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Nov. 25, 2015: Vin Bonventre, Asw. Claudia Tenney, Mark Dunlea, Larry Levy

November 25, 2015

The jury deliberations for Sheldon Silver are off to a rough start, with one juror asking to be excused hours into deliberations. We will hear the latest from Vin Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School and New York Court Watcher blogger. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R – New Hartford) will challenge Rep. Richard Hanna to a rematch in the 2016 Congressional primaries. Tenney will join Susan Arbetter to discuss her campaign. The Paris climate talks begin on Monday, Nov. 30. World Leaders will gather in France to strategize how to push down greenhouse gas emissions. Mark Dunlea of the Green Read More

Nov. 24, 2015: Bob Lowry, David Albert, Peter Iwanowicz and Lisa Dix, Jeffrey Gold

November 24, 2015

Superintendents believe the controversies over testing, standards, and teacher evaluations are hurting schools. Bob Lowry, New York State Council of School Superintendents’ Deputy Director for Advocacy and Communication, explains a recent survey of NYSCOSS members. How are kids’ anxiety affected by new testing expectations? David Albert, Director of Communications, Research and Marketing at the New York State School Boards Association, will discuss a new report exploring test anxiety. He’ll also look at school finance struggles in a year when the tax cap will be flat. We will look at whether hospitals will be on the hook financially after the collapse Read More

Nov. 23, 2015: E.J. McMahon, Jessica Wisneski and Michael Kink, Sen. Fred Akshar, Asm. Mark Johns

November 23, 2015

Asm. Mark Johns (R – Fairport) weighs in on a “Real Reform” Legislative Agenda he would like to see enacted in New York. E.J. McMahon, president and founder of the Empire Center for New York Policy, discussed the group’s analysis opposing a $15/hr. minimum wage hike. Original air date: 11/9/15 We heard the arguments in favor of a $15/hr. statewide minimum wage from Michael Kink, executive director of Strong Economy for All Coalition and Jessica Wisneski, Legislative and Campaigns director for Citizen Action of New York. Original air date: 11/9/15 We met Fred Akshar, the new Republican State Senator from Read More

Nov. 20, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, David Klepper, ConConConversation

November 20, 2015

Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this week’s Winners and Losers. David Klepper, a Capitol reporter for AP, shares his analysis of the Silver & Skelos trials. And we take you back to the Constitutional Convention of 1967 with Henrik Dullea, a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees and author of Charter Revision in the Empire State: The Politics of New York’s 1967 Constitutional Convention, and Robert Bullock, the Deputy Director for Operations at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. What happened in 1967? Why did voters ultimately vote down changes to the Constitution? Join us today Read More

Nov. 19, 2015: Sen. DeFrancisco, Jim Heaney, Rick Timbs, Jerry Kremer

November 19, 2015

Senator John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) will join Susan Arbetter to discuss refugees and education. Jim Heaney, founder, editor and Executive Director of Investigate Post, will explain Erie County’s party line divide over whether the county should continue accepting Syrian refugees. He will also analyze data on how the state receives refugees. Attorney General Schneiderman announced that the state will sue the Utica City School District for an alleged bias against refugees. Local lawmakers are claiming the suit is only a retaliation effort against the district joining the Small Cities Lawsuit on insufficient funding. Rick Timbs, the executive director of Read More


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