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New York AG subpoenas Cuomo officials in harassment probe
"The New York attorney general is taking a major step in the investigation into sexual Harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Wall Street Journal reports Letitia James has subpoenaed dozens of officials in the Cuomo administration. Cuomo's top aide, Melissa Derosa, is reportedly among those to be subpoenaed earlier this month. Those being summoned are requested to provide documents and connection to the misconduct
New York Nursing Home Deaths: F.B.I. Investigating if Cuomo Aides Gave False Data
"The FBI is reportedly investigating whether AIDS to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo submitted false data on nursing homes to the Justice Department. The New York Times is reporting. The Department of Justice is looking into whether AIDS purposely falsified records regarding the number of nursing home deaths from the pandemic. The Times also says New York Attorney General Letitia James investigation into allegations of sexual harassment has expanded And is now looking into claims that another aide made calls to Democratic lawmakers searching for support for the embattled governor. In addition, a new probe by the FBI is looking into whether Cuomo's office cut a deal at the height of the Koven shutdown to shield health care workers from lawsuits boxes. Lauren
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo again refuses to resign
"Have been moving fast. In governor cuomo's ever expanding set of scandals of the past forty eight hours from the news that his office apparently reached out to a number of different former employees to see if they'd spoken to The first accuser which seems weird an intimidating and it turns out that a former aide says that it was in fact intimidating and she felt bewildered by it to yesterday during an emergency meeting and state assembly announcing is going to be Starting an impeachment inquiry involving both the allegations of sexual harassment and assault as well as the nursing death scandal to about forty percent of his entire parties members in the assembly in the senate signing on asking for him to immediately resign and then there was this morning when representative alexandria ocasio. Cortez tweeted that after two accounts of sexual assault four counts of harassment. The attorney general's investigation. Finding the governor's admitted nursing home data from the legislature in public saying we agree with the fifty five plus members of new york state legislature. That the governor must resign. There was a letter that she put out with congressman bowman then at least eleven of the democratic house representatives from new york called for him to resign and just including jerry nadler button adler by the way and then just as we were going live. Senators schumer and gillibrand both also said that. His time for the governor to resign. As of this afternoon he said that he would would not which is what they always say until they do but he seems like a fighter jank for. What do you think is he. Is he gonna stick around no matter how many people tell them if biden gets involved yeah. I'm really curious what you think. Francesca there's one part of this tournament so that's already interesting of they. There's nothing that i'm talking about. In regards to andrew cuomo he's establishment democrat extraordinary. and he. he's been wrong on so many issues. and he's attacked progressives and good meaning people in behind the scenes a thousand different ways and a he's a political apparatchik extraordinarily now he's claiming like oh i'm just a regular joe. Your name is cuomo governor governor. Don't pretend you're one of us okay. You're an ultimate insider. Any use insider system to attack all of your opponents. You've done it for decades and and as anna keeps pointing out rightfully so the guy caught four hundred million dollars for medicaid actually overall customer is slated to be two and a half billion dollars to talk about of doing it in the middle of the pandemic delayed for after the pandemic but some of the cuts had already that he had done was the reason why they didn't have enough hospital beds and that's why he then took. Two people from the hospital was put in in the nursing homes and then everybody died nursing homes and so for all those reasons he already was a terrible governor from a perspective of people who i was gonna say progresses but really anybody critique of him is correct is my point sexual harassment issue. The only thing i have here is that. And that's why i'm curious. Were both of you guys. Think about it part of me thinks okay yes. Let's go through. The process like seles. Allegation is groping. If that's if that's true that's he should be gone within the minute right. So that's not an that's not a question. The question is how are these. Six six is a lot on the other hand. If you remember al franken it had piled up to be a big number but every one of them was like a fake picture. We took her picture once and put his hand around my shoulder and they were like. Oh levitin mike though. That's not eleven right. That's let's have an investigation so there is a part of me that says is you know. Do we have a. We sure that these are all true. One hundred percent. We can act on it and i get the other point. Which is they all. Have to be one hundred percent true. There's six of them. It looks like we've got an obvious pattern here. So francesca what are you. Oh yeah no. There's when this first broke weeks ago. I was like i've never been more sure that there was a giant iceberg underneath this very very tiny little tip that we're seeing sticking out of the water. You knew the goal and just it's it's his. I don't know. I'm not trying to be anti talion as someone like. Don't don't go to the mafias a brand new things but like the guy in clearly in exactly all the reason that you said in the ways it. He's bullied around his political opponents for years in the ways that he is so trump being in that he's got an gotten everything from his father and then also in the cavalier ways because some of these incidents were while he was rising to stardom. Which i gotta say man. It's been real fun to watch him fall as someone who was never on board for the rise who was look. It's a doing the absolute bare minimum the absolute bare minimum thing. You should do believing in science locking locking things down even though. I don't even think he did that. Amazing of a job. Yes i said it like. It's been nice to watch like. Oh here's the real cuomo and and like it's funny to me that there are so many cuomo's around this country there are so many sort of middling mediocre like kind legacy politicians dynastic politicians. who escaped by they. They assault a couple people. They bully their opponents but they kind of then. Then they get applauded. They come out with a book and they're fine. But i feel like the meteoric rise that he had under covert and the way that he laid into it so much just set him. He set himself up. It's like you could have just the way that trump could have been absolutely fine. Just doing cameos on home alone. Five or whatever it was and then he had to go and run for president And now we're looking at his taxes. So look here's my thing about resignation. I feel like it's a little bit of an escape hatch. And i think for when it comes to actually having investigation actually and as painful it as it is like having the people came forward to testify or discuss it absolutely like not or at least have an investigation. I don't know what it would look like. it feels. There would be more accountability. And i think that so many creeps and so many predators getaway in the workplace because there's no accountability to begin with so i'm not even sure if immediate resignation is accountability. Do do you know what i'm saying. Yeah i actually francesca. I love that point in that gets the another problem in the political system. So cuomo keep saying. I you know i wanted attorney general to do. Finish the investigation as letitia james and if we all believed that our democracy was on the level and politicians warn politicians. I'd say definitely finished investigation. Because i wanted to if he did it and we get it then that gives us closure as opposed to well. He's resigning you to deny it forever. Because then they won't bother finishing the investigation et cetera. Right but the problem is i. Don't trust politicians so is cuomo part of the reason cuomo's doing because he wants to delay it and then he thinks if i can just delayed thousand other political maneuvers to avoid it and the and then he keeps saying he wants so much that i a wonder is fisher. James doesn't look like a political ally of cuomo based on her previous experience right but one if she is something we don't and then they a bs investigation. Those women took you know suffer a second injustice so you think yeah and i just think it's important to mention though that like the investigation of sexual assault or harassment claim. Is it so hard because it is always a. He said she said type of situation. Which is why we have. Things like the slogan survivors right And believe women which because you have predators who will always deny it. I do not foresee a future in which andrew cuomo admits. Anything that i can be sure of. We might hear more about the stories from the from the staffers and the and the people who were he victimized but i do not foresee him being. I guess i remember doing that. No it's not gonna happen so again. I just want set that up that it's not a fair you're never gonna get to the truth kind of thing.
Trouble for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as Democrats demand resignation
"State legislators in New York are demanding the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo over allegations of sexual misconduct. The mayor of New York Bill de Blasio agrees that it's not one. It's not too. It's not three. It's not. Four. Not five, is six women who have come forward. It's deeply troubling. Governor Cuomo has repeatedly said he won't resign and urge the public to await the outcome of an investigation of his conduct by state Attorney General Letitia James. The Colorado
New York attorney general appoints attorneys to lead Cuomo investigation
"Nathan. New York Attorney general Letitia James appointed a former federal prosecutor and an employment lawyer to investigate allegations that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed female aides. Appointments came as New York lawmakers were privately debating whether to join calls for Cuomo to resign from office or urge patients while the investigation is
New York Attorney General Letitia James Names Team Investigating Cuomo Sexual Harassment Allegations
"Also keeping an eye on the investigation into those sexual harassment allegations against the governor of new york. Andrew cuomo cuomo five women have now come forward accusing cuomo of harassment or inappropriate behavior today. New york's attorney general letitia. James appointed to attorneys to head up the investigation and gop members of new york's assembly have just introduced a resolution to impeach cuomo who remains defiant. I'm not going to resign because of allegations. There is no way i resign. That's do the attorney general investigation. Let's get the findings and then we'll go from there
New York AG Appoints Attorneys To Lead Cuomo Investigation
"New York Attorney General Letitia James is announcing the attorneys who will lead an investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo, Former Acting U. S attorney for the South District of New York. Joon Kim and attorney and Clark are being assigned the case, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on the situation. Unfortunately, it's a situation where Fewer and fewer people are believing what the governor saying and that has to be addressed.
New York Attorney General Sets Team To Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims Against Governor Cuomo
"To investigators are appointed to look into sexual harassment allegations against New York's governor. Former acting U. S attorney for the Southern District of New York. Joon Kim and employment lawyer and Clark have been appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Several women accused Cuomo of making inappropriate comments and, in some cases, giving them uncomfortable hugs or unwanted kisses. Cuomo has said some allegations are false. But he has apologized for banter in the office that some women interpreted as
New York Gov. Cuomo refuses to resign amid growing allegations against him
"New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reiterates he won't resign over allegations of misconduct. Saying to do so would be anti Democratic. In a conference call with reporters Sunday, the governor addressing calls from two step down over claims of inappropriate behavior made by multiple women. I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn't elected by politicians. I'm not going to resign because of allegations woman called accusations made by one accuser, former aide Karen Hinton quote. Not true. Said the investigation being conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James will determine the
NY House Democrat calls for Cuomo to resign after latest allegation
"Just moments ago. New york congressman caffeine rights. Democrat called on new york governor. Cuomo to resign. The time has come. She says governor signed that comes after a third woman has now come forward to tell the new york times when we'll made unwanted advances to her at a wedding touching her hair back and asking if he could kiss her. That is the picture of taking at the moment of the moment in question. Now that news breaking tonight just hours. After new york's attorney general letitia james announced. Her office will move forward with an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. by cuomo. promising that quote the findings will be disclosed and a public report over the weekend. A second former aide had gone on the record new york times accusing the governor of sexual harassment. Cuomo the allegations. He released an apology on sunday. Saying i now understand. My interactions may have been insensitive or two personal that some of my comments given my position made others feel in ways i never intend
Cuomo Apologizes For ‘Misinterpreted’ Comments, Refers Sexual Harassment Investigation To New York Attorney General
"Hour, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged for the first time It's some of his behavior with women had been misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation and said he would cooperate with a sexual harassment investigation led by the state's attorney general. Here's correspondent Ed O'Keefe. Cuomo's calling on the state's attorney general to appoint an independent investigator to look into the allegations detailed in today's New York Times Attorney General Letitia James said that the governor had to formally requested investigation in order for her office to launch one Latest allegations comes the governor's also facing a federal investigation into how he oversaw in nursing homes during the pandemic, notably today, Even the White House press secretary said that President Biden Ah, long time ally of Cuomo, backs an independent investigation. All of this could affect Cuomo's plans to run for an unprecedented fourth term. In
Former aide accuses Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, felt 'scared'
"New york governor andrew. Cuomo says he wants an independent investigation into sexual harassment. Claims made by two former aides. And the governor is asking the state's attorney general and chief justice to appoint someone to do with attorney general. Letitia james says that she is ready to oversee that investigation and make any appointment or necessary appointments and she also stated in power. There must be a truly independent investigation to go thoroughly to review. These troubling allegations against the governor. All of this after a report by the new york times charlotte bennett says her former boss. Cuomo would ask her questions about her intimate relationships. And if she ever been with older men bennett says she felt scared. And she thought this would mean the end of her job. In november the twenty five year old left her role as an executive assistant and a health policy advisor. Fox's alex
Daniel Prude Case Reflects Difficulty of Prosecuting Police in New York
"I wanted to ask you. Ben crump about another case that you're involved with and that's the case of daniel prude. This horrific killing almost a year ago in rochester. Major protests This week because a grand jury refused to charge any of the officers involved. Daniel prude's daughter to share. A prude appeared on cnn. In september calling for the rochester officers involved in the killing to be fired and charged with murder. This is what she said. I will like to see them be fired and charged with murder there. There's video footage of these people suffocating. My father my father was murdered by these police officers. There's no reason why they should be on a paid suspension. They should be arrested in. They should be try as the killers that they are and so now. This grand jury has refused to indict despite the the calls for the charges to be brought by. New york's attorney general letitia james whose office lend the investigation She said Most recently daniel prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis in what he needed was compassion karen help from trained professionals tragically. He received none of those things. Can you talk about the refusal to indict this regrettable that many times because grand jury proceedings are secret. We don't know what evidence was all for it About a prosecutor to the jurors and making their determination we must remember brianna taylor's case And michael brown and ferguson missouri. Case one of the rare instances will we saw the inner workings of the grand jury. We saw that the prosecutors put forth of very weak case and when you put four four week case to get a prosecution then you won't get the grand jury to decide amy. It has been said that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich because ninety nine point nine nine nine percent of the time when a prosecutor wants. An indictment are prosecuted. Gets an indictment oftentimes prosecutors. Because they have this symbiotic. Relationship with law enforcement will give greater consideration to police officers than the unknown african american or hispanic citizens that they have no relationship with when they go into a grand jury. Proceeding we saw so many times with throughout the country is historical where they were trying to establish off their as by saying well we presented a grand jury and the grand jury found no probable cause. Will we don't buy that. We know that's part of the intellectual justification of discrimination. That leads to the legalized genocide of black people in america. And that's why we have to have. Systemic reform changed intact coach criminal justice in america as we said at the michael brown graduated decision was announced. The whole system needs to be indicted other than that they will continue to kill. Black people with impunity
New York Governor Cuomo Should Resign or Be Impeached Over Covid Scandal
"Finally allowed to talk about the fact that Andrew cuomo is a garbage governor. Who got a lot of people killed with bad policy. In fact there's a piece in the week today. By ryan cooper titled resign andrew cuomo. He points out that his administration concealed data about kroger's cases in nursing homes reportedly for fear of federal prosecution stories of his vitriolic abuse and threats directed at other democratic. new york. Politicians are coming out yet even all that is only the start of deadly corrupting competence. So in keeping with judging by his by his results cuomo should resign immediately and free new york state from his dismal. Misrule says ryan cooper of the week and not at the nursing home scandal has been bubbling for nearly a year. Now it starts with cuomo's inexplicable decision back in march two thousand twenty two order nursing homes to accept recovering covid nineteen patients even if they were still testing positive a recent. Ap investigation found that. At least nine thousand recovering patients were sent back to nursing homes and long term care facilities a number that is forty percent larger than his administration had previously admitted is unquestionably worsened. The pandemic as it ripped through new york's elderly population. that's not the only number cuomo fudged nursing homes new york attorney general letitia. James investigated situation found that his people may have under counted the number of deaths associated with nursing homes by fifty percent cuomo. Then instead of the eighty five hundred said they'd been reporting. The true number was over. Fifteen thousand about a third of the state's deaths and then of course in your post reported comments from cuomo's top aide. Melissa rosa seemingly admitted that they deliberately faked the numbers as part of a cover up. His officials froze fear. The truth is going to be used against us. By federal prosecutors ran cooper says cuomo bungled the pandemic basically from the jump. The new york city metro got hammered with the worst break in the country. In the following months cuomo's compulsive bullying and control. Habits gradually drove an exodus of public health professionals from the state government including the state's health department director of bureau of communicable disease control as medical director for uppity myalgia in the state epidemiologist and then his micromanagement tangled up the early stages of the state's vaccine rollout he throughout the plan. The state health department had worked up over months substituting his own he put he put in place strict requirements that only people who qualified to get shots but then added threats of punishment for organizations that didn't distribute their shots fast enough and the result was chronic delays. His bottom line is this. Cuomo has been a garbage governor in the media. Didn't just cover for him. They featured him. He was the greatest government in america. Meanwhile ron santa's greatest villain. In america down in florida with the number two populations seniors in america by percentage after main which has seven people.
New York Sues Amazon, Saying It Inadequately Protected Workers From COVID-19
"The state of new york versus amazon on tuesday. New york's attorney general letitia. James sued the company over working conditions in their warehouses. So gideon take us through what we learned yes. James is largely focusing on two specific facilities here one in staten island and the other in queens according to the new york times the suit alleges that these facilities just provide good enough safety measures for the workers during the pandemic including that the company didn't adequately clean their buildings or do adequate contact tracing when people tested positive. The suit claims that amazon got rid notifications of at least two hundred fifty employees at the staten island facility. Having bid and in more than ninety of those instances the suit alleges that the employees had been at work week before without amazon closing those portions of the facility and doing state mandated
New York attorney general sues Amazon over 'flagrant disregard' of COVID-19 safety
"Is suing Amazon over its handling of worker safety issues around the covert 19 pandemic. Attorney General Letitia James said Amazon has cut corners in complying with the particular requirements that would most jeopardize its sales volume and productivity's rates. James maintains that dry for higher profits let toe flagrant disregard of steps needed to protect workers from the coronavirus said warehouses in Staten Island and Queens. Amazon had filed a lawsuit earlier trying to stop the James suit, saying that they care deeply about their workers help. And she was overstepping her authority.
New York sues Amazon over worker safety during pandemic
"Amazon, facing some controversy and workplace safety at safety, and now they may have to defend themselves in court KGO a tens. Mark Nieto with that story, New York State is suing Amazon over its handling of worker safety issues around the covert 19 pandemic. Attorney General Letitia James said Amazon has cut corners in complying with the particular requirements that would most jeopardize its sales volume and productivity's rates. James maintains that dry for higher profits led to flagrant disregard of steps needed to protect workers from the coronavirus said warehouses in Staten Island and Queens. Amazon had fight allows it earlier trying to stop the James suit, saying that they care deeply about their workers Health and she was overstepping her authority.
Amazon sues New York attorney general to stop virus probe
"The country's biggest online retailer is suing new york state's attorney general filed on friday by amazon in brooklyn. Federal court is aimed at stopping new york from taking legal action over amazon's early covid. Nineteen response at issue is the firing of activists christian smalls in march after. He led a demonstration of amazon workers. Protesting conditions at a staten island warehouse. Amazon says he was fired after he was asked to stay home. Paid quarantine because he'd come into contact with a worker that had tested positive for the coronavirus. Lawmakers questioned amazon about it and new york attorney. General letitia james said the company may have violated. The law amazon is accusing james of overstepping bounds and threatening the company
"letitia james" Discussed on KGO 810
"That's really the way and Letitia James has also said that she thinks this is possible. I would say, you know, advised the Biden camp. Don't buy too many hats that say 46 because he might end up being 47 with Mike Pence is our shortest ever president. I don't know if Trump's personality and ego would allow for that, but it's certainly the safest way to protect himself from a future federal prosecution. No. But yeah, but that advance is absolutely gonna have very strong incentive to go after Rod. Righteous. Uh, um, claims against him asking everybody, you gotta tell me one of three things. He parts himself. He resigns, Trump's pardons him or nothing. He walks out the door ready to face the music. Which old man it's you know, it's it? What's what's interesting about is it's a psychological question. Not even a political or illegal question. Right? What is Trump's psychology? Helena Kennedy associate past Stop Right there, sociopath, right and and and a bully and a narcissist. The only thing bully steer are bigger bullies. The only bigger bully than Donald Trump is Donald Trump. No longer in power facing the wrath of the state. Um and so, you know, what's your prediction? We're not time what you predict, I think, even if Smartest thing he could do would be to resign and let pence part and I don't think his ego will let him do it. I think you will either self pardon or he will dare Biden to come after him, in part by setting up Hunter by that to face, you know his own penalty, right? And the fourth option, of course, is Trump gonna pardon himself and everyone and Hunter Biden in order to say Hey, look. You know, no one should go after someone there. Heard that when I love that. That's funny. We're gonna get you know what effort chest for Trump. You are so awesome to spend this time with us and and and to allow yourself to be on the show and have your your your personal life question. I appreciate your question in my personal life, guys that that's what I kind of stumbled on that Anyway. We're gonna We're gonna get off. We'll play one of those boner pill. That's for you. All right, Get out of here. Thank you. So much so that my personal Thank you. Yeah, that here I been for your nice enough guy. Break John.
"letitia james" Discussed on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
"Including Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook used vast amounts of money to acquire smaller rivals. And potential rebels before they could threaten the company's dominance. Letitia James, don't be playing. That's number one, huh? She don't play. Hello. By the way, I'm grown up with Letitia James of the world. That's your mama. That's that's well, She's a little younger. So that's my That's my sister too. Okay, But let me just talk about the Facebook. You know, Ursula, we're all guilty. We thought it was innocent, right? We're taking pictures of food were taking pictures of our loved ones and everything. And then along the way we wanted to tell Facebook. Hey, everybody. I'm checking into this vacation resort. I'm taking this airline. I'm doing this. I'm doing that. I'm taking all these surveys. And so for years we gave Facebook our information because we didn't know Right. We always talk about this, Ursula. You don't know what you don't know. And we didn't know that We were just serving up our information to mark and we we forgot that Mark Zuckerberg and his friends are the same ones that created Facebook. Why? Because they wanted to rape women at an Ivy League school, and there was a scale of 1 to 10. That's how it started. And now we give them all There are information They didn't do right by our information, and they have the ability now, Ursula. To pay any find possible. They are a monopoly. They could do whatever they want, and it's time for them to go down. They bought watch out for 19 billion. They bought Instagram for one billion. They saw that these companies were Possibly going to take some of their market share. So they just bought him up. Even though Facebook maybe didn't even have that money to spend in the first place. It's this is Facebook has become way too big if you or I are unhappy with What's being put on Facebook? What? What is being done with our private information? Or just even how? How we can't do anything. I mean Facebook basically. Almost like Amazon owns the world at this point, and s O. I think it's just gotten it has gotten too big. What's that? Do you wanna relatable example of why this matters to people? So they're saying that Facebook no longer cares about privacy, and they used to actually have to compete with other companies revealing thing back in 2011 when Google plus was competing with Facebook. Cheryl Sandberg was CEO at the time, and she said, We have to get better. We have to show people that we are able to compete with these new social media platforms. They've been planning to remove the feature that allows you to antagonist self from photos. So when someone takes that horrible picture, and you can un tag self, they were going to drop that they decided. Nope. We're competing with Google Plus We can't do that right now would be too controversial. They're at a point right now where they do not have the same type of competition. That's the concern. Yes, Absolutely. So I am. I'm going to say Go.
"letitia james" Discussed on KOMO
"Coming up at 1 54. Taking a look at the forecast Sunshine today highs in the mid seventies lows overnight in the mid fifties and sunshine continues over the next couple of days. Stay connected. Stay informed the Northwest's only 24 hour news station Coma news 1000 FM, 97 7. Good afternoon. 1 46 on Jeff Pooja Love Bill O'Neill is at the editor's desk. Here's what we're following the family of Jacob Blake and their attorney are addressing the police shooting that has led to violent protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. They're speaking at this hour. Blake is in stable condition after being shot in the back as he tried to get into his vehicle. Meanwhile, Texasgovernor Greg Abbott says the southeast in eastern portions of the Lone Star State need to be ready for Hurricane Laura Abbott says extremely powerful winds are expected to hit parts of the state when Laura makes landfall on Thursday. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for places, including Galveston. The questions swirling around the Trump Administration car. Excuse me. Trump organization continued to grow with New York State's attorney general, revealing an investigation is under way. Jonathan O'Connell following it for the Washington Post and spoke with Kemosabe, Bill O'Neill. Jonathan, What do we know about the questions being asked now, by Letitia James. Well, we know she has been looking at the Trump Organization, the president's business for about a year and a half now. Which was disclosed yesterday. We know that she's looking in particular at the way the company has evaluated its properties, sometimes to banks and then sometimes tax assessors. And she's been looking at the discrepancies between evaluations. Now what has been the response from the Trump Organization or the White House itself? To this point? Well, the division considers what James is doing really politically motivated. They pointed to a couple of times when she campaigned become attorney general. In which she said, you know she's coming after the president, she said. At one point, she didn't seem like she considered his election legitimate. And they see that she, you know, disclosed this on Monday at the start of the RNC, and they don't think that that timing is By chance. And, of course, Letitia James is an attorney general who is not afraid to take on some of the bigger names. Remember the array case? Of course, sure than our A. I mean, she obviously, when you're the D A in New York State, you have Wall Street there. Um, you have now you have the president's company, and they print in Trump Tower Venera. So she Yeah, she's pretty quickly made a name for herself. She came out of the blue. I mean, obviously. We're doing this for 18 months really? Pretty quietly until the disclosure yesterday. Um means that she's been taking them for quite a while. Now we have the disclosure of the investigation with any concrete findings to this point. No, In fact, we don't even have a name. She has not announced a lawsuit against the company yet, which I think would be a natural. Next step here. Um we don't know when and if that will happen. But clearly right now with the discussion is and what the disclosure yesterday is about is about why the company has not provided the attorney general's office information that she says she needs to complete her inquiry. You know, there's some documents of the company has provided for their other documents that the company has not Eric Trump, the president's son, who's running. The company has declined to sit for an interview. So she is asking a judge to step in and Actually require the company in part to participate in her inquiry. Now, of course, this could take some time. One of the chances that this extends beyond election Day regardless of the result. Oh, boy, These are really tough question is pretty lady right now, Right? It's August 26. The elections. I think 69 70 days away. It's hard and I mean, I think it's possible that more information comes out about the president's business before. The election idea from this or may be through with the Manhattan D A. S. Vance is doing but I think it's unlikely you could be any kind of like real, you know, conclusion or Settlement case before that, it's not impossible. But I think unlikely. That's Jonathan O'Connell read more online at washingtonpost dot com and that's almost kill O'Neill. Come on news time. 1 50.
"letitia james" Discussed on Mueller, She Wrote
"To see Oliver. Testify to congress. Again, your dreams may come true. Yeah. I'm too young. It's like one of those means like if she's too young to remember, Oliver North highs defying she's too young for you. You don't like mitt my Oliver North. You can't have the Iran contra I wanted to. Oh, what does Oliver twist testifying about? But like. Have some mold? They're in such disarray. Also, just life fact check myself, they're not Oliver North is not being sued himself. It's it's against Ackerman McQueen, but he's calling him out for that. Yeah. Exactly. All right. And then shortly after all of this north stuff went down, the NRA's longtime attorney Steve heartless suspended. So that's another big piece of institution is suspended. Yeah. One of a really long time attorney Steve Hart. Yeah. Like like hooks. But what does that mean like suspended in the air? Oh. Suspended from being there council. That's awesome. Yeah. Yeah. I don't know. Nice. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I know I'm sure he's totally above board price sexually harassed people. Oh, yeah. Yeah. One would. I mean, my beans would be on. There's obviously a major rift happening within the NRA right now because there's a differing in directions and how they should cover their ass as they're all sort of imploding. I think so it's kind of just all of this shit happening and go everywhere that much heat attention with guns. Like, I don't want new. Yeah. That's going to go down. Yeah. In like with with this lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen don't know how much of it was originated with the purpose of getting north. Or if it was like something that just kinda came about from it, and they're really milking it because this guy also tried to extort their CEO, which came first this lawsuit. Come and then north said, you know, what I'm gonna tell everybody about your bullshit finances. Who knows what came first? Yeah. Definitely I'll have more beans on this as as it develops. But then hours after all. This drama happened. The New York AG Letitia James officially opened up an official probe officially opened up an official prove into the NRA and their finances. We don't have a lot of details on that as of now. But we do know that she was talking about being very committed to holding them accountable and making sure they're being transparent and their nonprofit status. So it can be assumed that what she's doing is trying to basically look into whether or not they're nonprofit. I don't think she believes that they are. And she wants to get down to the bottom of it. And apparently it's looking like this lawsuit that we were talking about came about from the NRA anticipating her looking into them. And so they were trying to look into all their finances. They saw that something was going on with north in this company, potentially. And so that's where that lawsuit ultimately came from interesting. Yeah. That makes sense. Yeah. Yeah. And that all comes on the heels of Gifford's organization with crew citizens responsibility and ethics in Washington suing the F E C to about the fact they aren't going fast enough or looking hard enough at the fact that the NRA I made ten thousand times the about Luke nine thousand something times the amount you're allowed to donate to Trump by using a series of shell companies and named after probably homedepot paychecks Sally's shell companies by the seashore. Yeah. So hopefully, Letitia James can pull that all together into one nice. Big fat, delicious investigation of New York state that bar can't overseas or pipe smokin. Put that in your gun and fire. Nice. Thank you Jordan with the chicken and the come like, maybe it could be like, which came first, the chicken shed or the. Do we like Oliver North? No, he's an asshole you. Are you? Likes them over north Zora, even his kids..
"letitia james" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Of January legal deadline, so leadership connection risks handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MP's in parliament may must win more than fifty percent of the vote of members of parliament under conservative party. If she fails the party will hold a leadership contest to replace her. Frank Langfitt, NPR news, London. There was a moderate earthquake in eastern Tennessee this morning. The US Geological Survey says its magnitude was four point four. You're listening to NPR. This is WNYC in New York. Good morning. I'm Richard Hake. It's eight oh, four thirty three degrees. Fair skies right now, we do expect a sunny day today with a high near forty one degrees. The twenty three year old who's videotaped arrest at a city human resources administration center has been released. Jasmine Headley was ordered released by a judge after the incident sparked outrage throughout the city heavily was taken into custody on Friday for allegedly refusing to comply with a request by security officers to get off the floor. Her lawyer says she'd been in the center for four hours with her eighteen month old toddler while waiting to see someone about restoring subsidized daycare benefits, attorney general elect Letitia James says the case demonstrates deeper problems with the HRA the answer to this should not have been the police the answer to this should have been a chair, right? Plain and simple. Lebron has dropped all charges against Headley. A lawyer who made his career protecting President Trump is set to be sentenced in federal court here in Hatton this morning. Michael Cohen is. Pleaded guilty to dodging taxes lying to congress and violating campaign finance laws. He could get some four years in prison near prosecutors have pushed for a substantial prison term, but lawyers argued for leniency since he's cooperated with federal investigators. The Blasio administration tried to lure Amazon to New York City with promises of a streamline transportation system, a competitive cost of living in a wide talent pool. This is according to a copy of the application released yesterday by the economic Development Corporation Gotham. Christopher Robbins has been going through the eighty one page document, and he says officials promised to help Amazon bypass zoning regulations and secure properties through eminent domain. Just the willingness for the people who work for the city and state to envision a New York City that is in some respects dominated by Amazon that that sort of stuff is jarring the document notes that app developers in New York City earn lower salaries than their counterparts in Seattle. It also includes altered images of iconic New York City buildings like two worlds. Trade Center slugged with the Amazon branding residents who lived the our fourteenth street are complaining about the MTA pre L trains, shutdown work. They say the construction hours are too long. The noise is too loud. And there's too much dust Patrick Ryan has questions about what's in the MTA as debris field dumpsters on the street. He spotted one that was full of bright green substance. When I first saw that I wrote to the MTA and said, what is this? They sent them a picture. They said, that's it. It's water dirt.
"letitia james" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Just the willingness for the people who work for the city and state to envision a New York City that is in some respects dominated by Amazon that that sort of stuff is jarring the document notes that app developers in New York earn lower salaries than in Seattle is notable. It also includes a photo shopped images of iconic New York City buildings like two World Trade Center slugged with Amer. Zahn branding. A judge has ordered the release of Twenty-three-year-old jasmine Headley whose videotaped arrest in the city human resources administration sparked outrage on social media Headley was taken into custody. Friday for allegedly refusing to comply with a request by HR a security officials to stop sitting on the floor. Her attorney says she was sitting there for hours with her eighteen month old toddler while waiting to see someone about restoring her subsidized daycare benefits, attorney general elect Letitia James says the case demonstrates deeper problems with HRA the answer to this should not have been the police the answer to this should have been a chair, right? Plain and simple. The Brooklyn DA has dropped all charges against Headley by she was still on Rikers island due to an outstanding warrant from New Jersey heavily is now being released on her own recognizance and residents who live in your. Fourteenth street are complaining about the MTA as a pre L train shutdown work saying construction hours are too long noise is too loud. There's too much dust in the air. Patrick Ryan has questions about what's in the MTA's debris filled dumpsters he spotted one that was full of a bright green substance. When I first saw that I wrote to the MTA and said, what is this? And they sent them picture. They said, that's it's water dirt and concrete, and I said, why is it three different colors. And they said because sometimes it comes out that way. He.
"letitia james" Discussed on 710 WOR
"A new show Monday from six to ten on sevens. And w o r. Well, she got smashed in the city poor old Cynthia Nixon got clobbered by Andrew Cuomo last night. He beat her with sixty five percent to her poultry thirty four percent better than the polls predicted by ten percent. I tell you it was so anti-climactic Glenn. I was having dinner with a friend. I gotta get back home. Gotta turn on New York one. I got to see this election. I felt she was surgery. I thought I was going to be exciting within five minutes. The AP costs him for that is the venue had another Glasser Rosa. Was pretty much at Cynthia Nixon has gone down in defeat losing to Andrew Cuomo will have to listen to that arrogant condescending voice for another four years. I mean, he's not going to call the radio station now. Yeah. Well, you know, what I'm gonna I'm going to be audited. That's what's going to happen. To me. I'm going to be audited, all the all the people lined up together one so Cuomo lined up with his Lieutenant governor, Kathy Hokuto and sh-, but she didn't win so big. I mean, she only one fifty three to forty six Jemaine Williams, and then Letitia James is poised poised to make history. Yes, she won forty. She had forty percents for teach out thirty one Sean Patrick Maloney twenty-five so Latisha James if she wins will become the first black female attorney general there, you go New York state, zephyr teacher was a big fizzle there appeared to be a moment where she was gaining everybody in the debate. They had for the attorney general everyone was ganging up on zephyr because they thought she was going to win. But she nothing. And then interesting though, those Democrats who aligned with Republicans five of them went down. Wow. Hard core left wing progressive. Democrats shows you that that Blue Wave is really big in this city. So well, the election leads off our big three defeated my voice. I really wanted Cynthia to knock down the governor also in the big three hurricane Florence. It's hanging over the Carolinas. It's gonna dump what twenty to forty inches of rain, and it's just going to sit just sit in it's parked. It is parked or over the Carolina. I have no idea where new Bern North Carolina is what people are on roofs of their houses and cars, there's like a waiting list of one hundred and fifty trying to get water rescues. That's the thing. It's the water is the flooding. It's the rescues. It's the rain is just gonna keep on coming. And of course, they're losing power by the hundreds of thousands. So it's it's it's not a pretty sight that would you like to just say, hey, you were told to get out. Coming thought of that. I don't want to be as harsh as you know, I agree with you though, because you see her a lot of these people interviewed I have weathered this hurricane whether that hurricane the problem is folks, you know, if something happens to you. I don't really care you made that decision you're putting endanger the lives of the responders first responders. Do your boasting. Oh, I want to call nine hundred. Bye. Roof pleased, me unbelievable. And then rounding out the big three. I saw this in the paper yesterday and steam Lynn came out of my ears, really your party, really even when.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"Again i dunno tisch james you could certainly see having her eye on that with a job like turn general similar to public advocate it could be a stepping stone but it's being a stepping stone could could help or could prevent it from being as good a check balanced lawyer for the people as it as it might be right i think that once people elevate in politics even if they're not planning to run for higher office that almost immediately goes out the window once they've gotten a taste of the next highest office we sort of an interesting example that was city council speaker cory johnson who upon becoming speaker basically said i'm never running for mayor and then within a couple of weeks of being speaker says well you never rule anything out and now he seems to be very much right there angling for that next highest job you know i think that what we're looking at in this attorney general's race what we're looking at in this gubernatorial race is very interesting test for the moment in politics with donald trump as president both in terms of these questions of outsider versus insider qualifications telling it like it is you know whether voters want some more experience or someone with passion and who wants to shake up the system these are very interesting questions for for democrats especially right now as we see in the primary questions around cynthia nixon as i ask the caller qualified or not to be governor her answer repeatedly to this question is i've been in advocating policy i have leadership skills i have the right values and if you think that governor cuomo's experience has led new york in the right direction than you know maybe i'm not the candidate for you i mean a lot of experience doesn't necessarily get results that sort of the argument of folks on the outside so we are coming to the end end of our first episode of maximum fee here on wb i ninety nine point five fm listener sponsored non commercial radio ben from gotham gazette gotham because dot com what what stories are you guys following over.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"Didn't mention i don't believe but she passed legislation to ban the asking of salary history in job applications a huge accomplishment that she's been celebrated for in the city however as public advocate she has not been sort of on the bully pulpit calling out the mayor on issues and you know really being thorn in the side and you have to sort of read the tea leaves that she probably wouldn't be that type of attorney general relit relative to a governor that she mostly agrees with let's go to our public iran wbai who are you and where you calling from do race threat polling from new york from having really as i was listening to you both you really touched on a lot of the pros and cons with tissue james i think james is your standard run hill political individual who's done some things you know the communities grateful but for the long term for what i think politics in the city and this country needs different leadership we need people are just like not afraid to go against the machine unafraid to go against senior politicians not afraid to speak out it's is up for these people who want to be in public office to be in public office to to benefit from public office have some personal desire to be recognised thing that that may be unfair attributes for letitia james but there's a whole lot of people like that out there who are running who think that it's just the coolest thing to run now and they really don't understand the death of issues the seriousness of of what's going on in society i think they're they're focused on very silly smirk fist issues and not really willing to fight and stand up a change the structures teacher takes upon herself to go out to phoenix arizona to advocate to see what's going on to expand her knowledge or experience that no that's that's up you don't see or hear when you interview candidates and not just i'm curious you know that's that's a common argument obviously a valid one the one thing that you hear people who are or who support more establishment candidates is look when it comes to the job of governing it's handy to have been on the inside and see how change is made that if you want to achieve something you do need to know how to levers of power work and and be able to have some of the give and take it's not maybe a satisfying argument but it is one you here in theory would be that someone like teach out not having that would have a tough time getting lasting change as as a g what do you think about that argument over and over multiple generations many years old experience peop that's why we need to stay with this this politician but we need statesman state leaders we don't need these politicians who are just still obvious let me ask you quickly and we appreciate the call in the gubernatorial primary who supporting do you believe that cynthia nixon is qualified to be governor simply the nixon that there many people like cynthia nixon who don't have to be and if you go in history most of the great quote unquote politicians elected officials that we read about and we tell stories about these people were not the classic experienced politicians that we now think that we have to elect time and time again you're not or we are not as a community or as a population we shouldn't be afraid to elect people with passion people with integrity that's the problem we're we're we're reaching for low hanging fruit for what we think our candidates that have this pensively essential experience and that's garbage amid thanks for the call that's a i think it's a points and one thing that i was thinking of this this is one of those sort of theoretical esoteric questions reservoirs sometimes maximum which is that you know one of the things that i would wonder if i if i could if i gotta get honest answers as do does it letitia james zephyr teach out the others running today see attorney general as their high watermark or do their ambitions run beyond that you know for teacher has run for governor before i think large protests candidate whether she would seriously consider that.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"This is max and murphy today we've been talking with attorney general candidate letitia james and then you just heard a clip of our conversation with attorney general candidate zephyr teach out they are to the four democratic candidates for torney general in this year's primary and we're hoping to have their competition also on the show so jarrett we've talked with letitia james today we heard from zephyr teach out last week what are your thoughts on what she had to say well just to piggyback on what we were talking about before went to that clip about letitia james sort of being the establishment candidate efforts which is the flip side of that i mean she is the insurgents insurgency ran against andrew cuomo two thousand fourteen and you know posted a respectable finish in that primary stirred up a lot of trouble with the working families party and the governor and now she is i would not say as much out cider but certainly one of the challenges i think to james in the in the race and her position i think reflects that or position the raises reflected by her policy stances much more willing to call out what she's culture of corruption one thing i think is interesting you know the answer that ticks james gave visibly corruption was about reform structural changes here talks about andrew cuomo in the culture of corruption interesting approach to how changes made and government how much of it is about the levers of power and how much is about people pulling and pushing it and i guess you could apply the same question to ice is the problem the structure of isis she suggested i think probably most cogent explanation i've seen of that of that position that we need to abolish it or is about the president of the top of this immigration infrastructure who's who's pushing buttons and pulling levers you can hear from zephyr teach out there's virtually no hesitation to sort of go after who she wants to go after and and she is running certainly the campaign for this to the left that we've seen so far in this torney general primary but she's also you know she by virtue of not having a lot of establishment support or you know she is not necessarily doesn't have to worry about who she might offend or what's toshi might step on a very advantageous place to be now does it make up for the advantages that someone like to shame has even someone like sean patrick maloney has being current member of congress with a base in with fundraising prowess and such that's remains to be seen but she teach out certainly has advantages in terms of how she's able to run the campaign and we've even seen her repeatedly say i'm calling on my opponents to join me in not taking corporate money or calling on the governor to make certain proclamations such as you know giving the attorney general power to you know make criminal investigations as a blanket issues andrew cuomo wanted when he was attorney general but has not granted the attorney general's under him interesting and also we are still open for phone calls at three four seven three five oh eight one eight and what's fascinating about that point ben is that you know there are a lot of candidates who take that route either for strategic or for reasons of their beliefs and then when they're elected they have to dial it back a bit because governing requires compromise or is deemed require compromise the position of turn general actually would afford you the ability if you wanted to continue to be the kind of annoying outsider to a point i think there was a point where minute andrew cuomo hit loggerheads and there was a debate about the use of banks and funds who's making troll of that and i think after that there was some more effort to be have a little more friendship between the two so there's a limit to it but but it is part of the job i think if you want to set the agenda yourself and go your own way and not necessarily a worry about whether you're pleasing legislators across or the person in the executive office and before we get to call that that is certainly has one parallel to the position public advocate and we've absolutely seen tisch james in that role go out there on certain issues she's pushed the body camera issue she's filed a bunch of lawsuits she passed she.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"To ask you but an important part of the eighties role kind of a newish part which is to investigate cases of alleged overuse of force excessive force by police departments in the state and i'm curious the shaheed vassal shooting a few months ago has faded from the headlines but there have been requests by some advocates and activists for the nypd to produce more full showing of videos and other evidence including officers names in that case do you feel as though they have been the has been forthcoming enough that information in the wake of that shooting so as you know i was led the way in the city of new york abbadi cameras for nypd again to provide more ability and more transparency and because police officers also body cameras would provide them with some objective overview of st encountered it was in the aftermath of the eric garner case and yesterday again i joined with others in urging justice for the garner family and the i was also had written a letter to eric schneiderman and reminded him or of after his ability to investigate police abuses and police deaths and worked very closely with this administration to have the governor appoint the attorney general as a watchdog or someone who can investigate deaths as a result of police interaction and so we take that responsibility very seriously as you know i did go to court scene taking the grand jury minutes in the eric garner case i believe in justice i believe in justice for individuals whose rights have been violated and i believe that all individuals should be held accountable and that includes but not limited to members of the police force as well as members who are public elected officials and all individuals were to position of service it's really critically important that we restore confidence to all community that individuals who enter into public life other served do you do you think the pd needs to release more in that particular case the vassal shooting i believe we should i'm concerned obviously about the release and we have written letters to and my pd about video tapes really need to be released and and that there needs to be some standards in place with respect to the release videotape and individuals should be able to foil information needs to be released in a timely basis and should not be subject to the discretion of the police commissioner well we're going to leave it there with public advocate letitia james democratic candidate for attorney general in the lead up to the september thirteenth primary repre she at the time we hope to have you back before primary day and best of luck and best of luck to you on your maiden voyage i hope you get great ratings and i look forward to coming back again thanks very much thank you and we'll be right back so are back on maxim urfi here on wbai ninety nine point five fm listener sponsored non commercial radio comedy.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"Before we get to any other calls i wanted to ask you the again we don't wanna put too much weight on any public opinion polls the there's a quinnipiac poll out today that was also taken of just broadly democratic voters instead of likely primary voters so i don't want to again put too much weight on that but polls show that you seem to have a bit of a lead but that the race is also pretty wide open that a lot of people don't know yet that are know enough about the candidates they haven't made up their mind and as you look to the less than two months until primary day how do you assess where the path is heading and i have to also ask as part of that there seems to be this big sort of progressive wave happening within the democratic par party and are you a little bit worried that that that energy is more behind one of your competitors efforts each out than than it is you or is that something that you think you you're staking claim to as well i'm not going to abandon or surrender any of my progressive credentials to any any of my opponents refused to do that i think i carry the progressive banner and i will stay in defend my progressive credentials against any opponent on any day in any moment so i'm not gonna share that space with anyone and you're right oppose me nothing and so i'm not taking anything granted we saw what happened in queens and we did see a progressive wave and we did see more millennials come to the voting boots and that's great that's great for democracy but i also understand that someone who is from the grassroots and and someone who continues to walk these streets and talk to individuals that i sort of understand the heartbeat and new york city and beginning to learn more about the feet of new york state and as a result of that i'm confident that comes up temp thirteenth that i will be the next attorney general the state of new york so we have just a few more minutes with public advocate letitia james we're going to turn it over to our next caller you're on the air wbai who's this and where are you calling from kathy but this was with parents with children that are even under spectrum or with lunatic ability and i think how to cases where the parents weren't situation where they couldn't find housing and they were told to go to moving off the office of social work i guess crucial services and be were both denied housing so that inspired because of that situation could not involve your children into school for the next year so i just wanted to know what would you are and what can be done to help by the way the the pieces that i'm talking about daily in new york city queens so hugo answer and how could she the right and i'll take your into the thank you thank you so i had a difficult time hearing her question but i think it's i think it's the question was a bar two children on the assistant spectrum if i'm not mistaken was that the question what can veterans some difficulty finding house rooms isn't housing so as you know you know we do administration with regard to disabled children who were required to get certain services and we were successful in one of our lawsuits getting some relief autistic children i also attended a breakfast this morning we were talking about the difficulty of getting educational services to children on the spectrum as well and so i understand that this is not only an issue in the city of new york but all throughout the state of new york the caller westrom method peak and what we need to do is make sure that state government and local municipalities are net not making it difficult for parents to get services for children that they are entitled to under the law and specifically for disabled children children with route avoid children who are non verbal children who require occupational therapists and vocational therapists and speech therapist it's really critically important that we whole hold them accountable and as an attorney general i plan on doing that we have only a couple minutes left and amana public advocate i wanted.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"Clean air act as it relates to children in public housing in my former district and downtown brooklyn and fort green children ingersoll and wittman and fire two children in particular that i had to very because they could not read and also why i've raised concerns with respect to nitrogen and ask for the resignation of the nitra chair because too many children were exposed to let so again if you wanna ask a quick question to letitia james the number is three four seven three three five eight one eight public advocate you were mentioning right before that caller some of your accomplishments in your current post public advocate it raises the maybe the obvious question it was less than a year ago that voters by an overwhelming margin return to that office for four years what do you say to a fan who's like jesus not we're gonna have you till two thousand twenty and you're leaving early you know does that you know what what what happened and why are you running out on us i'm not writing out on you monto to another stage but i'm still going to be involved in the live your new yorkers both in the city and the state of new york but i think that's a great question you know we stretched the boundaries of the law and we do the mayor the governor and recently there was a case where we unfortunately we received bad i would argue with bad law from the appellate division which basically said the office of public abbott doesn't really have the ability standing to initiate litigation but they sort of limited our ability to initiate litigation and that was the defense of mayor de blasio and so it's sort of ham you know hampered our bility to represent the interests and defend their the interest of new yorkers and so we decided to look at the charter and as you know working with the manhattan borough president gail brewer and i we decided to come up with the charter of you because the laws in the city of new york our constitution has not been reviewed in over thirty years and one of the areas that we would like to pursue is looking at the power and responsibility of the of the office of public advocates office can be independent but most importantly that office can have the standing in the capacity to initiate litigation against any administration going forward joan folk should definitely pay attention to what's happening with the there's two charter revision commissions won't go into all those details we've been covering that at some detail gotham gazette but the charter vision commission you're referring to is one that's just getting going whereas one that mayor de blasio call is actually close to concluding it's work to proposals on the ballot this fall the one you were most involved with more involved with of course is is aiming for ballot measures in twenty nineteen so you wanna call to talk to public advocate letitia james again the numbers three four seven three three five zero eight one eight.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"The state of new york there was no quid pro quo and again there is no loyalty there i am in the spirit of shirley chisholm in boston and just will more on that the the you mentioned endorsing the governor partly on economic development your so mentioned certainly going after corruption if your general wherever it may may be do you think the recent corruption trials we've seen in the state's economic development programs people very close to the governor do you think the governor cuomo bear some responsibility for the you know the programs in practices that he sort of set in place or or turning a blind eye to some of the behavior that we've seen in state government created by crafted by the governor of the state of new york but really speaks to a larger issue and that is reform we need to reform procurement process in the state of new york we need to have a they need to be more checks and balances on mega agency which is a public private agency known as the empire state development in my prior life at the city council member i'm the only candidate is actually sued the entire state development in relation to one of the largest development projects in the brooklyn and that is the atlantic yards arena and we took that case all the way up to the united states prima court based on an abusive eminent domain we see the governor at the at the time at the time it was governor david paterson that lawsuit continued under governor cuomo and in fact i've also through the governor cuomo in regards to the foster care system i've also mayor de blasio and mayor bloomberg i've taken them all on and the bottom line is will continue to do that on the only candidate has actually after shelly silver step down and uncovered the biggest scandal in the city of new york known at city time where we recovered five hundred million dollars on behalf of tax payers again so wherever the evidence will lead not afraid to stand up and to take on my role and responsibility to protect the interest of new yorkers in the state of new york as the next attorney general and we'll do that revie evidently we're on with public advocate letitia james democrat running for attorney general we will at some point in the next few minutes turn it over to your calls if you wanna ask a question of the would be a g the number is three four seven three three five oh eight one eight ms dame's i'm wondering what you mentioned the rule of law and the importance of it and it brings up a memory i have of two thousand six when attorney when andrew cuomo was running successfully for general one of his opponents is when their opponents sean patrick maloney and there was a question at that point because this is before gay marriage was legal in new york state of what the attorney general would do if someone sued new york state over the ban against gay marriage and whether someone like maloney who is openly gay whether he would defend it and he said that he felt you had to do your job and that seem to imply that the attorney general contrary to his or her moral and political beliefs hannie sworn duty to defend the state against lawsuits even if it runs counter to those beliefs how would you approach a situation like that if it came up if your your personal moral and political beliefs ran contrary to the position of the state and the thing that has ag were sworn to defend to what congressman baloney indicated i have a duty and responsibility to defend the laws of the state.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"To the to the table and it's interesting you know as a former public defender as a former assistant attorney general former staff attorney in albany former city councilmember now with the public advocate of the city of new york all of the responsibilities and duties of the office of attorney general body you know life and experience of tissue james and that's why i believe on destined to serve in this capacity and look forward to serving as the next attorney general the state of new york so a lot of the of the role of attorney general is defending the state in lawsuits but also filing active prosecution it's a blend of the of the two in in much of the legal work how would you balance that and in some respects as attorney general you have to be in some ways the governor's lawyer the executive branches lawyer but then also it is a separately elected position and there's a lot of speculation that the attorney general is a is something of a check on the executive branch now you right seventy percent of what the attorney general does is really it's it's not in the headline not sexy work it's defending state agency then defending policies of the governor state of new york that's your mission that's your job twenty percents affirmative litigation and ten percent of advocacy and that affirmative litigation that advocacy work i look forward to and sometimes there are conflicts there are conflicts with the second floor they refer to the governor's office and in some and in some ways actions that you take particularly as relates to criminal prosecutions and civil prosecutions like for instance the moral neck that's subject to the approval of the governor of the state of new york and so going forward i would look forward to working with the state legislature to give the office of attorney general independent power so you don't have to have a provable by the governor of the state of new york to investigate corruption state of new york i don't wanna be beholden to anyone i wanna follow the evidence wherever it leads and and wanna make sure that the office of attorney general served of the check and balance on state government and local municipalities all throughout the state of new york what would you say to someone who looks at the fact that governor cuomo who polls indicate is likely to be governor if you along with you if you if you win the race he has endorsed you he's he's nominated you he's he's raising money for you and then you'll be in the position of being at least something of a check or watchdog on him that could that could be a little awkward no not really he did nominate me it was delegates mistake at the state convention nominated me i decided to run for the office of attorney general after deliberation and after receiving the fielding calls from countless number of individuals all across the state of new york and the governor of the state of new york decided to endorse me because he looked over my wreck and and he's of the opinion that i'm in a position to get things done in a have gotten things done so there is no quid pro quo and there's no allegiance a loyalty to anyone the only loyalty that i have is to the rule of law and have lies you know had been ward and sometimes this shield and at this particular point in our history of our country when we find ourselves very precarious moments when we facing what i would argue with a constitutional crisis i think what we need is someone who understands the love of someone who's not afraid of bite and i've been fighting all of my life and and just by the nature of who i am i've been an outsider and someone who's been independent and we wanna hear more about what you'd certainly do with regard to the to what's happening with the federal government because as we said in the introduction to the show that's a lot of where people were looking to and have been looking even after eric schneiderman resignation with barbara underwood in the role people have been looking to the new york attorney general oil on such a national stage but before we dive further into that just on the question of.
"letitia james" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"Long time but as a city council member now as public advocate but there was there was a lot of public pressure on the legislature because we're so close to an election to put underwood in the position let her run the office at the end of the year and have a regular election as opposed to their would've still been an election but not giving someone the power of at least a temporary incumbency right and for folks who remember in the early days the spitzer administration win then state comptroller alan hevesi had to resign it was a different situation we were talking about the the full balance of term really that's when the legislature appointed thomas to napoli i think over the objections of governor spitzer into napoli has been elected in his own right couple times he's up for reelection again this year he's not facing a democratic primary we should mention of course that this attorney general's race is coming amid a broader contentious competitive primary season for democrats where we're seeing quite a bit of intraparty fighting in some ways a little bit of a microcosm or extension of what we saw from democrats in two thousand sixteen in the bernie sanders hilary clinton type episode where you have progressive challengers in a variety of races straight from the top in the gubernatorial race challenging incumbents and looking to shift the party leftward and we don't have an incumbent now in the attorney general race but we absolutely see the governor the lieutenant governor and many state senators facing primary challenges from the left that's right an obviously many state senators but not all are former members of the independent democratic conference others are also withstanding might withstand challenges and of course we have the governor's race to and we are joined now on the line by the city's public advocate and democrat running fourteen general letitia james welcome hey bed hey jarrett congratulations thank you thank you thanks for being our first guest might be all downhill from here so your time is for two it's why don't you tell us you know one of the things that is interesting about the job that you're running for is that it really is defined so much by the person holding it talk about how you define the job of attorney general and what it will look like if you prevail so you know much like the office of public advocate it really depends upon the individual and as you know we stretch the boundaries in the office of public advocate and we're gonna do the same and i role as attorney general running to be the people's lawyer and that will be my guiding principle and so if a state officials step over the line l not educates prosecute by degree with a disagree with the state action on make that abundantly clear on make sure that the laws of the state of new yorker and force i'll make sure that we go after individuals in washington dc refuse to enforce the law stand up for the rights of individuals who are marginalized and underrepresented in and visible and and we'll fight the system attic reforms in albany and all throughout the state of new york and i will have unmatched insight into the weaknesses and failings and the government directions with its citizens because i'm basically grassroots individual leaves who brings activism.
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"That the new report yesterday from public advocate letitia james on the gender wage gap in the city which the report says includes that women employed by the city government suffering gender wage gap two and a half to three times larger than women working in the private sector also that wage disparities for women of color in new york city significantly worse than the national average the most specific request of you in that way report is for you to issue an executive order prohibiting city agencies from asking for previous salary information of job applicants and ensure that agencies provide a salary range to applicants in job announcements and advertisements so have you read the public advocates report and would you issue such an executive order i haven't read it we already a ban city agencies from asking salary history so all certainly getting analysis from my team of the different items in the report but now we i happily signed the bill and i give the public advocate credit she pushed that concept very hard i happily sign that bill i believe we should not be asking about salary history in the city government does not ask about salary history anymore on the bigger issue look again in an administration where the majority of the senior positions are held by women we believe in addressing the inequalities of the past i am very adamant with everyone that we have to address any pay equity i don't know if those numbers that they have it puts forward or accurate i want to caution i'd like us to do our own analysis and put that out publicly but there's no question we don't tolerate pay inequality the pay wage gap by the way sorry the gender wage gap for women of color is bigger in new york city than the national average that's not about the government i think that's about all the employers in the city is there are there additional ways or ways that you already are addressing that well obviously beginning with the ban on asking salary history that affects public sector and private sector in new york city and i got the usual flurry of calls from some business leaders concerned about it and i reminded them that the history was unacceptable and we have.