Monthly Archives: March, 2015


March 31, 2015: Sen. Jose Peralta, Asm. Brian Kolb, Renate Hartman and Byrgen Finkelman, Dick Dadey

Published - March 31, 2015

Sen. Jose Peralta (D – Queens) discusses the budget’s exclusion of the DREAM Act. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) shares his thoughts on what is and is not included in the budget. Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Renate Hartman and Byrgen Finkelman, members of Affirming Transgender Rights, discuss the launch of stage one of a transgender discrimination campaign. As the legislative ethics deal shapes up, Citizens Union Executive Director Dick Dadey looks at whether the reforms will clean up Albany.

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March 30, 2015: Asm. Brindisi, Ron Deutsch and Robert McKeon, Karen Magee, Stephen Ferrara

Published - March 30, 2015

Late on Sunday night, the Legislature and the Governor worked out a final budget deal. The deal includes compromises on the Governor’s original ethics and education proposals, but does not include hot ticket items like the DREAM Act, the Education Investment Tax Credit, minimum wage, or criminal justice reforms. Today, we’ll hear what legislators and advocates have to say about the budget agreement. First, Asm. Anthony Brindisi (D – Utica) weighs in on the ethics and education reforms, as well as the $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Fund. Robert McKeon, the Director of TREND NY and Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director

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March 27, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Bill Hammond, Karen Glitman, Laura Abel, Glenn Liebman

Published - March 27, 2015

We catch up on this week’s City & State Winners and Losers with C & S Reporter Ashley Hupfl. Bill Hammond of the NY Daily News weighs in on the news of the week. Karen Glitman, of Vermont Energy Investment Corp, discusses how electric cars and school buses can reduce transportation energy costs and pollution. As ethics packages are debated in Albany, some are concerned the language could have unintended consequences for non-profits. Laura Abel, the Senior Policy Counsel for the Lawyers Alliance for New York, explains. What are mental health advocates most hoping for in the budget? Glenn Liebman,

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March 26, 2014: Asm. Joseph Morelle, Yohan Garcia, Peter Iwanowicz, Brownfields

Published - March 26, 2015

Asm. Joseph Morelle (D – Rochester) explains the mood in the Assembly majority as the budget deadline nears. Yesterday, we heard the case against the Education Investment Tax Credit. Today, we hear the case for the EITC from Yohan Garcia, the Executive Director of The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Queens, NY Chapter. Debates over RGGI funds, brownfields, infrastructure, and an increase in the oil spill fund cap are shaping up in budget negotiations. Peter Iwanowicz, the Executive Director of the Environmental Advocates of New York State, looks at the outstanding environmental issues in play. We take a

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March 25, 2015: Sen. Gianaris, Anne Erickson and Lisa Frisch, Marian Bott, NYPIRG, Bruce Gyory

Published - March 25, 2015

Sen. Michael Gianaris (D – Queens) stops by to share his thoughts on the budget negotiation process. Many people in New York have to show up in court alone for civil cases, which can be like performing surgery on yourself. Lisa Frisch, Executive Director of the Legal Project, and Anne Erickson, President & CEO at the Empire Justice Center, explain why New York should do a better job of funding civil legal services. The League of Women Voters’ Education Finance Specialist Marian Bott discusses the League’s opposition to the Education Investment Tax Credit. NYPIRG’s Legislative Director Blair Horner shares the

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March 24, 2015: Sen. Jeff Klein, U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Carmen Fariña

Published - March 24, 2015

Paid family leave is on the table during budget discussions, but there are two competing bills at play. Today, we’ll hear about both versions of the legislation. Sen. Jeff Klein, IDC Leader (D – Bronx), will discuss the version he has sponsored, which would pay up to half of an employees income for six weeks. Later in the show, Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D – Queens) will discuss the legislation he has sponsored with Asm. Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood) that has the support of the Assembly majority. His bill would mandate up to 12 weeks of leave and pay up

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March 23, 2015: Tenicka Boyd, Siena Poll, Fiscal Policy Institute, Bill Farris

Published - March 23, 2015

Tenicka Boyd, Director of Organizing for StudentsFirstNY, looks at the Governor’s push for education reform. One highlight of the latest Siena Poll is that a majority of New Yorkers wants to separate ethics legislation from the budget. Steve Greenberg shares the latest poll results. The Fiscal Policy Institute released a report on New York’s failing schools. FPI Executive Director Ron Deutsch and Senior Fellow Elizabeth McNichol explain report data that shows poverty is a greater factor in student achievement than poor teaching. AARP NYS Legislative Representative Bill Ferris joins Susan Arbetter to discuss AARP’s main priorities for the budget: creating

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March 20, 2015: Mike Feurstein, New York is Music, Ashley Hupfl, Glenn Blain, Michael Borges

Published - March 20, 2015

This week, the Senate and the Assembly honored Mike Feurstein, “Mr. Mike,” the creator and founder of the award-winning “How to Unmake a Bully” project where school kids produce a short film about the dangers of bullying. David Rezak, Syracuse University Professor of Music, is part of a new coalition called “New York is Music” that is pushing for a music industry tax credit similar to New York’s television and movie tax credit. We have Winners and Losers with City & State’s Ashley Hupfl. Glenn Blain of the NY Daily News looks at the ethics deal the Governor and the

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March 19, 2015: Ken Lovett, Christine Quinn, YMCA, small cities case, Peter Newell

Published - March 19, 2015

Ken Lovett of the NY Daily News. Christine Quinn, special adviser to the Governor, explains the Governor’s proposals to combat sexual assaults on college campuses. George Romell, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Rochester, and Kyle Stewart, Executive Director of the Alliance of New York State YMCAs, discuss investment in non-profits, healthy eating programs, and other statewide priorities for this year. Closing arguments were heard last week in the small cities school funding case, Maisto v. State of New York. Trial attorneys Greg Little of White & Case and Bill Reynolds of Bond Schoeneck & King weigh in on how

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March 18, 2015: Mickey Carroll, ethics, Sen. Ortt and Rhonda Frederick, Michael Castellana

Published - March 18, 2015

Maurice Carroll shares the latest Quinnipiac Poll results. Last night, Gov. Cuomo and the Assembly Democrats agreed on a two-way deal for ethics reform. The Senate, as of yet, has not signed onto the reforms.NYPIRG’s Legislative Director Blair Horner and Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner weigh in on the deal. Sen. Robert Ortt (R – North Tonawanda) and Rhonda Frederick, CEO of People Inc. and president of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York, look at funding for the developmentally disabled in the budget. 50 Upstate CEOs, including Michael Castellana the CEO of SEFCU, are calling for a

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Board Meeting Set for 3/31

Published - March 18, 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 on Tuesday, March 31, 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, March 30, by calling (315) 453-2424.

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March 17, 2015: Rick Santorum, H. Carl McCall, Principal Tim Farley and Bianca Tanis, Heather Briccetti

Published - March 17, 2015

Former Republican presidential contender and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is in Albany for the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation’s annual lobby day. He joins Susan Arbetter to preview the event. H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the State University Board of Trustees, looks at the dynamics of funding SUNY.   NYS Allies for Public Education are organizing grassroots efforts to encourage parents to opt their children out of state tests. Tim Farley, a principal at Ichabod Crane in Kinderhook, and Bianca Tanis, the parent of a child in the New Paltz School District, discuss today’s lobby day. Heather Briccetti, the president

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March 16, 2015: Asm. Cathy Nolan, Asm. Amy Paulin, Rob Astorino, Soffiyah Elijah

Published - March 16, 2015

The Assembly is set to pass a sex-trafficking bill that was previously tied in with a 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda. Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D – Scarsdale) discusses why voting separately on the human trafficking plank is important, as well as how this legislation advances civil rights. Assemblymember Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood) looks at the Governor’s education reforms. Westchester County Executive and president of the County Executives Association Rob Astorino weighs in on county priorities. Soffiyah Elijah, co-chair of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Task Force explains the Governor’s proposal that would raise the age when miners can be tried as

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March 13, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Jimmy Vielkind, physician profile, farmland protection, Chris Marcello

Published - March 13, 2015

City & State’s Ashley Hupfl shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Jimmy Vielkind, Capital New York’s Albany Bureau Chief, weighs in on the news of the week. NYPIRG’s Legislative Director Blair Horner and patient advocate Patricia Donnelly explain why they and other consumer and patient advocates are urging the Governor not to defund the New York State Physician Profile website and program. Under the New York Farmland Protection Program, which began in 1996, the Hudson Valley will receive $20 million in state funding designated to preserve Hudson Valley farms. Richard Ball, the State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner, and Todd Erling,

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March 12, 2015: Asm. Tedisco, Charles King, Asm. Santabarbara, Heather Mac Donald

Published - March 12, 2015

Asm. Jim Tedisco (R – Schenectady) discusses his legislation that would require schools to inform parents of their right to opt out of the state’s Common Core based tests. Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works, explains a blueprint to end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020. We’ll discuss a digital proposal for the state’s pothole problem, the “County Fair Capital Improvements Fund” and MMA with Asm. Angelo Santabarbara (D – Schenectady). Heather Mac Donald, a Manhattan Institute Thomas Smith Fellow, challenges the statistics and premise that there is a rape epidemic on college campuses.

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