Monthly Archives: October, 2013


Oct. 31, 2013: Gov. Cuomo, Stu Gruskin, Jerry Kremer

Published - October 31, 2013

Governor Cuomo joins Susan Arbetter to discuss the Tappan Zee Bridge, Sandy recovery, and the Moreland Commission. More on Sandy recovery with the Nature Conservancy’s Stu Gruskin. Albany Lobbyist and 13-term Assemblyman Arthur “Jerry” Kremer has penned a new memoir titled Winning Albany: Untold Stories about the Famous and Not So Famous. Kremer will join us in the studio to share tales of backroom wheeling and dealing.

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Oct. 30, 2013: WCNY Grand Opening, Live Studio Audience

Published - October 30, 2013

We broadcast live before a studio audience at the grand opening of the WCNY Broadcast and Education Center in downtown Syracuse. Our guests include Mayor Stephanie Miner, Assemblymembers Will Barclay and Bill Magnarelli and Green Party Mayoral candidate Kevin Bott.

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Oct. 29, 2013: Moreland Commission, Larry Levy, Nicole Gelinas, Peter Ward

Published - October 29, 2013

James F. Spallone, Deputy Secretary of the State of Connecticut discusses last night’s Moreland Commission hearing. Larry Levy, Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University on the politics of Sandy recovery. Nicole Gelinas, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute weighs in on Sandy recovery policy. Peter Ward, President of the New York Hotel Trades Council, argues that the new contract the union negotiated with Genting could be a blueprint for the creation of good paying casino jobs upstate.

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Oct. 28, 2013: Philip Morris, Marcy Benstock, Sandy anniversary, Scott Waldman

Published - October 28, 2013

President and CEO of Proctors Theater in Schenectady Philip Morris discusses Proposition 1 – the casino gambling expansion in the state and how it could affect local entertainment venues. Marcy Benstock of the Clean Air Campaign links Sandy clean-up to Proposition 3, the question about sewage facilities debt. Keiko Cervantes-Ospina, supervising attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group Storm Response Unit & Ben Rajotte, who directs Touro Law’s Disaster Relief Clinic, to discuss the 1 year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and ongoing recovery efforts. Scott Waldman of Capital New York discusses the Common Core and fracking.

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WCNY-FM host Neva Pilgrim honored by The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association

Published - October 25, 2013

Neva Pilgrim, WCNY-FM host of WCNY’s  Fresh Ink radio show, received the 2013 Ovation Award from The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Inc. She was honored with the award at the association’s Music Matters event, a celebration of music in the community. Pilgrim was recognized for her outstanding commitment to the Central New York music community. She is the first recipient of the award. “I am incredibly honored to be given such an award,” Pilgrim said. “It’s so rewarding to live in a community where people are working hard to make Central New York a richer, more inclusive culture in

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Oct. 25, 2013: Ws and Ls, Reisman and Lovett, Kevin Bott, Peter Iwanowicz

Published - October 25, 2013

City & State’s Aaron Short briefs us on the week’s winners and losers. The New York Daily News’ Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett and YNN’s Nick Reisman join Susan for a reporter roundtable. Green Party candidate for Syracuse Mayor Kevin Bott returns to discuss his run against Stephanie Miner. Former Acting DEC Commissioner Peter Iwanowicz is back in Albany full time to head up Environmental Advocates of New York after splitting his time between New York and Washington DC for several years while at the American Lung Association. He joins us to discuss his vision for the organization.

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Anti-NY Safe Act groups urge “No” vote on ballot propositions

Published - October 24, 2013

A coalition of anti-NY Safe Act groups is urging its members to “Vote No” on all six proposition questions on the November ballot.   The group sent out a flyer with an accompanying email: “The Safe Act MUST be REPEALED.  How to fight for Repeal? Grassroots in ACTION! A defeat of all 6 ballot resolutions will be a LOUD Voice from the people and will go a long way toward FULL Repeal of the Safe Act.  ‘They’ will do more than listen to US then! Please help defeat Cuomo and the totally incompetent Albany Legislature.  There is a great reason to

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Oct. 24, 2013: Tim Kremer, Denver Jones, John Sheehan, Tom Stebbins

Published - October 24, 2013

What are school board members saying about the teacher evaluation results, and the roll-out of the Common Core? Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association Tim Kremer joins us from Rochester, the site of NYSSBA’s annual meeting. A coalition of anti-NY Safe Act groups is urging its members to “vote no” on all 6 proposition questions that will appear on the November ballot. Citizen activist & engineer Denver Jones joins us to discuss the coalition’s thinking. John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council shares his group’s view of the state of the Park, the new Adk Works campaign

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WCNY’s Broadcast and Education Center Grand Opening takes place today

Published - October 24, 2013

On Oct. 30, WCNY welcomes you, your family and the entire community to the Grand Opening of WCNY’s new Broadcast and Education Center in Syracuse. Come see how modern television and radio are made. Explore the Enterprise America education center, eat at the new café, meet on-air personalities and hear from special guests, including state education commissioner John King and kids’ favorite Bob the BuilderTM. Learn more

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Oct. 23, 2013: Asm. Lalor, Jim LaValley, Bill Farber, tax reform

Published - October 23, 2013

Assemblymember Kieran Lalor (R,C,I-Fishkill) speaks out on issues including the Moreland Commission and transparency. Jim LaValley, lead coordinator for ADK Works Campaign, discusses a new strategy to address the economic decline in the Adirondacks. Continuing on a theme, we take a look at how those other proposition questions on the ballot will affect small communities in the Adirondack Park with Bill Farber, Supervisor from the Town of Morehouse in Hamilton County and Chairman for the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. The questions we will tackle today include: Proposal 3: Allows municipalities to continue exceeding their debt limits for sewage facilities

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Live From the Artists Den: Imagine Dragons airs Oct. 27 on WCNY

Published - October 23, 2013

The historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles hosted a performance by this year’s biggest break-out rock band, Imagine Dragons, for an explosive episode of Live from the Artists Den. Powered by the intense and athletic stage presence of lead singer Dan Reynolds, the Las Vegas-based band tore through a set full of its dance-inflected, percussion-heavy rock anthems, including the smash singles “It’s Time” and “Radioactive.” Airs Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. on WCNY. Learn more

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Fitzpatrick discusses Moreland Commission, Mahoney talks about green efforts on ‘The Capitol Pressroom’

Published - October 22, 2013

On Oct. 22, WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom spoke with Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick about the Moreland Commission. The show also featured an interview with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and her green infrastructure efforts. Fitzpatrick, co-chair of New York’s anti-corruption Moreland Commission, rejected criticism of the panel and said the group remains independent and is effectively doing its job to investigate corruption. He also told host Susan Arbetter that though the co-chairs are required to talk with the governor periodically, it is completely false that Gov. Cuomo is interfering with the commission’s work. “Whatever else we are, we are independent,” Fitzpatrick said.

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Oct. 22, 2013: Common Core, Joanie Mahoney, D.A. Fitzpatrick

Published - October 22, 2013

East Greenbush Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle discusses the frustration parents are feeling around the New York State Assessments, the APPR and the Common Core and what her district is doing about it. EPA named Onondaga County one of the country’s top 10 leaders in green infrastructure. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney opens up about her commitment to the environment. Onondaga District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, a Moreland Commission co-Chair, joins us with his thoughts on how effective the panel has been so far. Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of the Business Council of NY, is a champion of the Common Core.

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