Monthly Archives: January, 2016


Jan. 29, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Glenn Blain, Schuyler Center, Dr. Gerald Benjamin

Published - January 29, 2016

Today, Ashley Hupfl, an Albany reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. NY Daily News Capitol Reporter Glenn Blain looks at the news highlights of the week. We will discuss a Schuyler Center report on the state of child welfare in New York titled Hopeful Futures for New York’s Children: Advancing Child Welfare with the Schuyler Center’s President and CEO Kate Breslin and Senior Policy Associate Kari Siddiqui. Dr. Gerald Benjamin is currently the head of The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz and associate vice president for regional engagement at the

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Jan. 28, 2016: Peter Iwanowicz, Jolie Milstein, Jim Heaney, Dr. Sandra Steingraber

Published - January 28, 2016

We will speak with Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of the Environmental Advocates of New York, about the designation of Hoosick Falls as a superfund site, as well as the group’s budget priorities for 2016. Today advocates are hosting a symposium to call for more senior housing and programs amidst what they are calling the state’s housing crisis. We will preview the event with Jolie Milstein, president and CEO of New York State Association for Affordable Housing. Jim Heaney, the editor and executive director at Investigative Post, will analyze the current state of the media industry. Environmental activist, author, and

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Jan. 27, 2016: Mayor Stephanie Miner, Asm. Ed Ra, Mayor Sheehan, Bruce Gyory

Published - January 27, 2016

The testimony of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner before the legislative budget committee made several important connections: one between political power, poverty and environmental racism; and another between effective government and the constant distraction on corruption. Mayor Miner sat down with Susan Arbetter when she was in Albany yesterday. With the legislative budget hearing on education taking place today, Asm. Ed Ra (R – Nassau Co.) will explain the Assembly Minority’s education wish list. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will discuss Aid to Municipalities in the governor’s budget proposal. We will analyze what a third-party presidential candidacy from former NYC mayor Michael

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Jan. 26, 2016: Scott Stringer, Chris Weidman and Marc Ratner, Zephyr Teachout, Carm Basile

Published - January 26, 2016

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer will weigh in on CUNY funding and Gov. Cuomo’s plans to address homelessness in the city and throughout the state. We’ll take a look at the fight to legalize MMA in New York with UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner and UFC fighter Chris Weidman. Zephyr Teachout, Fordham Law Professor and former gubernatorial candidate, has announced that she will run for Congress in the 19th CD. She will speak with Susan Arbetter about her campaign priorities. Carm Basile, the CEO of the Capital District Transit Authority and head of the New York Public Transit

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Next on Connect NY

Published - January 26, 2016

Next on Connect NY: The fight over school funding. The battle rages of foundation aid, the gap elimination adjustment, and a tax cap that reduces local aid to nearly zero. State Education commissioner MaryEllen Elia hears from state aid experts, as well as district superintendents, about the Governor’s education budget proposal. Will New York adjust school aid to reflect its changing demographics? Watch Connect NY, Monday Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. on WCNY

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Jan. 25, 2016: Sen. Carlucci, Vin Bonventre, E. J. McMahon

Published - January 26, 2016

One of the antidotes for a heroin overdose is naloxone. IDC Sen. David Carlucci (D – Ossining) will discuss his legislation that would allow naloxone to become available OTC; the effort is among several to address the heroin crisis in New York. Vin Bonventre, an Albany Law professor and author of New York Court Watcher blog, explains the impact the Freidrichs v. California Supreme Court case–in which petitioners are challenging mandatory fees charged by the state’s teachers union–could have on unions around the country. E. J. McMahon, president and founder of the Empire Center for Public Policy, breaks down several

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Jan. 22, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Yancey Roy, Robert Freeman, Commissioner Basil Seggos, Administrator Judith Enck

Published - January 22, 2016

Ashley Hupfl, a Capitol reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, explained the news highlights of the week. We had the latest on the water contamination in Hoosick Falls. First, Acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos discussed the progress the state is making at the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Site and in the village water supply. Then, EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck explained the EPA’s ongoing response to the contamination. Gov. Cuomo has proposed subjecting the Legislature to the Freedom of Information Law. Robert Freeman, the executive director of

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Jan. 21, 2016: Asm. Morelle, Asw. Patricia Fahy, Rick Timbs, Citizens United anniversary

Published - January 21, 2016

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D – Rochester) will weigh in on upstate infrastructure parity and the fight over legalizing MMA in New York. We’ll speak with Asw. Patricia Fahy (D – Albany) about state funding for indigent legal services. Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, analyzes deficiencies, quirks and anomalies in the state aid funding formula for education. On the anniversary of Citizens United, The New York for Democracy Coalition is advocating for a Constitutional Amendment declaring that corporations are not people, which would overturn Citizens United and related cases. Sen. Liz Krueger (D –

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Jan. 20, 2016: Asw. Deborah Glick, Leader Brian Kolb, Karen Magee, Larry Levy

Published - January 20, 2016

Assemblymember Deborah Glick (D – Manhattan) will analyze Gov. Cuomo’s funding plan for SUNY and CUNY. We will look at the governor’s ethics reform and other budget proposals with Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua). NYSUT President Karen Magee will discuss proposed state aid for education this session and the future of teacher evaluations. Larry Levy, Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies, debates whether localities should be on the hook to fix their own pipes or whether state funding for infrastructure is needed.

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Jan. 19, 2016: Sen. Stewart-Cousins, Erin Crotty, Asm. Charles Barron, James Cromwell and Pramilla Malick

Published - January 19, 2016

Today, we will speak with Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins (D – Westchester) about Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate, as well as her session priorities. We will analyze Gov. Cuomo’s commitment to increase the Environmental Protection Fund with Erin Crotty, the executive director of Audubon New York. Outspoken Asm. Charles Barron (D – Brooklyn), who stood up to protest some of Gov. Cuomo’s policies at the State of the State address, will join us. Finally, Orange County environmental advocates Pramilla Malick and actor James Cromwell will explain their opposition to a gas-powered power plant and pipeline compression station planned for

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Jan. 18, 2016: Timothy Kremer, Michael Borges, Renate Hartman and Byrgen Finkelman, Jo Wiederhorn

Published - January 18, 2016

We will look at school funding proposals and education priorities with Timothy Kremer, the executive director of New York State School Boards Association, and then Michael Borges, the executive director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials. Attorney Byrgen Finkelman and Renate Hartman of Affirming Transgender Rights will discuss plans to continue the fight this session for GENDA and other transgender rights. Jo Wiederhorn, President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools, will analyze the underrepresentation of minorities in the medical profession.

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Jan. 15, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Zack Fink, Jimmy Vielkind, Asm. Tedisco, Blue Carracker

Published - January 15, 2016

Ashley Hupfl, a Capitol reporter for City & State, takes a look at this week’s Winners and Losers. Zack Fink, a political reporter for NY1, will discuss his City & State article, “Inside the Jury Room: How 12 Jurors Found Sheldon Silver Guilty – After Deliberations that Nearly Fell Apart.” We will speak with Asm. James Tedisco (R – Schenectady/Saratoga) about the Assembly Republicans’ failed attempt to pass rules changes in the chamber. Susan will host a reporter roundtable with Jimmy Vielkind, the Albany Bureau Chief for Politico New York, and Nick Reisman of Time Warner Cable News. We will

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Jan. 14, 2016: State of the State reaction

Published - January 15, 2016

We will hear reaction to the Governor’s 2016 State of the State and budget presentation from: Karen Scharff of Citizen Action of New York and Michael Kink, Strong Economy All’s executive director Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz Blair Horner, NYPIRG’s executive director, and Barbara Bartoletti, the legislative director for the League of Women Voters of NYS. Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of the Business Council.

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Jan. 13, 2016: Christine Quinn, Asm. Gottfried, Mark Dunlea, Bruce Gyory

Published - January 13, 2016

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosts his 2016 State of the State Address, which will also include the annual budget presentation. Christine Quinn, the President and CEO of Women in Need, will weigh in on the Governor’s plan to address issues of homelessness in the state. We will hear which healthcare issues are at the top of the Assembly’s list this session from Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried (D – Manhattan). Mark Dunlea, Chair of the Green Education and Legal Fund, previews the State of the Climate, a rally at the Capitol for clean energy and a sustainable future. Bruce Gyory

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Jan. 12, 2016: Sen. Gianaris, Billy Easton, Yossi Gestetner, Steve Greenberg

Published - January 12, 2016

Sen. Michael Gianaris (D – Queens) will join Susan Arbetter to discuss his session priorities, which include an increase in the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour. We will hear from Billy Easton, Alliance for Quality Education’s executive director, about the need for equitable school funding across the state. Yossi Gestetner, Co-Founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, will explain his take on how to fixed the troubled school district of East Ramapo-one of his solutions is a merger of two districts to broaden local representation. Steve Greenberg of Greenberg PR discusses the announcement that Preet Bharara has

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