Ronnie M. Eldridge, articulate, outspoken, and passionate member of the New York City Council from 1989 to 2001, hosts this series which covers the issues and institutions, the people and politics of New York City.
Ronnie Eldridge welcomes you to Eldridge and Company’s podcast – called Keeping Relevant — bringing you up to date conversations about changing perspectives in our ever changing world.
Doug Muzzio calls the country's divide a cleavage. We hear about fear, anger that preceded and will outlive this presidency. Trust in institutions has declined; politicians see public service as continuous employment and power. Watergate discussed.
Preparing for the transition of an elected president can begin in May, long before the election and inauguration. Teams of friends, lobbyists government experts plan, in secret - personnel, policy, organization. Heath Brown discusses money & transparency
Helen Rosenthal, City Council, describes why her time in office has lived up to her expectations: integrated schools in District 6, district aid based on need, competent leaders; yet, "transactions"-'do for me and I'll do for you' still part of politics
REMEMBER THE LADIES, wrote Abigail Adams to John, in 1776, opening Julie Suk's book, "We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment." But he didn't! CUNY Professor Suk describes the women who for 100 years fought for ERA's passage.
Adaptive Design's craftspeople and designers create equipment aiding physically impaired children and adults to better function in their daily lives. Jennifer Hercman and board member Ronnie Eldridge discuss the challenges to a modest not-for-profit group
Luke Hayes, campaign manager for Jamaal Bowman's successful primary campaign, discusses organizing a campaign, familiarizing the public with a candidate, volunteers, raising funds, endorsements, getting a candidate's message out to the voter and more.
A collaboration of remarkable women: activists, lawyers, students, policy makers, formerly incarcerated women discuss the impact of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act and domestic violence on the sentencing of women in prison.
Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality," executive director of The Labor Institute discusses programs and workshops to build a coherent mass movement promoting economic, social and environmental justice.
Helen Rosenthal, City Council Member, discusses an estimated $13 billion short-fall in NY's budget which was sound prior to COVID-19. The problem now is inadequate revenue. Rosenthal suggests a return to the Securities Transfer Tax for that revenue.
Dr. William Cole, NYU Langone discusses the growth of telemedicine, remote medical care, popular world-wide due to COVID-19. Did he anticipate another COVID-19 wave, "Absolutely," he said. Get tested & consider your activities best for you and the family.
Steven Zeidman, co-director of the CUNY School of Law, Defenders Clinic said in New York, about 9,000 men and women - over the age of 50, many having already served 20-30 years have little or no chance of being released from prison. Zeidman discussed the parole process, Parole Boards, how appeals for clemency are handled and CUNY School of Law's fo…
State Senator Liz Krueger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee talks about NY State's budget and the crucial role of the Federal Government in support of each state's finances. For states to deal with the pandemic requires Federal Government aid.
Jerry Goldfeder, election law attorney at Stroock, with the Constitution, outlines steps and procedures leading to the election of the US President. States and the Congress have the power to make certain that the Election for President takes place.
Arlene Lopez, Queens College grad, enthusiastically describes her undergraduate education and CUNY's ERT Internship Program in Government & Public Affairs. Ms. Lopez is a JD candidate at Harvard Law School, interested in a career in international law.
Ronnie Eldridge is having a one-on-one conversation with Borough of Manhattan President Gale Brewer about city matters -including the state of education- in the midst of the COVID Pandemic.
Ronnie Eldridge talks with Heath Brown, Associate Professor of Public Policy at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, as well as prolific author of scholarly articles, popular political websites, as well as books about politics and government.
Ronnie Eldridge talks with Tanya Domi, Director of Media Relations for CUNY's Graduate Center & host of The Thought Project, a podcast where she talks with faculty & students about the big thinking & big ideas generating ground breaking research.
Brett Stoudt, a psychology professor at The CUNY Graduate Center and John Jay College discusses research projects focusing on privilege & oppression, aggressive & discriminatory policing, in conjunction with policy makers & community members of all ages
Brooklyn College professor, Anthony Mancini describes BC's Journalism & Media Studies- JAMS-as a "real journalism and media studies program." Merging two journalism programs, reporting and writing, into a larger program, provides students more options.
Jerry Goldfeder, a national expert on election and campaign finance law, talks about NY's Charter Commission reforms, Rank Choice Voting, the "wild west" of campaign finance and more. Goldfeder and host Eldridge discuss Impeachments, past and present.
Lori Chajet, CARA's co-director and Natajha Graham, youth leader at A. Philip Randolph HS talk about programs and activities that ensure first generation, low income and students of color have info and support necessary to apply, enroll, remain in college
Anthony Maniscalco, Sr. University Director, Career Development and Internships discusses public service internships and civic engagement programs in Albany, Washington DC and New York City via CUNY programs, presenting an opportunity to engage in solving public problems.
CUNY School of Law hosts photographer Sara Bennett's photo exhibit, "Looking Inside: Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences." With photography, Bennett encourages the viewer to get to know these people and to take a look at the criminal justice system
Many CUNY colleges collaborate with neighborhood public schools, such as The City College Academy of the Arts, where teacher Dennis Mihalsky's class is a newsroom, shaping “The Claw Weekly” a student-run newspaper; he urges more student newspapers in NY.
Vincent Montalbano, labor and political activist, discusses recent events affecting union membership, urging leadership and members to focus, internally, on their contribution to a party's or candidates' success. It's not money; it's membership.
Polling and a huge term limits turnover; a "bluer" more unified NYS government; young Progressives with progressive programs; former Cong. Joe Walsh; Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - thoughtful yet passionate conversation.
Activist and civil libertarian Bill Dobbs specializes in causes that many see as too controversial. Honored by the National Lawyers Guild of NY, Dobbs discusses Stonewall 50, a united LGBTQ Community, hate-crime legislation, Sex-Offemder Lists and more.
People with Disabilities is America's largest minority group with little visibility in Hollywood. The ReelAbilities Film Festival, the largest festival in the U.S. works to promote awareness of lives and creativity of people with different disabilities.
"The Chief" the weekly paper - available online - provides the best news about city, state and often, federal civil service and the municipal unions that represent them. A champion of labor, "The Chief" reports local politics in New York.By CUNY TV
Naftuli Moster and Anita Altman of YAFFED tell us that private & religious schools must provide a secular education, equal to what was provided by a public school. A Yeshiva grad, Mr. Moster describes how shockingly unprepared he was for further studies.By CUNY TV
Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Sr. Advisor to the President of Hunter College/CUNY, a formidable public servant, a member of the NYC Charter Commission, outlines the four focus areas under the Commission's consideration: Elections, Governance, Finance, Land-Use.By CUNY TV
YES! more women were elected to public office - yet, here in "progressive" New York, there are only 11 women out of 51 in the City Council - 19 of 63 in the state Senate - 50 of 150 in the Assembly, and 8 out of our 21 member delegation to Congress.By CUNY TV
Norman Siegel, attorney for the defense of civil rights and civil liberties, NYCLU former director, who reads the Constitution aloud, 7/4 in NY's parks, discusses the current administration, commenting "the Constitution, you should try it sometime."By CUNY TV
Tanya Melich, author of The Republican War Against Women says "I cannot remember a time when the Republican Party was not part of my life." Melich and Eldridge review the Republican Party's history-and the turning point-making her now a Democrat.By CUNY TV
Discussing-with gusto-national, state and city politics, the Green Deal, Medicare for All, the "quirky" Electoral College, the president and more, Doug Muzzio, Baruch College Public Affairs professor, describes his students as "hard working and engaged."By CUNY TV
Donna Lieberman heads the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU); its mission is to "defend and protect" fundamental principles and values, and New Yorkers "inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by government or by majority vote." Despite threats, NYCLU is succeeding.By CUNY TV
Ronnie Eldridge welcomes Karol V. Mason, John Jay College of Criminal Justice's fifth president, opening an enthusiastic discussion of JJ's criminal justice programs: Prison-to-College Pipeline, the Prisoner Reentry Institute, Smart on Crime and much more.By CUNY TV
Comm. Pauline Toole outlines the treasure trove of documents, pictures, videos available to us at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services: New York in the 1940's, Women Activists, NYPD Photos, Bridges, Parks, Trains/Trolleys - Enjoy!By CUNY TV
2020 Census-the US count of EVERY resident in the right place has great consequences. Gotham Gazette's, Samar Khurshid, discusses preparation needed for NYC & NYS to secure an accurate count, fearing loss of representation and billions in federal funds.By CUNY TV
Jerry Goldfeder, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, an activist, writer, and legal expert specializing in election and campaign finance law, discusses voting laws and states' rights, the Electoral College, the Supreme Court, urging citizen participation.By CUNY TV
Les Leopold, Labor Institute, author of Runaway Inequality a curriculum for a movement to bring an all-inclusive justice to working people, explores tax cuts, stock buybacks, and more, contributing to the gap between the super-rich and the rest of us.By CUNY TV
Heath Brown, Associate Professor of Public Policy at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center discusses the transition, preparation for the 2020 election, the Electoral College, the importance of the individual's vote in local elections, and more.By CUNY TV
Luke Hayes, political activist discusses the aftermath of the Trump administration- with millions of activist Americans; the need for election reforms; New York having the WORST voting system in the country; and dubbing the US Senate, an antiquated body.Luke Hayes, political activist discusses the aftermath of the Trump administration- with million…
Welcoming Gary Bagley, executive director of New York Cares, Ronnie Eldridge remarked, "we know we are at our best when people care about each other...and contribute to the public good." New York Cares was started in 1987 to help people do - just - that!By CUNY TV