Monthly Archives: August, 2016


This Week on Insight, September 2

Published - August 31, 2016

On the next Insight: A roadway to change in Syracuse. the familiar i-81 overpass that runs through the heart of the city is approaching its fifty year useful age limit. those in charge of the next step in the i-81 saga appear on the verge of taking it. that includes moving some people off of their property. Watch Friday at 9 p.m. on WCNY

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Aug. 31, 2016: Sen. Kemp Hannon, Judith Enck, Robert Freeman, Kate Breslin and Andrea Cohen

Published - August 31, 2016

Sen. Kemp Hannon (R – Garden City), the chair of the Senate Health Committee, shared his thoughts on yesterday’s Senate Hearing on Hoosick Falls. We also heard from Judith Enck, the Region 2 EPA Administrator, about the DEC and DOH’s letter to the EPA demanding reimbursement for cleanup costs that occurred during the Hoosick Falls response. The state agencies claim “the changing and conflicting guidance from the EPA about PFOA exacerbated the challenge in Hoosick Falls.” EPA had a different take. Robert Freeman, the executive director on the Committee on Open Government, shared why he disagrees with the Cuomo Administration

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Aug. 30, 2016: Hoosick Falls Senate hearing, NY’s medical marijuana program, direct care crisis

Published - August 30, 2016

Sen. Kathy Marchione (R – Halfmoon) shares what she expects to hear from today’s Senate hearing on water contamination in Hoosick Falls. Then Asm. Steve McLaughlin (R – Rensselaer Co.) joins Susan for more on Hoosick Falls hearings. Is over-regulation hindering the expected growth of New York State’s new medical marijuana industry? We will speak with Hillary Peckham, the Chief Operating Officer of Etain LLC, one of the handful of companies chosen to participate in the medical marijuana program. Direct care workers face a perfect storm that could leave individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries without the care

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Aug. 29, 2016: Bob Duffy, Sen. Liz Krueger, Blair Horner, Sarah Jaffe

Published - August 29, 2016

Susan Arbetter spoke with former Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, who is now the President and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, about his call for legislators to form an Upstate Caucus. Sen. Liz Krueger and 19 other senators are calling on the DEC to close the fracking waste loophole. Blair Horner, the executive director of NYPIRG, explained a new report that details lawmakers outside incomes, major contributors and district demographics. The NYPIRG report also serves as a review of the past legislative session. Finally, Sarah Jaffe, a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute and the co-host of Dissent

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This Week on SciTech Now 09/08/16

Published - August 26, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: Researching the warming arctic through its bird population… why snowflakes have six sides… how segways can help veterans deal with the aftermath of war… and law enforcement has a new tool to sneak up on the bad guys. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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This Week on Cycle of Health, September 1

Published - August 26, 2016

Next on Cycle of Health: We visit a neighborhood’s safe haven, inspiring children today, as it did decades ago. We meet the Onondaga County Health Commissioner – and discover how public health programs help people where they live, work, learn and play. Why it’s best to tell your doctor everything. How being transparent helps doctors help you. And learn how these “Sole Sisters” promote a healthier, more active way of life. Watch Cycle of Health on Thursday at 8 p.m. on WCNY

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Aug. 26, 2016: Winners and Losers, Ken Lovett, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, environmental scorecards

Published - August 26, 2016

Who was a Winner or Loser this week? Ashley Hupfl of City & State had the full list. We hosted a reporter round-table with Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, and Nick Reisman, a reporter with Capital Tonight. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli explained a report on Upstate’s economy since the Great Recession – the results around the state are uneven. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of EPL/Environmental Advocates, weighed in on this year’s environmental scorecards for legislators. Find out who received the dreaded “Oil Slick Award.”

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August 25, 2016: The Jewell Trio

Published - August 25, 2016

            The Jewell Trio has been a fixture at A Little Summer Music in Vienna since it’s founding 8 years ago.  The members of the Jewell Trio – Peter Rovit, violin; Sar Shalom Strong, piano; and Gregory Wood, cello – chatted with host Diane Jones in the WCNY studios and gave a wonderful performance! Some of our WCNY staff were in the audience, and were treated to excerpts from Debussy, Babandjanian, and a rousing Beethoven finale. Details on the concert series can be found on their Facebook page.

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Aug. 25, 2016: Sen. DeFrancisco, Jim Heaney, Julie Killian

Published - August 25, 2016

Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) joined Susan in the WCNY studios to chat about the start of the New York State Fair, elections this fall and more. Investigative Post broke a story showing that the Buffalo’s program to test for lead in drinking water is beset with problems and fails to target minority neighborhoods where lead poisoning is concentrated. We spoke with IP’s founder, editor and executive director Jim Heaney. Earlier this week we spoke with Sen. George Latimer (D- Port Chester) about his re-election campaign. Today we met his Republican opponent in the 37th District

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This Week on Insight, August 26

Published - August 25, 2016

On the next Insight: The great New York state fair, and what it’s $50 million dollar renovation included. Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed the project in 2015 and state lawmakers approved the funding in last year’s state budget. We talked to Troy Waffner who is the acting state fair director about why these renovations were so necessary and the exciting developments ‘fair goers’ can expect. Watch Friday at 9 p.m. on WCNY

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Aug. 24, 2016: Special Presentation of Connect: NY – Power and Ethics

Published - August 24, 2016

On this special presentation of Connect: NY, we explore the idea that a Constitutional Convention in New York could impact the issues concentration of power and ethics reform in the Capitol. Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are: Blair Horner, Executive Director, New York Public Interest Research Group Prof. Hank Dullea, member, SUNY Board of Trustees; former Dir. of State Ops for Gov. Mario Cuomo; former Asst. Secretary to Gov. Hugh Carey Barbara Bartoletti, Leg. Director, League of Women Voters NYS Bob Bellafiore, Stanhope Partners; former Comms Director, Gov. George Pataki Steve Greenberg, Greenberg PR; Siena Research Institute; former

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Aug. 23, 2016: money in politics, Mario Cilento, Sen. George Latimer, Bruce Gyory

Published - August 23, 2016

Are billionaires manipulating New York elections? That’s what some advocacy groups claim. We heard from Michael Kink, the executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, Inc, and Jasmine Gripper, the Legislative Director and Statewide Education Advocate for AQE, about money in politics this election. We spoke with newly re-elected AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. Sen. George Latimer (D – Chester) made the case for his re-election in the 37th Senate District. We will hear from his Republican opponent Julie Killian later in the week. Bruce Gyory, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, discussed the next “gap” that could have a huge

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Aug. 22, 2016: Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Asw. Jaffee, Judith Enck, Dr. Patricia Bomba

Published - August 22, 2016

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia spoke with Susan Arbetter about the newly appointed East Ramapo monitor Charles Szuberla. Then we heard reaction on the appointment from East Ramapo area Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D). Albany’s Ezra Prentice housing project and its playground sit directly adjacent to the Port of Albany. We are talking yards away from the tracks. For years residents have complained about the ubiquitous and combustible oil trains that use the port as a hub, as well as the fumes emitted from trucks transporting oil from those trains. We spoke with Judith Enck, the EPA Region 2 Administrator, who

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This Week on SciTech Now 08/25/16

Published - August 19, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: We go underground near Albany to see how the earth began…farming in the city, the next step to fresh food…the budget item that the federal government is neglecting that could put our security at risk…and meet the robot you might meet at the hospital. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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This Week on Cycle of Health, August 25

Published - August 19, 2016

Next on Cycle of Health: Seeing a century. We meet a woman on the verge of 100 and learn her secrets for a life – FULL of life!  Get a chair and get strong to prevent a dangerous fall. We show you valuable exercises that can prevent this leading cause of injury in the elderly.  And they are youngsters in their 80s. What’s a few more decades? How love, laughter and staying on the go has them headed to one hundred. All this on the next Cycle of Health. Watch Cycle of Health on Thursday at 8 p.m. on WCNY

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