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May 4, 2015: Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Larry Levy, Daniel Alter, Charlie King

We will discuss improving minority/police relations and grand jury reform with Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Senior Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program where she focuses on improving the criminal justice process through legal reforms.

The New York Times reported Friday that Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos will be arrested as soon as today. What does this mean for the rest of the legislative session? Who will take over for Skelos? Former award-winning journalist at Newsday Larry Levy, currently the Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, joins us with his analysis.

Last week SCOTUS heard arguments around a case posing several questions including, “Does the Constitution require states to allow same-sex marriages”? New York University Law School Adjunct Professor and Fellow Daniel Alter joins us to discuss.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has officially accepted the Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in the state by 2020. Charlie King, President and CEO of Housing Works will have details.

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May 1, 2015: Winners and Losers, Scott Waldman, Rabbi Adam Baldachin, Asm. Robin Schimminger, David Sommerstein

We discuss this week’s City & State Winners and Losers with Ashley Hupfl.

Capital New York energy and environment reporter Scott Waldman speaks with Susan Arbetter about climate change and economics in the southern tier

A coalition of parents, clergy, and advocates rallied at the Capitol this week to call for state oversight of the divided East Ramapo School District. We hear from Rabbi Adam Baldachin of the Montebello Jewish Center about why he got involved.

Asm. Robin Schimminger (D – Kenmore) explains his reservations about authorizing mayoral control of schools in Buffalo.

A Potsdam professor received racist, homophobic death threat letters this week. North Country Public Radio reporter David Sommerstein has the latest in the developing story on the threats and the Potsdam community’s reaction.

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April 30, 2015: Rockefeller College, David Albert and Robert Lowry, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren

We discuss terrorism, hate speech, and the global political landscape with two Rockefeller College professors.  Karl Rethemeyer is interim Dean of the Rockefeller College, as well as an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. Victor Asal is Director of the Center for Policy Research as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Rockefeller College. 

What do school boards and superintendents have to say about the possibility of mayoral control expansion? We hear from the New York State School Board Association’s David Albert and the NYS Council of School Superintendents’ Robert Lowry.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren weighs in on mayoral control and education reform.

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April 29, 2015: Sen. Jeff Klein, Asm. Cathy Nolan, Sen. John Flanagan, Asm. Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Senator Jeff Klein (D – Bronx), the Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, explains his legislation that would combat “zombie properties.”

We hear legislative perspectives on mayoral control of public schools from Assembly Member Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood), the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Senator John Flanagan (R – Smithtown), the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D – Buffalo).

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April 28, 2015: Howard Zemsky, Sen. Squadron, Geoffrey Canada

Howard Zemsky, the President and CEO of Empire State Development, looks at the Start-Up NY program.

Senate Democrats are calling on the state to close the so-called “LLC loophole” to change how campaigns are funded. Sen. Daniel Squadron (D – Manhattan) explains the renewed efforts.

We continue our in-depth look at mayoral control of public schools with Geoffrey Canada, the President and former CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, who says that mayoral control was one of the primary reasons for improved educational outcomes in New York City.

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April 27, 2015: Steve Greenberg, AARP, natural gas infrastructure, Adirondack Day

Steve Greenberg shares the latest Siena Poll. Voters weigh in on parents’ right to opt-out, whether the new ethics laws will help fight corruption in Albany, and whether taxes should be raised to pay for education.

New York State may soon require hospitals, at a patient’s request, to give discharge instructions and post-release care plans to a designated caregiver. AARP’s NYS Legislative Representative Bill Ferris explains where the CARE Act stands in the Legislature.

A coalition of health professionals and advocates are at the Capitol to demand more comprehensive reviews of the potential risks of new shale gas infrastructure. We’ll hear from Earthworks’ Eastern Program Coordinator Nadia Steinzor and Public Health expert, Celia Lewis.

It’s Adirondack Day at the Capitol! There will be live animals and all the flavors of the Adirondacks in the Well of the LOB. Bill Farber, the Supervisor of the Town of Morehouse and member of the Board of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, highlights today’s events.

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April 24, 2015: DEC Commissioner Martens, Regent James Tallon, Roger Downs and John Sheehan

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens highlights new state initiatives for Earth Week. He’ll discuss the SGEIS for the fracking ban, oil trains, and climate change.

Regent James R. Tallon joins Susan Arbetter to discuss teacher evaluations and the evolving educational landscape in New York.

We will hear from Roger Downs of the Sierra Club and John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council about environmental budget issues. Original air-date: April 6, 2015.

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April 23, 2015: medical marijuana, Sen. Savino, Prof. Jeffrey Henig

The NYS Department of Health will soon issue requests for proposals (R.F.P.s) for producing medical marijuana in New York State. One partnership has already received permission from a town to build infrastructure in Wallkill, Orange County as they wait for licenses to be issued. The partners–Erik Holling, the CEO of Valley Agriceuticals, and Shay Avraham Sarid, the founder of Seach, one of the oldest and largest medical Cannabis farms in Israel–will discuss their plans to produce medical marijuana in New York if they secure one of the five state licenses.

The subprime auto loan industry is largely unregulated. Sen. Diane Savino (D – Staten Island) says the lack of accountability has created predatory lending practices within the industry.

Our series on mayoral control of public schools continues with Professor Jeffrey Henig, the Chair of the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis at Columbia Teachers College, who highlights how this form of education management has succeeded or failed in American cities.

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April 22, 2015: Comptroller DiNapoli, Sen. Gianaris, Judith Enck, Bruce Gyory

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli joins Susan Arbetter for an Earth Day discussion on how he is pushing for better SEC enforcement of climate change rules, particularly with fossil fuel companies.

Senator Michael Gianaris (D – Queens) discusses legislation that would require parents who refuse vaccines for their kids to show proof they received a doctor’s consultation.

The Earth Day celebration continues with Judith Enck, EPA’s Region 2 Administrator. Bruce Gyory kicks off The Capitol Pressroom’s series highlighting mayoral control of public schools.

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April 21, 2015: Stephen Acquario, severe weather forum, Peter Iwanowicz and Pete Grannis

Where are the lines drawn between local and state powers? NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario was the featured speaker at the third Anderson Breakfast of this year, “Unchaining Local Government: Opportunities in New York State.” He joins Susan Arbetter to explain the local/state divide.

Dr. Chris Thorncroft, the Chair of University at Albany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, and Robert Bullock, the Deputy Director of Operations for the Rockefeller Institute of Government, preview the April 23 forum, Facing the Storm: Severe Weather Challenges Confronting New York State in the 21st Century.

We take a look at the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, which is Wednesday, April 22, with two men who have served as DEC Commissioners–Peter Iwanowicz, the Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of NYS, and Pete Grannis, the First Deputy Comptroller of NYS.

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