Monthly Archives: May, 2016


This Week on SciTech Now 6/2/16

Published - May 31, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: Florida’s lovable manatees are in danger. Generating energy through sports and play. From accident victim to super athlete thanks to science. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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May 31, 2016: Billy Easton, BOAs, Diane Conroy-LaCivita, JP Miller

Published - May 31, 2016

Billy Easton, the executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, argues the state is not fulfilling its expenditure plan for failing schools under threat of receivership. A crucial part of the state’s urban revitalization is the cleanup of contaminated industrial sites called brownfields. A new report documents of the success of New York’s landmark Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program in driving redevelopment. We will speak with Val Washington, the president of New Partners for Community Revitalization (NCPR), Jeff Jones, a consultant for NCPR, about BOA’s success. Albany was awarded the honor of hosting a diplomacy summit on June 1

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May 27, 2016: Jon Lentz, Ken Lovett, Yevgeniy Feyman, Tom Wilber, Jon Potter

Published - May 27, 2016

Jon Lentz, a Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor for City & State, shared this week’s Winners and Losers. Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, had the news of the week. Yevgeniy Feyman, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and deputy director of health policy, discusses possible health insurance hikes for next year as federal subsidies decrease and health costs continue to climb. Tom Wilber, a staff reporter for the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, discussed a new federal study looking at the connection between pollution and birth defects in Endicott, NY We looked at

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May 26, 2016: Asm. Englebright, Larry Levy, Asw. Janet Duprey, Dr. Deborah Wortham

Published - May 26, 2016

The Assembly codified Gov. Cuomo’s climate and energy goals this week. Asm. Steve Englebright (D – East Setauket) will discuss the legislation. Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy debriefs the 116th LCA Show. Asw. Janet Duprey (R, I – Peru) shares the touching personal story of why she supports medical aid in dying legislation. Asw. Duprey is retiring at the end of this session and looks back on her tenure with Susan. We will meet Dr. Deborah Wortham, the new Superintendent of East Ramapo CSD and a school turnaround expert with a Ph.D.

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This Week on Insight 5/27/16

Published - May 26, 2016

On the next Insight: A central New York hot seat. The 22nd Congressional district is in play with the retirement of Richard Hanna. Half a dozen candidates are vying for their party’s nomination in a June primary. Meet the candidates, learn where they stand, build your opinion on the people running for the 22nd. Watch Friday at 9 p.m. on WCNY

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May 25, 2016: Leader Kolb, Tim Judson and Tommy Rock, “Lost Radio Rounders”

Published - May 25, 2016

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) joined us. We looked at opposition to the nuclear tier of the governor’s Clean Energy Standard with Tim Judson, the executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource center, and Tommy Rock, a doctoral student at Northern Arizona University working to shed light on generations of harm from the mining of uranium in the southwestern USA. Albany’s Lost Radio Rounders Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay shared some of their Acoustic American songs from their upcoming album “Politics & Patriots.”

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This Week on SciTech Now 5/26/16

Published - May 25, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: Small scale science exploration. How professors and computers teach match together. A high school students figures out how to make ethanol even more efficient. How a jumping rodent helps us learn about human physiology. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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This Week on Cycle of Health May 26

Published - May 25, 2016

Next on Cycle of Health: Seeing a century. We meet a woman on the verge of one hundred and learn her secrets for a life full of life. Get a chair and get strong to prevent a dangerous fall. We show you the valuable exercises that can help prevent this leading cause of injury in the elderly. They are youngsters in their eighties. What’s a few more decades? How love, laughter, and staying on the go has them headed to a hundred. Watch Cycle of Health on Thursday at 8 p.m. on WCNY

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May 24, 2016: MaryEllen Elia and Chancellor Zimpher, veterans pension buy-back, Sen. John DeFrancisco

Published - May 24, 2016

New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher explain the TeachNY Advisory Council report and their new partnership aimed at increasing the number of teachers in New York. We spoke with Bob Becker, the Legislative Coordinator for the NYS Veterans Council, attorney Matt Tully of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Marlene Roll, the Statewide Commander of the VFW in NYS, about legislation that would reform the state’s pension buy-back program for veterans. Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) joined Susan to discuss his end-of-session priorities.

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May 23, 2016: New Yorkers for Responsible Lending. Vin Bonventre, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, step therapy

Published - May 23, 2016

Kirsten Keefe, a senior staff attorney with the Empire Justice Center, and Charles Bell, the programs director for the Consumers Union, will discuss session priorities for New Yorkers for Responsible Lending. Vin Bonventre, an Albany Law School Professor and NY Court Watcher blog author, explains a lawsuit around an abortion mandate and court precedent may mean religious exemptions may not apply to state laws. Dr. Sandra Steingraber, an environmental advocate, author and distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Ithaca College, shares the latest on Seneca Lake LPG storage and FERC’s decision to extend the project. On Monday, representatives from dozens of patient and

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May 20, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Glenn Blain, Claire Barnett and Jeff Jones, Seth Siegel, Conor Bambrick

Published - May 20, 2016

Ashley Hupfl shares this week’s City & State’s Winners and Losers. We will speak with Daily News’ Reporter Glenn Blain about the news of the week. Two members of the Healthy Schools Network—Claire Barnett, the executive director, and Jeff Jones, the NYS policy adviser–discuss growing concerns over lead in school drinking water. Seth M. Siegel, the NY Times best-selling author of Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, previews the Capital Region – Israel Water Summit, which will be held on May 25 at the Radisson Hotel on Wolf Road, Colonie. Now that the DEC has denied

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May 19, 2016: Karen Magee and Fred Kowal, Asm. Ryan and Sen. Gallivan, Jim Heaney

Published - May 19, 2016

UUP President Frederick Kowal and NYSUT President Karen Magee express their concerns with the SUNY and State Education Department’s TeachNY partnership. Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R – Elma) and Asm. Sean Ryan (D – Buffalo) discuss whether there should be pause on the Buffalo Billion spending while the investigations continue. Jim Heaney, the founder and editor of the Investigative Post, explains an IP report showing SolarCity has slashed its job creation commitment in Buffalo. We will discuss the push to bring ridesharing to Upstate with Asm. John McDonald (D – Cohoes).

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This Week on Insight 5/20/16

Published - May 19, 2016

On the next Insight: Producer Ken Burns’ documentary on Jackie Robinson brings to life the story of one of America’s most influential baseball players and civil rights activists. We go behind the scenes and speak with local historians and educators about Jackie Robinson’s connection to Central New York and how his legacy lives on. Watch Friday at 9 p.m. on WCNY

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May 18, 2016: Asm. Michael Kearns, Asm. Linda Rosenthal, Bill Hammond, Bruce Gyory

Published - May 18, 2016

Asm. Michael Kearns (D – West Seneca) and Kate Lockhart, a paralegal for the Western New York Law Center, discussed efforts to hold banks accountable for blight, or zombie properties, in Western New York. Asm. Linda Rosenthal (D – Manhattan) and Jennifer Conrad, DVM, the founder and director of the Paw Project, are leading an effort to make declawing cats in New York illegal. Bill Hammond joined Susan to discuss his new role at the Empire Center for Public Policy. We spoke with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Bruce Gyory about polling and issues that need to be discussed by end

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This Week on SciTech Now 5/19/16

Published - May 18, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: Small scale science exploration. How professors and computers teach match together. A high school students figures out how to make ethanol even more efficient. How a jumping rodent helps us learn about human physiology. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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