The same goes for the governor’s goals on gun control.</p> <p>Under “Gun Safety,” the Cuomo’s campaign cites his passage of the SAFE Act and “enacting legislation that removes guns from domestic abusers,” but mentions nothing of the Red Flag Gun Protection Bill, a piece of legislation that would prevent those deemed a threat by the court from obtaining firearms, despite another <a href="https://www.andrewcuomo.com/gun-safety" target="_blank" rel="noopener">petition</a> asking for support of the bill appearing as a banner (“NY is beating the NRA. Join the Fight.”) on his website’s homepage.</p> <p>Other issues his website speaks of are aimed towards the LGBTQ community (he pledges a promise to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020, without stating how), education, health care, the environment, income inequality, the state economy and the economic mobility of the middle class. But the site almost exclusively presents the Cuomo campaign’s account of the governor’s two-term record, with little clarity about where he wants to take the state if voters give him a third term this fall. In other venues, such as government press conferences, Cuomo has been much more clear about what legislation he wants to see passed in the future, which he has said he needs a Democratic state Senate in order to pass (the Assembly is overwhelmingly Democratic), though Nixon and others have accused Cuomo of supporting a split Legislature, which, they say, makes his pencient for centrism more excusable to Democratic voters.</p> <p><strong>Cynthia Nixon</strong><br />Meanwhile, Nixon devotes entire pages and packed PDF files to her <a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issues/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">platform</a>’s 12 chosen issues, which cover education, rent control, fixing the subways, the economy, criminal justice reform, government corruption, voter reform, reproductive rights, the environment, health care, immigrant rights and the legalization of marijuana.</p> <p>Some pages are more exhaustive than others. “<a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issue/legalize-marijuana/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Legalize Marijuana</a>,” for example, features a video Nixon posted on Twitter and a paragraph that calls for the legalization of recreational marijuana use. A <a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issue/justiceforall/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">page</a> advocating for criminal justice reform includes a 21-page-long PDF file detailing Nixon’s plan to revamp “a justice system designed to target and criminalize communities of color and the poor.” The plan, which is divvied up into nine separate sections ranging from “Police Accountability” to “Abolish Solitary Confinement,” allows voters to discover her views on cash bail (to abolish it in all cases) or her perspective on the shutdown of Rikers Island jails (that they must be closed in less than the proposed 10 years (a view Cuomo shares)), in varying degrees of detail.</p> <p>Her policy packages also at times include estimated costs. For example, her <a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/educate-new-york-platform/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">plan</a> for revamping the educational system – which includes things like investing in universal pre-kindergarten, establishing a Deputy Commissioner for Racial and Economic Equity within the State Education Department and providing free college tuition for qualified students – estimates that it would cost about $7.367 billion, a hefty sum that she plans to allocate through the implementation of a “millionaires tax,” which would effectively increase the taxes of those with an annual income between $300,000 and $10 million at varying rates.</p> <p>While their websites differ significantly, Cuomo’s and Nixon’s campaign sites do share a focus on Cuomo’s record, though they paint very different pictures of it. While Cuomo highlights legislation he spearheaded or progress he achieved, Nixon finds shortcomings and negligence. In “<a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issue/educate-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#SchoolsNotJails</a>,” a bolded paragraph reads, “The Governor’s refusal to address inequity has devastating consequences,” and in “<a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issue/a-just-transition-for-new-york/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Climate Justice</a>,” Nixon characterizes Cuomo’s announcement of an energy efficiency plan as “Too little, too late.”</p> <p>The websites aren’t nearly the entirety of a campaign, of course. Cuomo has been announcing endorsements and airing <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2018/08/15/campaign-filings-show-andrew-cuomo-spent-millions-of-dollars-on-tv-ads-race-against-cynthia-nixon" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TV ads amounting to $7.5 million</a> in the last month alone, vastly outspending Nixon’s $606,000 total expenditure in that period, and the governor has appeared at a number of government events that often sound like campaign rallies. He has not done more than a couple of interviews about his candidacy with print, TV or radio journalists.</p> <p>On the other hand, while Nixon’s website adopts an extensive policy platform and she has organized many events around her plans, she has <a href="https://nypost.com/2018/08/17/cynthia-nixon-sounds-confused-by-her-own-universal-rent-control-plan/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">on occasion struggled</a> to discuss her proposals in detail when questioned by reporter, though she takes questions far more often than Cuomo. She has done a number profile interviews with national publications and made appearances on mostly friendly TV shows while thus far declining invitations to appear with TV and radio hosts who may ask her tougher, more detailed questions -- opportunities Cuomo has also declined.</p> <p>The two are <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/nyregion/cuomo-nixon-debate-governor.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">set to debate</a> on WCBS TV on August 29, under conditions that Nixon’s campaign said Cuomo only agreed to because they were favorable to him. She has agreed to other broadcast debates that Cuomo has declined, while she has also made many appearances in front of clubs and groups to pitch her candidacy, fitting a long-shot challenger to an entrenched incumbent.</p> <p><strong>Marc Molinaro</strong><br />Molinaro, the Republican nominee, also delves into a heavy critique of Governor Cuomo on his campaign website. “When this governor came into office, I had the greatest amount of hope that he’d bring with him a new day,” Molinaro said on his campaign website’s “<a href="https://molinaroforny.com/reforming-albany/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reforming Albany</a>” page, “but instead we have a new normal.” A culture of corruption and pay-to-play politics has permeated state government, Molinaro argues.</p> <p>Molinaro’s website doesn’t explicitly have an “Issues” page, and overall it is very light on detailed policy proposals or views. The Republican nominee, who appears to be waiting until after the Democratic primary to outline the majority of his policy plans, largely seeks to present himself in general get-to-know-me fashion as a person and career-long elected official to voters who might visit the site.</p> <p>What seems to replace an issues page, at least for now, is one titled “<a href="https://molinaroforny.com/moments-with-marc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Moments With Marc</a>” with six subpages, where a user can scroll through a grid of videos, typically no longer than three minutes and usually with Molinaro either seated in front of a camera or speaking at a rally, rather than presented as a read-through text format. The subpages include reforming Albany, education, transportation, the opioid and heroin crisis and improving the quality of life. There is additionally a subpage that allows users to learn “<a href="https://molinaroforny.com/more-about-marc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">More About Marc</a>.”</p> <p>Some subpages display videos with more extensive policy proposals than others. In “Reforming Albany,” for example, Molinaro said he would rid state government of corruption by asking the state Legislature to adopt a universal code of ethics, creating an independent ethics commission, expanding the Freedom of Information Act to all state government entities, restoring the state comptroller’s power to independent oversight and pushing for a two-term limit for New York governors. It is the one policy area where Molinaro has released detailed plans, fitting a top theme of his campaign, that Cuomo has not cleaned up Albany and it is time for a governor who will.</p> <p>Molinaro is far less specific about resolving what he calls the “<a href="https://molinaroforny.com/opioid-and-heroin-crisis/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Opioid and Heroin Crisis</a>,” where he says there is a need to provide “the right help at the right time.” In this video, which is the sole video for this particular section and is less than two minutes long, Molinaro presents his case for wanting to ensure that “the criminal justice system treats people humanely” and that those affected by drug addiction have access to rehabilitative resources, but fails to provide a more detailed proposal on how he would follow through with that notion.</p> <p>On the campaign trail, Molinaro has talked about fixing the MTA and blamed Cuomo for mismanaging the state-run authority, but he has not outlined his plans for accomplishing such a turnaround, instead promising more detail in the coming weeks and months. Similarly, Molinaro has promised to propose major overhauls of the state tax system and how the state does economic development, but neither plan has been presented yet.</p> <p><strong>Howie Hawkins</strong><br />Hawkins, running on the Green Party line, includes over 20 issue platforms on his <a href="http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues" target="_blank" rel="noopener">campaign website</a>. The socialist candidate presents broad policy proposals to address issues from “<a href="http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues_guaranteed_health_care" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Guaranteed Health Care</a>” (enact the New York Health Act, defend public hospitals from closures and privatizations) to “<a href="http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues_end_the_war_on_drugs_and_mass_incarceration" target="_blank" rel="noopener">End the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration</a>” (establish a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, as well as decriminalize hard drugs and enable access to drug abuse treatment on demand).</p> <p>While some of his proposed issues are aligned with those espoused by the aforementioned candidates, like his claim to expand affordable housing or to rebuild the MTA infrastructure, others are much more radical, such as the complete decriminalization of hard drugs. His overall policy platform is an ever further left version of that put forth by Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo from the progressive end of the political spectrum. For instance, while Nixon advocates for a 100 percent transition to clean energy by 2050, Hawkins proposes that the transition should be made by the year 2030.</p> <p>A key focus for Hawkins and other Green Party candidates is the “<a href="http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues_green_new_deal" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Green New Deal</a>,” which is composed of three main tenets: revitalizing the public sector by fully funding public services and investing in clean energy infrastructure; eliminate policies of supply-side, trickle-down economics; and enact a plan of demand-side, bottom-up economics, which “will increase effective demand and stimulate business expansion and jobs to meet the demand,” according to his website.</p> <p>“The historic role of third parties has been to force issues neglected by the major parties into public debate,” Hawkins states at the top of his issues webpage. “The Green Party has increasingly been playing this role.”</p> <p><strong>Larry Sharpe</strong><br />For Sharpe, the Libertarian Party nominee, under his “<a href="https://www.larrysharpe.com/home/policy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sharpe Policy</a>” page, lists seven issues: “Business Matters;” “Family Law;” “Education;” “Second Amendment Rights;” “Drugs, Cannabis, and Hemp;” and “Tax Reform;” and “Digital Government.” There is a lot of language under each issue, though much of it is broad, with some specific policy plans. Fitting his status as a Libertarian, much of Sharpe’s platform is focused on reducing the scope of government and increasing individual liberties.</p> <p>His platform espouses the support of certain unconventional policies, such as <a href="https://larrysharpe.com/home/policy/education/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">suggesting</a> that traditional high school education should conclude after the tenth grade in order to “give students and parents the opportunity to choose the best path for the next two years and beyond,” and, under “<a href="https://larrysharpe.com/home/policy/second-amendment-rights/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Second Amendment Rights</a>,” establishing a new firearms permit waiting period of 90 days rather than the current six months. Rolling back gun regulations appears to be a major focus of the Sharpe campaign.</p> <p>Sharpe also focuses on digitalizing the state government, either through increasing the functionality of state government websites or using onlines tools to increase civic participation in regards to public projects or local legislation. According to this section, Sharpe “will bring the entrepreneurial energy, digital savvy and startup mentality necessary to make the state of New York a leader in open and effective government in the digital age.”</p> <p>While Sharpe’s website occasionally presents “White Papers,” which redirect users to research documents, only two sections currently have these white papers attached, these being “<a href="https://larrysharpe.com/home/policy/education/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Education</a>” and “<a href="https://www.larrysharpe.com/home/policy/drugs-cannabis-and-hemp/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Drug, Cannabis and Hemp</a>.” Two other sections, “<a href="https://www.larrysharpe.com/home/policy/family-law/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Family Law</a>” and “Second Amendment Rights,” allocate a section for a white paper but have no link that redirects the user to the document, and the remaining sections say that the white paper will be revealed soon.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie Miner</strong><br />Miner, who became the first female mayor of Syracuse when she was first elected in 2010 and served two terms in the position, presents <a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues" target="_blank" rel="noopener">four major issues</a> on her campaign website: “Crush Corruption,” “Upend Politics as Usual,” “Investing in New York’s Future” and “Accountable Spending.”.</p> <p>Miner has vehemently <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/nyregion/miner-cuomo-ny-governor-election.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">critiqued Cuomo and his administration, including on its approach to economic development and infrastructure, and the various corruption scandals</a> that have sprung up within Cuomo’s orbit of aides and donors, and she makes corruption in state government a focal point for her platform.</p> <p>Under the webpage “<a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues_corruption" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Crush Corruption</a>,” she advocates for the disbanding of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, a state agency that investigates corruption and ethics in Albany that is composed of members appointed by Cuomo. She also argues for the provision of the state comptroller’s full oversight over economic development proposals, an authority which has been reduced over the years under Cuomo’s tenure. The argument made by the governor and Legislature for reducing State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s power is that it expedites the state’s economic development work, especially awarding contracts; critics, on the other hand, including DiNapoli, argue that reduced oversight has lent a hand to easy exploitation of the system.</p> <p>In “<a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues_investing_in_new_yorks_future" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Investing in New York’s Future</a>,” Miner also lays out her plan on developing the state’s infrastructure, which involves resolving the MTA crisis through establishing a multi-year agreement on revenue and expenses, among other proposals, cutting property taxes and delivering universal high-speed broadband access to all New Yorkers. The remaining two issues on her website advocate for reforming the <a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues_upend_politics_as_ususal" target="_blank" rel="noopener">voting process</a>, where she advocates for policies such as a non-partisan redistricting of the state and consolidation of the state and federal primaries, and the <a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues_accountable_spending" target="_blank" rel="noopener">state’s budget spending</a>, where she calls for transparency during budget negotiations and restoring the state comptroller’s oversight during a competitive bidding process.</p> <p><em>The Cuomo-Nixon primary is September 13, a Thursday. The general election is on Tuesday, November 6.</em></p> <p>

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by Chelsey Sanchez, Gotham Gazette
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</p> <p>Note: this article has been corrected to reflect that Joel Giambra is not running for governor as the Reform Party nominee, the party has backed Molinaro.</p>
<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/cuomo-campaign-site.png" alt="cuomo campaign site" width="600" height="320" /></p> <p>(image: Cuomo campaign website home page)</p> <hr /> <p>The digital presence of elected government officials and candidates seeking elected office – whether it’s a fledgling Instagram account with a humble following or a tweet gone viral with tens of thousands of retweets – cannot be underestimated in today’s world. Social media provides direct access between candidates and voters, and can remove traditional barriers between constituents and their elected officials.</p> <p>Many, for instance, have partly ascribed <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7770-ocasio-cortez-upsets-crowley-donovan-defeats-grimm-other-2018-new-york-congressional-primary-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the triumph of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez</a> – the 28-year-old democratic socialist who upended 10-term Democratic Congressional Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York’s primary -- to her strong social media presence and digital outreach efforts. Ocasio-Cortez’s first <a href="https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1001795660524457985" target="_blank" rel="noopener">campaign ad</a> went viral -- it has now reached over 3.7 million views on Twitter -- as it revelled in the basics of New York life, following the first-time candidate as she rode the subway and greeted a cashier at her local bodega.</p> <p>Undoubtedly, electoral success depends on a broad range of tried-and-tested campaign tactics, but internet virality, it seems, can pay off, leading many candidates to dedicate robust efforts at Facebook, Twitter, and other social media streams. Some, like Ocasio-Cortez, as well as New York gubernatorial candidates Marc Molinaro, Stephanie Miner, and Howie Hawkins, appear to largely run their own Twitter accounts, directly responding to voters, journalists, even competitors.</p> <p>Interested parties can often learn a lot about a candidate from social media, however curated and stiff, or full of personality and policy the campaign presence might be.</p> <p>But what about campaign websites, often the place that candidates first direct voters or that show up in Internet searches? What portrait can hopeful elected officials shape for themselves within the virtually unlimited scope of the Internet? And, perhaps more importantly, what can voters learn about candidates from those sites?</p> <p>Many candidates attempt to entrance the electorate with professional videos, sharp social media posts, and flashy websites – in part to communicate their policy platforms with access that comes as easy as a click of a mouse or a tap on a smartphone.</p> <p>In this election year for many federal and state offices, one key question for New Yorkers is what they can learn about this year’s candidates for governor, especially in terms of policy proposals, by looking at those candidates’ campaign websites.</p> <p>Two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a Democratic primary challenge this year from Cynthia Nixon, the actor and education activist. On the Republican side, there’s no primary and the party chose Molinaro, the Dutchess county executive as its nominee. Then there are the ‘third-party’ candidates such as Howie Hawkins from the Green Party and Larry Sharpe from the Libertarian Party. Stephanie Miner, a Democrat and the former mayor of Syracuse, is running as an independent with the new Serve America Movement.</p> <p>In each candidate’s case, their campaign website articulates his or her policy positions to varying degrees, with some choosing to unveil lengthy detailed policy packages while others cover little or minutely describe a presented legacy of prior accomplishments with few forward-looking proposals.</p> <p><strong>Andrew Cuomo</strong><br />Cuomo’s campaign website is an example of the latter. It lists many issues and few proposals, providing more of a resume that touts accomplishments, mostly in brief. The issues <a href="https://www.andrewcuomo.com/issues" target="_blank" rel="noopener">page</a> -- titled with his campaign slogan “Proven Leadership” -- presents 10 subjects, accompanied by just 10 paragraphs (the longest paragraph, reciting his work for “Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Reform,” is just six sentences long) explaining his commitment to the issues and the ways he has already tackled them during his two-term tenure.</p> <p>Even issues that the governor has been actively campaigning on over the last few months with specific policy goals, such as protecting women’s reproductive rights and additional gun control measures, are not listed on Cuomo’s campaign website.</p> <p>Under “Fighting for Women’s Equality,” for example, it states that he “passed the most comprehensive paid family leave program in the nation, launched the most aggressive public university sexual assault policy in the country, fought for a comprehensive policy to combat sexual harassment, achieved the smallest wage gap in the country, and ensured that contraceptive coverage is not interrupted regardless of what happens in Washington.”</p> <p>The section, however, lacks any mention of the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Act, two key pieces of legislation that would, respectively, codify Roe v. Wade into New York law and mandate that insurers cover birth control fees. These bills have been integral to many state candidates’ platforms regarding women’s rights in this election cycle, and many of those candidates have criticized the governor for failing to push the two bills through the Legislature.</p> <p>Under a separate website page that calls for New Yorkers to sign a petition to protect reproductive rights, it reads, “Republicans in the NY Senate have repeatedly refused to guarantee reproductive health care by codifying Roe v. Wade into our State Constitution. Now, we need to vote them out.” While Cuomo’s campaign has on social media promoted his push to codify Roe v. Wade into state law, the website offers scant insight.</p> <p>The same goes for the governor’s goals on gun control.</p> <p>Under “Gun Safety,” the Cuomo’s campaign cites his passage of the SAFE Act and “enacting legislation that removes guns from domestic abusers,” but mentions nothing of the Red Flag Gun Protection Bill, a piece of legislation that would prevent those deemed a threat by the court from obtaining firearms, despite another <a href="https://www.andrewcuomo.com/gun-safety" target="_blank" rel="noopener">petition</a> asking for support of the bill appearing as a banner (“NY is beating the NRA. Join the Fight.”) on his website’s homepage.</p> <p>Other issues his website speaks of are aimed towards the LGBTQ community (he pledges a promise to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020, without stating how), education, health care, the environment, income inequality, the state economy and the economic mobility of the middle class. But the site almost exclusively presents the Cuomo campaign’s account of the governor’s two-term record, with little clarity about where he wants to take the state if voters give him a third term this fall. In other venues, such as government press conferences, Cuomo has been much more clear about what legislation he wants to see passed in the future, which he has said he needs a Democratic state Senate in order to pass (the Assembly is overwhelmingly Democratic), though Nixon and others have accused Cuomo of supporting a split Legislature, which, they say, makes his pencient for centrism more excusable to Democratic voters.</p> <p><strong>Cynthia Nixon</strong><br />Meanwhile, Nixon devotes entire pages and packed PDF files to her <a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issues/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">platform</a>’s 12 chosen issues, which cover education, rent control, fixing the subways, the economy, criminal justice reform, government corruption, voter reform, reproductive rights, the environment, health care, immigrant rights and the legalization of marijuana.</p> <p>Some pages are more exhaustive than others. “<a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issue/legalize-marijuana/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Legalize Marijuana</a>,” for example, features a video Nixon posted on Twitter and a paragraph that calls for the legalization of recreational marijuana use. A <a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issue/justiceforall/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">page</a> advocating for criminal justice reform includes a 21-page-long PDF file detailing Nixon’s plan to revamp “a justice system designed to target and criminalize communities of color and the poor.” The plan, which is divvied up into nine separate sections ranging from “Police Accountability” to “Abolish Solitary Confinement,” allows voters to discover her views on cash bail (to abolish it in all cases) or her perspective on the shutdown of Rikers Island jails (that they must be closed in less than the proposed 10 years (a view Cuomo shares)), in varying degrees of detail.</p> <p>Her policy packages also at times include estimated costs. For example, her <a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/educate-new-york-platform/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">plan</a> for revamping the educational system – which includes things like investing in universal pre-kindergarten, establishing a Deputy Commissioner for Racial and Economic Equity within the State Education Department and providing free college tuition for qualified students – estimates that it would cost about $7.367 billion, a hefty sum that she plans to allocate through the implementation of a “millionaires tax,” which would effectively increase the taxes of those with an annual income between $300,000 and $10 million at varying rates.</p> <p>While their websites differ significantly, Cuomo’s and Nixon’s campaign sites do share a focus on Cuomo’s record, though they paint very different pictures of it. While Cuomo highlights legislation he spearheaded or progress he achieved, Nixon finds shortcomings and negligence. In “<a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issue/educate-ny/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#SchoolsNotJails</a>,” a bolded paragraph reads, “The Governor’s refusal to address inequity has devastating consequences,” and in “<a href="https://cynthiafornewyork.com/issue/a-just-transition-for-new-york/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Climate Justice</a>,” Nixon characterizes Cuomo’s announcement of an energy efficiency plan as “Too little, too late.”</p> <p>The websites aren’t nearly the entirety of a campaign, of course. Cuomo has been announcing endorsements and airing <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2018/08/15/campaign-filings-show-andrew-cuomo-spent-millions-of-dollars-on-tv-ads-race-against-cynthia-nixon" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TV ads amounting to $7.5 million</a> in the last month alone, vastly outspending Nixon’s $606,000 total expenditure in that period, and the governor has appeared at a number of government events that often sound like campaign rallies. He has not done more than a couple of interviews about his candidacy with print, TV or radio journalists.</p> <p>On the other hand, while Nixon’s website adopts an extensive policy platform and she has organized many events around her plans, she has <a href="https://nypost.com/2018/08/17/cynthia-nixon-sounds-confused-by-her-own-universal-rent-control-plan/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">on occasion struggled</a> to discuss her proposals in detail when questioned by reporter, though she takes questions far more often than Cuomo. She has done a number profile interviews with national publications and made appearances on mostly friendly TV shows while thus far declining invitations to appear with TV and radio hosts who may ask her tougher, more detailed questions -- opportunities Cuomo has also declined.</p> <p>The two are <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/nyregion/cuomo-nixon-debate-governor.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">set to debate</a> on WCBS TV on August 29, under conditions that Nixon’s campaign said Cuomo only agreed to because they were favorable to him. She has agreed to other broadcast debates that Cuomo has declined, while she has also made many appearances in front of clubs and groups to pitch her candidacy, fitting a long-shot challenger to an entrenched incumbent.</p> <p><strong>Marc Molinaro</strong><br />Molinaro, the Republican nominee, also delves into a heavy critique of Governor Cuomo on his campaign website. “When this governor came into office, I had the greatest amount of hope that he’d bring with him a new day,” Molinaro said on his campaign website’s “<a href="https://molinaroforny.com/reforming-albany/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reforming Albany</a>” page, “but instead we have a new normal.” A culture of corruption and pay-to-play politics has permeated state government, Molinaro argues.</p> <p>Molinaro’s website doesn’t explicitly have an “Issues” page, and overall it is very light on detailed policy proposals or views. The Republican nominee, who appears to be waiting until after the Democratic primary to outline the majority of his policy plans, largely seeks to present himself in general get-to-know-me fashion as a person and career-long elected official to voters who might visit the site.</p> <p>What seems to replace an issues page, at least for now, is one titled “<a href="https://molinaroforny.com/moments-with-marc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Moments With Marc</a>” with six subpages, where a user can scroll through a grid of videos, typically no longer than three minutes and usually with Molinaro either seated in front of a camera or speaking at a rally, rather than presented as a read-through text format. The subpages include reforming Albany, education, transportation, the opioid and heroin crisis and improving the quality of life. There is additionally a subpage that allows users to learn “<a href="https://molinaroforny.com/more-about-marc/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">More About Marc</a>.”</p> <p>Some subpages display videos with more extensive policy proposals than others. In “Reforming Albany,” for example, Molinaro said he would rid state government of corruption by asking the state Legislature to adopt a universal code of ethics, creating an independent ethics commission, expanding the Freedom of Information Act to all state government entities, restoring the state comptroller’s power to independent oversight and pushing for a two-term limit for New York governors. It is the one policy area where Molinaro has released detailed plans, fitting a top theme of his campaign, that Cuomo has not cleaned up Albany and it is time for a governor who will.</p> <p>Molinaro is far less specific about resolving what he calls the “<a href="https://molinaroforny.com/opioid-and-heroin-crisis/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Opioid and Heroin Crisis</a>,” where he says there is a need to provide “the right help at the right time.” In this video, which is the sole video for this particular section and is less than two minutes long, Molinaro presents his case for wanting to ensure that “the criminal justice system treats people humanely” and that those affected by drug addiction have access to rehabilitative resources, but fails to provide a more detailed proposal on how he would follow through with that notion.</p> <p>On the campaign trail, Molinaro has talked about fixing the MTA and blamed Cuomo for mismanaging the state-run authority, but he has not outlined his plans for accomplishing such a turnaround, instead promising more detail in the coming weeks and months. Similarly, Molinaro has promised to propose major overhauls of the state tax system and how the state does economic development, but neither plan has been presented yet.</p> <p><strong>Howie Hawkins</strong><br />Hawkins, running on the Green Party line, includes over 20 issue platforms on his <a href="http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues" target="_blank" rel="noopener">campaign website</a>. The socialist candidate presents broad policy proposals to address issues from “<a href="http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues_guaranteed_health_care" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Guaranteed Health Care</a>” (enact the New York Health Act, defend public hospitals from closures and privatizations) to “<a href="http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues_end_the_war_on_drugs_and_mass_incarceration" target="_blank" rel="noopener">End the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration</a>” (establish a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, as well as decriminalize hard drugs and enable access to drug abuse treatment on demand).</p> <p>While some of his proposed issues are aligned with those espoused by the aforementioned candidates, like his claim to expand affordable housing or to rebuild the MTA infrastructure, others are much more radical, such as the complete decriminalization of hard drugs. His overall policy platform is an ever further left version of that put forth by Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo from the progressive end of the political spectrum. For instance, while Nixon advocates for a 100 percent transition to clean energy by 2050, Hawkins proposes that the transition should be made by the year 2030.</p> <p>A key focus for Hawkins and other Green Party candidates is the “<a href="http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues_green_new_deal" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Green New Deal</a>,” which is composed of three main tenets: revitalizing the public sector by fully funding public services and investing in clean energy infrastructure; eliminate policies of supply-side, trickle-down economics; and enact a plan of demand-side, bottom-up economics, which “will increase effective demand and stimulate business expansion and jobs to meet the demand,” according to his website.</p> <p>“The historic role of third parties has been to force issues neglected by the major parties into public debate,” Hawkins states at the top of his issues webpage. “The Green Party has increasingly been playing this role.”</p> <p><strong>Larry Sharpe</strong><br />For Sharpe, the Libertarian Party nominee, under his “<a href="https://www.larrysharpe.com/home/policy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sharpe Policy</a>” page, lists seven issues: “Business Matters;” “Family Law;” “Education;” “Second Amendment Rights;” “Drugs, Cannabis, and Hemp;” and “Tax Reform;” and “Digital Government.” There is a lot of language under each issue, though much of it is broad, with some specific policy plans. Fitting his status as a Libertarian, much of Sharpe’s platform is focused on reducing the scope of government and increasing individual liberties.</p> <p>His platform espouses the support of certain unconventional policies, such as <a href="https://larrysharpe.com/home/policy/education/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">suggesting</a> that traditional high school education should conclude after the tenth grade in order to “give students and parents the opportunity to choose the best path for the next two years and beyond,” and, under “<a href="https://larrysharpe.com/home/policy/second-amendment-rights/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Second Amendment Rights</a>,” establishing a new firearms permit waiting period of 90 days rather than the current six months. Rolling back gun regulations appears to be a major focus of the Sharpe campaign.</p> <p>Sharpe also focuses on digitalizing the state government, either through increasing the functionality of state government websites or using onlines tools to increase civic participation in regards to public projects or local legislation. According to this section, Sharpe “will bring the entrepreneurial energy, digital savvy and startup mentality necessary to make the state of New York a leader in open and effective government in the digital age.”</p> <p>While Sharpe’s website occasionally presents “White Papers,” which redirect users to research documents, only two sections currently have these white papers attached, these being “<a href="https://larrysharpe.com/home/policy/education/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Education</a>” and “<a href="https://www.larrysharpe.com/home/policy/drugs-cannabis-and-hemp/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Drug, Cannabis and Hemp</a>.” Two other sections, “<a href="https://www.larrysharpe.com/home/policy/family-law/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Family Law</a>” and “Second Amendment Rights,” allocate a section for a white paper but have no link that redirects the user to the document, and the remaining sections say that the white paper will be revealed soon.</p> <p><strong>Stephanie Miner</strong><br />Miner, who became the first female mayor of Syracuse when she was first elected in 2010 and served two terms in the position, presents <a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues" target="_blank" rel="noopener">four major issues</a> on her campaign website: “Crush Corruption,” “Upend Politics as Usual,” “Investing in New York’s Future” and “Accountable Spending.”.</p> <p>Miner has vehemently <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/nyregion/miner-cuomo-ny-governor-election.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">critiqued Cuomo and his administration, including on its approach to economic development and infrastructure, and the various corruption scandals</a> that have sprung up within Cuomo’s orbit of aides and donors, and she makes corruption in state government a focal point for her platform.</p> <p>Under the webpage “<a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues_corruption" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Crush Corruption</a>,” she advocates for the disbanding of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, a state agency that investigates corruption and ethics in Albany that is composed of members appointed by Cuomo. She also argues for the provision of the state comptroller’s full oversight over economic development proposals, an authority which has been reduced over the years under Cuomo’s tenure. The argument made by the governor and Legislature for reducing State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s power is that it expedites the state’s economic development work, especially awarding contracts; critics, on the other hand, including DiNapoli, argue that reduced oversight has lent a hand to easy exploitation of the system.</p> <p>In “<a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues_investing_in_new_yorks_future" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Investing in New York’s Future</a>,” Miner also lays out her plan on developing the state’s infrastructure, which involves resolving the MTA crisis through establishing a multi-year agreement on revenue and expenses, among other proposals, cutting property taxes and delivering universal high-speed broadband access to all New Yorkers. The remaining two issues on her website advocate for reforming the <a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues_upend_politics_as_ususal" target="_blank" rel="noopener">voting process</a>, where she advocates for policies such as a non-partisan redistricting of the state and consolidation of the state and federal primaries, and the <a href="https://www.minerforny.com/issues_accountable_spending" target="_blank" rel="noopener">state’s budget spending</a>, where she calls for transparency during budget negotiations and restoring the state comptroller’s oversight during a competitive bidding process.</p> <p><em>The Cuomo-Nixon primary is September 13, a Thursday. The general election is on Tuesday, November 6.</em></p> <p>

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</p> <p>Note: this article has been corrected to reflect that Joel Giambra is not running for governor as the Reform Party nominee, the party has backed Molinaro.</p>
Stephanie Miner Diagnoses What’s Wrong with New York Politics 2018-05-28T04:00:00+00:00 2018-05-28T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7694:stephanie-miner-diagnoses-what-s-wrong-with-new-york-politics Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/stephanie-miner-podcast.jpg" alt="stephanie miner podcast" width="600" height="495" /></p> <p>Stephanie Miner (photo: Ben Max/Gotham Gazette)</p> <hr /> <p>She describes herself as a “romantic about government,” but former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner sees a lot wrong with how it is currently being practiced in New York.</p> <p>“When I think about what motivates me to be in government, it’s making change and impacting public policy,” Miner said on a recent episode of the <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7673-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-syracuse-mayor-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy podcast</a> from Gotham Gazette and City Limits, adding her contention that “real people are suffering” because of poor public policy in transit, affordable housing, and infrastructure across the state.</p> <p>Miner, a Democrat who was term-limited out of office as mayor of the state’s fifth biggest city at the end of last year, has for months explored the possibility of challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in this year’s gubernatorial primary election. She spent the first semester of the year teaching at NYU’s Wagner School and meeting with people about her political future. Her resume also includes the fact that she was the first woman to be elected mayor of Syracuse and her time as the chair of the state Democratic Party, a position she earned in part because of support from Cuomo, who she subsequently had a major falling out with.</p> <p>Time out of office has allowed her to “take a breath and look at where we are in our state and where we are in our country in terms of politics and government,” she said on the podcast. In the meantime, Miner is not mincing words about Cuomo and his leadership of the state.</p> <p>“For me backroom dealings and politics as usual is not serving anybody,” she said on the podcast. “We have rampant corruption, everywhere we look in the state there are more and more news stories about trials, guilty pleas, guilty verdicts, more investigations, FBI’s executing search warrants, and yet you have the power establishment just being silent.”</p> <p>She specifically referenced corruption scandals including the recent conviction of Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco, who was found guilty on multiple federal corruption charges in March, as well as the “Buffalo Billion” saga in which federal prosecutors allege a handful of people involved in Cuomo’s economic development project are guilty of bid-rigging. Some of those accused, including another former top aide and several major donors to Cuomo, are set to stand trial beginning in June.</p> <p>She criticized Cuomo for saying he would be interviewing potential attorney general candidates in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman’s resignation after allegations he physically assaulted four women, in an apparent effort to help decide who would become the Democratic nominee. “When you have Cuomo saying he’s going to quote, “interview candidates” for the attorney general vacancy spot, I think that is wrong and violates a bunch of standards in ethical practice…and that’s where we find ourselves in this state,” she said.</p> <p>The mentality of officials, Miner said, with clear reference to Cuomo, is too often to “get the quick win, stand up and take credit for it and don’t think about what’s behind it because you’re not going to be around when everything falls apart.”</p> <p>What’s really at the heart of the issue?</p> <p>“I think elected officials are more interested in serving the needs and desires of vested special interests who give big campaign contributions,” Miner said. “It becomes very transactional and...as the number of people who actually vote grows smaller and smaller, it becomes this perfect cycle for elected officials: They are much more interested in getting reelected than they are at solving problems and getting reelected is much easier if you can raise a million dollars and you only have 2,000 voters who show up.”</p> <p>Other problems she said are at the top of the list for the state include transit, income inequality, affordable housing, and failed economic development projects. She is also concerned for the future of jobs with the rise of technology replacing people in industries such as transport and hospitality.</p> <p>Solving these problems is especially difficult in a “brittle” system that discourages a considered and forward-thinking discussion of issues, Miner said. “It’s not helpful to say there are only two sides…For example, I’m in favor of the $15 minimum wage but the fact that becomes like a buzz question, ‘where are you on minimum wage?’ it ignores this huge public policy challenge about automation and what that’s going to do to our economy. Whether or not you’re earning a $15 wage, it’s not going to matter if you can’t get a job.”</p> <p>As for solutions, Miner wants to see both campaign finance and election reform, in order to remove the influence of big donors and give more access to the process to all New Yorkers. She wants to see closure of the infamous LLC loophole and changes such as early voting, automatic registration, and vote by mail.</p> <p>But there’s a fundamental change in leadership need, she said -- New York needs people in power who are collaborative, who listen, who consider alternative viewpoints.</p> <p>Miner said her professional relationship with the governor has been marred by conflict, with a key turning point being Miner’s 2013 op-ed in The New York Times, in which she criticized Cuomo for his plan to allow municipalities to reduce their current pension payments and make up for it in the future. She said she wrote the op-ed after being given the “runaround” and pressured by the party to “get onboard” with the Cuomo plan, despite believing the move was fiscally irresponsible, especially given municipal finance is a top issue for her.</p> <p>“It became clear to me after that, that the governor and I had very different views on public policy and public policy disagreements. You’re always going to know why I disagree with you, and what those grounds are, and that was not something that was tolerated in Andrew Cuomo’s world,” she said.</p> <p>The former Syracuse mayor will have to decide soon whether or not to enter the gubernatorial race, and she said during the May 15 podcast taping that part of that consideration involves the ideas she has, the team she will be able to put together, and her positioning to deliver positive change to the state.</p> <p>“There are lots of different things that I find myself in a very good position to talk about,” she said, listing examples such as being mayor of a city facing significant poverty and income inequality and having her area be central to the corruption scandals plaguing the Cuomo administration.</p> <p>Miner disagreed with the notion that it is basically too late to get into the race given that actor and activist Cynthia Nixon has already declared a challenge to Cuomo from the left and swooped up a number of endorsements.</p> <p>Nixon’s presence in the raise is “beneficial for everyone,” Miner said, as it contributes to a “vibrant political dialogue.” But with less than four months until the September primaries, the clock is certainly ticking for Miner. Cuomo was just backed with 95 percent of the state committee vote at the party’s convention. In a brief email exchange on Monday, May 28, Miner indicated that nothing had materially changed in her thinking since the podcast discussion.</p> <p>“The old rules of dates and times an how you put together a campaign no longer apply,” she said. “We are in uncharted waters and it is a tremendously turbulent time. People are hungry for change.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;">[LISTEN: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7673-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-syracuse-mayor-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner</a>]</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/stephanie-miner-podcast.jpg" alt="stephanie miner podcast" width="600" height="495" /></p> <p>Stephanie Miner (photo: Ben Max/Gotham Gazette)</p> <hr /> <p>She describes herself as a “romantic about government,” but former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner sees a lot wrong with how it is currently being practiced in New York.</p> <p>“When I think about what motivates me to be in government, it’s making change and impacting public policy,” Miner said on a recent episode of the <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7673-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-syracuse-mayor-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy podcast</a> from Gotham Gazette and City Limits, adding her contention that “real people are suffering” because of poor public policy in transit, affordable housing, and infrastructure across the state.</p> <p>Miner, a Democrat who was term-limited out of office as mayor of the state’s fifth biggest city at the end of last year, has for months explored the possibility of challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in this year’s gubernatorial primary election. She spent the first semester of the year teaching at NYU’s Wagner School and meeting with people about her political future. Her resume also includes the fact that she was the first woman to be elected mayor of Syracuse and her time as the chair of the state Democratic Party, a position she earned in part because of support from Cuomo, who she subsequently had a major falling out with.</p> <p>Time out of office has allowed her to “take a breath and look at where we are in our state and where we are in our country in terms of politics and government,” she said on the podcast. In the meantime, Miner is not mincing words about Cuomo and his leadership of the state.</p> <p>“For me backroom dealings and politics as usual is not serving anybody,” she said on the podcast. “We have rampant corruption, everywhere we look in the state there are more and more news stories about trials, guilty pleas, guilty verdicts, more investigations, FBI’s executing search warrants, and yet you have the power establishment just being silent.”</p> <p>She specifically referenced corruption scandals including the recent conviction of Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco, who was found guilty on multiple federal corruption charges in March, as well as the “Buffalo Billion” saga in which federal prosecutors allege a handful of people involved in Cuomo’s economic development project are guilty of bid-rigging. Some of those accused, including another former top aide and several major donors to Cuomo, are set to stand trial beginning in June.</p> <p>She criticized Cuomo for saying he would be interviewing potential attorney general candidates in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman’s resignation after allegations he physically assaulted four women, in an apparent effort to help decide who would become the Democratic nominee. “When you have Cuomo saying he’s going to quote, “interview candidates” for the attorney general vacancy spot, I think that is wrong and violates a bunch of standards in ethical practice…and that’s where we find ourselves in this state,” she said.</p> <p>The mentality of officials, Miner said, with clear reference to Cuomo, is too often to “get the quick win, stand up and take credit for it and don’t think about what’s behind it because you’re not going to be around when everything falls apart.”</p> <p>What’s really at the heart of the issue?</p> <p>“I think elected officials are more interested in serving the needs and desires of vested special interests who give big campaign contributions,” Miner said. “It becomes very transactional and...as the number of people who actually vote grows smaller and smaller, it becomes this perfect cycle for elected officials: They are much more interested in getting reelected than they are at solving problems and getting reelected is much easier if you can raise a million dollars and you only have 2,000 voters who show up.”</p> <p>Other problems she said are at the top of the list for the state include transit, income inequality, affordable housing, and failed economic development projects. She is also concerned for the future of jobs with the rise of technology replacing people in industries such as transport and hospitality.</p> <p>Solving these problems is especially difficult in a “brittle” system that discourages a considered and forward-thinking discussion of issues, Miner said. “It’s not helpful to say there are only two sides…For example, I’m in favor of the $15 minimum wage but the fact that becomes like a buzz question, ‘where are you on minimum wage?’ it ignores this huge public policy challenge about automation and what that’s going to do to our economy. Whether or not you’re earning a $15 wage, it’s not going to matter if you can’t get a job.”</p> <p>As for solutions, Miner wants to see both campaign finance and election reform, in order to remove the influence of big donors and give more access to the process to all New Yorkers. She wants to see closure of the infamous LLC loophole and changes such as early voting, automatic registration, and vote by mail.</p> <p>But there’s a fundamental change in leadership need, she said -- New York needs people in power who are collaborative, who listen, who consider alternative viewpoints.</p> <p>Miner said her professional relationship with the governor has been marred by conflict, with a key turning point being Miner’s 2013 op-ed in The New York Times, in which she criticized Cuomo for his plan to allow municipalities to reduce their current pension payments and make up for it in the future. She said she wrote the op-ed after being given the “runaround” and pressured by the party to “get onboard” with the Cuomo plan, despite believing the move was fiscally irresponsible, especially given municipal finance is a top issue for her.</p> <p>“It became clear to me after that, that the governor and I had very different views on public policy and public policy disagreements. You’re always going to know why I disagree with you, and what those grounds are, and that was not something that was tolerated in Andrew Cuomo’s world,” she said.</p> <p>The former Syracuse mayor will have to decide soon whether or not to enter the gubernatorial race, and she said during the May 15 podcast taping that part of that consideration involves the ideas she has, the team she will be able to put together, and her positioning to deliver positive change to the state.</p> <p>“There are lots of different things that I find myself in a very good position to talk about,” she said, listing examples such as being mayor of a city facing significant poverty and income inequality and having her area be central to the corruption scandals plaguing the Cuomo administration.</p> <p>Miner disagreed with the notion that it is basically too late to get into the race given that actor and activist Cynthia Nixon has already declared a challenge to Cuomo from the left and swooped up a number of endorsements.</p> <p>Nixon’s presence in the raise is “beneficial for everyone,” Miner said, as it contributes to a “vibrant political dialogue.” But with less than four months until the September primaries, the clock is certainly ticking for Miner. Cuomo was just backed with 95 percent of the state committee vote at the party’s convention. In a brief email exchange on Monday, May 28, Miner indicated that nothing had materially changed in her thinking since the podcast discussion.</p> <p>“The old rules of dates and times an how you put together a campaign no longer apply,” she said. “We are in uncharted waters and it is a tremendously turbulent time. People are hungry for change.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;">[LISTEN: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7673-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-syracuse-mayor-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner</a>]</p> <p>

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Max & Murphy Podcast: Stephanie Miner 2018-05-15T04:00:00+00:00 2018-05-15T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7673:max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-syracuse-mayor-cuomo 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>May 15, 2018 - Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Stephanie Miner<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/podcast-steph-miner.jpg" alt="podcast steph miner" width="277" height="143" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Since leaving office due to term limits, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has been teaching at NYU Wagner School and deciding whether to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. She's still deciding, she said on the Max &amp; Murphy podcast, while also outlining key aspects of her political career thus far, her assessment of what's broken in our politics, what it means to be "a romantic about government," her falling out with Cuomo, her assessment of Cynthia Nixon's candidacy, 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>, and this week's guest Stephanie Miner <a href="https://twitter.com/MinerNYS" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@MinerNYS</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/444400776&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>May 15, 2018 - Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Stephanie Miner<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/podcast-steph-miner.jpg" alt="podcast steph miner" width="277" height="143" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Since leaving office due to term limits, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has been teaching at NYU Wagner School and deciding whether to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. She's still deciding, she said on the Max &amp; Murphy podcast, while also outlining key aspects of her political career thus far, her assessment of what's broken in our politics, what it means to be "a romantic about government," her falling out with Cuomo, her assessment of Cynthia Nixon's candidacy, 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>, and this week's guest Stephanie Miner <a href="https://twitter.com/MinerNYS" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@MinerNYS</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/444400776&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/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" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/christine-greer-400.jpg" alt="christine greer 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7881-max-murphy-podcast-race-politics-in-ten-years-since-obama-s-nomination" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Race &amp; Politics in Ten Years Since Obama's NominationRace &amp; Politics in Ten Years Since Obama's Nomination</a> — August 22, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7880-max-murphy-podcast-preparing-for-primary-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mara-gay-400.jpg" alt="mara gay 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7880-max-murphy-podcast-preparing-for-primary-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Preparing for Primary DayMax &amp; Murphy Podcast: Preparing for Primary Day</a> — August 22, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7869-max-murphy-podcast-central-brooklyn-senate-primary-tests-idc-awareness" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/myrie-hamilton-400.jpg" alt="myrie hamilton 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7869-max-murphy-podcast-central-brooklyn-senate-primary-tests-idc-awareness" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Central Brooklyn Senate Primary Tests IDC Awareness (with Zellnor Myrie and Senator Jesse Hamilton)</a> — August 15, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7850-max-murphy-podcast-queens-state-senate-rematch-features-different-kinds-of-democrat" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/tony-avella-john-liu-wbai-400.jpg" alt="Queens State Senate Rematch Features Different Kinds of Democrats (with Senator Tony Avella and challenger John Liu)" width="400" height="206" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7850-max-murphy-podcast-queens-state-senate-rematch-features-different-kinds-of-democrat" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Queens State Senate Rematch Features Different Kinds of Democrats (with Senator Tony Avella and challenger John Liu)</a> — August 8, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7849-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-sean-patrick-maloney" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/sean-patrick-maloney-wbai-podcast-400.jpg" alt="Attorney General Candidate Sean Patrick Maloney" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a 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" rel="noopener">Letitia James &amp; the Attorney General Primary</a>&nbsp;— July 18, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7791-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-zephyr-teachout" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/zephyr-teachout-400.jpg" alt="zephyr teachout 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7791-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-zephyr-teachout" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Attorney General Candidate Zephyr Teachout</a>&nbsp;— July 9, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7767-max-murphy-podcast-the-long-fight-for-new-city-sexual-harassment-laws" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/rosenthal-holtzman-pod-400.jpg" alt="rosenthal holtzman pod 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7767-max-murphy-podcast-the-long-fight-for-new-city-sexual-harassment-laws" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Long Fight for New City Sexual Harassment Laws</a>&nbsp;— June 25, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7751-max-murphy-podcast-a-new-era-at-the-mta" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/gelinas-477.jpg" alt="gelinas 477" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7751-max-murphy-podcast-a-new-era-at-the-mta" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A New Era at The MTA? with Nicole Gelinas</a>&nbsp;— June 21, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7737-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-kathy-hochul" 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 src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/joe-borelli-podcast-map-400.jpg" alt="joe borelli podcast map 400" width="400" height="315" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7659-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-joe-borelli" target="_blank" rel="noopener">City Council Member Joe Borelli</a>&nbsp;— May 7, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7648-max-murphy-podcast-brooklyn-borough-president-eric-adams" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/eric-adams-m-m-pod-400px.jpg" alt="eric adams m m pod 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7648-max-murphy-podcast-brooklyn-borough-president-eric-adams" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams</a>&nbsp;— May 1, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 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 href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7617-max-murphy-podcast-reforming-special-elections-more-in-albany" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reforming Special Elections &amp; More in Albany</a>&nbsp;— April 17, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7597-max-murphy-suing-nycha" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/suing-nycha-400.jpg" alt="suing nycha 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7597-max-murphy-suing-nycha" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Suing NYCHA</a>&nbsp;— April 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7583-max-murphy-podcast-molinaro-launches-campaign-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/marc-molinaro400px.jpg" alt="Marc 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/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" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/christine-greer-400.jpg" alt="christine greer 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7881-max-murphy-podcast-race-politics-in-ten-years-since-obama-s-nomination" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Race &amp; Politics in Ten Years Since Obama's NominationRace &amp; Politics in Ten Years Since Obama's Nomination</a> — August 22, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7880-max-murphy-podcast-preparing-for-primary-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mara-gay-400.jpg" alt="mara gay 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7880-max-murphy-podcast-preparing-for-primary-day" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Preparing for Primary DayMax &amp; Murphy Podcast: Preparing for Primary Day</a> — August 22, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7869-max-murphy-podcast-central-brooklyn-senate-primary-tests-idc-awareness" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/myrie-hamilton-400.jpg" alt="myrie hamilton 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7869-max-murphy-podcast-central-brooklyn-senate-primary-tests-idc-awareness" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Central Brooklyn Senate Primary Tests IDC Awareness (with Zellnor Myrie and Senator Jesse Hamilton)</a> — August 15, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7850-max-murphy-podcast-queens-state-senate-rematch-features-different-kinds-of-democrat" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/tony-avella-john-liu-wbai-400.jpg" alt="Queens State Senate Rematch Features Different Kinds of Democrats (with Senator Tony Avella and challenger John Liu)" width="400" height="206" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7850-max-murphy-podcast-queens-state-senate-rematch-features-different-kinds-of-democrat" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Queens State Senate Rematch Features Different Kinds of Democrats (with Senator Tony Avella and challenger John Liu)</a> — August 8, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7849-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-sean-patrick-maloney" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/sean-patrick-maloney-wbai-podcast-400.jpg" alt="Attorney General Candidate Sean Patrick Maloney" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a 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" rel="noopener">Letitia James &amp; the Attorney General Primary</a>&nbsp;— July 18, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7791-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-zephyr-teachout" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/zephyr-teachout-400.jpg" alt="zephyr teachout 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7791-max-murphy-podcast-attorney-general-candidate-zephyr-teachout" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Attorney General Candidate Zephyr Teachout</a>&nbsp;— July 9, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7767-max-murphy-podcast-the-long-fight-for-new-city-sexual-harassment-laws" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/rosenthal-holtzman-pod-400.jpg" alt="rosenthal holtzman pod 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7767-max-murphy-podcast-the-long-fight-for-new-city-sexual-harassment-laws" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Long Fight for New City Sexual Harassment Laws</a>&nbsp;— June 25, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7751-max-murphy-podcast-a-new-era-at-the-mta" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/gelinas-477.jpg" alt="gelinas 477" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7751-max-murphy-podcast-a-new-era-at-the-mta" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A New Era at The MTA? with Nicole Gelinas</a>&nbsp;— June 21, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7737-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-kathy-hochul" 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 src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/joe-borelli-podcast-map-400.jpg" alt="joe borelli podcast map 400" width="400" height="315" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7659-max-murphy-podcast-city-council-member-joe-borelli" target="_blank" rel="noopener">City Council Member Joe Borelli</a>&nbsp;— May 7, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7648-max-murphy-podcast-brooklyn-borough-president-eric-adams" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/eric-adams-m-m-pod-400px.jpg" alt="eric adams m m pod 400px" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7648-max-murphy-podcast-brooklyn-borough-president-eric-adams" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams</a>&nbsp;— May 1, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 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 href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7617-max-murphy-podcast-reforming-special-elections-more-in-albany" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reforming Special Elections &amp; More in Albany</a>&nbsp;— April 17, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7597-max-murphy-suing-nycha" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/suing-nycha-400.jpg" alt="suing nycha 400" width="400" height="167" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7597-max-murphy-suing-nycha" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Suing NYCHA</a>&nbsp;— April 10, 2018</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 400px;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7583-max-murphy-podcast-molinaro-launches-campaign-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/marc-molinaro400px.jpg" alt="Marc 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 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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> New York’s Other Water Crisis 2016-09-13T04:00:00+00:00 2016-09-13T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6525:new-york-s-other-water-crisis Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Cuomo_bridge_water.jpg" alt="Cuomo bridge water" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Gov. Cuomo (photo: Governor's Office on Flickr)</p> <hr /> <p>In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was looking at how to fund the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge and in such a way that he could promise minimal toll hikes. Construction had actually already begun on the $4 billion project despite no clear funding plan in place and pressure to detail the spending was mounting.</p> <p>On June 13, 2014 Cuomo announced that the state Environmental Facilities Corp. would loan the state up to $511 million for the multi-billion dollar project from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. <a href="http://www.efc.ny.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=82" target="_blank">The fund</a>, which is actually backed by federal dollars, exists to dole out low-interest loans for projects like local sewer repairs and wastewater treatment plant upgrades. The state also has a similar Drinking Water Revolving Fund that gives out loans for water main repairs and upgrades.</p> <p>The move was met with immediate backlash from environmental groups that insisted the funds were simply not meant for a transportation project and that the move could set a bad precedent - perhaps undermining the very purpose for the federal funding and killing funding for clean-water infrastructure in New York and elsewhere. Budget watchdogs also attacked the plan as a &ldquo;gimmick&rdquo; and &ldquo;irresponsible.&rdquo; After much hand-wringing, it did not go forward as the Cuomo administration had sought.</p> <p>As the Cuomo administration struggles to divert blame for the debacle in Hoosick Falls, where the state resisted calls to notify residents of contaminated drinking water, environmentalists and others point to the Tappan Zee loan episode as evidence that the administration has repeatedly not fully recognized major clean water and water infrastructure issues facing the state, instead concentrating on costly transportation economic development projects that benefit developers while localities grapple with the costs and consequences of decaying water infrastructure. On the other hand, for some legislators and advocates say it represents the administration&rsquo;s ability to recognize a problem and tackle it head on with an efficient solution.</p> <p>Asked if the administration could do more to help localities struggling to pay for water-related infrastructure repairs, Cuomo told Gotham Gazette: &ldquo;I think this is a national crisis when it comes to water quality. I think we are just starting to learn about chemicals in the water and just how dangerous they can be. I think as time goes on you are going to see more and more dangerous chemicals being disclosed in the water we&rsquo;re drinking.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cuomo added that he was advocating for the EPA to update its regulations to force all municipalities to conduct water safety testing (there is currently a 10,000 person population threshold). If the federal government fails to act, Cuomo said he would introduced legislation to force localities of any size to do water quality testing and that the administration would pay for the testing of localities that are strapped for cash.</p> <p>Environmental groups estimated at the time of the Tappan Zee loan controversy that localities across the state were contending with $36 billion in costs related to clean water infrastructure demands over the next 20 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;Clean-water funds have never been used for a transportation project before &ndash; and we shouldn&rsquo;t start now,&rdquo; said Marcia Bystryn, president of The New York League of Conservation voter, in a 2014 statement. &ldquo;If approved, this would set a very bad precedent, especially considering the huge backlog of wastewater projects across the state. We urge the Environmental Facilities Corporation Board to reject this proposal.&rdquo;</p> <p>The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which provided the state with the billions of dollars for the fund over the last two decades, eventually rejected the proposal. But the state didn&rsquo;t back down and appealed the decision. In the end a compromise allowed the state to use $1.3 million for oyster bed restoration and the replacement of a falcon box, with none of the money going toward the &ldquo;New New York Bridge,&rdquo; the funding of which is still not completely clear.</p> <p>The ordeal leant new focus to clean water infrastructure demands faced by localities across the state. (As has the recent crisis in Hoosick Falls and questions about water contamination elsewhere in the state.) While Cuomo administration officials noted that millions of dollars were sitting in the revolving fund untouched as proof that they were unneeded, local leaders countered that they simply couldn&rsquo;t afford to take on anymore debt, regardless of the interest rate, because they would never be able to repay it. Meanwhile, municipalities have grappled with decaying and dilapidated water infrastructure and seen overflowing sewer lines, exploding water mains, and sinkholes.</p> <p>In 2015 the state Legislature pressed for a new program to help fund water infrastructure projects across the state. Cuomo signed the New York State Water Infrastructure Act to disperse $200 million in grants to localities for water infrastructure repairs and improvements. By December 2015, $75 million in grants had been awarded. This year the state Assembly successfully fought for a $200 million increase to the program.</p> <p>James Tierney, deputy commissioner for water at the state Department of Environmental Conservation, told Gotham Gazette that the grant program mixes and matches loans from the revolving fund and grants to kickstart projects proposed by municipalities. Tierney said his focus has been on helping &ldquo;hardship&rdquo; municipalities in both rural and urban areas. He noted that a lot of communities weren&rsquo;t in a position to utilize the revolving loan funds. &ldquo;A lot of communities were making the case after the Great Recession, saying &lsquo;Hey we&rsquo;ve got nothing here. We can&rsquo;t afford these loans.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Tierney said that the pressure on municipalities and the state to fund water projects has increased as the federal government has altered the strategy behind the Clean Water Act. Early in the 1970s when the program was starting some water infrastructure projects would receive up to 75 percent funding with municipalities covering only 12 percent. &ldquo;In the olden days it was much more about funding infrastructure and regulations. Then it turned into grants and then loans and then the pot for loans began to sink.&rdquo; said Tierney.</p> <p>He noted that the Congressional Budget Office reports that only 4 percent of water infrastructure projects are funded by the federal government.</p> <p>A number localities, including Syracuse, are focused on advocating for more federal funds. But in the meantime many local officials and state legislators are pleased with the administration&rsquo;s efforts with the grant program. Advocates have noted a positive trend.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have seen a total &ldquo;180&rdquo; on water infrastructure funding,&rdquo; said Liz Moran of Environmental Advocates of New York. Moran said the Tappan Zee raid and the backlash that followed &ldquo;was a wake up call&rdquo; for the Cuomo administration about just how necessary water infrastructure funding is.</p> <p>&ldquo;After the raid ceased it became clear that the money was needed to go to these problems,&rdquo; said Moran. &ldquo;Maybe the governor didn&rsquo;t know about the need in the first place, but we are very happy he's embraced the programs now.&rdquo;</p> <p>The notion that taking on loans from the revolving fund wasn&rsquo;t the ideal solution to dire infrastructure needs faced by cash-strapped localities across the state wasn&rsquo;t new in 2014 or 2015.</p> <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, a Democrat like Cuomo who has clashed with the governor, has been calling for state and federal assistance in dealing with her city&rsquo;s water infrastructure needs for years. In 2014 Miner called for the state to create &ldquo;The Syracuse Billion,&rdquo; a take off of Cuomo&rsquo;s Buffalo Billion program that invested in major economic development projects. But Miner wasn&rsquo;t looking for deals to draw high-tech firms to the area. Instead she proposed using $750 million of the cash to replace and repair a 550-mile, 100-year-old water pipeline that is in constant disrepair.</p> <p>Cuomo responded that Syracuse was going &ldquo;bankrupt,&rdquo; adding, "You are unsustainable. You need jobs, an economy, business. Show us how you become economically stronger and create jobs. Then you fix your own pipes." He later added he was saying the city was &ldquo;metaphorically&rdquo; bankrupt, <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/02/cuomo_to_syracuse_bring_a_job_to_attract_jobs_then_fix_your_own_pipes.html" target="_blank">according to</a> The Post-Standard.</p> <p>Miner told Gotham Gazette that she thinks the Tappan Zee Bridge funding battle &ldquo;brought attention to the fund and the overwhelming need for water infrastructure funding throughout the state. Every municipality has water problems,&rdquo; Miner said, &ldquo;from Hoosick Falls to Long Island, Kingston and Buffalo.&rdquo;</p> <p>During a 2015 budget hearing Miner pressed the State to use bank settlement funds to help struggling localities across the state. She said municipalities are handicapped by the state&rsquo;s property tax cap and increasing state mandates, and can&rsquo;t afford to make major infrastructure repairs without drastic intervention.</p> <p>Cuomo did not grant Miner&rsquo;s wish, but the Assembly used discretionary funds to allocate $10 million to repair Syracuse&rsquo;s water infrastructure through the 2015 budget. Cuomo used settlement funds for transportation projects like the Tappan Zee replacement and for economic development grants.</p> <p>Assemblymember Steve Otis, a Democrat representing Rye who championed the state&rsquo;s grant program, is intimately familiar with infrastructure funding challenges faced by localities around the state. Otis served as mayor of Rye for 12 years. &ldquo;We knew there was a great need. But the loan fund does not receive applications for all the money that is available,&rdquo; Otis said in an interview. &ldquo;Why? Because these localities couldn't afford to incur 100 percent debt.&rdquo;</p> <p>Otis said the program was so successful and the need so great that the Legislature doubled funding for it in 2016. The first round of the program doled out $75 million in grants; the second $175 million; and the third round will come next year with the distribution of another $175 million.</p> <p>Otis praised the Cuomo administration for expediting the grants. &ldquo;These are simple projects that are helping communities maintain water quality and the Cuomo administration has done a fantastic job getting the grants out the door and recognizing the need.&rdquo;</p> <p>But Otis, as well as advocates and other government officials and workers charged with dealing with water infrastructure across the state, acknowledge the program can&rsquo;t help everyone. &ldquo;One or two municipalities could eat up all the funding in one shot,&rdquo; Otis said, indicating the scale of the need around the state.</p> <p>Miner said that in her experience the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) grant programs have been targeted toward smaller communities and that some of them require extensive pre-design work even to apply. Syracuse was, however, <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-146-million-grants-central-new-york-water-infrastructure-improvements" target="_blank">awarded</a> $679,444 for a water infrastructure project in August through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015.</p> <p>Asked about the program, Miner initially responded that Syracuse was ineligible because of its large population, though the program does not have a population restriction. Miner later clarified through a spokesperson that she was talking about other grant programs offered by the EFC and that she believes the EFC needs to offer a wide array of water infrastructure grant programs for communities of all sizes.</p> <p>Officials from the EFC, the agency tasked with overseeing both the revolving loan programs and the water grant initiative, confirmed that there are no population restraints on the grant program.</p> <p>Joe Coffey, the water commissioner for the city of Albany, is all too familiar with just how costly it is to maintain an aging water system. Albany&rsquo;s dates to the 19th century. The city&rsquo;s water treatment plant was built in the 1930s, as was the transfer line. And as Coffey points out, age is the greatest indicator of the possibility of infrastructure failure.</p> <p>This summer residents have had to contend with a number of water main breaks and sinkholes that have gnarled traffic on busy roads not far from the Capitol building while the city continues to remedy sewer system overflows into the Hudson River, which functions not only as a source of recreation and food for some locals but as a water source for those down river.</p> <p>&rdquo;You can't print enough money to replace our water and sewer system,&rdquo; said Coffey. &ldquo;You are looking at asset management and the probability of failure--if it fails what's the consequence of failure?&rdquo;</p> <p>Albany recently won an $837,500 grant from the State. Coffey said the cash will allow Albany&rsquo;s water department to leverage other funds for more projects and to expedite urgent repairs.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a tough call on how to balance investment in aide for water infrastructure,&rdquo; said Coffey. &ldquo;But without water you have nothing. In this state we are were blessed with an abundant supply of safe, reliable drinking water and from that we can leverage economic development and all the things that come after that. If you don&rsquo;t make repairs you don&rsquo;t have that base and these issues become real quality-of-life problems.&rdquo;</p> <p>Miner, the Syracuse mayor, echoes Coffey&rsquo;s concerns about infrastructure. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want to undercut the [grant] program, but nobody wants to cut a ribbon underground--but at least people are talking about it now,&rdquo; said Miner, hitting on one of the key reasons for a lack of focus on essential, basic infrastructure repairs.</p> <p>Miner estimates the total cost of replacing the city&rsquo;s most troublesome water lines would be around $730 million. <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/its_official_syracuse_has_suffered_more_than_100_water_main_breaks_this_year.html" target="_blank">According to</a> the Syracuse Post-Standard the city hit its 102nd water main break of this year in May--a lower total than the 171 water main breaks it had suffered by the same time last year.</p> <p>Tierney, of the DEC, acknowledged that a number of cities across the state are facing problems so large that they can&rsquo;t be addressed as a whole. &ldquo;The first step is recognizing the problem. Some of this infrastructure is very old and they are dealing with combined problems and it is a lot. Our approach has been to phase things in in a reasonable way, to use grant programs and EFC loans and coach communities how to apply for funds.&rdquo;</p> <p>Miner said Syracuse is now focusing on utilizing data analysis to predict and pinpoint where fixes should be made to preempt major problems, rather than pushing for a comprehensive replacement project.</p> <p>She remains concerned that the state&rsquo;s economic development spending may be undermined if it does not provide more assistance to localities facing dire infrastructure needs. &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t build a high-tech center if people can&rsquo;t make coffee or flush their toilets,&rdquo; said Miner.</p> <p>

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by David King, Albany editor, Gotham Gazette
     

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Cuomo_bridge_water.jpg" alt="Cuomo bridge water" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Gov. Cuomo (photo: Governor's Office on Flickr)</p> <hr /> <p>In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was looking at how to fund the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge and in such a way that he could promise minimal toll hikes. Construction had actually already begun on the $4 billion project despite no clear funding plan in place and pressure to detail the spending was mounting.</p> <p>On June 13, 2014 Cuomo announced that the state Environmental Facilities Corp. would loan the state up to $511 million for the multi-billion dollar project from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. <a href="http://www.efc.ny.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=82" target="_blank">The fund</a>, which is actually backed by federal dollars, exists to dole out low-interest loans for projects like local sewer repairs and wastewater treatment plant upgrades. The state also has a similar Drinking Water Revolving Fund that gives out loans for water main repairs and upgrades.</p> <p>The move was met with immediate backlash from environmental groups that insisted the funds were simply not meant for a transportation project and that the move could set a bad precedent - perhaps undermining the very purpose for the federal funding and killing funding for clean-water infrastructure in New York and elsewhere. Budget watchdogs also attacked the plan as a &ldquo;gimmick&rdquo; and &ldquo;irresponsible.&rdquo; After much hand-wringing, it did not go forward as the Cuomo administration had sought.</p> <p>As the Cuomo administration struggles to divert blame for the debacle in Hoosick Falls, where the state resisted calls to notify residents of contaminated drinking water, environmentalists and others point to the Tappan Zee loan episode as evidence that the administration has repeatedly not fully recognized major clean water and water infrastructure issues facing the state, instead concentrating on costly transportation economic development projects that benefit developers while localities grapple with the costs and consequences of decaying water infrastructure. On the other hand, for some legislators and advocates say it represents the administration&rsquo;s ability to recognize a problem and tackle it head on with an efficient solution.</p> <p>Asked if the administration could do more to help localities struggling to pay for water-related infrastructure repairs, Cuomo told Gotham Gazette: &ldquo;I think this is a national crisis when it comes to water quality. I think we are just starting to learn about chemicals in the water and just how dangerous they can be. I think as time goes on you are going to see more and more dangerous chemicals being disclosed in the water we&rsquo;re drinking.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cuomo added that he was advocating for the EPA to update its regulations to force all municipalities to conduct water safety testing (there is currently a 10,000 person population threshold). If the federal government fails to act, Cuomo said he would introduced legislation to force localities of any size to do water quality testing and that the administration would pay for the testing of localities that are strapped for cash.</p> <p>Environmental groups estimated at the time of the Tappan Zee loan controversy that localities across the state were contending with $36 billion in costs related to clean water infrastructure demands over the next 20 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;Clean-water funds have never been used for a transportation project before &ndash; and we shouldn&rsquo;t start now,&rdquo; said Marcia Bystryn, president of The New York League of Conservation voter, in a 2014 statement. &ldquo;If approved, this would set a very bad precedent, especially considering the huge backlog of wastewater projects across the state. We urge the Environmental Facilities Corporation Board to reject this proposal.&rdquo;</p> <p>The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which provided the state with the billions of dollars for the fund over the last two decades, eventually rejected the proposal. But the state didn&rsquo;t back down and appealed the decision. In the end a compromise allowed the state to use $1.3 million for oyster bed restoration and the replacement of a falcon box, with none of the money going toward the &ldquo;New New York Bridge,&rdquo; the funding of which is still not completely clear.</p> <p>The ordeal leant new focus to clean water infrastructure demands faced by localities across the state. (As has the recent crisis in Hoosick Falls and questions about water contamination elsewhere in the state.) While Cuomo administration officials noted that millions of dollars were sitting in the revolving fund untouched as proof that they were unneeded, local leaders countered that they simply couldn&rsquo;t afford to take on anymore debt, regardless of the interest rate, because they would never be able to repay it. Meanwhile, municipalities have grappled with decaying and dilapidated water infrastructure and seen overflowing sewer lines, exploding water mains, and sinkholes.</p> <p>In 2015 the state Legislature pressed for a new program to help fund water infrastructure projects across the state. Cuomo signed the New York State Water Infrastructure Act to disperse $200 million in grants to localities for water infrastructure repairs and improvements. By December 2015, $75 million in grants had been awarded. This year the state Assembly successfully fought for a $200 million increase to the program.</p> <p>James Tierney, deputy commissioner for water at the state Department of Environmental Conservation, told Gotham Gazette that the grant program mixes and matches loans from the revolving fund and grants to kickstart projects proposed by municipalities. Tierney said his focus has been on helping &ldquo;hardship&rdquo; municipalities in both rural and urban areas. He noted that a lot of communities weren&rsquo;t in a position to utilize the revolving loan funds. &ldquo;A lot of communities were making the case after the Great Recession, saying &lsquo;Hey we&rsquo;ve got nothing here. We can&rsquo;t afford these loans.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Tierney said that the pressure on municipalities and the state to fund water projects has increased as the federal government has altered the strategy behind the Clean Water Act. Early in the 1970s when the program was starting some water infrastructure projects would receive up to 75 percent funding with municipalities covering only 12 percent. &ldquo;In the olden days it was much more about funding infrastructure and regulations. Then it turned into grants and then loans and then the pot for loans began to sink.&rdquo; said Tierney.</p> <p>He noted that the Congressional Budget Office reports that only 4 percent of water infrastructure projects are funded by the federal government.</p> <p>A number localities, including Syracuse, are focused on advocating for more federal funds. But in the meantime many local officials and state legislators are pleased with the administration&rsquo;s efforts with the grant program. Advocates have noted a positive trend.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have seen a total &ldquo;180&rdquo; on water infrastructure funding,&rdquo; said Liz Moran of Environmental Advocates of New York. Moran said the Tappan Zee raid and the backlash that followed &ldquo;was a wake up call&rdquo; for the Cuomo administration about just how necessary water infrastructure funding is.</p> <p>&ldquo;After the raid ceased it became clear that the money was needed to go to these problems,&rdquo; said Moran. &ldquo;Maybe the governor didn&rsquo;t know about the need in the first place, but we are very happy he's embraced the programs now.&rdquo;</p> <p>The notion that taking on loans from the revolving fund wasn&rsquo;t the ideal solution to dire infrastructure needs faced by cash-strapped localities across the state wasn&rsquo;t new in 2014 or 2015.</p> <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, a Democrat like Cuomo who has clashed with the governor, has been calling for state and federal assistance in dealing with her city&rsquo;s water infrastructure needs for years. In 2014 Miner called for the state to create &ldquo;The Syracuse Billion,&rdquo; a take off of Cuomo&rsquo;s Buffalo Billion program that invested in major economic development projects. But Miner wasn&rsquo;t looking for deals to draw high-tech firms to the area. Instead she proposed using $750 million of the cash to replace and repair a 550-mile, 100-year-old water pipeline that is in constant disrepair.</p> <p>Cuomo responded that Syracuse was going &ldquo;bankrupt,&rdquo; adding, "You are unsustainable. You need jobs, an economy, business. Show us how you become economically stronger and create jobs. Then you fix your own pipes." He later added he was saying the city was &ldquo;metaphorically&rdquo; bankrupt, <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/02/cuomo_to_syracuse_bring_a_job_to_attract_jobs_then_fix_your_own_pipes.html" target="_blank">according to</a> The Post-Standard.</p> <p>Miner told Gotham Gazette that she thinks the Tappan Zee Bridge funding battle &ldquo;brought attention to the fund and the overwhelming need for water infrastructure funding throughout the state. Every municipality has water problems,&rdquo; Miner said, &ldquo;from Hoosick Falls to Long Island, Kingston and Buffalo.&rdquo;</p> <p>During a 2015 budget hearing Miner pressed the State to use bank settlement funds to help struggling localities across the state. She said municipalities are handicapped by the state&rsquo;s property tax cap and increasing state mandates, and can&rsquo;t afford to make major infrastructure repairs without drastic intervention.</p> <p>Cuomo did not grant Miner&rsquo;s wish, but the Assembly used discretionary funds to allocate $10 million to repair Syracuse&rsquo;s water infrastructure through the 2015 budget. Cuomo used settlement funds for transportation projects like the Tappan Zee replacement and for economic development grants.</p> <p>Assemblymember Steve Otis, a Democrat representing Rye who championed the state&rsquo;s grant program, is intimately familiar with infrastructure funding challenges faced by localities around the state. Otis served as mayor of Rye for 12 years. &ldquo;We knew there was a great need. But the loan fund does not receive applications for all the money that is available,&rdquo; Otis said in an interview. &ldquo;Why? Because these localities couldn't afford to incur 100 percent debt.&rdquo;</p> <p>Otis said the program was so successful and the need so great that the Legislature doubled funding for it in 2016. The first round of the program doled out $75 million in grants; the second $175 million; and the third round will come next year with the distribution of another $175 million.</p> <p>Otis praised the Cuomo administration for expediting the grants. &ldquo;These are simple projects that are helping communities maintain water quality and the Cuomo administration has done a fantastic job getting the grants out the door and recognizing the need.&rdquo;</p> <p>But Otis, as well as advocates and other government officials and workers charged with dealing with water infrastructure across the state, acknowledge the program can&rsquo;t help everyone. &ldquo;One or two municipalities could eat up all the funding in one shot,&rdquo; Otis said, indicating the scale of the need around the state.</p> <p>Miner said that in her experience the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) grant programs have been targeted toward smaller communities and that some of them require extensive pre-design work even to apply. Syracuse was, however, <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-146-million-grants-central-new-york-water-infrastructure-improvements" target="_blank">awarded</a> $679,444 for a water infrastructure project in August through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015.</p> <p>Asked about the program, Miner initially responded that Syracuse was ineligible because of its large population, though the program does not have a population restriction. Miner later clarified through a spokesperson that she was talking about other grant programs offered by the EFC and that she believes the EFC needs to offer a wide array of water infrastructure grant programs for communities of all sizes.</p> <p>Officials from the EFC, the agency tasked with overseeing both the revolving loan programs and the water grant initiative, confirmed that there are no population restraints on the grant program.</p> <p>Joe Coffey, the water commissioner for the city of Albany, is all too familiar with just how costly it is to maintain an aging water system. Albany&rsquo;s dates to the 19th century. The city&rsquo;s water treatment plant was built in the 1930s, as was the transfer line. And as Coffey points out, age is the greatest indicator of the possibility of infrastructure failure.</p> <p>This summer residents have had to contend with a number of water main breaks and sinkholes that have gnarled traffic on busy roads not far from the Capitol building while the city continues to remedy sewer system overflows into the Hudson River, which functions not only as a source of recreation and food for some locals but as a water source for those down river.</p> <p>&rdquo;You can't print enough money to replace our water and sewer system,&rdquo; said Coffey. &ldquo;You are looking at asset management and the probability of failure--if it fails what's the consequence of failure?&rdquo;</p> <p>Albany recently won an $837,500 grant from the State. Coffey said the cash will allow Albany&rsquo;s water department to leverage other funds for more projects and to expedite urgent repairs.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a tough call on how to balance investment in aide for water infrastructure,&rdquo; said Coffey. &ldquo;But without water you have nothing. In this state we are were blessed with an abundant supply of safe, reliable drinking water and from that we can leverage economic development and all the things that come after that. If you don&rsquo;t make repairs you don&rsquo;t have that base and these issues become real quality-of-life problems.&rdquo;</p> <p>Miner, the Syracuse mayor, echoes Coffey&rsquo;s concerns about infrastructure. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want to undercut the [grant] program, but nobody wants to cut a ribbon underground--but at least people are talking about it now,&rdquo; said Miner, hitting on one of the key reasons for a lack of focus on essential, basic infrastructure repairs.</p> <p>Miner estimates the total cost of replacing the city&rsquo;s most troublesome water lines would be around $730 million. <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/its_official_syracuse_has_suffered_more_than_100_water_main_breaks_this_year.html" target="_blank">According to</a> the Syracuse Post-Standard the city hit its 102nd water main break of this year in May--a lower total than the 171 water main breaks it had suffered by the same time last year.</p> <p>Tierney, of the DEC, acknowledged that a number of cities across the state are facing problems so large that they can&rsquo;t be addressed as a whole. &ldquo;The first step is recognizing the problem. Some of this infrastructure is very old and they are dealing with combined problems and it is a lot. Our approach has been to phase things in in a reasonable way, to use grant programs and EFC loans and coach communities how to apply for funds.&rdquo;</p> <p>Miner said Syracuse is now focusing on utilizing data analysis to predict and pinpoint where fixes should be made to preempt major problems, rather than pushing for a comprehensive replacement project.</p> <p>She remains concerned that the state&rsquo;s economic development spending may be undermined if it does not provide more assistance to localities facing dire infrastructure needs. &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t build a high-tech center if people can&rsquo;t make coffee or flush their toilets,&rdquo; said Miner.</p> <p>

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by David King, Albany editor, Gotham Gazette
     

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