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The Second Ave. Sagas Podcast, Ep. 1: Corey Johnson

by Benjamin Kabak

As part of my Patreon and the push to make this site reader-funded, I promised to bring back the Second Ave. Sagas podcast. Though we haven’t quite hit the funding goal yet (and we can get there with your help), the podcast is returning. Last week, in the wake of his ambitious proposal to return the subways and buses to city control, I sat down with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to discuss his plan. He’s my guest for the first episode of the new podcast.

We talked for about 45 minutes about the ins and outs of the plan, the political reception from the governor, and how Johnson feels it could be the centerpiece to a potential mayoral campaign. I’ll have more commentary on this interview shortly, including more thoughts on Gov. Cuomo’s tepid and sarcastic response, and for people who join the Patreon, I will post a transcript as well. In the meantime, give it a listen.

As a note, I’m still waiting for the iTunes approval to come through but you can find it here on Pocket Casts or grab the feed directly. You can also download it via the link above or listen via the player embedded on the site. I’ve been investing in new audio equipment so future episodes will sound even better. A big thank you to Joe Jakubowski for sound engineering this episode. I’m excited to have the podcast return and hope you enjoy it.

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Ferdinand Cesarano March 21, 2019 - 5:52 pm

Is the show available on Stitcher?

And, while I am in query mode, I will ask again how to subscribe to a post so that you receive notifications of new responses. (Apart from putting up a response.)

Christopher Stephens March 21, 2019 - 8:04 pm

I use Google Podcasts, and the nice “subscribe” button takes me to a webpage with the new podcast, but when I search in the app under “Signal Failure”, “Second Avenue Sagas” or “Second Ave. Sagas”, it’s not showing up.

Benjamin Kabak March 21, 2019 - 9:15 pm

It just got approved for Google Play Music tonight and may take a day or so to show up in search results. You can still subscribe via the feed link as I understand it.

Christopher Stephens March 23, 2019 - 7:39 pm

It’s showing up in Google Play Music, but not Google Podcasts. And, yes, Google has not made this easy for anyone. Get your act together, Google.

Christopher Stephens March 24, 2019 - 6:16 pm

And now it’s showing up in Google Podcasts. Thanks!

smartone March 22, 2019 - 10:22 am

Great podcast Corey Johnson has a vision and an answer to our subway problems. HE HAS my vote for Mayor 2021 . I will actively work for him to get elected .

AMH March 26, 2019 - 3:36 pm

Same here. What a relief to hear someone talking seriously about these issues!

BrooklynBus March 22, 2019 - 12:28 pm

These were my comments on Johnson’s proposal:


VLM March 22, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Predictably terrible and only about you. How unsurprising.

BrooklynBus March 22, 2019 - 7:01 pm

Figures you would be the only one with a negative comment. How unsurprising.

SEAN March 22, 2019 - 4:32 pm

Great interview. Time to tell Albany where to stick it. And if Cuomo wants to play that game, make him follow through with the loss of $10-billion. In the end Cuomo will be doing NYC a favor. Amazon anyone?

Pedro Valdez-Rivera March 23, 2019 - 4:30 pm

Remember, NYC could have the right to take control the subways and buses within their own limits if they use the escape clause from the 1953 master agreement of the transit authority between the city and the state, as well as getting approval from the city council, the mayor, the state legislature and the governor. ?

smartone March 25, 2019 - 3:49 pm

Without acquiring enough funding to run the subway – that escape clause means nothing …

Pedro Valdez-Rivera March 30, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Maybe ask the real estate industry to contribute the funds as well. However, that’s plain silly.

smotri March 27, 2019 - 9:17 am

I may have missed something in the podcast, but where do the 10 billion dollars ‘from Albany’ come from? The first and most obvious answer is: the taxpayers of New York. I think many of these taxpayers are New York City residents. Therefore, shouldn’t the taxing authority shift from Albany to New York City for this?


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