Monthly Archives: February, 2015


Feb. 27, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Yancey Roy and Ken Lovett, Sen. DeFrancisco, Adam Flint

Published - February 27, 2015

City & State reporter Ashley Hupfl shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Reporters Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, and Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, weigh in the news of the week. In the weeks before April 1, New York’s budget negotiations really pick up steam. Sen. DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse), the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, explains this year’s education and infrastructure funding allocations, as well as the Governor’s assertion that without comprehensive ethics reforms, the budget will not pass. Adam Flint, Southern Tier Solar Works Manager, Binghamton Regional Sustainability

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Feb. 26, 2015: Judge Lippman, tipped wage, Ron Deutsch and Michael Kink, and

Published - February 26, 2015

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman weighs in on his judicial priorities for the year, including Grand Jury reform. This week, New York’s Labor Board approved raising the tipped wage to $7.50 an hour beginning Dec. 31, 2015. The hospitality industry called the decision troubling. We’ll hear reaction from Scott Wexler, the Executive Director of the Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association, and Jay Holland, the Government Affairs Coordinator for the New York State Restaurant Association. Then, Michael Kink, the Executive Director of Strong Economy for All, and Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, share

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Feb. 25, 2015: Scott Stringer, Food banks, Asm. Zebrowski and Asm. Jaffee, President Yehuda Weissmandl

Published - February 25, 2015

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer discusses NYC affordable housing and the NYC budget. Triada Stampas, the Food Bank for New York City’s Vice President of Research and Mark Quandt, the Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, explain the hunger crisis in New York and a push for more budget allocations for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program. Asm. Kenneth Zebrowski (D – Suffern) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D – Pearl River) discuss a bill they have sponsored that would appoint a state monitor for the troubled East Ramapo School District. Yehuda Weissmandl, President of the

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Feb. 24: Sen. Stewart Cousins, Steve Greenberg, Immigration, NYPIRG

Published - February 24, 2015

New York Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Westchester) discusses the Senate Democrats’ FairNY proposal for the settlement windfall. The latest Siena Poll is out. Siena’s Steve Greenberg shares the results. After the 1st Warren Anderson Breakfast of the 2015 series, Albany Law’s Immigration Project Director Sarah Rogerson and Empire Justice Center Attorney Mevlude Akay-Alp sat down with Susan Arbetter to explain New York State’s role in immigration assistance. NYPIRG”s Blair Horner and Russ Haven are among reformers calling for dramatic restrictions to legislators’ outside income.

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Feb. 23, 2015: Rep. Chris Gibson, Dr. Henry Paszko, Bennett Liebman

Published - February 23, 2015

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY, 19th District) weighs in on the Congressional debate over authorizing new powers to fight Isis and President Obama’s immigration reform proposals. Dr. Henry Paszko, President and CEO of iCircle Care, explains a new, local approach to manage long-term care for Medicaid patients. Bennett Liebman, a Lawyer-in-Residence at Albany Law School’s Government Law Center, and a former staffer for Gov. Mario Cuomo and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, looks back at his experience serving under the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.

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Feb. 20, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - February 20, 2015

On this best-of episode, we speak with former Court of Appeals Judge Victoria Graffeo about her experience on the bench of New York’s highest court and her new role as partner at the Harris Beach law firm. Original air-date: Jan. 8, 2015 Then, Ned Sullivan of Scenic Hudson explains the importance of land conservation programs in New York State. Original air-date: Jan. 15, 2015 And finally, Barbara Smith sits down to discuss her new book Ain’t Gona Let Nobody Turn Me Around. Barbara as been at the forefront of social justice movements including, Civil Rights, lesbian and gay liberation, and

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Feb. 19, 2015: Gil Quiniones, Martha Robertson, Susan Kent, James Tallon

Published - February 19, 2015

Gil Quiniones, President and CEO of the New York Power Authority, discusses the state’s 5 Cities Energy Plan, which will aim to move New York to a clean and sustainable economy. Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson looks at the REV initiative, mandates, and upstate economic development. PEF’s Susan Kent explains the group’s opposition to the State’s Design-Build program. United Hospital Fund President and Member of the Board of Regents James Tallon explains how he would solve’s New York’s education funding and policy issues.

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Feb. 18, 2015: Susan Lerner, Michael Carey, Bill Samuels

Published - February 18, 2015

Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner weighs in on the possible Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and PSC reform. Disability rights advocate Michael Carey argues that because the state’s Justice Center bypasses the 911 system, abuse of the disabled is rampant. Is it time for New York to have a full-time legislature? Bill Samuels, the founder of EffectiveNY, says a well-paid, full-time legislature will reduce corruption in state politics.

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Feb. 17, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - February 17, 2015

Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, weighs in on the dynamics of Asm. Carl Heastie’s rise to power and ethics reforms in Albany. Ted Potrikus, President and CEO of the Retail Council of NYS, explains why his organization views increasing the minimum wage as bad for business and job growth. Derrell Bradford, Executive Director of NYCAN, discusses Governor Cuomo’s education reform proposals. Senators Patrick Gallivan (R – Elma) and Daniel Squadron (D – NYC) explain how the Nurse Family Partnership program is helping low-income first time moms through home visits.

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Board Meeting Set for 2/24

Published - February 17, 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, February 24, 2015 at 8 a.m. 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, Feb. 23, by calling (315) 453-2424.

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Feb. 16, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - February 16, 2015

PSC Chair Audrey Zibleman explains the future of the REV. (Original air-date: Jan. 29) The Statewide School Finance Consortium’s Rick Timbs and Superintendent of Schenectady Larry Spring weigh in on the Governor’s educational reforms. (Original air-date: Jan. 28) Antonio Alarcon, Dreamer and Youth Organizer with Make the Road NY, and Jackie Hayes, a volunteer organizer with New Sanctuary for Immigrants in Albany explain the push for the DREAM Act this session. (Original air-date: Feb. 9)

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Chinese New Year Marathon airs Feb. 21 and 22 on Create

Published - February 13, 2015

Explore the country, delicious food, and traditional designs. Experience the beautiful symbols and customs of the New Year with crafts for children. Chef Ming Tsai is joined by his mom and dad to cook some of their favorite dishes. Then off to China with world traveler Burt Wolf and take a tour with Taiwan’s most famous television cook. Finally, take a front row seat at the annual Dragon boat race.  Airs Feb 21 from 6 a.m. to noon, and 6 p.m. to midnight and Feb. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. on Create. Where to watch

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Language Matters with Bob Holman airs Feb. 23 on Plus

Published - February 13, 2015

There are more than 6,000 languages in the world. We lose one every two weeks. Hundreds will be lost within the next generation. By the end of this century, half of the world’s languages will have vanished. Language Matters with Bob Holman is a two hour documentary that asks: What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language? Filmed around the world, Language Matters is a documentary in three acts: AustraliaBob Holman flies to the Australian outback and meets Charlie Mangulda, an Aboriginal songman (read “poet”), who is the only person left on our planet

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Feb. 13, 2015: Asw. Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Asw. Linda Rosenthal, Alex Beauchamp, Ron Deutsch, James Parrott and Mike Elmendorf

Published - February 13, 2015

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes previews the 44th Annual New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Lawmakers Legislative Weekend, which convenes this weekend in Albany.   Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D – Manhattan) and Food & Water Watch’s Alex Beauchamp explain a renewed push for a GMO labeling mandate.   The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Ron Deutsch and James Parrott discuss the group’s review of the budget and an FPI report that shows that all income gains in New York since the recession have flowed to New York’s wealthiest.   New York is in dire need of infrastructure upgrades. Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO of the Association

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Feb. 12, 2015: Scott Waldman, Asw. Deborah Glick, Schenectady Bridges, Commissioner Mitchell Chester

Published - February 12, 2015

Capital New York reporter Scott Waldman looks at the potential merger between Comcast and Time Warner and the future of broadband net neutrality in New York State. Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D – Manhattan) and Jessica Maxwell, Director of the Fostering Youth Success Alliance, explain an initiative aimed at supporting foster youth as they transition to college. Schenectady Bridges’ Nathan Mandsager and Richard Jackson talk about the programs’ success of moving people from generational poverty to sustainability. Governor Cuomo has pitched a receivership program for failing schools that parallels a Massachusetts model. Today, Susan Arbetter speaks with Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary

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