Monthly Archives: June, 2015


June 30, 2015: Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Fracking ban, Business Council

Published - June 30, 2015

Regents Chancellor Dr. Merryl Tisch explains the new testing disclosure requirements and education reforms included in the final legislative agreement, which passed last week. The DEC released the final statement banning high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York. Anti-fracking advocates Roger Downs, the Conservation Director for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, and Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, discuss the legal framework for the fracking ban. The Business Council’s President and CEO Heather Briccetti weighs the good and the bad of the session for business interests.

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June 29, 2015: Daniel Alter, Gov. Cuomo, James Schlett

Published - June 29, 2015

Daniel Alter, an adjunct professor and fellow at New York University Law School who has litigated many Equal Protection and First Amendment cases in his legal career, explains the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all fifty states. Governor Andrew Cuomo explains additional information that the now-captured escaped prisoner David Sweat, who is currently in stable condition at Albany Medical Center, has relayed to authorities. Award-winning journalist James Schlett discusses his new book, A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks. The Philosophers’ Camp was an 1858 Adirondacks expedition of ten scholars

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Gov. Cuomo tells ‘The Capitol Pressroom’ escaped prisoners split-up days before capture

Published - June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 — Governor Andrew Cuomo told WCNY’s Susan Arbetter that the now-captured escaped prisoner David Sweat, who is currently in stable condition at Albany Medical Center, has relayed additional information to authorities. Cuomo confirmed to the Capitol Pressroom host that the original escape plan for Richard Matt and David Sweat was travel to Mexico with Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker who allegedly helped facilitate the escape. Additionally, Sweat told authorities that he and Matt split up about five days ago because, according to Cuomo, “Matt was slowing Sweat down.” “We still have to do investigations on Mitchell and the

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June 26, 2015: end-of-session look back, summer program shortage

Published - June 26, 2015

The 2015 session is over. Lawmakers voted on an omnibus “Big Ugly” late last night. Rent regulations, a property tax rebate and a one year extension of mayoral control in NYC are all included. But lots of hot topics from the session were not passed this year, including oversight for East Ramapo, many environmental bills, the Education Tax Credit and more. Today, we’ll break down the session that was. Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this week’s Winners & Losers. Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, weighs in on the final legislative agreement. Peter Iwanowicz, the executive

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June 25, 2015: Michael Kink and Billy Easton, Michael Rebell, Mayor Stephanie Miner

Published - June 25, 2015

Today we hear from Michael Kink, the executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Billy Easton, the executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, on legislative deal issues including the Education Tax Credit and 421a. We check in with Michael Rebell, the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, on something called school based health centers, which are making a difference in the lives of children. We’re in Syracuse broadcasting today. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner joins us to discuss the “state” of State/City relations.

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June 24, 2015: Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Ron Deutsch, Rich Dewey, Scott Waldman, Larry Levy

Published - June 24, 2015

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders hammered out a tentative end-of-session deal, but this “Big Ugly” still has to be voted on by rank and file members. Today, we host Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D – Buffalo) who weighs in on the tentative agreement. One issue Peoples-Stokes advocated for this year was expanding mayoral control of public schools to upstate cities, but it does not look like that proposal will make the cut. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Executive Director Ron Deutsch shares his disappointment that the leaders opted for a property tax rebate, which he says favors wealthy home owners, rather

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Board Meeting Set for 6/30

Published - June 23, 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, June 30, 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, June 29, by calling (315) 453-2424.

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Jun 23, 2015: E.J. McMahon, Justice for Our Veterans Act

Published - June 23, 2015

The Empire Center argues that the tax cap as it is written now is working and should be made permanent. E. J. McMahon, the president and founder of the Empire Center, makes the case for the cap. McMahon will also discuss new data on firefighter pensions. Veteran leaders are pressing the Legislature to pass the Justice for Our Veterans Act, which would create a criminal justice framework for veterans suffering from service-related mental health issues like PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Kirby Hannan, the VFW Legislative Representative, and Art Cody, the Legal Director for the NYSDA Veterans Defense Program, explain

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June 22, 2014: Sen. Griffo, Blair Horner, Dr. Robert Howarth

Published - June 22, 2015

Sen. Joseph Griffo (R – Utica) has the latest on items that have to be negotiated before the session concludes. The Senate will be back in Albany on Tuesday. Blair Horner, NYPIRG’s Legislative Director, explains a report on Gov. Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) initiative, which shows that public input will be key to the initiative’s success. We explore updated research by Cornell University that shows methane emissions, particularly those from shale gas, have large greenhouse gas consequences. We host Robert Howarth, Cornell’s David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology, to discuss the analysis he compiled with

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June 19, 2015: Winners and Losers, Ken Lovett and Jimmy Vielkind, Regent Tilles, Bob Lowry and Timothy Kremer

Published - June 19, 2015

After a week of negotiating, the governor and legislative leaders have given themselves a few days, including Fathers’ Day, to reflect and regroup. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Capitol on Tuesday when a rent regulation extender expires. Several lawmakers are on this week’s City & State Winners list for securing end-of-session victories. Ashley Hupfl, a reporter for City & State, looks at who made the cut and who didn’t. Our reporter roundtable includes Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, and Jimmy Vielkind, the Albany Bureau Chief for Capital New York. Regent Roger Tilles

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June 18, 2015: Sen. Espaillat, Andrew Mandel, property tax cap, Yossi Gestetner, Steve Cassidy

Published - June 18, 2015

Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Housing, Construction & Community Development committee, is frustrated that lawmakers still haven’t come to a deal on rent regulations. We will discuss who he thinks is to blame. Talks over a compromise on the fiscal oversight of East Ramapo CSD continue as the session goes into overtime. Andrew Mandel of Strong East Ramapo analyzes legislative options for the district that have been presented over the last week.   Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and New York Conference of Mayors Executive Director Peter Baynes discuss why they are calling

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June 17, 2015: Asm. Joseph Morelle, Amy Bach, Asm. James Tedisco, Bruce Gyory

Published - June 17, 2015

Susan Arbetter speaks with Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D – Rochester) about end-of-session hot topics like rent regulations, bill linking, and MMA. Amy Bach, the executive director of United Policyholders, looks at a report that shows property insurers have reaped higher-than-average profits in New York State despite losses from major weather events like Superstorm Sandy. Bach argues New York insurance law is crafted in a way that allows insurers to underpay policyholders. We speak with Assemblyman James Tedisco (R – Glenville) about proposed legislation to limit prisoner privileges. The measure comes in response to the Dannemora prison break. Manatt,

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June 16, 2015: Carol Burris and Tim Farley, Sen. Carlucci, Asw. Catherine Nolan, Susan Lerner

Published - June 16, 2015

As it meets today, the Board of Regents is making amendments to the plan to roll out new teacher evaluations. Many educators and advocates are still outraged, though, because they say the proposed changes do not fix any core problems. Today, Susan Arbetter speaks with Carol Burris, Principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, and Tim Farley, a building principal in the Hudson Valley, about what they are hearing from teachers, parents, and administrators. Sen. David Carlucci (IDC – Ossining) explains his revised legislation for state fiscal oversight of the East Ramapo CSD. The Chair of the Assembly

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June 15, 2015: AG Schneiderman, Silver v. Pataki event, Sen. Hoylman and Matthew Shurka, Adirondack Council

Published - June 15, 2015

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains his ethics reforms proposal. He’ll also discuss how he is tackling New York’s zombie property crisis. On June 16, Albany Law and the Rockefeller Institute of Government will host an event on the implications of the landmark Court of Appeals case Silver v. Pataki. The event will be held at Albany Law School from 1 – 4 p.m. Professor Gerald Benjamin, Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz, and Robert E. Bullock, Deputy Director for Operations at the Rockefeller Institute of

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June 12, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Nick Reisman, Bill Sherman, NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, Marcia Bystryn

Published - June 12, 2015

Ashley Hupfl, a reporter for City & State, discusses this week’s Winners and Losers. We look at the news highlights of the week with Nick Reisman, a reporter for Time Warner Cable News. Bill Sherman, the vice president of government relations of the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), explains e-cigarette legislation. We will speak with New York City Mayor Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen about end-of-session hot topics: rent regulations and the 421-a Building Tax Credit. Finally, Marcia Bystryn, the president of the New York League of Conservation Voters

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