Monthly Archives: December, 2017


December 31, 2017

Published - December 31, 2017

Welcome to the Capitol Pressroom. I’m Susan Arbetter. On this last weekend of the year we wanted to revisit a program on the struggles facing poor New Yorkers in upstate New York. Many of Governor Cuomo’s economic development efforts are an attempt to address poverty by slowing the decline of upstate cities -­‐-­‐ cities that, for decades, depended on manufacturing in the mid 20th century. On this audio version of the PBS show Connect: NY, we take you north to Oswego – on the shores of Lake Ontario, to discuss the history of Upstate’s economic decline. Plus we will hear

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December 29, 2017: Best of: Sheldon Silver Conviction Analysis

Published - December 29, 2017

Over the next few months we are going to be reporting on corruption cases on an almost monthly basis. The re-trials of former legislative leaders Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver are on the calendar, as are the cases against several former Cuomo aides and colleagues who worked on economic development programs.    In this Best Of edition of “The Capitol Pressroom”, we went back to December 1st 2015, the day after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering. Our guests included: Vin Bonventre, Albany Law School Professor and New York Court Watcher blogger, founder

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December 28, 2017: Best of: Cycle of Injustice

Published - December 28, 2017

A special presentation of Connect: NY Poverty and the Cycle of Injustice. We hear the story of Jamier Green, a young man from Albany who kept getting picked up by the cops as he walked to Stewart’s on his lunch break. His boss Howard Gross then became his advocate. Then we heard from a number of experts on poverty and criminal Justice: Charles Khan, the organizing director for the Strong Economy For All Coalition Fabina Colon, the Executive Director of the Multi-cultural Resource Center in Ithaca, NY Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association Ron Deutsch,

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December 27, 2017: Paul Finkelman

Published - December 27, 2017

We take a deep dive into the history of slavery and the Supreme Court with Dr. Paul Finkelman, Supreme Court scholar and President of Gratz College in Pennsylvania. His new book entitled “Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court” explores the issue. 

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December 26, 2017: Bill Mahoney

Published - December 26, 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 joined Susan.

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December 26, 2017: Best Of: Patricia Salkin

Published - December 26, 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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December 26, 2017: Gregory Squires

Published - December 26, 2017

The Fair Housing Act was passed just about 50 years ago. In a just-published anthology titled “The Fight for Fair Housing”, Gregory Squires, a professor of public policy and sociology at George Washington University, explored the causes, consequences and future implications of the Act with some of the best thinkers on the issue from around the country.  

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December 31: To Ring In the New Year

Published - December 25, 2017

“We wait for the new year to appear to us like the hopeful sun bringing aspiring light to an eager world.”  – Munia Khan     On this New Year’s Eve, we look back at women in music throughout the ages.  From Medieval to Modern, here is music by women over the centuries:   “To Ring In the New Year” Kassia:  I Edessa VocaMe “Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer” Christophorus 77308 Hildegard of Bingen:  Ave generosa Oxford Camerata: Jeremy Summerly, conductor “Heavenly Revelations” Naxos 550998 Blanche of Castile:  Amours, u trop tart me sui pris Andrea Folan, soprano; Elizabeth Conversation

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December 25, 2017: Best Of: What Connects Us

Published - December 25, 2017

While there are plenty of issues that divide us as the presidential election shows, a tour through the chapters of New York’s history proves there is also much that brings us together. We looked at Civil Rights, labor rights, women’s rights, abolition and more on this special presentation of Connect: NY – What Unites Us. Our panel of guests includes: Libby Post, Founder of Empire State Pride Agenda Bruce Dearstyne, Author of The Spirit of New York; Former Program Director of NYS Archives Betty Bayer, Board Member of National Women’s Hall of Fame; Professor of Women’s Studies at Hobart and

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December 24, 2017: Capitol Pressroom

Published - December 24, 2017

Guests: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Yonkers), Leader, mainline State Senate Democrats Ken Pokalsky, Vice President, Business Council of New York State Dr. Fred Kowal, President, United University Professions David Friedfel, State Policy Director, Citizens Budget Commission

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December 22, 2017: Phil Bayly

Published - December 22, 2017

Longtime Albany TV anchor Phil Bayly retired today after an over four decade career in journalism. We discussed how covering the news has changed, what brought him to Albany, and some stories that he has collected in his travels.

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December 21, 2017: Dave Friedfel

Published - December 21, 2017

The Citizens Budget Commission has unveiled their annual “What to Look For” report on the State budget. David Friedfel, Director of State Studies at the Citizens Budget Commission, shared the highlights of the report

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December 21, 2017: Frederick Kowal

Published - December 21, 2017

What are the legislative priorities of New York’s union of university professionals? We broke it down with Frederick E. Kowal, President of the United University Professions.

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