Monthly Archives: May, 2015


Capitol Pressroom Weekend for May 31, 2015

Published - May 31, 2015

New York State has new Education Commissioner. MaryEllen Elia was unanimously voted into the position by the State Board of Regents this week. But the state remains deeply divided on education policy. This week we heard how a few education stakeholders feel about this new pick. While the General Electric Company is just about done with the Hudson River dredging it is legally bound to do, there are those who want to see the company continue the process, including the Natural Resources Defense Council. Whatever happened to property tax relief? Ron Deutsch and Elizabeth McNichol of the Fiscal Policy Institute

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May 29, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, NRDC, Silver v. Pataki, Aaron Mair

Published - May 29, 2015

We begin with this week’s City & State Winners and Losers. Reporter Ashley Hupfl joins us to discuss who made the list. Then, Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, weighs in on the news of the week. Environmental stakeholders want GE to expand their dredging of PCBs to include the Champlain Canal, as well as the Hudson River. NRDC New York Legislative Director Richard Schrader will explain. Silver v. Pataki was a 2004 Court of Appeals case that changed the balance of power in Albany between the Governor and the Legislature. The case was

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May 28, 2015: “The Capitol Pressroom” teams up with NCPR and Adirondack Daily Enterprise to look at OPWDD Sunmount facility

Published - May 28, 2015

“The Capitol Pressroom” teams up with NCPR and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise to look at staffing issues, abuse, and systemic problems at OPWDD’s Sunmount facility in the Adirondacks. Susan Arbetter will be joined by Adirondack Daily Enterprise Staff Reporter Tom Salitsky and North Country Public Radio Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann to shed light on staffing issues, abuse, and systemic problems and reforms at OPWDD’s Sunmount facility in Tupper Lake, NY. The facility has had several arrests for abuse since January. It’s dealing with heavy overtime in light of short staffing while trying to fulfill its obligation to care for

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May 27, 2015: Reaction to new State Education Commissioner, Fiscal Policy Institute, Larry Levy

Published - May 27, 2015

Yesterday, the Regents voted unanimously to select MaryEllen Elia as the State’s first female State Education Commissioner. We’ll hear reaction from the New York State Council of School Superintendents Bob Lowry and the New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer. We’ll also hear from Dr. Rick Timbs, the executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, on the appointment of the new commissioner, as well as the decision to have Sen. Carl Marcellino (R – Oyster Bay) head the Senate Education Committee. The Fiscal Policy Institute Executive Director Ron Deutsch and Senior Fellow Elizabeth McNichol look at

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May 26, 2015: Kyle Hughes guest hosts, Sen. Hoylman, Siena Poll, AARP, Sen. Boyle

Published - May 26, 2015

The show features guest host Kyle Hughes of NYSNYS.com. Susan Arbetter sat down with Sen. Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan) last week to discuss how the state should address climate change. We bring you that interview. Steve Greenberg speaks with Kyle Hughes about the results of the latest Siena Poll, which shows that voters believe corruption is a serious issue in Albany and are becoming less favorable toward Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We discuss growing anxiety over retirement savings with AARP New York’s Bill Ferris and Kristen McManus. Sen. Phil Boyle (R – Bay Shore) explains a bill that would limit

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May 22, 2015: Jon Lentz, Rick Karlin, Libby Post, Timothy Kremer, John Boyd

Published - May 22, 2015

Jon Lentz of City & State shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Times Union reporter Rick Karlin looks at the news highlights of the week. Libby Post, the Executive Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation, explains the “Community Cats” bill, which passed the Assembly this week. We take a look at the school budgets that passed and did not pass across the state this week with the New York State School Boards Association’s Executive Director Timothy Kremer. The Boyd Company, Inc., helps businesses pick their location sites, so it knows what companies want from the states in

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May 21, 2015: Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Robert Lowry, Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, independent contractors

Published - May 21, 2015

As part of the budget deal, legislators voted to let the Board of Regents decide, to a degree, how teacher evaluations will be handled in New York. But the Regents are working under tight constrictions and deadlines set by the Legislature and the Governor. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch explains the course ahead for the Board and what is shaping up with the evaluation system. The New York State Council of School Superintendents’ Robert Lowry looks at teacher evaluations policy, the school budget votes, and the property tax cap. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D – Rochester) weighs in on his end-of-session

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May 20, 2015: Blair Horner, education investment tax credit, property tax cap, Bruce Gyory

Published - May 20, 2015

Blair Horner, NYPIRG’s Legislative Director, discusses what good-government groups are calling New York’s unfinished ethics agenda. While the Governor wants to pass the newly renamed Parental Choice in Education Act (formerly called the Education Investment Tax Credit) before the end of session, the Alliance for Quality Education and other advocates say the state needs to focus more on public schools. Jasmine Gripper, the Legislative Coordinator for the Alliance for Quality Education, explains. E.J. McMahon, the president of the Empire Center, looks at why many groups are calling for New York to make the 2 percent property tax cap permanent. Finally,

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May 19, 2015: Sen. Joseph Griffo, Yonkers School District, “high performance” classrooms, County Executive Ossenfort

Published - May 19, 2015

Sen. Joseph Griffo (R -Rome), the Chair of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee provides an update on the Indian Point clean-up and previews Wednesday’s REV hearing. The Yonkers School District is facing over 200 staff layoffs. About 1,000 students, parents and teachers from Yonkers will rally at the Capitol today to demand a special funding appropriation for the district. We will speak with Patricia Puleo, President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, and Superintendent Michael Yazurlo about the budget crisis. Remember the constitutional amendment on last November’s ballot that allocated up to $2 billion dollars for educational technology and

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May 18, 2015: Bill Hammond, Asm. Brian Kolb, Scott Kurkoski, Asm. Richard Gottfried, Marc Stern

Published - May 18, 2015

Bill Hammond looks at the legislation that needs to be done before the end of session. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) highlights his conference’s priorities for the end of session. We hear reaction from Scott Kurkoski, an attorney with Levene, Gouldin & Thompson and fracking proponent, on the DEC’s final SGEIS for high volume hydraulic fracturing, which brings the state closer to a formal ban. The Chair of the Assembly Health Committee Richard Gottfried (D – Manhattan) would like to expand the state’s pilot medical marijuana program by allowing more distribution centers and the ability for patients to

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May 15, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett and Yancey Roy, Kate Sinding, Sen. Kemp Hannon

Published - May 15, 2015

Ashley Hupfl, a reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Reporters Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, and Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, weigh in on the news of the week. The DEC released the final SGEIS for hydrofracking in NYS this week, bringing the state closer to making the ban official. We examine the report with Kate Sinding, the senior attorney and deputy director of NRDC’s NY Program. Sen. Kemp Hannon (R – Garden City), the Chair of the Senate Health Committee, looks at e-cigarette legislation and

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May 14, 2015: Sen. Daniel Squadron, Saima Anjam, Sen. John DeFrancisco

Published - May 14, 2015

Sen. Daniel Squadron (D – Brooklyn, Manhattan) discusses efforts to reform the LLC campaign contribution laws through the legislature. EANY’s Environmental Health Director Saima Anjam explains the Child Safe Products Act. Sen. John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) looks at the shift in leadership in the Senate.

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May 13, 2015: Judith Enck, Susan Lerner, Larry Levy, Dean Patricia Salkin

Published - May 13, 2015

The State has dropped its appeal of the EPA’s decision to deny millions of dollars in funding for the new Tappan Zee Bridge project. The funds would have come from Clean Water Act money. We’ll discuss the latest with EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck. Susan Lerner, the Executive Director of Common Cause NY, explains good government groups’ renewed call to pass comprehensive ethics reforms. We hear from Larry Levy, a former long-time, award-winning Newsday reporter and the current Executive Dean at the National Center of Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, about Sen. John Flanagan’s rise to power in the

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Board Meeting Set for 5/28

Published - May 13, 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 Thursday, May 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. Wednesday, May 27, by calling (315) 453-2424.

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May 12, 2015: Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, safe staffing for nurses

Published - May 12, 2015

Sen. John Flanagan, the former Chair of the Senate Education Committee, has been named the Senate Majority Leader and Temporary President of the Senate. He joins Susan Arbetter to discuss his new position. The Comptroller’s audit of the Empire State Development Corporation found few measurable results of the $211 million spent on advertising to promote State economic development and tourism. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli looks at the report’s findings. We discuss nurses’ call for safe staffing ratios with RNs Anne Goldman (NYSUT), and Barbara Rock (PEF), as well as CWA Local 1168 President Cori Gambini.

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