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Feb. 4, 2016: Ron Deutsch, Julie Hart, Sara Niccoli, Veterans Defense Program

February 4, 2016

Ron Deutsch, the interim executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, explained the group’s 2016 priorities, as well a millionaires tax bill that has been proposed in the Assembly. We analyzed Gov. Cuomo’s budget allocation for breast cancer screening, prevention and care with Julie Hart, the New York State Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Sara Niccoli, the executive director of the New York Labor-Religion Coalition, is considering a run as a Democratic candidate in the 46th Senate District, currently held by Republican Sen. George Amedore. She will discuss New Yorkers’ views on corruption Read More

Feb. 3, 2016: James Walsh, Asm. Cathy Nolan, Bruce Lederman, Larry Levy

February 3, 2016

Former Congressman James Walsh joins Susan Arbetter to discuss the recommendations of the citizens group Consensus, which he co-chairs. The group is looking at updating and streamlining Onondaga County government and perhaps merging the county with the City of Syracuse. Assemblymember Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood) will explain the passage of Paid Family Leave legislation in the Assembly. We will have an update of Long Island teacher Sheri Lederman’s case against the State Education Department over the value added model used in state testing. Lederman’s husband and attorney Bruce Lederman will join us. Finally, Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the Read More

Feb. 2, 2016: NYSAC, Charter Advocacy Day, Fostering Youth Success Alliance, Quebec General Delegate

February 2, 2016

The New York State Association of Counties Legislative Conference is taking place this week in Albany. This morning we will speak with NYSAC executive director Stephen Acqaurio and president William Cherry about initiatives county leaders want enacted to reduce the mandate burden and help lower property taxes. It’s Charter Advocacy Day at the Capitol. James Merriman CEO of the NYC Charter School Center, and Kyle Rosenkrans, CEO of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, will join Susan to preview the event. We will discuss expanding opportunities for foster youth with Jessica Maxwell, the Fostering Youth Success Alliance Coordinator, and Betsy Weiner, Read More

Feb. 1, 2016: Leader John Flanagan, Steve Greenberg, cheerleader settlements, Chairman Mike Long

February 1, 2016

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan joined Susan Arbetter to discuss his policy priorities for the 2016 session and the race in the 9th Senate District special election. Steve Greenberg shared the latest Siena Poll results. Last week, the Jets cheerleaders won a class-action lawsuit over wages in which they were awarded $325,000. Today we recapped the cheerleaders’ court victory and looked at the ongoing suit brought by the Buffalo Bills’ cheerleading squad. Assemblywoman Nily Rozik (D – Flushing), Sharon Vinick, an attorney who represented the Jets cheerleaders and a partner at Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, and Alexis Grenell, an Read More

Jan. 29, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Glenn Blain, Schuyler Center, Dr. Gerald Benjamin

January 29, 2016

Today, Ashley Hupfl, an Albany reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. NY Daily News Capitol Reporter Glenn Blain looks at the news highlights of the week. We will discuss a Schuyler Center report on the state of child welfare in New York titled Hopeful Futures for New York’s Children: Advancing Child Welfare with the Schuyler Center’s President and CEO Kate Breslin and Senior Policy Associate Kari Siddiqui. Dr. Gerald Benjamin is currently the head of The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz and associate vice president for regional engagement at the Read More


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