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Dec. 19, 2014: Jon Lentz, reporters, Steve Greenberg, Regent James Tallon

Jon Lentz, City & State reporter, shares this week’s Winners and Losers.

This week, fracking was banned, casinos were sited, and Governor Cuomo outlined plans to reform education in this year’s budget. Susan will host Newsday’s Yancey Roy, Gannett reporter Jon Campbell, and Under the Surface author Tom Wilber for a roundtable.

The latest Siena Poll is out. Steve Greenberg discusses Gov. Cuomo’s numbers and public opinion on Eric Garner. Regent James Tallon explains school aid funding and weighs in on John King’s departure and Gov. Cuomo’s plans to reform education.

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Dec. 18, 2014: Fracking ban reactions, DEC Commissioner Martens, James Featherstonhaugh

NRDC Senior Attorney Kate Sinding and Frack Action’s John Armstrong celebrate the DEC and DOH decision to continue the ban of fracking in NY.

Sen. Tom Libous (R – Binghamton) and Attorney Tom West react to the fracking ban, and explain whether there will be lawsuits countering the decision or other next steps.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens joins Susan to explain the department’s decision to continue the ban. 

James Featherstonhaugh, senior parter of Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne and a part owner of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, weighs in on yesterday’s casino siting decisions. 

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Dec. 17, 2014: Karl Sleight, Stephen Shafer, Barbara Bartoletti and Helga Shroeter, and Bruce Gyory

Harris Beach Attorney Karl Sleight looks at what is at stake heading into the day casino siting decisions will be announced.

Dr. Stephen Shafer, the Chairperson of The Coalition Against Gambling in New York, explains how his organization is working to counter the effects of problem gambling, which may rise when the casinos are built.

The League of Women Voters’ Barbara Bartoletti and Helga Schroeter are calling for grand jury reform that includes transparency and public hearings. They’ll join Susan Arbetter in studio to discuss criminal justice reform.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Bruce Gyory weighs in on the legacy of political consultant David Garth.

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Dec. 16, 2014: Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King, Russ Haven and Blair Horner, Aaron Hilger and Sen. Robach

Outgoing State Education Commissioner Dr. John King and Regents Chancellor Dr. Merryl Tisch discuss Dr. King’s tenure, his new position with the Obama administration and the future of education in New York.

NYPIRG’s Russ Haven and Blair Horner discuss a new report reviewing pro-fracking resolutions in local governments. The report looks at whether ethics and openness laws limit outside interests’ ability to influence local government decision-making. Senator

Joseph Robach (R – Rochester) and Aaron Hilger, President and CEO of the Builders Exchange of Rochester, are calling on the Governor and legislative leaders to make critical investments in infrastructure this year

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Gov. Cuomo Interviewed on Today’s Capitol Pressroom

  • Calling him a fellow “Queens boy”, Governor Andrew Cuomo today defended NYC Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch’s recent remarks about Mayor de Blasio saying Lynch’s comments were uttered in the heat of the moment. Lynch has requested that rank and file NYPD officers sign a petition barring both the Mayor and the City Council Speaker from their funerals should they die in the line of duty. At the same time, during a segment on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom radio show, the Governor defended the Mayor’s remarks in which he warns his son about dealing with the police. Cuomo also addressed a possible special legislative session, telling host Susan Arbetter that if lawmakers want a raise, they will have to meet his terms.

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    Dec. 15, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Bill Farber, Tim Kremer, Gil DiMaio

    Calling him a fellow “Queens boy”, Governor Andrew Cuomo today defended NYC Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch’s recent remarks about Mayor di Blasio saying Lynch’s comments were uttered in the heat of the moment. Lynch has requested that rank and file NYPD officers sign a petition barring both the Mayor and the City Council Speaker from their funerals should they die in the line of duty.

    Bill Farber, the Supervisor of the Town of Morehouse in Hamilton County and a board member for the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, weighs in on the State Land Master Plan and how the Adirondacks can become economically viable long-term.

    New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer shares education highlights from 2014 and priorities for 2015.

    Gil DiMaio, Vice President of the Pike Company, explains how casino contsruction will add jobs in New York.

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    Capitol Pressroom Weekend Show for Dec. 14th

    Susan Kent, President of the Public Employees Federation

    State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

    Schenectady Schools Superintendent Larry Spring & Middletown Schools Superintendent Kenneth Eastwood

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

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    Dec. 12th 2014: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Pareese Hankerson, Melanie Brumfield, Peter Iwanowicz, Sara Niccoli

    City and State Reporter Ashley Hupfl shares this week’s Winners and Losers.

    Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News Ken Lovett looks back at the news of the week.

    UAlbany NAACP President Pareese Hankerson and former Vice President Melanie Brumfield have helped organize protests on campus after the recent grand jury rulings in Ferguson and Staten Island.

    Environmental Advocates of New York Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz shares the latest details on the oil train controversy in New York.

    The Labor-Religion Coaltion of NYS Executive Director Sara Niccoli discusses the tipped wages hearing this week and fast food strikes.

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    Dec. 11, 2014: Gavin Donohue, Tom Rumsey, Blair Horner and Aileen Sheil, Dr. Rick Timbs and Billy Easton

    We hear from two energy stakeholders on a request that EPA rethink its carbon emissions standards as they relate to New York. First, Gavin Donohue, President and Executive Director of IPPNY, weighs in.Then Tom Rumsey, the Vice President of External Affairs at NYISO, shares his take on the new standards.

    NYPIRG’s legislative director Blair Horner and NYPIRG chairperson and Queens College student Aileen Sheil discuss a call to revamp TAP funding and pass the DREAM Act.

    State Education Commissioner John King will be leaving his post to take a position with the Obama Administration. We get reaction from education advocates Dr. Rick Timbs, of the  Statewide School Finance Consortium, and Billy Easton, AQE.

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    Dec. 10th 2014: Jannette Barth, Patricia Kernan, Asm. Pete Lopez, Christopher Stockton, Larry Levy

    We hear about the potential costs and benefits of hydrofracking from economist Jannette Barth, Ph.D, a managing director and senior economist at the Pepacton Institute.

    Patricia Kernan, a landowner of forest preserve on the proposed Constitution Pipeline route, explains the struggles she has had with oil and gas companies and her concerns over the chosen route.

    Asm. Pete Lopez (R – Schoharie) and Williams spokesman Christopher Stockton discuss FERC’s approval of the Constitution Pipeline, eminent domain controversies, and the next steps toward construction.

    Hofstra’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy shares details of a new report, “An Uneven Road to Recovery: Place, Race, and Mortgage Lending on Long Island.”

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