Monthly Archives: October, 2015



Oct. 30, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Bob Biggerstaff, Jeff Williams, R. Karl Rethemeyer and Victor Asal

Published - October 30, 2015

Ashley Hupfl, an Albany reporter for City & State, looks at this week’s Winners and Losers. Did the state concede defeat in the small cities school-funding lawsuit Maisto vs. State of New York? Both the state and the plaintiffs have filed court papers documenting that the districts have not received the $1.1 billion prescribed by the 2007 Foundation Aid Formula. Today we speak with Bob Biggerstaff, an attorney with the Biggerstaff Law Firm, director of the Small Cities District Association and a member of the plaintiffs’ trial team, about what the filings signify. This week, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation that

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Oct. 29, 2015: CSEA, Anne Reynolds, Jim Heaney, DA Gerald Mollen

Published - October 29, 2015

CSEA’s President Danny Donohue speaks with Susan Arbetter about the union’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President. The Alliance for Clean Energy New York is holding its 9th annual fall conference in Albany this week titled “Achieving 50%: A Renewables and Efficiency vision for New York.” Anne Reynolds, the group’s executive director, previews the event. Investigative Post Founder, Editor and Executive Director Jim Heaney analyzes the state of Buffalo’s economy. District attorneys across the state say their offices are guilty-of being underfunded. Gerald Mollen, the Broome County District Attorney and President of the District Attorneys Association of New York State,

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Oct. 28, 2015: Asm. Pretlow, Valerie Gutmann Koch, Samuel Radford III, Larry Levy

Published - October 28, 2015

Several lawmakers have called on the state to deny a license to the Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County, including Assembly Racing and Gaming Committee Chair J. Gary Pretlow (D – Mt. Vernon). Asm. Pretlow explains why he believes the project will shift rather than create jobs. New York’s prohibition on “surrogate mom” contracts, also called gestational surrogate pregnancy contracts, may soon be lifted. Valerie Gutmann Koch, Special Advisor to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, discusses the pros and cons, as well as the ethics, of lifting the prohibition. Koch is also

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Oct. 27, 2015: Chancellor Tisch, Timothy Kremer, Bob Ward, Nathan Schaefer

Published - October 27, 2015

Chancellor Merryl Tisch explains her decision not to seek another term on the Board of Regents. Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, reacts to the announcement of the Chancellor’s upcoming departure. Does New York give more than it gets to the federal government? We take an in-depth look at New York’s balance of payments with Bob Ward, the Deputy Comptroller of Budget and Policy Analysis. We analyze the difference between GENDA legislation and the Governor’s proposed transgender human rights regulation with Nathan Schaefer, the Empire State Pride Agenda’s executive director. Schaefer also explains

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Oct. 26, 2015: Sen. Squadron, Steve Greenberg, Peter Iwanowicz, Rev. Jason McGuire

Published - October 26, 2015

Senator Daniel Squadron (D – Manhattan/Brooklyn) will chair a new Democratic policy group focusing on affordability across the state. He joins Susan Arbetter to explain the goals of the new initiative. Steve Greenberg has the latest Siena Poll numbers for Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Schumer, the Common Core State Standards, and the minimum wage. This week, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is sponsoring a roundtable on how the state should handle climate change. In advance of the roundtable, Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York, discusses ways the state can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond better to

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Oct, 23, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Yancey Roy, Mayor Miner and Comptroller DiNapoli, Milo Primeaux, Sen. Marcellino, Peter Golden

Published - October 23, 2015

Ashley Hupfl, a State Capitol reporter with City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, looks at the news highlights of the week, which include the Upstate Revitalization Initiative proposals, Gov. Cuomo’s move forward with transgender legal protections, and details about the upcoming corruption trials for Sen. Dean Skelos and Asm. Sheldon Silver. In a join effort, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are calling for increased and equitable investment in upstate roads and bridges. Many bridges are reaching, or have past, their aging limit. Late Thursday at

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CONNECT: NY – Receivership

Published - October 23, 2015

New Public Affairs TV series explores critical issues in education with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia WCNY Public Media is excited to announce a new TV production, “Connect: NY.” The new program premieres at 9 p.m. Oct. 5 on WCNY. “Connect: NY” will explore statewide issues of critical importance and begins with six, monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluations, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. “My priority is making sure that we give every student in New York the best chance to succeed,” said Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “That’s

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Oct. 22, 2015: Donna Lieberman, Sen. Neil Breslin, Bill Samuels, Ivette Alfonso

Published - October 22, 2015

This week, Gov. Cuomo signed eight laws that enhance equal rights for women, including equal pay measures and pregnancy discrimination prohibitions, into law. NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman analyzes the new equality laws and explains what she still sees is lacking in the fight for women’s rights. Sen. Neil Breslin (D – Albany) analyzes the legislative pros and cons of expanding ride-sharing services, like Lyft and Uber, to Upstate New York. New York “AM 970 The Answer” will launch “Effective Radio with Bill Samuels” this Sunday, October 25th. Bill Samuels, who joins us today, is the founder of EffectiveNY and

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Oct. 21, 2015: Sen. John DeFrancisco, J.J. Hanson, Dr. Leslie Kohman, Bill Sherman, Bruce Gyory

Published - October 21, 2015

Sen. John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) is the new Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate. We speak with the senator about investing in upstate infrastructure and his priorities for the upcoming session. After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2014, J.J. Hanson, the President of Patients Rights Action Fund and a former aide to Govs. Spitzer and Paterson, became an advocate against aid-in-dying/physician-assisted suicide. He is leading a fight against legislation that would legalize the practice in New York State. We discuss the American Cancer Society’s new mammogram recommendations with Dr. Leslie Kohman, the board medical spokesperson for

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Oct. 20, 2015: Joshua Aronson, Karen Magee, Doug Muzzio, Uber

Published - October 20, 2015

The New York State School Boards Association’s annual convention is in full swing in New York City. Susan Arbetter sat down with two featured guests at yesterday’s events. First, Joshua Aronson, an Associate Professor of Developmental, Social and Educational Psychology at New York University, explained ways to counteract race and gender gaps in the classroom. Then, NYSUT President Karen Magee discussed the debate over standardized testing and teacher evaluations. Magee was part of a panel on the topic of testing that included panelists Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York State Council of School Superintendents Executive Director Robert Reidy, Deputy Chancellor

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Oct. 19, 2015: Sean Casey, Tom Marcelle, Joe Heath, Mike Elmendorf

Published - October 19, 2015

We take an in-depth look at the list of possible nominees for the Court of Appeals vacancies, which was presented to Gov. Cuomo least week. Eric Mower’s Director of Public Affairs Sean Casey and Albany County Attorney Tom Marcelle join us. The state’s power grid needs to be updated. We’ll analyze the current state of the electric grid and the plans to fix problems with Ted Skerpon. Ted is the president and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 97 in Syracuse, chairman of the NYS IBEW Utility Labor Council and a member of the Power NY Coalition.

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Oct. 15, 2015: Dick Dadey, Georgia Asciutto, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, Jim Heaney, LGBT Law Day

Published - October 15, 2015

Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union, testified before the State Ethics Review Commission yesterday. He joins Susan to discuss the group’s proposals aimed at making the state’s promise of substantive ethics reforms a reality. Struggling schools around the state need a quick turnaround plan before a receivership process is initiated by the state. Today we speak with Georgia Asciutto, the executive director of the Conference of Big Five School Districts, about her take on the process for struggling schools and her testimony at yesterday’s legislative hearing on the state’s receivership plan. Assemblymember Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood), the

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Oct. 14, 2015: Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Michael Borges, Compassion & Choices, Larry Levy

Published - October 14, 2015

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R – Smithtown) joins Susan for a conversation about education, parity for upstate infrastructure in light of the MTA Capital Plan, and his upstate travels over the past few months. We look at a legislative report card released by the New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) with the group’s executive director Michael Borges. In California, “aid in dying” is now on the books and advocates are turning their attention to New York. This morning we welcome Corinne Carey, Compassion & Choices’ New York State campaign director, to explain the push to legalize

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Oct. 13, 2015: former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, P-TECH, Constitutional Convention series

Published - October 13, 2015

We spoke with former Chief Judge Judith Kaye who has joined a coalition of lawmakers and activists seeking legislation for the Comprehensive Reform of School discipline. Business groups have been very excited by so-called P-Tech schools, so we wanted to find out more. Robin Willner, Dircector of the P-Tech Leadership Council, joined us with an overview. And the first installment in a series about a very important vote in your future. In November of 2017, you will have to decide whether New York State should hold a Constitutional Convention. The Rockefeller Institute’s Deputy Director for Operations Bob Bullock and Canisius College’s Dr. Peter Galie, a Professor Emeritus, explained.

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