Monthly Archives: September, 2017


September 29, 2017: Advocates for the Blind

Published - September 29, 2017

Advocates for the blind recently held events to raise awareness for the challenges they face daily. Now they are gearing up for the legislative challenges they are facing on the federal level. Meghan Parker, Director of Advocacy at the New York Association on Independent Living, and Kathy Casey, former First Vice President at the American Council of the Blind, discussed the next steps.

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September 29, 2017: Richard Brodsky

Published - September 29, 2017

In a little over a month, voters will go to the polls to vote on whether the State should hold a Constitutional Convention. Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky has released an agenda that would expand rights for New Yorkers. He shared the details with us.

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September 29, 2017: Leslie Danks Burke

Published - September 29, 2017

In this month’s GOP primary for Rensselaer County Executive, just over 1.5% of the county’s population voted for the winner, Steve McLaughlin. Leslie Danks Burke, Founder and President of Trailblazers PAC, says Rensselaer County is part of a trend across the state. She joined Susan to analyze the findings of the group’s recent report on the issue.

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Taste of Fame

Published - September 28, 2017

WCNY’s Annual Fundraising Dinner Event featuring delicious food, stories, and fun with Chef Richard Blais! Richard is a successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard nominated cookbook author and television personality. Perhaps most recognizable as a regular judge on Food Network and the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars,” Blais grew up on Long Island working as a “poissonier” at McDonald’s.

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September 28, 2017: Sen. Leroy Comrie and Asm. Jeffrey Dinowitz

Published - September 28, 2017

The recent Equifax breach affected an estimated 143 million Americans according to the New York Times. Two state lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent an incident like this occurring in the future. Senator Leroy Comrie (D-Queens) and Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) joined Susan to break down their legislation.

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September 28, 2017: Adrienne Esposito and William Cooke

Published - September 28, 2017

The city of Syracuse is dealing with a potentially toxic outbreak of blue-green algae in Skaneateles Lake, which is the water source for the city. Susan is joined by Adrienne Esposito and William Cooke of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment explained the issue.

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September 28, 2017: Jessica Ottney Mahar and Bill Farber

Published - September 28, 2017

When New Yorkers go to the polls in November, there will be three ballot questions for them to vote on. Jessica Ottney Mahar, Policy Director at the Nature Conservatory, and Bill Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, are pushing for New Yorkers to vote yes on ballot question three which would create a land bank for public projects such as bike trails and power lines in forest preserves. They joined Susan to explain the question.

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September 28, 2017: Jordana Dym and Sylvia Ryerson

Published - September 28, 2017

A discussion on the use of storytelling as an instrument of justice is happening Thursday night at Skidmore College. The discussion is a part of a series entitled States of Incarceration which runs until October 11th and explores the past and future of mass incarceration. Jordana Dym, Professor of History at Skidmore College, and Sylvia Ryerson, producer of the radio program Restorative Radio, previewed the event with Susan.

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September 27, 2017: Bruce Gyory

Published - September 27, 2017

Bruce Gyory, senior strategist at Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips and adjunct professor of political science at UAlbany, joined Susan to discuss the politics of climate change.

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September 27, 2017: Michael Koenig

Published - September 27, 2017

The Second Circuit court vacated the convictions of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam. The reasoning behind the court’s decision, according to Law 360, was similar to the reasoning in the case of Sheldon Silver: that jurors were given instructions that fell short of the U.S. Supreme Court’s standard in U.S. v. McDonnell. We received analysis from attorney Michael L. Koenig, Partner in the firm Hinckley Allen.

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September 27, 2017: Gil Quiniones

Published - September 27, 2017

New York State recently announced a $2.5 million competition for people to submit ideas on how to reinvent the Canal system. New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil Quiniones previewed the competition.

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September 26, 2017: Roaring Into the Future – MWPAI

Published - September 26, 2017

    “Roaring Into the Future” is the current exhibit at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY.  Mary Murray, the Head of Curatorial and Exhibitions for MWPAI, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the exhibit, and the history that helped to influence the art of the early 20th century.  The museum is also hosting the musical group “The Hot Sardines” leading up to the closing weekend of the exhibition, to bring visitors a taste of the days of the speakeasy To learn more about this exhibition, and the MWPAI, visit their website here:

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September 26, 2017: Charlene Obernauer

Published - September 26, 2017

The Assembly Committee on Labor held a hearing on the current structure of workers compensation in New York State. Charlene Obernauer, Executive Director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, discussed the issue.

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