PROGRESSIVE FUTURE

January 17, 2019 at 5:15 am

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand threw her hat into the expanding ring for the 2020 presidential election. Gov. Cuomo delivered his state of the state, and unveiled his roadmap to make New York a leader in progressive policies. We have the details.

Aired on January 16, 2019.

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>> I'M GOING TO RUN FOR
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
BECAUSE AS A YOUNG MOM, I WILL
FIGHT FOR YOUR CHILDREN AS HARD
AS I WOULD FIGHT FOR MY OWN.
I BELIEVE WE NEED TO START
REWARDING WORK IN THIS COUNTRY
AGAIN, BECAUSE ANYBODY WHO WANTS
TO WORK HARD SHOULD BE ABLE TO
GET WHATEVER TRAINING THEY NEED
TO EARN THEIR WAY INTO THE
MIDDLE CLASS AND TO BE ABLE TO
HAVE THE AMERICAN DREAM.
>> IT'S OFFICIAL.
NEW YORK SENATOR KIRSTEN
GILLIBRAND IS RUNNING FOR
PRESIDENT.
GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO
"METROFOCUS."
I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.
THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM NEW YORK
FIRST MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT LAST
NIGHT ON THE LATE SHOW WITH
STEPHEN COLBERT, AND WILL NOW
JOIN AN INCREASINGLY CROWDED
FIELD SEEKING TO CHALLENGE
PRESIDENT TRUMP IN 2020.
A FIELD THAT ALREADY INCLUDES
ELIZABETH WARREN AND JULIAN
CASTRO, AMONG OTHERS.
GILLIBRAND PLANS TO TRAVEL TO
IOWA LATER THIS WEEK.
IOWA, OF COURSE, BEING THE FIRST
MAJOR CONTEST OF THE PRIMARY
SEASON.
THE SENATOR HAS A LOT OF MONEY
IN THE BANK, BUT CAN SHE RISE TO
THE TOP OF A FIELD THAT COULD
INCLUDE MORE THAN A DOZEN
CANDIDATES?
JOINING US NOW WITH ANALYSIS OF
GILLIBRAND'S CHANCES AS WELL AS
A BREAK DOWN OF GOVERNOR ANDREW
CUOMO'S STATE OF THE STATE
BUDGET ADDRESS, JARED MURPHY,
EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF CITY LIMITS.
JARRETT, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
SO, SHE'S DEFINITELY IN THE
RACE.
FIRST GIVE ME YOUR TAKE ON
SENATOR GILLIBRAND'S CHANCES,
ESPECIALLY GETTING INTO THE RACE
SO EARLY.
>> I THINK GETTING IN EARLY
HELPS.
WE ARE ANTICIPATING IT BEING A
CROWDED FIELD.
YOU MENTIONED A FEW OF THE
NAMES, A LOT OF OTHER NAMES
WAITING IN THE WINGS.
I THINK THAT THE FACT THAT THERE
ARE SO MANY FOLKS RUNNING AND
THE FACT THAT IT'S SUCH A KIND
OF UNSETTLED POLITICAL
ENVIRONMENT MEANS WHO IS TO SAY
ABOUT HER CHANCE SS?
I MEAN SHE IS A U.S. SITTING
SENATOR.
SHE WAS APPOINTED TEN YEARS TO
THE DAY.
A SEAT FORMERLY HELD BY HILLARY
CLINTON.
SHE DOES HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF
MONEY.
SHE HAS SOME NATIONAL PROFILE ON
WOMEN'S ISSUES INCLUDING SEXUAL
ASSAULT OF WOMEN IN THE
MILITARY, PAID FAMILY LEAVE.
SHE TOOK EARLY STANCES ABOUT
SENATOR AL FRANKEN AND HIS MISS
BEHAVIOR.
SHE EVEN TOOK ON PRESIDENT
CLINTON AND DISPARAGED HIS
BEHAVIOR AFTER THE FACT.
SO SHE HAS A NAME AND SHE HAS A
PLATFORM.
IT'S GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT
RACE FOR PEOPLE TO TRY TO
HARNESS A CONSENSUS WITHIN THE
PARTY.
BUT IF SHE HAS THE MONEY TO
STICK AROUND AND SEE SOME OF THE
OTHER DOMINOS FALL, WHO KNOWS.
>> THERE ARE SO MANY MORE PEOPLE
TO COME INTO THE RACE, SO WE'LL
JUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS
THERE.
BUT MOVING ON TO THE STATE, WE
JUST SAW THE GOVERNOR GIVE HIS
STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS.
HE SEEMED TO BE ALMOST
ANNOUNCING A NEW NEW YORK.
THIS WAS A VERY DIFFERENT TONE
CHANGE FOR HIM.
>> THERE IS.
THERE'S BEEN AN EVOLUTION.
IF YOU LOOK BACK TO BACK AT A
LOT OF VIEWING, THE STATE OF THE
STATE/BUDGET OVER THE YEARS T'
BEEN A STEADY MOVE, MANAGERIAL
CENTRIST OF THE STATE, FIXING
PROBLEMS, VERY NOSE TO THE GRIND
STONE, TO THIS MORE SWEEPING
PROGRESSIVE VISION.
WE SAW THAT ESPECIALLY LAST YEAR
AHEAD OF HIS REELECTION
CAMPAIGN.
IT REALLY WAS SOLIDIFIED THIS
YEAR.
WE HEARD HIM TALK A LOT
RECENTLY.
HE'S THE GOVERNOR, THAT'S OKAY.
BUT HE RAN FOR REELECTION.
TALKING THERE.
HE GAVE A FIRST 100 DAYS SPEECH
IN DECEMBER WHICH IS ODD.
HAD HIS INAUGURATION ON NEW
YEAR'S DAY, 0 NOW THIS.
SO THERE WASN'T A LOT OF NEWS IN
TERMS OF POLICY PROPOSALS.
BUT HOW HE FRAMED IT, HOW HE
TRIED TO TIE THE PROGRESSIVE
WAVE TO HIS TRADITIONAL
PRACTICING MA ADVERTISE MANY,
QUOTING HIS FATHER ABOUT HOW
PEOPLE RUN IN POETRY AND GOVERN
IN PROSE.
HE'S USED TO EVERY OTHER QUOTE
MARIO HAS ON THAT.
AND THEN A SOARING PORTION AT
THE END TALKING ABOUT THE
NATIONAL POLITICAL CLIMATE,
DISREGARD FOR IMMIGRANTS,
XENOPHOBE YEAH AND TRYING TO
CAST A MORE SPIRITUAL EMOTIONAL
APPEAL AROUND A DIFFERENT VISION
OF AMERICA.
>> OF COURSE, EVEN THOUGH
NEITHER MAN HAS MADE ANY SORT OF
INDICATIONS WHAT THEY PLAN ON
DOING, BUT I DO HAVE TO ASK HOW
THE GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS COMPARES
TO THE MAYOR'S SPEECH, BECAUSE
BOTH OF THEM HAVE BEEN BANDIED
AROUND AS POSSIBLE CONTENDERS IN
2020 EXAMINE THEY BOTH GAVE VERY
PROGRESSIVE, YET LOCAL SPEECHES.
>> THEY ARE FASCINATING
CHARACTERS.
THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS
INTERESTING.
THE MAYOR'S SPEECH WAS
INTERESTING BECAUSE MAYOR De
BLASIO HAS BEEN THE MORE
AGGRESSIVE OF THE TWO.
CUOMO HAS MOVED CLOSER TOWARD
HIM.
De BLASIO'S SPEECH WAS
FASCINATING BECAUSE HE TOOK AN
AGENDA AND WEDDED IT TO AN IDEA
TO WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF
GOVERNMENT.
BASICALLY HIS ANSWER IS THE
PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO
IMPROVE AND INCREASE OUR
HAPPINESS, WHICH IS AN IDEA THAT
A LOT OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES HAVE
EMBRACED.
IT OBVIOUSLY IS CONTROVERSIAL.
IT'S PROBLEMATIC.
THAT WAS HIS RATIONALE BEHIND
INCREASING HEALTH CARE ACCESS,
MANDATING PAID LEAVE, GIVING
ACCESS TO RETIREMENT BENEFITS IF
THEY DON'T GET IT THROUGH WORK.
IT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S JOHN TO
INCREASE OUR HAPPINESS.
THAT IS AN AMBITIOUS TARGET TO
SET.
WHETHER HIS PLANS WILL GET US
THERE, I DON'T KNOW.
BUT HE DEFINITELY IS CHARTING
TERRITORY THE GOVERNOR HASN'T.
HE DOESN'T HAVE THE POWER TO SET
A BROAD SET OF POLICY ANSWERS TO
GET THERE.
>> SPEAKING OF INCREASING OUR
HAPPINESS, THERE IS DEFINITELY A
LOT IN THE GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS
THAT MIGHT SPOKE TO THAT.
OF COURSE, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT WHAT
LOOKS LIKE THE POTENTIAL
LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA USE.
>> HE WAS SKEPTICAL OF IT A FEW
YEARS AGO.
HAD TO IMPANEL A COMMISSION TO
LOOK INTO IT.
AND NOW HE IS THERE, WANTS TO
LEGALIZE ADULT USE OF CANNABIS,
PREVENT USE BY CHILDREN.
HE WANTS TO RAISE THE STATE'S
TOBACCO SMOKING AGE FROM 18 TO
21.
INTERESTINGLY HE CALLED FOR THE
CEILING OF SOME ARREST RECORDS,
PEOPLE ARRESTED UNDER THE OLD
LAW.
A LITTLE PUSH BACK IN THE 24
HOURS SINCE FROM JUSTICE
ADVOCATES WHO PREFER TO SEE
EXPUNGEMENT FROM THE RECORD.
CUOMO HAS PUSHED LEFT IN TERMS
OF HIS OWN HISTORY.
BUT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE
PUSHING HIM FURTHER IS GOING TO
DIAL DOWN ON DETAILS, DO YOU
SEAL OR EXPUNGE CONVICTIONS
UNDER OLD AGE MARIJUANA LAWS.
>> FOR MYSELF, I THOUGHT WHAT
WAS MOST INTERESTING WAS THE
GOVERNOR'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF
NOBODY KNOWS WHO IS IN CHARGE OF
THE M.T.A.
WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THAT?
>> IT'S A FASCINATING TACT FOR
THE GOVERNOR TO TAKE AFTER
HAVING, YOU KNOW, CELEBRATED THE
OPENING OF THE SECOND AVENUE
SUBWAY AND PRESIDED OVER THE
M.T.A. NOW GOING INTO HIS 9th
YEAR.
SUDDENLY REALIZES THE LEADERSHIP
STRUCTURE DOESN'T WORK.
I THINK THERE'S A POINT THIS
THERE.
IT IS AN ODD STRUCTURE.
ACCOUNTABILITY IS SOMEWHAT
DIFFUSE.
THE FACT THIS COMES UP NOW WHEN
HE WANTS TO, ONCE AGAIN, FORCE
THE CITY TO PAY HALF OF THE
CAPITAL PLAN GOING FORWARD, WHEN
HE HAS COME UP WITH THIS
LAST-MINUTE L-TRAIN PLAN WHICH
HAS THROWN EVERYONE FOR A LOOP
EVEN THOUGH IT MIGHT BE A
LEGITIMATE IDEA, IT'S
FASCINATING.
IT'S INTERESTING WHETHER IT'S A
CRITIQUE THAT COULD ALSO BE
APPLIED TO ALL THE OTHER
AUTHORITIES THAT HOLD VAST POWER
IN NEW YORK STATE.
PORT AUTHORITY, DORMITORY
AUTHORITY, THERE ARE A LOT OF
DIFFERENT PLACES THAT HAVE THE
SAME KIND OF STRUCTURE THAT THE
GOVERNMENT SO FAR HAS NOT
COMPLAINED ABOUT.
MAYBE THAT WILL BE A TOPIC FOR
NEXT YEAR.
>> THERE IS SO MUCH TO KEEP AN
EYE ON.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND AT
LEAST GIVING US CONTEXT FOR WHAT
WE SAW FROM THE GOVERNOR, THE
MAYOR AND THE NEW POLICY
PROPOSALS.
>> MY PLEASURE.
REMEMBER, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO
BE HAPPY.
>> THANK YOU.

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