Monthly Archives: November, 2013


Nov. 15, 2013: Winners and Losers, Ken Lovett and ‘Beyond the Fracking Wars’

Published - November 15, 2013

Michael Johnson of City and State joins us with the week’s winners and losers. New York Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett discusses the political news of the week. Also, the first guide for lawyers, public officials, planners and citizens on hydrofracking has been published by the American Bar Association. We speak with the editors and authors of “Beyond the Fracking Wars” Erica Levine Powers and Beth Kinne. Special offer for Capitol Pressroom listeners The book “Beyond the Fracking Wars” will not be available through online outlets such as Amazon until next summer, but through a special agreement with

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Nov. 14, 2013: Civil rights complaints, SCOTUS and Norse Energy

Published - November 14, 2013

Two school districts will be filing separate federal civil rights complaints against the State of New York over the way school aid is distributed. We discuss the complaints with the superintendents involved. Vin Bonventre, of Albany Law School, weighs in on the key cases on SCOTUS’s docket this session. Also, Norse Energy has gone belly-up. Former VP Dennis Holbrook joins us to discuss his view of the reasons for the bankruptcy.  

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Nov. 13, 2013: Sen. John Flanagan, storage of LPG and LNG, Larry Levy

Published - November 13, 2013

The Senate Standing Committee on Education is holding a public hearing in Albany on the impact of the Common Core. We discuss the issues with committee chairman State Sen. John Flanagan. Also, there are reports that Inergy, the company responsible for Liquid Propane Gas storage around Seneca Lake, is supporting a boycott of local businesses in the Finger Lakes that are members of Gas Free Seneca, a volunteer community group that advocates for Seneca Lake. We speak with the group’s organizer, Joe Campbell.  

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‘Nature: Parrot Confidential’ airs Nov. 18 at midnight on WCNY

Published - November 12, 2013

From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Their outrageous intelligence and uncanny ability to communicate in any language has made parrots one of the world’s most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Hardwired for the wild, their squawks and complex behavior are designed for the wild. Add a lifespan of up to more than 70 years with their intense need to bond, and a life in captivity doesn’t always have a happy ending.

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Nov. 11, 2013: MoA Addie Russell, Onondaga VA, Clear Path for Veterans, Peter Iwanowicz

Published - November 11, 2013

Today, Susan Arbetter speaks with Assemblymember Addie Russell about the rise in veterans suicide rates and what the state plans to do about it. Then, she discusses veterans’ mental health services with Onondaga County Veterans Services Director Bob McLean and the co-founder of Clear Path for Veterans, Melissa Spicer. Peter Iwanowicz, former DEC Commissioner, is the new Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York; he details environmental priorities for 2014.

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Nov. 8, 2013: Ws and Ls, Reporters, domestic violence prevention

Published - November 8, 2013

We discuss the week’s numerous Winners & Losers with City & State. Vote on-line at www.cityandstateny.com Syracuse Post-Standard education reporter Paul Riede joins Gannett’s Albany Bureau Chief Joe Spector for our reporter Roundtable. An effort is underway at Vera House in Syracuse to speak with men about the roots of domestic violence. Our guests will be George Kilpatrick, Men’s Outreach Program Coordinator at Vera House in Syracuse and host of “New Inspiration for the Nation” and Tai Palermo of the Latino Professional Network

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Nov. 7, 2013: Rick Timbs, AARP’s Christine Deska

Published - November 7, 2013

In advance of tonight’s live televised community forum with State Education Commissioner Dr. John King (8pm, WCNY) we discuss the genesis of the anger over the Common Core and other related issues with the Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium Dr. Rick Timbs. Christine Deska, Senior Program Specialist at AARP discusses SNAP and hunger among older New Yorkers.

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Nov. 6, 2013: Gov. Cuomo, Blair Horner, Steve Greenberg, Larry Levy

Published - November 6, 2013

Blair Horner of NYPIRG & Steve Greenberg of the Siena Research Institute share separate analyses of Tuesday’s races. Governor Andrew Cuomo will call into the show to discuss the results of a few proposition questions as well as other key races. Larry Levy of Hofstra’s National Institute of Suburban Studies analyzes the outcome of the race for Nassau County Executive and discusses how the Common Core is being received in Long Island communities.

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National Veterans Creative Arts Festival airs Nov. 10

Published - November 5, 2013

Veterans from across America perform in a live stage show. The program features vocal and instrumental music, choral selections and more performed by Veterans who are receiving or have received treatment at Veterans medical facilities nationwide. Airs Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. on WCNY and 9 p.m. on Plus. Learn more

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JFK: The American Experience airs Nov. 11 and 12 on WCNY

Published - November 5, 2013

Explore Kennedy’s childhood years as the overlooked second son of a multimillionaire exploding with ambition, his early political career as a congressman, his run for senate and the election victory that turned him into the youngest elected president in U.S. history. Airs Nov. 11 and 12 at 9 p.m. on WCNY. Learn more

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Nov. 5, 2013: Brian Kolb, Richard Brodsky, Bruce Gyory, Sean Casey and John Faso

Published - November 5, 2013

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb on Moreland, JCOPE and the elections. DEMOS & Wagner School Fellow Richard Brodsky weighs in the critical policy issues that will be decided by this election. Former adviser to multiple governors, Corning Place political consultant and UAlbany Adjunct Professor of Political Science Bruce Gyory dons his professor’s cap to discuss how climate change may influence next year’s elections. Sean Casey, a Democrat & Director of Public Affairs at the Albany office of Eric Mower & Associates, and John Faso, a Republican who ran for Governor against Eliot Spitzer, former Assembly Minority Leader and current Partner

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Nov. 4, 2013: Constitutional Convention, Ian Hunter, Albany Law and The Legal Project

Published - November 4, 2013

SUNY’s Gerry Benjamin and the New Roosevelt’s Bill Samuels on a Constitutional Convention and the 6 proposition questions on tomorrow’s ballot. Ian Hunter, who is running on the Conservative line for Syracuse Mayor, joins us with his thoughts on Onondaga County politics and education. Albany Law School is partnering with the Legal Project to create a clinical practice fellowship for young attorneys to enable them to both help victims of domestic violence, and gain real life experience. My guests today are Lisa Frisch, Executive Director of the Legal Project, which serves the needs of the working poor in the Capitol

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Nov. 1, 2013: Ws and Ls, Bill Hammond and Kyle Hughes, Joe Heath

Published - November 1, 2013

Michael Johnson of City & State presents this week’s Winners and Losers. We will talk Jcope, Moreland, Stop & Frisk and elections with Bill Hammond of the New York Daily News and Kyle Hughes of NYSNYS.com Onondaga Nation attorney Joe Heath discusses why he is opposing a proposed propane storage and distribution terminal in Preble, NY.

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