FROM CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER TO CITY COMPTROLLER?

COREY JOHNSON ONE ON ONE

This time last year there was buzz that Corey Johnson could be the city’s next mayor. But much has changed in the past twelve months, both in the city and for the City Council Speaker. The Democrat is now running for comptroller after dropping out of the mayoral race last year to focus on his mental health. The Speaker sits down with us as early voting gets underway ahead of next week’s primary election and while negotiating his final budget as the current speaker — a spending plan that includes billions in federal relief and one crucial to the city’s Covid-19 recovery to discuss why you should vote him in as the city’s next financial watchdog.

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DEMO EVENING AND WELCOME.

DEMO TIME LAST YEAR THERE WAS DEMO THAT OUR NEXT GUEST MAY BE THE DEMO MAYOR.

SO DEMO WILL NEW YORK'S DEMONCIAL PICTURE LOOK LIKE ONCE THE DEMO HAS SETTLED?

OUR DEMOAKERS ARE PLANNING TO DEMOLE ISSUES SUCH AS CRIME AND DEMOLESSNESS AND WHAT ABOUT HIS DEMOTICAL FUTURE AND WHY DOES HE DEMO TO BE THE CITY'S NEXT DEMONCIAL WATCHDOG.

WE DEMOOME BACK SPEAKER CORY DEMOSON.

DEMOKS FOR JOINING US.

DEMO, I HAVE MISSED YOU AND DEMOROFOCUS.'

I DEMO TO GET TO THE COMP DEMOROLLER RACE IN A COUPLE DEMONDS.

DEMOE ARE NEGOTIATIONS TAKING DEMOE AS WE SPEAK, BUT LET ME GET TO ONE DEMOTION.

WE DEMO ABOUT BILLIONS OF DEMOARS COMING TO THE CITY DEMOUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

DEMO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN DEMO WAY DICTATE HOW THE MONEY CAN BE DEMOT OR DOES THE CITY DEMOIN THE ABILITY TO SAY THIS IS HOW WE ARE DEMOG TO UTILIZE IT?

THE DEMOY IS SPLIT UP IN DEMOIPLE WAYS.

NEW DEMO CITY WE ARE GETTING DEMO BILLION IN WHAT IS CALLED DEMOSTRICTED AID.

DEMO MEANS WE CAN USE THAT MONEY FOR DEMOHING.

DEMOE IS ADDITIONAL BILLIONS OF DEMOARS COMING IN FOR SCHOOLS.

DEMOE IS MONEY COMING IN FOR DEMO REIMBURSEMENT FUNDS, MONEY DEMOT AT THE HEIGHT OF THE DEMOEMIC AND ADDITIONAL MONEYS FOR DEMOTH CARE MEASURES LIKE DEMOINATIONS.

SO A DEMO CHUNK CAN BE SPENT IN AN DEMOSTRICTED WAY, BUT ANOTHER DEMOK OF THE MONEY NEEDS TO BE DEMOT IN AGENCY AREAS.

WE ARE DEMONG SURE IN BOTH OF DEMOE WE ARE GETTING THE DEMOVERY DONE RIGHT IN A JUST AND DEMOTABLE WAY.

DEMOECT ME IF I AM WRONG.

BUT DEMO ISN'T AS IF WE HAVE A DEMOFALL OF BILLIONS, BUT IS TO DEMO UP FOR LOST REVENUES THAT DEMOD ORDINARILY BE PART OF THE DEMOET?

DEMOECT.

DEMO YEAR WHEN THE CITY HAD TO DEMO DOWN, WE SAW A GIGANTIC DEMOET DEFICIT THAT ACCUMULATED DEMONIGHT BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY DEMOING DOWN.

THE DEMOCIT LAST YEAR WAS NEAR $8 DEMOION.

DEMO MONEY WILL HELP US IN THE DEMOMING FISCAL YEAR AND HELP US DEMO SOME OF THE PROGRAMS WE HAD TO DEMO BUT DEMOR THIS BUDGET, THE ONE WE ARE DEMOTIATING NOW, NEXT DEMO, THE 223, 224 AND 2025, WE ARE DEMOECTING A $5 BILLION DEMOCIT EACH OF THOSE YEARS.023E ARE DEMOECTING A $5 BILLION DEMOCIT EACH OF THOSE YEARS.024 WE ARE DEMOECTING A $5 BILLION DEMOCIT EACH OF THOSE YEARS.

AND WE DEMO TO PLAN FOR THE DEMORE.

I DEMO THAT WE DON'T SPEND ALL OF DEMO MONEY AT ONCE.

WE DEMO TO PUT MONEY INTO DEMORVES AND HAVE THE LONG VIEW AND DEMONING FOR OUR FUTURE SO WE DEMO SOME BUFFER IF OUR TAX DEMOEEDS AND REVENUE DON'T PICK UP IN THE WAY WE DEMO.

IT IS DEMOTING AS WE LOOK DEMOARD.

I DEMOION CRIME.

DEMO YEAR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT DEMOET WAS CUT BY CLOSE TO A DEMOION DOLLARS.

DEMOLE ON THE COUNCIL WHO DEMOGHT IT WAS TOO MUCH AND DEMORS WHO THOUGHT IT WAS NOT DEMOGH.

DEMO ARE YOU SEEING IN TERMS OF HOW DEMO BUDGET MAY BE PLAYING OUT FOR DEMOCE?

SO THE DEMOE INCREASE WE HAVE DEMO IN NEW YORK CITY ACTUALLY DEMOTED LAST YEAR BEFORE THOSE DEMOERSATIONS STARTED TO HAPPEN.

DEMOE STARTED TO INCREASE BEFORE DEMOGE FLOYD WAS MURDERED IN DEMOD DAYLIGHT ON THE STREET DEMOER THAT LED TO A NATIONWIDE DEMOMENT CALLING FOR POLICE DEMORM.

DEMO PEOPLE SO THE A BIG CUT TO DEMO.

DEMO THE MAYOR PROPOSED CUTTING THE DEMORTMENT FOR YOUTH AND DEMOLOPMENT, YOUNG PEOPLE, BY 32% AND DEMO A .4% CUT FOR NYPD DEMOE WAS SOME PROPORTIONALITY.

WE DEMOED TO BE SURE WE WEREN'T DEMOING PUBLIC HEALTH, SCHOOLS, DEMORDABLE AND PUBLIC HOUSING, DEMO EVERY AGENCY HAD TO DEAL DEMO A LITTLE BIT OF PAIN GIVEN THE $8 DEMOION BUDGET HOLE.

WE DEMO SEEN AN INCREASE IN DEMOE THAT STARTED BEFORE.

AND WE DEMO SEEN AN INCREASE IN DEMOTING AND HOMICIDES.

I DEMOK YOU CAN ENSURE THAT NYPD HAS THE DEMOURCES THEY NEED TO DEMOT CRIME FOR WHAT WE CALL DEMOON SENSE POLICE REFORMS.

DEMO GOT RID OF IMMUNITY WHICH DEMOONWIDE THEY ARE ASKING FOR.

YOU DEMO FROM YOUR WORK IN THE DEMOIC SECT FOR SO MANY DEMOS, THAT THERE IS A PHRASE DEMOEPTION BECAUSE REALITY.

DEMOE IS A PERCEPTION OF NEW DEMO CITY RESIDENTS THAT THIS DEMO IN CRIME IS LINKED TO THE DEMONUTION OF THE POLICE BUDGET.

YOU SAY DEMO RISE IN CRIME BEGAN DEMORE THAT.

DEMOISTICALLY WE HAVE SEEN THAT, BUT DEMOE IS STILL THAT DEMOESSION.

HOW DO YOU DEMOSURE -- I DON'T DEMO YOU PERSONALLY, CITY DEMORNMENT -- HOW DO YOU ENSURE DEMOEVER THE BUDGET IS, IT DEMON'T HAVE ANOTHER DELETERIOUS DEMOCT ON RISE IN CRIME?

IN DEMO CONTEXT, IT IS NOT DEMOG PACIFY EVERYONE.

DEMOLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEMOE WE HAVE SEEN ACROSS THE DEMO.

IT IS DEMORTANT TO KNOW THAT DEMOE HAS GONE UP ACROSS DEMOICA, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, DEMOTLE, MIAMI, BOSTON.

DEMOD DID SOMETHING, THE DEMOPLOYMENT, LACK OF INCOME FOR DEMOS, SCHOOL BEING OUT.

ALL OF DEMOE THINGS CONTRIBUTED TO DEMOE GOING UP ACROSS THE DEMOTRY.

WE DEMO TO MAKE SURE WE GET DEMOGAL GUNS OFF THE STREETS.

WE DEMO TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DEMOING ON ALL OF THESE DEMOTINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING.

WE DEMO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DEMOING WITH THINGS LIKE DEMOSTIC VIOLENCE, THE NUMBER ONE DEMOER OF HOMELESSNESS IN NEW DEMO CITY, RT SINGLE LARGEST DEMOG THAT CONTRIBUTES TO DEMOLESSNESS AND IS A PUBLIC DEMOTY ISSUE AS WELL.

SO WE DEMO TO INVEST IN THE DEMOGS WE KNOW ARE THE ROOT DEMOE OF SOME OF THESE THINGS AND DEMO SURE THE POLICE HAVE THE DEMOURCES THEY NEED.

DEMOLESSNESS.

DEMODENTS OF NEW YORK CITY PUT DEMOE AND HOMELESSNESS AT THE TOP OF DEMOR LIST OF CONCERNS.

DEMOE DO YOU SEE THE COUNCIL DEMOT NOW, AND THE MAYOR, IN DEMOS OF BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS, IN DEMOIDING RESOURCES TO HELP DEAL DEMO THE HOMELESS PROBLEM?

WE DID DEMOTHING THREE WEEKS AGO DEMOH I THIS IS GROUND DEMOKING WHICH IS PREVIOUSLY IF YOU DEMO A HOMELESS INDIVIDUAL IN THE DEMOTER SYSTEM IN NEW DEMO CITY -- AND WE HAVE MORE DEMO 65,000 HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS DEMOT NOW -- YOU WOULD GET A DEMOING VOUCHER.

BUT DEMO WAS INOPERABLE.

IT DEMO'T HELP BECAUSE IT DIDN'T DEMOR THE COST OF AN APARTMENT.

WE DEMO INCREASED THE AMOUNT OF DEMO VOUCHER.

DEMOE WERE ONLY 565 APARTMENTS DEMO THAT PREVIOUS VOUCHER COULD DEMOIFY THOSE PEOPLE INTO 565 DEMOTMENTS.

THE NEW DEMOHER OPENS THE MARKET TO DEMO00 MARKETS.

DEMOE ARE MULTIPLE DRIVERS OF DEMOLESSNESS.

WE DEMO AN EPIDEMIC OF MENTAL DEMOESS ACROSS NEW YORK CITY.

YOU SEE DEMOALLY ILL INDIVIDUALS ON THE DEMOETS AND SUBWAYS, DEMOT TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, DEMO NOT GOTTEN THE PROPER DEMOORT IN HEALTH.

WE DEMO TO GET THOSE PEOPLE DEMOTH.

DEMO NEED INPATIENT SERVICES AND WE DEMO TO GET PEOPLE SUPPORTIVE DEMOING SO THEY ARE HOUSED WITH DEMORAMS AND MEDICAL CARE AND OFF THE DEMOETS.

YOU ARE DEMOING FOR COMP DEMOROLLER, BUT I WANT TO ASK YOU ONE DEMO QUESTION.

ARE YOU DEMOMISTIC RIGHT NOW WE DEMO SEE AN ALIGNMENT COMING DEMOTHER, IF YOU WILL, OF THE DEMOCIL AND MAYOR SO A DEMOINGFUL BUDGET WILL BE IN DEMOE SOON.

I DEMOK THERE HAVE BEEN GOOD DEMOUNCEMENTS THE MAYOR HAS DEMO.

WE DEMOD FOR AN INCREASE IN DEMOING FOR SCHOOLS AND WE GOT DEMO MILLION TO FUND FAIR DEMOOLS.

BUT I DEMO TO PUT MORE MONEY IN DEMORVES, PLAN FOR THE TU TOUR TO BE DEMO WE ARE NOT SPENDING ALL OF THE DEMORAL AID AT ONCE.

WE DEMON'T COME TOGETHER ON DEMO.

THE DEMOCIL WILL NEGOTIATE UNTIL DEMO 30 TO BE SURE THE BUDGET DEMOS FOR NEW YORKERS BOTH IN THE DEMOT-TERM AND LONG-TERM.

DEMOE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE DEMO FELT YOU WERE ON A DEMOECTORY THAT COULD PUT YOU IN THE DEMOR'S OFFICE.

YOU DEMODED NOT TO DO THAT.

YOU DEMODED YOU WANTED TO RUN FOR DEMOTROLLER, THE FISCAL DEMOHDOG.

WHY DEMO

THE DEMOG I HAVE ENJOYED MOST DEMOT SPEAKER IS THE FINANCIAL DEMOCT.

I DEMO TO NEGOTIATE THE BUDGET DEMO THE MAYOR.

I DEMO THE BUDGET INSIDE AND DEMO I WAS THE ONE DEMOING FOR DEMORVES IN 2018 AND 2019 WHEN OUR DEMOOMY WAS DOING WELL.

WE PUT DEMOST $500 MILLION ASIDE DEMOH HELPED US WEATHER THE DEMOM LAST YEAR.

SO THE DEMOTROLLER'S OFFICE IS THE DEMO IMPORTANT JOB.

YOU ARE AN DEMOTED OFFICIAL, DEMO SHORT AND LONG-TERM BUDGET DEMOYSIS, YOU SETTLE CLAIMS DEMONST THE CITY, IN CHARGE OF DEMOTING CITY AGENCIES.

IT IS AN DEMORTANT JOB.

THE DEMOL SET I HAVE BROUGHT TO DEMO AS SPEAKER IS WELL ALIGNED DEMO THE JOB AS COMPTROLLER.

I WAS DEMO THAT I NEEDED TIME DEMO YEAR TO GET WELL.

I DEMO THAT TIME WITH MY MOM AND DEMONER.

I DEMOTED FEELING GREAT AROUND DEMOKSGIVING.

AND DEMOLE STARTED NUDGING ME TO DEMOIDER THIS RACE.

DEMOR LOOKING AT WHAT THIS CITY DEMOS, THAT'S HOW I DECIDED ON THE DEMO.

I DEMOPED OFF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL TO DO DEMO INTERVIEW.

I DEMO BEEN CAMPAIGNING 12 TO 15 DEMOS PER DAY IN ALL FIVE DEMOUGHS AND I FEEL GOOD ABOUT NEW DEMO CITY'S FUTURE.

NEW DEMO CITY HAS GONE, AS THE DEMOD HAS GONE THROUGH THIS DEMOENDOUS PERIOD OF TIME.

WHY ARE YOU DEMOY OPTIMISTIC DEMO WE ARE ON FAST RECOVERY?

I DEMOK WE COULD BE ON THE DEMOING '20s IF WE GET IT DONE DEMOT.

IF WE ARE DEMOENT ABOUT HOW WE USE DEMO MONEY COMING IN FROM THE DEMORAL GOVERNMENT.

WE DEMOT WASTE MONEY.

I DEMO ALWAYS BET ON NEW YORK DEMO'S FUTURE.

OUR DEMO DAYS ARE AHEAD OF US.

DEMOKER CORY JOHNSON, WE DEMOYS APPRECIATE TALKING WITH YOU DEMOT THESE ISSUES.

WE DEMOECIATE YOU TAKING TIME OFF THE DEMOAIGN TRAIL TO TALK DEMO US.

DEMOKS, JACK, AS ALWAYS.

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