Monthly Archives: February, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016: Gregory G. Little, William E. Reynolds, Sen. Carlucci, Lauren Shields, Dean Norton, Dr. Howard Freed

Published - February 29, 2016

Plaintiffs in the Small Cities Schools case are seeking a court order for the state to pay $1.1 billon to eight school districts. We will hear more from co-counsels for the plaintiffs Gregory G. Little of White & Case LLP and William E. Reynolds of Nixon Peabody LLP. Sen. Carlucci (D – New City) and teen advocate Lauren Shields discuss renewing measures that make it easier to become an organ donor. It’s the Taste of New York lobby day. Dean Norton, President of the New York Farm Bureau, will drop by the hut to discuss farmers’ priorities for the coming

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Feb. 26, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Josefa Velasquez, Sen. Marchione, Asm. McDonald, Comptroller DiNapoli, Asm. Todd Kaminsky

Published - February 26, 2016

Ashley Hupfl of City & State joins us for Winners and Losers. Josefa Velasquez of Politico New York looks at the news highlights of the week. Two legislators in Rensselaer County, Sen. Kathy Marchione and Asm. John McDonald, will discuss legislation that could address statute of limitation concerns in the village of Hoosick Falls. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli analyzes the state budget and explains audits of nursing home and homeless shelters in the state. We will host Asm. Todd Kaminsky (D – Long Beach) to discuss his race for Senate on Long Island and his take on how to tackle corruption

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Feb. 25, 2016: Dan Diaz, Alan Pfeffer, Rep. Chris Gibson, Jim Heaney

Published - February 25, 2016

We welcomed Dan Diaz, the widower of Brittany Maynard and an advocate for  Aid in Dying legislation. Meanwhile, some advocates argue that the proposed Aid in Dying legislation is not inclusive enough for all patients. We met Alan Pfeffer, Advocacy Chair of the Albany Affiliate of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, who discussed added measures he would like to see. Rep. Chris Gibson (R, NY-19) joined Susan. Jim Heaney, editor and executive director at the Investigative Post, discussed a story on discrimination in the construction trades in Buffalo.

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Feb. 24, 2016: E. Stewart Jones and Edward Gorman, Food Bank Lobby Day, CE Mike Hein, Dave Catalfamo

Published - February 24, 2016

We analyzed concerns over statute of limitations laws that could affect Hoosick Falls residents with attorneys E. Stewart Jones, Jr. and Edward Gorman. Today is food bank lobby day–advocates are pushing for $51 million in the budget, an increase of $16.5 million. Susan Zimet, the executive director of Hunger Action Network of NYS, and other advocates joined us. We will get Ulster County Executive Mike Hein’s take on the budget and the congressional race in NY’s 19th district. Republican political consultant and Managing Director of Park Strategies Dave Catalfamo discussed the latest trends in the presidential election.

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Feb. 23, 2016: Barbara Bowen and Sen. Krueger, Jo Wiederhorn, Richard Ravitch, Anderson Breakfast

Published - February 23, 2016

Barbara Bowen, the President of the Professional Staff Congress – CUNY, and Sen. Liz Krueger (D – Manhattan) discussed budget cuts for CUNY and a push by the union for a “yes” vote on strike authorization. We looked at a proposal for creating biomedical research laboratories at the state’s medical schools. Jo Wiederhorn, the president and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York, joined Susan. Gov. Cuomo has announced plans for a state agency to oversee large construction projects, which has critics worried that even more red tape will increase costs and delay projects. We analyzed the governor’s

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Feb. 22, 2016: Asw. Pat Fahy, Tom Stebbins, Will Yandik, Michael Fragin

Published - February 22, 2016

This week, the Assembly will host a hearing on what the state can do with the old, broken and outdated electronic equipment with which we are quickly filling landfills. Our e-waste, which has spiked in quantity, has a mix of valuable metals, like copper and gold, as well toxic chemicals that pose a threat to safety and the environment. Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D – Albany) joins Susan to preview the hearing. Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, argues the state’s restrictive Scaffold Law drives up the cost of infrastructure projects, which in turn

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Feb. 19, 2016: Constitution Pipeline opposition, Thomas Mastro, Richard Brodsky

Published - February 19, 2016

A coalition led by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club is in Albany fighting against the Constitution Pipeline – which is being called the Keystone Pipeline of natural gas. Wes Gillingham of Catskill Mountainkeeper and Maryann Zeffer, a landowner from Pennsylvania, will join us on the air to explain their opposition. More on the battle over SUNY funding with Thomas Mastro, the SUNY Assembly President and senior at SUNY Binghamton. And NYSUT released its opposition to a possible Constitutional Convention – something you’ll get to vote on in 2017. Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky uses the group’s position to explain

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Feb. 18, 2016: Superintendent Ken Facin and Anna Wysocki, Julie Novkov, Harvey Rosenthal and Glenn Liebman

Published - February 18, 2016

Hoosick Falls Superintendent Kenneth Facin and high school senior Anna Wyckoski shared their thoughts on the village water contamination. Julie Novkov, PhD, is the Chair of the Political Science Department and a professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University at Albany. She analyzed how the Justice Scalia vacancy could impact the election and why voter anger seems to be so high this cycle. We looked at changes coming to community mental health services with Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, and Glenn Liebman, the CEO of the Mental Health Association

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Feb. 17, 2016: Sen. Jeffrey Klein, Robert Lowry, Asm. Steve McLaughlin, Larry Levy

Published - February 17, 2016

Independent Democratic Conference Leader Sen. Jeffrey Klein will discuss an IDC education report, Paid Family Leave and a push for letter grades for day cares. He will also respond to a Board of Elections inquiry into the group’s retention of campaign finance lawyers. Robert Lowry, deputy director for Advocacy Research & Communications at the NYS Council of School Superintendents, analyzes this year’s education funding. Asm. Steve McLaughlin (R – Rensselaer Co.) explains why he will hold Assembly hearings on the Hoosick Falls water contamination. Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy discusses why New

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Feb. 16, 2016: Keith Schue, Steve Phillips

Published - February 16, 2016

Over the last few months we have introduced you to New York’s REV plan, which is a major restructuring of the state’s system of managing energy.  REV stands for Reforming the Energy Vision. Today we meet Keith Schue, an electrical engineer who lives in Cherry Valley and is a technical adviser for Otsego 2000, an environmental conservation organization based in Cooperstown.  Schue argues that unless REV tackles the elephant in the room–the massive growth of fracked gas power–it won’t alter the trend of continued and increased dependency on fossil fuels.    Then a conversation about a different kind of power. 

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Feb. 15, 2016: Stephen Gottlieb, Steven Kroll, Libby Post

Published - February 15, 2016

It’s Presidents’ Day and the legislature is on its February break, so we thought we would turn our attention to another important capitol – Washington DC. In particular, the Supreme Court of the United States. In his latest book, Unfit for Democracy, Albany Law School professor Stephen Gottlieb argues the court, under Chief Justice John Roberts, is failing democracy by neglecting to interpret the law in a way that preserves it. Steven Kroll, Executive Director of NYSARC, is mincing no words when it comes to how painful it will be to continue providing services disabled residents should a $15 dollar

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Feb. 12, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Scott Waldman, Asw. Pat Fahy, Bob Williams and Chris Denton

Published - February 12, 2016

Ashley Hupfl, and Albany reporter with City & State, has the rundown of this week’s Winners and Losers. Politico environment reporter Scott Waldman discusses Gov. Cuomo’s different messaging in the Hoosick Falls and Indian Point water contamination incidents. We revisit a conversation with Asw. Patricia Fahy (D – Albany) about indigent legal defense services. (Original airdate Jan. 21) First it was gas leases. Now it’s solar leases. Large companies are soliciting residents of Delaware County with industrial scale solar leases. And residents are both intrigued and concerned, as they were with the natural gas leases. Today we will discuss some

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Feb. 11, 2016: Councilman Bey, Stand Up for Kids Campaign, Jim Heaney, Mike Elmendorf

Published - February 11, 2016

Last week we spoke with former Congressman Jim Walsh about the Consensus report on a possible merger between Syracuse and Onondaga County. Today we spoke with Syracuse Common Councilman Khalid Bey who has civil rights concerns regarding the possible merger, and has detailed those concerns in a letter to the Consensus group – a letter which he cc’d to the U.S. Department of Justice, Division of Civil Rights. A new campaign Stand Up for Kids is working to confront child poverty. We hosted Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Director for the Alliance for Quality Education, and Charles Khan, Organizing Director for the

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Feb. 10, 2016: Speaker Heastie, Fred Kowal, Onondaga Lake, Bruce Gyory

Published - February 10, 2016

In a pre-taped interview about his new tax plan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told Susan the economic inequity being experienced by the poor and middle class should be “acknowledged”. We will speak with Fred Kowal, the president of United University Professions, about a call to increase state funding for SUNY. The Onondaga Nation is furious that a sand cap to seal-in toxins on the bottom of Onondaga Lake has had three failures since 2012, and that they had to file a FOIL request to find out about the failures. Onondaga Nation attorney Joe Heath and Alma Lowry, an environmental attorney

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Feb. 9, 2016: Sen. Marchione, Sen. Latimer, Entergy on Indian Point, Aid in Dying

Published - February 9, 2016

Sen. Kathy Marchione (R – Saratoga Co.) on how she plans to help the residents of Hoosick Falls who are facing a water contamination crisis. Sen. George Latimer (D – Port Chester) on the struggle local governments have raising revenue. Over the weekend, elevated levels of radioactive tritium were found in groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Entergy, which owns Indian Point, says the material poses no threat to public safety. We discussed the evolving situation with Michael Twomey, VP of external affairs for Entergy. David Leven, executive director of End of Life Choices NY, and Dr. Timothy

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