29 episodes

A grisly dissection of New York's political underbelly. Co-hosts Flip Pidot and Jim Coll have tormented NY's political machine with insurgent campaigns at the local, county, state and federal levels. A former fraud investigator and a retired NYPD detective, they're out to learn why New York ranks the most corrupt state in the nation and to equip you to do something about it.

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    • 4.8 • 49 Ratings

A grisly dissection of New York's political underbelly. Co-hosts Flip Pidot and Jim Coll have tormented NY's political machine with insurgent campaigns at the local, county, state and federal levels. A former fraud investigator and a retired NYPD detective, they're out to learn why New York ranks the most corrupt state in the nation and to equip you to do something about it.

    The Swift, Terrifying, Overdue Downfall of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    The Swift, Terrifying, Overdue Downfall of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    It's a special crossover episode with OldBull.tv, your insider's guide to political prediction markets. 
    With scandals continuing to pile up, could covid prom king Andrew Cuomo's days in Albany be numbered? Traders on PredictIt have him at 60% to make it through the year. We think that might be generous... 
    Follow us at @oldbulltv and @graftpodcast. 
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    All content and opinions presented herein, whether by hosts and guests, are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment or other advice.

    • 44 min
    Who'll Fill Collins' Vacancy in CD-27 (with Beth Parlato and Rob Ortt)

    Who'll Fill Collins' Vacancy in CD-27 (with Beth Parlato and Rob Ortt)

    Back in October, 4-term Republican congressman Chris Collins resigned his seat representing New York's 27th District upon pleading guilty to insider trading, setting up a fierce competition to replace him, first in a special election this April, and again this November for a full term.
    The 27th is one of those few deep red districts in New York, so the winner of the GOP primary is virtually guaranteed a seat in Congress. Today, we're talking with two of the leading candidates in that primary - first the outsider, attorney Beth Parlato, then the insider, State Senator Rob Ortt.
    Beth Parlato's campaign site
    Rob Ortt's campaign site
    To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at graftpodcast.com, email graftpodcast@gmail.com, or call (646) 450-4060.
    Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

    • 56 min
    Confessions of a Political Assassin (with Randy Koniowka)

    Confessions of a Political Assassin (with Randy Koniowka)

    Buckle up listeners, because we're going back to Cohoes, NY. This is our 4th episode on Cohoes and former mayor Shawn Morse.
    And why can't we quit this tiny upstate city? Because it's simply the most fascinatingly dysfunctional political scene in New York and that's a high bar.
    The recently ousted Morse, awaiting sentencing on a federal fraud charge, has long maintained he'd simply fallen prey to a coordinated political hit job. Now it appears he may have been (at least partly) right.
    So is Morse a villain, a victim, or both?Our prior Cohoes episodes:Apr 30, 2019: Spindle City Summit (with Shawn Morse) Apr 25, 2019: Return to Spindle City (with Randy Koniowka) Feb 28, 2019: Bonus Minisode: Spindle City Takedown
    To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at graftpodcast.com, email graftpodcast@gmail.com, or call (646) 450-4060.
    Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

    • 35 min
    Long Island Throws Out Some Bums, Keeps Others (with Brad Schwartz)

    Long Island Throws Out Some Bums, Keeps Others (with Brad Schwartz)

    Yesterday was Election Day in New York. Joining us to gawk at the results of the biggest (downstate, non-NYC) races is Brad Schwartz, host of "The Big Fish" podcast (www.thebigfishpodcast.com), a fantastic new show focused on Long Island's biggest, fishiest political movers and shakers.
    To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at graftpodcast.com, email graftpodcast@gmail.com, or call (646) 450-4060.
    Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

    • 30 min
    Albany's Lecherous Moral Hazard (with Bob Confer)

    Albany's Lecherous Moral Hazard (with Bob Confer)

    Here's an uncontroversial statement: New York taxpayers shouldn't pay for lawmakers' sexual harassment settlements.
    And yet we do, to the tune of millions of dollars.
    With us today is Bob Confer, author of a recent op-ed exposing this dirty little secret and offering lawmakers a variety of proposals for them to ignore on how to fix it.
    To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at graftpodcast.com, email graftpodcast@gmail.com, or call (646) 450-4060.
    Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

    • 20 min
    Tilting at Puppy (and Patronage) Mills (with Diane Madden)

    Tilting at Puppy (and Patronage) Mills (with Diane Madden)

    Today we're joined by Diane Madden, animal advocate and an independent 2019 candidate running on the brand new Libertarian line for supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, NY, America's largest town.
    Central to Madden's anti-corruption campaign is her ongoing exposé of the jaw-dropping waste and mismanagement at the Hempstead Animal Shelter.
    Should the party-backed candidates be nervous? Let's find out.
    To subscribe or to contact the show, visit us at graftpodcast.com, email graftpodcast@gmail.com, or call (646) 450-4060.
    Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

KarenSwett ,

Best Long Island (and NY) Analysis

This is a really well done pod. Great sound quality, music, artwork and most especially great content. Flip is a Long Island thought leader.

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I lvoe this show!

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