Monthly Archives: April, 2015


April 30, 2015: Rockefeller College, David Albert and Robert Lowry, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren

Published - April 30, 2015

We discuss terrorism, hate speech, and the global political landscape with two Rockefeller College professors.  Karl Rethemeyer is interim Dean of the Rockefeller College, as well as an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. Victor Asal is Director of the Center for Policy Research as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Rockefeller College.  What do school boards and superintendents have to say about the possibility of mayoral control expansion? We hear from the New York State School Board Association’s David Albert and the NYS Council of School Superintendents’ Robert Lowry. Rochester Mayor

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April 29, 2015: Sen. Jeff Klein, Asm. Cathy Nolan, Sen. John Flanagan, Asm. Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Published - April 29, 2015

Senator Jeff Klein (D – Bronx), the Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, explains his legislation that would combat “zombie properties.” We hear legislative perspectives on mayoral control of public schools from Assembly Member Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood), the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Senator John Flanagan (R – Smithtown), the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D – Buffalo).

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April 28, 2015: Howard Zemsky, Sen. Squadron, Geoffrey Canada

Published - April 28, 2015

Howard Zemsky, the President and CEO of Empire State Development, looks at the Start-Up NY program. Senate Democrats are calling on the state to close the so-called “LLC loophole” to change how campaigns are funded. Sen. Daniel Squadron (D – Manhattan) explains the renewed efforts. We continue our in-depth look at mayoral control of public schools with Geoffrey Canada, the President and former CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, who says that mayoral control was one of the primary reasons for improved educational outcomes in New York City.

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April 27, 2015: Steve Greenberg, AARP, natural gas infrastructure, Adirondack Day

Published - April 27, 2015

Steve Greenberg shares the latest Siena Poll. Voters weigh in on parents’ right to opt-out, whether the new ethics laws will help fight corruption in Albany, and whether taxes should be raised to pay for education. New York State may soon require hospitals, at a patient’s request, to give discharge instructions and post-release care plans to a designated caregiver. AARP’s NYS Legislative Representative Bill Ferris explains where the CARE Act stands in the Legislature. A coalition of health professionals and advocates are at the Capitol to demand more comprehensive reviews of the potential risks of new shale gas infrastructure. We’ll

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April 24, 2015: DEC Commissioner Martens, Regent James Tallon, Roger Downs and John Sheehan

Published - April 24, 2015

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens highlights new state initiatives for Earth Week. He’ll discuss the SGEIS for the fracking ban, oil trains, and climate change. Regent James R. Tallon joins Susan Arbetter to discuss teacher evaluations and the evolving educational landscape in New York. We will hear from Roger Downs of the Sierra Club and John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council about environmental budget issues. Original air-date: April 6, 2015.

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April 23, 2015: medical marijuana, Sen. Savino, Prof. Jeffrey Henig

Published - April 23, 2015

The NYS Department of Health will soon issue requests for proposals (R.F.P.s) for producing medical marijuana in New York State. One partnership has already received permission from a town to build infrastructure in Wallkill, Orange County as they wait for licenses to be issued. The partners–Erik Holling, the CEO of Valley Agriceuticals, and Shay Avraham Sarid, the founder of Seach, one of the oldest and largest medical Cannabis farms in Israel–will discuss their plans to produce medical marijuana in New York if they secure one of the five state licenses. The subprime auto loan industry is largely unregulated. Sen. Diane

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April 22, 2015: Comptroller DiNapoli, Sen. Gianaris, Judith Enck, Bruce Gyory

Published - April 22, 2015

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli joins Susan Arbetter for an Earth Day discussion on how he is pushing for better SEC enforcement of climate change rules, particularly with fossil fuel companies. Senator Michael Gianaris (D – Queens) discusses legislation that would require parents who refuse vaccines for their kids to show proof they received a doctor’s consultation. The Earth Day celebration continues with Judith Enck, EPA’s Region 2 Administrator. Bruce Gyory kicks off The Capitol Pressroom’s series highlighting mayoral control of public schools.

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April 21, 2015: Stephen Acquario, severe weather forum, Peter Iwanowicz and Pete Grannis

Published - April 21, 2015

Where are the lines drawn between local and state powers? NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario was the featured speaker at the third Anderson Breakfast of this year, “Unchaining Local Government: Opportunities in New York State.” He joins Susan Arbetter to explain the local/state divide. Dr. Chris Thorncroft, the Chair of University at Albany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, and Robert Bullock, the Deputy Director of Operations for the Rockefeller Institute of Government, preview the April 23 forum, Facing the Storm: Severe Weather Challenges Confronting New York State in the 21st Century. We take a look at the 45th Anniversary

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April 20, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Published - April 20, 2015

Best-of episode.  Empire Center President and founder E. J. McMahon says the bank settlement windfall allocations in the budget are a missed opportunity. Working Families Party NYS Director Bill Lipton and Bianca Tanis, the co-founder of New York State Allies for Public Education and a New Paltz parent, explain the growing opt-out movement for state tests. We hear from the author of an unauthorized biography of Andrew Cuomo titled The Contender. Michael Shnayerson joins Susan Arbetter to discuss the book. EffectiveNY Founder Bill Samuels looks at the budget, ethics, and the political climate in New York right now.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for April 19, 2015

Published - April 19, 2015

 This week Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout and NYPIRG’s Blair Horner gave us the skinny on the so-called LLC Loophole.   We heard from the Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long about why he’s calling for a stop to Start-Up NY.   Award-Winning Principal Carol Burris announced on our show that she will be retiring … and the reason has a lot to do with the just passed state budget.  And Ken Wagner of the State Education Department joined us to urge parents NOT to opt-out of Common Core aligned tests.    

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April 17, 2014: Asm. Shelley Mayer, Charlie King, DA David Soares and Scott Heller, Buffalo schools

Published - April 17, 2015

Coming up on the show, a mix of old and new: Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (D –  is appearing next Monday in Yonkers at an event called, “Why She Ran”—  and Susan Arbetter asks Shelley why she initially threw her hat into the ring. Can we end the AIDS epidemic?  We’ll hear from one activist, Charlie King, who thinks we can. (Original air-date March 12) Are we prepared for a disaster?  Albany County DA David Soares and Albany Medical Center’s Scott Heller share their thoughts. (Original air-date April 7) And Executive Director of Western New York’s Educational Service Council Robert Christmann joins

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April 16, 2015: Business Council, Mike Long, Mark Dunlea, Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky

Published - April 16, 2015

Yesterday, we heard the argument against LLC campaign contributions laws. Today, we hear the argument for the laws from Ken Pokalsky, the Vice President of Government Affairs for The Business Council of NYS. The Board of Elections is scheduled to discuss the issue today. In an unlikely alliance, the Conservative Party has joined progressive groups like the Working Families Party and the Fiscal Policy Institute to oppose Start-Up NY, which creates tax-free zones around college campuses for new businesses coming to New York. Mike Long, the Chairman of the Conservative Party of New York, explains the Party’s opposition to the

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April 15, 2015: Blair Horner and Zephyr Teachout, invasive species, Dr. Don Levy, Larry Levy

Published - April 15, 2015

Good government groups want the Board of Elections to close a limited liability companies (LLC) loophole that allows corporation to be treated as individuals in relation to campaign contributions. NYPIRG’s Legislative Director Blair Horner and Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law Professor who ran for the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, discuss how the loophole allows wealthy individuals to skirt campaign finance limits. The Board of Elections could make a decision on the LLC loophole at tomorrow’s BOE meeting. Invasive species can affect water quality, limit recreational opportunities, and make tourism decline. Lake George is infested with five aquatic invasive species that

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Board Meeting Set for 4/28

Published - April 14, 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, April 28, 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, April 27, by calling (315) 453-2424.

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April 14, 2015: Walter Hang, Opt-out perspectives

Published - April 14, 2015

Even though the Department of Health said New York should not proceed with fracking, Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting says the final SGEIS might have a long-term loophole. He’s calling on Governor Cuomo to require public participation before issuing a final impact study. Then, we bring you a few different voices on the opt-out movement. Larry Spring, the Schenectady CSD Superintendent, explains how he is encouraging parents in his district to have their kids take the tests. Carol Burris, the principal of South Side High School in the Rockville CSD, is a proponent of the opt-out movement and a long

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