Monthly Archives: July, 2014

July 31, 2014: John Cahill, David Salway, Howie Hawkins, Ron Deutsch and Michael Kink

Published - July 31, 2014

Kyle Hughes guest hosts; John Cahill; David Salway; Michael Kink and Ron Deutsch  Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill on his campaign and the Moreland controversy. David Salway, Program Director for the New York State Broadbrand Program Office explains broadband’s role in the Smart Schools Bond Act. Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins. Executive Director of Strong Economy for All Michael Kink and Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness Ron Deutsch discuss the fast-food worker push for higher wages and progressive issues in this election cycle.

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July 30, 2014: Comptroller DiNapoli, Tom Stebbins, Rob Astorino, Bruce Gyory

Published - July 30, 2014

Kyle Hughes guest hosts; LRANY’s Tom Stebbins; Rob Astorino; Bruce Gyory Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks with guest host Kyle Hughes about public corruption, New York’s finances, and the economic outlook in the state. Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Tom Stebbins explains the latest on the Scaffold Law. Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino joins Kyle Hughes to discuss the controversy surrounding the Moreland Commission. Manatt’s Bruce Gyory analyzes what the fallout from Moreland could be in November and gives the latest with the Attorney General’s race.

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July 29, 2014: Teacher certification, veterans’ issues, Paul Bray

Published - July 29, 2014

Kyle Hughes guest hosts; teacher certification requirements; veterans issues; keeping history alive Kyle Hughes speaks with United University Professions Vice President of Acadmeic Affairs Jamie Dangler and advocate Tom Pinto about the new teacher certification requirements. Asm. Angelo Santabarbara and retired Navy veteran Barry Moore discuss veterans issues around the state. Paul Bray, a Times Union frequent contributor and founding president of the Albany civic lunch forum, shares the story of Kate Mullany, the founder of the nation’s first all-female union, and explains the importance of keeping local history alive.

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July 28, 2014: Best-of edition with Richard Ravitch, Dr. Bruce Roter, and Michael Meath

Published - July 28, 2014

A best-of episode with Richard Ravitch, Dr. Bruce Roter, and Michael Meath. Former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch discusses his new memoir, So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics & Confronting Fiscal Crises. Original air date: April 23, 2014. From April 18, 2014: Dr. Bruce Roter of Albany, an activist who successfully brought Trader Joe’s to the Capital Region, joins us to discuss his new mission: the Museum of Political Corruption. Original air date: April 18, 2014 Why our electricity bills are so high this year? We get one perspective from a member of the Syracuse Adjunct faculty:

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for July 27, 2014

Published - July 27, 2014

The leader of the mainstream Democratic Conference, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins D – Yonkers, discusses the failures of the Moreland Commission. The latest Siena poll out earlier this week was more good news for Governor Cuomo. Siena Research Institute spokesman Steve Greenberg tell us why. A recent article in the New York Times about a student named Anna at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a reminder of how pervasive the problem of sexual assault is on college campuses. We will discuss the problem, its genesis and how to prevent it with two guests, Stacey Thayer, MPH, Director of the

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July 25, 2014: Best-of edition. Dean Penelope Andrews, Asm. Harvey Weisenberg, Arthur “Jerry” Kremer

Published - July 25, 2014

Today we explore the legacy of Nelson Mandela with Albany Law School Dean Penelope “Penny” Andrews, who lived under apartheid. She is co-editor of The Post Apartheid Constitutions: Perspectives on South Africa’s Basic Law, the foreword to which was written by Nelson Mandela. Original air date: Dec. 6, 2013 Long time Assemblyman and advocate for the mentally ill Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. We will discuss his priorities for the remainder of his time in office as well as the highlights of his career. Original air date: April 30, 2014 Albany Lobbyist and

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July 24, 2014: Zephyr Teachout, Casey Seiler, Stacey Thayer, Joanne Zannoni

Published - July 24, 2014

The fallout continues from a critical New York Times report about the Cuomo administration’s interference with the Moreland Commission.  We speak with Democratic-hopeful Zephyr Teachout who is calling on the Governor to resign. Casey Seiler, state editor and columnist for the Albany Times Union joins us with thoughts on Moreland, JCOPE, and a Scaffold Law report that some say may have been influenced by the organization that paid for it.   A recent New York Times article about a student named Anna at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a reminder of how pervasive the problem of sexual assault has become on college

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July 23, 2014: Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Barbara Bartoletti, Stuart Lehman, Larry Levy

Published - July 23, 2014

Democratic Leader of the State Senate Andrea Stewart-Cousins joins the show. Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters of New York State comments on the demise of the Moreland Commission and the Times’ expose. Stuart Lehman education coordinator at the Capitol joins us with highlights from a new special tour titled, “1864-1965 Culminating Colors – A Civil War Tour at the New York State Capitol” which explores an exhibit of eight historic flags from the New York State Battle Flag Collection, administered by the New York State Military Museum. Hofstra’s Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies

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July 22, 2014:Blair Horner, Farouk Abdullah, State Senator George Latimer, Brian Nearing

Published - July 22, 2014

  Seventy percent of today’s college students graduate with a baccalaureate degree and a little something extra:  an average of $29,400 dollars of debt.  Over the last ten years student debt has quadrupled, topping $1 trillion.   Need help with your debt?  Blair Horner and Farouk Abdullah of the New York Public Interest Research Group give  tips to help you manage your school loans. Politics in New York State is a little like the weather in New England; if you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes.  Last Friday I spoke with Democratic State Senator George Latimer who at the time didn’t have

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July 21, 2014: Laura Height, Peter Iwanowicz, Steve Greenberg, Chief Michael Ranalli, Kate Breslin

Published - July 21, 2014

Environmental groups are unhappy with the Public Authorities Control Board’s approval of a $256 million dollar loan for the Tappan Zee Bridge project.   Laura Haight of NYPIRG and Peter Iwanowicz of Environmental Advocates of New York explain why and what they may do about it. Steve Greenberg has news from the latest Siena Poll for us. Chief Michael Ranalli, Glenville Town Police Department, an attorney and the author of several law enforcement articles and attorney Terry O’Neill discuss the Staten Island choke-hold death, and Stop & Frisk. Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA)

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for July 20, 2014

Published - July 20, 2014

Cathy Young, R – Olean, Chair of the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee Mike Gianaris, D – Astoria, Chair of the Democratic State Senate Campaign Committee Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy and Gannett Albany Bureau Chief Joe Spector on the surprise decision by Senator George Maziarz not to seek re-election. Dan Courtney, who describes himself as an atheist, delivered an invocation before the Greece Town Board on Tuesday. He joined Robyn Blumner, spokesperson for “Openly Secular” and Executive Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science to discuss the recent SCOTUS decision in Greece v. Galloway, and

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July 18, 2014: Ws and Ls, Jon Campbell, Zephyr Teachout, Brenna Erford, Renee Nogales

Published - July 18, 2014

We will be joined by City and State reporter Ashley Hupfl who will present the week’s Winners and Losers. Jon Campbell of Gannett’s Albany Bureau analyzes the week’s news from the Tappan Zee to the LIRR. Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law Professor challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for Governor, discusses her campaign and why she’s skeptical of the new Women’s Equality Party. Pew released a new 50-state study that illustrates how states can save enough during economic boom years to better weather future recessions. Brenna Erford, Manager of State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth, with the Pew

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July 17, 2014: Senators Cathy Young, Kathy Marchione and Michael Gianaris; James R. Tallon

Published - July 17, 2014

State senate campaign chairs discuss the numbers. First up, Chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee Cathy Young, Then, Chair of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee Mike Gianaris. In light of a New York Times report published over the weekend critical of how officials at Hobart & William Smith Colleges had responded to allegations of rape by a student, State Senator Kathy Marchione is looking to possibly amend legislation that would require college officials to report crimes, including rape, to local police. She joins us to explain. Jim Tallon, President of the United Hospital Fund of New York and a

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July 16, 2014: Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Kyle Hughes, Bruce Gyory, Rep. Chris Gibson

Published - July 16, 2014

Concerned Health Professionals of New York last week sent a letter to the state’s acting Health Commissioner asking to meet about the health impacts of hydrofracking. The group has created a compendium of scientific information which it says demonstrates risks and harms of fracking. One of the members, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College, joins us with details. Governor Cuomo, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, GE’s Jeffrey Immelt and a group of elected officials yesterday announced a new multi-million dollar semiconductor partnership between the state, GE, IBM and the Albany nano college. The work will involve silicon carbide,

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July 15, 2014: campaign filings, Brian Jones, Dr. Kim Griswold and Marlene Schillinger, secular invocation in Greece, NY

Published - July 15, 2014

Today is the deadline for political campaign financial filings in New York. We speak with Jeanne Zaino, Professor of Political Science & International Studies at Iona College & Huffington Post contributor about trends in campaigning. Green Party Lt. Governor candidate Brian Jones discusses education policy. More refugees find homes in western New York than in any other part of the state including New York City. For that reason, the WNY Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture is critical. We speak with Dr. Kim Griswold, the medical director of the Center and Marlene Schillinger, President of the Jewish Family

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