Monthly Archives: December, 2013


Dec. 31, 2013: Encore from Dec. 12, 2013

Published - December 31, 2013

Encore from Dec. 12, 2013 Empire State Development President & CEO and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development Ken Adams discusses Wednesday’s Regional Economic Development Council event. Plus we will put a face on one of the grantees: Peter Guidarelli of Warren, Washington & Albany Counties ARC discusses the $100K grant WWARC was awarded for its “Community Kitchen Project”. Governor Andrew Cuomo joins us to discuss the REDC event as well as Tuesday’s release of the Pataki/McCall tax commission report. We caught up lawmakers after the awards to get their take, including Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator

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Dec. 30, 2013: Encore from Dec. 3, 2013

Published - December 30, 2013

Encore from Dec. 3, 2013 The Moreland Commission released its report Monday evening to generally positive reviews from good government groups. Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters discusses the report, what’s in it and what’s not. Senator Liz Krueger and Citizen Action’s Karen Scharff share their thoughts on Moreland. The New York Farm Bureau is holding its annual meeting in Syracuse this week. Executive Director Dean Norton shares the group’s 2014 legislative priorities. The Fiscal Policy Institute along with groups in several active shale gas states performed a study showing the promise of jobs around fracking has been

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Dec. 27, 2013: Encore from Dec. 5, 2013

Published - December 27, 2013

Encore from Dec. 5, 2013 The New York State Association of School Business Officials says the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has to go. The group also recommends phasing in the Foundation Aid Formula that was agreed on in 2007. Michael J. Borges, NYSASBO Executive Director joins us to talk about this $7.7 billion bombshell. Larry Levy, Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra, weighs in on the politics of derailment and the Moreland Commission report. President & Founder of the Empire Center for New York State Policy E. J. McMahon provides context to the Governor’s interest

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Dec. 26, 2013: Encore from Dec. 9, 2013

Published - December 26, 2013

Encore from Dec. 9, 2013 Co-chair of the Moreland Commission, Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick discusses Moreland findings and what’s next for the commission. Parents, educators, union members and community members will engage in “a statewide Day of Action to reclaim the promise of public education”. NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira and UUP President Frederick Kowal explain what the group is fighting for. A coalition of good government group is demanding Governor Cuomo take action on Moreland recommendations. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner gets specific.

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Dec. 24, 2013: Jonathan Gradess, WWARC

Published - December 24, 2013

The 6th Amendment right to counsel is at issue in a long-standing case called Hurrell-Harring v. New York. The suit alleges New York’s public defense system is inadequate to ensure the constitutional right to counsel. The case has been wending its way through the state’s legal system for years, but last week 2 rulings by Judge Eugene Devine both move the case forward and present some thorny legal issues. Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association has been following Hurrell since its inception. He will explain the rulings and share his concerns. Warren, Washington and Albany

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‘Call the Midwife Holiday Special’ airs Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. on WCNY.

Published - December 23, 2013

In Poplar, Christmas 1958 is not just about the opening of presents, but also about the closing of deep wounds. Wartime trials are relived – and a new enemy confronted – before peace and love are restored to centre stage. Fairy lights festoon the streets as Jenny’s relationship with Alec continues to blossom and Shelagh prepares for her quiet wedding to Dr Turner. Suddenly, Nonnatus House are awoken by a hammering on the door. But this time, it’s not a panicking father, it’s the police. Just around the corner, an unexploded bomb has been uncovered and the district has to

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Dec. 23, 2013: Mark Eagan, Fred Floss, E. J. McMahon and Richard Brodsky

Published - December 23, 2013

What’s on Mark Eagan’s Christmas list? Mandate relief. The President and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce discusses the group’s 2014 legislative agenda. Frederick Floss, professor of economics and finance at Buffalo State College is the new Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute. He shares his vision for FPI. What are the pros and cons of the Governor’s tax Commission proposals? EJ McMahon, Founder and President of the Empire Center for New York State Policy debates the issues with DEMOS & Wagner School fellow and long-time former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

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Dec. 20, 2013: Ws and Ls, Glenn Blain and Nick Reisman, Beyond the Fracking Wars

Published - December 22, 2013

City and State presents the winners and losers of the week. Our reporter roundtable convenes with the New York Daily News’ Glenn Blain and Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman. Erica Levine Powers, co-author of “Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners and Citizens” returns to the program, this time with Mark K. Boling, President of the V+ Development Solutions division of Southwestern Energy Company.

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Dec. 19, 2013: Lincoln Elementary, Donn Rowe, Comptroller DiNapoli, Jim Tallon

Published - December 19, 2013

Mr. Rakus and his students from Lincoln Elementary School in Schenectady, one of the poorest in the state, drop by to discuss their 2014 educational wish list. Donn Rowe of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association wants to sit down with the Governor and his staff and explain why blanket prison closures not only don’t work, but are dangerous for corrections officers. There are plenty of surprises in NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s new report on compensation & overtime at public authorities, but nothing surprised me as much as this: Employees get bonuses. 4-percent of the 7-billion

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Joy to the World Marathon airs Dec. 21 and 22 on Create

Published - December 19, 2013

Celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa with travel expert and cultural historian Burt Wolf; holiday recipes from Mary Ann Esposito, Katie Brown and Ian Knauer and more. Airs Saturday 6 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to midnight and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. on Create. Where to watch

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Dec. 18, 2013: Peter Baynes, Tom Wilmot, Sr., John Coppola, Larry Levy

Published - December 18, 2013

Peter Baynes of NYCOM discusses the organization’s 2014 wish list and the Governor’s 2-year property tax “freeze.” Tom Wilmot Sr., Chairman, Wilmorite, on his casino proposal for Seneca County. John Coppola, executive director of the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. (ASAP). discusses the need for New York to address problem gambling. Former Newsday reporter & editor, and current Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy looks back at 2014.

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