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July 7, 2015: NYSUT’s Karen Magee, Mark Dunlea, Admiral Thomas Moore

Today, NYSUT President Karen Magee looks at what the teachers’ union anticipates from the new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. Magee explains what issues are on the horizon from the Board of Regents, as well as the State Education Department.

Will New York State’s 2015 Energy Plan prepare New York for a green economy or does it not go far enough to support renewable energy sources? Mark Dunlea, the chair of the Green Education and Legal Fund, analyzes the plan.

As part of a national outreach by the Navy, United States Navy Rear Admiral Thomas Moore, the Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers, is visiting elected officials, education leaders and businessmen in the Capital Region today and tomorrow. Susan speaks with Admiral Moore about the Navy’s economic and national security impact in New York State.

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July 6, 2015: Best-of ‘The Capitol Pressroom’

Susan Arbetter spoke with the new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about her vision for the state. Original air-date: June 2, 2015

Regent Roger Tilles of Long Island spoke about how the Board of Regents decided the new matrix for teacher evaluations. He argued the Regents did the best they could within the limited confines they were given by the governor and the Legislature.Original air-date: June 19, 2015

We looked at the session’s education highlights with Timothy Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, and Robert Lowry, the deputy director for Advocacy Research Communication at the New York State Council of School Superintendents. Original air-date: June 19

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July 3, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

“The Capitol Pressroom” teamed up with NCPR and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise to look at staffing issues, abuse, and systemic problems at OPWDD’s Sunmount facility in the Adirondacks.

Susan Arbetter was joined by Adirondack Daily Enterprise Staff Reporter Tom Salitsky and North Country Public Radio Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann to shed light on staffing issues, abuse, and systemic problems and reforms at OPWDD’s Sunmount facility in Tupper Lake, NY. The facility has had several arrests for abuse since January. It’s dealing with heavy overtime in light of short staffing while trying to fulfill its obligation to care for the needs of a varied population.

Our guests included Mayor Paul Maroun of Tupper Lake, Steve Madarasz, Director of Communications at CSEA, President Susan Kent of PEF, and Jennifer Monthie, the director for Disability Rights New York.

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July 2, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

On this best-of episode we bring you an exit interview Susan hosted with well-respected Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky. Original air-date: June 4th

Michael Rebell of Columbia Teachers College explained what school-based health centers are AND how New York can pay for them. Original air-date: June 25th

A Supreme Court case could change the way redistricting is decided nationwide. We discussed why this case might have a big impact on New York with NYPIRG’s Blair Horner, Capital New York reporter Bill Mahoney and Jeffrey Wice, of SUNY Buffalo Law School. Original air-date: June 9th

And finally, analysis of how political money is spent on issues tied to education policy. Executive Director Susan Lerner explained a new Common Cause report. Original air-date: June 16th

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July 1, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains his ethics reforms proposal.Original air-date: June 15

Amy Bach, the executive director of United Policyholders, looks at a report that shows property insurers have reaped higher-than-average profits in New York State despite losses from major weather events like Superstorm Sandy. Bach argues New York insurance law is crafted in a way that allows insurers to underpay policyholders. Original air-date: June 17

Finally, we look at gruesome new details of the 1971 Attica prison uprising from the recently released volumes of the Meyer Report. Two staff attorneys for the Attica Legal Defense, Joseph Heath and Elizabeth Fink, will join Susan Arbetter to discuss why they believe the report only scratches the surface of the brutality. Original air-date: June 5

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June 30, 2015: Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Fracking ban, Business Council

Regents Chancellor Dr. Merryl Tisch explains the new testing disclosure requirements and education reforms included in the final legislative agreement, which passed last week.

The DEC released the final statement banning high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York. Anti-fracking advocates Roger Downs, the Conservation Director for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, and Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, discuss the legal framework for the fracking ban.

The Business Council’s President and CEO Heather Briccetti weighs the good and the bad of the session for business interests.

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June 29, 2015: Daniel Alter, Gov. Cuomo, James Schlett

 

Daniel Alter, an adjunct professor and fellow at New York University Law School who has litigated many Equal Protection and First Amendment cases in his legal career, explains the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all fifty states.

Governor Andrew Cuomo explains additional information that the now-captured escaped prisoner David Sweat, who is currently in stable condition at Albany Medical Center, has relayed to authorities.

Award-winning journalist James Schlett discusses his new book, A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks. The Philosophers’ Camp was an 1858 Adirondacks expedition of ten scholars from Cambridge and Boston out of which came lasting principles on nature conservation.

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Gov. Cuomo tells ‘The Capitol Pressroom’ escaped prisoners split-up days before capture

June 29, 2015 — Governor Andrew Cuomo told WCNY’s Susan Arbetter that the now-captured escaped prisoner David Sweat, who is currently in stable condition at Albany Medical Center, has relayed additional information to authorities.

Cuomo confirmed to the Capitol Pressroom host that the original escape plan for Richard Matt and David Sweat was travel to Mexico with Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker who allegedly helped facilitate the escape. Additionally, Sweat told authorities that he and Matt split up about five days ago because, according to Cuomo, “Matt was slowing Sweat down.”

“We still have to do investigations on Mitchell and the corrections officer,” Gov. Cuomo told Arbetter, noting that both will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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June 26, 2015: end-of-session look back, summer program shortage

 

The 2015 session is over. Lawmakers voted on an omnibus “Big Ugly” late last night. Rent regulations, a property tax rebate and a one year extension of mayoral control in NYC are all included. But lots of hot topics from the session were not passed this year, including oversight for East Ramapo, many environmental bills, the Education Tax Credit and more. Today, we’ll break down the session that was.

Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this week’s Winners & Losers.

Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, weighs in on the final legislative agreement.

Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of EANY, and Roger Downs, the Conservation Director of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, explain the reasons a microbeads ban, the Child Safe Products Act, and other environmental priorities were left on the cutting floor.

Many New York families may not have summer activities available to them as school gets out. Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, the executive director of AfterSchool Works! NY, looks at why there may be a shortage of summer programming this year.

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June 25, 2015: Michael Kink and Billy Easton, Michael Rebell, Mayor Stephanie Miner

 

Today we hear from Michael Kink, the executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Billy Easton, the executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, on legislative deal issues including the Education Tax Credit and 421a.

We check in with Michael Rebell, the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, on something called school based health centers, which are making a difference in the lives of children.

We’re in Syracuse broadcasting today. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner joins us to discuss the “state” of State/City relations.

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