Monthly Archives: May, 2021



Memorial Day reflections with Derek Coy

Published - May 31, 2021

May 31, 2021 – New York Health Foundation Veterans’ Health Officer Derek Coy, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, talks about what Memorial Day means to him and much more.

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S5-39: Finding Our Voices, Part 2

Published - May 29, 2021

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”  – Ella Fitzgerald The human voice has the power to move us in so many ways.  When many voices sing together, they create harmonies that are impossible alone.  And when a group of women’s voices join in song, the experience can be almost magical   “Finding Our Voices, Part 2” Howard Hanson:  How Excellent Thy Name Manitou Singers of St. Olaf’s College; Sigrid Johnson, director “Repertoire for Women’s Voices, Vol. 3” St. Olaf Records E2400 Leopold Heinrich von Herzogenberg:  6 Madchenlieder ensemble cantissimo; Markus Utz, director “Herzogenberg: Wie schön, hier zu verträumen” Carus

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Creation of state marijuana office faces personnel challenges

Published - May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021 – Ryan Lepore, interim executive director of NYC NORML, which advocates for marijuana consumers in the five boroughs, talks about creating a new state office of cannabis management – as part of the legalization of adult-use marijuana – and voices his concerns about the governor’s top marijuana adviser.  

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State intervention debated for ’21st Century Jim Crow’ school system

Published - May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021 – Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, a Rockland County Democrat, discusses his legislation to address the inequities in the East Ramapo Central School District, where the private schools serving mostly white students have bee prioritized at the expense of public schools largely serving students of color.

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Pet shops push back against ban on retail pet sales

Published - May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021 – Legislation prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at retail pet shops is making its way through the Capitol, but proponents of the industry say this measure is misguided and paints an inaccurate picture of the practices by most pet shops.

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New York’s fiscal future takes shape

Published - May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021 – The newly released (and late) state financial plan sheds new light on New York’s finances. Patrick Orecki, director of state studies for the Citizens Budget Commission, explains what this new information tells us about the state’s fiscal situation and how federal stimulus money is being spent.

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School budget voting turnout returns to pre-pandemic lows

Published - May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021 – New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider breaks down the school budget vote results from earlier this month, and discusses ways to increase the abysmal turnout rates for these important elections.

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Businesses face major costs as unemployment bill comes due

Published - May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021 – After paying out billions of dollars in unemployment benefits during the pandemic, the bill is coming due soon, and Business Council of New York State Vice President Ken Pokalsky has ideas on how the state can alleviate this impending burden facing businesses.

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Democrats’ criminal justice agenda ‘up in the air’

Published - May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021 – Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee Chair Julia Salazar provides a status update on pending bills that would overhaul the parole system in New York and also advocates for legislation requiring prison guards to wear body cameras.

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Legislative update with Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal

Published - May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021 – Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, joins the show to discuss some of her pending bills, including restrictions on plastic straws in restaurants, making it easier for incarcerated New Yorkers to kick a drug addiction and cracking down on “ghost guns.”

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