Monthly Archives: May, 2014



May 29, 2014: Robert Antonacci, Senators Jose Peralta and Bill Perkins, John Kane, NYS Coalition for More Family Court Judges

Published - May 29, 2014

Robert Antonacci the Republican nominee for State Comptroller discusses his candidacy. Senators Jose Peralta and Bill Perkins discuss a final push for the New York State DREAM Act. Should teams with Native American names, like the one in Washington DC, keep them? Native American activist and host of “Let’s Talk Native” John Kane says, “Perhaps, if only to demonstrate the blatant evidence of the racism that Washington D.C. — the nation’s capital — still holds toward Native people.” Kane joins me in our Syracuse studio. Lawmakers in Albany authorized 20 new Family Court judgeships in the state budget, but have

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May 28, 2014: Justice for Our Veterans Act, JOBS Act, Asm. Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Larry Levy

Published - May 28, 2014

Veterans are urging passage of the Justice for Our Veterans Act which ensures untreated veterans with mental health illnesses receive treatment if they find themselves in the court system. The bill is supported by a range of groups. We speak with Jonathan Gradess, Gary Horton & Art Cody of the New York State Defenders Association, as well as Mark Williams of the Office of the Public Defender of Cattaraugus County and Command Sergeant Major Stephen Coville of the US Army Reserves. The JOBS Act is on the Senate Corporations Committee agenda today. The Just and Open Business Subsidies (JOBS) Act

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WCNY president and CEO Robert J. Daino named Temple Adath Yeshurun Citizen of the Year

Published - May 28, 2014

Robert J. Daino was named Citizen of the Year by Temple Adath Yeshurun at its annual event May 8. The community-wide event, recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in either their fields or for their voluntarism. Daino was recognized for his vision, the new WCNY Broadcast and Education Center. The 56,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility opened last spring on the Near Westside. Two initiatives implemented under Daino’s leadership within the building are Enterprise America, a hands-on learning program for middle and high school students, and Centralcast LLC, a groundbreaking content management system that serves 20 percent of PBS viewers nationwide. Daino’s entrepreneurial

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May 27, 2014: Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, Bill Samuels, Sen. Cathy Young, Barb DeLong

Published - May 27, 2014

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy opens up about life as Governor Cuomo’s second-in-command and shares some advice for the woman tapped to fill his role. Effective NY’s Bill Samuels explains why he might run for Lt. Governor. Chair of the State Senate Republican Campaign Committee, Sen. Cathy Young (R-C-I, Olean) discusses this year’s campaign. There are 12,000 individuals with developmental disabilities on the waiting list for residential and community services throughout the state. Barb DeLong, President of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of western NY’s Family Committee joins us to explain why the number is so large.

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May 26, 2014: Best-of edition. Richard Ravitch, remembering Attica

Published - May 26, 2014

Best-of . Former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch.  He has written a new memoir titled, “So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics & Confronting Fiscal Crises”.  We spoke with him about his long career. THEN… State Supreme Court Justice Patrick NeMoyer recently agreed to a partial release of the Attica records known as Volumes II and III of the Meyer Report:  Specifically, he granted access to all portions not related to grand jury testimony.   Not everyone is happy about that decision.  Coming up on the show, we will hear an interview with two staff attorneys for Attica Brothers

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Capitol Pressroom Weekend for May 25, 2014

Published - May 25, 2014

Queens Democrat, State Senator & Chair of the NYS Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, Michael Gianaris on how the mainstream Democrats plan to take the Senate this year. School budgets passed overwhelmingly this week. We speak with Michael Borges, Executive Director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials and Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association. We meet former aide to Governor George Pataki John Cahill, the Republican challenging Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General. Bruce Gyory, Senior Strategist at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips & UAlbany Adjunct Professor of Political Science shares his thoughts

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May 23, 2014: Ws and Ls, Bill Hammond, Bruno verdict reaction, John Conrad

Published - May 23, 2014

City and State’s Matt Hamilton provides us with the week’s Winners and Losers. New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond shares analysis of the state Democratic convention, the Governor’s choice of Kathy Hochul for his running mate and the push for the legalization of medical marijuana. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner and Common Cause’s Susan Lerner weigh in on the significance of Joe Bruno’s acquittal. Last week heard from Senate Democrats about a series of bills they are sponsoring to address the influx of fracking waste from Pennsylvania. Today we hear the other side of the story from John A. Conrad, Senior

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May 22, 2014: AG Schneiderman, John Liu, scaffold law debate, Gas Free Seneca

Published - May 22, 2014

After his nomination yesterday at the State Democratic Convention we spoke with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about his candidacy, his challenger John Cahill and the Moreland Commission. John Liu, a former mayoral candidate from Queens, now running against State Senator Tony Avella, explains why he feels he needs to primary a fellow Democrat. A Scaffold law debate featuring Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO of the Association of General Contractors of New York State and Paul Fernandes, Chief of Staff for the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. A decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to give

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Board meeting set for May 28

Published - May 21, 2014

In accordance with open meetings law, WCNY provides reasonable notice to the public of its board meetings. The next WCNY Board Meeting will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the WCNY  Broadcast and Education Center located at 415 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y. Interested parties wishing to attend should contact the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York before 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 by calling (315) 453-2424.

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May 21, 2014: Matt Hamilton, school budget votes, John Cahill, Bruce Gyory

Published - May 21, 2014

Matt Hamilton of City and State previews the State Democratic convention that begins today on Long Island. Michael Borges of the New York State Association of School Business Officials and Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association will update us on school budget votes. Former Pataki aide John Cahill, the Republican challenging Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General shares his vision for the office. Manatt’s Bruce Gyory joins us with analysis on how both parties are likely to emerge from their conventions.

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May 20, 2014: Sen. Gianaris, regulation review opposition, Howie Hawkins, Asm. Dan Quart

Published - May 20, 2014

Senator Mike Gianaris, Chair of the New York State Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, discusses the handful of Dem-on-Dem battles for senate seats. A group of environmental and health advocates has sent a letter to legislative leaders (Senators Skelos, Klein, and Griffo, Speaker Silver and Assemblyman Brennan) stating their “deep opposition” to a Griffo/Brennan bill (S.5519-B/A.8051-A) that would “create a task force charged with reviewing regulations, and that would provide the task force with broad, sweeping, and unilateral authority to repeal any regulation.” We will speak with several advocates. Howie Hawkins officially received the Green Party’s nomination for Governor. He will

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May 19, 2014: Rob Astorino and Chris Moss, postpartum depression, Ryan Karben, NYSOA

Published - May 19, 2014

The Republican picks for governor and lieutenant governor, Rob Astorino and Chris Moss, discuss education and the state’s business climate.Senator Liz Krueger, as well as Karen and Deb Wachenheim, who lost their family member, Cindy, last year, are once again pushing for postpartum depression legislation. Religious leaders from Rockland County want the governor to intervene in a fight with Hasidim, who sits on the board of East Ramapo public schools. It’s a touchy topic: According to former Assemblyman Ryan Karben, who will join us today, the leaders allege the Yeshiva parents who serve on the school board are shifting funds

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for May 18, 2014

Published - May 18, 2014

President of the New York Farm Bureau Dean Norton and Executive Director of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Rick Zimmerman discuss their opposition to GMO labeling. We meet 19th Congressional district challenger Democrat Sean Eldridge. Senator Diane Savino, D – Staten Island, a member of the governing coalition in the State Senate, pushes for the Compassionate Care Act which would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Hofstra’s Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy was at the Republican State Convention in Rye Brook this week. He shares his thoughts on Rob Astorino’s new running mate, Chris

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May 16, 2014: Ws and Ls, Ken Lovett, fast-food wages, John Gabriel, teen gambling addiction

Published - May 16, 2014

City and State’s Matt Hamilton joins us with the week’s Winners & Losers. Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News shares his analysis of the news of the week. There is a move to pay low-wage workers more than minimum wage. Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition joins us along with Chad Tall, a 21 year old Taco Bell worker making $8 an hour, and who helps support his unemployed mother and brother. Long-time Capital Region radio personality John Gabriel has co-written a new book called Capital Region Radio 1920-2011, published by Arcadia

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