Monthly Archives: November, 2017


November 30, 2017: Jessica Post

Published - November 30, 2017

New York State Democrats have released a plan to reunify the Senate Dems. But the rancorous split among Senate Democrats in New York has also captured the attention of a national group: The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee supports reunification but according to the New York Daily News hasn’t ruled out primarying the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference. Jessica Post, Executive Director of the committee, outlined her group’s plans to turn the State Senate blue.

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November 30, 2017: Mark Mazur

Published - November 30, 2017

What are the changes made to the DC tax overhaul plan? Mark Mazur, Robert C. Pozen Director of the Tax Policy Center, updated us with the latest.

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November 30, 2017: Shauna O’Toole

Published - November 30, 2017

Danica Roem made history this month as the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature. We heard from Shauna O’Toole who is looking to make history as the first openly transgender person elected to New York’s state legislature.

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November 30, 2017: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Published - November 30, 2017

With growing pressure for change from the #MeToo movement, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) joined Susan to discuss her bills to address sexual harassment in the military and on Capitol Hill, as well as the possibility of a government shutdown.

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November 29, 2017: Larry Levy

Published - November 29, 2017

How will Washington impact the upcoming legislative session? We asked Larry Levy, Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra.

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November 29, 2017: Tim Wu

Published - November 29, 2017

What is net neutrality and how will the internet be impacted if it is taken away? Tim Wu, Author and Professor at Columbia University broke it down for us.

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November 29, 2017: Liz Moran and Cathy Dawson

Published - November 29, 2017

Two years after residents of Hoosick Falls were informed that their water had been contaminated with PFOA, the State will be holding the first Upstate meeting of the Water Quality Council. We discussed the meeting and more with Elizabeth Moran, the Water and Natural Resources Associate at Environmental Advocates of New York State, and Cathy Dawson, a nurse and mother from Hoosick Falls.

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November 29, 2017: John Kaehny

Published - November 29, 2017

A bill passed by the Legislature that strengthens the Freedom of Information Act can soon receive the Governor’s signature. John Kaehny, Executive Director and founding board member of Reinvent Albany, explained the importance of the Freedom of Information Act and the need to strengthen it.

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November 28, 2017: Kathleen Rathbun, Syracuse City Ballet

Published - November 28, 2017

  The Syracuse City Ballet’s presents “The Nutcracker” this weekend, and Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun stopped into the studio to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about this year’s production.  There are some exciting updates to the sets and choreography, and they have added a special sensory-friendly performance to ensure the whole family can experience this classic holiday ballet. Learn more at the Syracuse City Ballet website here.  

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November 28, 2017: Bill Mahoney

Published - November 28, 2017

Has the Trump administration encouraged more Democrats to run for office throughout New York? Bill Mahoney, Politico New York reporter, discussed the numbers when he joins Susan.

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November 28, 2017: Patricia Salkin

Published - November 28, 2017

How has a 17 year old law led to highly dense populations in areas where they are typically prohibited by zoning laws? We broke down the effects of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act with Patricia Salkin, Provost of Touro College.

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November 28, 2017: Mike Elmendorf

Published - November 28, 2017

Over three years ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a goal for the state to direct 30 percent of public contracts to women and minority owned businesses. However, contractors have faced multiple problems reaching that goal. Mike Elmendorf, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Associated General Contractors of New York State, explained some of the problems that contractors are facing.

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November 28, 2017: Blair Horner

Published - November 28, 2017

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) has released their annual “Trouble in Toyland” report. Blair Horner, Executive Director of NYPIRG, shared some of their report’s findings on unsafe toys.

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December 3: Patchwork Quilt, Part 6

Published - November 27, 2017

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach Time for another Patchwork Quilt episode.  Here is a sampling of some of the music by women that has recently arrived in our studios.   “Patchwork Quilt, Part 6” Einojuhani Rautavaara:  Fantasia, for violin and orchestra Anne Akiko Meyers, violin Philharmonia Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi, conductor “Fantasia” Avie 2585 Claude Debussy:  Premiere Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano Jennifer Showalter, clarinet; Joel Clifft, piano “European Adventure” Jennifer Showalter 1001 Mona Lyn Reese:  The Mitten Mona Lyn Reese, narrator Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra; Petr Vronsky, conductor “The Mitten” Navona 6132 Caroline Shaw:  Valencia Jasper

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November 27, 2017: Mary Beth Labate

Published - November 27, 2017

A new report from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities takes a look at the trends impacting enrollment at private, non-for-profit colleges. Mary Beth Labate, President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, broke down the figures.

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