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Utica comedian, Phil Farda is today’s guest co-host.
Phil tell us about the charity fundraiser he’s involved in this week
We then get in to the final election of 2020 season, #NY22 where Claudia Tenney was just finally certified the winner.
In the second half of the show, Syracuse, NY City Council Member and international musician, Joe Driscoll joins us for a great and wide ranging interview.
We discuss Joe’s political beginnings thanks to Bernie Sanders as well as the challenges a progressive faces as a member of the Democratic party.
Later we talk about Syracuse’s I-81 issue and how Mayor Pete may be the city’s biggest ally.
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The Matt Masur Show 02-09-2021
Matt Masur: [00:00:03] what’s going on everybody. Good morning, Matt, Masur Matt Masur show hanging out with you. Live on Twitch in three, one five live and all these fun places we’ve got. As you can probably see on your screen, the world famous. Phil Fartah is with us.
Phil Farda: [00:00:24] Hey, what’s up, man? He’s hanging out with famous as an exaggeration.
Matt Masur: [00:00:29] Infamous maybe.
Phil Farda: [00:00:31] Yeah, that sounds
Matt Masur: [00:00:32] better. So what we’re going to do just to give a little, like a show programming note. Is from time to time as I mentioned yesterday, I’m primarily going to be doing this on my own, but we’re going to have some guests co-hosts and as they’re available, we’ll have them come in like Phil.
And, he’ll be able to sit in on the entire show. We’re going to talk about some things Phil’s got going on. We’re going to talk about some things in the [00:01:00] news. And then later in the show, we’ve got the actually world famous. International musician and politician, Joe Driscoll will be joining us friend of both Phil and I’s.
So it’s, I think it’s going to be a good time. I’m very excited. We’re gonna have a good show
Phil Farda: [00:01:16] today. Yeah. I was excited that I was on with Joe. I knew you had him on the schedule for the week, but I didn’t know what we’re going to land on the same day and that’s thrilling to me cause he just got a new dog.
Matt Masur: [00:01:26] Oh, did I’ll see now that’s right up your alley. I didn’t even know that.
Phil Farda: [00:01:30] Yeah. Yeah. Today was our gotcha day for our dogs. The two years we’ve had them
Matt Masur: [00:01:35] really.
Phil Farda: [00:01:35] It’s been two years. I’ve been thinking about killing them. It’s
Matt Masur: [00:01:40] great. Those yuppie little bastards, man. I you’re a Saint. I think
Phil Farda: [00:01:45] Laura, I just shared a photo with all these pictures of them.
I had never seen they’re so cute though. So I can’t be that
Matt Masur: [00:01:53] man. They are very cute. If, you don’t hear
Phil Farda: [00:01:57] them yeah. They would [00:02:00] be perfect dogs for a deaf person. Yes. That’s what they should recommend. I have two little Pomeranians if you’re familiar with that breed and a man, that’d be great for a
Matt Masur: [00:02:11] deaf couple.
They’re basically like two footballs that don’t stop barking,
Phil Farda: [00:02:17] right? Two, yeah. Two fluffy footballs. They’re adorable. As they came together. I would’ve never got two dogs if they
Matt Masur: [00:02:24] came together. Yeah. They were a package deal.
Phil Farda: [00:02:28] Yeah, I think that might be a scam that the shelter runs
Matt Masur: [00:02:32] to get
Phil Farda: [00:02:32] both these fuckers out of here.
Just get rid of them. Yeah. There’s guys are there together,
Matt Masur: [00:02:38] bonded them go. We when we got our dog his sister was there as well. They were both rescues and they were there together and we strongly considered it. And luckily as we were adopting him, somebody had. Come in and chosen his sister.
W we didn’t end up with two massive dogs. My dogs
[00:03:00] Phil Farda: [00:02:59] huge. I love your dog. He’s great. He said you
Matt Masur: [00:03:04] named him Bernie. I did Bernie. The St. Bernard. It was fitting. Oh, that’s
Phil Farda: [00:03:09] adorable. You should get a mittens dude. Should get them. Those dog mittens that are hard to walk in.
Matt Masur: [00:03:16] That is a, that’s a great idea.
I love that. Speaking of Bernie mittens unplanned segway there If you love that phenomenon, I realized that it might be a little bit over, but I feel like Bernie is timeless. You can hit the merchant link.com. The merchant link.com is my merchandise outlet, where we’ve got all kinds of fun and funny stuff.
We’ve got a ton of Bernie merch in addition to Matt, Masur Merck wink but the deal is all of the proceeds, everything over our overhead right now. Is going to a local cause and that cause is nurses by way of local restaurants. So what we’re doing is we’re taking the [00:04:00] proceeds. We’re spending money with local restaurant and catering businesses that have been hurting the pandemic.
And we’re buying meals and food and coffee and things like that. For these frontline healthcare workers, not just nurses. I say nurses a lot, but the reality is there’s a lot of frontline healthcare workers. There’s a lot of respiratory therapists and all these other folks that are instrumental in all this nonsense.
We’re going to do everything we can to support them, but we need some funds to do that. Sold a bunch more shirts last night. It was pretty cool. I woke up this morning to some emails of, sales. It’s all good stuff.
Phil Farda: [00:04:37] That option on there to create your own is there, a blank canvas that you could plug your own text into?
Matt Masur: [00:04:44] Not yet, but there will be. And I, say that is actually, as I’m staring at my to-do list, that’s on the top of the list for that store is finished, what I’m calling the custom shop. So you’ll be able to do that. But right now there are a large number [00:05:00] specifically of the Bernie shirts that are customizable.
So you can see the design, you can click customize, add your text, move things around. It’s not a blank canvas. It gives you a starting scene to add your words to, but we do have those options and there will be a completely custom also I can do right now if there’s somebody like forget about a shirt for yourself or something like that, if you’re a team or a, an employee or something like that, where you’re buying a group of t-shirts, you’re not trying to make a profit it’s for your group.
Get ahold of me. Cause we can do bulk t-shirts that are all identical for a lot better price than ordering them individually. And we can do those types of things as well.
Phil Farda: [00:05:40] That’s cool. I think it’s something for my karate dojo. Yes. Okay. I just got done kicking the shit out of a few teenagers behind this backdrop
Matt Masur: [00:05:49] here.
I fucking hate that show. Is that weird?
Phil Farda: [00:05:52] Oh, is it, did you hate
Matt Masur: [00:05:54] it? I can’t say I hate it, but I’m not nearly as into it as a lot of other folks.
[00:06:00] Phil Farda: [00:06:00] I watch, is it just because it’s popular though?
Matt Masur: [00:06:03] No I, watched the whole first season or, the majority of it.
Phil Farda: [00:06:09] If you don’t like the first season, it doesn’t
Matt Masur: [00:06:10] get any better.
It it, was, just, all right. And, to me I almost enjoy the cheesy kickbacks or the cheesy inside jokes to the eighties. Movies and things like that. That’s cool. But at some point it’s ah, I don’t know.
Phil Farda: [00:06:26] That’s the whole, that’s
Matt Masur: [00:06:27] the whole gimmick. Yeah.
Yeah, no, I get that. I loved it. And full house. Don’t get me wrong that I love full house on Netflix. I love the fact that they do a lot of inside jokes. In fact, my biggest criticism with that show is in the later seasons, the most recent seasons of the new version they haven’t been doing as many of those just really cheesy.
Toss backs to
Phil Farda: [00:06:48] the original show. So you’re watching the fault, you’re watching the full house remake. Absolutely. But you haven’t made it to the
Matt Masur: [00:06:56] Mandalorian yet. I was waiting for
Phil Farda: [00:06:58] that. I just, [00:07:00] I have mine just blown,
Matt Masur: [00:07:03] I will, but see now it’s been built up and now I’m at the point where I’m so far behind on that show.
I’m know I’m going to have to sit down and watch like multiple seasons.
Phil Farda: [00:07:11] Know you could, it’s two seasons. You could watch it all in a night. Yeah. They’re half they’re not even
Matt Masur: [00:07:16] half hour long. No shit. It’s not an hour
Phil Farda: [00:07:18] long day. It’s a little short venture. Every episode is a little
Matt Masur: [00:07:22] adventure.
That’s your, most convincing pitch yet? That it’s not that long. So I might read into that. I love letter Kenny and the new season, a letter Kenny came out and I feel like I made a cup of coffee and then I watched the whole season done. Yeah, it’s a quick and it was R it was, good.
It was as good. Or if not better than almost any other show, I feel like the previous seasons were a little funnier. I’m not
Phil Farda: [00:07:46] going to lie. It sounds like there’s no enjoyment in your life anymore.
Matt Masur: [00:07:51] That’s not true. Although I’m now trying to think of something that I just recently enjoyed and I’m blanking.
So you might.
Phil Farda: [00:07:57] Yeah. Yeah, I saw your [00:08:00] daughter had a birthday. There’s gotta be like some pride
Matt Masur: [00:08:03] there that’s ton. It’s a super daughter weekend.
Phil Farda: [00:08:08] They’re like every time your kids have a birthday. I forget that you have kids you’re posted and I’m like, Aw man, that’s right. This guy got a whole family
Matt Masur: [00:08:18] Because one of my friends said something like that there’s another kid.
I didn’t know. You have. And to some degree, like that makes me feel like a Dick, but at the same time, like I put a lot of shit out there. That’s public. I get a lot of hate from a lot of stupid motherfuckers right-wing motherfuckers. So I don’t go crazy with the
Phil Farda: [00:08:36] children. I like that. Your private dude, I think that they should be.
Yeah, but yeah, no like, it’s to your point you’re if your kids are in, on your Facebook feed, somebody is going to attack your kids. There’s snow. There’s no way around that’s going to happen. Yeah.
Matt Masur: [00:08:52] And my which is insane. My oldest, his daughter is now 18. She’s going to be heading off to college next year.
[00:09:00] It’s a big point of pride, but I don’t want her to catch bullshit from. Yeah, souls that I deal with all day long.
Phil Farda: [00:09:09] When to getting a message from buses
Matt Masur: [00:09:11] bad,
segue cause I’m not comparing them to assholes, but I did want to say how to Jack, our man Jack from the Jack and mole cooking show is in the chat on Twitch.
Oh, what’s up? What’s going on? So here’s, we’re going to do this thing. Jack and I have been talking about it and this is a little programming. No, I think probably for next week every day. If you’re a couple, or maybe you do this, if you’re single, I don’t know. You never know what the fuck to have for dinner, right?
That’s the biggest debate. What are we going to eat for dinner? And I dunno, So we’re going to tell you, so starting probably next week at the end of every mat Masur show, we’re going to have a little clip from Jack. He’s going to tell us what to have for dinner. And he’s going to go over some cool recipes that he has, where you can see how to make them.
He might just talk [00:10:00] about some of his old family favorites, but. That decision will be made for you if you want it. Of course. We’ll have a clip every day of what to have for dinner. I think it might be fun.
Phil Farda: [00:10:09] Yeah. That’s a great idea, man. Because last night we were on the fence, we were going to order a, like Uber eats for dinner, just to grab something from a local place.
And we ended I started like, window shopping and then we ended up having just like Turkey wraps that we had in the we had some Turkey. And we made sandwiches because you can not order on delivery apps without spending $40. Like it’s so expensive,
Matt Masur: [00:10:36] man. No kidding. It’s there’s a few times where the delivery app has failed and I’m really appreciative that it has because it made me just cook something at home or call the pizzeria that’s down the street and pay half as
Phil Farda: [00:10:48] much.
Yeah. Yeah. We I don’t want to fucking call people though. And we’ve had. Like sometimes you get dinner and it’s just kinda, it’s like just, okay. Yeah. And we’re [00:11:00] like, damn, we’ve spent like $60. To get this like completely
Matt Masur: [00:11:04] average meal. That’s the worst man. One thing I had thought of when the pandemic started is we don’t need to start doing food review specifically on the takeout.
Like not even the quality of the meal, but did they package it in a way that it doesn’t sweat and turn to a pile of shit before it gets to your door? You know what I mean? Did they, did it look like they gave a shit or did they just slop it in, like it was your leftovers?
Phil Farda: [00:11:27] We had, so we had a. Was it, we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary.
And then we did we just had a weekend, like dinner date night, so we had a bottle of wine and I ordered from a real nice local restaurant. And when the food showed up, you could tell that it like would have been good if we got it in the restaurant. But by the time it was made and packaged, and then this guy got it to the house.
It was like, a little soggy and it things weren’t right. [00:12:00] And it was just like, damn, it’s too bad. Cause it was
Matt Masur: [00:12:03] expensive. I hear you, man. So Phil, you’ve got this this new thing going on and, I wanted to plug the Phil fart is going to come on and talk about diapers, but I’m afraid that phrase would make way too many people freak the fuck out.
So I didn’t plug it until you got here, but yeah. What, is going on with this, diaper fundraiser.
Phil Farda: [00:12:26] This is a great, this is a great community event we’re doing, which ties into the community in Syracuse too. And I bet Joe, when he comes on, he’ll appreciate what we’re doing here. I have some friends who work there on the board for the CNY diaper bank and they reached out and they said, what can we do to raise money?
Obviously we can’t, you can’t have these huge in-person fundraisers. So we set up a virtual a trivia night and we’ve done it before we’ve done it for the Utica zoo. We’ve raised money for other things [00:13:00] and fallen apart with it. Sorry, this is a kid that I just kicked the shit out, her shoulder.
So, we’re raising, so we’re doing a it’s all online. I’m working with my buddy fish guy, media. That’s based here in Utica. And so we’re going to stream our game. It’s just play at home. We’ve got an interactive scoreboard that you helped us build that you can log into and play along. They got a bunch of prizes.
We’re going to be randomly drawn at the end of the game and it’s free to play. All the details are on our Facebook page. If you go to stage 10 trivia, go to the event tab, you’ll find all the details. And the event they’re suggesting a $25 donation, but it’s just pay whatever you can your, money.
Yeah. They get a hundred percent of the proceeds. Your money goes directly to buy diapers for families in need and yeah, it is. I’m doing this. I’m [00:14:00] learning that like when you go to the store, like if you go to price, chopper and buy diapers, they’re wicked expensive. But when you donate they just, they bulk buy them as a nonprofit and they get them for like pennies on the dollar.
So your, in other words, your money goes so much further. Rather than just donate diapers you if you, make it monetary
2021-02-09 08-00-08: [00:14:22] contribution
Matt Masur: [00:14:23] That makes a lot of sense. Yeah. That’s pretty cool, man.
Phil Farda: [00:14:27] So right now we already, we’ve raised already over a thousand dollars come starting into the week.
Nice. And we got probably six to somewhere between 16 and 20 teams have registered. We can support up to a hundred teams play in live, so it should be a blast man. And I was making the game this week. I’m building the game custom. I’m trying to like tie in diapers in some way in some silly way, but I’d learned this dude, like making trivia about diapers That there’s, don’t go searching for diaper stuff on the Google [00:15:00] because there’s a whole subculture fetish thing that I didn’t know about.
Matt Masur: [00:15:05] It’s is it, that was infantilism or some shit, there was like an old episode of CSI about it. I
Phil Farda: [00:15:11] remember. I just, I think I might, I just did like a real basic search to try to get some like trivia inspiration. It was like characters in diapers. I like type that in and it was a nightmare. It was like all but porn.
And I was like, Oh my God, what if you just got to bite diapers? So anyway, I’m, now that I’ve been making the game, I’m like figuring out how to navigate around that. But it’s, gotta be a blast, man. And and he’s got to set up that as far as if you’re looking at this show visually it’s similar, we’re going to be streaming with multiple windows and we’ll have graphics.
And the questions last time I put the questions up on the. Screen. We’ll see what happens. You gotta to be real fancy. Huh? He’s you should, we should [00:16:00] hang out with and prep this show and I’m like, yeah, we should.
Matt Masur: [00:16:02] Yeah. Yeah. That sounds like a great idea.
Phil Farda: [00:16:05] But it’s a great cause, man. And
Matt Masur: [00:16:08] one more time, the time and the place for all the stuff.
Phil Farda: [00:16:11] It’s this Friday, it’s February 12th. It’s gonna be 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. It’ll run. So in this age where you can’t necessarily go out. Real late on a Friday, you can meet up, you can create a zoom meeting or something with your friends and play a lot. Laura is doing a Galentine’s day. So she’s getting together with all the girls and they’re gonna, they’re gonna make crafts and, play trivia together and do girls stuff.
Matt Masur: [00:16:39] All right. That sounds like a
Phil Farda: [00:16:40] good time. I hope it is in a
Matt Masur: [00:16:43] good cause. And that’s the important thing is A lot of people are struggling right now. Phil’s business obviously is, struggling. He’s a guy that thrives on entertainment venues, and those are all fucked right now.
[00:17:00] Phil Farda: [00:17:00] Dude, I live in papier-mache dojo. Now this is, we had to sell the house. I love that background.
Matt Masur: [00:17:08] Phil’s actually in my basement him and Laura are living down there with the epidural around.
Phil Farda: [00:17:14] I did a podcast Wednesday like similar to this, I just a couple of these college kids. And I don’t even, I don’t even remember how I got hooked up with them. I know there, I knew one of their teachers or something and I’m on the show for an hour we’re talking, I think they’re in the same group and like this one kid’s in Virginia or something.
And they like and when they mentioned this, I’m looking, they’re totally different backgrounds. Like they’re clearly in a different home. Yeah. It’s just a, I’m an idiot is what I’m trying to tell you, man.
Matt Masur: [00:17:48] Yeah it’s, very confusing. I, still love that post Malone Nirvana concert from the beginning of the pandemic.
And if you go back and watch that, you’ll see Travis Barker’s on drums. It’s, fucking phenomenal. And it seems like they’re [00:18:00] all at their own houses. And I was like, how did they sync this up? They are actually all in the same house. They’re in different rooms of post Malone’s house, but they were in the same house.
Which made more sense when you thought about it, like there’s no way, how could you sync up a bank and time? Audio is good, but I think that good, but Hey so there’s some interesting local news before we get Joel on that I want to get into this is something that’s been going on. Since the election.
The last election in the country. And you could see February 8th, yesterday was the end of the last election in the country. And it just happens to be right here in the three, one five, sorry, guys. New York, 22 Congressman Anthony Brindisi lost finally after counting votes and looking for them under everything in the world by [00:19:00] 109 votes.
Two previous Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. And it’s this, upset you, it here’s the thing. And I don’t, want to talk badly about Anthony because I think he’s a genuinely good guy. But this and I, posted this on Facebook this morning. This is a race. This is a situation that Joe Biden, especially, but all Democrats.
Need to really pay attention to cause the Anthony in his quest for making everybody happy and being bipartisan and showing these, Republicans who hate his fucking guts, they hate him. There’s nothing he could do for them that wouldn’t make them hate his guts, but he spent all his time trying to be their friend.
And at the end of the race, you can see how close it was. Nobody could tell the difference between him. And his predecessor who by the way, was known for [00:20:00] doing nothing. That was literally her, moniker and office. She wouldn’t meet with the public. She didn’t do anything as an elected official, as a member of Congress, she sucked Trump’s ass and did nothing.
Phil Farda: [00:20:13] Oh, you think they’re taught why she won? Like I thought she was just like a, Trump fan. And then, so she wasn’t based on that.
Matt Masur: [00:20:20] Sure. And that’s, the draw to her right. To these folks. But, what I’m saying is look how close it was. It’s they were almost indistinguishable to the voters.
Phil Farda: [00:20:32] like they counted one vote per day. Yeah. How long that’s how long that took
Matt Masur: [00:20:38] That whole, situation alone the, counting of the votes and the the, local elections board and that situation. That’s something that I really want to dig into going forward because maybe we can get our man Dustin’s Arnie, who is, I was just
Phil Farda: [00:20:54] going to say, man, Dustin could have kept this whole election counted.
And half the time he wouldn’t, I had that
[00:21:00] Matt Masur: [00:20:59] shit figured out a day after election day, but.
Phil Farda: [00:21:04] You get them some coffee and then some tacos they’ll pull it all night or have it all done.
Matt Masur: [00:21:10] This thing went off the rails and I’ve yet to hear. And I thought maybe they’re just waiting for the thing to be over or whatever, but I’ve yet to hear any officials resign over this.
There’s no way you should get to be able to run an elections board. After this,
Phil Farda: [00:21:26] was so bad that I cracked a joke about it on Facebook. I know it was great. Like I never did. I never really do politics, but this took so long that it was like, it inspired me. And I was, I voted for producing man. Like I know personally, cause he’s always in our district and stuff.
He’s a genuinely good guy. He’s a great dude. Yeah. He’s my friends. Step-brother and, it’s a great family. He’s a great dude. And I was hoping that he would win. I was bummed that he didn’t. And then when I saw this news that he like, he conceded and stopped the appeal and stuff, I was like, Oh, that’s [00:22:00] cool.
Cause it’s like part of being a good dude is to be able to graciously.
Matt Masur: [00:22:06] That’s the difference again, between these, two sides and at the same time We’ve beat the horse, right? There’s been court cases in court cases and counts and recounts and look for more and canvas and re canvas, whatever the fuck canvas means.
I don’t even know, but we did it a million times in New York, 22. And it took literally Congress has started. That’s the craziest part about this whole situation is New York, 22. Until yesterday didn’t even have a representative in Congress because Anthony didn’t get to go back and she hadn’t been certified yet.
So literally no one is representing that district
Phil Farda: [00:22:52] notice. I feel like they don’t even notice. They’re just like, eh, everything is just running as usual,
[00:23:00] Matt Masur: [00:23:00] And again, the question is previously tennies record. Was to do absolutely nothing whatsoever. And that’s when her boy was in office. So I think you could see her on par to a lower key Marjorie Taylor green, where she’s going to go on the local right-wing talk show.
And she’s going to talk shit about everything Joe Biden does. And that’ll be the extent of her
Phil Farda: [00:23:26] term in Congress. That’s a whole personality, right?
Matt Masur: [00:23:30] But there are some other folks that like actually try to write bills and they try to do shit. Claudia will not do that. Claudia will run her mouth only in safe spaces on, right-wing radio shows.
She will not talk to the public. She will not hold town halls. She will probably not even take questions on that radio show. If they dare to open their phone lines
Phil Farda: [00:23:52] and you should invite her on your show, I will. I bet you guys would get along. I will. I’ve Facebook
[00:24:00] Matt Masur: [00:23:59] fought with her before. She’s the only member of Congress that I’ve seen anyway, who will actually answer the people that give her shit on Facebook.
And it’s amusing. I’m not gonna lie, but yeah I’ve, argued with they’re on Facebook,
Phil Farda: [00:24:14] like an angry business owner. Yeah.
Matt Masur: [00:24:18] Most people don’t do that. I do that, but. I’m an idiot. You’re a member of Congress. Like you’re supposed to be able to just put your shit out there.
You’re going to get all kinds of hate. If you don’t, you didn’t click send that’s just part of the deal. You can’t take it personally, dude. It’s like
Phil Farda: [00:24:39] the it’s like the football halftime show there. Yeah, I CA there everybody hated it. And then everybody loved it. It was like, this is the worst.
This is the best. This is the worst. I didn’t watch it, but I assume it was the worst. Cause every year is the worst every year, right? Every year is the worst. It’s like they just keep getting worse and worse.
Matt Masur: [00:24:59] I got to say off [00:25:00] topic, working from home and not having to go into an office or go into a customer’s office the day after the super bowl.
Was the greatest fucking gift ever. This is the first year of my life that I didn’t have to pretend that I watched or gave a shit about football.
Phil Farda: [00:25:18] Did you skip it? We didn’t watch
Matt Masur: [00:25:19] it. It didn’t even watch it at
Phil Farda: [00:25:20] all. I liked the super bowl. I was like my whole argument for sports. Is that you can just wait until the super bowl and watch that one game.
And then you’re all caught up. Watch the good part the whole story. So I, but I get it, like if you’re into football. Yeah. I, man, I wanted the bills to win so bad just locally of the bills in there. But you can’t have. Everything, yeah.
Matt Masur: [00:25:44] What are you going to do? I feel like it’s, as little as I know about football, I feel like I know that the Buffalo bills are supposed to never win the super bowl like that.
It’s their brains. Yeah.
Phil Farda: [00:25:56] And it was, the bills are Tenny. We had to be [00:26:00] one could wait,
Matt Masur: [00:26:01] eh, fuck. But and you gotta. I feel like there’s, the fans are probably like this all the everywhere, but because we’re local, we see the local bills fans and that, like blue and red, it’s almost like a, post blood bath war zone look that they wear it’s, a weird combination of colors.
I’m not going to lie. And especially when, the bills fans fill up the face paint.
Phil Farda: [00:26:31] Red white and blue is so weird combo. The
Matt Masur: [00:26:35] thing is they, seem to do the red and blue the most in like a weird animal pattern. I don’t know these new, bills outfits that I’ve seen. Don’t remind me of the American flag or anything like that, even though they might be red, white, and blue.
It’s just weird. I don’t know. But you know what, it reminds me of a lot of this, the bills, pants that I see people wearing, remind me of like nineties, zebra pants, you know what I’m talking about? That [00:27:00] the oldest size, like Zamboni pants that people wore for a day MC hammer were those MC hammer pants?
I don’t know. No,
Phil Farda: [00:27:09] They’re. They’re not long enough for the crash. What’s how long, have you been home for have you been home? Cause I’d been home pretty much since March. Yeah. I haven’t really had, I had one existing trivia night. And then I it’s, I’m mostly just been home since March.
Matt Masur: [00:27:31] I,
haven’t left my, house at all since March other than a handful of things. I’ve got a couple it customers. I have to go in once in a while and put my hands on something, usually not though. And I’ve had to go to the store a couple of times in the summer when it seemed like it was breaking down we, we were able to get together that one time.
I feel like yeah, the summer was
Phil Farda: [00:27:55] okay. Yeah. The summer was okay. I got business started picking back up. [00:28:00] Bars, were hopeful. And then that ended quick. It got worse, dude. It did it. Got it. Got worse than it was but now I, don’t even know if I should say this, but it seems to be getting better. See numbers are down here.
Matt Masur: [00:28:15] Here’s the problem is like, it feels that way, but I feel like it’s also not at the same time. I feel like that’s almost a false sense. Cause we’re talking about these new variants and I don’t know, I don’t want to get bent out of shape. The, good thing is finally my medical conditions work in my favor and come Sunday, I will be eligible for a vaccine.
Who knows when I’ll get one, I’m going to be on there, hammering the websites for an appointment.
Phil Farda: [00:28:41] It takes a while. Laura’s got one book, but it’s not till March. And she went and she scheduled it like a long time ago in early January or something. Yeah. Whenever, Cause she’s in, the schools.
I actually qualify.
Matt Masur: [00:28:54] I’ve heard some people if you stay in condition
Phil Farda: [00:28:59] or you just [00:29:00] fat, is that can I get that?
Matt Masur: [00:29:02] Yeah, technically, so there they’ve added obesity, which covers like 95% of the people. Oh man, there he is. Joe Driscoll in the house. What’s that in the end. But we also added a heart disease, which I unfortunately have, but works in my favorites.
Joe Driscoll: [00:29:21] What’s going on, Joe? Chilling man. Just trying to keep the wheels on the car these days and all the madness. That’s all I can really attest to.
Matt Masur: [00:29:30] I hear ya.
Phil Farda: [00:29:31] What time do you wake up in the morning? Usually I
Joe Driscoll: [00:29:35] actually wake up at about six dude. It’s crazy. I have two dogs that like are just rise and shine at about six.
So I’m not sure.
Phil Farda: [00:29:42] Hell. Yeah. You got a new dog. I just, I mentioned that earlier, Joe got a new dog. That was the first thing Phil said. I’m like, Oh, that’s like way more interesting to me than any of the other shit going on. It’s just a new dog. Oh,
Joe Driscoll: [00:29:53] Dude, shit. When I first got her, like she when you first get a new puppy, should we got her like a few weeks old?
They [00:30:00] gotta pee at 3:00 AM. They can’t make it through the night. So Oh, I’ve been on this like crack head. COVID wake up at two 30, take her out to pee, wake up at six. That’s
Phil Farda: [00:30:10] a cool we have little dogs, but we put, we get, we put the pads near the door and they’ll just, they pee on the pad and it’s what a convenience.
There you go there. You never wake up yet.
Matt Masur: [00:30:23] You’ve
turned your dogs into cat.
Phil Farda: [00:30:25] Yeah, basically. Yeah, basically. I don’t know if you can hear them do, but they’re like, whimper it outside the door. They want to be on the show so bad.
Matt Masur: [00:30:37] Joe I want to give you just a quick introduction for those that, that don’t know you.
Although this is going to be a very local centric show. We’re talking about a lot of very local things in today’s episode, which was unplanned, but I’m pretty happy with Joe is a guy. Who is now a local politician. He’s. He’s part of the city of Syracuse. And, we’ll let him talk [00:31:00] about that a little bit beforehand.
If you saw the image, you might’ve seen him rocking out in front of a crowd. He is a accomplished international musician who has toured the world and played festivals when there used to be groups of people together in public and Also been an incredible activist an incredible supporter of Bernie Sanders.
In fact, one of the places that I first saw him was literally opening for Bernie Sanders playing some of his incredible music in front of a huge crowd in downtown Syracuse. And when Bernie came and visited in what, 2015, 2016 at the time joe is an all around great guy that is in a wide variety of things.
And also why I’m happy to have him in elected office because he doesn’t look like the the suit former lawyer, former accountant turned politician, and we need more of that.
Joe Driscoll: [00:31:57] I never when I, first got an office, I sent my wife. I’m [00:32:00] like, I’m not going to really have to wear a suit like all the time.
That’s why she’s yeah, dude. That’s what you, that’s what you signed up for. I was like, I don’t think I will. And I, tried to rock jeans in a sports jacket for as long as I kept, but I do want to now
Phil Farda: [00:32:14] I gotta go buy a suit.
Joe Driscoll: [00:32:15] Yeah.
Matt Masur: [00:32:18] This is not the way to go. That’s great, man, but Joe, so let me ask it.
You’re now. Are you twice elected or are we going into your, first reelection? Correct. I forget where we’re at.
Joe Driscoll: [00:32:33] It’s two year terms. So I’ve, I’m halfway through my second term. I’m currently running for my third term. That’s what I
Matt Masur: [00:32:40] thought. So you’ve been reelected now. It’s, not a one-off fluke thing.
You’re. You’re really in there. And what, is your job? What is it? What is a guy in city government do.
Joe Driscoll: [00:32:54] Yeah. So you have three, three basic roles as a city counselor. One is [00:33:00] constituent service, which I think is really important. That’s it? People are on the local Facebook page, complaining that there should be a stop sign at, X Y street or the trash didn’t get picked up, or this building is always a mess.
Is is the city going to do anything about it? Those kinds of things are constituent service, reaching out, seeing what problems are in the neighborhood, trying to problem solve with the city departments. The other is, writing new legislation, introducing new laws for the city. Taking initiatives with, city funding, trying to develop new programs.
And the third is fiduciary agent, just basically any money the mayor spends he needs to get approval from the council to do we have to look through all the, money he plans on spending and and decide if, it’s a green light or not, those are the three big roles that we do.
Matt Masur: [00:33:50] I got you.
So there’s a lot of hard work involved in it. And is this. Is this a full-time job? Is this one of those elected positions that, that you do in addition to your, [00:34:00] job? Or how does that work? What was
Joe Driscoll: [00:34:02] great was I still kept the music going and so I’d work Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings, and then I could work the, council gig nine to five.
And it was a great contrast because I’d worked harder on the weekends for music and then work during the week for, council us. So it’s technically, it’s. It’s a gray area. We work the same Buffalo, for example, their counselors get paid 74,000 a year. And it’s very much expected to be a full-time job though.
It’s not different. Buffalo is probably double the population of Syracuse, but not too similar in the amount of responsibilities that a counselor has. Whereas we get paid like 30,000 and it’s it’s meant to be a part-time job, but we have to keep records showing that we work over 35 hours a week for, three months of the year.
So you are supposed to provide documentation, proving that you do work, which is 35 [00:35:00] hours a week is basically full-time more than part-time. So it’s, really a gray area. It’s definitely w when I started it was 20 K. And I actually introduced the legislation of bumping up to 30 which people went nuts, politicians trying to pay themselves more.
But I I was thinking about this morning with the minimum wage, because it hadn’t been raised since like 1999. So it’s W we’re still doing the same work. That was a 35 K a year job by relation in 1999. But we’re, just getting paid 20 K. So it was kinda more of an adjustment for time than an actual raise, but But, yeah, so that’s it’s, to me, I always say is I got a full-time job with part-time pay.
Cause it’s more stressful than other jobs but, I
Matt Masur: [00:35:50] love it yeah, you’re going to get it doesn’t end when the clock stops you’ve got people all over you. You’ve got issues that aren’t [00:36:00] resolved yet obviously. And, may not be for a while, but
Phil Farda: [00:36:02] yeah, I would be instantly corrupt.
If I got into politics, I was like, how long was it going to take to just instantly corrupt you. You’re like, man, I don’t, I would not do a good job.
Matt Masur: [00:36:14] Look, Phil, he’ll make you laugh and take your cash.
Joe Driscoll: [00:36:17] There you go. And there’s credit collector. You probably do well.
Matt Masur: [00:36:25] So,
Joe, I want to ask you a little bit of, a little bit of inside baseball.
Syracuse uniquely has a mayor who was elected as an independent. He didn’t play this game that many of us feel is the only choice where you got to pick one of these two teams. And he came out victorious. I believe you’ve, been a big supporter of his for a long time as a, Democrat you’re elected as a Democrat.
How does that, dynamic work? Is it beneficial or is it, hurting the mayor?
[00:37:00] Joe Driscoll: [00:37:00] I think it has its pluses and minuses. I think at the time when he got elected that cycle 2017 pretty much unanimously, everybody was thought that they were left between Hillary and Trump.
The thing I managed all Bernie’s social sites our managed all his Facebook, like all the local Syracuse pages of trying to advocate. So waiting into political battles on Facebook was pretty much my full-time job with putting thousands of dollars behind paid ads to get attention to different events and stuff we were doing for Bernie and the dominant narrative at that time in 2017 was just basically, everybody’s saying at the South park episode choosing between.
It turns sandwich people hated Hillary people hated Trump and just everybody hated both parties. And it was like they it, seemed to dominate I think somewhere around half the, registered voting population is, registered outside of a [00:38:00] party.
So I felt the, vibe for Walsh to come in the year after that was perfect for him. Cause he was just like, look, I’ve just never registered with a party. I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. I take a little bit from both sides and I think it’s more important to focus on the issues.
That message just super resonated at that time. This cycle I don’t know how it’s going to play because. I think the partisan lines have really been drawn, even deeper and like more people who were like, I lean Democrat, but I’m not going to be a Democrat are now becoming more active in democratic politics.
And I think people are like, they’re realizing that in order to feed the Republican army, that was the realization I had as someone who is relatively obviously if I was going to join one party would be a demo, the democratic party, but I was always more I was a Ralph Nader guy in the nineties and.
And disengaged from the system, but then I kinda realized like, damn, this [00:39:00] Republican army is well-organized well-funded well-structured and if you’re going to overcome them, you’ve got to join the organization that has the most resources and the most ability, and seeing the Sanders path of engaging with the party and taking the using the democratic line to convey that kind of Ralph Nader message seem way more effective than trying to go green party route.
I think that, it’s had a lot of strengths for the mayor, but I don’t know how it’s going to play out this cycle, it in a different age. But I do think it’s been very beneficial for him in a lot of ways.
Matt Masur: [00:39:37] And that’s an interesting dynamic that, that you touched on there is going forward, like you said you’re, a Democrat your colleague fellow Democrat Kalid Bay has thrown his hat in and, I can imagine this is the type of thing that becomes a real challenge for a guy like you, where do you, have to be loyal to the party if you [00:40:00] think that Ben is a better choice going forward or, how does that how do you, navigate those waters, especially as a progressive guy in this party?
Joe Driscoll: [00:40:10] I love it very much, a tight rope but for me the democratic party locally has put in kind of provision saying that If Democrats want to stay a member of the committee and want to be a member of the party, then they have to support the democratic candidate.
So that’s my intention. I will support whoever the Democrat is, but again it’s it is a difficult dynamic for me, the Walsh the Walsh administration, not only Ben himself, but his team has been. Awesome for me to collaborate with, we’ve done in politics you, get stuff done.
And they’ve helped me with some big initiatives that I want to get done. The lead initiative that we did fighting lead poisoning. We worked hand in hand reopening some community centers in my district. We, [00:41:00] collaborated great on all these projects. So you develop friendships over the time.
And, but of course like Michael Green and clit Bay are both in the mayor’s race. And both very close friends and close allies of mine on the council. So it’s one of those things where, you know, the way I try to treat it as as, as difficult as it gets is to treat it like a Yankees red Sox kind of thing, where it’s where it’s we don’t have to hate each other.
We don’t have to dislike each other with, politics like hopefully they’ll, be able to keep it collegial even if, they’re on opposite sides
Matt Masur: [00:41:36] of things. Yeah. Yeah I, understand. It it’s, an interesting, thing to navigate. Speaking of navigate, what are the, one of the huge things that was the worst segue ever, by the way, it was like a Phil fart.
It should be making fun of me for that. One of the biggest issue am I on
Joe Driscoll: [00:41:54] mute?
Matt Masur: [00:41:55] Biggest things happening in Syracuse is this big IAT one project, right? We got this [00:42:00] interstate, it’s got bridges that, that are getting scary old. They got to do something new about it. I think we, we finally got a plan, right? We know what we’re actually doing now. Hey,
Joe Driscoll: [00:42:11] is that
Phil Farda: [00:42:12] the tunnel? Cause I’m not like I’m, not super familiar with Syracuse, wasn’t it?
Weren’t they going to build a tunnel under the city or something? One of the
Matt Masur: [00:42:19] ideas
Joe Driscoll: [00:42:19] that was one of the three proposed options it was that the tunnel option was, insane for a number of reasons. One, because it was like a couple of billion, more than every other option. And also like we aren’t, Syracuse is known as the salt city.
The reason we’re called the salt city is because we have these. Warm rivers of salted water that run underneath our, city. So like taking a big tunnel and trying to develop walls what, obviously present a greater challenge than the other options.
Phil Farda: [00:42:52] How long was it going to take, wasn’t it going to take 25 years or something like that?
That’s what I want to drive through for the next 20 [00:43:00] years is like construction of a it’s something like Gotham city would do. Yeah, totally. We’ll build it. So what did they land on? I’m sorry, what did they land on? No they’re going with the
Joe Driscoll: [00:43:10] We, believe so. Like the state, it’s it’s a long, complicated, bureaucratic process.
That’s very confusing. But basically the state has said that they want the state DOD has come forward and said the community grid is the best option. Which for those who aren’t familiar with B raising all those elevated via ducks and bring it all the street level within the city.
Matt Masur: [00:43:34] So it’d be more like a Boulevard than a, raised highway.
Joe Driscoll: [00:43:38] Yeah, and this is something like, I’m the transportation chair for the council. So this is something I’ve been swimming in since the year before I got on council. I’ve researched this so extensively and it’s clearly the best of the three options to rebuild the elevated viaduct.
You’d have to build it. I think something like 20 feet wider and 10 feet higher because the [00:44:00] complication is like, Oh, since it was built in the fifties and sixties there’s no shoulders. So if you get an accident trying to do that, you just gotta pull over in the middle of a tonight. Our streaming value is 65, so it doesn’t meet safety standards of the modern era.
So you’d have to build shoulders on either side of it and make it a lot wider change a bunch of things. And that would require the destruction of 40 more buildings downtown Syracuse. So like all around, like rebuilding the viaduct. Just seemed like a really but there’s also the issue of all the land that’s adjacent you can live next to a Boulevard and see it as a metropolitan experience.
If you live under an underpass it’s, pretty gross, so all the property value that’s around six 90 and 81, those two highways, it has decreased to one 10th of the value of Hawaiian. Yeah, and the rest of the city. So if you’re a parcel of land was worth a hundred grand, if it’s right next [00:45:00] to that, it’s worth 10 grand.
So there’s a whole argument about, we’re wasting a lot of space doing it this way. And I’m really hopeful so that the state has said they want to go with this grid option, raising everything, putting it street level. But the federal government still needs to sign off, give the seal of approval.
And a big thing about it is we have to have large community meetings like cafeteria style, invite everyone in the city to come in and speak their mind about what’s going to happen. And obviously COVID, we can’t do any of that stuff. So that’s held up another bottleneck blocking point to moving forward as well.
Matt Masur: [00:45:37] Yeah. I I understand that our new transportation secretary, former mayor, Pete Buddha, judge Is supposed to be on this and, working with the city on that. Is that an accurate report?
Joe Driscoll: [00:45:50] Yeah, I will be I have a prep meeting today and then a meeting with the, federal department of transportation.
I’m not sure if mayor Pete himself will be there, [00:46:00] but his representatives will be at the meeting tomorrow meeting with the city. I’ll be in on that. And yeah, his like his first tweet, as soon as he got transportation chair was like highways have ripped apart communities of color and created horrible segregation and created these horrible urban environments.
We need to undo the mistakes of the past. So pretty much like directly tweeting about 81 if so we, we feel really positive. Obviously it’s a lot better than the previous administration. With our juice and buy-in between Cuomo and budaj Ash
Matt Masur: [00:46:37] That’s, wonderful.
And like you said it’s, living next to a highway. Everybody knows, immediately knows the connotation to that. The other side of that is. You have these highways and you could fly through the city quickly. And, the downside is you’ve got to go through stoplights and you’re going to go through things like this.
But we got to also [00:47:00] keep in mind that Syracuse, like many big cities has the bypasses. We’ve got the 40 ones where if you’re just trying to, not get downtown, but get to the other side of the city, there will still be high-speed highways that you could jump on and do that, the throughway that so I think it’s interesting.
And of course for businesses, you’ve just created a whole nother main street, a whole nother main thoroughfare that you can have a ton of shops and restaurants that you just pull over to. And I think that’s a drastic improvement as well.
Joe Driscoll: [00:47:34] Absolutely. W we were for me it politics, like it’s.
How to say it you’re always trying to bushwhack through some problems and cut, with your machete through some seemingly impenetrable forest. And the best thing to do, if you can, is look at another city nearby, that’s already dealt with this problem and how do they deal with it?
Because traditionally, if you [00:48:00] look through America and look through other cities and say, okay, we have this problem with X, Y, and Z. How did. How did another city get out of this pickle successfully it often you can’t compare apples to apples because it’s like Seattle or Portland or something that’s West coast and or the weather’s nicer or whatever it is, or they’re a larger metropolitan area.
But for, the 81 issue we’ve got Rochester’s Interloop. Just right across the road from us. And it’s Rochester is a very similar city, similar problems, similar dynamics. And they had a similar thing with 81 where they had, it was a depressed highway and then elevated highway, there were bridges and dips.
But they decided to put it all, like you’re saying, make it all a Boulevard. For, their Interloop, for their highway. And I think they saw something like $260 million of new investment along that corridor. We w we did a walking tour meeting with people who own restaurants and breweries along the road.
And they were like, [00:49:00] our traffic, our foot traffic is increased like 80%, like it’s night and day from before and now. It’s going to be the only, real problem is we’re going to deal with Five six years of like down downstairs, he was just being absolutely shut down. But I think after that’s done, if we do go with the community grid, it does get implemented.
I think you’re right. It’s like just opens the door for like more community integration and more economic development. I’m hopeful
Matt Masur: [00:49:27] and that’s, what we need. Especially after this I’m, Cautiously optimistic that and even before, the pandemic, even before everything shut down, we had seen a big change, there was a lot less people going out, a lot less people going to live venues for anything, a lot less civic groups. There used to be all these, the Elks, and you had all the, Jaycees and all these different things that people were involved in. And it seems like group activities in the past few decades have died [00:50:00] out.
It’s my cautious optimism that after being shut in, people will be so sick of that that, we have a real resurgence of getting out of the house and hanging out with other people and being a community again. I don’t know. What do you guys think?
Phil Farda: [00:50:15] I hope so, my God I’m so broke. I believe they just, put the capacity back up to 10 per party per table now.
And I didn’t for I’m usually on top of that. I didn’t realize it happened last week. So I went to my normal for Tuesday trivia night and it was jam packed and I was like, Ooh, this is good. This is looks illegal. But it was, actually just People got the okay. To go out in parties of 10 and they did.
The whole place was packed. So that’s just, that’s good for businessman.
Matt Masur: [00:50:51] As a musician and, fail your welcome to China and as well, both as, live entertainers where do you, think this goes for music and that type of thing?
[00:51:00] Joe Driscoll: [00:51:02] I just echo your in Phil’s sentiment, but it’s more hopeful than, any crystal ball.
I feel the same thing that you felt mad that God it the, joke that I always do is younger folks would come in while I’m playing the set and Hop on stage with me and take a selfie and then leave was like, let me this and stuff, like I’m at a Joe Driscoll show and then and then walk off.
And it’s it was just kinda that’s like literally things that happened frequently. So it’s I feel like we’ve gotten in this kind of different understanding of entertainment altogether. It’s like Netflix, it’s like YouTube. It’s like Spotify. It’s I don’t listen to albums.
Like I call up the 10% of the interesting part of the album that I want to access for free at this time. And it’s just we just have the whole molecular [00:52:00] shift and entertainment where it’s you are on demand to entertain me in the way I want to be entertained.
Phil Farda: [00:52:07] I dunno what I know, man.
No, like a full, Joe Driscoll show. I was thinking about this last night. I don’t think I’ve ever gone to a Joe Driscoll show and, not gotten late afterwards. I have to re I’d have to really run back my memory, but I can almost remember every time I made a Joe Driscoll show, the night ends in sex.
It’s amazing. That’s if people knew that they would
Joe Driscoll: [00:52:32] stay for the whole set. That’s good stuff. It’s a good slot. A lot of married couples can claim a Joey D show for their, first romantic encounter, right? Yeah,
Phil Farda: [00:52:43] exactly. Yeah. I believe it. I bet a lot of matches have been made.
Matt Masur: [00:52:49] I,
just can’t wait until we can get back to funk and waffles and and watch it perform there. I love that venue. I think it’s just the coolest little spot in town and when they put on great music, like somebody like you, it just [00:53:00] makes it even better.
Phil Farda: [00:53:01] Joe, do you, let me ask you this, do you think everything you just said about how entertainment shifting and I agree with you it’s toward that like instant gratification.
Do you think that’s gonna continue? Do you think there’s like the shift for entertainment’s going ’cause I’m on the fence. I’m not positive. I think, I hope that once we’re able to gather and crowds again, they’ll, we’ll be that burst of the thrill of being out. And, in a crowd and, just like dancing with strangers but maybe not
Joe Driscoll: [00:53:34] super hard to call it’s for me, it’s I would hope so.
All I can really say is I hope because I see, like I see two different, Oh, did I go away?
Matt Masur: [00:53:46] You just, you had blocked your camera, but we’re still hearing you.
Joe Driscoll: [00:53:48] Okay. Okay. I don’t know what’s going on here. I’m in my studio, so I don’t know if I’m getting the internet.
Matt Masur: [00:53:57] Oh, there we go.
Joe Driscoll: [00:53:59] Oh [00:54:00] yeah. I don’t know.
It, really feels people are really getting more. I don’t know if this becomes a cultural trend that like, I just call up Netflix. It’s, really hard to like combat, like when, Nastor and all that stuff has happened when like music changed from going out and spending $15 on the new Pearl jam album and sitting there, and like reading all the lyrics and looking at the cover art and everything to I’m just going to watch Jeremy on YouTube and then, it was like you don’t buy the album, you don’t sit and listen to it.
It just became this whole cultural change. But also it was like free. It was a superior product. Like I always wonder, it’s can you battle it against superior products that are like marketing market. So it’s I wonder about that, but I’m hopeful The only thing that would change this dynamic would be what you’re talking about.
Fellows. Like people are so pent up that they’re like, [00:55:00] I miss I want something different than just sitting around watching Netflix. I want to like interact with people and feel that charge of like life again, and I think that if anything can do it, I think COVID would have done it. Like you, a lot of people are, I’ve heard a lot of people joking saying that like the roaring twenties are about to start as soon as we can.
And Yeah. Yeah.
feel that I know whether the rest of the population joins me or not, I will definitely be in some bars, running jukebox is like putting $20 in going to see my favorite bands and rocking out as soon as this is all over, for sure. I hope the rest of the world joins me.
Phil Farda: [00:55:38] We were talking earlier about how, cause one of my thoughts I had was by not going out, I’m saving so much money. Like a night out. I might, buy a ticket and I might spend 60 bucks at the bar and maybe it’s like a $75 night. But then I was talking to Matt earlier about, since COVID happened, like me and my wife will order a dinner, like from Uber eats or something.
And it’s still [00:56:00] 70 bucks. By the time it comes with all the fees and the tip and everything. It’s it’s, the same amount of money where we rather be out
Matt Masur: [00:56:08] Totally. So, fellows we’re just about out of time, but I don’t want to let Joe go without letting people know where to find him.
And also let people know that you’ve got your own podcast and content. If people want to hear more about you and interesting people in town, right? Yeah,
Joe Driscoll: [00:56:25] absolutely. You can find me My politics website, Jojo skull three one five. My music website, Joe Driscoll music on Facebook Jojo school politics on Facebook, Joe Driscoll music, and my podcasts, all city grind has been really fun.
I’m just a huge consumer of pods myself. And I felt like there was really a gap in the market of people just having casual conversations about things that were politically interesting in Syracuse. We’ve been having those conversations and I’ve been enjoying it a lot.
[00:57:00] Matt Masur: [00:56:59] That’s great, man. That’s good stuff. And I highly encourage folks to check that out and stay tuned into what’s going on. They say all politics is local, but the reality is we’ve got more room to, to make change and do things that impact our everyday lives at the local level than we’ll ever have in DC.
These are the guys to pay attention to and the issue is to pay attention to it. I strongly encourage folks to do that. Amen.
Joe Driscoll: [00:57:25] I wholeheartedly appreciate it. Thanks. Ma’am
Matt Masur: [00:57:28] Joe, Phil. If you guys will stay with me just a second, I want to fill just to to point out a couple of things that he’s got going on and then we’ll kick off air and, I’ll just say goodbye to you guys.
Phil, one more time, tell everybody where they can find you and also tell us about this diaper thing. One more time.
Phil Farda: [00:57:46] Sure, man. So I started wearing diapers.
Joe Driscoll: [00:57:51] This
Phil Farda: [00:57:51] is this the Syracuse. Based event, I’m working with the CNY diaper bank. Some of, my friends are on the board there and [00:58:00] we’re, so we’re this Friday, it’s February 12th, we’re doing a virtual trivia party.
It’s a fundraiser it’s free to play. It’s just, donate whatever you can. So they’re asking for a $25 donation, if you can make it, but any amount helps you can come play for free with us. A hundred percent of the proceeds are going to the CNY diaper bank. And they do just wonderful things for families in need.
If you need to know more, you can just visit the event. We have links to their page, the benefits of it your contribution. It buys diapers that helps out our local community, a great deal. And I’m going to be I’m fish guy media live streaming that virtual event, and we’re going to be having some beers and hanging out and having fun.
It’s going to be a good time, man.
Matt Masur: [00:58:41] And guys for everybody watching and enlisting live on Twitch. I thank you very much. Shout out to RD who has been in the chat having a great time. I’m sorry. We weren’t able to to get in with you, but I’m glad you’ve been a joy and Joe and, a lot of the things that we’ve got going on, follow the podcast, like follow subscribe, everywhere.
YouTube Tik TOK. We got [00:59:00] cool content coming out everywhere. I’m sorry. There’s a million things to like, but it’s free and it helps. So if you’d like to show. And help a man out. Yeah. This has been the Masur show. We will see you guys tomorrow at 8:00 AM later.