Monthly Archives: June, 2014


June 30, 2014: Michael Rebell, Dr. Vin Bonventre, Rich Honen

Published - June 30, 2014

New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York has asked State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez to restore $1 billion in aid due to school districts throughout the state immediately, even before the case goes to trial. We will be joined by co-counsel for the plaintiffs Michael A. Rebell, Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Columbia Teachers College, who was also co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity case against the state. Albany Law School’s Dr. Vin Bonventre, founder and Editor of State Constitutional Commentary & author of the NY Court

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for June 29, 2014

Published - June 29, 2014

Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the IDC, Independent Democratic Conference, discusses his decision to re-align with the mainstream Democratic conference after the November election. Karen Scharff, co-Chair of the Working Families’ Party & Executive Director of Citizen Action shares her reaction to the news. Executive Director of Environmental Advocates Peter Iwanowicz and Conservation Director for the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter Roger Downs on the legislative session. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on the Clinton Global Initiative.

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June 27, 2014: Senator Skelos, Matt Hamilton and Bill Hammond, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Matt Ossenfort

Published - June 27, 2014

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos reacts to news that the IDC may conference with the mainstream Democrats next session. NY Daily News Bill Hammond with analysis of the week’s news. Winners and Losers courtesy of City and State’s Matt Hamilton. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the IDC, if Democratic control is good or bad for upstate & whether she still plans to support primary elections against the IDC. Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort is a strong proponent of a proposed casino plan that almost fell apart. He explains his support.

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June 26, 2014: Sen. Jeff Klein, Karen Scharff, Nathan Schaefer, Mayor Stephanie Miner

Published - June 26, 2014

Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the IDC, discusses his decision to rejoin the mainstream Democratic conference after the election. Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York and co-chair of the Working Families Party Karen Scharff joins us with reaction to news that both houses of the legislature may be controlled by Democrats next session. Nathan Schaefer executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda reviews the legislative session. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is just back from the Clinton Global Initiative in Denver. The 4th annual event brought together “more than 1,000 leaders from the business, foundation, NGO, and government

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June 25, 2014: Education stakeholders respond to the session; 21st Congressional District primary

Published - June 25, 2014

We speak with Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association; Dr. Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium; Robert Lowry, deputy director of the Superintendents Council; Richard Longhurst, executive administrator of the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers or PTA; Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education. North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann and David Sommerstein break down the results of the primary in NY-21

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June 24, 2014: creative redistricting, Elise Stefanik, Matt Doheny, The Business Council

Published - June 24, 2014

Blair Horner, Legislative Director of NYPIRG, the New York Public Interest Research Group and Jesse Laymon, Executive Director Effective NY discuss their “Can the Plan” initiative that urges voters to vote no on a ballot question in November dealing with redistricting. Elise Stefanik will join us. She is running against Matt Doheny in the Republican Primary in the 21st Congressional District. Matt Doheny, one of two candidates running in the Republican Primary in the 21st Congressional District, joins us on primary day. Ken Pokalsky Vice President of Government Affairs for the Business Council of New York discusses legislative wins and

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June 23, 2014: Assemblymembers Patricia Fahy and John McDonald, “Wasting Our Waters,” Peter Iwanowicz and Roger Downs, Casey Seiler and Ken Lovett

Published - June 23, 2014

Assemblymembers Patricia Fahy and John McDonald discuss their legislative wins & losses. In a new report titled “Wasting Our Waters” the group Environment NY finds that industrial facilities dumped 5.3 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New York’s waterways in 2012 making them the 15th worst in the nation. We will hear more about the findings from Environment NY’s Director Heather Leibowitz. From brownfields to oil trains, we hear what the environmental community thinks about the just completed legislative session. Our guests will include Environmental Advocates Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz and Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter’s Roger Downs. Albany Bureau Chief

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for June 22, 2014

Published - June 22, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo with his take on the end of the session. Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause, NY discusses the Time Warner/Comcast merger. IDC Senator Tony Avella, D – Queens defends his move from the mainstream Democrats to the Independent Democrats. We meet Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout who would like to primary Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

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June 20, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Yancey Roy and Rick Karlin, domestic violence representation, NYSUT’s Karen Magee

Published - June 20, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo explains the end-of-session highlights. Newsday’s Yancey Roy and the Times Union’s Rick Karlin will join us with analysis of the week’s news. We discuss an innovative collaboration that will provide increased access to civil legal representation to victims of domestic violence with three guests: Paul Harding of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, the Legal Project’s Student Fellow Joe Williams of Albany Law School, and Lisa Frisch, Executive Director of The Legal Project. Karen Magee, President of New York State United Teachers discusses the teacher evaluation deal hammered out yesterday with Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders.

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June 19, 2014: Senators Krueger and Rivera, Advocates for people with development disabilities, Sen. Addabbo, regent Jim Tallon

Published - June 19, 2014

Senate Democrats Liz Krueger and Gustavo Rivera join us for an end-of-session update. Advocates for people with development disabilities Michael Carey & Carl Gottstein, Jr. are pushing lawmakers to defund the Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs because, they claim, the center doesn’t automatically call 911 when it receives reports of abuse. Senator Joseph Addabbo explains his push for the Paid Family Leave Act. We hear regent Jim Tallon’s take on negotiations over the de-coupling of teacher evaluations from tests aligned with the Common Core.

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June 18, 2014: Sen. Hoylman, Susan Lerner, Sen. Avella, Bruce Gyory

Published - June 18, 2014

We discuss a bill to ban what’s known as “gay conversion therapy” with bill sponsor State Senator Brad Hoylman. Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause reflects on the legislative session and offers her take on the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger deal. (Hint: She’s urging the PSC to reject the deal). The IDC’s newest recruit, State Senator Tony Avella on his legislative priorities and the upcoming political fight to keep his seat. Manatt, Phelps and Phillips Senior Strategist & UAlbany Adjunct Professor of the Political Science Bruce Gyory shares his insights during this last week of session.

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Board meeting set for June 24

Published - June 17, 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. Tuesday, June 24, 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. Monday, June 23, by calling (315) 453-2424.

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June 17, 2014: Governor Cuomo, Bobbi Chase Wilding, Asm. Joe Morelle, push against Common Core

Published - June 17, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo on teacher evaluations and medical marijuana legislation. Bobbi Chase Wilding, Deputy Director, Clean and Healthy New York reports that the Child Safe Products Act now has more than 40 co-sponsors. She joins us to push for a vote on the bill. Assembly Majority Joseph Morelle discusses end-of-session legislation including brownfields, minimum wage, medical marijuana, teacher evaluations and the 3-year moratorium on fracking that passed yesterday in the Assembly. Parents and teachers from around the state are converging on Albany today to push the state to opt out of the Common Core standards. We will hear from Monica

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June 16, 2014: Sen. Savino, Siena Poll, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout

Published - June 16, 2014

Senator Diane Savino, sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act, responds to the changes Governor Cuomo wants to make in the legislation detailed here: http://nydn.us/1i2PowM Siena’s Steve Greenberg discusses the latest Siena Research Poll which includes voter’s attitudes on races for Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Compassionate Care Act, heroin legislation, and end-of-session priorities. Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law Professor, will announce her intentions today in Albany to primary Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party’s nomination. She joins us to discuss her decision.

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