Monthly Archives: June, 2021


June 30, 2021: Anthony B. Knight, No Cowards

Published - June 30, 2021

    In the third and last installment of our trio of  noontime interviews for “No Cowards In Our Band,” author Anthony B. Knight, Jr. spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the inspiration for this remarkable work, and how the life and work of Frederick Douglass resonates even today. No Cowards In Our Band airs on WCNY-TV, WCNY Classic FM, and streaming on the web (wcny.org) Saturday night, July 3 at 8:30pm.  More details here.

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Senate ‘Clean Slate’ sponsor reflects on end-of-session drama

Published - June 30, 2021

In the final week of the legislative session, Sen. Zellnor Myrie said supporters of legislation designed to give New Yorkers with a criminal record a fresh start gave “every single fiber” of their being to get a vote in both houses of the state Legislature. But their fervor was not enough to overcome a time crunch caused by an end-of-session bill drafting error, according to the Brooklyn Democrat, who carried the measure in the state Senate. 

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Drafting error holds up clean slates for more than 2 million New Yorkers

Published - June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021 – In the waning days of the legislative session, the Democratic majorities in the state Legislature appeared to have struck a deal on a bill that would seal the criminal records for more than 2 million New Yorkers – until there was no deal. Sen. Zellnor Myrie, a Brooklyn Democrat, joins the show to explain what went wrong with his legislation and make the case for why the “Clean Slate” measure still needs to get done.

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Are lawsuits the way to less gun violence? New York Democrats hope so

Published - June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021 – Joe Popcun, executive director of the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium and director of policy and practice at the Rockefeller Institute, breaks down legislation that made its way through the Capitol that is designed to make it easier to bring successful civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers in New York.

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New York tries again to impose oversight of prosecutors

Published - June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021 – Senate Codes Committee Chair Jamaal Bailey, a Bronx Democrat, discusses the state’s latest attempt to create an oversight panel responsible for monitoring the conduct of local prosecutors and shares his vision for leveling the criminal justice playing field in New York.

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Consumer advocates wary of federal loan program coming to New York

Published - June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021 – Empire Justice Center senior attorney Kirsten Keefe and Public Utility Law Project Executive Director Richard Berkley weigh in on a controversial federal loan program – that could be coming to New York – designed to foster eco-friendly home upgrades, but has resulted in participants around the country getting forced out of their homes.

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A second chance for students with disabilities

Published - June 28, 2021

June 28, 2021 – For students with a disability the disruptions caused by the pandemic may have made it impossible for them to complete their individualized education plan, so Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a Capital Region Democrat, pushed for legislation giving additional time for those students who may have otherwise aged out of the system.

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New York breaks intractable cycle caused by traffic fines

Published - June 28, 2021

June 28, 2021 – Fines and Fees Justice Center New York State Director Katie Adamides highlights a law that takes effect on June 29 enabling New Yorkers to use payment plans for traffic fines and fees and prohibits driver’s license suspensions for not paying fines and fees.

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Will new state law dramatically alter hospital staffing? Maybe not

Published - June 28, 2021

June 28, 2021 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation designed to overhaul staffing at hospitals, but will it make a big difference in the level and amount of care for patients? We turned to Healthcare Association of New York State President Bea Grause for answers.

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S5-43: Patchwork Quilt, Part XXVII

Published - June 26, 2021

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” – George Eliot There is even more music to stitch together this week to add to our Patchwork Quilt.  There is an ever-increasing number of women’s names on the CDs that continue to pour into our studios.  This episode includes romantic music, a work from Cuba, and new works from women composers.  Why not settle in for an hour together and take a listen?   “Patchwork Quilt, Part XXVII”   Andrés Alén:  Danzón LeGrand Elena Casanova, piano “Ensueños de cuba” MSR Classics 1786 Clara Schumann:  Sonata in G

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S5-44: Celebrating Independence

Published - June 25, 2021

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost Independence Day.  The day the founders declared the start of a new nation, and a new philosophy that would one day mark us as global leader.  Part of what marks now, as it did then, was the diversity in our population.  On this episode we have music from American women that highlights the path we have travelled thus far – and shines a light on the path that lies ahead.  These works range from the frontier, to the busy streets of New York City.   “Celebrating Independence” Henri Duparc:  La vie antérieure Barbara

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