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Sept. 4, 2015: Comptroller DiNapoli, Rose Harvey, Susan Ochshorn

This morning, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will release the state’s employer contribution rates for the coming year. Last year, Comptroller DiNapoli predicted the average contribution rate for the Employees Retirement System would decrease about nine percent from 20.1 percent of payroll to 18.2 percent of payroll. When the state’s pension fund does well, local governments have to carry less of the burden of pension contributions.

If you’re like many New Yorkers you’ll be spending part of this weekend enjoying one of New York’s parks. We’ll look at this year’s park attendance and available opportunities to explore the state’s beauty with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey.

Author Susan Ochsorn discusses her book, Squandering America’s Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children. Ochshorn argues that early education policy drives the nation’s future.

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Sept. 3, 2015: NYS Catholic Conference, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Asm. Anthony Brindisi, Aaron Renn

Kathleen Gallagher, New York State Catholic Conference Director of Pro-Life activities, explains Pope Francis’ announcement about abortion and forgiveness and the Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year of Mercy.

Chelly Hegan, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Upper Hudson, responds to the recent controversy over funding Planned Parenthood based on the undercover videos, how the groups is garnering support, and whether the controversy could affect affiliates in New York.

On yesterday’s show, attorney and New York State Association for Small City School Districts executive director Bob Biggerstaff gave an update on where the “Small City Schools” case stood. Utica is one of the plaintiff cities on the case looking for more equitable state funding. Today, we speak with Asm. Anthony Brindisi (D – Utica) about how a verdict in favor of the cities could help his district.

There is a puzzling disconnect between workers who can’t find job and jobs that can’t be filled. Aaron M. Renn, a Manhattan Institute Fellow, argues that a main issue in the conundrum is that a large portion of the workforce lacks baseline employability. He argues the decline of social conditions in communities outside the upper middle class plays a role. Renn writes, “Today inclusive economic development is no longer simply a matter of creating jobs or teaching specialized skills. It will increasingly mean confronting thorny social as well as economic problems.”

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Sept. 2, 2015: Bob Biggerstaff, Cecilia Tkaczyk, Dr. Philip Landrigan, M.D., Larry Levy

We hear the latest on the so-called, “Small City Schools lawsuit” with Bob Biggerstaff, attorney and executive director at the New York State Association for Small City School Districts.

Cecilia Tkaczyk, the former state senator of the 46th Senate District, is petitioning to take control of the Women’s Equality Party. She believes the party should run by women.

Dr. Philip Landrigan, M.D., the Dean for Global Health and a professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, makes the case for state funding of Centers for Environmental Health, and explains his push for labeling GMO foods.

The Iran nuclear deal could potentially sour political relationships from Washington to Albany. Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy explains how the deal could have long-term repercussions in New York.

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Sept. 1, 2015: Asm. Cahill, Bill Sherman, Teresa Genaro, WNY STEM Hub

Today, Asm. Kevin Cahill (D – Kingston) explains legislation that would increase fees on fossil fuels in order to limit consumer greenhouse gas emissions.

Bill Sherman, the vice-president of government relations for the eastern division of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, discusses a report that gives New York State mixed reviews on its cancer-fighting policies.

We look at the role of women in horse racing with Brooklyn Backstretch author Teresa Genaro.

Michelle Kavanaugh, the president of the WNY STEM Hub, explains a new STEM program, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, that will allow students in Buffalo and Niagara Falls schools to experiment with microgravity (“zero gravity”) labs and space flight plans.

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Aug. 31, 2015: Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, James Heaney, Dr. R Karl Rethemeyer

Today, Susan Arbetter speaks with Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins about whether the Algonquin Pipeline should run near the Indian Point nuclear energy plant.

The Leader will also look at the race in the 52nd Senate District between Democrat Barbara Fiala and Republican Fred Akshar. James Heaney, the editor and executive director at the Investigative Post, discusses his reporting on the Buffalo Billion and explains the financial risks faced by SolarCity.

We look at the Iran Deal with Dr. R. Karl Rethemeyer, the interim Dean at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at UAlbany. Dr. Rethemeyer is also an associate professor in the department of Public Administration and the Co-Director of the Project on Violent Conflict.

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