Capitol Pressroom

‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Sept. 28, 2014

Attorney and long-time Albany lobbyist James Featherstonhaugh, who is also co-owner of Saratoga Harness, joins us in the studio to discuss the intense interest in casino siting in New York. Featherstonhaugh has an interest in both the Hudson Valley Casino and Resort which would be built in Newburgh, Orange County and the East Greenbush Capital View Casino.

A new report published by the New York Civil Liberties Union underscores the state’s failure to provide adequate legal representation to poor people convicted of crimes. Our guest will be Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU who will share details from the report, and update us Hurrell-Harring v. State of NY, a lawsuit which is related to the issue.

Attorney David Sciarra Executive Director of the Education Law Center and Billy Easton Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education discuss the Small Cities Schools lawsuit against the State of New York.

Now that the public hearings have wrapped up, Harris Beach’s Karl Sleight says that behind the scenes, the state will likely do some heavy-duty vetting of casino bidders’ financials. He joins us with his thoughts on the process.

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