Monthly Archives: March, 2016

March 31, 2016: Ken Lovett, Ron Deutsch, Barbara Bowen, Asw. Deborah Glick, Asm. Marcos Crespo

Published - March 31, 2016

NY Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett will have the latest on where state leaders stand with a budget deal. Ron Deutsch, the executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, will analyze two budget issues: the minimum wage and a tax cut package. We will hear more about where the higher education budget stands. Our guests will be Barbara Bowen, the President of the Professional Staff Congress – CUNY, and then Asw. Deborah Glick (D – Manhattan), the Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee. Asm. Marcos Crespo (D – Bronx) explains why the 2020 census needs new methods

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March 30, 2016: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Rep. John Katko, Sen. Kemp Hannon, Larry Levy

Published - March 30, 2016

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Yonkers) joins us to talk about the budget process. Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24) will discuss his call for increased security at airports after the Brussels attacks. Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R – Garden City) looks at healthcare issues in the budget. Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy analyzes how the state budget is influenced by suburban districts.

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March 29, 2016: Susan Novotny and Peter Elitzer, good government groups, Sen. Bonacic, Vocal NY, Michele Baker

Published - March 29, 2016

We will discuss the impact of a $15/hr. minimum wage on small business. Our guests will be Susan Novotny, an independent bookseller and owner of the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, and Peter Elitzer, owner of Peter Harris Clothes. Good government groups say New York is failing to respond to its “Watergate Moment.” Blair Horner, the executive director of NYPIRG, Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union, and Barbara Bartoletti, the legislative director of the League of Women Voters of NYS, will argue that secrecy and lump sum spending in the budget is unacceptable given the recent legislative scandals.

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March 28, 2016: Mayor Miner, Jim Brock and Brett Truett, Dr. Michael Reich, Jules Kroll

Published - March 28, 2016

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner joined Susan to explain a union attack ad against her for not harshly criticizing Sen. John DeFrancisco for his minimum wage position. She’ll also discuss her decision to raise Syracuse city workers’ minimum wage to $15/hr. and her take on the developing budget. Two Utica businessmen discussed their and other community members’ opposition to building a hospital in downtown Utica, which has received funding allocations in both the Senate and Assembly one-house budget resolutions. Brett Truett, president and founder of SoftNoze-a sensor and switch bracket company-and Jim Brock, President of Jim Brock Agency of Utica Inc.,

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Next on Connect NY – 4/4/16

Published - March 25, 2016

Next on Connect NY: Teacher Evaluations How should good teaching be measured? Should student performance count? The link between student test scores and evaluations ignited last year’s opt-out movement across the Empire State. Can the evaluations improve teaching? How do we retain the best? Watch Monday, April 4th at 9 p.m. on WCNY

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March 24, 2016: Best-of Episode

Published - March 24, 2016

Best-of Episode Asm. Sean Ryan (D – Buffalo) and Chairman of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, a former Managing Director at BlackRock Inc., discussed multi-state efforts to close what is known as the carried interest loophole. We spoke with Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of the Business Council of NYS, and Eric Ooms of A. Ooms & Sons Dairy Farm in Valatie, about drawbacks to small businesses of raising the minimum wage. We heard more about scholarship tax credit legislation from Rabbi David Zwiebel, executive VP of Agudath Israel of America, and Ms. Camille Hastick-Ortiz, mom of Daniel Ortiz, a kindergartner

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March 23, 2016: Ethics in the Constitution, Adam Prizio and Lisa Tarricone, Bruce Gyory

Published - March 23, 2016

We will preview the March 25th Rockefeller Institute of Government event, “Can a NYS Constitutional Convention Strengthen Government Ethics,” with Robert Bullock, Deputy Director for Operations at the Rockefeller Institute, and Richard Briffault, Joseph P. Chamberlain professor of legislation at Columbia Law School and a former assistant counsel to Gov. Hugh Carey. Adam Prizio, J.D., the Manager of Government Affairs for the Center for Disability Rights, and Lisa Tarricone, the Director of Systems Advocacy for the Westchester Independent Living Center, discuss several disabilities rights groups’ opposition to “Physician Assisted Suicide” legislation, which is also known as Aid in Dying. Finally,

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March 22, 2016: Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Billy Easton, Chancellor-elect Betty Rosa, brain injury advocacy

Published - March 22, 2016

We spoke with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher about the future of the state’s colleges. We met Regents Chancellor-elect Betty Rosa. Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education, discussed education budget funding and shares the group’s reaction to the Regents election. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Wednesday, March 23rd is the first-ever Brain Injury Advocacy Day in Albany. A primary focus of Advocacy Day is the plan by state DOH to move New Yorkers with the most serious brain injuries, who receive care through Medicaid, into managed care. Both one-house budgets include language to block the

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March 21, 2016: Sen. Young, “Moral Monday,” CSEA lawsuit, Sen. Savino

Published - March 21, 2016

We will speak with Senate Finance Committee Chair Cathy Young (R – Olean) about the latest in budget negotiations. On this Moral Monday, Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of Albany and Rev. Emily McNeill, the Lead Organizer of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, make the case for raising the minimum wage to $15/hr. We will discuss the CSEA retiree lawsuit against the Thruway Authority with CSEA’s Therese Assalian and John Francisco, who worked in the Thruway Planning Department until his retirement in 2004. Sen. Diane Savino (IDC – Staten Island) is looking to expand patient access and increase the

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March 18, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Reporters, Vin Bonventre, Bill Farber

Published - March 18, 2016

Ashley Hupfl, an Albany reporter with City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. The Times Union’s Matt Hamilton and Newsday’s Michael Gormley join us for a reporter roundtable. We’ll analyze Pres. Obama’s Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland with Albany Law Professor and New York Court Watcher blogger Vin Bonventre. Last week, David Gibson of Adirondack Wild critiqued the Adirondack Protection Agency’s proposed amendments. This week, we will hear an alternative perspective from Bill Farber, a member of the board of the Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages and the Town of Morehouse Supervisor.

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March 17, 2016: Asm. Morelle, Laura Haight, David Friedfel, DJ Jaffe

Published - March 17, 2016

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D – Rochester) will have the latest on budget negotiations. We will speak with Laura Haight, New York State Association of Health Care Providers (HCP) VP for Public Policy, about the group’s call for full Medicaid funding of the proposed minimum wage increase. We will meet David Friedfel, the new State Studies Director for Citizens Budget Commission, who will analyze the governor’s budget and the one-house budget resolutions. DJ Jaffe, the founder of, expresses his concerns that the state is not providing enough services to the State’s most vulnerable mentally ill population.

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March 16, 2016: Minority Leader Kolb, Alexis Pleus, Asw. Deborah Glick, Larry Levy

Published - March 16, 2016

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) will explain the Assembly Republicans’ opposition to a $15/hr. minimum wage. We will meet Alexis Pleus, the founder of Truth Pharm, who will discuss the group’s effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with the opioid epidemic. Asw. Deborah Glick (D – Manhattan), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, will join Susan to discuss higher education issues as well as the likely vote next week on legalizing MMA, which Asw. Glick has vigorously opposed. We will discuss what Tuesday’s primary results could signal for New York’s primary day

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March 15, 2016: Sen. DeFrancisco, Timothy Kremer, Steve Greenberg

Published - March 15, 2016

Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) explains the Senate’s one-house budget resolution and tax relief plan. We will hear the New York State School Board Association’s response to the one-house budget resolutions, the newly named Regents, and possible testing changes coming down the pike. NYSSBA Executive Timothy Kremer will join Susan Arbetter. Steve Greenberg will share the latest Siena Poll results, which features the Senate race in the 9th District.

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March 14, 2016: Barbara Bartoletti and Blair Horner, George Gresham, women in politics, Asm. Andrew Hevesi

Published - March 14, 2016

Blair Honrer, the executive director of NYPIRG, and Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women Voters of NYS, analyzed the one-house budget bills. We met George Gresham, president of 1199 SEIU and chair of the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice, who made the case for raising the minimum wage to $15/hr. We discussed the role of women in politics and UAlbany’s New Leaders NY program with Dina Refki, D.A., the executive director of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and Sue Faerman, PhD, a UAlbany

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March 11, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Bill Mahoney, Michael Borges, Elisabeth Radow and Leslie Lewis, David Gibson

Published - March 11, 2016

Ashley Hupfl, a reporter with City & State, shared this week’s Winners and Losers. Bill Mahoney of Politico NY joined Susan and Ashley for a reporter roundtable. We looked at a report on the tax cap’s effect on school districts with Michael Borges, executive director at the New York State Association of School Business Officials. A federal jury found that Cabot Oil & Gas company was responsible for contaminating two couples’ wells in Dimock, Pennsylvania. We spoke with co-counsels for the plaintiffs Leslie Lewis and Elisabeth Radow about the case. David Gibson of Adirondack Wild will critique the Adirondack State

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