Monthly Archives: June, 2021


Andrew Hevesi is working for New York’s kids

Published - June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021 – If 2020 was a dark year for New York’s child care industry, 2021 has the potential to be the dawn of a new era, according to Assembly Children and Families Committee Chair Andrew Hevesi. The Queens Democrat talks about why he’s optimistic about overhauling the system, reflects on his approach to working with the Cuomo administration and much more.

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Lawmakers try to connect veterans to state benefits

Published - June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021 – Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chair Didi Barrett, a Hudson Valley Democrat, breaks down a slew of bills approved by state lawmakers designed to ensure veterans and their families have access to a variety of state benefits.

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June 17, 2021: Greg Sheppard & Wayne Sanders – No Cowards In Our Band

Published - June 17, 2021

  Syracuse Opera and WCNY have teamed up to bring you a marvelous production about the life of Frederick Douglass, titled “No Cowards In Our Band.”  In the second of a series of interview, Music Director Wayne Sanders and Bass Gregory Sheppard joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the production and how it can deeply touch everyone who experiences it.   No Cowards In Our Band will be performed live on Juneteenth, and simulcast on WCNY TV and FM on July 3rd.   More information on the WCNY website here, and on the Syracuse Opera website, here.  

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Dems propose nutrition standards for food at state-funded facilities

Published - June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021 – In the pursuit of healthy food in the bellies of more New Yorkers, Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation requiring the Cuomo administration to adopt a healthy food standard that would inform what food is prepared and sold at state entities and on state property. Jessi Silverman, a policy associate and the Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellow at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, explains how the bill would work and what else can be done to promote better eating habits.

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The evolution of voting access continues in New York

Published - June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021 – It’s been another busy year for Democratic lawmakers’ efforts to make voting easier, and Jarret Berg, a voting rights advocate and co-founder of Vote Early NY, has a run down of the measures that made it through the Capitol and at least one piece of unfinished business.

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Combating the pandemic rise in elder abuse

Published - June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021 – Becky Preve, executive director of the Association on Aging in New York, discusses the rise in elder abuse during the pandemic, the different forms of elder abuse and what the state is doing to fight back.

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June 16, 2021: Masud Olufani – No Cowards In Our Band

Published - June 16, 2021

  Syracuse Opera and WCNY have teamed up to bring you a marvelous production about the life of Frederick Douglass, titled “No Cowards In Our Band.”  Masud Olufani, who plays Douglass, joined mid-day host Diane Jones to talk about the production and the importance of both the history within the work, and how it impacts us today.   No Cowards In Our Band will be performed live on Juneteenth, and simulcast on WCNY TV and FM on July 3rd.   More information on the WCNY website here, and on the Syracuse Opera website, here.  

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WCNY to Premiere Floating Ideas: How the Erie Canal Helped Shape America

Published - June 16, 2021

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, is pleased to announce the premiere of “Floating Ideas: How the Erie Canal Helped Shape America” on WCNY-TV on June 29 at 9 pm. The half-hour documentary airs again on WCNY-TV on July 4 at 1 pm. “Floating Ideas: How the Erie Canal Helped Shape America” examines the spread of ideas along the Erie Canal, with an emphasis on women’s rights, suffrage, and the quest for social justice. The documentary was produced for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor with funding support from the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and

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Construction union enjoys productive legislative session

Published - June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 – New York State Building Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera will discuss his union’s victories during the recently completed legislative session, including a wage theft prevention measure and prevailing wage requirements on new green energy projects.

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Nursing home lawsuit could be harbinger for thousands of pandemic cases

Published - June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 – Rob Rosborough, author of the New York Appeals blog, will break down a lawsuit against a nursing home stemming from the death of a married couple last year who contracted COVID-19. The case could be a major harbinger for whether similar cases are brought and how they’ll be treated by the courts.

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Lawmakers leave Albany with unfinished environmental work

Published - June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 – New York League of Conservation Voters President Julie Tighe talks about the environmental measures that got done this legislative session – a stricter drinking water standard in schools – and the bills that didn’t – CCIA, clean fuel standard and more.

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Gender-neutral marker could debut on state ID in 2022

Published - June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 – If signed into law, the Gender Recognition Act will give nonbinary and transgender New Yorkers the option of marking their gender as X on their driver’s license application and also makes it easier to change their names, and have those changes acknowledged. We’ll unpack the entire measure with New York Civil Liberties Union’s Allie Bohm and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s Charlie Arrowood.

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