Monthly Archives: December, 2014


Dec. 31, 2014: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - December 31, 2014

Best-of The Capitol Pressroom NRDC Senior Attorney Kate Sinding and Frack Action’s John Armstrong celebrate the DEC and DOH decision to continue the ban of fracking in NY. Sen. Tom Libous (R – Binghamton) and Attorney Tom West react to the fracking ban, and explain whether there will be lawsuits countering the decision or other next steps. James Featherstonhaugh, senior parter of Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne and a part owner of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, weighs in on yesterday’s casino siting decisions. Regent James Tallon discusses state aid for schools and the departure of State Education Commissioner John King.

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Dec. 30, 2014: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - December 30, 2014

Best-of The Capitol Pressroom What should the State do with a windfall? Comptroller Tom DiNapoli shares his thoughts. Ron Deutsch is now the Interim Executive Director at the Fiscal Policy Institute. He joins Susan to discuss his new role. Sen. Greg Ball (R – Patterson) looks back at his tenure as a legislator and explains his next steps. Original air-date: Dec. 1, 2014

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Dec. 29, 2014: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - December 29, 2014

Best-Of The Capitol Pressroom Mayor Stephanie Miner discusses her proposal for a “Syracuse Billion.” The Common Ground Alliance has released its legislative priorities for the year. The Adirondack Council’s Willie Janeway and John Sheehan will discuss what the group would like to see in the Park. The Nature Conservancy’s Stu Gruskin explains Plan 2014, a modern lake management plan to restore the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and revitalize shoreline communities. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein was named one of the top state and local officials in Governing magazine. He joins Susan Arbetter to explain the honor. Original air-date

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Dec. 26, 2014: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - December 26, 2014

Best-of The Capitol Pressroom AQE’s Executive Director Billy Easton and Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout are part of a coalition calling on the state to invest more in the traditional public education system rather than in charter schools. Taking the opposite view, the group Families for Excellent Schools says that New York’s public schools have seen widespread failure and need to be reformed. Executive Director Jeremiah Kittredge explains. Carol Burris is a strong player in New York’s education system. She is the principal of South Side High School in Rockville CSD. A former teacher, Burris was named the 2010 Educator

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Dec 25, 2014: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - December 25, 2014

Best-of The Capitol Pressroom One of New York’s presents this year was a bank settlement windfall of over 5 billion dollars–and, no surprise, everyone wants to play with it. In November, we heard from the Citizens Budget Commission’s Elizabeth Lynam and the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Fred Floss about some ideas on how to spend the money. That same day, we also spoke with Tim Hoefer of the Empire Center about pension double-dipping and a report card on municipalities websites’ effectiveness. We’ll hear what Assemblymember Deborah Glick’s environmental priorities are for the coming year. And finally, raising the tipped minimum wage

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Dec. 24, 2014: Asm. Santabarbara, Tom Stebbins, Nathan Mandsager and Richard Jackson, Amy Klein

Published - December 24, 2014

Today, Asm. Angelo Santabarbara (D – Schenectady) joins Susan to discuss expanding broadband and reforming education. The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Tom Stebbins says the state is the #1 judicial hellhole for lawsuits. Schenectady Bridges’ Nathan Mandsager and Richard Jackson explain how the Bridges program uses training and collaboration to help people move from generational poverty to sustainability. Capital Roots Executive Director Amy Klein shares how her organization fights hunger and encourages healthy eating.

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Dec. 23, 2014: Sen. Flanagan, President Bonnie Russell, Dr. Rick Timb, Bob Lowry, and Billy Easton

Published - December 23, 2014

Last week, the Cuomo Administration sent a letter to Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King stating that he intends to enact education reforms through the budget. Today, we hear reactions from a number of different stakeholders: First, Senator John Flanagan (R – Smithtown), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, weighs in. Then, NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell explains what parents and teachers think of the Governor’s plans. Finally, a roundtable discussion of what power over education the Governor could wield in the budget process with the New York State Council of School Superintendents’ Bob Lowry, the Statewide School Finance

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Dec. 22, 2014: Karen Magee, AARP, John Kane, Black Oak Wind Farm

Published - December 22, 2014

NYSUT President Karen Magee responds to the Cuomo Administration’s letter to Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King about education reform, and shares her reaction to the APPR results. AARP New York’s Associate Director of Communications Erik Kriss discusses the move in Washington to cut multi-employer private pension benefits. “Let’s Talk Native” host John Kane explains what he says is an attempt by NYS to end the Seneca brand of cigarettes on its Native territories. In Tompkins County, the Black Oak Wind Farm is the first of its kind “community-owned” wind project. Marguerite Wells, Black Oak Wind Farm Project Manager, shares how

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Dec. 21, 2014

Published - December 21, 2014

State Ed Commissioner Dr. John King & Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch DEC Commissioner Joe Martens James Featherstonhaugh, partner in the firm of Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne; part-owner of the Saratoga Casino & Raceway

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Dec. 19, 2014: Jon Lentz, reporters, Steve Greenberg, Regent James Tallon

Published - December 19, 2014

Jon Lentz, City & State reporter, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. This week, fracking was banned, casinos were sited, and Governor Cuomo outlined plans to reform education in this year’s budget. Susan will host Newsday’s Yancey Roy, Gannett reporter Jon Campbell, and Under the Surface author Tom Wilber for a roundtable. The latest Siena Poll is out. Steve Greenberg discusses Gov. Cuomo’s numbers and public opinion on Eric Garner. Regent James Tallon explains school aid funding and weighs in on John King’s departure and Gov. Cuomo’s plans to reform education.

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Dec. 18, 2014: Fracking ban reactions, DEC Commissioner Martens, James Featherstonhaugh

Published - December 18, 2014

NRDC Senior Attorney Kate Sinding and Frack Action’s John Armstrong celebrate the DEC and DOH decision to continue the ban of fracking in NY. Sen. Tom Libous (R – Binghamton) and Attorney Tom West react to the fracking ban, and explain whether there will be lawsuits countering the decision or other next steps. DEC Commissioner Joe Martens joins Susan to explain the department’s decision to continue the ban.  James Featherstonhaugh, senior parter of Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne and a part owner of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, weighs in on yesterday’s casino siting decisions. 

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Holidays at Hendricks airs Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. on WCNY

Published - December 17, 2014

Get ready for the holidays with “Holidays at Hendricks.” Enjoy  traditional favorites such as “Carol of the Bells”, “Lo, How a Rose ‘er Blooming”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” alongside an exciting new arrangement of “Hallelujah” from Händel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. Classical favorites by Poulenc, Rameau and Strauss will also be included, and settings in Hebrew by Steve Barnett and Dom Frimer. Airs Monday, Dec. 22, at 9 p.m. on WCNY and Wednesday, Dec. 24,  at 7 p.m. on Plus.

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Dec. 17, 2014: Karl Sleight, Stephen Shafer, Barbara Bartoletti and Helga Shroeter, and Bruce Gyory

Published - December 17, 2014

Harris Beach Attorney Karl Sleight looks at what is at stake heading into the day casino siting decisions will be announced. Dr. Stephen Shafer, the Chairperson of The Coalition Against Gambling in New York, explains how his organization is working to counter the effects of problem gambling, which may rise when the casinos are built. The League of Women Voters’ Barbara Bartoletti and Helga Schroeter are calling for grand jury reform that includes transparency and public hearings. They’ll join Susan Arbetter in studio to discuss criminal justice reform. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Bruce Gyory weighs in on the legacy of

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Dec. 16, 2014: Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King, Russ Haven and Blair Horner, Aaron Hilger and Sen. Robach

Published - December 16, 2014

Outgoing State Education Commissioner Dr. John King and Regents Chancellor Dr. Merryl Tisch discuss Dr. King’s tenure, his new position with the Obama administration and the future of education in New York. NYPIRG’s Russ Haven and Blair Horner discuss a new report reviewing pro-fracking resolutions in local governments. The report looks at whether ethics and openness laws limit outside interests’ ability to influence local government decision-making. Senator Joseph Robach (R – Rochester) and Aaron Hilger, President and CEO of the Builders Exchange of Rochester, are calling on the Governor and legislative leaders to make critical investments in infrastructure this year

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Dec. 15, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Bill Farber, Tim Kremer, Gil DiMaio

Published - December 15, 2014

Calling him a fellow “Queens boy”, Governor Andrew Cuomo today defended NYC Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch’s recent remarks about Mayor di Blasio saying Lynch’s comments were uttered in the heat of the moment. Lynch has requested that rank and file NYPD officers sign a petition barring both the Mayor and the City Council Speaker from their funerals should they die in the line of duty. Bill Farber, the Supervisor of the Town of Morehouse in Hamilton County and a board member for the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, weighs in on the State Land Master Plan and

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