Monthly Archives: December, 2015


Dec. 31, 2015: Best-of with Libby Post, Jessica Ottney Mahara and Darren Suarez, Mike Elmendorf and Bruce Gyory

Published - December 31, 2015

Not everyone is thrilled that the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced that it will shut down in 2016, leaving an advocacy PAC in place. We will speak with Empire State Pride Agenda founder, LGBT advocate and President of the Communication Services Libby Post about her opposition to the group’s decision. A broad coalition wants the Governor to increase the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) in the next budget. We will hear why funding the EPF is vital from Jessica Ottney Mahar, the director of Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy of New York, and Darren Suarez, the director of Government

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Dec. 30, 2015: Best-of with Sen. Hoylman, Brandon Muir, John Sipple and Dennis Walcott, Frederick Kowal

Published - December 30, 2015

In light of recent attacks, legislators are calling on New York to close the so-called terror gap for the purchase of firearms. Sen. Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan) will explain legislation he has proposed. Reclaim New York, advocates for government reform and accountability, are critical of the Regional Economic Development Councils, calling them propaganda and bad policy. We will speak with the group’s executive director Brandon Muir about Reclaim New York’s opposition to the state-funded program. East Ramapo’s state-appointed panelists Dennis Walcott, the monitor, and Dr. John Sipple of Cornell University will discuss reform recommendations for the district that the

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Dec. 29, 2015: Best-of with Comptroller DiNapoli, Steve Greenberg, Rick Longhurst, Michael Koenig

Published - December 29, 2015

On this Best-of edition of the show, we will hear several interviews about the Paris Climate talks. First, we caught up with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli who recently made a commitment to investing in low-carbon industries. Steve Greenberg of the Siena poll dropped in with the latest numbers. We discussed recommended changes to the Common Core with the head of the New York PTA, Rick Longhurst. And we caught up with attorney Michael Koenig who shared his thoughts on the conviction of Dean and Adam Skelos. Original air-date: 12/14/15

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Dec. 28, 2015: Best-of with Christopher Amato, Dr. Jeanne Zaino, Doug Muzzio, Admiral Moore

Published - December 28, 2015

Earthjustice Staff Attorney Christopher Amato discusses Western New York’s energy future. Original airdate: 8/27/15 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. Original airdate: 7/23/15 Doug Muzzio, a Baruch College Public Affairs Professor, sits on the NYC Bar Association’s Constitutional Convention panel. Susan Arbetter speaks with him about what’s at stake in leading up to the statewide vote in 2017 on whether to have a constitutional convention this 20-year cycle. Original airdate: 10/20/15 As part of a national outreach by

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Dec. 25, 2015: Best-of with Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert and John Robinson

Published - December 25, 2015

New Yorker writer and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert won the Pulitzer Prize this year for her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History published by Henry Holt. In it, she details her journeys around the world from Albany to Patagonia, speaking with scientists about the mass extinction events taking place right now, and being caused by humans. You’ve heard of the Jurassic period? This extinction will be titled the Anthopocene. Original air-date: 8/10/15 And we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with John Robinson, founder of Our Ability. Original air-date: 8/10/15

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Dec. 24, 2015: year’s top stories, Asm. Ken Zebrowski, Mark Dunlea

Published - December 24, 2015

Susan Arbetter will host reporters Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, and Michael Gormley, a Capitol reporter for Newsday, for a look back at the top stories of the year. Asm. Kenneth Zebrowski (D – New City) will analyze measures proposed by the East Ramapo CSD monitors. Mark Dunlea, the executive director of the Green Education and Legal Fund, takes issue with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s view of divestment from fossil fuels.

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Dec. 23, 2015: Administrator Judith Enck, Bill Cooke, Carol Corbett Burris, Ed Moslander

Published - December 23, 2015

EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck will explain the Hoosick Falls’ water contamination from the chemical PFOA and why the EPA is urging residents to avoid drinking or cooking with it. The Cuomo Administration is considering changing the definition of ATVs to include larger machines. Conservationists like Bill Cooke, the director of government relations for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, are pushing back. Carol Corbett Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education Foundation, explains her objections to the Common Core Task Force recommendations. We will look at New Yorkers’ readiness for retirement with Ed Moslander, senior managing

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Children in Restaurants

Published - December 22, 2015

In my last column I described a number of “pet peeves” I experience based on the actions of restaurant managers and servers. As I was writing, I realized that some of the things that bother me the most are attributable to fellow adult diners with accompanying children. Loud and intrusive behaviors of children can bring discomfort to those around them. When choosing a restaurant, particularly for dinner, I find myself gravitating to establishments that don’t attract families with children. Being a parent myself, I can empathize with parents who must decide whether to bring their offspring to a restaurant or

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Dec. 22, 2015: Sen. Squadron, NY Renews, Erik Kriss, Soffiyah Elijah

Published - December 22, 2015

Sen. Daniel Squadron (D – Manhattan, Brooklyn) explains Senate Democrats’ plan to bring jobs and economic growth to upstate New York; they argue the region has been left behind. On the heels of the Paris climate talks, the NY Renews Campaign is pushing the state to lead on climate change. Two members of the campaign in Buffalo will join us: Aaron Bartley, the executive director of PUSH Buffalo, and Franchelle Hart, the executive director of Open Buffalo. Erik Kriss, AARP’s NYS Associate State Director of Communications, discusses a growing call for family leave insurance. Gov. Cuomo is moving to pardon

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Dec. 21, 2015: Donna Lieberman, Asm. Phil Palmesano, Blair Horner and Alex Bornemisza, Susan Lerner

Published - December 21, 2015

The State of New York and the New York Civil Liberties Union have agreed to a settlement that addresses reforms in the use of solitary confinement. First we will hear from New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman whose organization successfully pushed for the changes. Then Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R – Corning) joins us; he objects to the reforms because of safety risks to officers. NYPIRG’s Executive Director Blair Horner and Chairperson Alex Bornemisza, who is also a Student at Buffalo State, are pushing for a freeze in tuition at SUNY. Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner will

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Dec. 18, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Scott Waldman, ConCon Conversation

Published - December 18, 2015

Ashley Hupfl, a Capitol reporter with City & State, looks at this week’s Winners and Losers. Politico New York Capitol reporter Scott Waldman will explain the PSC’s approval for upgrading the state’s energy grid. The Regents have proposed a hefty $2.4 billion increase in education aid for the coming year. We’ll have details with Regent James R. Tallon, who is also the president of the United Hospital Fund. We will have highlights from the NYS Constitution Convention media boot camp, which was hosted as part of the partnership between the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, the Rockefeller Institute,

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Dec. 17, 2015: Dr. Bob Howarth, Ian Vandewalker, one-year anniversary of fracking ban, BOAs

Published - December 17, 2015

After speaking at COP21 in Paris, Dr. Bob Howarth of Cornell believes the best way to curb climate change quickly is to ban all fracking now. He will share highlights from the conference and his research on methane’s contribution to climate change. A judge heard arguments on Wednesday over whether to alter New York’s campaign finance law to close the so-called LLC loophole. We will hear from Ian Vandewalker, Counsel with Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice about the case and how New York can reform its ethics regulations in light of the convictions of Dean Skelos and

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Live@WCNY presents Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance Jan. 9

Published - December 17, 2015

WCNY Public Media’s Live@WCNY presents Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance, Jan. 9. Enjoy listening to the region’s best bluegrass ramble music acts in WCNY’s television studios. Date: Jan. 9 Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Location: WCNY, 415 West Fayette St. in Syracuse Cost: $5 suggested donation, open to the public Parking: On-site parking available Workshops: Aspiring musicians are invited to attend Bluegrass music workshops prior to the Barn Dance from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The annual Barn Dance features six bluegrass, and old time country music groups acts including: Boots & Shorts, Lake Effect, Northwater, Diamond Someday, Molly

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Dec. 16, 2015: Libby Post, EPF, Mike Elmendorf, Bruce Gyory

Published - December 16, 2015

Not everyone is thrilled that the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced that it will shut down in 2016, leaving an advocacy PAC in place. We will speak with Empire State Pride Agenda founder, LGBT advocate and President of the Communication Services Libby Post about her opposition to the group’s decision. A broad coalition wants the Governor to increase the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) in the next budget. We will hear why funding the EPF is vital from Jessica Ottney Mahar, the director of Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy of New York, and Darren Suarez, the director of Government

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Dec. 15, 2015: Sen. Hoylman, Reclaim New York, East Ramapo monitors, Dr. Frederick Kowal

Published - December 15, 2015

In light of recent attacks, legislators are calling on New York to close the so-called terror gap for the purchase of firearms. Sen. Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan) will explain legislation he has proposed. Reclaim New York, advocates for government reform and accountability, are critical of the Regional Economic Development Councils, calling them propaganda and bad policy. We will speak with the group’s executive director Brandon Muir about Reclaim New York’s opposition to the state-funded program. East Ramapo’s state-appointed monitors Dennis Walcott and Dr. John Sipple of Cornell University will discuss reform recommendations for the district that the three-person panel

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