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Politics

One-on-one with the new Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie

New Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie sits down this week with us for his first broadcast TV interview since taking over for Sheldon Silver.

After getting elected by his fellow Democrats in early February, the Bronx lawmaker is now one of the "four men in a room" negotiating a state budget along with Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and IDC head Jeff Klein.   Heastie discusses some of the major elements that could be sticking points to an on-time agreement, specifically the ethics package that Cuomo is trying to include.  In the preview clip above, the speaker talks about the scrutiny he apparently drew from the now defunct Moreland Commission and why it wasn't justified.

Watch the entire interview with Heastie this weekend on your local PBS station.