Monthly Archives: February, 2014


Feb. 28, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Jon Lentz, Michael Burgess, Enviros, New York State Bar Association

Published - February 28, 2014

Jon Lentz of City & State shares the week’s Winners and Losers. Michael Burgess, Advocacy Director of the American Cancer Society, on session priorities. Gov. Cuomo weighs in on charter schools and teacher evaluations. The Nature Conservancy’s Chief of Government Relations for NYS, Jessica Ottney Mahar, and the Adirondack Council’s John Sheehan on the former Finch Pryun land classification. Richard Bader, Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee, discusses why civics should be an educational priority.

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Feb. 27, 2014: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Constitution Pipeline, Bob Bellafiore and Steve Greenberg

Published - February 28, 2014

With the defection of Queens State Senator Tony Avella from the mainstream Democratic conference to the IDC, the long-hoped-for (among Dems, at least) unification of the Democrats in that chamber now has less of a chance of becoming reality. We discuss the situation with the leader of the mainstream Democrats, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Two perspectives on the Constitution Pipeline proposed for the Southern Tier: Christopher Stockton of the Williams Companies and Anne Marie Garti of “Stop the Pipeline” will join us respectively, With analysis of the week’s news we turn to 2 Albany veterans Bob Bellafiore of Stanhope Partners and

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Feb. 26, 2014: Asm. Lentol, Bruce Gyory, pharmacy worries, higher education

Published - February 26, 2014

Chairman of the Assembly Codes Committee Joseph Lentol on passage of the Dream Act in the Assembly and the Unjust Imprisonment Act. Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips discusses the legislative calendar’s “half-time”. DOH is about implement a new pricing scheme that will affect pharmacy reimbursement rates. Two pharmacy advocates will join us with their take. It’s higher education lobby day. Buff State student Rita Yelda and Jamie Dangler, VP for Academics of United University Professions and an Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Cortland will join NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney to discuss the issues.

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WCNY’s ‘Financial Fitness’ features tax planning and preparation Feb. 27

Published - February 26, 2014

WCNY’s “Financial Fitness” show will  feature tax planning and preparation at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 on WCNY.  It re-airs at 1 p.m. Friday on WCNY and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday on HowTo Time Warner Digital Cable channel 1278. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch. Host Jim Burns and a team of panelists will outline increases in the social security tax rate, federal laws including the Affordable Care Act and the American Taxpayer Relief Act, and big stock market gains in 2013 which could cause Americans to face higher tax bills. Joining Burns are David Ayoub, CPA,

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Feb. 25, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Steve Greenberg, Bill Samuels

Published - February 25, 2014

Gov. Cuomo discusses the Common Core, teacher evaluations and the property tax cap. Steve Greenberg shares the results of the latest Siena Poll in which a majority of voters say they want State Ed to control education policy in the state, not the Governor. Bill Samuels, Founder and Chairman of Effective New York, discusses a statewide effort to challenge Governor Cuomo’s record as a progressive leader.  

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Feb. 24, 2014: Sen. Ball, WFP’s Bill Lipton, E. J. McMahon, James Tallon

Published - February 24, 2014

Two perspectives on the Governor’s proposal to offer prison inmates a college education. First we hear from Sen. Greg Ball who is critical of the plan. Then advocate Bill Lipton, State Director of the Working Families Party, weighs in. The Empire Center For New York State Policy is out with a new report today on the estate tax. Founding President and CEO EJ McMahon will have details. James Tallon is a member of the Board of Regents as well as President and CEO of the United Hospital Fund of New York. He will discuss how the Regents are handling the

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‘Great Performances Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn’ airs March 2 at 8 p.m. on WCNY

Published - February 24, 2014

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 March 2 at 8 p.m. on WCNY. Where to watch  Preview

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Feb. 20, 2014: Encore of Feb. 11, 2014

Published - February 21, 2014

Encore of Feb. 11, 2014 Gov. Cuomo responds the the Regents’ recommendations. We discuss both the Regents reforms to the Common Core implementation and today’s news of the new CFE-style lawsuit with Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Education Commissioner Dr. John King. More on the push for the DREAM Act with Senator Jose Peralta. David Sciarra of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Education Law Center and Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education discuss a new report that they say shows money does indeed matter in education.

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Frontline presents ‘Secrets of the Vatican’ Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. on WCNY

Published - February 20, 2014

This special Frontline 90-minute program tells the inside story of the collapse of the Benedict Papacy, and illuminates the extraordinary challenges facing Pope Francis as he tries to reform the powerful Vatican bureaucracy, root out corruption, and chart a new course for the troubled Catholic Church. Airs Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. on WCNY. Where to watch

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Feb. 19, 2014: Encore of Feb. 4, 2014

Published - February 20, 2014

Leader of the mainstream Democrats State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses a few key items on the Democratic agenda. Prominent election attorney and scholar Jerry Goldfeder, Special Counsel to Strook, Strook and Lavan and Law Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, joins us to weigh the 2 competing same-day primary bills in the state Senate. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Executive Director Frederick Floss and Chief Economist James Parrott weigh the pros and cons of the executive budget.

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Feb. 18, 2014: Encore of Jan. 29, 2014

Published - February 18, 2014

Encore of Jan. 29, 2014 Assemblymember Pat Fahy discusses pre-K as well as funding for K – 12 education. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner explains yesterday’s decision by JCOPE to tweak its policy on donor secrecy. John Mylod, one of the last commercial fisherman on the Hudson, spent years as executive director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater where he worked closely with Pete Seeger. He will join the EPA’s Judith Enck in a remembrance of the folk icon. Political Strategist Bruce Gyory of Corning Place on the DREAM Act.

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Feb. 17, 2014: Encore of Jan. 27, 2014

Published - February 17, 2014

Encore of Jan. 27, 2014 Mayors from across the state are in Albany to testify at today’s budget hearing on aid to localities. Two upstate mayors join us to discuss what they want to impart to lawmakers: we will hear Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester and Mayor Kathy Sheehan of Albany. More on how local governments are doing with Assemblyman John McDonald, former Mayor of Cohoes, and Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson. We speak with members of the environmental community: Adirondack Council’s Willie Janeway, NYPIRG’s Laura Haight and EANY’s Peter Iwanowicz. We discuss spinal cord injuries with David Carmel, co-founder of

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Feb. 14, 2014: Jon Lentz, Kyle Hughes, Blair Horner, Group home safety, SEQRA

Published - February 14, 2014

Jon Lentz shares this week’s City & State’s Winners and Loser. Reporter Kyle Hughes of NYSNYS.com talks snow storms and Medicaid waivers. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner says the State is underfunding tobacco control programs. Group home safety. EANY’s Peter Iwanowicz and Albany Rountable’s Paul Bray discuss the history of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

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