DEMOCRATIC POWER PLAY

For the first time in 50 years Democrats control the power in Albany, but what will they do with it? We’ll discuss.

Aired on November 13, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> LAST WEEK'S MIDTERM ELECTION HANDED DEMOCRATS A COMMANDING MAJORITY IN THE STATE SENATE AND LEFT REPUBLICANS IN THE STATE REELING.

DEMOCRATS NOW HAVE FIRM CONTROL OF EVERY BRANCH OF STATE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY.

IN NEW YORK, AT LEAST, A BLUE WAVE WAS VERY REAL.

SO NOW WHAT?

CAN WE EXPECT THE LONG LIST OF PROGRESSIVE BILLS COMING OUT OF ALBANY RIGHT AWAY OR WILL GOVERNOR CUOMO PUT THE BRAKES ON HIS FELLOW DEMOCRATS?

AND FOR REPUBLICANS, WHERE DO THEY GO FROM HERE, HOW THAT I DO MOVE FORWARD AFTER A SERIES OF MASSIVE LOSSES UP AND DOWN THE BALLOT?

JOINING ME NOW WITH SOME ANSWERS IS CITY AND STATE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JONATHAN LENZ.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

GLAD TO BE HERE.

LET'S START OFF WITH THE STATE GOP.

NOW WHAT SEEMS LIKE A BIG QUESTION.

YEAH, WELL, TWO OF THE THINGS TO WATCH NOW IS THE LEADERSHIP.

ED KOCH, EVERYONE CALLS FOR HIM TO BE REMOVED.

HE SAYS HE'LL STAY ON.

AND ALSO THE STATE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER JOHN FLANAGAN.

HE HAD TERRIBLE LOSSES ON ELECTION DAY.

THERE HAVE BEEN CALLS FOR HIM TO STEP ASIDE.

UNCLEAR IF THAT'LL HAPPEN.

ONE THING TO KEEP IN MIND IF HE STAYS ON IN THE CONFERENCE, DOESN'T EVEN RESIGN FROM THE LEGISLATURE, WHICH HE'D BE MORE INCLINED TO DO IF HE STAYS THE LEADER THAT'S ONE MORE LONG ISLAND SEAT THAT REPUBLICANS CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE.

THEY ALREADY LOST I THINK SIX OUT OF THE NINE SEATS.

YES.

THAT'S TRUE.

SO ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT I UNDERSTAND WAS THAT THEY WERE HAVING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME DIFFERENTIATING THEMSELVES FROM THE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW.

THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WERE TYING ALL REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE BOARD TO THE PRESIDENT AND SOME PEOPLE WERE SAYING THAT'S WHERE THE HEAVY LOSSES WERE COMING FROM.

YEAH.

I THINK THAT WAS ACTUALLY A FAIRLY EFFECTIVE STRATEGY OF DEMOCRATS TO TIE REPUBLICANS TO THE PRESIDENT.

AND TO THAT POINT, YOU KNOW, REALLY HOW RESPONSIBLE IS ED KOCH WHO LEADS THE STATE REPUBLICANS, HOW RESPONSIBLE IS FLANAGAN WHO LEADS THE SENATE REPUBLICANS?

THEY DID THE BEST THEY COULD IN A YEAR LIKE THIS AND IT WON'T GET ANY EASIER.

TWO YEARS FROM NOW, IT WILL BE A PRESIDENTIAL YEAR.

THAT'S TYPICALLY WHERE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE WELL IN NEW YORK.

SO THE IDEA THAT, YOU KNOW, MAYBE REPUBLICANS COULD WIN A FEW SEATS BACK IT WILL BE A REALLY TOUGH LANDSCAPE FOR THEM 2020.

WELL, SPEAKING OF DEMOCRATS, THEY NOW CONTROL AS I SAID ALL OF THE BRANCHES OF STATE GOVERNMENT.

SO I GUESS A LIBERAL MIGHT SAY HOW ARE THEY GOING TO SCREW THIS UP?

WELL, THEY HAVE DONE IT BEFORE.

EXACTLY.

YEAH.

AFTER THE 2008 ELECTION, OBAMA WAVE THAT BROUGHT IN A DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE STATE SENATE.

THEY DID SOME THINGS THAT WAS WIDELY SEEN AS FOCUSING ON NEW YORK CITY.

BENEFITING NEW YORK CITY.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU HEARD ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AS WELL.

REPUBLICANS WERE SAYING THAT DEMOCRATS, IF THEY WIN THE SENATE THEY'LL JUST HELP BILL de BLASIO, NEW YORK CITY'S LIBERAL MAYOR.

THAT TIME AROUND ONE THING THEY DID WAS THIS MTA PAYROLL TAX THAT WAS VERY CONTROVERSIAL.

SOMETHING SUBURBAN LAWMAKERS AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS REALLY OPPOSED.

TWO LONG ISLAND DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE SENATE SUBSEQUENTLY LOST.

LARGELY ATTRIBUTED TO THAT.

THERE WAS ALSO A LOT OF CHAOS IN THOSE YEARS.

BUT YOU MENTIONED THE MTA.

I KNOW THAT'S SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE CITY ARE PUTTING A LOT OF PRESSURE ON ALBANY FOR.

WE EVEN SAW CYNTHIA NIXON HER WHOLE CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR WAS ABOUT THE MISFUNCTION OF THE MTA.

HOW DO THEY ADDRESS THIS?

THE FIRST THING IS CONGESTION PRICING.

WE HEARD THAT DEBATE LAST YEAR.

DIDN'T GET DONE.

THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID THAT CONGESTION PRICING HAS TO GET DONE.

IT'S REALLY THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN ADDRESS THE CRISIS IN THE MTA, THE SUBWAYS.

AND IF THE GOVERNOR WANTS IT DONE THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE IT WILL GET DONE.

THAT'S REALLY THE PERSON TO WATCH THE MOST HERE.

SO THE QUESTION IS HOW WILL DIFFERENT PARTIES BENEFIT FROM THAT OR LOSE FROM THAT?

WILL SUBURBAN COMMUTERS DRIVING INTO MANHATTAN BE UNHAPPY ABOUT THAT, COULD THAT HURT SOME DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS, IT MIGHT.

SO THEY HAVE TO BALANCE IT OUT AND TRY TO MAKE IT SO IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE BENEFITING NEW YORK CITY THAT'S NOT THE ONLY THING.

THAT'S NOT EVEN GOING TO BRING ENOUGH MONEY TO FIX THE SUBWAYS.

YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING IN ADDITION TO THAT BILL de BLASIO WANTS A MILLIONAIRE'S TAX.

WILL THAT HAPPEN?

THAT SEEMS EVEN MORE OF A LIFT.

OKAY.

BUT OTHER -- ANY OTHER KIND OF PROGRESSIVE LAWS THAT WE COULD SEE OR LEGISLATION THAT WE COULD SEE COMING OUT OF ALBANY THAT WE MIGHT SEE HAPPENING SOON?

WELL, TYING THAT INTO THE PREVIOUS POINT I THINK IT REALLY TIES TO WHAT IS GOING TO COST MORE.

WHAT IS GOING TO ADD MORE TO THE BUDGET.

WHAT IS GOING TO RAISE TAXES POTENTIALLY?

THEY'LL TRY TO AVOID THOSE THINGS.

AT LEAST THE GOVERNOR WILL TRY TO AVOID THOSE THINGS.

GUN CONTROL, WE HAVE SEEN SHOOTINGS LATELY.

THE GOVERNOR SAID WE NEED STRONGER GUN CONTROL REGULATIONS IN THE STATE.

ROE V. WADE THERE'S A LOT OF TALK IN THE SUPREME COURT.

THE GOVERNOR SAID WE'RE GOING TO PUT IN IN THE STATE LAW SO IF THE NATION OVERTURNS THIS THIS IS IN PLACE.

I'M GUESSING THAT'S THE LOW HANGING FRUIT.

CORRECT.

ANY OTHER LEGISLATION WE MIGHT SEE?

WE SAW PEOPLE WHO GOT INTO STATE GOVERNOR WHO RAN ON A MUCH MORE PROGRESSIVE PLATFORM.

I'M WONDERING IF THERE'S ANY KIND OF LEGISLATION THEY MIGHT PUT FORWARD THAT WE MIGHT SEE GOVERNOR CUOMO PUSH BACK ON AND SAY NO?

TWO THINGS, REGULATION.

YOU SAW THE MORE PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES PUSHING FOR STRENGTHENING REGULATIONS.

THE HISTORY HAS BEEN EVERY FOUR YEARS THIS LAW LAPSES.

YOU HAVE TO RENEW IT.

AND THEY HAVE STEADILY ERODED SOME OF THE PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS, MADE IT EASIER FOR LANDLORDS TO GET TENANTS OUT OF RENT REGULATION.

YOU CAN SEE EFFORTS GOING THE OTHER WAY.

THE GOVERNOR WHO KNOWS HOW FAR HE'LL WANT TO GO ON THAT.

THE DREAM ACT.

THAT'S ANOTHER BIG PUSH TO HELP UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IN NEW YORK.

WHETHER THAT HAPPENS IS UNCLEAR.

SO I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR GIVING US A BETTER VIEW ON HOW ALBANY WORKS FOR US.

THANK YOU.

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