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Jan. 26, 2015: Chancellor Zimpher, Heather Briccetti, Asm. Brian Kolb, Sara Niccoli

SUNY is looking to increase the number of graduates per year to 150,000 by 2020. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher joins Susan Arbetter to discuss this and other priorities from her State of the University address that she delivered in Albany on Friday.

Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of The Business Council, explains Gov. Cuomo’s agenda to improve the business climate in New York State and what reforms the Business Council would like to see pass the Legislature this session.

According to the New York Times, Sheldon Silver (D -Manhattan) plans to agree on a temporary basis to pass his duties as Speaker on to some senior Democrats in the Assembly, which is not the same thing as forfeiting his post. Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) weighs in on the arrangement and the criminal complaint against Silver.

Several progressive groups are at the Capitol today advocating for a “moral budget.” Sara Niccoli, Executive Director of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, explains what constitutes a moral budget and how the Governor’s proposals could affect the lives of New Yorkers.

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Jan. 23, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett and Michael Gormley, Karen Magee, Doug Muzzio

Ashley Hupfl joins us with this week’s City & State Winners and Losers.

Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, and Michael Gormley, an Albany reporter for Newsday, explain what Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest could mean for budget negotiations. They’ll also discuss Gov. Cuomo’s 5th State of the State Address.

The contentious education reforms Gov. Cuomo announced in his 2015 Opportunity Agenda conflict directly with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). NYSUT President Karen Magee weighs in on the Governor’s proposals for teacher evaluations, failing schools, and the increase in the charter school cap.

Doug Muzzio, a professor at the Baruch School of Public Affairs, looks at the ramifications of Sheldon Silver’s arrest and the Governor’s 2015 agenda.

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Jan. 22, 2015: James Tallon, Tim Kremer, Karen Scharff, Barbara Bartoletti and Susan Lerner

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested on corruption charges this morning. We will have reaction.

James Tallon, the United Hospital Fund President and member of the Board of Regents, was the Assembly Majority Leader during the Mel Miller Scandal. He will give us insight into a possible transition process.

New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer weighs in on Gov. Cuomo’s education reform proposals.

Working Families Party Co-Chair Karen Scharff reacts to the Governor’s State of the State Address and Speaker Silver’s arrest.

Barbara Bartoletti, League of Women Voters, and Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause New York discuss the arrest, as well as corruption and ethics reform in Albany.

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Jan. 21, 2015: Educators 4 Excellence, John Armstrong, Sen. Griffo, Larry Levy

Governor Cuomo delivers his fifth State of the State at 1:30 p.m. today. This year’s speech is called the 2015 Opportunity Agenda because the Governor’s State of the State and budget addresses were rolled into one presentation. On today’s show, we’ll look at some of the proposals he has released.

Educators 4 Excellence NY (E4E-NY) wants the Governor to make specific education reforms part of his agenda. Julia Gonzalez, a second grade teacher and member of E4E-NY, explains the group’s priorities that include more funding for implementing the Common Core Standards and maintaining tenure and due process for teachers.

Thousands of anti-fracking activists are gathering at The Capitol to thank Governor Cuomo for the statewide ban on high volume hydraulic fracking and push for renewable energy development. Frack Action’s Director of Communications John Armstrong shares details of today’s events.

Modernizing infrastructure, raising the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, and a $1.66 billion property tax credit program are all part of Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda. Sen. Joe Griffo (R – Rome) joins Susan Arbetter to discuss the proposals.

Larry Levy, Hofstra’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies and a former award-winning journalist for Newsday, has covered his share of State of the State addresses. He will explain some of the Opportunity Agenda items and discuss whether the Governor is trying to shape his legacy with this year’s speech.

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Jan. 20, 2015: Sen. Gianaris, Steve Greenberg, Sen. Klein, Matt Hamilton, Tom Marcelle

Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) weighs in on the Women’s Equality Agenda, education, and other session issues.

Steve Greenberg shares the latest Siena Poll results.

This week, the Independent Democratic Conference Released its 2015 policy agenda: Invest New York. Independent Democratic Conference Leader Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) discusses the conference’s focus on workers, seniors, families, and children.

Matt Hamilton of the Times Union explains Gov. Cuomo’s plan to raise the oil spill fund cap from $25 to $40 million.

With only five judges at the moment, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, may have to hear a few cases over again. Albany County Attorney Tom Marcelle will share why.

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Jan. 19, 2015: Martin Luther King Day Best-of Episode

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we bring you interviews examining modern day civil rights actions and the need for civic participation.

First, the NAACP’s Dr. Hazel Dukes and Rev. Dr. William Barber explain how we are still battling segregation and fighting for equal opportunities in public schools. Original air-date: Jan. 12, 2015

Then, UAlbany NAACP leaders Pareese Hankerson and Melanie Brumfield look at the effects of the recent Grand Jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. Original air-date: Dec. 12, 2014

And last but not least, Former Assemblyman Jack McEneny discusses the importance of public service and how elected officials can make lasting change. It’s all coming up on the best-of MLK edition of The Capitol Pressroom. Original air-date: Jan. 9, 2015

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Jan. 16, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Joe Spector, E.J. McMahon, Mark Dunlea

Ashley Hupfl, City & State Albany Reporter, shares this week’s Winners and Losers.

Joe Spector, Albany Bureau Chief for Gannett, looks at Governor Cuomo’s $1.66 billion tax proposal and other highlights from the week.

E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center, weighs in on the Governor’s tax proposal and other possible budget issues.

Mark Dunlea, long-time Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network, is leaving his post. He speaks with Susan Arbetter about his tireless efforts with the group to stop hunger as well as his future plans.

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Jan. 15, 2015: Ron Deutsch, Ned Sullivan, Colia LaFayette Clark, Michael Borges

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo proposed a $1.66 billion tax cut plan to help low and middle-income homeowners afford their property taxes. Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, shares his thoughts on the proposal.

Ned Sullivan, the President of Scenic Hudson, explains the importance of land conservation in New York State.

Colia LaFayette,Clark, a veteran civil rights leader who worked at Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Selma during the 1960s, is the keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Labor Celebration in Albany this weekend. She joins Susan Arbetter to preview the event.

Michael Borges, the Executive Director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials, discusses NYSASBO’s school aid proposal for 2015.

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Jan. 14, 2015: Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Nathan Schaefer, Jeffrey Gural, Bruce Gyory

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Westchester) discusses the Women’s Equality Agenda and other 2015 priorities.

Will this be the year GENDA is passed statewide? Nathan Schaefer, the Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, explains the push to pass GENDA and other LGBT issues.

Yesterday, the state Gaming Facilities Location board voted to reopen the bidding for a Southern Tier casino. Newmarket Grubb Knight Frank Chairman and owner of Tioga Downs Jeffrey Gural will discuss the original bidding process and his plans to bid again to expand Tioga Downs into a full casino.

Bruce Gyory, senior advisor at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, looks at Governor Cuomo’s new appointments. He will also weigh in on whether the cold war between NYC Mayor DeBlasio and the PBA in NYC will have ripple effects in the State Legislature.

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Jan. 13, 2015: Asm. Brian Kolb, Adam Flint, Asm. Kenneth Zebrowski, Jerry Kremer

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) discusses his priorities for the session.

A member of the Energy Democracy Working Group, Adam Flint, Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager and Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition explains a plan to increase clean energy programs to create jobs.

Last year, attorney Hank Greenberg released a report on the alleged mismanagement of the distressed school district of East Ramapo. Though bill language has yet to be released, several lawmakers are ready to introduce legislation that could provide more state oversight in the district. Asm. Kenneth Zebrowski (D – New City) joins Susan Arbetter to discuss East Ramapo and other education initiatives.

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, former Assemblyman and founder of Empire Government Strategies, shares his thoughts on the 2015 session.

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