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April 18, 2014: Mayor Miner, Jon Lentz, Rick Karlin, corruption museum, high energy bills

Susan Arbetter speaks with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about her decision to resign as co-chair of the State Democratic Committee. Jon Lentz has this week’s City and State Winners and Losers. Rick Karlin of the Times Union analyzes the events of the week. Susan explores Bruce Roter’s idea for a Museum of Political Corruption and speaks with Michael Meath, founder and president of Strategic Communications LLC, about this year’s high energy bills.

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April 17, 2014: NYSUT, Asm. Dinowitz, spousal care givers, federal Medicaid waiver

Susan Arbetter speaks with newly minted NYSUT President Karen Magee about Governor Cuomo and APPRs. Asm. Jeffrey Dinowitz discusses the National Popular Vote legislation in New York. United Hospital Fund’s (UHF) Carol Levine says spousal care givers may need more help. UHF’s President James Tallon explains the federal $8B  Medicaid waiver.

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April 16, 2014: Sen. Neil Breslin, Frank Mauro, Bill Hammond and Morgan Pehme, and Larry Levy

Is New York State a better place to do business than it was 4 years ago? Senator Neil Breslin (D – Albany) says it is. We discuss some of the budget’s tax incentives for business.

Fiscal Policy Institute’s Executive Director Emeritus Frank Mauro reports on the latest findings by the Multi State Shale Research Collaborative, of which FPI is a member.

New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond and City & State Editor-in-chief Morgan Pehme discuss the political fallout for Governor Cuomo surrounding the demise of the Moreland Commission.

Larry Levy, Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra and longtime veteran Newsday journalist on how the Governor can recover from this set-back

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April 15, 2014: Leah Gunn Barrett, Stephen Aldstadt, E. J. McMahon, Tom Rumsey

If you own an assault weapon as defined by the state of New York you need to register it by today. The consequences of not registering a weapon can be serious but some gun owners argue that registration is the first step toward confiscation. Today we speak with two people on opposite sides of this debate:

Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education.

It’s tax day. How will the tax reforms in the new state budget affect large and small businesses? President and founder of the Empire Center for New York State Policy E. J. McMahon joins us with his analysis.

The New York Independent System Operator which oversees the state’s electricity grid and operates the wholesale electricity market has a brand new home. Tom Rumsey, Vice President of External Affairs joins us with details.

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April 14, 2014: Joe Heath, Mayor Miner, Ed Cox, County Executive Poloncarz

On Tuesday, members of the Onondaga Nation will file a petition against the United States with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. The Onondaga Nation is seeking assistance from the international community with what it calls human rights violations. Onondaga Nation attorney Joe Heath joins us to explain the Nation’s grievances against the State of New York, and what they expect.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she is dipping into the city’s rainy day fund. The Mayor discusses her proposed budget on today’s show.

Chairman of the Republican State Committee Ed Cox on U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s decision to take over the Moreland Commission’s investigations.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on the future of the Buffalo Bills, and his primary concerns as a member of the New Stadium Working Group.

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April 11, 2014: Kyle Hughes guest hosts, Joe Spector, Michael Burgess, Neal Lane, “Brothers of The Blacklist”

Kyle Hughes guest hosts.

Joe Spector of Gannett discusses Preet Bharara’s criticism of Gov. Cuomo for shutting down the Moreland Commission.

Michael Burgess, state advocacy director for the American Cancer Society, on a push o ban e-cigarettes.

Neal Lane, NYS president for AARP, explains why New Yorkers need a utility advocate.

Filmmaker Sean Gallagher and SUNY Oneonta alumnus Kirk Allen discuss the documentary Brothers of the Black List. The film chronicles the longest running, continually prosecuted civil rights case in U.S. history based on events in Oneonta in 1992.
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April 10, 2014: Kyle Hughes guest hosts, Asm. Claudia Tenney, Elizabeth Cronin, Vin Bonventre, Tim Kremer and Bob Lowry

Assemblymember Claudia Tenney (R- New Hartford) on her run for Congress and session priorities.

Elizabeth Cronin, Director New York State Office of Victim Services, discusses Crime Victims Week.

Vin Bonventre, New York Court Watcher and Albany Law professor, explains headline Supreme Court cases.

Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, and Bob Lowry, deputy director of the NYS Council of School Superintendents, discuss school aid and school budgets.

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April 9, 2014: Kyle Hughes guest hosts; Comptroller DiNapoli; WFP; Howie Hawkins; Amanda Parsons

Yesterday, Susan Arbetter and Comptroller DiNapoli discussed why he will opt out of the public campaign finance system for his race this fall.

Kyle Hughes speaks with the Working Families Party Legislative Director Austin Shafran about the budget and whether WFP will endorse Gov. Cuomo in the fall.

Howie Hawkins is seeking the Green Party nomination for Governor.

Amanda Parsons, Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, on a measles outbreak and a push to get public health officials better access to electronic health records across the state.

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April 8, 2014: School funding, Unshackle Upstate, Matt Funiciello, Michael Kink and Sara Niccoli, Stephen Ferrara

Schenectady City Schools Superintendent Larry Spring and Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium Dr. Rick Timbs joins us with budget reaction.

Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate Brian Sampson weighs in on the budget’s efforts to reign in property taxes and alleviate the tax burden on manufacturers around the state.

One of the 2 Green Party candidates for the 21st Congressional District, Matt Funiciello, owner of Rock Hill Bakehouse hands in his petitions to the Board of Elections today. He will drop by the hut to discuss his candidacy.

Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition & Sara Niccoli of the Labor-Religion Coalition are unhappy with the way they say the budget benefits the rich. They join us to explain.

Executive Director of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State Stephen Ferrara joins us. His group is pushing the state to allow NPs to practice without the oversight of a physician.

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April 7, 2014: John King, Richard Gottfried, McCutcheon debate, Bill Farber

State Ed Commissioner Dr. John King.

Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee Richard Gottfried.

Former gubernatorial candidate John Faso debates the SCOTUS ruling in the McCutcheon case with Sean Casey of Eric Mower and Associates.

Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors and Supervisor from the Town of Morehouse Bill Farber joins us with a preview of Adirondack Day as well as the next Common Ground Alliance Forum.

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April 4, 2014: Ws and Ls, Jimmy Vielkind, Sen. Carlucci, Bruce Gyory, Mark Dunlea

City & State’s Matthew Hamilton delivers the week’s Winners & Losers.

Capital New York’s Jimmy Vielkind explains how the universe works and why we exist.

IDC member State Senator David Carlucci on the new budget

How could the budget play out politically in November? Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips shares his political analysis.

Environmentalists are calling on the State Comptroller to divest the pension fund from fossil fuel holdings. The Green Party’s Mark Dunlea explains.

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April 3, 2014: Jamie Dangler, environmental budget reaction, Karen Scharff

UUP Vice President for Academics Jamie Dangler discusses a new teacher certification test, the edTPA, which is causing similar controversy to the Common Core roll out.

Environmentalists highlight the good and the bad in the final budget. The panel includes EANY’s Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz, NYPIRG’s Laura Haight, and the New York League of Conservation Voters’ Executive Director Marcia Bystryn.

Citizen Action’s Executive Director Karen Scharff on the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling.

 

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April 2, 2014: Joanie Mahoney, Sen. Griffo, Asm. Stirpe, Bob Megna, Larry Levy

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney on the budget and the dissolving of the Moreland Commission, of which she was a member.

How does the budget affect central New York? Senator Joe Griffo (R-Rome) discusses $40 million dollars in extra infrastructure aid he helped to procure for municipalities in light of the rough winter; Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) shares his thoughts on both the tax freeze and education aid.

Governor Cuomo’s Budget Director Bob Megna joins us.

Larry Levy says the election year budget aids Governor Cuomo’s narrative of bipartisanship and moderate politics. The former Newsday editorial writer & current Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies provide budget analysis.

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April 1, 2014: Rob Astorino, Asm. Brian Kavanagh, Carl Paladino

Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino has announced that he and his wife have chosen to opt-out of the Common Core tests. Astorino joins us in the studio to discuss his decision as well as the rally he will be attending at the State Capitol against the NY SAFE Act.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) and State Legislators Against Illegal Guns (SLAIG) will hold a separate press conference “to discuss ongoing implementation of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act), and call for additional legislative action to further reduce gun violence.” Manhattan Assemblyman and SLAIG Co-Chair Brian Kavanagh will be here.

Buffalo businessman and school board member Carl Paladino shares his views on gun rights, the Common Core, and the state budget.

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March 31, 2014: Blair Horner, Jerry Kremer, Cornell’s Mildred Warner and Katelin Olson

Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group is among the critics of the limited public campaign finance roll-out in the state budget.

With a different take on public campaign financing, we speak with former Assembly member Jerry Kremer, founder and Chairman of Empire Government Strategies.

Cornell’s Mildred Warner and Katelin Olson discuss how upstate cities including Rochester, Syracuse and Utica are weathering a variety of financial challenges, and whether the new state budget will help or hinder those efforts.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for March 30

Matt Hamilton of City and State joins us with the week’s Winners & Losers.

Our reporter roundtable convenes with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News; Liz Benjamin, host of Capitol Tonight, and City & State reporter Matt Hamilton.

Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/NY dropped by to discuss both public campaign financing, and the National Popular Vote which passed through both houses of the legislature.

Assemblymember Pat Fahy, D-Albany, weighed in on budget issues related to education, from the Gap Elimination Adjustment to Charter Schools.

 

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March 28, 2014: Matt Hamilton, Liz Benjamin and Ken Lovett; Susan Lerner; Asm. Pat Fahy

Matt Hamilton of City and State provides our weekly fill of Winners & Losers.

Liz Benjamin of Capitol Tonight, Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News and Matt Hamilton will join us with early analysis of the state budget.

Susan Lerner of Common Cause on efforts toward public campaign financing as well as the national popular vote, which passed in the state legislature recently.

Assemblymember Pat Fahy (D – Albany) discusses education issues in the budget.

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March 27, 2014: Brendan Fischer, Jim Cultrara, Kate Breslin, Stephen Acquario, Asm. Kieran Lalor

Brendan Fischer, counsel at the Center for Media and Democracy, says the principles behind the education tax credit are closely based on legislation that has been pushed by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Counsel.

Jim Cultrara of the Catholic Conference joins us to rebut Fischer.

Kate Breslin of the Schuyler Center is concerned about the fate of PreK.

Stephen Acquario of the New York Association of Counties discusses his memberships’s priorities.

In light of the FBI’s raid of Queens Democrat William Scarborough’s office on Wednesday, Gannett reports that Asm. Kieran Lalor, R-Fishkill, is calling for better documentation of per diem money. Lalor joins us in the studio.

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March 26, 2014: Asm. Kolb, Michael Borges, Asm. Cusick, Barbara Bartoletti and Billy Easton

Mandate relief & the Common Core are at the top of Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s list of budget priorities. The Canandaigua Republican joins us to discuss these topics as well as the day’s news.

The New York State Association of School Business Officials has released a report looking at how the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA has been affecting school districts. Executive Director Michael Borges will have details.

Two views of the Education Investment Tax Credit: Asm Michael Cusick of Staten Island is the Assembly sponsor of the bill which provides a tax credit for charitable contributions to public, private and parochial schools. Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education and Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters argue the credit is a backdoor way to fund private and religious schools with public money.

 

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March 25, 2014: Sen. Diane Savino, Rev. Jason McGuire, Bill Mahoney and Karen Scharff, Asm. Joe Morelle

Senator Diane Savino of the IDC on the push to include paid family leave in the final budget.

Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms discusses his opposition to the 2014 Fair Elections Act.

Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG and Karen Scharff of Citizen Action, proponents of public campaign financing, share their perspective on the issue and discuss the link between giant campaign contributions and corruption.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle on his budget priorities.

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March 24, 2014: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Steve Greenberg, Fred Floss and Ron Deutsch, Bruce Gyory

Leader of the mainstream Democrats, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins makes a final pitch for public campaign financing as well as several other issues.

Pollster Steve Greenberg joins us with the key findings from the latest Siena Research Poll.

Fred Floss of the Fiscal Policy Institute & Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness take on bank tax reform.

Bruce Gyory, senior advisor in the Government & Regulatory Policy Division in Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Albany office and UAlbany Adjunct Professor of Political Science shares his analysis of budget negotiations.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for March 23, 2014

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York on the Education Investment Tax Credit.

Senator Liz Krueger, a mainstream Democrat from Manhattan, discusses a few of the problems around Monday night’s failed vote in the state senate on the Dream Act.

Senator Jeff Klein, head of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and co-leader of the State Senate responds to Krueger’s allegations and defends his conference’s actions and expectations.

One member of the Governor’s Common Core Implementation Panel, Anne Kress, President of Monroe Community College, shares her thoughts on the panel’s recommendations.

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March 21, 2014: mental health advocates, Barbara Bartoletti and Tom Wilkey, Jonathan Gradess, brownfields

Mental health advocate Harvey Rosenthal wants to see money in the budget for the “Memphis Model”, a program which helps limit bad outcomes between police and people with mental illness under distress.

Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters and Tom Wilkey former head of the US Board of Elections preview a forum on election reform taking place Monday at the Rockefeller Institute. rockinst.org

Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association is urging the State to settle a lawsuit alleging that New York is not living up to its Constitutional obligation to provide adequate legal counsel for the poor. He has been joined by a number of counties in this effort.

Jeff Jones and Jody Kass are pushing for more money in the state budget for the Brownfields Opportunity Act.

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March 20, 2014: Sen. Valesky, Asm. Moya, Dr. Rick Timbs and Dr. Lori Caplan, James Tallon

Syracuse area Democrat and IDC member David Valesky discusses his conference’s “Affordable New York Agenda” as well as the Governor’s tweaked property tax freeze.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya was outraged by the failure of the DREAM Act vote in the State Senate this week. Is there a future for the legislation within the state budget?

Statewide School Finance Consortium Executive Director Dr. Rick Timbs and Watervliet City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lori Caplan on legislative movement to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment as well as other education issues.

President of the United Hospital Fund of New York James Tallon writes that the success of the state’s healthcare exchange and the receipt of the federal Medicaid waiver “herald an enormous redirection of the health care system, bringing new expectations that require new ways of working to meet them.” He joins us with details.

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March 19, 2014: Sunshine Week, Ken Pokalsky, Mayor Mike Spano, Larry Levy

Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, on Sunshine Week.

Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Business Council, says the bank tax is misunderstood and won’t cost the state as much revenue as some groups have claimed.

Mayor Mike Spano of Yonkers on mayoral control of his city’s troubled schools district.

Hofstra’s Executive Dean for the National Center of Suburban Studies Larry Levy on budget politics.

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March 18, 2014: Cardinal Dolan, Sen. Krueger, Sen. Klein, Pres. Anne Kress

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York City, is in Albany to support an education investment tax credit. We will discuss K-12 education as well as immigration and the Dream Act.

State Senator Liz Krueger weighs in on the Senate’s one-house budget resolution.

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein discusses the DREAM Act vote in the Senate.

We hear from a member of the Governor’s Common Core Implementation Panel: Anne Kress, President of Monroe Community College.

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March 17, 2014: Comptroller DiNapoli, Evan Davis, Asm. Shelley Mayer, Schenectady parents

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli discusses education issues including school insolvency and auditing charter schools, as well as Wall Street bonuses.

Former counsel to Governor Mario Cuomo attorney Evan Davis shares some details from “Hope for JCOPE” a report released Friday by Common Cause & the New York City Bar that was critical of, but hopeful for, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

The Senate’s one-house budget resolution includes a provision giving Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano mayoral control over the troubled Yonkers School District. But several Westchester lawmakers have concerns about the move including Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer as well as Assemblymembers Gary Pretlow and Shelley Mayer. Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer joins us to discuss the situation.

The Schenectady City Schools Superintendent asked parents to join him in an unusual but effective exercise a few weeks ago. He asked them for help closing a $10 million dollar budget gap. Producer Alyssa Plock was there and will have the story.

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Capitol Pressroom Weekend for March 16

IDC member and Chair of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee David Carlucci discussed legislation to incentivize businesses to hire New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says legislation to protect charter schools will be in the budget. He also shared his thoughts on public campaign financing, the dream act and property taxes.

Small Business Lobby Day took place on Wednesday. Mike Durant of the National Federation of Independent Business and Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate weighed in on taxes, mandate relief, and the push back against the Governor’s tax freeze.

University of Albany Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Senior Analyst at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLC Bruce Gyory discusses why candidate Rob Astorino’s position on the Common Core may not serve him well.

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March 14, 2014: Ws and Ls, Senate’s one-house budget, Proctors’ Philip Morris, environmentalists on oil transport, ‘Say Yes’ Buffalo

City and State’s Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz shares the Winners and Losers of the week.

Jessica Wisneski of Citizen Action and Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition discuss the Senate’s one-house budget which rejects Cuomo’s “giveaway to banks” and provides an opening for public campaign financing.

Proctors Theater CEO Philip Morris argues for a tax credit for pre and post-Broadway show tech rehearsals.

More on the oil trains/oil facilities controversy with Environmental Advocates of New York Policy Director Katherine Nadeau and Conservation Director for the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter Roger Downs.

‘Say Yes’ Buffalo Executive Director David Rust on an education success story.

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March 13, 2014: Sen. Carlucci, Dan McCoy, Bob Bellafiore and Steve Greenberg. Asm. Nojay, Gov. Cuomo

IDC member and Chair of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee David Carlucci discusses legislation to incentivize businesses to hire New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy has put the brakes on an oil processing facility slated for the Port of Albany. On Wednesday he ordered a moratorium on plans by Massachusetts-based Global Partners, citing questions around public health. McCoy joins us to discuss his decision.

Which budget issues will spark the most debate? Stanhope Partners’ Bob Bellafiore and Greenberg Public Relations Steve Greenberg share their wisdom.

Republican Assemblyman Bill Nojay, one of the legislature’s most conservative members, is also one of its most outspoken on issues from taxation to guns. He will share his thoughts on the Assembly’s one-house budget as well as politics in the Ukraine where he spent time twice: In 2004 during the “Orange Revolution” as well as in 2010 when he returned as an election monitor.

Governor Cuomo discusses why charter schools will be an important part of the budget negotiations.

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March 12, 2014: Sen. Stewart-Cousins, Attorney General Schneiderman, small business, Bruce Gyory

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, leader of the Democratic Conference on the Senate’s one-house budget bills… both what she’s hoping to see, and what she expects to see.

Zombie homes and land banks are on the list of topics we will discuss with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

It’s Small Business Lobby Day. Mike Durant of the National Federation of Independent Business and Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate join us to talk taxes, mandate relief, and the push back against the Governor’s tax freeze.

Political Strategist Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips shares his thoughts on the blossoming gubernatorial race as well as yesterday’s Regents vote.

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March 11, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Sen. O’Mara and Asm. Palmesano, Gas Free Seneca, Sen. Latimer

Governor Cuomo on the Common Core Commission’s report.

Two lawmakers join us to discuss the state of local roads and bridges. Senator Tom O’Mara of Big Flats and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano of Corning.

We preview a forum to be held tonight at Watkins Glen High school about the gas industry’s plans to transform this region into the gas storage and transportation hub of the Northeast.

Senator George Latimer, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee discusses today’s Regents’ vote as well as the Governor’s decision to halt the state’s work with INBLOOM.

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March 10, 2014: Encore of Feb. 13, 2014

Encore of Feb. 13, 2014

Susan Arbetter discusses the latest fracking and natural gas storage developments in New York  State with Under the Surface author Tom Wilber, attorneys Tom West and Chris Denton, and Gas Free Seneca’s Joseph Campbell.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’

Catch up on The Capitol Pressroom highlights from the March 3 to March 7.

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March 7, 2014: WS and Ls, Ken Lovett and Rick Karlin, Michael Kink and Sara Niccoli, Tim Kremer

Mr. Matt Hamilton shares City and State’s Winners and Losers of the Week.

Our reporter roundtable returns with NY Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett and Albany Times Union veteran capitol reporter Rick Karlin.

A coalition of progressive groups is declaring winners and losers in the Governor’s executive budget. Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition and Sara Niccoli of the Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS will join us with details.

Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association Tim Kremer is part of a growing coalition expressing concerns about Cuomo’s property tax freeze.

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March 6, 2014: Rob Astorino, Glenn Blain, Tracey Brooks, Heather Briccetti, Gov. Cuomo

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on his run for governor.

Glenn Blain of the New York Daily News provides analysis.

President of Family Planning Advocates of New York State discusses Astorino’s candidacy and pending Supreme Court cases.

The Business Council’s Heather Briccetti explains the Common Core’s value for employers.

Gov. Cuomo discusses charter schools, jobs, and Astorino’s race.

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March 5, 2014: Sen. Savino, Mayor Miner, Sen. Griffo, Larry Levy

The IDC’s Senator Diane Savino on the budget priorities and the expansion of her conference.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on Rob Astorino’s gubernatorial candidacy and New York’s infrastructure needs.

Utica Republican Joe Griffo wants to re-design how members of the Board of Regents are elected.

Long time journalist Larry Levy, Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies, was surprised by how little-known Governor Cuomo is in Virginia. What does this mean for any aspirations the Governor may have for high office?

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March 4, 2014: Sen. Robach, afterschool, the Farm Bureau’s Dean Norton, NYCOM’s Peter Baynes

Senator Joe Robach, the newly minted Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee discusses transportation issues, property taxes and education.

While bus loads of education advocates are traveling to Albany today to push for everything from pre-K to more charter schools, we speak to Dr. Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, Executive Director of the New York State Afterschool Network about the importance of investing in afterschool programs.

The New York Farm Bureau’s Dean Norton drops by to share his legislative priorities.

New York’s 4 municipal associations are calling on lawmakers to stabilize property taxes across the state. How? We talk about some ideas with the New York Conference of Mayors’ Peter Baynes.

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March 3, 2014: Ron Deutsch, Bill Phillips, pesticides, Scaffold Law

A coalition of clergy, community groups, students, labor and activists are pushing back against the Governor’s budget saying it’s focused too heavily on tax cuts.  We discuss the coalition’s media campaign with Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness.

New York City charter schools are not getting the support they had been used to during the Bloomberg administration and they are not happy about it. Bill Phillips, President of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, joins us to discuss how charters around the rest of the state are handling the political climate.

Is there something toxic happening to the pesticide reporting law? Bill Cooke of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and Saima Anjam of Environmental Advocates of NY say there is.

Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO of the Association of General Contractors and the Rev. Jacques DeGraff are back to argue for reforming the Scaffold Law.

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Feb. 28, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Jon Lentz, Michael Burgess, Enviros, New York State Bar Association

Jon Lentz of City & State shares the week’s Winners and Losers.

Michael Burgess, Advocacy Director of the American Cancer Society, on session priorities.

Gov. Cuomo weighs in on charter schools and teacher evaluations.

The Nature Conservancy’s Chief of Government Relations for NYS, Jessica Ottney Mahar, and the Adirondack Council’s John Sheehan on the former Finch Pryun land classification.

Richard Bader, Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee, discusses why civics should be an educational priority.

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Feb. 27, 2014: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Constitution Pipeline, Bob Bellafiore and Steve Greenberg

With the defection of Queens State Senator Tony Avella from the mainstream Democratic conference to the IDC, the long-hoped-for (among Dems, at least) unification of the Democrats in that chamber now has less of a chance of becoming reality. We discuss the situation with the leader of the mainstream Democrats, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Two perspectives on the Constitution Pipeline proposed for the Southern Tier: Christopher Stockton of the Williams Companies and Anne Marie Garti of “Stop the Pipeline” will join us respectively,

With analysis of the week’s news we turn to 2 Albany veterans Bob Bellafiore of Stanhope Partners and Steve Greenberg of Greenber PR and the Siena poll.

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Feb. 26, 2014: Asm. Lentol, Bruce Gyory, pharmacy worries, higher education

Chairman of the Assembly Codes Committee Joseph Lentol on passage of the Dream Act in the Assembly and the Unjust Imprisonment Act.

Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips discusses the legislative calendar’s “half-time”.

DOH is about implement a new pricing scheme that will affect pharmacy reimbursement rates. Two pharmacy advocates will join us with their take.

It’s higher education lobby day. Buff State student Rita Yelda and Jamie Dangler, VP for Academics of United University Professions and an Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY Cortland will join NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney to discuss the issues.

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Feb. 25, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Steve Greenberg, Bill Samuels

Gov. Cuomo discusses the Common Core, teacher evaluations and the property tax cap.

Steve Greenberg shares the results of the latest Siena Poll in which a majority of voters say they want State Ed to control education policy in the state, not the Governor.

Bill Samuels, Founder and Chairman of Effective New York, discusses a statewide effort to challenge Governor Cuomo’s record as a progressive leader.

 

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Feb. 24, 2014: Sen. Ball, WFP’s Bill Lipton, E. J. McMahon, James Tallon

Two perspectives on the Governor’s proposal to offer prison inmates a college education. First we hear from Sen. Greg Ball who is critical of the plan. Then advocate Bill Lipton, State Director of the Working Families Party, weighs in.

The Empire Center For New York State Policy is out with a new report today on the estate tax. Founding President and CEO EJ McMahon will have details.

James Tallon is a member of the Board of Regents as well as President and CEO of the United Hospital Fund of New York. He will discuss how the Regents are handling the on-going criticism of the Common Core roll-out.

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Feb. 21, 2014: Ws and Ls, Reporters, Mayor Svante Myrick, Youth in Government

Matt Hamilton on this week’s City & State Winners and Losers.

Reporters Ken Lovett of the Daily News and Mike Gormley of Newsday.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick on local issues.

The Capital Distrct Youth in Government program.

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Feb. 20, 2014: Encore of Feb. 11, 2014

Encore of Feb. 11, 2014

Gov. Cuomo responds the the Regents’ recommendations.

We discuss both the Regents reforms to the Common Core implementation and today’s news of the new CFE-style lawsuit with Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Education Commissioner Dr. John King.

More on the push for the DREAM Act with Senator Jose Peralta.

David Sciarra of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Education Law Center and Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education discuss a new report that they say shows money does indeed matter in education.

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Feb. 19, 2014: Encore of Feb. 4, 2014

Leader of the mainstream Democrats State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses a few key items on the Democratic agenda.

Prominent election attorney and scholar Jerry Goldfeder, Special Counsel to Strook, Strook and Lavan and Law Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, joins us to weigh the 2 competing same-day primary bills in the state Senate.

The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Executive Director Frederick Floss and Chief Economist James Parrott weigh the pros and cons of the executive budget.

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Feb. 18, 2014: Encore of Jan. 29, 2014

Encore of Jan. 29, 2014

Assemblymember Pat Fahy discusses pre-K as well as funding for K – 12 education.

NYPIRG’s Blair Horner explains yesterday’s decision by JCOPE to tweak its policy on donor secrecy.

John Mylod, one of the last commercial fisherman on the Hudson, spent years as executive director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater where he worked closely with Pete Seeger. He will join the EPA’s Judith Enck in a remembrance of the folk icon.

Political Strategist Bruce Gyory of Corning Place on the DREAM Act.

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Feb. 17, 2014: Encore of Jan. 27, 2014

Encore of Jan. 27, 2014

Mayors from across the state are in Albany to testify at today’s budget hearing on aid to localities. Two upstate mayors join us to discuss what they want to impart to lawmakers: we will hear Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester and Mayor Kathy Sheehan of Albany.

More on how local governments are doing with Assemblyman John McDonald, former Mayor of Cohoes, and Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson.

We speak with members of the environmental community: Adirondack Council’s Willie Janeway, NYPIRG’s Laura Haight and EANY’s Peter Iwanowicz.

We discuss spinal cord injuries with David Carmel, co-founder of New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis.

Kate Breslin of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy as well as Jennifer March of Citizens Committee for Children weigh in on the proposals to address pre-k.

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Feb. 14, 2014: Jon Lentz, Kyle Hughes, Blair Horner, Group home safety, SEQRA

Jon Lentz shares this week’s City & State’s Winners and Loser.

Reporter Kyle Hughes of NYSNYS.com talks snow storms and Medicaid waivers.

NYPIRG’s Blair Horner says the State is underfunding tobacco control programs.

Group home safety.

EANY’s Peter Iwanowicz and Albany Rountable’s Paul Bray discuss the history of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

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Feb. 13, 2014: Tom Wilber, Tom West, Chris Denton, Joseph Campbell

Susan Arbetter discusses the latest fracking and natural gas storage developments in New York  State with Under the Surface author Tom Wilber, attorneys Tom West and Chris Denton, and Gas Free Seneca’s Joseph Campbell.

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Feb. 12, 2014: Maurice Carroll, Asm. Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Michael Kink, Michael Carey and Mary Ann Stahl-Goldberg, Bruce Gyory

Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute has the latest Q-poll results on Pre-K, and the Governor’s executive budget.

Assemblymember Crystal Peoples- Stokes and Michael Kink from the Strong Economy for All Coalition discuss local wage authorization.

Disability rights advocates Michael Carey and Mary Ann Stahl-Goldberg are angry about recent cases of abuse at group homes on Long Island.

Political strategist Bruce Gyory of Corning Place talks about the politics of education.

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Feb. 11, 2014: Gov. Cuomo. Sen. Peralta, Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King, and Billy Easton

Gov. Cuomo responds the the Regents’ recommendations.

We discuss both the Regents reforms to the Common Core implementation and today’s news of the new CFE-style lawsuit with Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Education Commissioner Dr. John King.

More on the push for the DREAM Act with Senator Jose Peralta.

David Sciarra of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Education Law Center and Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education discuss a new report that they say shows money does indeed matter in education.

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Feb. 10, 2014: Laura Haight and Conor Bambrick, Ryan Karben, Sen. Skelos, Larry Norden

Laura Haight, Senior Environmental Associate at NYPIRG and Conor Bambrick, ‎Energy and Air Program Director at Environmental Advocates of New York discuss the Draft NYS Energy Plan.

Legislation to punish groups that would boycott Israel may get a vote today in the Assembly…but it’s been a surprisingly tough sell according to former Assemblyman Ryan Karben.

Senate Republican Coalition Leader Dean Skelos drops by to discuss the on-going budget hearings.

Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program weighs in on the Governor’s Public Financing proposal.

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Feb. 7, 2014: Winners and Losers, Reporters, Michael Rebell

Reporter Matt Hamilton of City & State joins with the week’s Winners and Losers.

Reporters Jon Campbell of Gannett, Scott Waldman of Capital New York and Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio discuss the news of the week.

Litigator and education advocate Michael Rebell has been highly critical of the choices the Governor makes in his executive budget. The Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College, Columbia University joins us with his thoughts on school funding in New York, the anger around the Common Core and whether he will bring a statewide version of the CFE lawsuit against New York.

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Feb. 6, 2014: Sen. Flanagan, James Merriman, Dr. Arjun Makhijani, Bob Bellafiore and Steve Greenberg

Sen. John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, on the legislative push to delay teacher evaluations based on student test scores on new Common Core standards.

James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center has a very different perspective on the Common Core than we have heard from advocates. We discuss why he is a proponent of the new standards.

Does New York State have a carbon-free future? Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research shares his vision.

Bob Bellafiore and Steve Greenberg drop by the hut with their unique weltanschauung.

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Feb. 5, 2014: Larry Levy, Asm. Moya, Rob Astorino, Jerry Kremer

Hofstra University’s Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy on the deal-making we might see in Albany if we pulled back the curtain.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya is the sponsor of DREAM Act legislation.  We discuss the challenges he faces turning the bill into law.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino seems to be inching closer to a decision on whether to run.

Former Assemblyman and Chairman of Empire Government Strategies, Jerry Kremer on Bridgegate.

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Feb. 4, 2014: Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Jerry Goldfeder, Fred Floss and James Parrott

Leader of the mainstream Democrats State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses a few key items on the Democratic agenda.

Prominent election attorney and scholar Jerry Goldfeder, Special Counsel to Strook, Strook and Lavan and Law Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, joins us to weigh the 2 competing same-day primary bills in the state Senate.

The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Executive Director Frederick Floss and Chief Economist James Parrott weigh the pros and cons of the executive budget.

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Feb. 3, 2014: Sen. Marchione, Sen. Tkaczyk, Bill Ferris, Brian Sampson

Sen. Kathy Marchione on legislation to phase-out the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk on why she wants the state to move primary day to June to coincide with federal primaries.

There was no money for care giving in the state budget. AARP’s Bill Ferris joins us to discuss the implications.

Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate discusses the Governor’s budget as well as a recent Siena College Survey of business leaders around the state.

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Jan. 30, 2014: Joanie Mahoney, Rev. Jason McGuire, Ken Pokalsky, Dr. Rick Timbs and Jim Hoffman

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney on the Governor’s Onondaga Lake Revitalization Program.

Rev. Jason J. McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms on JCOPE’s denial of the group’s donor exemption.

Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Business Council of New York State discusses the Governor’s business tax reforms.

Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium Dr. Rick Timbs and Averill Park Superintendent Jim Hoffman preview an education forum taking place tonight at South Colonie High School about schools in fiscal peril.

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Jan. 29, 2014: Assemblymember Pat Fahy, Blair Horner, remembering Pete Seeger, Bruce Gyory

Assemblymember Pat Fahy discusses pre-K as well as funding for K – 12 education.

NYPIRG’s Blair Horner explains yesterday’s decision by JCOPE to tweak its policy on donor secrecy.

John Mylod, one of the last commercial fisherman on the Hudson, spent years as executive director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater where he worked closely with Pete Seeger. He will join the EPA’s Judith Enck in a remembrance of the folk icon.

Political Strategist Bruce Gyory of Corning Place on the DREAM Act.

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Jan. 28, 2014: PEF and CSEA, Asm. Brian Kolb, Rick Timbs and Larry Spring, MMA

PEF’s Susan Kent and CSEA’s Steve Madarasz discuss the legislative session, the budget and calls for mandate relief.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb on the Women’s Equality Agenda and the Assembly Republican Plan to reform the Common Core called the Apple Plan.

We will continue our conversation about education with Superintendent of the Schenectady City Schools, Larry Spring and the Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium Dr. Rick Timbs.

And mixed martial arts is back on the agenda… or would like to be. Lawrence Epstein, Senior Vice President and CEO of UFC drops by with an ultimate fighter.

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Jan. 27, 2014: Upstate mayors, environmentalists, New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis, pre-k

Mayors from across the state are in Albany to testify at today’s budget hearing on aid to localities. Two upstate mayors join us to discuss what they want to impart to lawmakers: we will hear Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester and Mayor Kathy Sheehan of Albany.

More on how local governments are doing with Assemblyman John McDonald, former Mayor of Cohoes, and Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson.

We speak with members of the environmental community: Adirondack Council’s Willie Janeway, NYPIRG’s Laura Haight and EANY’s Peter Iwanowicz.

We discuss spinal cord injuries with David Carmel, co-founder of New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis.

Kate Breslin of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy as well as Jennifer March of Citizens Committee for Children weigh in on the proposals to address pre-k.

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Jan. 24, 2014: Ws and Ls, Reporters Yancey Roy and Glenn Blain, Sen. DeFrancisco, E. J. McMahon

City and State’s Matt Hamilton with the week’s Winners/Losers.

Yancey Roy of Newsday and Glenn Blain of the NY Daily News with analysis.

Sen. John DeFrancisco on the budget, money for Onondaga County and this weekend’s Conservative Party conference in Albany.

E. J. McMahon on budget math, population loss and job growth.

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Jan. 23, 2014: Chancellor Tisch, Laura Anglin, education advocates, Secretary Larry Schwartz

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch responds to the Governor’s criticism of the Common Core roll-out.

Laura L. Anglin, President, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities shares her perspective on the Governor’s budget. We also discuss last week’s White House Summit on Education.

Education advocates Billy Easton, of AQE, Michael Borges of NYASBO and Dave Albert of NYSSBA on education funding.

Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz on jobs and education funding in the budget.

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Jan. 22, 2014: Bruce Gyory, Michael Kink and Ron Deutsch, Asm. Morelle, Larry Levy

Analysis of the Governor’s budget courtesy of Corning Place political strategist and advisor to multiple governors Bruce Gyory.

Michael Kink of Strong Economy for All and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness are critical of what they call a spending plan that caters to the rich.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle shares his thoughts on the budget and discusses how the Assembly’s priorities may differ from the Governor’s.

Before he leaves for “the Island” we have the pleasure of hearing Larry Levy’s analysis of the Governor’s spending plan. Levy is a long-time former Newsday journalist as well as the current Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra.

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Jan. 21, 2014: Siena Poll, Ed Cox, Larry Levy, Move to Amend

We extract more info from the Siena Poll with the help of Steve Greenberg.

Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee Ed Cox weighs in on Governor Cuomo as well as the state of the Republican Party.

Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy previews the Governor’s budget address.

Michael Messina-Yauchzy, Co-Chair of the Syracuse Chapter of ‘Move to Amend’, explains the group’s mission: to convince Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

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Jan. 20, 2014: Robert Conner and Field Goods

Robert Conner, author of General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind “Juneteenth,” discusses his book.

Donna Williams and Susan Poisson-Dollar of Field Goods discuss their local foods business model. (Encore from Dec. 25)

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Jan. 17, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Comptroller DiNapoli, Bill Hammond, Susan Lerner

Gov. Cuomo discusses his campaign fundraising, the Common Core, and his thoughts on a new Syracuse stadium.

NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has released a list of school districts facing varying levels of financial distress. He joins us to discuss the kinds of challenges these districts are facing..

Bill Hammond, Columnist for the New York Daily News, offers us a political overview of the Governor’s fundraising activities.

Common Cause New York’s Susan Lerner presents an analysis her group released this week of the campaign and lobbying expenditures of both pro and anti-fracking groups. While groups that want to see fracking in the state outspent their rivals, there is more to the story.

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Jan. 16, 2014: Asm. Kavanagh, Brian Mann, UAlbany Pres. Robert J. Jones, James Tallon

Manhattan Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-74th) is one of a group of lawmakers pushing back against gun rights activists who want to dismantle the NY-SAFE Act. He joins us to discuss Act’s successes.

Brian Mann, Adirondack Bureau Chief for North Country Public Radio has followed Representative Bill Owens since his victory in a special election in 2009. Mann joins us with political analysis as well as an update on the Prison Time Project.

UAlbany Pres. Robert J. Jones talks “public-private partnerships”, the nano split, and what the University needs to do to achieve success.

James Tallon, is a member of the Board of Regents and President of the United Hospital Fund of New York – duel roles that contribute to his status as an “expert” in both education and healthcare. He shares his thoughts on the fight over the Common Core and the state’s newly released health exchange demographics.

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Jan. 15, 2014: Congressman Owens, EANY, Rockefeller Institute, Rob Astorino

Congressman Bill Owens explains his decision not to seek re-election.

Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York, on regulations in the wake of the chemical spill in West Virginia.

Peter Kiernan and Don Boyd of the Rockefeller Institute preview a new report in which they look at strengthening public sector defined benefit plans.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on education policy and his future plans.

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Jan. 14, 2014: Assemblymembers Karim Camara and Crystal Peoples-Stokes, NYSSBA, E. J. McMahon, Leader Kolb

Assemblymembers Karim Camara and Crystal Peoples-Stokes discuss the DREAM Act.

Tim Kremer of the NYS School Boards Association responds to the State of the State.

Empire Center’s EJ McMahon on the Governor’s tax proposals.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb on his priorities for 2014.

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Jan. 13, 2014: Dr. John King, Sen. Mike Gianaris, school consolidation

State Education Commissioner Dr. John King discusses the Governor’s education proposals, Speaker Silver’s comments about reevaluating the Common Core and NYSUT’s announcement that it will ask its board to issue a no-confidence vote against him.

Queens State Senator and Chairman of the State Senate Democratic Campaign Committee Mike Gianaris joins us to discuss the Governor’s State of the State, the IDC/Republican leadership coalition and ethics reform in light of the resignation of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.

One of the conditions of the Governor’s tax freeze proposal is that residents’ local school districts show they are consolidating or sharing services. Two questions: Does consolidation and sharing services save money? Will voters be willing to give up their school identities for a tax break? We discuss these issues with Robert Lowry, Jr., Deputy Director, New York State Council of School Superintendents; Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr of the merged district of Central Valley; and Cornell’s John W. Sipple, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Development Sociology; Director of the NYS Center for Rural Schools; and Co-Director of the Community and Regional Development Institute.

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Jan. 10, 2014: Ws and Ls, Reporters, Dr. Jim Malatras, Tom Rumsey

Reporter Matt Hamilton of City and State joins us with the Winners & Losers of the Week.  www.cityandstateny.com

It has been an especially busy week in Albany. The Albany Times Union’s Casey Seiler, and the NY Daily News’ Ken Lovett will provide some political analysis to help us make sense of it all.

The Governor proposed a “Smart Schools” bond referendum in his State of the State on Wednesday:  It is a $2-billion dollar bond act designed to level the digital divide in our schools.  Dr. Jim Malatras, SUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Policy & Chief of Staff joins us to unpack this new idea.

On the energy front, Governor Cuomo proposed updating and enhancing the state’s electric power grid.  Tom Rumsey of the New York State Independent System Operation will explain the challenges that currently face the system, and what the possible solutions are.

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Jan. 9, 2014 State of the State Reactions

Our guests include:

- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

- Senator Tom Libous

- Richard E. Honen, partner in the firm Phillips Lytle. An expert on corporate and venture capital law, Honen was one of the earliest practitioners of nanotechnology law. He joins us to address the Governor’s proposed tax cuts for corporations and manufacturing.

- Barbara Bartoletti, League of Women Voters of New York State

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Jan. 8, 2014: State of the State Day

Larry Schwartz, Secretary to the Governor, previews today’s State of the State speech.

Two perspectives on the Governor’s State of the State: Democrat Bruce Gyory and Republican Dave Catalfamo weigh in on elements of the Governor’s 2.2 billion dollar tax relief plan.

Anti-Fracking activists from across the state are converging upon Albany today to keep up the pressure on Governor Cuomo to ban hydrofracking in New York. According to activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber, this is the movement’s “defining moment”. John Armstrong of Frack Action will join us.

A centerpiece of the Governor’s tax proposals is a 2-year tax freeze for residents of localities that prove they are consolidating. Mayor Stephanie Miner of Syracuse shares her thoughts on the issue.

This is the Governor’s final State of the State of his first term in office. What does need to achieve? Larry Levy, Executive Director of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies provides analysis.

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January 7, 2014: Larry Levy, Mark Dunlea, crude oil, caregivers

Hofstra’s Larry Levy previews Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance at the State Capitol with Governor Cuomo.

While it may be overshadowed by Vice President Biden’s visit, the 24th annual People’s State of the State rally will take place today at the State Capitol. Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network lays out an agenda that includes tax policies that are very different from Governor Cuomo’s.

Last night the Albany Common Council was to consider a resolution extending the public comment period on a facility that would process Bakken crude oil. While at first glance it may seem to be an Albany-centric issue, it is not. The trains carrying Bakken crude run through 23 counties across the New York. A recent derailment and explosion in Casselton, North Dakota illustrates why many people, including Roger Downs of the Sierra Club and Leah Golby of the Albany Common Council are watching the issue closely.

If you quantified the free care that family caregivers provide every year in New York, the number would reach into the billions of dollars. Today we meet 3 caregivers who share their stories and outline the kind of help they would like to see from the state.

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January 6, 2014: Reporters, medical marijuana proposal, NY2A

The legislative session begins on Wednesday but before we look ahead, we want to reflect on the year that just ended. What were the biggest stories of 2013? Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, Yancey Roy, Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday and Nick Reisman, Reporter for Time Warner Cable News’ Capital Tonight all help us put 2013 to bed.

According to the New York Times, Governor Cuomo will use his executive powers to allow a limited number of hospitals around the state to dispense medical marijuana to patients with cancer and other conditions. We discuss the issue with one of the legislature’s strongest advocates for legalization, Staten Island Democrat, Senator Diane Savino.

Since a judge upheld a majority of the provisions in the Governor’s Safe Act, advocates for the 2nd Amendment have renewed their efforts to repeal the law. NY2A and its affiliates are planning a series of forums over the next several months “to help educate NY citizens about how to avoid registering their lawfully possessed firearms”. SAFE Act registration deadline is April 15, 2014. Anti-NY Safe Act activist Jake Palmateer of NY2A joins us.

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January 3, 2014: Ws and Ls, reporters, developmental disability advocates, Congressman Owens

Reporter Matt Hamilton presents City & State’s Winners and Losers of the week.

From snow storms to sexual harassment to the Safe Act, Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union and Jimmy Vielkind of Capital New York share analysis of the latest state government news.

Organizations that serve New Yorkers with development disabilities join us to urge the legislature not to cut funding to their programs. We speak to Mary Ann Allen, the parent of an adult son with autism as well as the executive director of Wildwood Programs Inc., a services provider in Schenectady County, as well as to Wini Schiff of the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc..

North country Congressman Bill Owens (D – 21st District) discusses his hopes for a possible Farm Bill.

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January 2, 2014: Encore of Dec.19, 2013

Encore of Dec. 19, 2013

Mr. Rakus and his students from Lincoln Elementary School in Schenectady, one of the poorest in the state, drop by to discuss their 2014 educational wish list.

Donn Rowe of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association wants to sit down with the Governor and his staff and explain why blanket prison closures not only don’t work, but are dangerous for corrections officers.

There are plenty of surprises in NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s new report on compensation & overtime at public authorities, but nothing surprised me as much as this: Employees get bonuses. 4-percent of the 7-billion dollars paid out to public authorities employees goes to bonuses and “extra pay”. The Comptroller explains the report and shares his suggestions.

Jim Tallon worked on the NYS Board of Regents state aid recommendations. He joins us to discuss the proposal.

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January 1, 2014: Encore from Dec. 18, 2013

Encore from Dec. 18, 2013

Peter Baynes of NYCOM discusses the organization’s 2014 wish list and the Governor’s 2-year property tax “freeze.”

Tom Wilmot Sr., Chairman, Wilmorite, on his casino proposal for Seneca County.

John Coppola, executive director of the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. (ASAP). discusses the need for New York to address problem gambling.

Former Newsday reporter & editor, and current Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy looks back at 2014.

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Dec. 31, 2013: Encore from Dec. 12, 2013

Encore from Dec. 12, 2013

Empire State Development President & CEO and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development Ken Adams discusses Wednesday’s Regional Economic Development Council event. Plus we will put a face on one of the grantees: Peter Guidarelli of Warren, Washington & Albany Counties ARC discusses the $100K grant WWARC was awarded for its “Community Kitchen Project”.

Governor Andrew Cuomo joins us to discuss the REDC event as well as Tuesday’s release of the Pataki/McCall tax commission report.

We caught up lawmakers after the awards to get their take, including Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Peter Lopez.

Manufacturers are lobbying for a line in the Governor’s budget plan that would produce cash for the state by allowing mega-sized ATV’s — four-passenger, knobby-tired, utility vehicles — to be registered as ATVs and use the same trails and backcountry dirt roads. John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council and Bill Cooke of Citizens Campaign for the Environment don’t like it and tell us why.

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Dec. 30, 2013: Encore from Dec. 3, 2013

Encore from Dec. 3, 2013

The Moreland Commission released its report Monday evening to generally positive reviews from good government groups. Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters discusses the report, what’s in it and what’s not.

Senator Liz Krueger and Citizen Action’s Karen Scharff share their thoughts on Moreland.

The New York Farm Bureau is holding its annual meeting in Syracuse this week. Executive Director Dean Norton shares the group’s 2014 legislative priorities.

The Fiscal Policy Institute along with groups in several active shale gas states performed a study showing the promise of jobs around fracking has been exaggerated. Executive Director of FPI Frank Mauro explains.

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Dec. 27, 2013: Encore from Dec. 5, 2013

Encore from Dec. 5, 2013

The New York State Association of School Business Officials says the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has to go. The group also recommends phasing in the Foundation Aid Formula that was agreed on in 2007. Michael J. Borges, NYSASBO Executive Director joins us to talk about this $7.7 billion bombshell.

Larry Levy, Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra, weighs in on the politics of derailment and the Moreland Commission report.

President & Founder of the Empire Center for New York State Policy E. J. McMahon provides context to the Governor’s interest in a circuit breaker for property owners.

Senator John DeFrancisco shares his thoughts on Moreland and the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

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Dec. 26, 2013: Encore from Dec. 9, 2013

Encore from Dec. 9, 2013

Co-chair of the Moreland Commission, Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick discusses Moreland findings and what’s next for the commission.

Parents, educators, union members and community members will engage in “a statewide Day of Action to reclaim the promise of public education”. NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira and UUP President Frederick Kowal explain what the group is fighting for.

A coalition of good government group is demanding Governor Cuomo take action on Moreland recommendations. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner gets specific.

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Dec. 25, 2013: Dean Penelope Andrews, Field Goods

Dean Penelope Andrews of Albany Law on Nelson Mandela’s legacy (from 12/6/13).

Donna Williams and Susan Poisson-Dollar of Field Goods discuss their local foods business model (new interview).

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Dec. 24, 2013: Jonathan Gradess, WWARC

The 6th Amendment right to counsel is at issue in a long-standing case called Hurrell-Harring v. New York. The suit alleges New York’s public defense system is inadequate to ensure the constitutional right to counsel. The case has been wending its way through the state’s legal system for years, but last week 2 rulings by Judge Eugene Devine both move the case forward and present some thorny legal issues. Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association has been following Hurrell since its inception. He will explain the rulings and share his concerns.

Warren, Washington and Albany Counties ARC (WWARC) is in the planning stages of a community kitchen and cafeteria project at its headquarters in Queensbury. The project is partly funded by state economic development grants. What is unusual about the project is that it will work with farmers to create jobs and provide a commissary for its employees, allowing them to purchase healthy food at a discount. Jennifer McCullough, Senior Director of Public Relations & Development for the organization as well as Peter Guidarelli, Director of Grants, Government Relations join us to outline the project’s multiple goals.

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Dec. 23, 2013: Mark Eagan, Fred Floss, E. J. McMahon and Richard Brodsky


What’s on Mark Eagan’s Christmas list? Mandate relief. The President and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce discusses the group’s 2014 legislative agenda.

Frederick Floss, professor of economics and finance at Buffalo State College is the new Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute. He shares his vision for FPI.

What are the pros and cons of the Governor’s tax Commission proposals? EJ McMahon, Founder and President of the Empire Center for New York State Policy debates the issues with DEMOS & Wagner School fellow and long-time former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

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Dec. 20, 2013: Ws and Ls, Glenn Blain and Nick Reisman, Beyond the Fracking Wars

City and State presents the winners and losers of the week.

Our reporter roundtable convenes with the New York Daily News’ Glenn Blain and Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman.

Erica Levine Powers, co-author of “Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners and Citizens” returns to the program, this time with Mark K. Boling, President of the V+ Development Solutions division of Southwestern Energy Company.

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Dec. 19, 2013: Lincoln Elementary, Donn Rowe, Comptroller DiNapoli, Jim Tallon

Mr. Rakus and his students from Lincoln Elementary School in Schenectady, one of the poorest in the state, drop by to discuss their 2014 educational wish list.

Donn Rowe of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association wants to sit down with the Governor and his staff and explain why blanket prison closures not only don’t work, but are dangerous for corrections officers.

There are plenty of surprises in NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s new report on compensation & overtime at public authorities, but nothing surprised me as much as this: Employees get bonuses. 4-percent of the 7-billion dollars paid out to public authorities employees goes to bonuses and “extra pay”. The Comptroller explains the report and shares his suggestions.

Jim Tallon worked on the NYS Board of Regents state aid recommendations. He joins us to discuss the proposal.

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Dec. 18, 2013: Peter Baynes, Tom Wilmot, Sr., John Coppola, Larry Levy

Peter Baynes of NYCOM discusses the organization’s 2014 wish list and the Governor’s 2-year property tax “freeze.”

Tom Wilmot Sr., Chairman, Wilmorite, on his casino proposal for Seneca County.

John Coppola, executive director of the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. (ASAP). discusses the need for New York to address problem gambling.

Former Newsday reporter & editor, and current Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy looks back at 2014.

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Dec. 17, 2013: Sen. Gianaris, Anthony Picente, Mayor Matt Ryan

We spoke with Senator Jeff Klein yesterday; today Senator Mike Gianaris of the Mainstream Democrats weighs in on the Governor’s tax recommendations, and the Regional Economic Development Council Awards.

Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive and newly minted President of the New York State County Executives Association talks mandate relief.

We say goodbye to a rarity: a progressive Democratic mayor from the Southern Tier: long-time Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan will be stepping down at the end of the year due to term limits.

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Dec. 16, 2013: E.J. McMahon and Ken Pokalsky, mental health advocates, Sen. Jeff Klein, Richard Brodsky

E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center for Public Policy and Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs for the Business Council of New York State unveil an Empire Center report on a key regulatory obstacle to development in New York.

Glenn Liebman and Briana Gilmore represent mental health advocacy groups that support the changes the Cuomo administration is making to the state’s mental health services.

We speak with Senator Jeff Klein about the viability of the IDC’s “affordability agenda” for 2014.

Former Assemblyman and current DEMOS and Wagner School Fellow Richard Brodsky breaks down the politics of the tax commission recommendations.

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Dec. 13, 2013: Ws and Ls, Ken Lovett, Dave Gibson, Sen. Flanagan, Tim Kremer

Jon Lentz of City and State joins us with the week’s Winners and Losers.

We hear from the Albany Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News Ken Lovett.

Dave Gibson of Adirondack Wild is no fan of the APA’s reclassification of former Finch lands in the Adirondack Park.

Chair of the Senate Ed Committee Senator John Flanagan discusses the Common Core and his recommendations.

Reaction to those recommendations from NYSSBA’s Tim Kremer.

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Dec. 12, 2013: Gov. Cuomo, Ken Adams, NYSARC, REDC, UTVs

Empire State Development President & CEO and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development Ken Adams discusses Wednesday’s Regional Economic Development Council event. Plus we will put a face on one of the grantees: Peter Guidarelli of Warren, Washington & Albany Counties ARC discusses the $100K grant WWARC was awarded for its “Community Kitchen Project”.

Governor Andrew Cuomo joins us to discuss the REDC event as well as Tuesday’s release of the Pataki/McCall tax commission report.

We caught up lawmakers after the awards to get their take, including Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Peter Lopez.

Manufacturers are lobbying for a line in the Governor’s budget plan that would produce cash for the state by allowing mega-sized UTV’s — four-passenger, knobby-tired, utility vehicles — to be registered as ATVs and use the same trails and backcountry dirt roads. John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council and Bill Cooke of Citizens Campaign for the Environment don’t like it and tell us why.

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Dec. 11, 2013: Heather Briccetti, Ann Thane, Bruce Gyory, Larry Levy

The President & CEO of the Business Council of New York Heather Briccetti joins us to discuss the latest tax commission report as well as today’s Regional Economic Development Council event during which the 3rd round of grants will be awarded by the Cuomo administration.

Mayor Ann Thane of the City of Amsterdam sits on the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. She shares her experience on the council and discusses some of the group’s ideas.

What should we take away from Andrew Cuomo’s trip to Washington? Former advisor to multiple governors, Bruce Gyory, an adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany and Strategist at Corning Place Communications weighs in on the Governor’s political aspirations.

Former Newsday reporter & editor, and current Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy returns with analysis of yesterday’s tax commission report and today’s regional economic development council event.

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Dec. 10, 2013: Ron Deutsch and Michael Kink, Richard Ravitch, Bill Farber

The Governor’s 2nd tax commission will release its report to the public today at 10:30am. We discuss the report with two proponents of a ‘circuit breaker’, Ron Deutsch of NYers for Fiscal Fairness and Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition.

It’s been called the most important decision the Adirondack Park Agency has ever made: the classification of the newly acquired Finch Pruyn land. The APA is set to vote on the issue by the end of the week. Common Ground Alliance member & Hamilton County Supervisor Bill Farber reviews what’s at stake.

Can it happen in New York? We hear what former Lt. Governor and municipal finance expert Richard Ravitch has to say about the decision by a U.S. bankruptcy judge to allow pensions to be a part of Detroit’s restructuring efforts.

 

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Dec. 9, 2013: DA Fitzpatrick, public education Day of Action, Blair Horner

Co-chair of the Moreland Commission, Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick discusses Moreland findings and what’s next for the commission.

Parents, educators, union members and community members will engage in “a statewide Day of Action to reclaim the promise of public education”. NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira and UUP President Frederick Kowal explain what the group is fighting for.

A coalition of good government group is demanding Governor Cuomo take action on Moreland recommendations. NYPIRG’s Blair Horner gets specific.

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Dec. 6, 2013: Remembering Nelson Mandela, Reporters, PEF’s Susan Kent

Civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid champion, Nobel Peace prize winner and South Africa’s first Black President has died. Mandela looked apartheid in the face and didn’t blink. When will the world see the likes of Nelson Mandela again? What can today’s political leaders learn from his courage? Today we explore the legacy of Nelson Mandela with Albany Law School Dean Penelope “Penny” Andrews, who lived under apartheid. She is co-editor of The Post Apartheid Constitutions: Perspectives on South Africa’s Basic Law, the foreword to which was written by Nelson Mandela.

The AP’s Mike Gormley and the Daily News’ Bill Hammond share their analysis of the political news of the week.

President of the Public Employees Federation (PEF) Susan Kent discusses a judge’s ruling in Detroit that states public pensions may be used in bankruptcy negotiations.

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Dec. 5, 2013: Michael Borges, Larry Levy, E. J. McMahon, Sen. DeFrancisco

The New York State Association of School Business Officials says the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has to go. The group also recommends phasing in the Foundation Aid Formula that was agreed on in 2007. Michael J. Borges, NYSASBO Executive Director joins us to talk about this $7.7 billion bombshell.

Larry Levy, Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra, weighs in on the politics of derailment and the Moreland Commission report.

President & Founder of the Empire Center for New York State Policy E. J. McMahon provides context to the Governor’s interest in a circuit breaker for property owners.

Senator John DeFrancisco shares his thoughts on Moreland and the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

 

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