New York Closeup (1998)
Hosted by Sam Roberts, this 1998 episode of NY1's "New York Closeup" features conversation between Roberts, Randy Mastro, deputy mayor, and Joseph Lhotta, city budget director. The episode opens on a discussion of CUNY and the city's proposal to reform what officials from the Giuliani administration viewed as a university system in crisis. Early conversation centers around admission standards and graduation rates at CUNY before the discussion turns to the city's larger budget issues for the remainder of the program. The criticisms of the CUNY system presented by the mayor's appointees in this segment were persistently leveled against the university by Giuliani and his allies during the late-1990s.