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July 30, 2015: Sen. Cathy Young, Bruce Gyory, Joe Heath, John Robinson

We’ll discuss potential candidates for the 52nd Senate District with Sen. Cathy Young (R -Olean), the Chair of the New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee. The seat was vacated last week with the conviction of longtime State Senator Thomas Libous.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Bruce Gyory looks at the special election for the 52nd Senate District, as well. Plus, Gyory speculates that the Rochester photonics project and overhaul of LaGuardia could help the Governor creep back up in end-of-year polls.

Attorney Joseph Heath explains why Onondaga Nation youth protested at the public swim in Onondaga Lake last week. Heath looks at the historical, sacred legacy of the lake.

Finally, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with John Robinson, the founder of Our Ability, Inc.

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July 29, 2015: Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Ryan Karben, Gov. Cuomo

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia joins Susan Arbetter to discuss equity in education as well as her philosophy when it comes to turning around failing schools.

We explore what’s next with the East Ramapo School District with attorney & former Assemblyman Ryan Karben. Karben will also discuss the Governor’s controversial veto of annexation legislation for Kiryas Joel, a village in Orange County with a majority Hasidic Jewish population.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo explains the MTA Capital Plan and his designation of AG Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in unarmed civilian deaths by police.

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July 28, 2015: Barbara Fiala, Jeanne Zaino, sewage pollution right to know, Asm. Tom Abinanti

We discuss the race for the 52nd Senate seat, which was vacated last week with the conviction of longtime State Senator Tom Libous, with Barbara Fiala. Fiala is the former County Executive of Broome County and DMV Commissioner and is a potential Democratic candidate for the seat.

Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D, a Professor of Political Science & Campaign Management at Iona College & New York University-SPS, looks at the new “affirmative consent legislation” for college campuses.

Don’t you want to know if your sewers overflow? The DEC is taking public comments on the Sewage Pollution Right to Know regulations until July 31. Liz Moran, the Water and Natural Resources Associate with Environmental Advocates of New York, and Sarah Eckel, the Legislative and Policy Director with Citizens Campaign for the Environment analyze the proposed legislation.

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) argues that the cost of living in Westchester County means it should have the same fast-food minimum wage implementation schedule as New York City.

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July 27, 2015: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Rep. Chris Gibson, John Kaehny

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Westchester) looks at the balance of power in the Senate, the Senate candidacy of Barbara Fiala, and the SAFE Act MOU between Governor Cuomo and the Senate Republicans.

We’ll analyze the Iran nuclear deal, corruption in Albany, and the role of FERC with Congressman Chris Gibson (R, NY-19).

And we talk corruption with John Kaehny, the Executive Director of Reinvent Albany.

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July 24, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Jon Campbell, school rules for transgender students, Gil Quiniones, Kinder Morgan

On the winners list this week? The head of UBER, the US Attorney for the Southern District and the Governor of the State of New York. City and State’s Ashley Hupfl will be here with the details.

With the conviction of Senator Tom Libous, could the balance of power be up for grabs in the State Senate? We will ask Gannett reporter John Campbell.

There are new rules for schools around transgender students. We’ll speak with Eòghann Refroe, the Manager for Transgender Education & Advocacy for the Empire State Pride Agenda, and Julia Sáenz, of the Empire Center’s LGBT Rights Project.

The New York Power Authority’s President and CEO Gil Quiniones outlines a new workforce development plan in Buffalo.

And we hear from Kinder Morgan’s VP of Public Affairs Allen Fore on the company’s plans for a pipeline through upstate New York.

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July 23, 2015: Gov. Cuomo, Michael Koenig, NYS Restaurant Association, Adirondack Council’s 40th Anniversary

Gov. Cuomo discusses the conviction of longtime State Senator Thomas Libous.

We hear details of the conviction and possible sentencing from Hinckley Allen Partner Michael Koenig. 

We hear reaction to the wage board’s recommendation to hike the fast food minimum wage to $15/hr from Jay Holland, Government Affairs Coordinator for the New York State Restaurant Association.

The Adirondack Council turns 40 this year. We’ll look at the highlights of the anniversary with Barbara Linell Glaser, who served on the Adirondack Council board for 25 years-two years as its chair-and founded its intern program, and John Sheehan, the group’s Communications Director.

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July 22, 2015: Gov. Cuomo, Bill Mahoney, higher education, Sen. Hoylman and Sen. Breslin

Gov. Cuomo weighs in on the pending fast food wage board recommendation, the SAFE Act changes, and the Uber controversy. 

Bill Mahoney, a reporter for Capital New York, discusses the latest campaign filings for New York’s government leaders.

UUP President Frederick Kowal and Alex Bornemisza, the Chairperson of NYPIRG’s Board of Directors and a student at Buffalo State, look at New York’s commitment to higher education.

Several senators are calling on GE to commit to a full cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River. Sen. Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan) and Sen. Neil Breslin (D – Albany) make the case why GE should continue dredging beyond their court mandated time requirement.

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July 21, 2015: Speaker Heastie, David Albert, AG Schneiderman, DA Soares

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Susan Arbetter to discuss taxes and infrastructure as he embarks on a summertime tour of upstate New York.

A new poll shows that teacher quality and school leadership are the keys to improving struggling schools. David Albert, Director of Communications, Research and Marketing for the New York State School Boards Association will drop by with details.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains his new powers to investigate cases in which unarmed civilians are killed by police.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares, a member of the District Attorneys Association of New York, presents his concerns about the Attorney General’s new powers.

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July 20, 2015: Michael Borges, Rick Timbs, Michael Koenig, Steve Greenberg

Today, Susan Arbetter speaks with Michael Borges, executive director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials, about how changes to the state’s property tax cap could affect school districts.

Rick Timbs, the executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, looks at how receivership would work if failing schools cannot turn their results around.

Sen. Libous’ trial on charges that he lied to the FBI during an investigation of his son Matthew’s employment continues this week. We discuss the case with Michael Koenig, a Partner at Hinckley Allen and a former US Attorney.

Steve Greenberg of the Siena Poll discusses part two of the latest poll, which covered New Yorkers’ opinions on the same sex marriage Supreme Court ruling, Obamacare and the 2016 Presidential race.

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July 17, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Jimmy Vielkind, Will Ouweleen, Dave Gibson, Michael Carey

We find out who made this week’s City & State Winners and Losers’ list from reporter Ashley Hupfl.

Jimmy Vielkind, the Albany Bureau Chief for Capital New York, looks at the news highlights of the week.

Will Ouweleen, the owner of Eagle Crest Vineyards near Seneca Lake, joins Susan Arbetter in the studio to respond to DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens’ comments on Seneca Lake gas storage he made on the program earlier this week.

A new Adirondack Wild report, “The Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action,” criticizes the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency for failing to protect the park in key areas. Dave Gibson, a Partner at Adirondack Wild, discusses what actions the group hopes to see from both agencies.

How can New York better serve the rights of the developmentally disabled? Disability rights advocate Michael Carey argues reports of abuse and neglect should go through 9-1-1, not a state-sponsored hotline.

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