Monthly Archives: November, 2014


Nov. 28, 2014: ATVs, Michael Rebell, Prof. Richard McGowan

Published - November 28, 2014

We bring you a debate over increasing the weight limit for ATVs in New York. J. R. Burkeof Polaris argues that higher weight all-terrain vehicles should be legal. While Citizens Campaign for the Environment’s Bill Cookesays increasing the limit will be bad for the environment and bad for safety. Original air date: Nov. 18, 2014. Michael Rebell, the attorney in the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity Case, discusses the NYSER case, a constitutional challenge to the state education school finance system. A judge recently ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor when the State sought a motion to dismiss. Original air date:

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Nov. 27, 2014: Mark Dunlea, Barbara Smith

Published - November 27, 2014

Hunger Action Network’s Executive Director Mark Dunlea discusses tackling hunger in New York. Scholar-activist Barbara Smith is set to launch a new book, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Original air date: Nov. 18, 2014

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Nov. 26, 2014: Dean Norton, Sara Niccoli and Audra Makuch, Nicole Gelinas, Larry Levy

Published - November 26, 2014

New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton discusses Pres. Obama’s immigration policy and damage to farms in Buffalo. Sara Niccoli, Executive Director of the Labor Religion Coalition, and Audra Makuch of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union share details about Black Friday protests and corporate accountability. Manhattan Institute Scholar Nicole Gelinas talks about renewing New York’s infrastructure. Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy explores whether New York’s suburbs could be the next Ferguson.

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Nov. 25, 2014: David Kidera, Raymond Sanchez, Chancellor Tisch, Zack Fink

Published - November 25, 2014

Authorities Budget Office Director David Kidera explains why his office reports that the Environmental Facilities Corporation’s violated the Open Meetings Law when approving Clean Water State Revolving Fund money for building the new Tappan Zee. Ossining Superintendent Raymond Sanchez shares why he opposes field tests for the Common Core. Chancellor Merryl Tisch will discuss the Regents’ position on field testing, her thoughts on charter schools, school financing, and the East Ramapo School District. Zack Fink, state house reporter for NY1, joins Susan Arbetter to explain his City & State cover story, “Partners in Power: The Unlikely Alliance of Andrew Cuomo

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Nov. 24, 2014: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - November 24, 2014

Best-of The Capitol Pressroom Attorney General Eric Schneiderman spoke with Susan Arbetter about a major takedown of a Brooklyn-based gun trafficking ring, as well as his second term priorities. Original air-date: Nov. 20, 2014. Allison Steinberg, the Director of Communications at Empire State Pride Agenda, discussed the state of LGBT equality in seven New York Cities. The Human Rights Campaign released a municipal equality index where the cities were rated. Original air-date: Nov. 17, 2014.  John Kane, “Let’s Talk Native” host, explained Native American Heritage Month. Original air-date: Nov. 14, 2014.  The Farmer Veteran Organization has multiple missions:  to mobilize veterans

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Nov. 23rd

Published - November 23, 2014

Former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch Attorney, principal at Excelsior Public Affairs and former Assemblyman Ryan Karben Senate Democratic Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins D – Yonkers Bruce Gyory, Senior Strategist at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany.

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Nov. 21st 2014: Ashley Hupfl, Casey Seiler, Howie Hawkins, Joseph Morelle, Michael Saltsman

Published - November 21, 2014

City & State’s Ashley Hupfl shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Casey Seiler of the Times Union explains the evolving relationship between the Board of Elections and its Chief Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman. Howie Hawkins looks at the future of the Green Party in New York. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D – Rochester) weighs in on the storm response in Buffalo, President Obama’s immigration speech, and the possible special session. Michael Saltsman, the Employment Policy Institute Executive Director, explains a report that shows raising New York’s tipped minimum wage could cost thousands of jobs.

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Nov. 20, 2014: AG Schneiderman, Sally Santangelo, Sen. Stewart-Cousins, James Tallon

Published - November 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks with Susan Arbetter about a major takedown of a Brooklyn-based gun trafficking ring, as well as his second term priorities. Syracuse is one of the nation’s most segregated cities. CNY Fair Housing’s Executive Director Sally Santangelo explains a new report “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing” that explores the city’s “hyper-segregation.” Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses the elections and what she hopes to see in the coming session. Board of Regents member James Tallon looks at eliminating the G. E. A. and the controversy over field testing the Common Core.

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Schedule Change Tonight – Presidential Address

Published - November 20, 2014

PBS will provide NewsHour coverage of the President’s Address on immigration live at 8 p.m. tonight. This will be carried on WCNY which will result in the regular schedule being pushed back a half-hour as follows: 8 p.m.    Presidential Address on Immigration8:30 p.m. Cycle of Health9 p.m.       Financial Fitness9:30 p.m.  This Old House10 p.m.     Ask This Old House10:30 p.m. Father Brown11:30 p.m. Charlie Rose12:30 a.m. Tavis Smiley (midnight show) The speech, which may be potentially 15-20 minutes in duration, is said to be about the president’s plans to overhaul immigration. Following the speech, PBS NEWSHOUR will provide analysis

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Nov. 19, 2014: Richard Ravitch, Ryan Karben, Michael Rebell, Bruce Gyory

Published - November 19, 2014

Former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch updates us on the Detroit bankruptcy. Ravitch will discuss the Motor City at a Rockefeller Institute event today. Former Assemblyman Ryan Karben weighs in on fiscal monitor Hank Greenberg’s report on the East Ramapo School District. Michael Rebell, the attorney who led the CFE case, and a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, discusses the New York County NYS Supreme Court’s decision to proceed with New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (“NYSER”) litigation, despite the State’s appeal to dismiss it. Manatt’s Bruce Gyory explains the power of telling thematic stories in campaigns.

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Nov. 18, 2014: ATV laws, Sen. Griffo, Cayuga power-plant

Published - November 18, 2014

A hot ticket item this coming session will be whether to change the weight limit to allow bigger All-terrain Vehicles on New York’s parks and trails. We’ll hear both sides of the argument: First, J. R. Burke, State & Provincial Government Relations Manager for Polaris Industries, shares the benefits of increasing the weight limits. Then, Bill Cooke, Director of Government Relations for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, explains the downsides to changing NY’s ATV laws. Senator Joseph Griffo weighs in on the upcoming session, the GOP/IDC relationship, and the possible legislative pay raise. Carol Chock of the Tompkins County Legislature

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Nov. 17, 2014: Katherine Markert, Allison Steinberg, Barbara Smith

Published - November 17, 2014

Governor Cuomo signed the Craft New York Act last week. Katherine Markert, an attorney at Harter Secrest & Emery and legal expert on the alcohol beverage industry, will explain the changes. Allison Steinberg, the Director of Communications at Empire State Pride Agenda, discusses the state of LGBT equality in seven New York Cities. The Human Rights Campaign released a municipal equality index where the cities were rated. Scholar-activist Barbara Smith is set to launch a new book, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.

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Nov. 14th, 2014: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Michael Gormley, John Kane, Robert Pollin

Published - November 14, 2014

Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this weeks Winners and Losers Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, and Michael Gormley of Newsday join Susan for a reporter roundtable. John Kane, “Let’s Talk Native” host, discusses Native American Heritage Month. Prof. Robert Pollin, Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, looks at green jobs and climate change.

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Nov. 10th, 2014: Best-Of Show Robert Duffy, Willie Janeway, Dick Ravitch, Karen Scharff, Michael Kink

Published - November 14, 2014

On, today’s best-of show we begin with our good-bye swan-song to Lt. Governor Robert Duffy. Original air date: May 27, 2014 We go back to September when we spoke with Adirondack Park Executive Director Willie Janeway about the State of the Park. Original air date: Sept. 3, 2014 Next week we will be hearing from former Lt. Governor Dick Ravitch who has been working on the Detroit bankruptcy negotiations – I thought would be interesting to hear what he was saying about the topic one year ago. Original air date: Dec. 10, 2014 And we will bring the show back

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Nov. 13, 2014: Letitia James, Harvey Rosenthal, Bill Mahoney, public school funding

Published - November 13, 2014

With the Comcast/Time Warner merger, Public Advocate for the City of New York Letitia James is pushing for free broadband for public housing. Yesterday, the State’s Public Service Commission delayed a vote on the $45 billion takeover of TWC by Comcast. Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director of New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc., explains why the national controversy over how to best care for those with mental illness has come to Albany.   Bill Mahoney shares the highlights of his career at NYPIRG. Educational Conference Board Chair John Yagielski and NYSUT Executive VP Andy Pallotta discuss school funding.  

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