Monthly Archives: August, 2014


‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Aug. 31, 2014

Published - August 31, 2014

Former Congresswoman & Governor Cuomo’s Lt. governor pick Kathy Hochul Onondaga County Comptroller, attorney and Republican candidate for State Comptroller Robert Antonacci Former Assembly Ways & Means Committee Chairman and Chairman of Empire Government Strategies, Jerry Kremer

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Aug. 29, 2014: Ashley Hupfl, reporter roundtable, Adrian Kuzminski

Published - August 29, 2014

Winners and Losers courtesy of reporter Ashley Hupfl of City and State. Analysis of the news of the week with Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union, and Nick Reisman of Time Warner Cable News. A conversation about the philosophy of political populism with former research scholar in Philosophy at Hartwick college Adrian Kuzminski. Kuzminski is probably best known for his work as moderator of Sustainable Otsego, a social network of several hundred subscribers founded in the Cooperstown, NY area. What you may not know is that he’s the author of several books including The Ecology of Money: Debt, Growth,

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Aug. 28, 2014: Kathy Hochul, Robert Antonacci, Sara Niccoli

Published - August 28, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidate Kathy Hochul joins Susan for a wide-ranging conversation on everything from the Women’s Equality Party to immigration issues to Zephyr Teachout. Robert Antonacci, the Republican candidate for NYS Comptroller and current Onondaga County Comptroller, discusses veterans issues, his call for a debate and why he feels shareholder activism isn’t in his job description. In honor of the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, advocates are holding the “Vote Your Dreams” rally at the Capitol today. We will speak with Sara Niccoli, the executive director of the Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS about the day’s events.

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Aug. 27, 2014: Sen. Tim Kennedy, Betty Jean Grant, Randy Credico, Bruce Gyory

Published - August 27, 2014

We will speak separately with the two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Senate in western New York’s 63rd State Senate District: First up, incumbent State Senator Tim Kennedy; then we will meet the Chair of the Erie County Legislature, Betty Jean Grant. Democratic candidate for Governor Randy Credico talks about his roots as a progressive activist. Political strategist & UAlbany adjunct professor of Political Science Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps, Phillips weighs in on the gender gap, the role of the Women’s Equality Party in State Senate races and where Zephyr Teachout would lead the Democratic Party.

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Aug. 26, 2014: Sen. Stewart-Cousins, Nathan Schaefer, Sen. O’Brien, Jerry Kremer

Published - August 26, 2014

State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses Women’s Equality Day and the Democratic campaign to win control of the state senate. Empire State Pride Agenda, which announced last week it would back Governor Cuomo’s re-election bid, has come out with its 3rd round of endorsements. Executive Director Nathan Schaefer joins us. Incumbent Democrat State Senator Ted O’Brien of Rochester explains why the voters of Rochester should give him another term in office. We talk ethics training with Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, chairman of Empire Government Strategies and former member of the NYS Assembly and chair of the Ways and Means

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Aug. 25, 2014: Attorney General Schneiderman, Bill Sherman, NYLCV endorsements, Harvey Rosenthal

Published - August 25, 2014

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses last week’s Bank of America settlement of $16.65 billion dollar in which the banking giant was forced to acknowledge it made serious “misrepresentations” to the public regarding residential mortgage-backed securities. New York gets mixed reviews when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce deaths from cancer, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. We hear details from Bill Sherman , Vice President of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc. The New York League of Conservation Voters comes out today with its top priority primary races. Executive

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‘Nova: Why Sharks Attack’ airs Aug. 27 at 9 p.m.

Published - August 25, 2014

In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in ten months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed the ultimate shark fright film, Jaws. What’s behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where they’ve rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, Nova teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States

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Aug. 22, 2014: Ws and Ls, Scott Waldman and Matt Hamilton, Bill McKibben, Blair Horner

Published - August 22, 2014

City and State reporter Ashley Hupfl delivers the week’s Winners & Losers. Reporters Scott Waldman of Capital New York and Matt Hamilton of the Albany Times Union provide analysis of the week’s news. Author, educator, environmentalist and co-founder of 350.org Bill McKibben discusses climate change, oil trains and why New York should divest its pension fund from fossil fuels. NYPIRG, the Center for Medical Consumers, and New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment have released a report titled, “The Doctor IS in” which shows that far from having a doctor shortage in New York as some groups contend, the Empire

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Aug. 21, 2014: Rep. Paul Tonko, Sen. Skelos, Rob Astorino, Regent Jim Tallon

Published - August 21, 2014

Congressman Paul Tonko on energy policy, oil trains and his campaign for re-election. In an “open letter to New York”, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos argues that Democrats aren’t disciplined, are too NYC-centric, and won’t focus on upstate priorities if elected to lead the State Senate. Republican nominee for Governor Rob Astorino outlines his plan for economic growth. Regent Jim Tallon President of the United Hospital Fund of New York discusses the upstate-downstate divide in the 3 – 8 test scores.

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Aug. 20, 2014: Commissioner King, Quinnipiac poll, “Here One Day” documentary, Larry Levy

Published - August 20, 2014

State Ed. Commission Dr. John King discusses the 3 – 8 test scores that were released last week. Maurice Carroll Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac Poll joins us with results from the latest Q poll. After a decades-long struggle with bipolar disorder, Nina Leichter, a sixty-three year old mother of two, committed suicide by jumping out of a window. Being the wife of New York State Senator Franz Leichter, her death was reported on the radio, in newspapers, and on television. Her daughter Kathy Leichter picked up where coverage in the mainstream press left off with a film titled “Here

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Aug. 19, 2014: Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Co. Exec. McCoy, Bill Samuels, Brian Sampson

Published - August 19, 2014

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan join me in the studio to discuss their plans to address the billions of gallons of crude oil being shipped through downtown Albany by rail. EffectiveNY founder and Democratic activist Bill Samuels is angry at how the Board of Elections has characterized a redistricting commission on a ballot question slated for November. We will talk with him about his FOIL request for all communication between the governor’s office at the BOE. Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate checks in.

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Aug. 18, 2014: Dr. Sandra Steingraber and Joseph Campbell, Patti Southworth, Tim Kremer, Madelyn Thorne

Published - August 18, 2014

Last Monday the DEC announced it would hold an issues conference regarding Houston-based Crestwood’s plan to store propane and butane gas in salt caverns on the banks of Seneca Lake. That decision prompted Arlington Storage, a division of Crestwood, to request from FERC clearance to begin construction today. The move has sparked outrage among some Finger Lakes residents opposed to the storage plan. We will speak with Joseph Campbell of Gas Free Seneca and Ithaca College’s Scholar in Residence, author & anti-fracking activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber about the issue and the rally being planned for today. Two Democrats are running

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Aug. 17, 2014

Published - August 17, 2014

Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins and Democratic Party hopeful Zephyr Teachout Laura Ladd Bierman, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New York and Dick Dadey, Executive Director of the Citizens Union. Bruce Gyory, a political and strategic consultant at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips & UAlbany adjunct professor of political science.

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Aug. 15, 2014: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

Published - August 15, 2014

City & State’s Ashley Hupfl joins us with the week’s Winners & Losers. The New York Daily News’ Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett is just back from Israel where he covered the New York delegation’s trip. He will join us with highlights. New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli drops by to discuss a variety of issues and update us on his campaign.

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