Monthly Archives: August, 2013


Aug. 21, 2013: Healthcare Exchanges, judicial accountability, update on Joe Bruno

Published - August 21, 2013

A new report from the Medicaid Institute at United Hospital Fund examines nursing home trends in New York, finding that, for much of the state, the number of short-stay patients has surpassed the number of long-stay resident, though the trend hasn’t caught on in New York City. James R. Tallon Jr., president of the United Hospital Fund of New York, joins us. The head of the Center for Judicial Accountability will be hand-delivering a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo today. Elena Sassower joins us to discuss what the group is looking for. Vin Bonventre, Albany Law professor and author of

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Aug. 20, 2013: Governor Paterson, Congressman Tonko

Published - August 20, 2013

Gov. David Paterson returns with his thoughts on stop and frisk as well as race relations 50 years after the March on Washington. Congressman Paul Tonko, D-Albany, joins us to discuss the House Natural Resource Committee’s approval of legislation that would effectively “block the federal government from regulating the hydraulic fracturing process that is unlocking previously unrecoverable supplies of gas and oil.”

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Gov. David Paterson talks about hydrofracking, Stringer endorsement, March on Washington

Published - August 20, 2013

Susan Arbetter, host of WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom, spoke with Gov. David Paterson on Aug. 20, about his endorsement of Scott Stringer for New York City Comptroller, his thoughts on hydrofracking and the anniversary of the March on Washington. Paterson explained why he endorsed his friend of 30 years, Scott Stringer, for New York City Comptroller, and not Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whom he had served under as lieutenant governor before  Spitzer resigned. “Now I hope Scott Stringer wins because I think he has participated in the process consistently as [Manhattan] Borough President for the last eight years, has been steady–when

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Aug. 19, 2013: Governor Cuomo, Larry Levy, NYSAC, fracking

Published - August 19, 2013

Susan Arbetter speaks with Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the week ahead. Many Long Islanders have often seen the New York City mayor as their mayor because, beyond New York City, many NYC mayors are major figures in the suburbs and in Albany. But Mayor Bloomberg may leave a lighter footprint than his predecessors. Hofstra’s Executive Dean for the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy joins us to discuss what Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy will look like outside New York. NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario discusses what a drop in the tax cap from 2 percent to 1.66 percent could mean

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SymphonyCast features Mahler Chamber Orchestra Aug. 21

Published - August 19, 2013

Daniel Harding conducts a BBC Proms Concert from London’s Royal Albert Hall with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and pianist Paul Lewis. The program includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7.  Alison Young is host. Listen Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. on Classic FM.  

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Aug. 16, 2013: Winners and Losers, Reporters, Brian Mann, coal plants

Published - August 16, 2013

Aaron Short of City & State shares this week’s Winners & Losers. Our Reporter Roundtable features AP Albany Capitol Editor Michael Gormley and North Country Public Radio and NPR contributor Brian Mann. The two will discuss issues including Stop and Frisk; real estate and campaign fundraising; the Moreland Commission; APA land classification and prison closures. Mann’s latest project with NCPR is “Prison Time: 40 Years of the Rockefeller Drug Laws,” charting their impact and the “culture of mass incarceration” they helped foster. It’s an important story to tell, but investigative journalism is expensive, so NCPR has launched a Kickstarter campaign

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Aug. 15, 2013: Selling data and the Safe Act, lawn signs, stopping Start-Up NY

Published - August 15, 2013

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh weighs in on a dilemma: Is his office obligated under the Safe Act to release the names and addresses of pistol permit holders to an online company that will sell that data? SU Newhouse School Dean Emeritus David Rubin discusses his lawsuit against the town of Manlius — a suburb of Syracuse. Rubin claims a town ordinance dictating rules around political signs violates free speech rights. Disclosure: Rubin also sits on the board of WCNY and moderates the weekly WCNY public affairs show, “Ivory Tower.” Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, R-Fishkill, wants to stop Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s

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Deadline extended to submit nominations for WCNY’s ‘Central New York Latino American’ awards

Published - August 15, 2013

WCNY is seeking nominations for local awards that will recognize five Latino Americans who have made a difference in their respective communities. The deadline is extended to Aug. 19. The awards are part of “Latino Americans,” a special program WCNY will air Sept. 17 and 24 and Oct. 1. The landmark six-hour documentary features interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of history. Nominations will be accepted from throughout WCNY’s 19-county broadcast area, which includes Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties. Nominees

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‘Nova: Making Stuff Stronger’ airs Aug. 21

Published - August 15, 2013

New York Times reporter David Pogue takes viewers on a fun-filled tour of the material world we live in, and the one that may lie ahead. Get a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations ushering in a new generation of materials that are stronger, smaller, cleaner and smarter than anything we’ve ever seen. Learn about spider silk that is stronger than steel, plastics made of sugar that dissolve in landfills, self-healing military vehicles and micro-robots that zap diseases. Airs Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. on WCNY.

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‘La Cenerentola’ airs Aug. 17

Published - August 14, 2013

Classic FM presents LA Opera’s “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) with Kate Lindsey, René Barbera and Alessandro Corbelli. In her impoverished stepfather’s castle, a kindhearted girl dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters. When the prince announces that he will choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny. Airs Saturday at 1 p.m. on Classic FM. Learn more about the opera.

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WCNY names Thomas A. Burton vice president of development

Published - August 14, 2013

Thomas A. Burton, of Cicero, has been named WCNY’s vice president of development. Prior to joining WCNY he was Onondaga Community College’s (OCC) vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the OCC Foundation. Burton also served as WCNY’s director of development for nearly 10 years. “Tom’s fundraising and leadership experience is well suited to WCNY’s current and future needs as he continues to lead our overall advancement, membership, and capital campaign activities,” said Robert J. Daino, WCNY’s president & CEO. “He has a track record of success and I look forward to working with Tom as we continue

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WCNY appoints Richard A. Sullivan executive vice president and chief operating officer

Published - August 14, 2013

Prior to joining WCNY, he was managing editor for local news at The Post-Standard for 14 years. Sullivan also served as sports, community and regional editor for 13 years. He was responsible for print, web and mobile content. In his new role, Sullivan is responsible for providing day-to-day organizational management and will manage government, community, and industry and board relations. “Richard is the consummate professional, bringing to WCNY a unique combination of proven journalism and media experience along with strong management expertise,” said Robert J. Daino, WCNY’s President and CEO. “A longtime Central New York resident, Richard knows the people

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Aug. 14, 2013: Comptroller DiNapoli, Gov. Paterson, farmer fights back

Published - August 14, 2013

Should State Government have the ability to use revenue from an authority for purposes that aren’t related to the authority’s mission? Comptroller DiNapoli doesn’t think so. He issued a report last week critical of the governor and legislature for using revenue from the New York Power Authority to fill holes in the budget while New Yorkers pay some of the highest electric rates in the nation. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discusses the report as well as his office’s municipal early warning system in light of Detroit’s bankruptcy. Former Gov. David Paterson overhauled the state’s Rockefeller drug laws in 2009. A year

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‘Financial Fitness’ explores exchange traded funds Aug. 15

Published - August 14, 2013

Host Vicki Brackens explores why exchange traded funds have become popular with investors for diversification aspects. Joining Vicki on the show are Ken Entenmann, NBT Bank, Kevin Vandenberg, Blue Ocean Strategic Capital, Kristopher Wadsworth, High Point Financial and Louis Tabone, Metlife. The show airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on WCNY and re-airs Friday at 9 p.m. on WCNY. Learn more about the show here.

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