Monthly Archives: September, 2015


Sept. 30, 2015: Supt. Vanden Wyngaard, Credit Unions, Bob Lowry and Tim Kremer, Ken Lovett, Larry Levy

Published - September 30, 2015

Superintendents who govern districts with persistently failing schools have one year to turn them around before a state receivership process begins. Today, we speak with Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, the Albany Superintendent, about her turnaround plan for Hackett Middle School. We look at a call for the liberalization of credit union policy in New York with Sen. Rich Funke (R – Fairport) and Michael Lanotte, the New York Credit Union Association SVP of Association Services and General Counsel. Governor Cuomo launched his Common Core Task Force this week. We speak with two education stakeholders, Robert Lowry of the New York

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Sept. 29, 2015: Jorge Montalvo, Gavin Donohue, Steve Greenberg, Bijoy Datta

Published - September 29, 2015

Jorge Montalvo, the Deputy Secretary of State who oversees the New York State Office for New Americans, discusses Gov. Cuomo’s initiative for veterans to teach new Americans English. The Independent Power Producers of New York are gearing up for the State’s Rev initiative. We speak with Gavin Donohue, President & CEO of IPPNY, about REV, power company transparency, and the group’s annual conference that it held last week. Steve Greenberg of the Siena Poll shares new poll results on the 52nd Senate District, the seat vacated by Tom Libous in the Southern Tier. Republican Fred Akshar currently holds a substantial

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Sept. 28, 2015: Asm. Brennan, Michael Saltsman, Sen. Gianaris, Jolie Milstein

Published - September 28, 2015

Asm. James Brennan (D – Brooklyn) argues that power companies in New York State operate under too much secrecy. To ensure that rates are just and reasonable, he, along with many of his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate, is calling for full disclosure of un-redacted electric power company reports. Is support for a $15/hr. minimum wage in New York really as high as recent polls indicate? Michael Saltsman, the Employment Policy Institute’s Research Director, makes the case that poll results are skewed when consequences are not explained. He highlights the results of a recent institute survey that finds that

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Sept. 25, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Nick Reisman, Will Ouweleen, Bill Lipton, Dan Platt

Published - September 25, 2015

Today, Ashley Hupfl, a reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Reporters Rick Karlin of the Times Union and Nick Reisman of Time Warner Cable News analyze the news of the week. On his visit to New York, Pope Francis is using a Finger Lakes vineyard owner’s specially grown sacramental wine. Wine plays a central role in the holy rituals of the Catholic Church, so the opportunity is a great honor for Will Ouweleen, a Jesuit who owns O-Neh-Dah Vineyards. Bill Lipton, the Working Families Party Director, weighs in on the 2015 elections and the party’s

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Sept. 24, 2015: Asm. Brian Kolb, Anne Reynolds, Paul Jargowsky, Asw. Donna Lupardo

Published - September 24, 2015

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua), who previously ran a small business, argues a $15/hr. minimum wage, as Gov. Cuomo has proposed, will hurt Upstate New York. Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, testified at last week’s energy hearing hosted by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. Reynolds explains the nuances of going green with renewable energy in New York. The “Architecture of Segregation” report finds that Syracuse has the highest poverty concentration among blacks and Hispanics of the nation’s major cities–worse than Detroit. Report author Paul Jargowsky, Ph.D., a professor of Public Policy and the Director

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Sept. 23, 2015: Best-of Episode

Published - September 23, 2015

Kathleen Gallagher, New York State Catholic Conference Director of Pro-Life activities, explains Pope Francis’ announcement about abortion and forgiveness and the Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year of Mercy. Original air-date: 9/3/15 Chelly Hegan, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Upper Hudson, responds to the recent controversy over funding Planned Parenthood based on the undercover videos, how the group is garnering support, and whether the controversy could affect affiliates in New York. Original air-date 9/3/15 Author Susan Ochsorn discusses her book, Squandering America’s Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children. Ochshorn argues that early education policy

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Sept. 22, 2015: E.J. McMahon, Sara Niccoli and Jodi Hocking, Bruce Gyory

Published - September 22, 2015

What drives education costs in New York? E.J. McMahon explains the nuances of the state’s education financing. McMahon will also weigh in on Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. We’ll hear a different perspective on the minimum wage from Sara Niccoli, the executive director of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, and Jodi Hocking, a fast food organizer. Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips speculates on the Governor’s strategy for securing popular support after a dip in his poll numbers.

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Sept. 21, 2015: Bishop Scharfenberger, Siena Poll, Dr. Jeanne Zaino, Willie Janeway

Published - September 21, 2015

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, D. D., of Albany previews Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. A new Siena Poll shows voters’ opinions of the Pope and the 2016 presidential race. Pollster Steve Greenberg joins Susan in the studio with details. What does Pope Francis’ visit mean for U.S. Politicians? Political Science Professor Jeanne Zaino, PhD, of Iona College explains. In this year’s State of the Park 2015 The Adirondack Council’s Executive Director Willie Janeway argues, “The future of the Adirondack Park depends on change that is good for clean water, wildlife, wilderness and communities.” Janeway says maintaining the park

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Capitol Pressroom Weekend for Sept. 20, 2015

Published - September 20, 2015

Staten Island State Senator Diane Savino is pushing legislation to ensure N.F.L. cheerleaders are treated like employees of the franchises they work for rather than independent contractors. Could Ed Cox’s days as Republican State Chairman be numbered? That’s what Tom Dadey would like to think. The Onondaga Republican Chairman says he may take Cox on. Investigative Post’s Jim Heaney updated us on the financial difficulties facing SolarCity, the recipient of enormous state largesse. And results from latest Q-poll show that all the public squabbling between de Blasio and Cuomo is getting to voters.

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Sept. 18, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Toby Shelley, John Faso, University at Buffalo

Published - September 18, 2015

Today, Ashley Hupfl, a reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News highlights the news of the week. Toby Shelley is challenging Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney on this November’s ballot. Earlier this month, he won the Conservative primary against Oscar Peterson, which means he will run as a Democratic, Reform and Conservative candidate. This week, former gubernatorial candidate John Faso announced a run for Congress in the 19th Congressional District, which is currently held by Rep. Chris Gibson. Gibson has announced he will not run for

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Sept. 17, 2015: Sen. Krueger, Tom Dadey, James Heaney, Mickey Carroll

Published - September 17, 2015

Sen. Liz Krueger (D – Manhattan) wants to make a rule-change that would list the special interests and funds behind bills that come before legislators’ desks. She’ll explain her call for more transparency with Susan Arbetter. Onondaga GOP Chairman Tom Dadey may challenge Ed Cox for the statewide GOP Chairman position. He discusses why he’s considering a bid for the top Republican seat. With $750 million in state funds, SolarCity is building a massive solar panel manufacturing plant near Buffalo in order to kickstart the local economy. But investigative reporting by James Heaney, the Editor and Executive Director at the

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Sept. 16, 2015: Asw. Amy Paulin, Conor Bambrick, Michael Borges, Larry Levy

Published - September 16, 2015

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, The Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee, is hosting a hearing today on the future of energy development programs in New York State. She spoke with Susan Arbetter yesterday to preview the hearing. Conor Bambrick, the Air & Energy Director at the Environmental Advocates of New York State, looks at whether New York should allow utilities to own the energy they produce through solar, wind and renewable projects. We discuss a New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) report, “The Education Dollar: A Look at Spending and Funding Trends,” with Michael Borges, executive director of

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Sept. 15, 2015: Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Upstate Latino Summit

Published - September 15, 2015

Susan Arbetter speaks with Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch about the Common Core, teacher evaluation regulations, and receivership. On Wednesday, the Ibero-American Action League hosts The Power of the Growing Latino Market: Upstate Latino Summit at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The event will feature discussions on the benefits of, and tips for engaging, the Latino market. We preview the summit with Hilda Rosario Escher, President and CEO of the Ibero-American Action League, Ladan Alomar, the Executive Director of Centro Civico, and Michael Fondacaro, the editor of Noticias y/e Notas.

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September 15, 2015: Matt Haimovitz

Published - September 15, 2015

Matt Haimovitz kicked off the Fall Concert Series in 2015 with a wonderful performance of the Bach Cello Sonata No. 1. This was his first stop on a program presenting all 6 cello sonatas plus six newly commissioned works in four locations in Central New York – in just 2 days!

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Sept. 14, 2015: Sen. Savino, Heather Briccetti, anti-fracking international delegation, Mike Elmendorf

Published - September 14, 2015

Sen. Diane Savino (IDC – Staten Island) has introduced legislation to classify N.F.L. cheerleaders as employees rather than independent contractors. Many cheerleaders, she explains, do not even make minimum wage. We look at Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to raise the state minimum wage to $15/hr. across the board with Heather Briccetti, the President and CEO of the Business Council of NYS. We’ll also preview the Business Council’s Annual Meeting, which takes place in Bolton Landing, New York this week. As part of a tour to see fracking sites first-hand and meet with affected residents, public officials and advocates, an international delegation

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