Monthly Archives: December, 2019



December 30, 2019: Asm. Sandy Galef on marriage reform

Published - December 30, 2019

The Governor vetoed a bill that would allow more federal judges to marry individuals in New York State because some of those judges were nominated by President Trump. Asm. Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) weighed in on the veto as well as her bill which would allow New Yorkers to apply for a one-day license to marry.

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December 30, 2019: Cuomo’s reshaping of the Court of Appeals

Published - December 30, 2019

In his nine years in the Governor’s Office, Andrew Cuomo has reshaped the state’s highest court. Vin Bonventre, Justice Robert H. Jackson Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School and Editor of the New York Court Watcher blog, shared his insights on the changing dynamic at the Court of Appeals.

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December 30, 2019: Mental health funding

Published - December 30, 2019

A coalition of advocates and mental health providers are calling on the Governor to halt any cuts to mental health services for adolescents. Andrea Smyth, Executive Director of the New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health, explained how these cuts could hinder mental health improvement efforts in the state.

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December 30, 2019: Toll changes in New York

Published - December 30, 2019

New York highway drivers will see an increase in tolls when using the new Mario Cuomo Bridge and pay-by-mail. Jon Campbell, Statehouse reporter for the USA Today Network New York, stopped by to discuss the numbers and the impact to your wallet.

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S4-17: Turning Time

Published - December 28, 2019

“Everything passes, but nothing entirely goes away.”  – Jenny Diski   We are at a tipping point, that moment when one year turns to the next.  As we head into the next decade, we’ll take a trip through time, from Medieval days to modern.  It’s music that is sacred and secular, including the latest Pulitzer Prize-winning work from Ellen Reid.  We’ll also take note of what the future has in store.   “Turning Time”   Hildegard of Bingen:  Kyrie Oxford Camerata; Jeremy Summerly, conductor “Heavenly Revelations” Naxos 550998 Caterina Assandra:  Salve Regina Cappella Artemisia “Rosa Mistica” Tactus 600003 Caterina Assandra:  In Dulcis Amor Jesu Cappella

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December 27, 2019: Top Stories 2019: Public Financing

Published - December 27, 2019

We’re continuing through our list of the biggest news stories of 2019. Alex Camarda, Senior Policy Advisor at Reinvent Albany, joined the show to explain how the public campaign financing commission came into existence and how their legally binding recommendations will impact future elections.

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December 27, 2019: Reporter Yancey Roy

Published - December 27, 2019

On this last Friday of 2019, we’re kicking things off with a look back at the news of the week that was with Newsday’s Albany Bureau Chief, Yancey Roy.

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December 27, 2019: Top Stories 2019: Rent reforms

Published - December 27, 2019

We’re continuing through our list of the biggest news stories of 2019. First up, we talked with Laura Felts, Executive Director of United Tenants of Albany, on the rent reforms passed by the legislature and the impact they will have on Upstate cities like Albany.

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December 27, 2019: Rebuilding the GOP w/Yasmine Syed

Published - December 27, 2019

The New York Republican Party has been winless in statewide elections since 2002 when George Pataki was reelected to a third term as Governor. To compete on the statewide level, the GOP will need to recruit candidates to win first on the local or legislative level. We met Yasmine Syed, Republican Town Supervisor of Niskayuna, and discussed the way her party can recruit more diverse and young candidates.

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December 26, 2019: Top Stories 2019: Voting reforms

Published - December 27, 2019

Voting reforms were one of the first pieces of major legislation that the Democratic majorities in both legislative houses acted on. Jarret Berg, Co-Founder of VoteEarlyNY, explained how the voting reforms came into being and their impacts on the 2019 elections.

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December 26, 2019: Top Stories 2019: Adult use marijuana legalization

Published - December 27, 2019

One of the bigger legislative issues that remained on the table was the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana. Melissa Moore, Deputy New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, discussed the hurdles the legalization effort faced in 2019 and how they are gearing up for 2020’s effort.

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December 26, 2019: Top Stories 2019: Religious Exemptions on Vaccines

Published - December 27, 2019

2019 brought us the largest measles outbreak in New York in three decades. The outbreak led to a push on the state level to end the religious exemption on vaccines. The ensuing legislative and legal battles had a strong grip on Albany’s attention. Bernadette Hogan, New York Post reporter, stopped by to walk us through the process.

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December 26, 2019: Top 2019 Stories: Medicaid shortfall

Published - December 27, 2019

We took a look at how the state managed its Medicaid spending. The 2020 budget battle will be defined by how the state responds to a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall which was caused in part by Medicaid payments. Bill Hammond, Director of Health Policy at the Empire Center of Public Policy, broke it down for us.

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December 23, 2019: Top 10 of 2019: Criminal Justice Reforms

Published - December 23, 2019

We’re counting down the ten biggest Albany stories of 2019. During this year’s session, legislators passed a series of criminal justice reforms which will have major impacts on communities across the state. Joe Spector, New York State Editor for the USA Today Network, explained the path the legislation took to get over the goal line and their impacts.

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