“THE POWER 100”

May 22, 2018 at 4:30 am

Who’s up and who’s down on City & State’s list of the “The 2018 Albany Power 100”? We’re taking a look at the full list with City & State reporter, Jeff Coltin.

Aired on May 21, 2018. 

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>>> GOOD EVENING.
WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS."
I'M JACK FORD.
ALBANY'S POWER LIST 100.
FROM OUR NATION'S PRESIDENT AND
NEW YORK'S FIRST FAMILY TO THOSE
LOOKING TO BREAK INTO THE
POLITICAL SCENE, IT'S ALSO THE
MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN NEW YORK
STATE POLITICS.
CAREFULLY CRAFTED BY THE
JOURNALISTS AT CITY AND STATE,
THE ALBANY POWER LIST 100 IS
DESIGNED TO DISCLOSE WHO WIELDS
THE MOST INFLUENCE IN ALBANY'S
POLITICAL ARENA.
JOINING ME NOW TO TALK ABOUT
WHO'S IN AND WHO'S OUT, JEFF,
GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.
>> THANK YOU.
>> START OFF WITH THE PROCEDURE
HERE.
WHAT SORT OF WAY DID YOU USE,
AND WHAT METRICS, IF YOU WILL,
DID YOU USE TO DETERMINE A TOP
100 HERE?
>> SURE.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE'VE BEEN
DOING THIS FOR QUITE A FEW
YEARS.
LUCKILY WE HAVE LAST YEAR'S LIST
TO START WITH.
WE'RE NOT JUST STARTING WITH THE
ALBANY PHONE BOOK.
ONCE WE HAVE LAST YEAR'S LIST,
WE LOOK AT WHO HAS POWER IN
ALBANY.
BECAUSE IT'S STATE GOVERNMENT,
WE LOOK AT WHO CAN PASS A LAW,
WHO CAN KILL A LAW, WHO CONTROLS
THE MOST MONEY, WHETHER THAT'S
IN THE BUDGET OR PENSION FUND.
AND WHO IS RISING, WHO IS MAYBE
OUT OF POWER.
AND THE BIG THING WE ALWAYS
CONSIDER, WILL THE GOVERNOR PICK
UP YOUR CALL?
>> I THOUGHT THAT WAS A GREAT
QUALIFIER HERE.
>> YOU KNOW, DONALD TRUMP,
NUMBER TWO, AS MUCH AS ANDREW
CUOMO MIGHT NOT WANT TO PICK UP
THE PRESIDENT'S CALL --
>> HE'S GOING TO PICK IT UP.
>> WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE CALLS,
YOU PICK IT UP.
>> LET'S START FROM THE TOP.
NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST.
>> GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO.
NO SURPRISE THERE.
IT'S THE POWER OF THE POSITION.
HE'S EXTREMELY POWERFUL, BUT
IT'S ALSO THE LEGACY.
HE'S BEEN IN THIS OFFICE NOW
SINCE 2011, SO SEVEN YEARS.
HE'S GOING FOR RE-ELECTION FOR
ANOTHER FOUR YEARS.
BEFORE THAT, HE WAS ATTORNEY
GENERAL.
BEFORE THAT, HE WAS THE SON OF A
GOVERNOR.
YOU KNOW, HE HAS DEEPER TIES IN
NEW YORK THAN ANYBODY.
>> HE HAS THE PORTFOLIO.
>> AND HE RUNS THE STATE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
I MEAN, HE IS NEW YORK POWER.
>> HOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENT?
WE HEAR VERY OFTEN THAT EVEN
THOUGH HE'S A NEW YORK PERSON,
HIS CRITICS SAY HE'S NOT
INVESTED IN NEW YORK, IN HELPING
NEW YORK AND NEW YORK POLITICS.
WHY DOES HE END UP SO HIGH?
>> WELL, HIS CRITICS WOULD SAY
HE'S HURTING NEW YORK.
BUT WHEN YOU LISTEN TO,
ESPECIALLY GOVERNOR CUOMO AND
THE ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TALK ABOUT
THE BUDGET, HALF OF IT IS A
RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT.
IT'S ALL, YOU KNOW, DEFENDING
NEW YORK AGAINST FEDERAL
POLICIES.
ESPECIALLY THE TAX POLICY.
A BIG FOCUS OF THE BUDGET THIS
YEAR WAS INSULATING NEW YORKERS
FROM FEDERAL TAX POLICY.
SO EVEN THOUGH DONALD TRUMP MAY
NOT THINK ABOUT ALBANY, MAYBE
EVER, HE'S STILL VERY
INFLUENTIAL OUT THERE.
>> WE TALK ABOUT POLITICS,
OBVIOUSLY.
A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN ALL
THIS.
THEN WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT
GUBERNATORIAL POLITICS.
CYNTHIA NIXON GETS ON THE LIST,
VERY HIGH UP.
AS A CANDIDATE, HOW DOES THAT
HAPPEN IF
>> THIS IS HER FIRST TIME ON THE
LIST BECAUSE OF THE CYNTHIA
EFFECT, AS MANY PEOPLE ARE
CALLING IT.
GOVERNOR CUOMO HAS TRADITIONALLY
BEEN MORE OF A CENTRIST
DEMOCRAT.
HE'S DEFINITELY PASSED SOME MORE
LIBERAL POLICIES.
THIS YEAR, PEOPLE ARE NOTICING
THAT HE HAS VEERED LEFT, GONE
TOWARDS THE MORE PROGRESSIVE
SIDE OF THE PARTY.
AND MANY ARE SAYING THAT'S
BECAUSE HE HAS A VERY FAR LEFT
CHALLENGER IN CYNTHIA NIXON.
IT SEEMS EVERY TIME CYNTHIA
NIXON MENTIONS SOMETHING, SUCH
AS LEGALIZING MARIJUANA, THE
GOVERNOR HAS TO RESPOND.
HE'S BEEN FOLLOWING HER ALONG.
EVEN IF HE IS A LONG SHOT
CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, HER
INFLUENCE IS ALREADY BEING FELT.
>> LET'S TALK -- WE MENTIONED
CYNTHIA NIXON.
LET'S TALK ABOUT WOMEN ON THE
LIST.
YOU HAVE 29 WOMEN ON THE LIST OF
100.
HOW DOES THAT COMPARE TO
PREVIOUS LISTS?
AND WHY DO WE HAVE 29 NOW DO YOU
THINK IF
>> I HAVEN'T DONE THE MATH.
I CAN'T TELL YOU THAT MUCH.
BUT YOU KNOW, 29 WOMEN, WE HAD
CRITICISM OF LISTS IN THE PAST
FOR NOT HAVING ENOUGH WOMEN, BUT
WE THINK IT'S A FAIR ASSESSMENT
OF WHO HAS POWER IN ALBANY, AND
FRANKLY, IT'S MOSTLY MEN.
ONE INTERESTING POINT, IF YOU
LOOK AT THE GOVERNOR'S INNER
CIRCLE, IT'S A GROWING NUMBER OF
WOMEN.
HIS MOST TRUSTED AIDE, MELISSA
DeROSA, SHE'S A WOMAN.
HIS NEW STATE DIRECTOR OF
OPERATIONS, CATHY CALHOUN,
ANOTHER WOMAN.
THERE'S THE STATE MEDICAID
DIRECTOR IS A WOMAN.
HIS COUNSEL AND CHIEF OF STAFF,
LINDA LACEWELL.
I MEAN, IN THE SECOND FLOOR, AS
WE CALL IT, OF THE GOVERNOR'S
OFFICE, WOMEN TRULY HOLD POWER.
>> HOW MUCH SURPRISES?
WHAT WAS MOST SURPRISING IN
TERMS OF PEOPLE COMING OFF OR
DROPPING PRECIPITOUSLY OR PEOPLE
COMING ON OR RISING
SIGNIFICANTLY?
>> WELL, OUR BIGGEST RISER THIS
YEAR WAS MARK MULANARO.
THIS YEAR, HE'S BLOWN UP, I
THINK HE'S NUMBER 32, 66 POINTS
UP, BECAUSE HE IS THE
PRESUMPTIVE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE
FOR GOVERNOR.
>> RIGHT BACK TO THE GOVERNOR'S
RACE.
THAT GETS YOU A SIGNIFICANT
PLACEMENT.
>> EXACTLY.
YOU KNOW MARK, HE'S A LONG SHOT
FOR GOVERNOR AGAINST CUOMO'S
RE-ELECTION.
BUT WHEN YOU'RE THE STANDARD
BEARER FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY,
THAT'S A LOT OF POWER.
>> WIN OR NOT, YOU HAVE TO PAY
ATTENTION TO HIM.
>> HE'S A RISING STAR.
>> HOW ABOUT ONE THAT WAS
SURPRISING TO YOU THAT
DISAPPEARED FROM THE LIST OR
DROPPED DRAMATICALLY.
>> GOSH.
I MEAN, MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT
DROPPED ON THE LIST ARE PEOPLE
THAT RETIRED OR VOTED OUT OF
OFFICE.
SPEAKING ABOUT REPUBLICAN
GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES, ROB
ASTORINA, HE LOST HIS SEAT THIS
YEAR.
HE WAS A PRETTY INFLUENTIAL
STANDARD BEARER STATEWIDE, HE
WAS A WESTCHESTER COUNTY
EXECUTIVE.
BUT VOTERS KICKED HIM OUT IN
NOVEMBER, SO HE'S OFF THE LIST
COMPLETELY.
IT'S SURPRISING TO SEE HIM GO
FROM PLITOLITICAL RELEVANCE.
>> IT'S A FASCINATING LOOK
INSIDE NEW YORK POLITICS.
I LOVE THE CRITERIA YOU USED TO
COME UP WITH THIS LIST.
A PLEASURE TALKING WITH YOU.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU
BACK.
>> THANKS A LOT, JACK.
>> YOU BE WELL.

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