Monthly Archives: February, 2021


S5-26: Women of Color: Composers, Part 3

Published - February 27, 2021

“It’s surprising to see how well Schoenberg and funk can sit side by side at the symphony.” – Nkeiru Okoye This episode turns once again to composers of color.  From the UK, to Cuba, to an opera firmly rooted in US history, each of these women brings their unique voice to the music they create.   Women of Color: Composers, Part 3   Shirley J. Thompson:  Random Sequences, from Life Sequences Electric Voice Theatre “Minerva Scientifica – The Franklin Effect” First Hand Records 51 Hannah Kendall:  The Spark Catchers Chineke! Orchestra; Kevin John Edusei, conductor “Spark Catchers” NMC 250 Eleanor Alberga: 

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Hochul silent on misconduct allegations against Cuomo

Published - February 26, 2021

Senate Ethics Committee Chair Alessandra Biaggi isn’t surprised that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul hasn’t commented on allegations of sexual misconduct against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I would love to see the lieutenant governor weigh in because she is a member of that administration, whether or not the governor wants to admit that or not,” Biaggi told The Capitol Pressroom in an interview recorded on Thursday.

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Assembly Dems plan votes next week on nursing home reforms

Published - February 25, 2021

Legislation making it easier to visit nursing homes is expected to get an Assembly vote next week as part of a package of reforms targeting the industry, according to Assemblyman Harry Bronson, a Rochester-area Democrat, who previously chaired the chamber’s Aging Committee. “My (visitation) bill is one of the bills that is being considered as part of that package,” Bronson said in an interview on Thursday. 

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Assembly Dems weigh checks on Cuomo’s pandemic powers

Published - February 25, 2021

Rank-and-file Assembly Democrats were presented Wednesday with a series of new pandemic oversight measures for their consideration and possible adoption as early as next week. The proposed checks on the governor’s powers that were discussed during a private meeting of majority members includes requiring the Cuomo administration to report certain decisions a week in advance to legislative committee chairs and allowing municipalities to issue their own pandemic executive orders as long as they don’t conflict with state actions, according to multiple members briefed on the proposal.

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No Senate vote this week on Cuomo’s pandemic powers

Published - February 23, 2021

The Senate is not going to vote this week to curtail Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pandemic powers, as the Democratic majority is still working on legislation that would create a new oversight committee. A spokesman for the Senate Democratic Conference said Tuesday afternoon they were honing their proposal, with the goal of creating legislation that would make a workable law.

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S5-25: All Together Now, Part 2

Published - February 20, 2021

“People are always good company when they are doing what they enjoy.”  – Samuel Butler Never underestimate the power of women working together!  This week we’ll take a listen to performances from all-female ensembles.  Included are performances from a Cuban orchestra, a Norwegian brass ensemble, and a very contemporary American string quartet.   All Together Now, Part 2 Traditional:  Cañambú Camerata Romeu; Zenaida Romeu, conductor “Cuba Mía: Soundtrack” Arkadia 73002 Franz Schubert:  Piano Trio in B-flat Major, “Sonatensatz” Trio Vivente “Schubert: Piano Trios” EigenArt 35DIG Astor Piazzolla:  Winter, from Four Seasons in Buenos Aires tenThing “10” EMI Classics / Warner Classics  5099908832 Michael

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S5-24: One Life – Ethel Smyth

Published - February 13, 2021

“[Smyth is] one of the few women composers whom one can seriously consider to be achieving something valuable in the field of musical creation.”  – P.I. Tchaikovsky Headstrong and independent, Dame Ethel Smyth led a life that included music, fighting for women’s rights, and working in a WWI hospital in France.  This episode takes a look at her life, her achievements, and her music.   One Life: Ethel Smyth   Two Interlinked French Melodies City of Prague Philharmonic; Gavin Sutherland, conductor “Entente Cordiale” White Line 2014 Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in E major, Op. 1 (excerpts) Mannheim String

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Assembly Dems discuss Cuomo’s pandemic powers

Published - February 12, 2021

Assembly Democrats met privately on Friday for more more than three hours to discuss the extraordinary powers exercised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo since the arrival of the novel coronavirus. The meeting, which was scheduled in advance of the New York Post’s report on Thursday about the Cuomo administration’s rationale for not releasing COVID-19 data to the state Legislature, featured a presentation by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, chair of the chamber’s operations committee, who walked his Democratic colleagues through a 75-page analysis of all the executive actions taken by the governor between March of 2020 and the end of January. 

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State updates controversial report on COVID-19 transmission in nursing homes

Published - February 12, 2021

(Editor’s Note: This post was updated shortly after initial publication to reflect new information provided by the Cuomo administration) A controversial report released last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to explain the transmission of COVID-19 in nursing home has been updated to reflect newly publicized state data from the pandemic. The plan to amend the report was revealed during Wednesday’s meeting between Cuomo officials and Democratic state lawmakers, according to state Sen. James Skoufis, an Orange County Democrat, who attended the meeting. A copy of the report, which was updated on Thursday, is available below.

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Overdue state child care report coming ‘very very soon’

Published - February 10, 2021

A member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet dropped a hint this week about the timetable for releasing comprehensive state recommendations on child care availability that were due at the end of 2020. “We are hoping to have that report released very very soon,” state Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Sheila Poole told state lawmakers upon questioning during Tuesday’s joint legislative hearing on the human services portion of the governor’s budget proposal.

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Hemp farmers prepare for lawsuit against Cuomo administration

Published - February 10, 2021

Hemp farmers are laying the groundwork for a lawsuit against New York in response to proposed state regulations that would prohibit the sale of hemp flower. More than $3,500 has been raised for a legal fund that would be used to pursue an injunction allowing the sale of hemp flower, according to the online fundraiser.

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S5-23: Women of Color – Leaders, Part 3

Published - February 6, 2021

“People can’t be what they can’t see.  Representation matters.”  – Kalena Bovell, conductor There are many ways to inspire young musicians.  Just performing, being a visible example of what is achievable, can be more influential than you may realize.  And of course, being an educator has a direct impact on others.  Not to mention arts organizers and leaders in advocacy organizations.  This episode highlights women of color who are leaders, in a myriad of roles, providing guidance and inspiration to others along their way.   Women of Color – Leaders, Part 3   Zenobia Powell Perry:  Cycle of Songs on

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Lawmakers eye another rent relief program before budget deadline

Published - February 4, 2021

The Senate majority’s point person on housing is hoping to approve a plan for distributing the latest pile of federal rental assistance well before the budget is due. The December stimulus from Washington D.C. included about $1.3 billion in housing assistance for New York, with the bulk of the money left to the state to distribute. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal calls for funding to flow through a state social services agency, while Senate Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee Chair Brian Kavanagh is also updating ca competing  rent relief  plan.

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