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"scott stringer" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Calling on Scott Stringer. So pull himself out of this race today because in the best case scenario of this story we have heard, Scott Stringer say. Admit, in fact that there was sexual contact. That Jean Camp said WASP on wanted now, some of the other candidates, including Andrew Yang and Eric Adams, have said that they're very troubled by the allegations, and they've expressed their support for Gene Kim. At the same time, they've stopped short of asking Stringer to end his campaign. Lives. There is the question. Of why now, right? The mayor's race has been going on for a while. Stringer's been unknown quantity in politics for years. So why is Jean came talking about her experience with Scott Stringer from 20 years ago now, So when it first happened, she said that she kept quiet because he wielded enormous influence, and she felt that it could threaten her career in politics. But now she says she's watching him on TV, portraying himself as a progressive champion and women's rights activist, and she just couldn't stand that, and she felt that she needed to say something. This cannot be good for Stringer's campaign. Right, right. This is going to make things very difficult for him. This was supposed to be his breakout week, He just rolled out a TV ad, and he's coming off a wave of mo mentum with big union and special interest endorsements. People have been waiting to see if Stringer can galvanize progressives. That's the coalition. He is counting on to win. But as I said, they're signs that that support maybe peeling away. Earlier today, Stringer said that he still feels he has that support. Some people may decide to go in a different direction, he said. And that's fine with him. Keep in mind, Shawn. We have less than eight weeks left until primary day. Every day counts. The debates are starting and he's going to have to answer some tough questions now. Yeah. Elizabeth Kim is a reporter for W. When my C and Gotham is she is covering the mayor's race. She will be back with more of the candidates. Big ideas soon. If you have any questions about the elections or the candidates or how to vote, Please get in touch. You can email us at tips at gothamist dot com. Thanks. Listen, thanks, John..
Fresh update on "scott stringer" discussed on Curtis Sliwa
"When there's a crisis sometimes you gotta break glass soft. You paid for it? By Kathryn Garcia 2021. Oh, man. Well, that's the peak of work political career right there that glass breaking women. Hillary could talked all about glad breaking glass. It's like a bad home and don't mess with the class has nothing to do with anything. Gimmick. Let's go through that, she said. She has a plan. Anybody who says you have a plant? So what? You know, go to my website. I have a plan. I have a plan. That doesn't mean anything. And then it's interesting. She's the sanitation commissioner, which I can kind of like, OK, Sanitation commissioner That is a big city job, but she calls herself a crisis manager. The crisis manager and she was one of the distributing food or something like that. Why is she talking about all the things she didn't do and not talking about the things that she was supposed to do? Oh trash and snow. Trash and snow. That's what the sanitation commissioner does. And she's talking about distributing meals. Oh, yeah, these air like odd jobs, I guess that she picked up along the way. I I don't know. So Catherine Garcia is not going to be the mayor who else's I mean, Oh, man, but I guess somebody from this list of mediocrities, he's gonna be the mayor. Don't like it. I know that you don't either, Um Curtis. Count on your pal. I know. I know what you might be thinking. I know what that woman who called a lot of people stop me all the time. What about your dad? What about your dad? What about your dad? Ah, man. I know. Maybe we made a mistake. Maybe we should have done. It's quite frankly, It's too late. You got so much so many hoops. You gotta jump through and forms and this and that They made it such a pain in the neck. Ah, there's no time and he's got other things going on right now. So I don't know that's gonna happen. Do I want to talk about? We already played that. All right? I gotta take one phone call, and then we're gonna get ready for our Ultra special guest Jenna Ellis. Remember Jenna Alice? She was President. Trump's attorney helped him fight off impeachment helped him with the unfair election. The election was not fair. We got grave concerns about the election, and I was worried, like, is anybody gonna fix this stuff? I mean, like we just saw what happened. We don't like it. Somebody's got to do something, and she's doing something about it, and she's fantastic. And she's really, really smart. But John has been on hold for an hour and a half. Hello, John Satin Island, John Stent. Yeah. Greg. Hi. Listen, I want to mention what you would call it. John to bag go before I get to my point was running on a chance to be a control. So Scott Stringer was running and he can't find out where Michelle Obama Michelle Obama. I apologize. It's the glass. Theo's wife did What a billion dollars of you know the homeless funds. They can't come up with that. So I we were trying to get John Tobacco on so please support if he's getting on everybody sign his petition. So that way Whoa, whoa! John Tobacco is running for what? Control control of New York City is this When did this start? He was on and he got bumped off the ballot of elections week ago. He got bumped off. How? Because of the signatures, signatures, All right, You know what if he couldn't get his if he couldn't get it together for that? I'm not gonna really I'm not going to jump on board. I'm sorry. If you want, if you if you don't think he was serious, but I know John. He's a talented guy. So I don't think this was a serious thing for him if he could not figure out how to get on the ballot, um, afraid that's on John or he just got into late. You know what I mean there, John. So it was a lawsuit that they went against the more I mean, I know, but it's like if you can't it's too late. He's not gonna be the controller. It's just not gonna happen. He's running as a Republican, but That's my main point is this Population of African Americans right now is a 46 million. And we hear all the time about black women have been suffering and all that stuff. I like to see Michelle Obama like to see President Biden come out because we go to congress dot golf. A ah bush and rate of black American babies from 1973 2, now is 19 million. Do you understand? As a genocide of almost 50% of black babies? Talk about violence? That's the violence. That should be a quest. Okay, a couple things. 19 million is not a rate that's a That's a number. 19 million is on. Every single child has been killed. 1973 2 now 18 million kids are dead. OK, China. I'm on your side. Here. Relax. I am, uh I consider myself pro life. I think abortion is also far too. Ah. Available and it's way I'm not. I guess I'm not pro choice. I haven't actually, you know, at one point in my life I was, I would say, Yeah, I would die without me that I was a sophisticate. That was sophisticated position, But I am I do not feel that way anymore. Uh, John, I am up against a break. We gotta go. But interesting. And I don't think I've ever declared that before publicly because guess what? It's not. It's not cool. It's not even even. I know plenty of Republicans or not. Comfortable saying that out loud but damn it. Pro life and what what? What? What can I do to help? That's what I gotta think about. I'll be right back. W A. B C traffic.
New York City Mayoral Candidates Speak Out Against Asian Hate
"New York City mayoral candidates joined the Reverend Al Sharpton to denounce violence against Asian Americans in the wake of this week's shootings in Atlanta. Sharpton said today that's necessary to take a strong, unequivocal and united stand against hate crimes against Asians. Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang said that people commit hate crimes against Asian Americans don't see their victims as human beings, and city Comptroller Scott Stringer said. We should not allow hate to permeate this city and this country.
"scott stringer" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"There's no question that that is legitimate if you're influenced by money You definitely should take it. And if you're not influenced by the ask the question then why you curtailing your fundraising and i think there has been a feeling among people city That they would like to see a mayor and elected officials less encumbered by the influence of big money in campaigns with developers in particular And they would like to see a candidate Fun races differently. And i think it gives assurance to people. Look i've got a tremendous. How's it pro housing record both as a housing activists in the legislature and borough president as controller and so my record has been a hundred percent pro attendants and working with communities. But if i could sorta state of people look we have the best campaign finance program in the country because of my policies and the coalition. I'm building. I can rely on contributions to two hundred fifty dollars and come into city all very clear and unencumbered. I think it's worth doing. And that's what i'm trying to do here. Not trying to be something. I'm not. I'm not trying to game the system but i just feel that this is a very powerful moment for a new government and to walk in raising money the way i have not taken developer money. Big developer money not relying on that language way but hundreds and hundreds between zoom and house parties hundreds of small dollar campaign Events that results in a fifty hundred dollar contributions online fundraising from people. Giving twenty thirty bucks. you know. I felt that this is the way wanted when my campaign and chill people. I can do it and you certainly have raised a lot a lot of small dollar donations certainly and we. We've we've covered that a bit of folks one more information on that but i'm just just one more on that you know if if that money from the larger developers is something you wanna swear off why not return the money you got from those folks prior to making the pledge. Okay that i took it. I had others. I actually have returned a lot of money to be in this new system And i've gone. As far as i feel that i i want to go and i'm very comfortable where i am today. i've worked with a lot of groups that said that part of their discussion is about perspective Prospectively not taking contributions. that's what i've done. If people think that in the past you know i took contributions and that eliminates me from that consideration. Okay that's fine. I landed candidate where. I feel very comfortable discussing issues. Would discuss it with you but right now if you look at these mayors i have the best ten best Come housing plan I have a history of being out in streets on affordable housing. It's how i got my start in politics. It's mitchell on mccain and organizer. I feel very comfortable where i am. And by the way bottom line that most of my contributions all my contributions in the last two years have been low dollar contributions in the system. And i'm good up to about you. Switching subjects you recently released from your controller's office l. Assume you know this is at least the sort of broad schroeck spaces of your mayoral campaign plan to since it just came out from the controller's office a pretty extensive Will you call blueprint for a strengthening public safety..
"scott stringer" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"Back as being the assembly I was also known for looking at issues the lens of serious public policy and i do think that people want to understand Where elected official has been especially as that person gets ready to run for mayor. So i do think will body of work that i put out for the public and my different offices. I do think it's relevant to have that discussion on some of the major issues of the day some of it is relevant right now to the future of the city and i'm sure there are things that we have to think differently about as we are in the midst of a pandemic speaking of some of the plans that you have issued as a candidate Sweeping one came out recently on transit. There's a lot to talk about there but one thing jumped out to me as someone who spent a good portion of my life on subway platforms waiting for a train sometimes enjoying the local musicians who also position themselves. There is a plan or promise to aim for a Getting a trainer bus to come every six minutes Every day all day. As far as i read it is that is that the plan and is that. Is that really possible. Oh exactly possible. I look i. I grew up in the city. The eight train was my lifeline as a kid I spent many days mornings and nights waiting for trains. That never seemed to come. And i do think that we have to start to think about new york city in six. I caught nyc and six to service at all hours and that comes in a number of different ways. We have to build out our our subway and bus infrastructure. We do have to rely on money to do this. You can't just make promises. You can't keep I am optimistic. Federal government's going to put more money into public transit in green infrastructure and new york city. As a whole. But i do think we're going to see an investment in our Subway infrastructure and..
ANALYSIS: So You Wanna Be New York City Mayor, Huh?
"How Do you see? Large democratic mayor of field shaping up in general. So far, it is kind of overwhelming for people to get their minds around such a long list. I said We were gonna go down through the list, and this isn't even gonna be Complete list. We've begun having the candidates on the show already, and I keep saying to the listeners this June primary is going to come up on people faster than you realize. But my goodness the field is so crowded. With Eric Adams in Scott Stringer and Maya Wiley and Shaun Donovan and Kathryn Garcia and Ray Maguire and Carlos Man, Chaka and Diane Diane. Morale is and Laurie sudden. And that's an incomplete list. And now we're here. Max Rose and Andrew Gang may both be getting in are their lanes in this race like we used to say in the presidential primary, the conservative rain laying the progressive lane or how can a voter who isn't a political science professor like you begin to sort this out for themselves? Right. I mean, in some ways, it's both overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time. I mean, sadly, so many voters can't really fully focus Brian on local elections, just Jack because we haven't gotten past January, 20th And especially for voters of color, Knowing what the president has has said the types of people he supported his members of his own party, essentially trying to actively create a coup within American democracy. It's a very unsettling political moment, and a lot of folks can't really focus. Fully on a local election until there is a peaceful transition of power, which quite honestly is not guaranteed at this moment. And so once we get past January 20th it's a 2 p.m.. Then I think that there's a sigh of relief when we can start looking at. Okay. Well, who are who are the millionaires? Who were, you know, sort of waking up in the morning, saying I should be a leader? That's one bucket. Who were the folks who were currently unemployed and need a job. So hey, I should run for mayor too. That's another bucket. Who were the progressive folks who have interesting ideas for New York in some sort of some sort of managerial experience, but no previous electoral experience. That's another bucket. Then you have sort of the you know the politicians who have been elected to office once or quite a few times, and they want to expand that sort of leadership style. In a city that might be looking for something totally different. And so we have minimum four buckets. Obviously, there's descriptive politics. Some people think it's far time that New York City has female leadership. Some people want to make sure that there's leadership of color, whether it's another black mayor, Post Dinkins or if we should have someone from the Latin next community, and so there's lots of different angles. I think right now because it's so crowded. It's hard to Even hear what people actually saying. But also that's on the candidates, because because of rank choice voting, many people are reticent to attack their opponents. They're reticent to say any big, bold ideas. It's kind of a milk toast election as a as of now, that's not garnering any attention. From the vast majority of New Yorkers. And we know that municipal elections in New York City have have abysmal, embarrassingly low turnout for someone who will not only be the leader of New York but political figure on a national even international scale. Can I just? Yeah, e You want to say something really quickly about Henry's point about 1993 moving forward with crime. I think we need to back up just four more years and think about the Dinkins years and what Mayor Dinkins was was successful and trying to re imagine the police department in a more community policing way, and we have to be honest about the amount of money we pay out as citizens. For bad behavior of the NYPD and how bad officers are continuously protected on considered, I would say, terrorized particular communities, and the fiscal implications of that bad behavior, you know, goes beyond just training. It is a fundamental re imagining that mayoral candidates must talk about because there's something going on that Justin The top brass leadership. But there's some sort of corrosion throughout particular departments in the city that needs to be rooted out in a real substantive way that we just have never seen before. Well,
New York City's CFB approves public funds payments totaling $17.3M to candidates in 2021 elections
"The New York City Finance Board issued its first public matching funds for candidates running in the 2021 election. WN Y sees Bridget Bergen looks at the numbers. Brooklyn borough president Derek Adams in city Comptroller Scott Stringer were the only two mayoral candidates to meet the thresholds for the Sea of bees. Payment. Adams will receive $4.4 million Stringer is getting 3.3 million. The payments also provide insight into which City Council races stand to be the most competitive next year. In three districts. There were four candidates who qualified for funds indicating the district 10 in Upper Manhattan district, 33 in north Brooklyn and district 49. Staten Island's North Shore will all be racist to watch the sea of be doled out more than $17 million in total matching
"scott stringer" Discussed on 77WABC Radio
"And everybody knows that. I mean, I don't You don't have to be smarter, dumb. Everybody knows that. Dermot Shea is the police commissioner, which is a romantic role on television. But in reality, it's the management, an enormous number of people and their families and dependent. All of whom have been under pressure. At least since the virus. One more question, John, it comes up. We've talked about this over time. They indicated they rejected the Blasio's decision to remove remove homeless man from the Lucerne Hotel in the Upper West Side. The Arum's Eric Adams of Brooklyn and Scott Stringer, the controller. Both opposed it. And I believe John it was a common sensical decision, given the the deterioration of safety on the West side. That is dumber than Don't shoot another shame, Shame, Shame dumber than do up to these are major cannons. The violin right to the people that they want to play a violent too and happy You elect any of these people? I'm I'm going through the now you were not invited. Because your liberal party understand you were not invited to this so you would have other answers. They also believe the progress. The many of the candidates believe that thie Realestate industry realestate industry is the reason that the city's unaffordable I mean, it seems we depend upon commercial real estate and residential real estate to pay the taxes. To support the city. John, you want to truth? Okay. And I always give you true. Right? Look city. Is it expensive? Yes, it's an international city is a cheaper in London cheaper than Hong Kong. Cheaper than all the other. Capitals in the world. Yes, is cheaper. So blaming the real estate industry for making the city unaffordable. And finally and what is two cities are actually hate statement that there is Manhattan and is the five boroughs. Is it unaffordable in Manhattan? Maybe. But I like living in Brooklyn anyway. The candidates also spoke lightheartedly about making edible marijuana, legal very strange questions. I'm going to leave that one out, John and say Right now, you could say that I would want my I would not want my kids, especially under the age of 21. Every eating marijuana Because if you talk to the doctors, it really affects their head. If you're 80 years old and you want to do it, do it. We'll just say that this is early days for the marrow race of 2021. I think John Catsimatidis of Cats round table. On Sunday morning on W A. B C here in New York City. I'm John Bachelor..
"scott stringer" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"That we lift every boat up and that's what i've tried to point now in the work we've done in the criminal justice space on fines and fees and incarceration incarceration these are all this is about being smart on criminal justice issues and and that's what i think is important nearly two years off but it's not that far away twenty twenty one useful campaign what do you think that will be about the last big race referendum on bloomberg well this be about this is going to be a very important election that's actually not in two years primary has been moved up and joined twenty twenty one and right after the the presidential race we're going to have race not just for mayor but for almost every municipal office and is it time to really think about what we we want our city to be so you gotta take stock of what the good and the bad has been and then where do we go from here you know i'm having house parties around the city and it's amazing to get people living room even in the heat of a presidential election and they love new york so much like i do and they just want to talk about new york and everyone has an opinion and i think it's very and that is what i spend a lot of my free time doing more of the biggest issues you hear about you know it's we talked about today it's an unaffordable city morning about my kids education i'd like to see more results given the amount of money we're spending in city government and i wanna feel that there is that we have the best people in these offices doing the job for the people and so i'll continue report report back to you on what people are saying but i think a campaign in twenty one is going to be issue-oriented it's going to be some great people running for many any different offices so we're really going to have a rich debate of the future of the city lastly for me at least and maybe jared has more on the city just passed by referendum ranked choice voting do you have a sense of how that will affect the mayoral race that you're obviously very much expected to be a participant in is that something you know of course everybody's everybody's armchair served starting to get it out how do you think that's going to impact that campaign will i i don't think i have an armchair gamed out politically but i can't doodo oh so this is what i think it passed overwhelmingly seventy seven percent it's now in our city charter and my sense in the reason i support it is because it really does force candidates to go everywhere in every community now for me as someone who has been throughout the city as just it's in my DNA so it's not a campaign strategy i can't help myself so it's going to be good for candidates to be in every community eighty to be in every borough and to not try to game the system but really say hey i just gotta make my case to everybody and that's what rank tour is voting really is about and i think it will boost turnout and i think the runoff was just too expensive with low voting turnout and we've seen that people have all different from background benefit from rank choice so i'm optimistic i think the board of elections have some get on it they can't screw this up like they have everything else and and and we have to start getting stuck getting.
"scott stringer" Discussed on Max & Murphy on Politics
"Gazette from charlotte stringer thank you so much for having us to your offices how're you doing good thanks for having me on the show thanks for joining us so what's the latest i mean we're gonna get into a bunch of stuff but what's what's been the most recent focus for you you put out an MD report anything else you wanna highlight look a lot of the work of this office is about making sure short that we can have an affordable city there's so many people that i grew up with back in the day growing up in washington heights when the city was on the edge of bankruptcy with two thousand murders a year my eight train was literally considered a rolling crime scene my mother said we have to sit with the conductor and there were some real issues back then and we always struck me growing up with the pioneers in our neighborhood and now enabled around city that stayed and build this city and made the places today and they're the ones that are being pushed out they're the ones who can't make it here because the city has become unfo- unaffordable for the people who build our city and adding to that is that new immigrants and people from all of the world that wanted to come to the city they've been blocked lock because the entrance fee is now a two million dollar conduct and so a lot of the work i do every day is figuring out policy to create opportunities for more affordability affordability for more economic opportunity that certainly true in our housing initiatives but it's also true in terms of how we think about education and and how we're able to give relief to struggling new yorker so we spent a lot of time this year developing our NYC under three proposal which would create the largest subsidized child care program in the nation so that parents who make less than thirty thousand dollars a year could have subsidized childcare meaning they could get back into the workforce we would ramp that up for people who make fifty thousand dollars we'd have a fifty percent subsidy and it would go up to one hundred thousand that's the kind of work we think about childcare desert's high cost of living and so that has been really the twenty nineteen work for the most most part why does that why is that the controller's office focused i mean how does that fit into your you know city charter mandated responsibilities connect connect go three words three words chief financial officer and i have to think about the economy and how it works for everybody so through our audience through our investigations gatien's and through through our policy initiatives we have to think about the city both short term and also the economic implication of doing nothing in the long term speaking broadly description of the landscape in the city the challenges people face we could have gone back in time time and played that in two thousand seventeen two thousand thirteen people describing what face the city do you think that landscape has changed changed at all since then for better for worse in different ways is the affordability challenge any different than it was six or seven years ago well can you tell you you're talking about a six year landscape so i wouldn't call that a landscape i would just say it's six years ago we've had many of the same issues that started at the beginning getting of my term in this administration's term as we do today obviously there's been improvement in some areas and less improvement in other areas but when you have a homeless crisis where tonight sixty thousand people will sleep in shelter half the children and now we're spending three point two billion dollars managing their crisis says were six years ago we had the same amount of people in homeless shelters but we were spending one point four billion dollars to manage the crisis seems to to meet that this is a broken system we just came out with a very compelling report that analyzes why we're seeing a spike in homelessness and what what we now show that over the last few years forty one percent of the population homeless shelters are domestic violence survivors women and children in the shelter system and they can't get out so where's the strategy where's the programmatic response to says something that is staring this administration right in the face and my job is winning out listening in that thinking is to show not just the state of play but what's the roadmap to actually make fundamental change and that's we've tried to do in the last two years in terms of some of that i mean we we can easily say in some ways the city continues to be less and less affordable as you indicated the the current mayor has thrown a lot of resources source of the problem as you say some of it probably poorly managed misplaced perhaps by you know certainly hundreds of thousands of units of affordable housing coming either online line being preserved would you say affordable housing affordable for whom right so i mean that's the question right is is the issue of whether resources are being allocated properly so that's something that you're looking at all the time we've had a very flush russia konami we've had big city budget surpluses even there's been some years when i've tried to look and say look there's some trouble on the horizon we've just had i i couldn't really do that because we were very flush but the answer to being financially tap a lot of money was not simply throw oh money against the wall and see if we can fix a problem without any accountability and when the housing program went in the wrong direction i said let's do better editor and actually build housing for the people who need it the most because thirty percent of the people who live who live in shelters actually have jobs i've seen it myself just like the the rest of us that get up in the morning they come back to the shelter and they can't get out and that's because we're not building the low income housing that we've always built in the city and i've i've said over the last many years that we need a new progressive housing proposal that passed to build housing for the people who need it the most meaning people who make under thirty thousand dollars a year need housing now they're cooks the taxi drivers many of the people who need just housing take care of our kids and our parents and yet they have nowhere to go we know this and yet we have to change the direction of the city to meet the needs of people who are struggling if we're going to be a progressive at a city that has managed very well you mentioned mentioned looking for clouds horizon terms of the city's budget outlook and curious cedo we have november modification coming you mentioned and an earlier report this year some increasing pessimism in the city in the third quarter and the business sector speaking short-term over the next year or two and do you see problems coming in terms of i have said for the last couple of years that we should be very cautious we're not going to see the kind of surpluses surpluses we we've been used to i do think the economy is tightening and we all know in the city there always seems to be some episodic tzadek moment that requires the additional dollars to get us through a crisis whether it's a terrorist attack whether it's hurricane sandy so what i've said to the mayor and the city council is look you've got a lot of money sitting there and there's a lot of member items in pet projects but you've got to put money aside for rainy day we used to have secured eighteen percent of spend when now down to ten percent of spend may be eleven percent i do hope in the last two budgets before the mayor leaves office that he will recognize that surplus is critical because whatever comes our way in attorney economy especially the unpredictable situation in washington and trump the international markets that continue to make waves whether it's brexit or something in another country china we have to be prepared and we do not have enough money being saved and i've erg argued for that for many years are we has the city budget grown to appoint and scheduled to grow i guess at something like another four percent fiscally or something something along those lines are we in a position where even if those budget cushions and reserves are at the level you want okay that's there for an emergency but are we at a at a point where this budget has grown so much that it's inevitable that sometime in the next half a decade or so there's going to be.
"scott stringer" Discussed on What's The [DATA] Point?
"To exxon about their practices and that's what my retirees expect of me ask the questions when you are a share owner ben well you have a right to ask the leadership how are you doing and hero are suggestions and that's a critical role for any body who financial advisor for one hundred ninety five billion dollars in investment so it is a very activist approach but your argument is first thing is that the activism has to has to be met by the numbers and we've use the word fiduciary at but i consider myself a activists fiduciary and ask which is just quitting new term here but with that long for a business card maybe well but think about it yeah i ask a lot of questions i hold these folks accountable at the end of the day we hit our actual real target on the pension fund we take care of the people who took care of us cops firefighters are teachers the people who will get a small pension for a lifetime of service i gotta protect pension right there's some pretty clear feedback on how it's going we see that pretty regularly that you you get the accountability side because the numbers will tell you the story so another area and we'll wrap up in the next few minutes here is of course on it so you know you've done a lot of audits a lot of them have been on about nigel we talked about another area where you've got some authority and enforcement limited enforcement is on the union welfare fund so folks don't know what these are kind of you know they are funds to which the city plays a per member contribution to each union for supplemental health and other benefits so for the most part the unions are using these funds to provide optical dental benefits a lot of them do prescription drugs they do a lot of other things i may provide an annuity scholarships kind of whole range of things in your office does this excellent report which looks at these eighty one and says and says you know here's what they're fiscal here's their fiscal condition and identifies the ones that are not you know they don't look so great they've got high reserves or low reserves the may have deficits but even more concerning that periodically all kinds of stories come out about these funds that are you know they're scandals associated with them and the the office doesn't audit them that frequently so you know we have said that one they should be audited more frequently perhaps on a regular schedule but to how about getting the controller more authority to go in there and do some specific benchmarks and and have some enforcement ability with these funds so i read with great interest the cdc report made a number recommendation to identify what the potential for some hundred sixty one hundred sixty million dollars savings we what those funds and the goal what my job is to create eight transparency so that people can ensure that the funds are being managed properly we've have identified where some funds have high expenses made recommendations where we need to have more discussion is the role of the controller in generate in general given my charter thirty is to be the auditor not the regulator because if you're the regulator you can't be the auditor and they have to be separate and while i'm open to looking at those issues are general policy has been not to combine that because then we can't audit look during the nitra who was gonna be the monitor debate you know i was very honored by governor cuomo who said look if the city council can't get it together we have great faith that the controller's office could look in a point to monitor we grappled with this issue of can you appoint the monitor that you're going to then on it our conclusion was that's not a good idea so that's where i would have a disagreement with the cbc recommendation but i'm open to continue have a discussion about how we can continue to do that kind of job also where we do find issues with audit we can do seventy eighty hundred year but i also have to i also have to make sure that we know we're auditing i have to make sure given our limited resources that were auditing yeah so we're unfortunately going to have to wrap it up there with the controller i will say on on that front there is a charter vision commission happening now that you said you testified about community bores they'll be another one coming up where you get an appointee so we'll be interested.
"scott stringer" Discussed on What's The [DATA] Point?
"Times are tough we've hit our actuary all target of seven percent now over the life of the last four years of our tenure and we'll see what we do this year but but it has been a great success and we did that skillfully working with our labor allies l let but labor doesn't agree on some things which namely is divestment so there's calls for you know the friendship rowley is huge it's one hundred ninety billion dollar ninety five billion it's the fourth largest in the united states in the fourteenth largest in the world yeah so it is a sounding and you know so there's all kinds of political pressures on what what invest in what not to invest in and so you have agreed with the mayor that the portfolio should divest of fossil fuels and so how do you answer concerns which i think are real about are you sacrificing in respite returns by taking this decision which may be political and isn't that counter to your duty as the fiduciary to secure the maximum possible return for the funds so the role of reduce sherry is critical absolute i mean think about my role here i'm the financial advisor for seven hundred thousand new yorkers three hundred fifty thousand former city workers through in a fifty thousand will be retired some day so i take that very seriously we do not move on development of anything without doing due diligence in the first thing is would we harm the pension fund would we harm our investments and the answer is we go through a rigorous process yes did i die best from the prison industrial complex yes after two years of research and analysis and we were able to do that did we i've divest from coal holdings yes after years of duediligence part of being a fiduciary also to look at the long term impact on the fund would i be a strong fiduciary if i didn't start looking at fossilfuel investment in the portfolio given stranded assets and a whole host of issues related to are these holdings going to be successful going forward so we are now going through review process we've just dishes are we've got back some results for request are at five proposal we're going to work with experts from around the world look divestment has always been a tool strategically used by pension fund talk about history but when i was in my twenties i remember doing civil disobedience outside mobil oil but even as a kid back then as i was getting arrested you know the city retirement system was engaging in a development strategy doing business with south africa to talk about mandela and i in a lot of us who are on the frontlines as kids remember that role and so there's a tradition here so does that but does that mean that as your process of review that you're trying to exact some leverage and if there's changes in the industry that you is that i mean you're trying to get a change you know in south africa by by making that statement by divesting and by saying you need to change your political system in your social system and we may invest with you again is that i mean is that what's at play with the fossil fuels or is this were abandoning i be a good fiduciary that's my job and i take this very seriously there are people who have said you know we have the lead nationally on this issue as city controller we have our boardroom accountability campaign we have fought challenge corporations that we do business with on issues of board diversity right now we have these corporate boards that are all male all pal they do not reflect the diversity of what we need and by the way diversity is not just a civil rights issue it is proven fact that when you've diverse corporate boards better informed decisions are made so i have led that fight around the country through a boardroom accountability campaign fighting to have the right to run independent directors some people have called me an activist but i call myself and i think our office is really the ultimate fiduciary because we constantly as questions of the companies we invest in are you doing a good job are you divers are you making smart investment decisions we've challenged companies from apple.
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"The way you have seven deputy control is dealing with the heart and soul the city when you gonna fill those positions it would be mind boggling to you right and we should be outraged that even with low even without money the management there is abysmal i mean look city hall wake up do your part make sure that we have a structure in place to deal with that two billion dollars and won money that will come and you got to work with with with the monitor but at the end of the day the monitor doesn't run it management runs it so we need one chair one person in charge also this is a time to get private industry involve let's get the best and brightest from around the city from all walks of life to begin looking at this amazing challenge before nitra falls apart one last thing i'll say the battery park city thirty because a lot of money the city to very successful housing plan i've said for the last few years let's at least take four hundred million dollars forty million dollars over ten years and apply it tonight you it takes the mayor and the governor and the controller on that board to support an effort like that the governor has been very supportive of this proposal the three of us agree that would be the first new revenue stream nitrous ever had and i i followed this and i know you've called for that i know the governor has been supportive what's the administration's rationale for not going they have a set of priorities and again they have housing plan that they are very much committed to and i don't take anything away from that but we also have to put our money and resources with crisis and right now we've gotta fix the boilers we cannot have another winter that we've had i'm looking at new revenue streams and then you can go to the federal government the state and say look we're doing thing that we are we are creating our own revenue against not not the seventeen billion we need but we have to be creative and this is a creative financing mechanism i think that's justified given the crisis right that definitely need new revenue the neatest tremendous and growing some of the things reached crisis point they have rich point between the lead the mole the elevators the boiler i mean it's it's very bad and almost universally at the developments but there is this issue of is a nice show actively using the money and you know there's been tremendous pushback about getting private as you said you know private companies with tons of expertise to be involved in some way ranges i'd wanna make it clear private consultation does not mean privatization it just means we have so many housing experts people who've been in non for profit housing people who have worked in the field of affordability let's bring them around at table let's lock the door and say win not letting anyone out until we have a five point management plan for niger well yes i think so on one hand where they have brought in private managers at ocean bay for example under development project the outcome has been tremendous and while tenants were very hesitant at the beginning they're very satisfied now there are pairs are getting done quickly they're being done more cost effectively than i ever could have done so i think there's a lot of opportunity for engaging in the private sector which has deep expertise in new york city in a range of ways the other aspect of this of course is that in order to start us to to really get into how nights a does things you have to tackle very tough things like procurement and work rules and get labor to the table and get the tenants to agree and that is going to i mean the the see monitor has some th authority to get into some of these issues but i think you won't see substantial changes till some of that happens i just want to quickly i two things one the new budget item that you highlighted early about the money for senior.
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"The management and bureaucracy you know tell us what you think i mean now we will have this federal monitor we have the city dedicating even more resources into night show thanks to cassette consent agree that will bring two hundred million dollars a year from the city's capital plan tonight ya what do you think the opportunities are for change here and where should there be focused both in terms of addressing the capital needs and some of the kind of management issues that have produced these difficulties just to go back in history a little bit so make you was created by another mayor fiorello laguardia back in nineteen thirty eight i think i project built it was not poor people housing it was the housing front hundred dollars a month that was your ticket to the middle class you got into night you you kids are going to be fine i remember growing up in washington heights there was no difference between growing up a couple blocks away from deichmann houses and playing deichmann houses in fact thank been houses because of the open space we went from hanging out of one fifty two to just running around in houses and it was the place that people knew was oppertunistic because of federal divest ment niger has crumbled before is but we've also been asleep at the switch having just expansive the gaps in that history what happened is the state and the city did build several these developments but when federal money start to come in most of the federal dollars back construction of what is now the majority of the nightcap or folio and because the subsidies from the federal government were so good the city and state units were then transferred to the federal government which subsequently beginning in the eighties and ninety started to really divest and that the absolutely true but if you also look at our history the city built nightshift and then we built the mitchell housing program in the fifties and sixties and that carried a whole new generation koch dealt with the issue of abandonment by returning properties back to the people and look what happened there this housing program is there's a lot of good to it but it's too now it's not going to meet the incredible demand we need so we need a robust new housing plan by dentists through my audits the vacant property the city owns i'm fighting with the city based on how many parcels land could be used for low income housing to meet the new generation of need and we need to create a land bank land trust we need to think about a new subsidy program problem is right now for profit developers a lot of cases are yes they're building more density and bigger projects in places in brooklyn east new york but the reality is the affordable housing that they're proposing the am i is not reflected of the population the community so the affordability is not affordable in the communities and we are gentrifying people out of the communities they built that has to change if we're going to continue a tradition of building housing is a federal government our friend know which is why we have to do everything we can to manage the situation better that's why i said to all who would listen that we have to change the management structure at niger it is abysmal you got a seven member board that doesn't know what's up you've got a chair and then a manager and depending on the politics within nightmares one has powered the other one doesn't fight versa even in this crisis you know we don't have a council a chief financial officer in niger these positions are going unfilled there's no capacity nightshift what would happen if i came here today and you said by.
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"In services without in real true affordable housing plan and we've got a break those silos and think about ways to actually reduce a people and specially children in homeless shelters we are horrified at trump and our children basically living in cages something from another era you look at those pictures and it breaks your heart you some of the toughest people i know have tears in their eyes throughout the whole day watching this unfold but i've also been in the home shelter of ben and i've seen our treating children within those shelters and people basically living in the shelters the shelters people living shelters way too long we can't kim people out so we have to practice what we preach and we we have zero tolerance for shelters that people living in that are just outrageous and what is the plan to really reduce homelessness do not even say to me well our plan is to reduce homelessness by twenty five hundred in five years at the cost of three billion dollars you gotta be kidding me i mean everybody wake up here and what are we getting for the three billion and how effective is it and the regular review to say yes this money's being i mean it's been a tremendous cost increase and it's still a problem that people feel in that is visible but when the city and of concern we'll talk about who's being impacted yes don't wants to see people sleeping on the streets but just put us a lot of people one paycheck away from being homeless so here's what's happening in the city were saying folks priced out of homes because of the impact of gentrification there's no plan to stem that there's no real housing plan to meet the needs to the poorest new yorkers thirty percent of people in homeless shelters actually work yet they can't get an apartment we don't have a robust plan we'd need to challenge this bureaucracy and create a new paradigm in terms of dealing with these critical issues that is why i have done the audits on homelessness that's why we did ten audits of niger to jump start this conversation and we have to keep fighting because we are the moment where we do have resources but as i've said in our budget presentation if we don't act now we are not going to be in a strong financial position going forward the trump tax cut actually gave us a boost people predate prepaid their taxes we didn't feel the full impact of what's coming from washington maybe schism budget commission you know his calculating this as we are i'm not sure our financial situation is going to get better in the years ahead which is why we have to save and why we have to prepare and why we have to hope we take back congress there things related to this just general comment i think before we pivot a little bit but the there has been pressure to make the affordable housing plant more affordable and deepen the subsidy and bring greater number of units online of course the tension there is the more subsidize some units less you can produce in the forcible housing plan overall and i think there's a broader question about how much can we expect government to do to solve this in an area that is traditionally been best kind of the federal government has best dealt in this area and yet from what we see all indications are from the federal government that they you know there isn't this willingness to to provide the investment and of course that is no more visible than it isn't nitra and so you know your office has and that night show provides most of the city's deeply affordable subsidized housing so your office has done several audits of niger and you've recently called for looking at.
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"The poor people in the city i've talked about that for very long time fair fairs that was a great effort by the council the mayor and most importantly the advocates who really laid out how to get this done so there's a lot of really arguments by maria dulas budget commission reported without a millionaires tax and that was and that was a conflict because these are the priorities the people want but we have to do more long range thinking and strategizing about how we create a five borough economy how we start investing doing the complicated work of investing in our communities we need to come up with a better women minority owned business plan in the city and we've been working on this year's our procurement policy need to be reformed because at the back end we're only investing four point nine percent in city contracts with women and minority owned businesses so i've always said what you really want to do economically in the city is create wealth in communities beyond manhattan and the way you create wealth is you invest with wbz's you have long range have long reign strategies to deal with job creation in the boroughs and i think that has to start moving we're going to have a longterm impact for the city just just one more on that you know you like the investment in senior housing the investment in fair fares you know you are someone who wants the city to be spending on priorities and you know sort of in the same mindset as the last couple of city council speakers and the mayor but but you're main argument that hasn't really been the at the forefront of these other leaders is this sort of peg program that we really need agencies to rein in their spending something the mayor has an insisted on i mean that's sort of the real essence that would be that you're okay with some of this i'm okay i'm okay with bending for good things and again we need to make sure that the money that we are spending really goes to creating a pipeline to the middle class fall people and also to grapple with the people who was struggling the real challenge in government is to take advantage of what has been a very flush economy you know i keep saying that the new york city konomi in terms of the recovery since the two thousand eight recession has really led the nation maria knows this and so we have been at this once in a forty year moment in the city's history where we we are not just we just don't have enough money to meet some of our priorities but we also had this incredible opportunity to deal with some of the vexing problems that require large expenditures but can really radically transformed the city and i think that when we deal with some of these issues homelessness is something we're able to grapple with because we can't spend close to three billion dollars mike critique is just because you spend it doesn't mean you solve the problem and i think part of the problem is that we operate in a silo to protest to homelessness where we have investment.
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"Hundred twenty five million brings total annual budget reserves to one point three seven five billion and the balance of the retiree trust fund to four point three billion while that trust fund is supposed to be for the city's eight billion dollar unfunded liability for retiree health benefits the city has shortsightedly use it to balance the budget in hard times nevertheless are these reserves enough well it depends on who you ask and today we'll be asking the city controller who's here to give us his answer and talk about this in many other topics welcome well it's great to be on the podcast that brings energy to walk yes i like i'm glad to be here feel right at home here under one policy platt gas for nerds no question thank you for joining us so we have a new city budget generally speaking where do you feel like the the budget lands how do you see it what your sort of general take right now is we are a week from that budget a week or so from that budget taking affect in the new fiscal year so budgets are about what's the priorities of the mayor and the city council and initiatives that have put forth reflect a lot of public hearings a lot of discussion back and forth and basically a budget trying to meet the needs of a community called new york city my job is controller is to weigh in and scrutinize that budget first and foremost to make sure it's balanced so that i can go to the financial control board with the mayor to speak about our financial plan which is so critical and i will do that in the next couple of weeks my view of the budget was a lot of initiatives that i thought were important were adopted certainly five hundred million dollars for affordable senior housing i think is critical when we have a russian of nature affordability in the city i was a longtime supporter of fair fares i think that will go a long way to giving people in opportunity to look for work to get to school to get to the doctor and provide real relief for the people who are struggling in the city i do think that there's been a lost opportunity as relates to putting more money aside for a rainy day and we have now a record budget of eighty nine billion dollars and basically the notion that we will only gonna put away two hundred twenty five million is a paltry sum and i think we are going down a road that could cost us or hurt us in the long run in i'm happy to discuss that today so i mean we have called this out very squarely say that over the course of the year the city at more than two billion dollars in new needs spending to the twenty nineteen budget but then you know you can't do that with only two hundred twenty five million to the reserves but the question you always get is how do you know if it's in the right think we have said our position is that well as long as they're an economic expansion you continually build these reserves aggressively and we say you know the balance is just not there that agency to be spending more than need to be savings more generally in the city thank your office has actually laid out a metric for that so is the city meeting that metric or they still far from it who real question why why do we care about budget reserves well the reason we do is because when a calamity happens or crisis unforeseen happens the requires a use expenditure of money the people who usually get hurt are the most vulnerable in the city seniors children the people who are already barely making it when people have to recalculate the budget because of unforeseen circumstances the least powerful city are the most vulnerable we saw.
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"We're going to talk to the controllers scott stringer next avowed related piece of this they're gonna look at divestment of city pension funds from fossil fuels companies but before you go can i ask you as a former us attorney about another story in the news today the president is naming a new us attorney for manhattan to replace creep arare who he fired as you know and it seems that trump himself may have interviewed this attorney about the position in some way senator gillaibrand might try to block the appointment on the grounds that it's a conflict of interest for trump to have interviewed the man who be appointing who would have jurisdiction over trump trump tower and therefore pasta well crimes by trump and his associates if any do you have an opinion about that well i can i can certainly uh contrast the experience i had when i was recommended off four point meant as us attorney uh by uh senator daniel patrick moynihan uh he recommended me to after president clinton who i never met i can tell you uh who record low nominated me to the uh to the uh since the senate and and i and i became us attorney but i remember the last conversation i had with manual patrick moynihan after he had interviewed me and decided to recommend me food four point moved to uh uh to us attorney for the eastern district he said i just want good congratulations i by manama i'm recommending you for the appointment of the houston district and this was the last time you will ever hear from me because he wanted to make it clear that he considered it isn't appropriate for him to in any way interfere with the decisions i made uh as as us attorney uh i wish more people would follow that example and and uh you know but uh that's that's my experience and they knew that seems to start to this this stand as some contrast to how that that's being handled now uh city corporation council zachary carter thank you so much thank you scott then the consoler in that they kids everywhere are glued to screens who's responsible parents court apple carries a sense that this idea of rethinking how we use our devices is going mainstream is there a causal affect of time spent looking at an iphone on children's brains on their behavior at such a apple is called to be a.
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"That fact fact uh scott stringer thanks for joining a strategy i always appreciate it my friend we'll see you soon scott athletes texas gusting right there in new york city comptroller with this people in the morning 737 ross salisbury coming up you don't wanna miss russ and he lied manning we got a lot to talk about with russ right now with jumped a big out the to lowly of the headline news right here on am 970 the answer this is a am 970 the answer forty seven degrees at seven thirty seven amalgam too low with local news first here's what's going on the head of new york city's housing authority says she has no intention or she had no intention of falsely signing off on lead paint inspection documents nitric chairwoman sola a lot tang was group yesterday by housing committee members at a hearing she took keep for not informing the public right away that mandatory lead paint inspections were not being conducted an investigation revealed niger had stopped lead paint inspections in 2013 and the agency falsely signed off on the inspections last year a threeday sentencing hearing is underway in west palm beach florida for the doctor tied to the mid new jersey senator bob menendez corruption trial 63 robot salmonella melbourne movie sentence for a separate medicare fraud scheme he was convicted back in april of health care fraud primarily through medicare over billings on tuesday the judge in the case heard statements from former patients with some saying he saved the restored their site and others accusing him of giving them or their loved ones unnecessary treatments he faces up to thirty years in prison but his attorneys la pushing for a lighter sentence in.
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"And basically the area were of kind of focused on the most in my campaign mainly because our current new york city comptroller scott stringer he's essentially a career politician he's if for a business for a position that has so much to do with financing uh whether it's helping wi with the issuing of bonds or managing be a pension funds the really he has no financial background he's basically as a legal background it's been most of his career running for office whether it's running for state legislatures leads run before this he was a manhattan borough president which is a meaningless position uh that does actually literally nothing um now he's the new york city comptroller and he doesn't when when it comes to the pensions of near see workers if their retirement does that's people you know expecting a one day they're going to retire bula spend time with family and if that's not run well it has multiple consequences it could put the doubt retirement at risk but also puts new york city taxpayer dollars at risk because win then pensionfund doesn't hit its benchmarks catch up payments need to be made right now we're looking at a billion dollars worth of catch a payment over the next few years to make up but wasn't made or within the pension funds performance because it has a benchmark it's expected performance seven percent which is ridiculous now they'll say that what all the other funds do yes most municipal pension funds uses seven percent benchmark why because he had really high interest rates in the 80s and he never they never adjusted its sense because politically difficult when you say hey let's lower the expect a return in means you have to make bigger contributions the problem is making.
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"You can see jc on univision sometimes and of course michael falker a former jet and a preacher who is running against scott stringer for controller a great ticket that says a lot about where the party is and whereas going and so nicole you're leading the way so tell me for people who are just learning about you're or don't know anything about what you because this is a large part of new york city that you don't represent why are you running for mayor against the blasio well thank you for having me on first of all i have to say that uh there claudio light an idiot clearly here aerated wherever you go and you talk to people they are very it added up right in the whole it it it traffic congestion network ingrid our wrote it transit nightmare in which people literary getting stuck or period of time in the at any our lady of blood and the fact that the mayor keeps raising tax is rating and it he increase spending by twenty two percent the short timing a bit in it and we're not getting result in but i think i owe it eric city it you're begging for somebody to come in and really turn things around because certainly think that only got worse under the mayor and i believe that we have a plan today and be at any halt about my whole bunch plan on how we can help people not only address the underlying issue that mental help it appears but also we need to expand occasional training opportunities for people transition them out of the shelters them we need to work together with the governor to bring hussein about housing supportive housing i'm sorry on online and so i have a plan that i'm in day which i'm very excited about because we had in a bear there's no longer being proactive not like weekly any or mike a little burke were when it came to a transitioning people added is sheltering giving an opportunity to support the belt near family did not and that's what we wanted you in any what i want to help as many people as possible um and i think this plan going to be a good start you know you you're dealing with what i dealt with in in fourteen right running for governor you have a incumbent mayor who is not as popular as they like to lead to believe who clearly has.