Monthly Archives: January, 2015


Jan. 30, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Jessica Bakeman and Nick Reisman, Asm. Sean Ryan, Asm. Joseph Lentol, Bob Antonacci

Published - January 30, 2015

Ashley Hupfl, City & State Albany reporter, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Reporters Jessica Bakeman, Capital New York, and Nick Reisman, Time Warner Cable News, weigh in on the race for Speaker in the Assembly and the vocal opposition to Governor Cuomo’s education reform proposals. Yesterday, Assembly Democratic Conference Members sent a letter to the candidates for Speaker asking for more transparency and member involvement. Asm. Sean Ryan (D – Buffalo) discusses the reforms members would like to see. Asm. Joe Lentol (D – Brooklyn) dropped out of the race for Assembly Speaker late yesterday afternoon. Asm. Lentol discusses

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Jan. 29, 2015: Chair Audrey Zibelman, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Tom Stebbins

Published - January 29, 2015

The idea behind the State’s REV program, which is short for Reforming the Energy Vision, is that it will create a new energy paradigm by ushering in a system that fosters clean energy and energy efficiency. Today, Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman discusses the progress of REV and previews the informational forums and public statement hearings the PSC is hosting around the state beginning this week. The race for the successor to Speaker Sheldon Silver has begun. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D – Ridgewood) announced she plans to campaign for the post. She makes her case why she should be

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Assembly Democrats Cathy Nolan and Amy Paulin Discuss the Race for a New Speaker on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom

Published - January 29, 2015

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood) is among four candidates campaigning to become the next Speaker of the Assembly. She joined Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom to explain the dynamics of the race. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D – Scarsdale) also spoke on the race for Speaker and weighed in on the upstate/downstate; suburban/urban layout of the Assembly.

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Jan. 28, 2015: Howie Hawkins, Superintendent Larry Spring and Dr. Rick Timbs, Bruce Gyory

Published - January 28, 2015

The Green Party’s Howie Hawkins weighs in on the shift of leadership in the Assembly and his objections to Governor Cuomo’s education agenda items. Many education stakeholders are furious that Governor Cuomo does not plan to release the proposed education aid runs until after the state budget is passed. They say it inhibits districts from creating budgets for the next year. Schenectady Superintendent Larry Spring and the Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium Dr. Rick Timbs explain how not releasing the runs could mean missed deadlines and less community involvement in the school budget process. Last night, the Assembly

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Jan. 27, 2014: Jimmy Vielkind and Rick Karlin, Assemblymembers Patricia Fahy and Carrie Woerner, Angelica Clarke, Mike Elmendorf

Published - January 27, 2015

Assembly Democratic support for Speaker Sheldon Silver has waned. Reporters Jimmy Vielkind of Capital New York and Rick Karlin of the Times Union will discuss last night’s Assembly Democratic closed-door conference which concluded with members reportedly telling Silver that he could resign now or step down now and come back if he is acquitted of the charges against him. Assemblymembers Carrie Woerner (D – Round Lake) and Patricia Fahy (D – Albany) explain the mood in the Assembly Democratic Conference and the possible shift in leadership. Angelica Clarke, an organizer with Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration, describes criminal justice and

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Jan. 26, 2015: Chancellor Zimpher, Heather Briccetti, Asm. Brian Kolb, Sara Niccoli

Published - January 26, 2015

SUNY is looking to increase the number of graduates per year to 150,000 by 2020. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher joins Susan Arbetter to discuss this and other priorities from her State of the University address that she delivered in Albany on Friday. Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of The Business Council, explains Gov. Cuomo’s agenda to improve the business climate in New York State and what reforms the Business Council would like to see pass the Legislature this session. According to the New York Times, Sheldon Silver (D -Manhattan) plans to agree on a temporary basis to pass his duties

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Jan. 23, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett and Michael Gormley, Karen Magee, Doug Muzzio

Published - January 23, 2015

Ashley Hupfl joins us with this week’s City & State Winners and Losers. Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, and Michael Gormley, an Albany reporter for Newsday, explain what Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest could mean for budget negotiations. They’ll also discuss Gov. Cuomo’s 5th State of the State Address. The contentious education reforms Gov. Cuomo announced in his 2015 Opportunity Agenda conflict directly with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). NYSUT President Karen Magee weighs in on the Governor’s proposals for teacher evaluations, failing schools, and the increase in the charter school cap. Doug

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Jan. 22, 2015: James Tallon, Tim Kremer, Karen Scharff, Barbara Bartoletti and Susan Lerner

Published - January 22, 2015

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested on corruption charges this morning. We will have reaction. James Tallon, the United Hospital Fund President and member of the Board of Regents, was the Assembly Majority Leader during the Mel Miller Scandal. He will give us insight into a possible transition process. New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer weighs in on Gov. Cuomo’s education reform proposals. Working Families Party Co-Chair Karen Scharff reacts to the Governor’s State of the State Address and Speaker Silver’s arrest. Barbara Bartoletti, League of Women Voters, and Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause

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Jan. 21, 2015: Educators 4 Excellence, John Armstrong, Sen. Griffo, Larry Levy

Published - January 21, 2015

Governor Cuomo delivers his fifth State of the State at 1:30 p.m. today. This year’s speech is called the 2015 Opportunity Agenda because the Governor’s State of the State and budget addresses were rolled into one presentation. On today’s show, we’ll look at some of the proposals he has released. Educators 4 Excellence NY (E4E-NY) wants the Governor to make specific education reforms part of his agenda. Julia Gonzalez, a second grade teacher and member of E4E-NY, explains the group’s priorities that include more funding for implementing the Common Core Standards and maintaining tenure and due process for teachers. Thousands

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Speaker Sheldon Silver Arrested on Corruption Charges

Published - January 21, 2015

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested this morning in Manhattan on corruption charges that he allegedly took millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks for himself. WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom” has coverage and reaction. Listen now: wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom Read the 5-count criminal complaint against Silver here.

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Jan. 20, 2015: Sen. Gianaris, Steve Greenberg, Sen. Klein, Matt Hamilton, Tom Marcelle

Published - January 20, 2015

Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) weighs in on the Women’s Equality Agenda, education, and other session issues. Steve Greenberg shares the latest Siena Poll results. This week, the Independent Democratic Conference Released its 2015 policy agenda: Invest New York. Independent Democratic Conference Leader Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) discusses the conference’s focus on workers, seniors, families, and children. Matt Hamilton of the Times Union explains Gov. Cuomo’s plan to raise the oil spill fund cap from $25 to $40 million. With only five judges at the moment, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, may have to hear a few cases

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Board Meeting Set for 1/27

Published - January 20, 2015

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, Jan. 27, 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, Nov. 24, by calling (315) 453-2424.

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Jan. 19, 2015: Martin Luther King Day Best-of Episode

Published - January 19, 2015

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we bring you interviews examining modern day civil rights actions and the need for civic participation. First, the NAACP’s Dr. Hazel Dukes and Rev. Dr. William Barber explain how we are still battling segregation and fighting for equal opportunities in public schools. Original air-date: Jan. 12, 2015 Then, UAlbany NAACP leaders Pareese Hankerson and Melanie Brumfield look at the effects of the recent Grand Jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. Original air-date: Dec. 12, 2014 And last but not least, Former Assemblyman Jack McEneny discusses the importance of public

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Jan. 16, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Joe Spector, E.J. McMahon, Mark Dunlea

Published - January 16, 2015

Ashley Hupfl, City & State Albany Reporter, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Joe Spector, Albany Bureau Chief for Gannett, looks at Governor Cuomo’s $1.66 billion tax proposal and other highlights from the week. E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center, weighs in on the Governor’s tax proposal and other possible budget issues. Mark Dunlea, long-time Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network, is leaving his post. He speaks with Susan Arbetter about his tireless efforts with the group to stop hunger as well as his future plans.

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Jan. 15, 2015: Ron Deutsch, Ned Sullivan, Colia LaFayette Clark, Michael Borges

Published - January 15, 2015

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo proposed a $1.66 billion tax cut plan to help low and middle-income homeowners afford their property taxes. Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, shares his thoughts on the proposal. Ned Sullivan, the President of Scenic Hudson, explains the importance of land conservation in New York State. Colia LaFayette,Clark, a veteran civil rights leader who worked at Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Selma during the 1960s, is the keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Labor Celebration in Albany this weekend. She joins Susan Arbetter to preview the event. Michael Borges, the Executive

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