MetroFocus: August 23, 2021

Our Frontpage Forecast panelists Political Strategist L. Joy Williams, CUNY Professor and former President of the New York City Board of Elections JC Polanco, and The City reporter Katie Honan discuss the latest as the clock ticks down to the moment Governor Cuomo officially leaves office and Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is sworn in.

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OUR WEEKLY LOOK AHEAD AT MAJOR HEADLINES SPARKS WITH NEW YORK ON THE VERGE OF HISTORY WITH A STORM THAT SLAMMED THE TRI STATE.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL IS JUST HOURS AWAY FROM TAKING OVER AS GOVERNOR.

HER OATH OF OFFICE IS SET FOR JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AND THE DEMOCRAT WILL BECOME THE FIRST FEMALE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK.

SHE'S TAKING OVER FOR GOVERNOR CUOMO WHO IS LEAVING AMONGST A SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCHEDULE.

THE NEW ADMINISTRATION INHERITS A STATE IN CRISIS ON MULTIPLE FRONTS.

THE HURRICANE TURNED TROPICAL DEPRESSION POUNDED THE TRI STATE OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS AND WAS EXPECTED TO BRING AS MUCH AS 12 INCHES OF RAIN IN SEVERAL PLACES.

THOUSANDS WERE STILL OUT OF POWER AS OF MONDAY MORNING AND FLOODING REMAINS A SIGNIFICANT CONCERN.

STREETS AND SUBWAY TRACKS WERE SUBMERGED AND CENTRAL PARK GOT NEARLY TWO INCHES OF RAIN IN ONE HOUR, THE MOST EVER RECORDED.

SO TO HELP US MAKE SENSE OF THE RECOVERY AHEAD ON MULTIPLE FRONTS, WHAT'S THE COME IN ALBANY POSSIBLY AND WHAT OTHER STORY LINES WE SHOULD BE WATCHING OUT FOR THIS WEEK, WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME TONIGHT'S PANEL.

FIRST WE'RE WELCOMING ELJOY WILLIAMS, WHO HAS WORKED WITH EVERYONE.

ELJOY, WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS'.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME BACK.

JC IS A POLITICAL COMMENTATOR WHO TEACHES.

HE'S ALSO A FORMER PRESIDENT OF NYC BOARD OF ELECTIONS.

THANK YOU BACK TO THE SHOW.

SO HAPPY TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

AND TONIGHT WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME OUR NEWCOMER, KATIE.

KATIE IS A REPORTER FOR 'THE CITY,' THE NONPROFIT NEWS ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO COVERING NEW YORK.

KATIE, WELCOME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

SO, KATIE, SINCE THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME JOINING OUR ROUND TABLE, WE'LL START WITH YOU AND GET YOUR, I GUESS, REACTION OR THOUGHTS TO THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE THAT HENRI HAS CAUSED THE TRI STATE AREA, PARTICULARLY LONG ISLAND, WHICH WAS EXPECTED TO GET SLAMMED REALLY HEAVILY.

THANKFULLY HENRI WAS NOT AS BAD AS SOME FORECASTERS WARNED.

IT IS PROJECTED TO HIT NEW YORK CITY TO SOME DEGREE, BU.

THERE WAS RAIN AND SOME SMALL FLOODING BUT IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT AS BAD AS SOME PEOPLE FEARED.

PEOPLE ARE STILL CLEANING UP, EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEEN A DECADE AFTER HURRICANE SANDY.

SO THEY GET FREAKED OUT WHEN THEY HEAR ABOUT A STORM COMING, BUT IT SLOWED DOWN.

IT WAS NOT AS STRONG.

SO ON LONG ISLAND WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GET THE BULK OF THE DAMAGE NEAR NEW YORK DID NOT GET HIT AS HARD.

THERE WAS THE SIGNIFICANT RAINSTORM, THE HISTORIC PRECIPITATION.

HENRI SPARED THE CITY OF NEW YORK, THANKFULLY.

OF COURSE.

AND AS KATIE SAID, PEOPLE ARE STILL REALLY GUN SHY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AREA DURING HURRICANE SANDY AND OF COURSE SURROUNDING AREAS AFTER TROPICAL STORM HENRI.

BUT IS THERE ANOTHER LAYER OF CONCERN CONSIDERING THERE WAS THAT UN CLIMATE REPORT AND UNDERSTANDING IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE GET HIT LIKE THAT AGAIN.

IS NEW YORK AT ALL PREPARED?

WELL, I'M NOT SURE IF CERTAINLY THE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING, THE NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT AND THE STATE IS WORKING ON INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE STATE TO BE ABLE TO PREPARE NEW YORKERS FOR WHAT WE KNOW COULD BE ANY STORM NOW.

RIGHT?

BUT I THINK ALSO, YOU KNOW, QUITE OBVIOUSLY IN THE PARENT GROUPS PEOPLE ARE LIKE, OH, THEY GOT US ALL RILED UP FOR NOTHING.

IT'S NOT FOR NOTHING.

WE NEED THE REGULAR PRACTICE THAT IF A STORM OR SOMETHING IS COMING THAT WE KNOW AS NEW YORKERS HOW TO PREPARE, WE KNOW WHAT AREAS TO AVOID.

AT THIS POINT, WE KNOW WHAT SUBWAY STOPS ARE GOING TO FLOOD.

WE KNOW WHAT AREAS ACROSS OUR DIFFERENT ROADWAYS ARE GOING TO FLOOD.

IF AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US AS NEW YORKERS NOT ONLY AS A GOVERNMENT TO IDENTIFY THOSE AREAS THAT NEED GREATER INVESTMENT TO BE ABLE TO PREPARE.

BUT JUST THOSE OF US GETTING ALERTS.

I GOT SO MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE LIKE, OH, I'M NOT GOING TO DO THIS OR I'M NOT TRAVELING BECAUSE OF THE STORM OR I'M PREPARING THIS WAY.

I THINK THOSE THINGS ARE GREAT PRACTICES THAT EVEN IF, YOU KNOW, THE CITY AND STATE GOVERNMENT AND OTHERS ARE WARNING US ABOUT A HURRICANE COMING THAT WE HAVE REGULAR PRACTICE OF PREPARING THAT IF SOMETHING BIG DOES COME, WE KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY PREPARE OURSELVES.

BUT WE SHOULD USE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IDENTIFY THOSE SPOTS THAT WE KNOW WOULD BE WEAKENED IF WE GOT HIT HARDER, RIGHT?

LOOKING AT ALL OF THE VIDEOS THAT I'M SURE ALL OF US SAW ON SOCIAL MEDIA OF SUBWAY STATIONS OR OF STAIRWAYS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, WE KNOW WE NEED TO HANDLE THAT.

ONE OF THE THINGS I'M PARTICULARLY LOOKING FOR AS WORKING ON FOR THE FUTURE IS WE KNOW THAT WE NEED TO CLEAN AWAY DRAIN AREAS, YOU KNOW, BEFORE A STORM SO THAT WATER CAN FLOW FREE.

LIKE I HAVEN'T SEEN A FOCUS ON A CITY COUNCIL OR OTHERS OR WHATEVER ON LIKE HOW DO WE MOBILIZE THROUGHOUT THE CITY TO CLEAR DRAINWAYS WHEN WE KNOW A STORM IS COMING SO THAT THERE COULD BE A PROPER FLOW.

LIKE THINGS LIKE THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT FOR US TO TAKE HEED TO BEFORE A BIG ONE COMES.

WELL, YOU KNOW, JC, THAT'S AN EXCELLENT POINT BECAUSE IT'S USUALLY IN THE HEAT OF THE STORM THAT YOU START SEEING, PERHAPS, SOCIAL MEDIA CHATTER ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE REALLY SHOULD BE TAKING A BETTER LOOK OR BETTER CARE OF OUR, YOU KNOW, STORM DRAINS AS ELJOY MENTIONED OR OUR SEWAGE SYSTEM WHICH IS ALSO A CONCERN WHEN ALL THAT WATER BACKS UP.

DO YOU SEE, PERHAPS, THE FACT THAT, AGAIN, AS THE CLIMATE REPORT INDICATED THAT IT'S REALLY JUST KIND OF A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE ANOTHER SANDY COMES THAT THIS BECOMES A BIGGER ISSUE, THAT PEOPLE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY OR DOES IT GET FORGOTTEN WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT AGAIN?

WELL, WE DO HAVE A SHORT MEMORY.

WE LIVE IN A NEW YORK MINUTE.

ALTHOUGH HURRICANE SANDY WAS A DECADE AGO, ALMOST, WE HAVE CONTINUED TO SEE FLASH FLOODING SINCE IN OUR CITY.

WE HAVE SEEN THOSE VIDEOS OF THE SUBWAYS.

WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE SWIMMING OUTSIDE BECAUSE THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS ARE BACKED UP, AS ELJOY JUST MENTIONED.

WE HAVEN'T HAD A BIG STORM SINCE, BUT WE HAD A LOT OF FLASH FLOODS.

WE KNOW IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE OF THESE OCCURRENCES.

WHY IS IT THE GOVERNMENT IS FOCUSSING ON THOSE?

WE KNOW WHICH ARE THE SUBWAY STATIONS THAT FLOOD.

WE KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT IS FOR COMMUTERS.

WE KNOW WHAT ARE THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT FLOOD.

I REMEMBER SEEING PEOPLE GOING DOWN UPPER MANHATTAN.

WE KNOW WHERE THESE AREAS ARE.

WHY NOT FOCUS ON THOSE AREAS NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE?

I DO THINK PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE SOME PERSONAL OPPORTUNITY AND STOP LITTERING IN THE STREETS.

WE GO DOWN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, THERE IS A LOT OF GARBAGE CANS OUTSIDE.

WHY ARE YOU THROWING YOUR POTATO BAGS ON THE DRAINAGE OR WHY ARE YOU PUTTING YOUR BOTTLES THERE?

WE HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT OURSELVES AND MAKE SURE WE ARE CLEANING UP AFTER YOURSELVES BECAUSE EVERY COMMUNITY DESERVES AS MUCH GARBAGE TRASH CANS IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

WE DO HAVE TO TAKE AN INWARD LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON.

LASTLY, WHY IN THE WORLD DO OUR CITY GOVERNMENT LEADERS ALLOW FOR A CONCERT TO TAKE PLACE IN CENTRAL PARK WHEN WE ALREADY KNEW HENRI WAS COMING.

WHY WOULD YOU RISK HAVING ALL THOSE PEOPLE SHOW UP IN CENTRAL PARK KNOWING THEY HAVE TO COMMUTE THERE?

I MEAN, WHAT A SHAME TO SEE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS UP THERE DANCING AS IF THIS WAS A JOKE.

WE KNEW THIS WAS COMING.

MAYBE IT DIDN'T FEEL COOL CANCELING SUCH A POPULAR CONCERT, BUT YOU HAVE TO THINK WITH YOUR HEAD.

WHAT WERE YOU SAYING?

I AGREE WITH JC.

AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO BE THE ADULT IN THE ROOM, RIGHT?

YOU HAVE TO BE LIKE I UNDERSTAND.

RIGHT?

LIKE YESTERDAY WAS ALSO MY GODDAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY.

I HAD TO -- WE DID A ZOOM.

LIKE WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE HER WHERE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO GO BECAUSE IT WASN'T THAT FAR FROM US.

SO AT LEAST SHE COULD ENJOY.

BUT SINCE EVERYBODY ELSE HAD TO CANCEL, WE CREATED A VIRTUAL OPTION.

WHY?

BECAUSE I'M A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.

SO BEING ABLE TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENT STRATEGIES TO -- FOR PEOPLE TO ENJOY, YOU COULD HAVE RESCHEDULED SOMETHING.

BUT TO JC'S POINT ABOUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY THAT CONNECTS TO THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE AFTER SANDY, I DON'T KNOW IF THOSE OF YOU WATCHING REMEMBER THIS.

THERE WAS THIS HUGE NETWORK OF COMMUNITY ALL ACROSS THE CITY CREATED FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS.

THE CITY PUT ALL OF THIS MONEY INTO TRAINING PEOPLE AND GETTING COMMUNITY RESPONSE TEAMS TOGETHER IN PARTICULAR AREAS, MAINLY ORGANIZED AROUND COMMUNITY BOARDS.

THAT'S THE KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE WE HAVEN'T SEEN REALLY INVESTED IN, COMMUNITY BOARDS INVESTED IN, RIGHT, TO HAVE THOSE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS SO THEY CAN RESPOND AND SAY, OKAY, IT IS 24 HOURS OR TWO DAYS BEFORE A STORM IS SUPPOSED TO HIT.

LET'S CHECK OUR STORM DRAINS.

LET'S LOOK.

YOU KNOW, THIS AREA OR THESE PLACES THAT WE KNOW WE NEED TO CLEAR AWAY IN ORDER FOR US TO HAVE A GREATER RESPONSE.

THAT IS THE TYPE OF THING THAT WE NEED TO INVEST IN BECAUSE YOU CAN ALSO INVEST YOUNG PEOPLE IN BECAUSE IF WE HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE INVESTED INTO ALSO PROTECTING THEIR COMMUNITY, THEY'RE LESS LIKELY TO THROW A CHIP BAG ON THE GROUND.

BEING ABLE TO INVEST WHOLISTICALLY IN THOSE KIND OF STRATEGIES SO, AGAIN, WE ARE DRAINING PEOPLE THAT WE ARE ALL PARTICIPATORY IN KEEPING OUR GREAT CITY GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

I DO WANT TO GO BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE, BUT WITH ALL OF THE TALK ABOUT THE WAY THAT AT LEAST THE CITY HANDLED THE TROPICAL STORM OR DEPRESSION -- WE'RE NOT QUITE SURE IT WAS NOW, BUT THE WAY THE CITY HANDLED HENRI AND THE CONCERT, LET'S SAY THERE IS ONE POLITICIAN IN PARTICULAR THAT SEEMS TO HAVE REALLY GOTTEN UNDER PEOPLE'S SKIN DURING THE CONCERT ON SUNDAY NIGHT.

THERE WAS BAD WEATHER.

LIGHTENING STARTED TO HAPPEN.

THE CROWD WAS TOLD TO DISSIPATE.

AND THEN I BELIEVE IT WAS OUR FAIR MAYOR WHO ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO COME BACK.

BUT CAN YOU SORT OF RELAY FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE MISSED WHAT TOOK PLACE DURING SUNDAY'S CONCERT?

YEAH.

IT WAS CLASSIC MAYOR de BLASIO LIVE ON DISPLAY TO A NATIONAL, PERHAPS INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE.

WHAT WE'RE USED TO IS COVERING HIM WHERE HE SAYS CRAZY STUFF AND HE CHANGES HIS MIND AND THEN HE CAN'T MAKE A DECISION.

S THAT WHAT HAPPENED SATURDAY.

I KNOW MY COLLEAGUE AT CITY AND STATE --

SATURDAY, YEAH.

THAT'S OKAY.

HE CALLED IT A BONE HEADED MOVE.

SO THERE WAS LIGHTENING DURING BARRY MANILO'S SET.

A WEEK AGO A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS KILLED DURING A LIGHTENING STRIKE.

LIGHTENING, YOU GOT TO GO.

THEY TOLD THE AUDIENCE TO LEAVE.

AND THEN A FEW MINUTES LATER, MAYOR de BLASIO WHO IS OBSESSED WITH THESE CONCERTS, COMES ON STAGE AND REPORTEDLY SAYS, NO, NO, NO, NO.

GO SOMEWHERE, TAKE COVER, BUT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO GET IT BACK.

I TUNED IN TO CNN WHEN I SAW ALL THIS HAPPENING ON TWITTER.

IT WAS JUST CONFUSION.

SOME OF THE REPORTERS AT CNN SAID THAT THE MAYOR AND CLOOIF DAVIS, TWO PEOPLE THAT, TO MY UNDERSTANDING, DO NOT HAVE MEET LOGICAL DEGREES THINKING ABOUT HOW THEY COULD GET THE SHOW BACK ON THE AIR, IT SEEMED TO BE CONFUSION.

AND THE MAYOR DID NOT HAVE A PUBLIC MEDIA VAIL YESTERDAY.

I WAS ASKING HIS OFFICE WHAT HAPPENED HERE.

THE MAYOR, WE SAW WITH THE PARADE FOR CENTRAL WORKERS.

WE HAVE SEEN IT IN A LOT OF THINGS.

WE SAW IT WITH THE FIREWORKS.

IT'S LIKE THE MAYOR GETS SOMETHING IN HIS HEAD.

IT WAS GREAT TO PUT ON A CONCERT.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED IN THIS.

THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK PUT INTO THIS.

WHAT WAS LIKELY GOING TO BE AN AMAZING SHOW, BUT YOU CAN'T CONTROL THE WEATHERMEN.

AND I AGREE SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE SAID AT SOME POINT ON SATURDAY -- MIND YOU, THE MAYOR HAD NOT DISCUSSED THE TROPICAL STORM UNTIL SATURDAY.

SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE SAID, LOOK, IT IS DISAPPOINTING AND IT STINKS.

WE WANT TO SEE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN PLAY HIS ONE SONG, TOO, BUT WE GOT TO POSTPONE THIS.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS THINKING, TOO, IF THIS WAS ANY OTHER CONCERT, I'M CERTAIN THE CITY SHOULD HAVE CANCELED IT BECAUSE THIS WAS THE MAYOR'S -- SWAN SONG IS NOT THE RIGHT WORD, BUT IT WAS ONE OF HIS LAST BIG THINGS.

HE WAS SO INTO THESE CONCERTS, INTO THIS BIG ONE AND THIS WAS THE CULMINATION OF A WEEK OF CONCERTS IN THE OTHER BUREAUS.

IT WAS JUST A LOT OF CONFUSION.

AND THEN FOR HOURS, YOU WERE WATCHING CNN AND THERE WAS THIS WILL THEY OR WON'T THEY COME BACK?

IT WAS A BIG MESS.

SPEAKING OF SOMEONE'S SWAN SONG OR THEIR LAST BIG THING THEY WILL BE DOING WHILE IN OFFICE, WE DID SEE GOVERNOR CUOMO IN HIS HURRICANE READY T-SHIRT ADDRESSING NEW YORKERS IN REGARDS TO, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO.

HOWEVER, AT THE SAME TIME, WE ALSO UNDERSTOOD THAT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HOCHUL WAS ALSO OUT TOURING AREAS AND TRYING TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT THE NEEDS WERE GOING TO BE SHOULD HENRI BE AS BAD AS IT WAS PREDICTED TO BE.

SO FIRST OFF I JUST WANT TO START WITH, I GUESS, DUELING GOVERNORS.

OR IS THIS NORMAL?

I MEAN, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE HAD A TRANSITION FROM A LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TO GOVERNOR.

SO, JC, I'LL START WITH YOU.

THE TWO GOVERNORS, SO TO SPEAK, WHO ARE TRYING TO PREP NEW YORKERS FOR THE STORM.

WELL, I THINK THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE A TROPICAL STORM AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE HAVE A TRANSITION IN A GOVERNORSHIP IN AN EMERGENCY STYLE LIKE THIS ONE.

BUT WE DO KNOW THAT THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HAS FOR NOW OR IT WOULD BE TWO WEEKS TRYING TO CONNECT WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE STATE, MAKING SURE NEW YORKERS FEEL COMFORTABLE IN THE CONTINUITY OF STATE GOVERNMENT AND ASSURING NEW YORKERS THAT SHE HAS A GRASP ON EMERGENCY RESPONSIVENESS, THAT SHE UNDERSTANDS THE STATE DYNAMIC AS FAR AS HOW TO RESPOND TO THESE THINGS AND HOW TO CONTINUE AS GOVERNOR NOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE WHAT WAS A VERY DOMINANT GOVERNOR FOR SO LONG EXIT IN JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS.

I MEAN, THINK ABOUT HOW HARD THIS HAS TO BE FOR GOVERNOR CUOMO IN THE MIDST OF HAVING THESE PRESS CONFERENCES OR WEARING THIS SHIRT AND ALL OF THAT STUFF THAT WE KNOW HE LOVES TO DO.

HE'S LEAVING AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

THIS IS IT FOR HIM.

AND HE'S WALKING OUT IN DISGRACE.

THIS HAS TO BE VERY TOUGH FOR HIM AND FOR GOVERNOR -- LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HOCHUL TO INFORM THEM AND MAKE THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT SHE HAS THE EXPERIENCE AND THE KNOW HOW TO BE GOVERNOR.

I THINK IT IS A TOUGH CALL FOR HER, BUT SHE'S DOING THE BEST SHE CAN, I THINK.

LJ, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS INCOMING ADMINISTRATION THAT WILL GET SWORN IN AROUND MIDNIGHTISH?

YEAH.

I THINK SO A POINT REGARDING THE STORM TO JC'S POINT, RIGHT, I THINK THE CURRENT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HAS BEEN ADAMANT IN SAYING THERE IS ONLY ONE GOVERNOR AT A TIME.

BUT TO JC'S POINT, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME BEING ABLE TO TRANSITION IF HENRI HAD HIT AS EXPECTED, SHE WOULD HAVE HAD TO ALSO TAKE LEADERSHIP IN THE MIDST OF RECOVERY IF HENRI HAD DONE AS PREDICTED.

IT WAS I THINK REALLY IMPORTANT.

YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WITH THE CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATION HERE, THERE IS A LOT OF UNKNOWN THAT PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT THE CURRENT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR WHO, YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE VOTED FOR HER BECAUSE HER NAME APPEARED ON THE BALLOT OR BECAUSE CUOMO SAID TO VOTE FOR HER.

THEY DON'T HAVE AN EXPERIENCE LEVEL OF HER, HER POLITICS, HER STYLE IN TERMS OF GOVERNING.

SO THEY'RE REALLY LOOKING -- I'M REALLY LOOKING FOR HER TO CEMENT WHAT HER ADMINISTRATION AND WHAT HER GOVERNING STYLE WILL BE IN THE EYES OF NEW YORKERS.

THERE IS ALL OF THE BACK ROOM STUFF THAT THOSE OF US WHO WILL BE WRITING ABOUT.

BUT FOR THE MOST PART, SHE HAS A CHALLENGE IN SETTING BEFORE NEW YORKERS THAT SHE -- IN TERMS OF WHO SHE IS, BUT ALSO IN WHAT STYLE SHE PLANS TO GOVERN.

I KNOW PERSONALLY I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO HER ADMINISTRATION, NOT IN TERMS OF -- JUST AS A NEW YORKER NOT AS A 'POLITICO' HER FOCUSSING MORE OF HER LEADERSHIP AND MORE OF HER POLITICAL CAPITAL ON THOSE MOST VULNERABLE IN THE STATE.

IT'S BEEN ENCOURAGING TO HEAR HER FOCUS ON EDUCATION AND CHILDREN RETURNING BACK TO SCHOOL IN THE STATE AND HOW THE STATE IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE WILL BE ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE.

I THINK ALSO IN TERMS OF HOUSING AS WE SEE IN THE LEGISLATURE -- THE MORATORIUM IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE, RIGHT, SO THAT IS A HUGE CONCERN FOR SOME PEOPLE.

NOT TO MENTION NOT ONLY COVID AS THE PANDEMIC, BUT THEN HEALTH CARE ACROSS THE BOARD, RIGHT?

HOW ARE WE GOING TO -- HOW ARE WE GOING TO REBUILD OUR CURRENT HEALTH CARE INFRASTRUCTURE POST AND DURING COVID TO BE ABLE TO JUST ADDRESS OUR BASIC LEVEL OF HEALTH CARE?

LIKE THOSE ARE HUGE CHALLENGES.

SO IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS IN TERMS OF SO FAR HER LANGUAGE HAS BEEN ENCOURAGING ON THAT BECAUSE I VIEW HER LIKE JOE BIDEN.

A SEN TRYST AT HEART.

SHE COMES FROM THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE.

SHE COULD BE MOVED PROGRESSIVELY BECAUSE SHE SEEKS CONSENSUS.

THAT SEEMS TO BE HER LEADERSHIP STYLE IN SOME WAY AND SHE'S GENUINE IN TERMS OF TRYING TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE.

SO I'M ENCOURAGED BECAUSE IT IS A NEW ADMINISTRATION.

I'M HOPEFUL, BUT, YOU KNOW, I'M A NEW YORKER SO I'M ALWAYS ON GUARD.

WELL, YOU KNOW, I GUESS SPEAKING OF ON GUARD WE HAVE WATCHED A CONTENTIOUS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK AND THE CITY OF ALBANY.

I KNOW YOUR BEAT ISN'T ALBANY, BUT DO YOU SEE THIS AS BEING TOO MUCH OF A SHAKEUP?

WE ONLY HAVE ANOTHER WEEK LEFT OF THE TERM AND SHE'S ALREADY INDICATED THAT THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PLANS TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR HERSELF.

I THINK IT IS A WELCOME CHANGE.

AS THE MAYOR SAID, HIS FIRST CONVERSATION WITH THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SINCE GOVERNOR'S CUOMO WAS SAME.

THE FACT THAT THE WORD 'SAME' WAS USED SAYS A LOT ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP.

THERE IS NO SECRET THAT THEY HAD A VERY CONTENTIOUS RELATIONSHIP.

FOR WHATEVER PEOPLE THINK ABOUT MAYOR de BLASIO, IT WAS CLEAR THAT GOVERNOR CUOMO WAS THE MAIN AGGRESSOR IN THIS.

LOOK, THE CITY SUFFERED, ESPECIALLY AT THE BEGINNING OF COVID BECAUSE OF THAT BICKERING AND THAT FIGHTING AND THAT INFIGHTING AND THE WAY THAT THEY -- ONE COULDN'T SAY ONE THING WITHOUT THE OTHER ONE TRYING TO STOP IT.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE ALL DONE REPORTING THAT SHOWED HOW NEGATIVITY IMPACTED THE CITY WAS BY THIS FIGHTING.

SO THE SOON TO BE GOVERNOR IS SAYING, HEY, LET'S SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES ACROSS THE STATE, BUT OBVIOUSLY IN PARTICULAR NEW YORK CITY AND LET'S GET TO WORK.

I KNOW KATHY HOCHUL SAYS SHE WANTS TO HAVE A PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MAYOR.

IN THIS CASE IT WILL BE WHOEVER WINS THE GENERAL IN NOVEMBER FOR THE REST OF HER TENURE.

BUT THE FIGHTING BETWEEN THE TWO MALE EGOS BICKERING.

A LOT OF TIMES GOVERNOR CUOMO'S, HIS SHOWMANSHIP GOT IN THE WAY I THINK OF LEGISLATING.

AND I WOULD HOPE THAT KATHY HOCHUL HAS A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN ACTUAL GOVERNMENT.

SHE WANTS TO PUT THAT ASIDE AND SAY, LOOK, LET'S GET TO WORK.

WE HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES IN THE STATE AND ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK CITY, SO FOCUSSING ON THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AS OPPOSED TO PRESS POWER POWERPOINTS, I THINK THAT WILL BE A WELCOME CHANGE.

YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER ONE THING.

EVERYTHING IS STILL POLITICAL.

SO CONTINUITY IN GOVERNMENT.

WE DO KNOW WE HAVE AN ATTORNEY GENERAL, A NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC ADVOCATE THAT IS JUST LOOKING AT THE GOVERNORSHIP AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR -- FOR A WIN NEXT YEAR, BUT THEN THERE IS THE IDEA OF WHAT IS KATHY HOCHUL'S THINKING.

I KNOW RIGHT NOW SHE'S TRYING THE BEST SHE CAN TO MAKE THESE CONNECTIONS.

BUT I DON'T THINK THE NEW YORK CITY PRESS WILL ALLOW HER TO DO SOME UPON SHOUS PILOT HERE.

WE KNOW THERE WERE 15,000 UNDISCOVERED.

WHERE WAS SHE THIS WHOLE TIME?

AND THE BUFFALO BILLIONS?

WHAT HAPPENED THERE?

WHY DIDN'T SHE SAY SOMETHING ABOUT CORRUPTION THERE?

WHAT ABOUT THE COMMISSION WHEN THAT WAS DONE, WHY DIDN'T SHE SAY ANYTHING THERE?

SO THIS IDEA THAT SHE WILL RESTART AND WASH HER HANDS OF ALL THE CUOMO SINS IS NOT SOMETHING THE NEW YORK CITY PRESS AND THE LIKE ARE JUST GOING TO LET SLIDE.

SO SHE HAS TO REMEMBER THAT THIS IS STILL POLITICAL.

DO YOUR GOVERNMENT THING AND BE DIPLOMATIC, BUT REMEMBER THAT THIS IS NEW YORK POLITICS, AND THIS AIN'T NO BEAN BAG.

YOU KNOW, SPEAKING OF POLITICAL, WE JUST GOT THE NEWS THAT THE FDA DID APPROVE AT LEAST THE PFIZER VACCINE FULLY.

THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT BUSINESSES MANDATING THE VACCINE, PERHAPS SOME SORT OF -- SOMETHING ELSE THAT MIGHT ENCOURAGE PEOPLE WHO ARE EITHER RESISTANT OR HESITANT.

SO FINAL QUESTION FOR EVERYBODY.

DO YOU THINK THAT THIS MAKES A DIFFERENCE?

AND IS THIS SOMETHING THAT PERHAPS MORE BUSINESSES MIGHT EMBRACE AS A MANDATE, YOU MUST BE VACCINATED?

AND ELJOY, I'LL START WITH YOU.

YOU KNOW, I THINK IN TERMS OF DOES THIS MATTER IN TERMS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL RESISTANT IN TAKING THE VACCINE, I THINK, ONE, IN HIGHLIGHTING PEOPLES, SOME HAVE GENUINE CONCERNS OR GENUINE FEELINGS THAT ARE MAYBE ROOTED IN MISINFORMATION, MAYBE ROOTED IN PAST HISTORY OR, I GUESS, THINGS THAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT A VACCINE, RIGHT?

SO THERE IS SOME LEVEL OF DUE DILIGENCE WE HAVE TO DO TO BRING PEOPLE ALONG THE VACCINE ROAD, RIGHT?

AND THAT IS IN COMBINATION WITH NOT ONLY GOVERNMENT BUT ALSO COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND OTHER TRUSTED VOICES THAT MAKE IT MORE ACCEPTABLE TO PEOPLE TO DO THAT.

IN TERMS OF BUSINESSES, YOU KNOW, THERE HAS BEEN MUCH WRITTEN ABOUT HOW LARGER CORPORATIONS, RIGHT, ARE ABLE TO BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE ABLE TO REQUIRE PEOPLE TO BE VACCINATED TO BE TOGETHER, BUT I'M MORE INTERESTED IN TERMS OF SMALLER BUSINESSES AND SMALL BUSINESSES, PARTICULARLY ACROSS THE CITY, WHICH IS THE MAJORITY OF OUR ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE ON HOW THIS REQUIREMENT WILL IMPACT THEIR BUSINESSES AND HOW THAT WILL EVENTUALLY AFFECT EMPLOYMENT RATINGS ACROSS THE CITY IF YOU JUST HAVE THIS WHERE EVERYBODY IS REQUIRED TO BE VACCINATED ON A RETURN TO WORK.

WHAT WILL THAT DO IN TERMS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

I'M INTERESTED IN THAT.

DON'T HAVE A, YOU KNOW, A VIEW OR A STAKE, BUT I THINK AS MORE OF US MOVE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE VACCINE IS NOT HARMFUL TO MOST PEOPLE, THAT IT ALLOWS US TO RETURN TO OUR SOCIETY IN A WAY, I THINK MORE AND MORE PEOPLE MAY BE WILLING TO, YOU KNOW, TAKE THE VACCINE FROM THERE.

BUT I THINK MORE OR LESS THAT THOSE OF US WHO ARE VACCINATED, OBVIOUSLY, NOT TRYING TO DEMEAN PEOPLE TOO MUCH, BUT MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE.

OF COURSE.

AND GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD.

ALL RIGHT.

UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE RUN OUT OF TIME, BUT WE HAVE TO LEAVE IT THERE.

I WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY GUESTS FOR JOINING US ON THE 'METROFOCUS ROUND TABLE.'

THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU.

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SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM.

THE PETER G. PETERSON AND JOAN GANZ COONEY FUND.

BERNARD AND DENISE SCHWARTZ.

BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG.

THE AMBROSE MONELL FOUNDATION.

AND BY -- JANET PRINDLE SEIDLER.

JODY AND JOHN ARNHOLD.

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