Monthly Archives: January, 2020


January 31, 2020: Byrne-Kozar Duo and Chris Cresswell

Published - January 31, 2020

                The Byrne-Kozar Duo and composer/performer Chris Cresswell are opening the 2020 season at the ArtHouse in Syracuse.  Chris, Corrine Byrne, and Andy Kozar spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and the incredible variety of music they perform.   The ArtHouse website can be found here. Learn about composer Chris Cresswell here. And about the Byrne-Kozar Duo here.

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Jan. 31, 2020: Plastic Bag Ban

Published - January 31, 2020

Judith Enck, Founder of Beyond Plastics, Senior Fellow and Visiting Faculty member at Bennington College, and former Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency, updated us on the latest efforts to implement New York’s plastic bag ban.

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Jan. 31, 2020: Erie Co. Exec. on Medicaid spending and Bills stadium

Published - January 31, 2020

The big game is this Sunday and sadly, New York’s own Buffalo Bills will not be competing. We talked with Erie County’s Executive Mark Poloncarz (D) about the latest set of renovations for the Bills’ home stadium and the Governor’s proposal to shift Medicaid costs to the counties.

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Jan. 31, 2020: After school program funding

Published - January 31, 2020

What does the Governor’s proposed budget mean for after school programs? Kelly Sturgis, Executive Director of the New York State Network for Youth Success, was in the studio to discuss.

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January 30, 2020: Marc Mellits, composer

Published - January 30, 2020

  Composer Marc Mellits is in town for the performance of his work, Gravity, on the next concert of the season with the Society for New Music.  Marc stopped into the Classic FM studios to chat with mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and about the connections made through music.     The Society for New Music website can be found here. And Marc Mellits’ website is here.

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Jan. 30, 2020: Climate Action panelist Gavin Donohue

Published - January 30, 2020

The Climate Action Council is tasked with developing a plan for the Empire State to reach its ambitious climate goals laid out in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Gavin Donohue, President and CEO of the Independent Power Producers of New York (IPPNY), discussed his appointment to the Council and his goals.

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Jan 30, 2020: Brewery permitting

Published - January 30, 2020

The permitting process in New York can be a bit of a labyrinth. We heard how a Fort Edward brewery navigated the path and how lawmakers are trying to simplify the process.

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Jan. 30, 2020: Assembly Health Chair responds to budget proposal

Published - January 30, 2020

The latest budget hearing focused on healthcare spending which is one of the largest expenses for the state. We spoke with Asm. Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), chair of the Assembly Health Committee, on the proposed spending and the health-related issues he is following.

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Jan. 29, 2020: MTA Chair Pat Foye

Published - January 29, 2020

One of the key testimonies from Tuesday’s hearings was from the Metropolitan Transit Authority and its President and CEO, Pat Foye. We talked to Foye about the challenges facing the MTA and the transit organization’s impact.

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Jan. 29, 2020: Greene County’s jail development

Published - January 29, 2020

One of the proposals tucked into the Governor’s budget would allow counties to share jail services. The proposal comes after activists and officials from Greene County pushed for a shared jail over building a new facility. Lori Torgerson, former Greene County Legislator, discussed the push for shared jails and the impact this proposal could have on her county.

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January 28, 2020: Deborah Fox, NYS Baroque

Published - January 28, 2020

  In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony, and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, NYS Baroque presents “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” two performances of Baroque music by women.  Deborah Fox, lutenist and Artistic Director of NYS Baroque, spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, and how we are discovering new works from these women throughout history.     Learn more about NYS Baroque here.

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