Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Politico NY. They discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s upcoming reelection campaign, the relationship between New York and the federal government, and the apparent end of the Christie-Cuomo partnership.
New York State’s long running corruption crisis continues to this day. For each of the first seven months of this year, a new high-profile corruption case goes to trial. Last week the first of those cases went to the jury for deliberations and in the second case, a trial was averted when a former legislator pleaded guilty.
New York lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to begin their push to agree on a state budget, due by April 1. There are a number of issues on which they must agree: first the amount of money that is available and then how tospend it.
Almost 50 years after New York banned the sale of lead in paint, each year some 1,800 children are found to be lead poisoned in New York. This epidemic affects mostly young children of color from low-income communities who live in poorly maintained housing, where windows, doors, walls and ceilings produce invisible lead dust that is ingested by infants and toddlers through hand-to-mouth behavior and inhalation.
For the past two weeks, a former top aide to governor Cuomo has been on trial for corruption. According to federal prosecutors, he was a key figure in a widespread bribery scheme that included shaking down those seeking government contracts for special treatment in exchange for campaign contributions and money for him and his associates. The trial continues and the individual is presumed innocent. But this trial – combined with others in recent years – offers unique insights into what ails Albany. There are four overarching problems that emerge when reviewing the totality of the corruption cases brought in New York.