Monthly Archives: November, 2013


Nov. 27, 2013: Sen. Stewart-Cousins, Larry Levy, Bruce Boissonnault, Gov. Cuomo

Published - November 27, 2013

Leader of the mainstream Senate Democrats Westchester’s Andrea Stewart-Cousins shares her take on the buzz around County Executive Rob Astorino, the Moreland Commission, the possibility of circuit breaker legislation and other 2014 priorities. Former Newsday reporter & editor, and current Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy returns with analysis of the Governor’s Moreland Commission and whether or not its over-stepped its bounds. Bruce Boissonnault, President of the Niagara Health Quality Coalition, helps separate fact from fiction around both Social Security and Medicare. Gov. Cuomo talks about the Senate Republican Campaign Committee’s announcement that it will comply

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Nov. 26, 2013: Gov. Cuomo, NYPIRG, Public Campaign Financing

Published - November 26, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo joins us to discuss the latest Q poll, Moreland and Thanksgiving. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner shares the good government group’s recommendations to the Moreland Commission. Mayor-elect Rich David of Binghamton discusses his vision for the city in an interview from Nov. 20. Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate discusses his groups recently released report  titled “Money For Nothing – Why Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns are Wrong for New York State.” Karen Scharff of Citizen Action and Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center join us to respond to and refute Unshackle Upstate’s findings around public campaign financing.

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‘Gift of Giving Marathon’ airs Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 on Create

Published - November 26, 2013

Get ready for the holiday season with gift specialists Katie Brown, Joseph Rosendo, Donna Dewberry and Nancy Zieman. Learn how to make homemade gifts and more. Airs Saturday from 6 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on Create.

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Nov. 25, 203: Sen. Tkaczyk, AARP, SNAP cuts

Published - November 25, 2013

Sen. Tkaczyk joins us to talk about flood repair in Fort Plain and the Common Core. AARP New York President Neal Lane explains the groups policy recommendations to help caregivers. Ken Stephens of the Legal Aid Society and Bryan Hetherington of the Empire Justice Center discuss an $80 million class action settlement that will help offset federal cuts in SNAP. They explain why simple changes to the system could prevent the poor from being unnecessarily sanctioned.

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‘Great Performances Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn’ airs Nov. 30 and Dec. 2

Published - November 25, 2013

The legendary Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming in “Back to Brooklyn” at the new Barclays Center arena. The performance, marked the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. She’ll be joined by special guest Il Volo and Chris Botti, and will perform an extensive selection of songs from her five-decae career, including duets with her son Jason Gould. Airs Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. on WCNY and Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. on WCNY.

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Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller: Chanukkah Special airs Nov. 24 on WCNY.

Published - November 22, 2013

Part food fantasy and part documentary of self-discovery, The Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller, Chanukah Special follows this best selling cookbook author as she explores and celebrate Jewish cuisine and culture in the company of home cooks, friends and family. In this special, Jamie introduces some of her family’s favorite recipes during Chanukah and it’s a portrait of Jewish/Kosher cooking and the traditions that coincides with the holidays, in both past and present.  

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Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor airs Nov. 24 on WCNY

Published - November 22, 2013

A star-studded lineup of the nation’s top comedic entertainers will salute Carol Burnett at the 16th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The award recognizes the art of humorists who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. Airs Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. on WCNY. Learn more

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Nov. 22, 2013: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom from Nov. 12

Published - November 22, 2013

On this encore edition of The Capitol Pressroom from Nov. 12, 2013, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joins us. What now? Harris Beach Attorney Karl Sleight, leader of the firm’s Racing and Gaming Industry Team, shares his view. Governor Cuomo discusses his own thoughts on the next steps for casinos.

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Nov. 21, 2013: AMSNY, AARP’s policy recommendations, “repowering” power plants, Jim Tallon

Published - November 21, 2013

Jo Wiederhorn, President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York State argues for continued funding for a program that has successfully trained students from underrepresented communities to become doctors in those communities. We discuss the program as well as its funding challenges with her. AARP is announcing recommendations today that the group says will support family caregivers who are under increasing stress. AARP’s New York State President and Chair of the Executive Council, Neal Lane sheds light on the issue. Should the state “repower” the Cayuga and Dunkirk power plants with natural gas? We hear from members

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Nov. 20, 2013: Sen. DeFrancisco, AG Schneiderman, Rich David, Larry Levy

Published - November 20, 2013

The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee John DeFrancisco discusses a just-released GOP Conference report on tax relief A big win for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman & New Yorkers facing foreclosure. The AG led a national fight for (and won) an historic $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan. He joins us to explain what the win means for New Yorkers. We meet mayor-elect of Binghamton Rich David. Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy weighs in on the week’s political news.

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Nov. 19, 2013: Blair Horner, tax fairness, Carl Paladino, Karen Moreau

Published - November 19, 2013

The New York Public Interest Research Group has filed a complaint with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) over “the possible failure of certain state political parties to report their lobbying activities”. What’s it mean? We ask NYPIRG’s Blair Horner. A coalition of progressive groups today presents 5 recommendations to the Pataki/McCall Tax Commission “that would ease the pressure on the property tax and begin to address the incredible problems our state is facing in terms of income inequality and poverty”. We hear from Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and Josh Kellerman of ALIGN. Ken Lovett

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Nov. 18, 2013: Steve Greenberg, postpartum depression, Richard Brodsky

Published - November 18, 2013

Siena asked voters about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s possible opponents in the next election as well as how people feel about the Common Core. Pollster Steve Greenberg shares results as well as his analysis. Cynthia Wachenheim was her high school’s valedictorian, “a perpetual volunteer” and a lawyer in Manhattan. But after her child was born she jumped eight stories to her death. In response, the Senate and the Assembly passed legislation defining maternal depression and requiring education and screening. The legislation is awaiting the Governor’s signature. We will be joined by Sonia Murdock of the Postpartum Resource Center and members of

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Liz’s Travel Club informational session tonight at WCNY

Published - November 18, 2013

Learn about travel opportunities with Liz’s Travel Club tonight at WCNY. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at WCNY’s Broadcast and Education Center. 415 W. Fayette St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Attendees who attend the session will qualify for an early booking discount. For more information, call (315) 453-2424.  

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‘Ciao!’ explores Queen Margherita Sunday at noon on WCNY-FM

Published - November 18, 2013

WCNY Ciao! co-hosts Joey Nigro and Jim Battaglia will feature  Queen Margherita and the Thanksgiving tradition of food and family. Ciao!  airs Sunday at noon on WCNY-FM. Queen Margherita, the first queen of the newly united country of Italy was born in November. There is a legend that a pizza maker in Naples made a pizza with the colors of the Italian flag (tomato for the red, mozzarella for the white and basil for the green) in honor of the queen when she came to the royal palace in Naples. Learn more about Ciao! 

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