Monthly Archives: June, 2016


June 30, 2016: Michael Koenig, Steve Greenberg, Jim Heaney, Pat Nolan

Published - June 30, 2016

Hinckley Allen Partner Michael Koenig explained what the Supreme Court ruling in McDonnell v. United States could mean for retrials of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. Steve Greenberg of the Siena Poll joined Susan. Jim Heaney, Founder, Editor and Executive Director of Investigative Post, discussed what the Tesla-SolarCity deal could signal for the state’s hefty investment in the SolarCity manufacturing plant near Buffalo. We heard from Pat Nolan, director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform, about how prison bureaucracy often keeps fathers separated from their families and how simple reforms could improve the system.

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This Week on Insight, July 1

Published - June 30, 2016

On the next Insight: The American classic “From Here to Eternity” comes to the Finger Lakes. Broadway royalty Tim Rice partners with the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival on the North American premiere. We meet the people making it happen and learn how it came across the pond to the Merry-Go-Round Theater. Watch Friday at 9 p.m. on WCNY

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June 29, 2016: Environmental reaction, Vijay Dandapani, Hoosick Falls, Bruce Gyory

Published - June 29, 2016

We spoke with Willie Janeway, the executive director of Adirondack Council, and Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of Environmental Advocates of NY, about this year’s session wins and losses for the environment. Vijay Dandapani, the chairman of the NYC Hotel Association, argued the governor should sign legislation that makes advertising for some short-term rentals illegal. We heard the latest on Hoosick Falls from two residents—Jennifer Plouffe and Desiray Rice. Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips discussed the results of yesterday’s Congressional primaries.

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This Week on Cycle of Health, June 30

Published - June 29, 2016

Next on Cycle of Health: Finding the words – we discover new ways to communicate. Learn how high-tech and low-tech devices help one teen get his point across. Listen up to a woman speaking out about the new techniques she uses to find her voice and cut through the noise as we learn how to listen to those who speak differently than we do. Watch Cycle of Health on Thursday at 8 p.m. on WCNY

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June 28, 2016: Michael Kink and Jessica Wisneski, bike safety, Vin Bonventre, Chelly Hegan

Published - June 28, 2016

By almost every standard—except its own—the Legislature failed to address ethics, electoral and campaign finance reform this year. Yet Michael Kink, the executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Jessica Wisneski, the campaigns director for Citizen Action, are optimistic that voters can push reform in Albany forward this coming election. The session produced, well, almost nothing for bike safety regulation. We will hear from Paul Winkeller, executive director of the New York Bicycling Coalition, and Joe Martens, the former DEC Commissioner and senior fellow at the Open Space Institute, about their disappointment in the lack of action.

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This Week on SciTech Now, June 30

Published - June 28, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: On this edition of SciTech Now, smart phones, smart TV’s, how about smart roads? Think you’re helping the environment? You may not be as green as you hope. Mixing paints with pixels in the classroom, and a look at how doctors worked decades ago. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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June 27, 2016: Andrew Heaney, Susan Lerner and Blair Horner, John Faso, Jonathan Gradess

Published - June 27, 2016

This morning, Susan speaks with Andrew Heaney and then John Faso, the two Republican primary candidates in NY’s 19th Congressional District. Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner and NYPIRG Executive Director Blair Horner will comment on reform legislation that passed this session. If the Governor signs legislation that passed both houses in mid-June, the state will gradually take over the costs of indigent legal services. Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association, will discuss the final bill

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June 24, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Gil Quiniones, Timothy Kremer, Rachel Fee

Published - June 24, 2016

Ashley Hupfl, Albany reporter with City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Bernie is back in town! Plus we’ll continue our end-of-session post mortem with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News. A collaboration between the New York Power Authority and NYSEG has led to the installation of 3 new capacitor banks that have allowed more upstate power to feed downstate’s thirst. According to NYPA President & CEO Gil Quiniones, the cost to install the new capacitor banks was 1/3 of what it would have cost to build a new power plant. He will

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June 23, 2016: Comptroller DiNapoli, Rep. Tonko, Phil Terrie, Jerry Kremer

Published - June 23, 2016

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discusses a report on New York’s homeless shelter system. Rep. Paul Tonko (D – NY 20) joins Susan to discuss the on-going Democratic sit-in in the House of Representatives to protest inaction on gun legislation. Philip Terrie, an Adirondack historian and professor emeritus at Bowling Green University, will look at the history of New York’s “Forever Wild” clause. With the chance for the public to vote on a Constitutional Convention in 2017, the state’s unique forest preserve statutes will come to the forefront. Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, a former Assemblyman and partner at Empire Government Strategies, joins Susan

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This Week on Insight, June 24

Published - June 23, 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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June 22, 2016: Dean Norton, Sen. Latimer, Nomiki Konst, Larry Levy

Published - June 22, 2016

The NY Farm Bureau has vowed to defend farmers against the labor activist lawsuit. The governor and attorney general have both expressed support of the lawsuit. We will speak with the Farm Bureau President Dean Norton about the group’s strategy. Sen. Latimer (D – Mount Vernon) was the only senator to vote against last week’s omnibus bill that passed in the final hours of NY’s 2016 legislative session. He’ll join Susan to discuss his opposition to the process and what reforms he would like to see in Albany. Nomiki Konst, host of “The Filter” on Sirius XM Progress, Bernie surrogate,

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This Week on Cycle of Health, June 23

Published - June 22, 2016

Next on Cycle of Health: The state of healthcare in Central New York through the eyes of those leading some of the region’s top institutions. Find out how hospitals are working together to better care for us when we’re sick and working to educate us to stay in good health. From the doctors office to the E.R., we uncover the changing landscape of healthcare in Central New York. Watch Cycle of Health on Thursday at 8 p.m. on WCNY

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June 21, 2016: Billy Easton, Paul Macielak, Todd Shimkus, Karl Sleight

Published - June 21, 2016

No group has argued more aggressively for the restoration of CFE funding than the Alliance for Quality Education. And the Alliance continued that rallying cry on Monday when it released a report showing that the funding for high needs schools has gone off the rails. AQE Executive Director Billy Easton joined us to explain what that means. We heard insurance plans’ reactions to the state’s heroin and opioid legislation from Paul Macielak, President and CEO of the New York Health Plan Association. Plus advocates for NYRA are bristling about the Governor’s decision to keep it under state control for another

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This Week on SciTech Now, June 23

Published - June 21, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: The high-definition screen you can wear. Better late than never, figuring out Einstein’s theory of relativity. How a healthy apple can lead to poisonous dirt, and how a common pizza ingredient can help save bees. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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June 20, 2016: Asm. Zebrowski, Will Yandik, education mandates, Heather Briccetti

Published - June 20, 2016

We spoke with Asm. Kenneth Zebrowski (D – New City) about legislation that passed in both the Senate and Assembly last week that will strengthen state oversight of the East Ramapo School District and provide additional funds for the low-wealth district. The state’s Congressional primaries are next Tuesday. In NY’s 19th CD, Will Yandik, a Town of Livingston Councilman, and Zephyr Teachout, a former gubernatorial candidate and Fordham Law Professor, are vying for the Democratic Party nomination. We spoek with Will Yandik about his vision for the district and the nation. We will host Zephyr Teachout before the election next

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