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July 15, 2019  

The Supernumerary Mayors of Mount Vernon

Think your local government is dysfunctional? If you don't live in Mount Vernon, you don't know the meaning of the word.

Last week, a year after being indicted, their mayor pled guilty to pilfering campaign funds. So the city swore in a new mayor. But they both keep showing up to work.

Also, there's now a third mayor. It's complicated.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

July 3, 2019  

The Most Important Pointless Office In New York (with Joe Borelli)

The NYC Public Advocate is a heartbeat from the mayoralty. Yet the position (formerly held by current mayor and quixotic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio) is virtually powerless. Councilman Joe Borelli wants the gig anyway. Let's find out why.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

June 24, 2019  

Primary Pick’em

What do a man indicted on felony federal corruption charges, a Gen Z named Hercules, a state senator who took office about 15 seconds ago, and the socialist party's favorite public defender have in common? New Yorkers have the chance to vote for all of them. Tomorrow.

Today, we're breaking down all the big primary races, and politely pretending you didn't just realize tomorrow was primary day.

Elections featured:

- Cohoes Mayor (D)
- Yonkers Mayor (D)
- NYC Council District 45 (D)
- Queens District Attorney (D)
- State Senate District 57 (R)
- Erie County Executive (I)

Find out whether and where you vote tomorrow at elections.ny.gov or in NYC at nyccfb.info/voterguide.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

June 14, 2019  

Fixing the Unfixable (with Jack Schnirman)

Put on your green eye shades and get ready to count some beans. Because today we're talking with Jack Schnirman, the comptroller of Nassau County, that perennial fiscal basket case that's the suburban home to over a million New Yorkers and the site of some of our state's most egregious corruption and mismanagement.

Over the past 18 number-crunching months, Jack's taken on the challenge to fish Nassau County out of the financial and ethical toilet. Let's see how he's doing so far.

Follow Jack at twitter.com/NCComptroller and send your tips about county waste, abuse, and inefficiency to [email protected]

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

June 7, 2019  

House of Canards (with David Lombardo)

Ten years ago this week, a couple state senators had a wonderful, awful idea. The ensuing power struggle unleashed a perfect storm of government dysfunction and disarray.

David Lombardo joins us with a behind-the-scenes look at his brand new, award-winning podcast series on the Senate Coup of 2009 and its woeful legacy.

Check out Dave's work at https://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/category/podcast/.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)
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"Plain Loafer" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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May 31, 2019  

Straw Into Gold - Part 1 (with Chris Bragg)

Meet aviation and real estate tycoon Adam Katz, who might be a little too good at convincing people to give money to Andrew Cuomo (a governor who might be a little too good at making decisions that benefit Mr. Katz). We're joined by investigative journalist Chris Bragg from the Albany Times Union, who's hot on the trail.

Bragg's excellent reporting can be found at timesunion.com/chrisbragg.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

May 24, 2019  

Graftology (with Prof. Craig Burnett)

Some unsqueamish souls make whole careers out of dissecting NY's political underbelly. One such fellow is Hofstra University's Dr. Craig Burnett, who brings us his gruesome findings. Can this molder of the minds of the civic leaders of tomorrow help them - and us - learn from the mistakes of the bums of today?

If not, what a waste of time this will be!

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

May 17, 2019  

Grilling the Messenger (with Ken Lovett)

Veteran Albany newsman Ken Lovett helps us puzzle through why on earth Bill de Blasio is running for president, why New York voters actually like their politicians corrupt, and what the changing media landscape means for the future of investigative political journalism.
 
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May 10, 2019  

Cronies, Condos, and Cover-Ups (with Marsha Silverman)

We’ve got brand new revelations in the growing scandal involving a politically connected real estate developer who not only quietly defaulted on a project the taxpayers of Glen Cove are subsidizing to the tune of a quarter billion dollars, but seems to have somehow convinced a powerful group of unelected local bureaucrats to cover it up for them.

City Councilmember Marsha Silverman joins us to discuss.

If you haven't listened to our April 3rd episode "Crony Capitalism in Glen Cove" yet, you'll want to do that before you enjoy this one. You can find that episode at https://www.graftpodcast.com/e/glencove/.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

May 3, 2019  

Now It’s a Party (with Larry Sharpe)

2018 Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe has a bridge to sell you. Literally.

Larry's going to share some secrets from the campaign trail, where he did well enough in last year's election to earn his party qualified ballot access for the first time in history.

Lesson #1: shut up about corruption.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)