Monthly Archives: November, 2015


Nov 30, 2015: Climate change and policy

Published - November 30, 2015

As the United Nations Paris climate talks begin, The Capitol Pressroom will feature an hour-long special on climate change and policy. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will explain the connection between risks posed by climate change and aging infrastructure. We will discuss the real world health impacts of dirty air and climate change with Michael Seilback, the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for the American Lung Association. Bill McKibben, Co-founder of 350.org, author, environmentalist, and educator, will share his take on what needs to result from the Paris talks. We will look at New York climate change policies on

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Nov. 27, 2015: Best-of Episode

Published - November 30, 2015

In light of the ongoing corruption trials of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, as well as other recent legislative convictions, government watchdog groups are calling for an overhaul of the state’s ethics system. Today we will hear from Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women voters of NYS, and John Kaehny, the executive director of Reinvent Albany, about the proposals they want enacted. Original air-date 11/16/15 Two experts from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy will analyze the Paris attacks and the security measures and safety in New York.

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Nov. 26, 2015: Best-of Episode

Published - November 26, 2015

Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz’s Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement, will provide an update on the trials of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Original air-date 11/17/15 And we take you back to the Constitutional Convention of 1967 with Henrik Dullea, a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees and author of Charter Revision in the Empire State: The Politics of New York’s 1967 Constitutional Convention, and Robert Bullock, the Deputy Director for Operations at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. What happened in 1967? Why did voters ultimately vote down changes

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Nov. 25, 2015: Vin Bonventre, Asw. Claudia Tenney, Mark Dunlea, Larry Levy

Published - November 25, 2015

The jury deliberations for Sheldon Silver are off to a rough start, with one juror asking to be excused hours into deliberations. We will hear the latest from Vin Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School and New York Court Watcher blogger. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R – New Hartford) will challenge Rep. Richard Hanna to a rematch in the 2016 Congressional primaries. Tenney will join Susan Arbetter to discuss her campaign. The Paris climate talks begin on Monday, Nov. 30. World Leaders will gather in France to strategize how to push down greenhouse gas emissions. Mark Dunlea of the Green

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Nov. 24, 2015: Bob Lowry, David Albert, Peter Iwanowicz and Lisa Dix, Jeffrey Gold

Published - November 24, 2015

Superintendents believe the controversies over testing, standards, and teacher evaluations are hurting schools. Bob Lowry, New York State Council of School Superintendents’ Deputy Director for Advocacy and Communication, explains a recent survey of NYSCOSS members. How are kids’ anxiety affected by new testing expectations? David Albert, Director of Communications, Research and Marketing at the New York State School Boards Association, will discuss a new report exploring test anxiety. He’ll also look at school finance struggles in a year when the tax cap will be flat. We will look at whether hospitals will be on the hook financially after the collapse

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Nov. 23, 2015: E.J. McMahon, Jessica Wisneski and Michael Kink, Sen. Fred Akshar, Asm. Mark Johns

Published - November 23, 2015

Asm. Mark Johns (R – Fairport) weighs in on a “Real Reform” Legislative Agenda he would like to see enacted in New York. E.J. McMahon, president and founder of the Empire Center for New York Policy, discussed the group’s analysis opposing a $15/hr. minimum wage hike. Original air date: 11/9/15 We heard the arguments in favor of a $15/hr. statewide minimum wage from Michael Kink, executive director of Strong Economy for All Coalition and Jessica Wisneski, Legislative and Campaigns director for Citizen Action of New York. Original air date: 11/9/15 We met Fred Akshar, the new Republican State Senator from

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Nov. 20, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, David Klepper, ConCon Conversation

Published - November 20, 2015

Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this week’s Winners and Losers. David Klepper, a Capitol reporter for AP, shares his analysis of the Silver & Skelos trials. And we take you back to the Constitutional Convention of 1967 with Henrik Dullea, a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees and author of Charter Revision in the Empire State: The Politics of New York’s 1967 Constitutional Convention, and Robert Bullock, the Deputy Director for Operations at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. What happened in 1967? Why did voters ultimately vote down changes to the Constitution? Join us today

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Nov. 19, 2015: Sen. DeFrancisco, Jim Heaney, Rick Timbs, Jerry Kremer

Published - November 19, 2015

Senator John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) will join Susan Arbetter to discuss refugees and education. Jim Heaney, founder, editor and Executive Director of Investigate Post, will explain Erie County’s party line divide over whether the county should continue accepting Syrian refugees. He will also analyze data on how the state receives refugees. Attorney General Schneiderman announced that the state will sue the Utica City School District for an alleged bias against refugees. Local lawmakers are claiming the suit is only a retaliation effort against the district joining the Small Cities Lawsuit on insufficient funding. Rick Timbs, the executive director of

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Nov. 18, 2015: Leader Kolb, medical marijuana, Rockefeller College, Bruce Gyory

Published - November 18, 2015

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) weighed in on the controversies over welcoming Syrian refugees to the U.S. and the AG’s cease and desist letter for FanDuel and DraftKings. We looked at New York’s first medical marijuana harvest, which was grown in Fulton County, with Dr. Kyle Kingsley, CEO of Vireo Health. Two experts from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy analyzed the Paris attacks and the security measures and safety in New York. R. Karl Rethemeyer is the interim Dean of the college, as well as an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. Victor Asal

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Public invited to ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6 preview events, Tea on the Mezzanine, Marathon  

Published - November 18, 2015

WCNY Public Media hosts a series of “Downton Abbey” finale events in Syracuse, Utica and on TV. Season 6 premiers Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. on WCNY. Downton Abbey Thanksgiving Marathon on TV 50 days, 40 episodes —complete seasons 1-5 Spend Thanksgiving with your favorite Downton characters. Watch every episode of seasons 1-5 on WCNY’s Plus Channel. To find the Plus channel, visit wcny.org/tunein. Nov. 25-29 Nov. 25-28 | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 | 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Final Season Preview Screenings in Syracuse and Utica WCNY Studios 415 W. Fayette St. Syracuse NY 13204 Sunday,

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Nov. 17, 2015: Gerald Benjamin, Karl Sleight, Asm. Brindisi and Asm. Ryan, Paul Gallay

Published - November 17, 2015

Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz’s Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement, provided an update on the trials of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Karl Sleight, an attorney with the Harris Beach law firm who focuses on racing and gaming, explained the nuances of Attorney General Schneiderman’s cease and desist letter against DraftKings and FanDuel, two major players in fantasy football. The Assembly Democrats are caucusing in Albany today. Asm. Sean Ryan (D – Buffalo) and Asm. Anthony Brindisi (D – Utica) called on the state to adjust test regulations for English language learners

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Nov. 16, 2015: Barbara Bartoletti and John Kaehny, Thomas H. Dennison, PhD, Willie Janeway and Neil Woodworth

Published - November 16, 2015

In light of the ongoing corruption trials of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, as well as other recent legislative convictions, government watchdog groups are calling for an overhaul of the state’s ethics system. Today we heard from Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women voters of NYS, and John Kaehny, the executive director of Reinvent Albany, about the proposals they want enacted. We took an in-depth look at the collapse of the NYS health co-op Health Republic with Thomas H. Dennison, PhD, the Director of the Health Services Management and Policy

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WCNY earns LEED Platinum certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Published - November 16, 2015

WCNY Public Media, Central New York’s premiere public media organization , is proud to announce it was awarded with the highest certification level achievable in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)- LEED® Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. WCNY is the only PBS affiliate to earn LEED® Platinum status. To celebrate the certification, WCNY hosted a brief award presentation at the Broadcast and Education Center located at 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse on Oct. 29. Rick Fredrizzi, CEO and Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council delivered remarks. LEED® is transforming the way we think

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Nov. 13, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Nick Reisman, Eva Moskowitz, Bill McKibben, Larry Scott

Published - November 13, 2015

We look at this week’s Winners and Losers with City & State Reporter Ashley Hupfl. The Governor signed bills into law this week that would expedite medical marijuana for the very sick. Reporter Nick Reisman of Time Warner Cable News provides us with some context. We discuss Success Academy’s disciplinary policies with Eva Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy. Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist and founder of 350.org, contemplates the Paris Climate Talks. What does the challenged district of Buffalo need to succeed? Larry Scott, a Buffalo Public School parent and volunteer and founding co-chair of the Buffalo Parent-Teachers Organization, explains his

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Nov. 12, 2015: Sen. Griffo, Philip K. Howard, Saima Anjam, Brava

Published - November 12, 2015

Yesterday afternoon, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation that will expedite the process to allow critically ill patients emergency access to medical marijuana in New York State. We spoke with bill co-sponsor Sen. Joe Griffo (R – Rome). Philip K. Howard is a legal reform expert, speaker and author of The Rule of Nobody. He joined Susan to preview today’s Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Annual Conference “New Legislative Leadership, New Opportunities.” Saima Anjam of the EPL/Environmental Advocates discussed an environmental scorecard for legislators. Finally, we heard about the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region’s “Brava” event, a benefit to collect

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