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You Decide with Errol Louis

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NY1’s Errol Louis has been interviewing powerful politicians and cultural icons for years, but it’s when the TV cameras are turned off that things really get interesting. From career highlights, to personal moments, to stories that have never been told, join Errol each week for intimate conversation… read more

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Sochie Nnaemeka: Director of NY’s Working Families Party steps down

May 25th, 2023


Founded in New York in 1998, the Working Families Party has played an active role in New York politics, sometimes promoting candidates on their own …

Daryl Khan and Clarissa Sosin: Holding the Baton Rouge police accountable

May 18th, 2023


Two journalists have spent the last several years working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, meticulously documenting what happens (or does not happen) when …

Warren Leight: Why the writers’ strike is necessary

May 11th, 2023


The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is a labor union whose members write content for motion pictures, television productions, news and online media. On May 2, the WGA went on strike after months of tense negotiations …

Gov. Hochul details highlights of state budget deal

May 4th, 2023


This week, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the state’s $229 billion spending plan, just hours after state lawmakers officially signed off on the package. …

Family calls for justice after police killing of Kawaski Trawick

April 27th, 2023


The 2019 police killing of Kawaski Trawick inside his own Bronx apartment has not received the same attention as similar cases across the country. …

Corinne Low: Defending ‘safe havens’ for homeless New Yorkers

April 20th, 2023


Manhattan’s Upper West Side has become a flashpoint in efforts to help homeless New Yorkers, with some residents pushing back against a new facility that’s dedicated to being a “safe haven” for people who were living on …

Jay Jacobs: New York Democrats gear up for 2024

April 14th, 2023


The Democratic National Committee has chosen Chicago over New York to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention. Errol spoke about the decision …

Zachary Carter: Former U.S. Attorney explains Trump’s historic arraignment

April 6th, 2023


This week, former President Donald Trump surrendered to authorities and pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, related to alleged hush money payments made to two women during his 2016 …

Dr. Tom Frieden: New York’s big smokeout turns 20

March 30th, 2023

It’s been 20 years since former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg effectively banned smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces. At the time, the Smoke-Free Air Act was met with plenty of opposition, with critics …

Doug Muzzio: A ‘political analysis sniper’ takes aim at his own story

March 23rd, 2023


Doug Muzzio, one of the most colorful and most-quoted commentators and pollsters on the New York political scene, is hanging up his hat. 

Muzzio, the …

The story of a license plate vigilante

March 16th, 2023


Some drivers in New York City are flagrantly breaking the rules, doing things like tampering with their license plates in an attempt to avoid being …

Christine Quinn: mental health services in the shelter system

March 9th, 2023


There are over 71,000 people in New York City’s shelter system, including more than 13,000 families with children, a number that continues to climb as more migrants arrive in the five boroughs. Many in the system are …

Hip hop hits 50: a conversation with Nelson George

March 2nd, 2023


With hip hop celebrating its 50th birthday and getting a museum in its Bronx birthplace, Errol sat down with one of the leading scholars and critics …

Bob McCarthy: veteran journalist on four decades covering New York & Kathy Hochul

February 23rd, 2023


Bob McCarthy was at the Buffalo News for 41 years, spending much of it covering New York politics. He retired this February, leaving behind an …

Talking across the Mason-Dixon line: How divided is America?

February 16th, 2023


North Carolina and New York could not be more different: culturally, socially,  economically, historically and — most relevant to us — politically. …

A.R. Bernard: A faith walk that led to a megachurch

February 9th, 2023


For over 22 years, A.R. Bernard has run the largest church in New York City, the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. Starting as a preacher from …

Bonus: Kathy Hochul talks budget, MTA and chief judge battle

February 3rd, 2023


Just a day after announcing her $227 billion state budget plan, Gov. Kathy Hochul joined Errol for an exclusive one-on-one interview. The …

Mayor Adams lays out plan for the five boroughs

February 2nd, 2023


Eric Adams began his second year as mayor of New York City with his annual State of the City address, which outlined his so-called “Working People’s Agenda.” The address detailed proposals covering everything from …

Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau: Inside Rikers Island

January 26th, 2023


As the calls continue to close the city’s massive jails complex on Rikers Island, most New Yorkers are unaware of the history – and sometimes horrors – of the infamous correctional institution. The country’s largest …

Cea Weaver: How to solve New York's housing crisis

January 19th, 2023


The housing crisis in New York has now reached epic proportions.

In her State of the State address, Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed affordable housing would …

What’s next for George Santos?

January 12th, 2023


Rep. George Santos started his first term in Congress representing parts of Long Island and Queens with a resume which has been proven to be a series of lies. While his fellow Republicans in Congress have avoided …

You Decide: The Year in Review — 2022, Part 2

January 5th, 2023


To call 2022 an eventful year in New York politics is an understatement. NY1’s “You Decide” was there for all of it. This week, Errol Louis selected …

You Decide: The Year in Review - 2022, Part 1

December 29th, 2022


To call 2022 an eventful year in New York politics is an understatement. NY1’s “You Decide” was there for all of it. This week, Errol Louis selected …

William Neuman: Inside the migration crisis

December 22nd, 2022


Over the last year, Venezuelans have been crossing the Texas border into the United States in record numbers. Because of Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s controversial busing plan, many of those asylum seekers have arrived here …

Maggie Haberman: Donald Trump and the breaking of America

December 15th, 2022


Just a few weeks ago, former President Donald Trump announced he’d be running for president again in 2024, despite many critics feeling he was responsible for the Republicans’ overall poor performance in the midterm …

The Rev. Al Sharpton: Civil rights activist takes life story to the big screen

December 8th, 2022


“Loudmouth” is a brand new documentary about the life and career of The Rev. Al Sharpton. The retrospective focuses on the Brooklyn-born Baptist minister's origins and takes a detailed look at Sharpton’s journey from …

Erin Billups: Fighting the rise of diabetes

December 1st, 2022


More than 37 million Americans are living with diabetes; another 96 million are pre-diabetic, making it among the most widespread health conditions in the U.S. It can also be among the most debilitating — when not …

Scott Hechinger: Public safety, policing and Twitter post midterms

November 23rd, 2022


Crime and public safety were some of the top issues that New York voters were concerned about during the election cycle and major talking points in the race for governor. Even with the election mostly in the rear-view …

Election Breakdown: Kathy Hochul makes history as first woman elected governor of New York

November 10th, 2022


After a highly competitive race, Democratic incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul defeated Republican challenger Rep. Lee Zeldin to make history as the first …

Understanding the migrant crisis: a multi-city roundtable

November 3rd, 2022


The unprecedented migrant crisis in New York City has forced Mayor Eric Adams to declare a state of emergency. The influx of asylum seekers has been accelerated by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot who is is trying to handle his …

Susan Arbetter: Hochul and Zeldin come out swinging in Spectrum News debate

October 26th, 2022


This week, incumbent Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul and her Republican challenger, Rep. Lee Zeldin, squared for the first and likely only time in a …

Michael Cohen: Talking Trump with his ex-attorney

October 20th, 2022


Michael Cohen rose to fame as Donald Trump’s attorney and worked in the Trump organization for over a decade. In 2018, after things disintegrated between the two men, Cohen found himself in a heap of legal trouble which …

Julie Tighe: will New Yorkers vote to protect the environment?

October 13th, 2022


This November, New Yorkers will be weighing in on a ballot measure that will determine if the state can borrow up to $4.2 billion to finance …

Mayor Eric Adams talks migrant crisis, housing plans and crime

October 6th, 2022


The wave of migrants being bused to the city from Texas and Florida has pushed the shelter system to its breaking point. The Adams administration recently announced it will moved a planned emergency relief tent from …

Andrew Kirtzman: The rise and fall of Rudy Giuliani

September 29th, 2022


A few decades ago, Rudy Giuliani was known as “America’s Mayor” with an approval rating of over 90%. His response to the tragedy of 9/11 made him a …

Craig Newmark: Craigslist founder fights to protect democracy

September 22nd, 2022


Craig Newmark founded Craigslist in San Francisco in 1995. It was an immediate sensation, and has become one of the busiest digital marketplaces in the world, currently covering 70 countries. His attention however, has …

Darren Walker: Philanthropy and the push for systemic change

September 15th, 2022


Darren Walker knows philanthropy. After a lengthy tenure at the Rockefeller Foundation, he is currently the president of the Ford Foundation. Walker is actively working on fighting urban poverty on a national level, …

Carolyn Maloney: Reflecting on a trailblazing career from City Council to Congress

September 8th, 2022


Rep. Carolyn Maloney lost a highly competitive primary in the 12th Congressional District to her colleague and friend Rep. Jerry Nadler, ending a …

Brad Lander: Hurricane Ida one year later

September 1st, 2022


As the city marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ida and more than 100 families remain displaced, city Comptroller Brad Lander joined Errol to …

Ben Max: Why Nadler toppled Maloney

August 25th, 2022


After a competitive election cycle, Jerry Nadler overwhelmingly defeated Carolyn Maloney, ending her three-decade career in Congress. Errol analyzed …

Brigid Bergin: Candidates for Congress spar in NY1 debate

August 12th, 2022


This week, six of the leading Democratic candidates for New York's 10th Congressional District squared off in a primary debate, co-hosted by Spectrum …

Clash of the titans: Democrats face off in NY1 primary debate

August 4th, 2022


This week, longtime political titans Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Jerry Nadler, along with challenger Suraj Patel, squared off in a lively …

Keith Wright: Harlem roots, decades in Albany and leading Manhattan Democrats

July 28th, 2022


As Mayor Eric Adams calls for Albany lawmakers to act on New York’s bail laws, former Assembly member Keith Wright joined Errol Louis to weigh in on …

Remembering the life of Brooklyn political giant Al Vann

July 21st, 2022


Longtime legislator and politician Al Vann died at the age of 87, forever leaving his mark on central Brooklyn, an area he represented in the state …

Audrey Edwards: Leaving America under Trump and pursuing happiness abroad

July 14th, 2022


As the presidential race got underway in 2016, some said that if Donald Trump won the election, they’d leave America. But how many people actually did?   Audrey Edwards kept to her word and moved across the Atlantic …

Judith Enck: SCOTUS curtails Biden's climate goals

July 7th, 2022


The recent decision from the Supreme Court limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power …

Anne Milgram: the DEA’s fight against fentanyl

June 30th, 2022


Over the past few years the number of overdose deaths in America has risen at an alarming rate. More than 107,000 people died last year alone …

Eric Holder: January 6th and a democracy under attack

June 23rd, 2022


As the January 6th hearings continue, Errol sits down with the former Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, to discuss his brand new, …

Live Show: primary prep with Errol Louis

June 16th, 2022


Ahead of the upcoming primary elections, as well as the NY1 Democratic debate in the race for lieutenant governor, Errol hosted a live edition of …

Jumaane Williams meets Tom Suozzi in NY1’s Democratic primary debate

June 9th, 2022


Last week NY1 hosted the first Democratic gubernatorial primary debate. Moderated by our own Errol Louis and Susan Arbetter, the candidates gave …

Naftuli Moster: The debate over education standards in nonpublic schools

June 2nd, 2022


As the New York state department of education proposes regulations for instruction in nonpublic schools, Errol discussed the debate over standards …

Christina Ponsa-Kraus: Why statehood makes sense for Puerto Rico

May 26th, 2022


As some members of Congress look to set up a bill that would allow Puerto Rico’s residents to vote on the island’s status, Errol Louis discussed the …

Nick Suplina: Buffalo shooting renews debate over gun regulations

May 19th, 2022


The Buffalo mass shooting has once again sparked calls for stronger gun control, with Governor Hochul outlining stricter proposals in an effort to …

Allen Roskoff: The activist who wants to erase Ed Koch

May 12th, 2022


Following a New York Times exposé about former Mayor Ed Koch’s homosexuality, gay rights advocate Allen Roskoff joined Errol to explain why he’s …

Ali Najmi: Election attorney breaks down New York’s redistricting reversal

May 5th, 2022


New York’s primary elections have been thrown into chaos and confusion after the state’s highest courts rejected the congressional and state Senate …

Eddie Bautista: What New York should do to fight the climate emergency

April 28th, 2022


New York has pledged to reach net-zero emissions by the year 2050. It’s an ambitious goal that will require a total transformation of the state’s economy, which is why environmental activists like Eddie Bautista are …

Terrell Starr: Covering the war in Ukraine

April 21st, 2022


Two months since Russia launched a full-on invasion of Ukraine, millions of people have been displaced and President Biden is signing off on new aid …

Shams DaBaron: a homeless advocate’s firsthand account of living on the streets

April 7th, 2022


Amid mounting controversy over Mayor Eric Adams’ decision to clear out hundreds of homeless encampments all over the city, homeless rights advocate …

Rachael Bedard: former Rikers Island doctor details emergency at jail complex

March 31st, 2022


Amid a spiraling humanitarian catastrophe on Rikers Island, a doctor shares her experience taking care of the sickest and oldest detainees at the …

One-on-One with AOC: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Biden, Rikers Island, and the midterm elections

March 25th, 2022


As she seeks a third term, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down with Errol at her campaign headquarters in the Bronx to reflect on her time in …

Majora Carter: Resisting gentrification by retaining homegrown talent

March 17th, 2022


Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist from the South Bronx, argues that gentrification starts when people don’t see the value in their own neighborhoods. That’s why her approach to community development is …

With COVID restrictions loosening, New York’s health commissioners reveal their next pandemic plans

March 10th, 2022


Two years after New York was largely shut down because of the coronavirus, the city is now seeing the pendulum swing back: most school children no …

Olatunde Johnson: A historic Supreme Court nomination & the challenges ahead

March 3rd, 2022


After President Biden announced Ketanji Brown Jackson as his Supreme Court nominee, Senator Charles Schumer said the U.S. Senate would move her …

Michael Daly: Stories from covering the NYPD for decades

February 24th, 2022


Last month’s fatal shooting of two NYPD officers in Harlem is just one of many high-profile shootings over the years. That includes Steven McDonald, …

Will Haskell: An unlikely path to elected office and the lessons learned in the journey

February 17th, 2022


All around the U.S. a new wave of elected leaders are going into government at all levels. Many are activists taking matters into their own hands, …

Sophie Collyer: How to fight poverty during a pandemic

February 10th, 2022


The United States economy is bouncing back from the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the recovery is not being experienced equally — with millions of families across the country still struggling to pay rent …

Joe Lhota: Ways to make New York City’s subways safer

February 4th, 2022


After the death of Michelle Go, who was pushed in front of a train in a random attack, Mayor Eric Adams vowed to send more police underground. And he …

Elizabeth Glazer: Mayor Adams’ ambitious plan to curb crime

January 27th, 2022


As the city deals with a series of high-profile crimes, including the shooting death of two police officers, Mayor Eric Adams releases a new plan to …

Dr. Craig Spencer: Is the worst of the omicron surge over?

January 20th, 2022


The coronavirus wave, driven by the omicron variant, seems to finally be peaking in New York, but experts are warning about the situation in hospitals, where an exhausted workforce is still having to deal with an influx …

Naveed Jamali: How the NYPD can make things safer

January 12th, 2022


With crime on the rise, Eric Adams promised that when he became mayor, his police department would try to cut crime off at the pass, getting ahead of …

David Bloomfield: In the middle of a pandemic, what do New York City students need?

January 5th, 2022


For the second year in a row, New York City schools are back in session after the winter break amid a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases — this time …

Live Show: Eric Adams prepares for City Hall

December 30th, 2021


Days ahead of Eric Adams officially taking office, Errol Louis previewed his upcoming administration, with Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and the NY1 …

Thomas Dyja: New York City’s evolution and lessons for Eric Adams

December 22nd, 2021


As Eric Adams prepares to take office and New York City gets ready to enter a new era, Errol looked back at how much the city has transformed, with …

Bill de Blasio reflects on his tenure as mayor of New York City

December 15th, 2021


With just weeks to go until he leaves office, Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Errol for “Inside City Hall,” to talk about his eight years leading the …

Karen Hinton: Politics with a “P” and the men who abuse their power

December 9th, 2021


With the Andrew Cuomo sexual harassment scandal still having political reverberations, former Cuomo aide Karen Hinton joined Errol to shed light on …

Kara Swisher: Big tech and the future of cryptocurrency

December 2nd, 2021


As the CEO of Twitter announces his exit from the social media company and Congress gets ready to investigate the effect of Instagram on teenagers, …

Eli Valentin: New York’s new Latino population

November 17th, 2021


While there’s a changing of New York’s political guard next year, Latinos are notably absent in the upper ranks of city and state government — even …

Zachary Carter: City’s former top lawyer on a trailblazing career

November 11th, 2021


Zachary Carter, who served as the city’s corporation counsel under Mayor Bill de Blasio, joined Errol to talk about the high-profile cases he took on …

Live Show: Election breakdown with Errol Louis

November 3rd, 2021


After a decisive election night in New York City, Errol Louis broke down the results during a live event of “You Decide” on Twitter Spaces, with …

Fred Davie: Who watches the NYPD?

October 27th, 2021


The Civilian Complaint Review Board, the oversight agency that investigates and prosecutes complaints of misconduct involving the NYPD, recommended …

What’s next for NYC: The changing streets of New York

October 20th, 2021


With the November general election quickly approaching, the city’s next mayor already has plenty on the to-do list, and that includes addressing the rise in traffic fatalities. Advocates say this summer was the …

Sherrilyn Ifill: the fight for voting rights

October 7th, 2021


This week, Senate Democrats officially introduced the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which was approved by the House of Representatives several months ago. This comes amid a year in which 19 states have …

What’s next for NYC: Finding a solution for Rikers Island

September 23rd, 2021


Conditions have quickly been deteriorating on Rikers Island, the city’s notorious jail complex. From staffing shortages to increased violence and …

The race for mayor: Curtis Sliwa’s fight for New York City

September 15th, 2021


With just over a month until the start of early voting for the November general election, Republican Curtis Sliwa joined Errol to talk about his …

What’s next for NYC: Is New York ready for climate change?

September 9th, 2021


After last week’s deadly flooding, President Biden toured parts of Queens, meeting with homeowners who are still recovering from the storm. Biden, …

Paul Rieckhoff: A veteran’s view on ending the war in Afghanistan

September 1st, 2021


After two decades, President Biden completed the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, officially ending the war and leaving the country in …

Live Show: Lunchtime politics with Errol Louis

August 27th, 2021


Ahead of Gov. Kathy Hochul's official event announcing Brian Benjamin as lieutenant governor, Errol hosted a live edition of "You Decide" on Twitter …

Casey Seiler: The journalist who took on Team Cuomo

August 12th, 2021


It was a historic week for New York politics: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation a week after a report by State Attorney General Letitia …

Susan Arbetter: What’s next for Gov. Cuomo?

August 5th, 2021


After a report by state Attorney General Letitia James finds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, Errol breaks down the investigations …

Seth Barron: Is New York City dying?

July 28th, 2021


New York City’s pandemic recovery may be underway, but with a rising crime rate and some businesses unable to keep their doors open, the five boroughs are still struggling. How did we get here?

Veteran journalist Seth …

Leah Daughtry: The crossroads of Black politics and faith

July 21st, 2021


Eric Adams first began his career in law enforcement after being persuaded to change the NYPD from within, during a meeting at the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn. Reverend Leah Daughtry is the presiding minister …

Reihan Salam: An urban conservative’s vision for rebuilding New York City

July 14th, 2021


Reihan Salam, the president of the Manhattan Institute, joined Errol to discuss Eric Adams’ Democratic primary win and what he thinks the next mayor …

Harry Siegel: What kind of mayor would Eric Adams be?

July 7th, 2021


Two weeks after primary night, Eric Adams is declared the winner of the Democratic primary for mayor. Harry Siegel of “The Daily Beast” and the “New …

Melissa Mark-Viverito: Women prepare to make history in the New York City Council

June 30th, 2021


While final results from the primary may not be known for weeks, preliminary numbers show that women could soon hold the majority of seats in the New …

What happened in the New York City primary for mayor

June 23rd, 2021


After a memorable primary night, NY1 political director Bob Hardt joined Errol to analyze the initial results of the Democratic primary for mayor, …

Howard Wolfson: Election season begins in New York City

June 16th, 2021


With election season officially in full swing as New Yorkers begin to hit the polls for early voting, Howard Wolfson, former adviser to Mayor …

Christina Greer: Is New York about to elect a former cop as mayor?

June 9th, 2021


This week, our exclusive Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll in the race for mayor shows Eric Adams leading the crowded field, followed by Andrew Yang and …

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Will New Yorkers elect a progressive mayor?

June 2nd, 2021


With just weeks to go until the primary election, left-leaning mayoral candidates have been looking to consolidate support. Errol analyzed the …

Tom Doherty: Does the Republican party have a future in New York?

May 26th, 2021


Ahead of NY1’s Republican primary debate for mayor between Curtis Sliwa and Fernando Mateo, veteran political consultant Tom Doherty joined Errol to …

Bill Thompson: What it’s like to run for mayor of New York

May 19th, 2021


As the race for mayor heads into the final weeks of the campaign, former mayoral candidate Bill Thompson joined Errol to share his experience running …

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