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Feb. 26, 2015: Judge Lippman, tipped wage, Ron Deutsch and Michael Kink, and

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman weighs in on his judicial priorities for the year, including Grand Jury reform.

This week, New York’s Labor Board approved raising the tipped wage to $7.50 an hour beginning Dec. 31, 2015. The hospitality industry called the decision troubling. We’ll hear reaction from Scott Wexler, the Executive Director of the Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association, and Jay Holland, the Government Affairs Coordinator for the New York State Restaurant Association.

Then, Michael Kink, the Executive Director of Strong Economy for All, and Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, share their praise for the increased tipped wage. They’ll also weigh in on the Governor’s decision to include Sen. Jeff Klein (D – Bronx) in the budget negotiations.

Senator Tim Kennedy (D – Buffalo) explain their call for more funding for Western New York’s crumbling roads and bridges.

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Feb. 25, 2015: Scott Stringer, Food banks, Asm. Zebrowski and Asm. Jaffee, President Yehuda Weissmandl

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer discusses NYC affordable housing and the NYC budget.

Triada Stampas, the Food Bank for New York City’s Vice President of Research and Mark Quandt, the Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, explain the hunger crisis in New York and a push for more budget allocations for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.

Asm. Kenneth Zebrowski (D – Suffern) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D – Pearl River) discuss a bill they have sponsored that would appoint a state monitor for the troubled East Ramapo School District.

Yehuda Weissmandl, President of the East Ramapo School Board, responds to the proposed legislation for East Ramapo. President Weissmandl says the biggest need for one of New York’s poorest districts is more funding.

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Feb. 24: Sen. Stewart Cousins, Steve Greenberg, Immigration, NYPIRG

New York Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Westchester) discusses the Senate Democrats’ FairNY proposal for the settlement windfall. The latest Siena Poll is out.

Siena’s Steve Greenberg shares the results.

After the 1st Warren Anderson Breakfast of the 2015 series, Albany Law’s Immigration Project Director Sarah Rogerson and Empire Justice Center Attorney Mevlude Akay-Alp sat down with Susan Arbetter to explain New York State’s role in immigration assistance.

NYPIRG”s Blair Horner and Russ Haven are among reformers calling for dramatic restrictions to legislators’ outside income.

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Feb. 23, 2015: Rep. Chris Gibson, Dr. Henry Paszko, Bennett Liebman

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY, 19th District) weighs in on the Congressional debate over authorizing new powers to fight Isis and President Obama’s immigration reform proposals.

Dr. Henry Paszko, President and CEO of iCircle Care, explains a new, local approach to manage long-term care for Medicaid patients.

Bennett Liebman, a Lawyer-in-Residence at Albany Law School’s Government Law Center, and a former staffer for Gov. Mario Cuomo and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, looks back at his experience serving under the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.

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Feb. 20, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

On this best-of episode, we speak with former Court of Appeals Judge Victoria Graffeo about her experience on the bench of New York’s highest court and her new role as partner at the Harris Beach law firm. Original air-date: Jan. 8, 2015

Then, Ned Sullivan of Scenic Hudson explains the importance of land conservation programs in New York State. Original air-date: Jan. 15, 2015

And finally, Barbara Smith sits down to discuss her new book Ain’t Gona Let Nobody Turn Me Around. Barbara as been at the forefront of social justice movements including, Civil Rights, lesbian and gay liberation, and Black Feminism, and she has plenty of stories to tell. Original air-date: Nov. 17, 2014

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Feb. 19, 2015: Gil Quiniones, Martha Robertson, Susan Kent, James Tallon

Gil Quiniones, President and CEO of the New York Power Authority, discusses the state’s 5 Cities Energy Plan, which will aim to move New York to a clean and sustainable economy.

Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson looks at the REV initiative, mandates, and upstate economic development.

PEF’s Susan Kent explains the group’s opposition to the State’s Design-Build program.

United Hospital Fund President and Member of the Board of Regents James Tallon explains how he would solve’s New York’s education funding and policy issues.

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Feb. 18, 2015: Susan Lerner, Michael Carey, Bill Samuels

Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner weighs in on the possible Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and PSC reform.

Disability rights advocate Michael Carey argues that because the state’s Justice Center bypasses the 911 system, abuse of the disabled is rampant.

Is it time for New York to have a full-time legislature? Bill Samuels, the founder of EffectiveNY, says a well-paid, full-time legislature will reduce corruption in state politics.

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Feb. 17, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, weighs in on the dynamics of Asm. Carl Heastie’s rise to power and ethics reforms in Albany.

Ted Potrikus, President and CEO of the Retail Council of NYS, explains why his organization views increasing the minimum wage as bad for business and job growth.

Derrell Bradford, Executive Director of NYCAN, discusses Governor Cuomo’s education reform proposals.

Senators Patrick Gallivan (R – Elma) and Daniel Squadron (D – NYC) explain how the Nurse Family Partnership program is helping low-income first time moms through home visits.

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Feb. 16, 2015: Best-of The Capitol Pressroom

PSC Chair Audrey Zibleman explains the future of the REV. (Original air-date: Jan. 29)

The Statewide School Finance Consortium’s Rick Timbs and Superintendent of Schenectady Larry Spring weigh in on the Governor’s educational reforms. (Original air-date: Jan. 28)

Antonio Alarcon, Dreamer and Youth Organizer with Make the Road NY, and Jackie Hayes, a volunteer organizer with New Sanctuary for Immigrants in Albany explain the push for the DREAM Act this session. (Original air-date: Feb. 9)

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Feb. 13, 2015: Asw. Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Asw. Linda Rosenthal, Alex Beauchamp, Ron Deutsch, James Parrott and Mike Elmendorf

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes previews the 44th Annual New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Lawmakers Legislative Weekend, which convenes this weekend in Albany. 

 Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D – Manhattan) and Food & Water Watch’s Alex Beauchamp explain a renewed push for a GMO labeling mandate. 

 The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Ron Deutsch and James Parrott discuss the group’s review of the budget and an FPI report that shows that all income gains in New York since the recession have flowed to New York’s wealthiest. 

 New York is in dire need of infrastructure upgrades. Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO of the Association of General Contractors of New York State, explains Governor Cuomo’s infrastructure plans for this year and the state’s greatest needs. (Original air-date Jan. 27). 

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