Monthly Archives: July, 2015


July 31, 2015: Best-of Episode

Published - July 31, 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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July 30, 2015: Sen. Cathy Young, Bruce Gyory, Joe Heath, John Robinson

Published - July 30, 2015

We’ll discuss potential candidates for the 52nd Senate District with Sen. Cathy Young (R -Olean), the Chair of the New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee. The seat was vacated last week with the conviction of longtime State Senator Thomas Libous. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Bruce Gyory looks at the special election for the 52nd Senate District, as well. Plus, Gyory speculates that the Rochester photonics project and overhaul of LaGuardia could help the Governor creep back up in end-of-year polls. Attorney Joseph Heath explains why Onondaga Nation youth protested at the public swim in Onondaga Lake last week. Heath

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July 29, 2015: Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Ryan Karben, Gov. Cuomo

Published - July 29, 2015

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia joins Susan Arbetter to discuss equity in education as well as her philosophy when it comes to turning around failing schools. We explore what’s next with the East Ramapo School District with attorney & former Assemblyman Ryan Karben. Karben will also discuss the Governor’s controversial veto of annexation legislation for Kiryas Joel, a village in Orange County with a majority Hasidic Jewish population. Gov. Andrew Cuomo explains the MTA Capital Plan and his designation of AG Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in unarmed civilian deaths by police.

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July 28, 2015: Barbara Fiala, Jeanne Zaino, sewage pollution right to know, Asm. Tom Abinanti

Published - July 28, 2015

We discuss the race for the 52nd Senate seat, which was vacated last week with the conviction of longtime State Senator Tom Libous, with Barbara Fiala. Fiala is the former County Executive of Broome County and DMV Commissioner and is a potential Democratic candidate for the seat. Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D, a Professor of Political Science & Campaign Management at Iona College & New York University-SPS, looks at the new “affirmative consent legislation” for college campuses. Don’t you want to know if your sewers overflow? The DEC is taking public comments on the Sewage Pollution Right to Know regulations until July

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July 27, 2015: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Rep. Chris Gibson, John Kaehny

Published - July 27, 2015

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Westchester) looks at the balance of power in the Senate, the Senate candidacy of Barbara Fiala, and the SAFE Act MOU between Governor Cuomo and the Senate Republicans. We’ll analyze the Iran nuclear deal, corruption in Albany, and the role of FERC with Congressman Chris Gibson (R, NY-19). And we talk corruption with John Kaehny, the Executive Director of Reinvent Albany.

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July 24, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Jon Campbell, school rules for transgender students, Gil Quiniones, Kinder Morgan

Published - July 24, 2015

On the winners list this week? The head of UBER, the US Attorney for the Southern District and the Governor of the State of New York. City and State’s Ashley Hupfl will be here with the details. With the conviction of Senator Tom Libous, could the balance of power be up for grabs in the State Senate? We will ask Gannett reporter John Campbell. There are new rules for schools around transgender students. We’ll speak with Eòghann Refroe, the Manager for Transgender Education & Advocacy for the Empire State Pride Agenda, and Julia Sáenz, of the Empire Center’s LGBT Rights

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July 23, 2015: Gov. Cuomo, Michael Koenig, NYS Restaurant Association, Adirondack Council’s 40th Anniversary

Published - July 23, 2015

Gov. Cuomo discusses the conviction of longtime State Senator Thomas Libous. We hear details of the conviction and possible sentencing from Hinckley Allen Partner Michael Koenig.  We hear reaction to the wage board’s recommendation to hike the fast food minimum wage to $15/hr from Jay Holland, Government Affairs Coordinator for the New York State Restaurant Association. The Adirondack Council turns 40 this year. We’ll look at the highlights of the anniversary with Barbara Linell Glaser, who served on the Adirondack Council board for 25 years-two years as its chair-and founded its intern program, and John Sheehan, the group’s Communications Director.

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July 22, 2015: Gov. Cuomo, Bill Mahoney, higher education, Sen. Hoylman and Sen. Breslin

Published - July 22, 2015

Gov. Cuomo weighs in on the pending fast food wage board recommendation, the SAFE Act changes, and the Uber controversy.  Bill Mahoney, a reporter for Capital New York, discusses the latest campaign filings for New York’s government leaders. UUP President Frederick Kowal and Alex Bornemisza, the Chairperson of NYPIRG’s Board of Directors and a student at Buffalo State, look at New York’s commitment to higher education. Several senators are calling on GE to commit to a full cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River. Sen. Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan) and Sen. Neil Breslin (D – Albany) make the case

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July 21, 2015: Speaker Heastie, David Albert, AG Schneiderman, DA Soares

Published - July 21, 2015

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Susan Arbetter to discuss taxes and infrastructure as he embarks on a summertime tour of upstate New York. A new poll shows that teacher quality and school leadership are the keys to improving struggling schools. David Albert, Director of Communications, Research and Marketing for the New York State School Boards Association will drop by with details. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains his new powers to investigate cases in which unarmed civilians are killed by police. Albany County District Attorney David Soares, a member of the District Attorneys Association of New York, presents his concerns about

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July 20, 2015: Michael Borges, Rick Timbs, Michael Koenig, Steve Greenberg

Published - July 20, 2015

Today, Susan Arbetter speaks with Michael Borges, executive director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials, about how changes to the state’s property tax cap could affect school districts. Rick Timbs, the executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, looks at how receivership would work if failing schools cannot turn their results around. Sen. Libous’ trial on charges that he lied to the FBI during an investigation of his son Matthew’s employment continues this week. We discuss the case with Michael Koenig, a Partner at Hinckley Allen and a former US Attorney. Steve Greenberg of the

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Foldup a lawn chair and head to the 43nd annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic Aug. 2

Published - July 20, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2015 Foldup a lawn chair and head to the 43nd annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic Aug. 2 Each summer, regional Bluegrass Ramble music fans mark their calendars for an event that attracts hundreds of people across Central New York: Bill Knowlton’s annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic, the longest running bluegrass and acoustic old time country music event in New York. The 43nd annual Picnic takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York. The community-friendly event started in 1973 after the launch of Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble radio show

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July 17, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Jimmy Vielkind, Will Ouweleen, Dave Gibson, Michael Carey

Published - July 17, 2015

We find out who made this week’s City & State Winners and Losers’ list from reporter Ashley Hupfl. Jimmy Vielkind, the Albany Bureau Chief for Capital New York, looks at the news highlights of the week. Will Ouweleen, the owner of Eagle Crest Vineyards near Seneca Lake, joins Susan Arbetter in the studio to respond to DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens’ comments on Seneca Lake gas storage he made on the program earlier this week. A new Adirondack Wild report, “The Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action,” criticizes the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park

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July 16, 2015: Ed Cox, Brennan Center for Justice, Yehuda Weissmandl

Published - July 16, 2015

State Republican Chairman Ed Cox joins Susan Arbetter to discuss presidential politics. The Brennan Center for Justice, along with several other plaintiffs, has filed a lawsuit contesting New York State’s LLC campaign finance laws. The Brennan Center’s Counsel Brent Ferguson makes the case against allowing LLCs, several of which can be owned by a single person, to have the same campaign contribution limit as individuals. The 2015 session ended without state oversight for the East Ramapo school board. This morning, we host East Ramapo CSD Board President Yehuda Weissmandl, who explains the push to keep local control, his response to

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July 14, 2015: Scott Waldman, Dr. David Carpenter, Jake Palmateer, Rob Astorino

Published - July 14, 2015

This week, federal hearings will be held throughout the state on the potential environmental impact of the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline, a proposed line that would transport fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania, through New York, to Boston. We’ll hear first from Capital New York energy and environment reporter Scott Waldman. Then Dr. David Carpenter, a public health physician who serves as director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany, will explain the health and environmental effects the natural gas pipeline could have. We will speak with Second Amendment advocate Jacob Palmateer, a member of

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