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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Aug. 31, 2014

Former Congresswoman & Governor Cuomo’s Lt. governor pick Kathy Hochul

Onondaga County Comptroller, attorney and Republican candidate for State Comptroller Robert Antonacci

Former Assembly Ways & Means Committee Chairman and Chairman of Empire Government Strategies, Jerry Kremer

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Aug. 29, 2014: Ashley Hupfl, reporter roundtable, Adrian Kuzminski

Winners and Losers courtesy of reporter Ashley Hupfl of City and State.

Analysis of the news of the week with Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union, and Nick Reisman of Time Warner Cable News.

A conversation about the philosophy of political populism with former research scholar in Philosophy at Hartwick college Adrian Kuzminski.

Kuzminski is probably best known for his work as moderator of Sustainable Otsego, a social network of several hundred subscribers founded in the Cooperstown, NY area. What you may not know is that he’s the author of several books including The Ecology of Money: Debt, Growth, and Sustainability (Lexington, 2013) and Fixing the System: A History of Populism, Ancient & Modern (Continuum, 2008). With Zephyr Teachout describing herself as a “progressive populist”, I though a conversation about its evolution would be timely.

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Aug. 28, 2014: Kathy Hochul, Robert Antonacci, Sara Niccoli

Lt. Gov. Candidate Kathy Hochul joins Susan for a wide-ranging conversation on everything from the Women’s Equality Party to immigration issues to Zephyr Teachout.

Robert Antonacci, the Republican candidate for NYS Comptroller and current Onondaga County Comptroller, discusses veterans issues, his call for a debate and why he feels shareholder activism isn’t in his job description.

In honor of the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, advocates are holding the “Vote Your Dreams” rally at the Capitol today. We will speak with Sara Niccoli, the executive director of the Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS about the day’s events.

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Aug. 27, 2014: Sen. Tim Kennedy, Betty Jean Grant, Randy Credico, Bruce Gyory

We will speak separately with the two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Senate in western New York’s 63rd State Senate District:

First up, incumbent State Senator Tim Kennedy; then we will meet the Chair of the Erie County Legislature, Betty Jean Grant.

Democratic candidate for Governor Randy Credico talks about his roots as a progressive activist.

Political strategist & UAlbany adjunct professor of Political Science Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps, Phillips weighs in on the gender gap, the role of the Women’s Equality Party in State Senate races and where Zephyr Teachout would lead the Democratic Party.

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Aug. 26, 2014: Sen. Stewart-Cousins, Nathan Schaefer, Sen. O’Brien, Jerry Kremer

State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses Women’s Equality Day and the Democratic campaign to win control of the state senate.

Empire State Pride Agenda, which announced last week it would back Governor Cuomo’s re-election bid, has come out with its 3rd round of endorsements. Executive Director Nathan Schaefer joins us.

Incumbent Democrat State Senator Ted O’Brien of Rochester explains why the voters of Rochester should give him another term in office.

We talk ethics training with Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, chairman of Empire Government Strategies and former member of the NYS Assembly and chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Kremer is author of “Winning Albany — Untold Stories About the Famous and Not So Famous.”

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Aug. 25, 2014: Attorney General Schneiderman, Bill Sherman, NYLCV endorsements, Harvey Rosenthal

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses last week’s Bank of America settlement of $16.65 billion dollar in which the banking giant was forced to acknowledge it made serious “misrepresentations” to the public regarding residential mortgage-backed securities.

New York gets mixed reviews when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce deaths from cancer, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. We hear details from Bill Sherman , Vice President of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.

The New York League of Conservation Voters comes out today with its top priority primary races. Executive Director Marcia Bystryn fills us in.

Harvey Rosenthal of the New York State Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services provides an update on how the state’s fast-changing healthcare system is affecting people with mental illnesses.

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Aug. 22, 2014: Ws and Ls, Scott Waldman and Matt Hamilton, Bill McKibben, Blair Horner

City and State reporter Ashley Hupfl delivers the week’s Winners & Losers.

Reporters Scott Waldman of Capital New York and Matt Hamilton of the Albany Times Union provide analysis of the week’s news.

Author, educator, environmentalist and co-founder of 350.org Bill McKibben discusses climate change, oil trains and why New York should divest its pension fund from fossil fuels.

NYPIRG, the Center for Medical Consumers, and New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment have released a report titled, “The Doctor IS in” which shows that far from having a doctor shortage in New York as some groups contend, the Empire State’s ranks of medical professionals is swelling, especially in the areas of OB/GYN, general surgery, and internal medicine.

NYPIRG’s Blair Horner joins us to explain.

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Aug. 21, 2014: Rep. Paul Tonko, Sen. Skelos, Rob Astorino, Regent Jim Tallon

Congressman Paul Tonko on energy policy, oil trains and his campaign for re-election.

In an “open letter to New York”, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos argues that Democrats aren’t disciplined, are too NYC-centric, and won’t focus on upstate priorities if elected to lead the State Senate.

Republican nominee for Governor Rob Astorino outlines his plan for economic growth.

Regent Jim Tallon President of the United Hospital Fund of New York discusses the upstate-downstate divide in the 3 – 8 test scores.

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Aug. 20, 2014: Commissioner King, Quinnipiac poll, “Here One Day” documentary, Larry Levy

State Ed. Commission Dr. John King discusses the 3 – 8 test scores that were released last week.

Maurice Carroll Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac Poll joins us with results from the latest Q poll.

After a decades-long struggle with bipolar disorder, Nina Leichter, a sixty-three year old mother of two, committed suicide by jumping out of a window. Being the wife of New York State Senator Franz Leichter, her death was reported on the radio, in newspapers, and on television. Her daughter Kathy Leichter picked up where coverage in the mainstream press left off with a film titled “Here One Day,” which has been featured at several film festivals. Filmmaker Kathy Leichter discusses the project.

The explosion of racial tension in Ferguson, Missouri is something officials in New York State’s changing suburbs should be paying close attention to. We will discuss what happens when a predominantly white police force is policing a predominantly black community with Larry Levy, Executive Dean of the National Center of Suburban Studies at Hofstra and former award-winning journalist at Newsday.

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Aug. 19, 2014: Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Co. Exec. McCoy, Bill Samuels, Brian Sampson

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan join me in the studio to discuss their plans to address the billions of gallons of crude oil being shipped through downtown Albany by rail.

EffectiveNY founder and Democratic activist Bill Samuels is angry at how the Board of Elections has characterized a redistricting commission on a ballot question slated for November. We will talk with him about his FOIL request for all communication between the governor’s office at the BOE.

Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate checks in.

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Aug. 18, 2014: Dr. Sandra Steingraber and Joseph Campbell, Patti Southworth, Tim Kremer, Madelyn Thorne

Last Monday the DEC announced it would hold an issues conference regarding Houston-based Crestwood’s plan to store propane and butane gas in salt caverns on the banks of Seneca Lake. That decision prompted Arlington Storage, a division of Crestwood, to request from FERC clearance to begin construction today. The move has sparked outrage among some Finger Lakes residents opposed to the storage plan. We will speak with Joseph Campbell of Gas Free Seneca and Ithaca College’s Scholar in Residence, author & anti-fracking activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber about the issue and the rally being planned for today.

Two Democrats are running for the seat occupied by long time Saratoga/Schenectady-area lawmaker, Republican State Senator Hugh Farley. We will meet former Ballston Town Supervisor Patti Southworth and later in the show Madelyn Thorne, a member of the board of directors for The Upper Union Street Business Improvement District and Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County.

New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer discusses the results of test scores released last week by State Ed.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Aug. 17, 2014

Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins and Democratic Party hopeful Zephyr Teachout

Laura Ladd Bierman, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New York and Dick Dadey, Executive Director of the Citizens Union.

Bruce Gyory, a political and strategic consultant at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips & UAlbany adjunct professor of political science.

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Aug. 15, 2014: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

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

The New York Daily News’ Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett is just back from Israel where he covered the New York delegation’s trip. He will join us with highlights.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli drops by to discuss a variety of issues and update us on his campaign.

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Aug. 14, 2014: Zephyr Teachout and Howie Hawkins, Asm. Aileen Gunther, Prof. Richard McGowan

Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins and Democratic Party hopeful Zephyr Teachout join me in the studio.

Assemblyperson Aileen Gunther continues our conversation about OPWDD’s shift from institutionalization to placing people with developmental disabilities into group homes.

Even as three Atlantic City casinos have announced they are closing New York State is forging ahead with its plan to approve 4 new casino projects by September leading some to wonder if New York jumped on the gambling bandwagon too late. We discuss the idea of market saturation with Professor Richard McGowan, SJ, of the Carroll School of Management and the Economics Department at Boston College.

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Aug. 13, 2014: Brian Jones, Prof. Stephen Berk, Citizens Union and League of Women Voters, Bruce Gyory

Green Party LG Candidate Brian Jones speaks out about high-stakes testing, privatization and why he’s not a fan of the new “Stop the Common Core” political party.

Union College Professor of History Stephen Berk on how Governor Cuomo should respond to the Palestinian invitation to meet while he is in Israel.

Good government groups are split on whether to support a November ballot question on redistricting. Laura Ladd Bierman, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New York and Dick Dadey, Executive Director of the Citizens Union are urging you to vote for the measure. They will explain their support.

Bruce Gyory says New York City is locked in a political cold war over crime-fighting. The political and strategic consultant at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP and UAlbany adjunct professor of political science joins us in the studio.

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Aug. 12, 2014: Richard Brodsky, Susan Kent, Albany Law School, Dr. Terrence Murphy

NYU Wagner School & Demos Fellow Richard Brodsky on the Governor’s trip to Israel amid the Moreland controversy, as well as New York State’s political relationship with Israel.

PEF President Susan Kent testified Monday before a legislative hearing that the union is asking its 9000 members who work with people with developmental disabilities to begin filling out incident forms. “We have the anecdotes. Now we are going to collect the evidence so that when you ask us what is going on, we can, with certainty, let you know.” PEF’s new procedures are a result of the state’s implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision, which says the unjustified segregation of people with disabilities is a form of discrimination.

Albany Law School students along with several supervising attorneys are providing legal resources to detained immigrants in New York. We will discuss the project with Albany Law’s Sarah Rogerson, Associate Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Family Violence Litigation Clinic & Immigration Project; Co-director, Law Clinic and Justice Center & Princy Abraham, a third-year student and the project leader for the school’s Immigration Assistance Project.

We meet Dr. Terrence Murphy who is running for the 40th District State Senate seat in the Hudson Valley which is being vacated by Greg Ball.

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Aug. 11, 2014: A best-of The Capitol Pressroom

Blair Horner, Legislative Director of NYPIRG, the New York Public Interest Research Group and Jesse Laymon, Executive Director Effective NY discuss their “Can the Plan” initiative that urges voters to vote no on a ballot question in November on redistricting. Original air-date: 6/24/14

Rochester is the site of a new battery and energy storage facility. The Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Test and Commercialization Center is now open for business at Eastman Business Park. Joining us with details are Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST and Mark Peterson, President & CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise. Original air-date: 5/1/14

Religious leaders from Rockland County want the Governor to intervene in a fight with Hasidim who sit on the board of the East Ramapo public schools. It’s a touchy topic: according to former Assemblyman Ryan Karbenwho will join us today, the leaders allege the yeshiva parents who serve on the school board are shifting funds from the predominantly minority school system to Jewish religious schools. Original air-date 5/19/14

Richard Gottfried, Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee and Dr. Danny Lugassy, a board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, explain their continued push for the New York Health bill which creates a universal, single-payer health insurance program. Original air-date: 5/6/14

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Aug. 10, 2014

Kyle Hughes guest hosts for Susan Arbetter. 

Department of Financial Services Superintendent, Ben Lawsky, will discuss the BNP Paribas settlement, monitoring Wall Street, and the regulation of Bitcoin.

We’ll speak with Billy Easton of The Alliance for Quality education and David Sciarra of the Education Law Center about a report that shows New York owes its public schools $5.9 billion in Foundation Aid and Gap Elimination Funding.

Eric Mower’s Sean Casey and Albany County Attorney Tom Marcelle explain Moreland through a legal and public relations lens.

Robert Antonacci, the Republican candidate for NYS Comptroller and current Onondaga Comptroller, will weigh in on Moreland, public campaign financing, as well as his campaign strategy.

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Aug. 8, 2014: Empire Center, Asm. Jeffrey Dinowitz, remembering Attica

A best-of The Capitol Pressroom

In a 6 to 0 decision, the New York State Court of Appeals reversed several lower court rulings this week when it decided the names of government pensioners may be made public. It’s a big win for the Empire Center for New York State Policy. Executive Director of the center Timothy Hoefer joins us with details.Original air date: 5/8/14

National Popular Vote legislation has been signed by Governor Cuomo, making New York the 11th state to join the compact. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D – Bronx) discusses the significance of the measure and what comes next. Original air date: 4/17/14

It is still the bloodiest prison uprising in US history. The 1971 rebellion by inmates of the Attica Correctional Institution saw corrections officers taken hostage, failed negotiations with state officials, and the state police and national guard called in by Governor Nelson Rockefeller – a decision that lead to the deaths of 43 people including 10 hostages. In April, state Supreme Court Justice Patrick MeMoyer agreed to a partial release of the Attica records: all portions not related to the grand jury testimony. Today my guests, including 2 staff attorneys for the Attica Brothers Legal Defense Elizabeth Fink and Joseph Heath, as well as Mike Smith, a guard who was taken hostage and subsequently wounded by police fire, discuss what they think of the ruling, and why they’re pushing for more. Original air date: 5/8/14

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Aug. 7, 2014: Superintendent Lawsky, Billy Easton and David Sciarra, Stephen Shafer, Randy Credico

Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky on Bitcoin, BNP Paribas, and financial regulation in New York.

The Alliance for Quality Education’s Executive Director Billy Easton explains a new report on education funding gaps.

Coalition Against Gambling’s Dr. Stephen Shafer discusses the grassroots efforts in New York to hold back some of the problems that may come with new casinos.

Randy Credico, candidate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

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Aug. 6, 2014: Claire Barnett and Jeff Jones, Bob Castelli, Elizabeth Cronin, Bob Antonacci

Kyle Hughes guest hosts.

Claire Barnett, executive director of Healthy Schools Network and Jeff Jones, of Consulting for Good Causes and policy adviser for the HSN, discuss oil trains’ vicinity to schools in the area.

New York’s legislative primary day is set for September 9th. Two Republicans are facing off in the 40th district–Sen. Greg Ball’s current seat: Yorktown Councilman Dr. Terrence Murphy and former Assemblyman Bob Castelli. Today, we meet Bob Castelli, who will discuss his platform, his thoughts on education, and how he plans to win the Republican nomination.

Elizabeth Cronin, the director of the state Office of Victim Services, explains crime victim assistance grants.

Bob Antonacci, the Republican candidate for NYS Comptroller and current Onondaga Comptroller, weighs in on Moreland and his campaign strategy.

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Aug. 5, 2014: Tom King, Rick Karlin, Sean Casey and Tom Marcelle, Susan Lerner and Blair Horner

Kyle Hughes guest hosts for Susan Arbetter.

Tom King, President of the Rifle and Pistol Association of New York State, gives an update on the fight against the SAFE Act.

Rick Karlin, a reporter for the Times Union, explains the state’s reported $4.2 billion surplus.

Managing Partner at the Albany office of Eric Mower and Associates Sean Casey and Albany County Attorney Tom Marcelle on viewing the Moreland Commission mess through a public relations and legal lens.

Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause New York, and Blair Horner, NYPIRG’s legislative director, explain the redistricting ballot language that the Board of Elections approved on Friday.

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Aug. 4, 2014: A best-of episode

Administrator of Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Judith Enck explains federal rules governing carbon pollution and how they will affect New York State. Original air-date: June 3, 2014

Arguments in the two home rule cases, Dryden and Middlefield, were heard Tuesday in the NY Court of Appeals. Today we discuss the judges questions with Tom West, attorney for the appellant Mark S. Wallach, a trustee of Norse Energy. Tomorrow we do the same with the attorney for the town of Dryden. Original air-date: June 4, 2014.

In light of the scandal at VA hospitals around the nation, and in advance of Friday’s 70’s anniversary of the D-Day invasion, we discuss veterans issues with Senator Lee Zeldin, Major in the Army Reserves and member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs. Original air-date: June 4, 2014.

Not every age group is equally at risk when it comes to gambling addictions. Teens are at higher risk when it comes to on-line gambling. We speak with Linda Bellick, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Prevention Council of Saratoga about the issue. Original air-date: May 16, 2014.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for Aug. 3, 2014

On this week’s show, Kyle Hughes of NYSNYS.com guest hosts for Susan Arbetter.

Kyle speaks with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli about the Moreland Commission, Public Corruption and the state of New York’s economy.

Tom Stebbins of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York fights back against assertions that his group tainted a Scaffold Law study.

Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins gives his take on Moreland and economic issues.

And finally, Strong Economy for All’s Michael Kink and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness tell us about fast food workers’ push for higher wages and other progressive issues in this election cycle.

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Aug. 1, 2014: a best-of episode

A best-of episode.

Original air-date, 4/28/14: Audrey Zibelman, Commissioner of the NYS Public Service Commission, on New York’s “fundamental shift” in utility regulation.

Original air-date, 6/9/14: After meeting behind closed doors, the New York State Board of Elections announced they would stop enforcing the state’s aggregate campaign contribution limit of $150,000 per year. NYPIRG calls the decision “flawed.” We discuss NYPIRG’s report and its calls for public hearings with Bill Mahoney.

Original air-date, 6/9/14: Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams discusses Start-Up NY.

Original air-date, 6/10/14: We discuss a new policy brief entitled, “The Effects of Co-Location on New York City’s Ability to Provide All Students a Sound Basic Education” published by the Campaign for Educational Equity. Executive Director Michael Rebell is my guest.

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July 31, 2014: John Cahill, David Salway, Howie Hawkins, Ron Deutsch and Michael Kink

Kyle Hughes guest hosts; John Cahill; David Salway; Michael Kink and Ron Deutsch 

Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill on his campaign and the Moreland controversy.

David Salway, Program Director for the New York State Broadbrand Program Office explains broadband’s role in the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins.

Executive Director of Strong Economy for All Michael Kink and Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness Ron Deutsch discuss the fast-food worker push for higher wages and progressive issues in this election cycle.

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July 30, 2014: Comptroller DiNapoli, Tom Stebbins, Rob Astorino, Bruce Gyory

Kyle Hughes guest hosts; LRANY’s Tom Stebbins; Rob Astorino; Bruce Gyory

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks with guest host Kyle Hughes about public corruption, New York’s finances, and the economic outlook in the state.

Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Tom Stebbins explains the latest on the Scaffold Law.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino joins Kyle Hughes to discuss the controversy surrounding the Moreland Commission.

Manatt’s Bruce Gyory analyzes what the fallout from Moreland could be in November and gives the latest with the Attorney General’s race.

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July 29, 2014: Teacher certification, veterans’ issues, Paul Bray

Kyle Hughes guest hosts; teacher certification requirements; veterans issues; keeping history alive

Kyle Hughes speaks with United University Professions Vice President of Acadmeic Affairs Jamie Dangler and advocate Tom Pinto about the new teacher certification requirements.

Asm. Angelo Santabarbara and retired Navy veteran Barry Moore discuss veterans issues around the state.

Paul Bray, a Times Union frequent contributor and founding president of the Albany civic lunch forum, shares the story of Kate Mullany, the founder of the nation’s first all-female union, and explains the importance of keeping local history alive.

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July 28, 2014: Best-of edition with Richard Ravitch, Dr. Bruce Roter, and Michael Meath

A best-of episode with Richard Ravitch, Dr. Bruce Roter, and Michael Meath.

Former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch discusses his new memoir, So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics & Confronting Fiscal Crises. Original air date: April 23, 2014.

From April 18, 2014: Dr. Bruce Roter of Albany, an activist who successfully brought Trader Joe’s to the Capital Region, joins us to discuss his new mission: the Museum of Political Corruption. Original air date: April 18, 2014

Why our electricity bills are so high this year? We get one perspective from a member of the Syracuse Adjunct faculty: Michael Meath, is the founder and president of Strategic Communications LLC, and a proponent of ESCOs or energy service companies as a spokesman for the American Coalition of Competitive Energy Suppliers. Original air date: April 18, 2014

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for July 27, 2014

The leader of the mainstream Democratic Conference, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins D – Yonkers, discusses the failures of the Moreland Commission.

The latest Siena poll out earlier this week was more good news for Governor Cuomo. Siena Research Institute spokesman Steve Greenberg tell us why.

A recent article in the New York Times about a student named Anna at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a reminder of how pervasive the problem of sexual assault is on college campuses. We will discuss the problem, its genesis and how to prevent it with two guests, Stacey Thayer, MPH, Director of the Wellness Center at the Sage Colleges and Joanne Zannoni Executive Director New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

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July 25, 2014: Best-of edition. Dean Penelope Andrews, Asm. Harvey Weisenberg, Arthur “Jerry” Kremer

Today we explore the legacy of Nelson Mandela with Albany Law School Dean Penelope “Penny” Andrews, who lived under apartheid. She is co-editor of The Post Apartheid Constitutions: Perspectives on South Africa’s Basic Law, the foreword to which was written by Nelson Mandela. Original air date: Dec. 6, 2013

Long time Assemblyman and advocate for the mentally ill Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. We will discuss his priorities for the remainder of his time in office as well as the highlights of his career. Original air date: April 30, 2014

Albany Lobbyist and 13-term Assemblyman Arthur “Jerry” Kremer has penned a new memoir titled Winning Albany: Untold Stories about the Famous and Not So Famous. Kremer will join us in the studio to share tales of backroom wheeling and dealing. Original air date: Oct. 31, 2013

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July 24, 2014: Zephyr Teachout, Casey Seiler, Stacey Thayer, Joanne Zannoni

The fallout continues from a critical New York Times report about the Cuomo administration’s interference with the Moreland Commission.  We speak with Democratic-hopeful Zephyr Teachout who is calling on the Governor to resign.

Casey Seiler, state editor and columnist for the Albany Times Union joins us with thoughts on Moreland, JCOPE, and a Scaffold Law report that some say may have been influenced by the organization that paid for it.
 
A recent New York Times article about a student named Anna at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a reminder of how pervasive the problem of sexual assault has become on college campuses.   We will discuss the issue withStacey Thayer, MPH, Director of the Wellness Center at the Sage Colleges andJoanne Zannoni Executive Director New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
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July 23, 2014: Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Barbara Bartoletti, Stuart Lehman, Larry Levy

Democratic Leader of the State Senate Andrea Stewart-Cousins joins the show.

Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters of New York State comments on the demise of the Moreland Commission and the Times’ expose.

Stuart Lehman education coordinator at the Capitol joins us with highlights from a new special tour titled, “1864-1965 Culminating Colors – A Civil War Tour at the New York State Capitol” which explores an exhibit of eight historic flags from the New York State Battle Flag Collection, administered by the New York State Military Museum.

Hofstra’s Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy on the administration’s roll in the Moreland Commission.

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July 22, 2014:Blair Horner, Farouk Abdullah, State Senator George Latimer, Brian Nearing

 

Seventy percent of today’s college students graduate with a baccalaureate degree and a little something extra:  an average of $29,400 dollars of debt.  Over the last ten years student debt has quadrupled, topping $1 trillion.   Need help with your debt?  Blair Horner and Farouk Abdullah of the New York Public Interest Research Group give  tips to help you manage your school loans.

Politics in New York State is a little like the weather in New England; if you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes.  Last Friday I spoke with Democratic State Senator George Latimer who at the time didn’t have a Republican challenger.  Since that interview, the situation has changed for the freshman incumbent.

Reporter Brian Nearing of the Albany Times Union  discusses the oil train controversy, and how residents of Albany who live near the Port feel about it.  You can read his story here: http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Amid-the-oil-boom-fear-5633190.php

 

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July 21, 2014: Laura Height, Peter Iwanowicz, Steve Greenberg, Chief Michael Ranalli, Kate Breslin

Environmental groups are unhappy with the Public Authorities Control Board’s approval of a $256 million dollar loan for the Tappan Zee Bridge project.   Laura Haight of NYPIRG and Peter Iwanowicz of Environmental Advocates of New York explain why and what they may do about it.

Steve Greenberg has news from the latest Siena Poll for us.

Chief Michael Ranalli, Glenville Town Police Department, an attorney and the author of several law enforcement articles and attorney Terry O’Neill discuss the Staten Island choke-hold death, and Stop & Frisk.

Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) is a special advisor to the Department of Health on planning and implementation of the Medicaid waiver.  She discusses how this $8 billion dollar plan could change the state’s health care delivery system over the next 5 years.

 

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July 18, 2014: Ws and Ls, Jon Campbell, Zephyr Teachout, Brenna Erford, Renee Nogales

We will be joined by City and State reporter Ashley Hupfl who will present the week’s Winners and Losers.

Jon Campbell of Gannett’s Albany Bureau analyzes the week’s news from the Tappan Zee to the LIRR.

Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law Professor challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for Governor, discusses her campaign and why she’s skeptical of the new Women’s Equality Party.

Pew released a new 50-state study that illustrates how states can save enough during economic boom years to better weather future recessions.

Brenna Erford, Manager of State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth, with the Pew Charitable Trusts will provide details.

A recent study published by JAMA shows nurse visits can prevent premature deaths. Today we meet Renee Nogales, MPA, of the Nurse-Family Partnership, an organization that empowers first-time mothers living in poverty to successfully change their lives and the lives of their children through evidence-based nurse home visiting. NFP is trying to make in-roads here in New York State.

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July 17, 2014: Senators Cathy Young, Kathy Marchione and Michael Gianaris; James R. Tallon

State senate campaign chairs discuss the numbers.

First up, Chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee Cathy Young,

Then, Chair of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee Mike Gianaris.

In light of a New York Times report published over the weekend critical of how officials at Hobart & William Smith Colleges had responded to allegations of rape by a student, State Senator Kathy Marchione is looking to possibly amend legislation that would require college officials to report crimes, including rape, to local police. She joins us to explain.

Jim Tallon, President of the United Hospital Fund of New York and a member of the NYS Board of Regents discusses both the Medicaid waiver implementation and how the Common Core is evolving.

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July 16, 2014: Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Kyle Hughes, Bruce Gyory, Rep. Chris Gibson

Concerned Health Professionals of New York last week sent a letter to the state’s acting Health Commissioner asking to meet about the health impacts of hydrofracking. The group has created a compendium of scientific information which it says demonstrates risks and harms of fracking. One of the members, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College, joins us with details.

Governor Cuomo, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, GE’s Jeffrey Immelt and a group of elected officials yesterday announced a new multi-million dollar semiconductor partnership between the state, GE, IBM and the Albany nano college. The work will involve silicon carbide, a new polymer used to create circuitry. How will the technology work? How will the public private partnership work? We will have a report from NYSNYS.com’s Kyle Hughes.

Cuomo = $35 million. Astorino = $2.4 million. Manatt’s Bruce Gyory interprets the numbers.

Congressman Chris Gibson on the Middle East, immigration, Boehner’s lawsuit against the President and climate change.

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July 15, 2014: campaign filings, Brian Jones, Dr. Kim Griswold and Marlene Schillinger, secular invocation in Greece, NY

Today is the deadline for political campaign financial filings in New York. We speak with Jeanne Zaino, Professor of Political Science & International Studies at Iona College & Huffington Post contributor about trends in campaigning.

Green Party Lt. Governor candidate Brian Jones discusses education policy.

More refugees find homes in western New York than in any other part of the state including New York City. For that reason, the WNY Center for Survivors of Refugee Trauma and Torture is critical. We speak with Dr. Kim Griswold, the medical director of the Center and Marlene Schillinger, President of the Jewish Family Services Center which helped bring the Center to Buffalo.

Dan Courtney, an atheist, is scheduled to deliver an invocation before the Greece Town Board today. In May, the town of Greece was at the center of a Supreme Court ruling that permitted prayer before public meetings. We will speak with Courtney and Robyn Blumner, spokesperson for Openly Secular and the Executive Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

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July 14, 2014: E. J. McMahon, Joseph Spector and Bob McCarthy, Yevgeniy Feyman

Empire Center for Public Policy founder & President EJ McMahon on how New York State can best spend $3.3 billion in fines paid by French bank BNP Paribas.

Long-time chairman of the Senate Energy committee George Maziarz has announced that he will not seek re-election. Maziarz is the head of the western NY Senate delegation, and a powerful player in Albany. His decision has implications politically as well as for a variety of energy policy issues. Gannett’s Albany Bureau Chief Joseph Spector and the Buffalo News’ Robert McCarthy join us with analysis.

The Manhattan Institute has published an analysis of the costs of the Affordable Care Act for every county in New York State. You can find the map here: We will speak with Yevgeniy Feyman, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute who writes on health care policy, entitlement reform, and the Affordable Care Act about MI’s analysis, and the criticism that has stemmed from the research.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for July 13, 2014

Tim Wu, Columbia professor & candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Lt. Governor, discusses mandate relief for upstate New York.

Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors Theatre in Schenectady and founder of the Upstate Theatre Coalition for a Fairgame talks about the impact of casinos on other regional entertainment venues.

Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, Associate professor of History and director of the program in Judaic Studies at UAlbany; attorney Ryan Karben; and award-winning reporter Chris McKenna of the Middletown Times Herald Record discuss the growth of the ultra-Orthodox Kiryas Joel Community in Orange County and how the community’s neighbors are reacting to that growth.

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July 11, 2014: Ws and Ls, Glenn Blain, Anthony Figliola, Peter Bauer, Carol Levine

Winners and Losers with Jon Lentz, Albany Bureau Chief at City & State

Glenn Blain, Capitol Reporter for the NY Daily News joins us with analysis of the week’s news.

Anthony Figliola, Vice President at Empire Government Strategies on the future of the Buffalo Bills.

Peter Bauer of Protect the Adirondacks and Dan Plumley of Adirondack Wild discuss a legal challenge to exploratory drilling in the forest preserve.

Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project at United Hospital Fund, shares information to help family caregivers plan for safer hospital discharges for their loved ones.

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July 10, 2014: NYCLU, Philip Morris, Sara Niccoli and Jack Temple, Mark Eagan

The New York Civil Liberties Union recently reached an agreement with Ontario County, one of the five counties named in its class-action lawsuit aimed at overhauling New York State’s public defense system for poor or indigent defendants. The settlement comes after ongoing efforts by Ontario County to enhance public defense services for poor people accused of crimes before the lawsuit, Hurrell-Harring v. New York, goes to trial in the fall. We speak with the NYCLU’s associate legal director Christopher Dunn.

The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame said Tuesday that it has reached agreements with 10 of the 17 casino applicants seeking casino licenses in the three upstate regions eligible for commercial gambling halls. This comes after a retired antitrust lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission raised the possibility that the pact violates antitrust laws. We will be joined by Proctors Theater CEO Philip Morris.

A group of advocates for a higher minimum wage are in Albany this week to ensure that all workers – including those who get tips, receive the minimum wage. It’s a timely issue because the state is about to convene a wage board to address tipped workers. We will speak with Jack Temple, a Policy Analyst at the National Employment Law Project or NELP and Sara Niccoli, the Executive Director at the Labor-Religion Coalition of NY.

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce garnered several legislative wins over the past session. Chamber President and CEO Mark Eagan will join us to discuss a few of the key issues.

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July 9, 2014: Tim Wu, Walter Hang, Common Core in the classroom, Larry Levy

Tim Wu is running against Kathy Hochul for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor. We talk about his candidacy and how it’s linked to his work on net neutrality.

It’s time to scrap the SGEIS on hydrofracking and start over — at least that’s what Walter Hang, President of Toxics Targeting and other anti-fracking activists are arguing. Hang joins us in the studio to discuss this new strategy.

The Network Team Institute or NTI was held in Albany on Monday and Tuesday, attracting hundreds of teachers and principals who are eager to know more about the Common Core and how to harness the new standards in the classroom. Our guests are Terry O’Brien, Principal at Watervliet Elementary; Jody Popple of the Madison Oneida Boces and a 1st Grade Teacher; and Michael Faustino of Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, and a Kindergarten Teacher.

Larry Levy, Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies joins us to discuss whether the Governor may play a role in the pending Long Island Railroad strike and how it may throw some unexpected potential excitement into the governor’s race.

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July 8, 2014: Judith Enck, Conor Bambrick and Anne Reynolds, Kiryas Joel panel

Region 2 EPA Administrator Judith Enck joins us to discuss climate change, as well as the controversial $511 million dollar loan the Environmental Facilities Corporation approved in late June for several Tappan Zee bridge projects. Before the loan is fully processed, the Thruway Authority Board and the Public Authorities Control Board will have to green light it.

Speaking climate change… to coincide with the launch of the state’s Reforming Energy Vision (REV), a coalition of environmental advocates is conducting a teleconference to discuss how Governor Cuomo and the state can use this opportunity to make New York the national clean energy leader. Our guests will be Conor Bambrick, Air & Energy Director for Environmental Advocates of New York and Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy.

Kiryas Joel in the Hudson Valley is a growing community of ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews. Because it needs the space, the community wants to annex over 500 acres of land; but that doesn’t sit well with its secular neighbors. It’s a dynamic being repeated in other communities in the Hudson Valley like Bloomingburg. Today we speak with 3 people who have been observing the issues that arise from these clashes of cultures: Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, an Associate Professor in the Department of History at UAlbany and director of the program in Judaic Studies; Ryan Karben, Principal of the Law Office of Ryan Karben and Excelsior Public Affairs; and award-winning journalist Chris McKenna of the Times Herald Record.

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July 7, 2014: Brian Mann, Campbell Brown, Bob Howarth and Tony Ingraffea, Bill Mahoney

North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann will report on the citizens of Lac-Megantic where one year ago yesterday, July 6, 2013, a 74-car train carrying crude oil derailed in that Quebec community killing dozens of people.

Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, Founder and Board Chair of the Partnership for Educational Justice discusses a legal challenge to teacher tenure that she is hoping to mount by the end of the summer her in New York. The court is based on a landmark case in California called, “Vergara vs. California” which voided tenure on the grounds that school children have a constitutional right to an equal opportunity to succeed in school. – Newsday

Robert W. Howarth, Ph.D., the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology, Cornell University & Founding Editor, Biogeochemistry; and A. R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E., the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University discuss Howarth’s research paper, “A bridge to nowhere: methane emissions and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas.”

NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney explains gaming bidders lobby and campaign expenditures.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for July 6, 2014

Robert McCarthy, veteran political reporter for the Buffalo News on a strange anomaly in New York State election law that could allow for a “Cuomo/Hu” ticket in November rather than a “Cuomo/Hochul” ticket.

The State Senate Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman, Queens Senator Mike Gianaris on the indictment of long-time upstate Republican State Senator Tom Libous, the GOP’s election strategy and upcoming senate primaries.

Dr. Vin Bonventre of the Albany Law School on several recent rulings from the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Political strategist Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at UAlbany on the IDC’s decision to re-align with the mainstream Democrats in January.

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July 4, 2014: Two views of the Common Core

Susan Arbetter explores two views of the Common Core. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defends the standards. Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Professor Emerita at the University of Arkansas and original member of the Common Core Validation Committee, explains the flaws.

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July 3, 2014: Bob McCarthy, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Dianna Rios, Ken Pokalsky

A conversation with veteran Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy about a weird state election rule that could influence the race for NYS Governor.

We hear the 2nd part of our conversation with Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch.

The American Red Cross is working to serve returning veterans. Dianna Rios, a Service to the Armed Forces Manager & International Services Specialist with the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York will tell you how.

Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Business Council of New York discusses legislative wins and losses from the business community’s perspective.(repeat)

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July 2, 2014: Dryden/Middlefield home rule perspectives, Dr. Vin Bonventre, Bruce Gyory

Helen Slottje, winner of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize, was the architect of the idea to use a clause in the state constitution that gives municipalities the right to make local land use decisions, to ban fracking. Plus, the moderator of the widely read progressive list serv Sustainable Otsego Adrian Kuzminski will join us with local reaction.

Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and Karen Moreau, Executive Director of the New York State Petroleum Council, a division of the American Petroleum Institute join us to discuss what’s next for proponents of hydrofracking in New York State.

Albany Law School’s Dr. Vin Bonventre is back, this time with his reviews of Court of Appeals decisions on issues including the Albany County cyber-bullying law that was invalidated.

Political strategist Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at UAlbany on how the Hobby Lobby decision might affect the political landscape in New York.

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July 1, 2014: Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Sen. Mike Gianaris, Karl Sleight, Stephen Madarasz

Chancellor of the Board of Regents Merryl Tisch on why she is such a vocal champion of the Common Core.

Chairman of the State Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, Queens Senator Mike Gianaris checks in.

Harris Beach’s Karl Sleight breaks down the casino gambling applications.

Stephen Madarasz, Director of Communications for the Civil Service Employees Association reacts to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Harris decision.

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June 30, 2014: Michael Rebell, Dr. Vin Bonventre, Rich Honen

New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York has asked State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez to restore $1 billion in aid due to school districts throughout the state immediately, even before the case goes to trial. We will be joined by co-counsel for the plaintiffs Michael A. Rebell, Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Columbia Teachers College, who was also co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity case against the state.

Albany Law School’s Dr. Vin Bonventre, founder and Editor of State Constitutional Commentary & author of the NY Court Watcher Blog, joins us to breakdown recent rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States.

What does upstate New York need to break out of its economic malaise? Attorney Rich Honen, a partner in the Albany office of Phillips Lytle, and expert on start-up business, high tech and venture capital tells us what he thinks.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for June 29, 2014

Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the IDC, Independent Democratic Conference, discusses his decision to re-align with the mainstream Democratic conference after the November election.

Karen Scharff, co-Chair of the Working Families’ Party & Executive Director of Citizen Action shares her reaction to the news.

Executive Director of Environmental Advocates Peter Iwanowicz and Conservation Director for the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter Roger Downs on the legislative session.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on the Clinton Global Initiative.

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June 27, 2014: Senator Skelos, Matt Hamilton and Bill Hammond, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Matt Ossenfort

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos reacts to news that the IDC may conference with the mainstream Democrats next session.

NY Daily News Bill Hammond with analysis of the week’s news.

Winners and Losers courtesy of City and State’s Matt Hamilton.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the IDC, if Democratic control is good or bad for upstate & whether she still plans to support primary elections against the IDC.

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort is a strong proponent of a proposed casino plan that almost fell apart. He explains his support.

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June 26, 2014: Sen. Jeff Klein, Karen Scharff, Nathan Schaefer, Mayor Stephanie Miner

Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the IDC, discusses his decision to rejoin the mainstream Democratic conference after the election.

Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York and co-chair of the Working Families Party Karen Scharff joins us with reaction to news that both houses of the legislature may be controlled by Democrats next session.

Nathan Schaefer executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda reviews the legislative session.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is just back from the Clinton Global Initiative in Denver. The 4th annual event brought together “more than 1,000 leaders from the business, foundation, NGO, and government sectors” (including people like David Gregory and Carly Fiorina) to “develop solutions for economic growth, long-term competitiveness, and social mobility.” We will discuss the experience with her.

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June 25, 2014: Education stakeholders respond to the session; 21st Congressional District primary

We speak with Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association; Dr. Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium; Robert Lowry, deputy director of the Superintendents Council;

Richard Longhurst, executive administrator of the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers or PTA;

Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education.

North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann and David Sommerstein break down the results of the primary in NY-21

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June 24, 2014: creative redistricting, Elise Stefanik, Matt Doheny, The Business Council

Blair Horner, Legislative Director of NYPIRG, the New York Public Interest Research Group and Jesse Laymon, Executive Director Effective NY discuss their “Can the Plan” initiative that urges voters to vote no on a ballot question in November dealing with redistricting.

Elise Stefanik will join us. She is running against Matt Doheny in the Republican Primary in the 21st Congressional District.

Matt Doheny, one of two candidates running in the Republican Primary in the 21st Congressional District, joins us on primary day.

Ken Pokalsky Vice President of Government Affairs for the Business Council of New York discusses legislative wins and losses from the business community’s perspective.

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June 23, 2014: Assemblymembers Patricia Fahy and John McDonald, “Wasting Our Waters,” Peter Iwanowicz and Roger Downs, Casey Seiler and Ken Lovett

Assemblymembers Patricia Fahy and John McDonald discuss their legislative wins & losses.

In a new report titled “Wasting Our Waters” the group Environment NY finds that industrial facilities dumped 5.3 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New York’s waterways in 2012 making them the 15th worst in the nation. We will hear more about the findings from Environment NY’s Director Heather Leibowitz.

From brownfields to oil trains, we hear what the environmental community thinks about the just completed legislative session. Our guests will include Environmental Advocates Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz and Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter’s Roger Downs.

Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News Ken Lovett and state editor for the Times Union Casey Seiler on tomorrow’s most competitive congressional primaries.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for June 22, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo with his take on the end of the session.

Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause, NY discusses the Time Warner/Comcast merger.

IDC Senator Tony Avella, D – Queens defends his move from the mainstream Democrats to the Independent Democrats.

We meet Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout who would like to primary Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

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June 20, 2014: Gov. Cuomo, Yancey Roy and Rick Karlin, domestic violence representation, NYSUT’s Karen Magee

Governor Andrew Cuomo explains the end-of-session highlights.

Newsday’s Yancey Roy and the Times Union’s Rick Karlin will join us with analysis of the week’s news.

We discuss an innovative collaboration that will provide increased access to civil legal representation to victims of domestic violence with three guests: Paul Harding of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, the Legal Project’s Student Fellow Joe Williams of Albany Law School, and Lisa Frisch, Executive Director of The Legal Project.

Karen Magee, President of New York State United Teachers discusses the teacher evaluation deal hammered out yesterday with Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders.

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June 19, 2014: Senators Krueger and Rivera, Advocates for people with development disabilities, Sen. Addabbo, regent Jim Tallon

Senate Democrats Liz Krueger and Gustavo Rivera join us for an end-of-session update.

Advocates for people with development disabilities Michael Carey & Carl Gottstein, Jr. are pushing lawmakers to defund the Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs because, they claim, the center doesn’t automatically call 911 when it receives reports of abuse.

Senator Joseph Addabbo explains his push for the Paid Family Leave Act.

We hear regent Jim Tallon’s take on negotiations over the de-coupling of teacher evaluations from tests aligned with the Common Core.

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June 18, 2014: Sen. Hoylman, Susan Lerner, Sen. Avella, Bruce Gyory

We discuss a bill to ban what’s known as “gay conversion therapy” with bill sponsor State Senator Brad Hoylman.

Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause reflects on the legislative session and offers her take on the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger deal. (Hint: She’s urging the PSC to reject the deal).

The IDC’s newest recruit, State Senator Tony Avella on his legislative priorities and the upcoming political fight to keep his seat.

Manatt, Phelps and Phillips Senior Strategist & UAlbany Adjunct Professor of the Political Science Bruce Gyory shares his insights during this last week of session.

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June 17, 2014: Governor Cuomo, Bobbi Chase Wilding, Asm. Joe Morelle, push against Common Core

Governor Andrew Cuomo on teacher evaluations and medical marijuana legislation.

Bobbi Chase Wilding, Deputy Director, Clean and Healthy New York reports that the Child Safe Products Act now has more than 40 co-sponsors. She joins us to push for a vote on the bill.

Assembly Majority Joseph Morelle discusses end-of-session legislation including brownfields, minimum wage, medical marijuana, teacher evaluations and the 3-year moratorium on fracking that passed yesterday in the Assembly.

Parents and teachers from around the state are converging on Albany today to push the state to opt out of the Common Core standards. We will hear from Monica Kounter, an Albany-area parent and Danielle Flora of Long Island, a guidance counselor and mother of three school-age children and co-founder of Long Islanders United Against the Common Core.

 

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June 16, 2014: Sen. Savino, Siena Poll, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout

Senator Diane Savino, sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act, responds to the changes Governor Cuomo wants to make in the legislation detailed here: http://nydn.us/1i2PowM

Siena’s Steve Greenberg discusses the latest Siena Research Poll which includes voter’s attitudes on races for Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Compassionate Care Act, heroin legislation, and end-of-session priorities.

Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law Professor, will announce her intentions today in Albany to primary Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party’s nomination. She joins us to discuss her decision.

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June 13, 2014: Ws and Ls, Joe Spector, UTVs, Karen Magee, Sean Casey

Matt Hamilton of City and State with the week’s Winners and Losers.

Gannett’s Albany Bureau Chief Joseph Spector previews the last week of session.

Willie Janeway of the Adirondack Council and Bill Cooke of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment are concerned about a bill that would allow super-sized ATVs in the Adirondack Park.

NYSUT President Karen Magee responds to Governor Cuomo’s comments about reforming, but not delaying teacher evaluations.

Eric Mower’s Sean Casey discusses the ruling in the California teacher tenure case.

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June 12, 2014: Governor Cuomo, Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Asm. Claudia Tenney

NY Governor Cuomo joins Susan Arbetter.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on her end-of-session priorities.

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch on testing and teacher evaluations.

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who is challenging Rep. Richard Hanna for the Republican nomination in the 22nd Congressional district, discusses the issues and the politics in her race.

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June 11, 2014: Kirsten Keefe, child safe products, call for more family court judges, Jim Odato and Ken Lovett

The Empire Justice Center’s senior staff attorney Kirsten Keefe discusses the passage of a foreclosure prevention bill in the Legislature.

The “Environmental Super Bills” this year include the Child Safe Products Act (A6328/S4614). Today we discuss the legislation with child health experts, Dr. Cappy Collins, and Dr. Perry Elizabeth Sheffield, MPH Region II Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, Deputy Director, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine.

There hasn’t been much movement to alleviate the crisis in family courts since the last time attorneys Denise Kronstadt, Deputy Executive Director & Director of Advocacy at The Fund for Modern Courts & Stephanie Gendell, Associate Executive Director For Policy And Government Relations at the Citizens Committee for Children joined us, so they’re back hoping to push the legislature into action.

Each year the Legislative Correspondents Association recognizes the best statehouse reporting with awards presented at the annual LCA show. Last night the LCA Alumni awarded its prize to Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News. Jim Odato, columnist and investigative reporter for the Albany Times Union received the LCA’s Jay Gallagher Memorial Award. Both have been invited to join me to discuss their award-winning reporting.

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June 10, 2014: Sen. George Maziarz, Stu Gruskin and Dan Henrick, Barbara Bartoletti, Michael Rebell

Senator George Maziarz, Chair of Senate Energy Committee discusses the shared renewable facilities bill which he is sponsoring.

Stu Gruskin ‎Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy of New York and Dan Hendrick, Vice President, External Affairs, New York League of Conservation Voters push the Community Risk and Resiliency Act.

Today is Women’s Equality Coalition Lobby Day. Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters of NY joins us.

We discuss a new policy brief entitled, “The Effects of Co-Location on New York City’s Ability to Provide All Students a Sound Basic Education” published by the Campaign for Educational Equity. Executive Director Michael Rebell is my guest.

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June 9, 2014: Rob Astorino, Bill Mahoney, Ken Adams, Bill Lipton and Ken Jacobs

Republican nominee for Governor Rob Astorino shares his vision for upstate job growth and economic development.

After meeting behind closed doors two weeks ago, the New York State Board of Elections announced they would stop enforcing the state’s aggregate campaign contribution limit of $150,000 per year. NYPIRG calls the decision “flawed”. We discuss NYPIRG’s report and its calls for public hearings with Bill Mahoney.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams discusses Start-Up NY.

Bill Lipton, New York State Director, Working Families Party as well as UC Berkeley’s Ken Jacobs, whose book “When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards on the Local Level,” on the economic effect of San Francisco’s minimum wage, and why New York should employ the same policy.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for June 8, 2014

The Governor’s deal with the Working Families Party is mapped out by Capital New York’s Laura Nahmias and the New York Daily News’ Glenn Blain.

We hear portions of the two home rule cases that were argued this week at the New York State Court of Appeals. The cases are Wallach v. Town of Dryden and Coopertown Holstein v. Town of Middlefield.

We meet Elise Stefanik, one of two Republicans running for the North Country Congressional District being vacated by Democratic incumbent Bill Owens.

UAlbany Adjunct Professor of Political Science & Senior Strategist for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Bruce Gyory on the country’s slight tilt to the left and what it may mean for New York.

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June 6, 2014: Ws and Ls, Ken Lovett, 70th anniversary of D-Day

Matt Hamilton of City and State provides our weekly Winners and Losers fix.

Albany Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News Ken Lovett analyzes the week’s political news.

We commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and President Roosevelt’s role in it with historian and biographer Joseph Persico, the author of many books, including, Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II, published by Random House; and David Woolner, Senior Fellow and Resident Historian at the Roosevelt Institute, Associate professor at Marist College and fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College.

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June 5, 2014: Gavin Donohue, Deborah Goldberg, Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, Arthurh “Jerry” Kremer

We talk EPA Carbon emissions and New York’s REV program with Gavin Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Power Producers of New York.

On Wednesday we heard attorney Tom West’s arguments before the state’s highest court in the home-rule case of Wallach v. Town of Dryden. Today we hear his counterpart’s arguments before the same court. Deborah Goldberg, attorney for the Town of Dryden, will join us.

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor on the WFP and his so-called Green New Deal.

Former Chair of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee, Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, partner and chair of the Municipal and Regulatory Affairs Department at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, joins us to discuss the end of session.

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June 4, 2014: Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, home rule Court of Appeals cases, veterans issues, Bruce Gyory

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses the shifting political sands in Albany.

Arguments in the two home rule cases, Dryden and Middlefield, were heard Tuesday in the NY Court of Appeals. Today we discuss the judges questions with Tom West, attorney for the appellant Mark S. Wallach, a trustee of Norse Energy. Tomorrow we do the same with the attorney for the town of Dryden.

In light of the scandal at VA hospitals around the nation, and in advance of Friday’s 70’s anniversary of the D-Day invasion, we discuss veterans issues with Senator Lee Zeldin, Major in the Army Reserves and member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Senior Strategist at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and UAlbany Adjunct Professor of Political Science Bruce Gyory weighs in on Governor Cuomo’s deal with the Working Families Party.

 

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June 3, 2014: Judith Enck, Sen. Gallivan, Elise Stefanik, LCA show preview

Administrator of Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Judith Enck explains the new federal rules governing carbon pollution and how they will affect New York State.

State Senator Patrick Gallivan has introduced several regulatory reform bills. The Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Economic Development joins us in the studio.

We meet Elise Stefanik, one of 2 Republicans running for the 21st Congressional district seat currently occupied by Rep. Bill Owens.

Cuomonsters, Inc, the 114th annual LCA gridiron show, is scheduled for Tuesday June 10 at the Empire State Plaza (dress rehearsal on June 9th). LCA President Jimmy Vielkind & LCA Show Chair Jessica Bakeman preview the show. Follow @TheLCAShow on Twitter for the latest updates, and call Jean Gutbrodt at 518.455.2388 for ticket information.

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June 2, 2014: Laura Nahmias, Glenn Blain, Brownfield Opportunity Areas, ivory ban, Brian Sampson

There will be political implications for the balance of the legislative session due to the deal Governor Cuomo hammered out with the Working Families Party in exchange for its endorsement. We will have analysis with the Daily News’ Glenn Blain and Capital New York’s Laura Nahmias.

The clock is ticking when it comes to establishing a long-term source of funding for BOAs, Brownfields Opportunity Areas. Jeff Jones of Consulting for Good Causes will explain.

John Calvelli, executive vice president for Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo discusses legislation to stop the ivory trade in New York.

Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate on his group’s end-of-session priorities.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for June 1, 2014

Veterans are urging passage of the Justice for Our Veterans Act which ensures untreated veterans with mental health illnesses receive treatment if they find themselves in the court system. The bill is supported by a range of groups. We spoke with: Army Command Sergeant Major Stephen Coville; Gary Horton, Director of the Veterans Defense Program with the New York State Defenders; Retired Navy Captain and recent Afghanistan veteran Art Cody, Legal Director of the New York State Defenders Association’s Veterans Defense program; Mark Williams, Cattaraugus County Public Defender and Commander of the American Legion in that county; and Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association.

Liberal activist Bill Samuels joined us to discuss why he’s thinking about running for Lt. Governor.

Should the Washington NFL team keep its name? Native American activist and host of “Let’s Talk Native” John Kane says, “Perhaps, if only to demonstrate the blatant evidence of the racism that Washington D.C. — the nation’s capital — still holds toward Native people.”

Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra and longtime Newsday reporter & editor Larry Levy shares his take on the Republican and Democratic conventions.

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May 30, 2014: Jon Lentz with Ws and Ls, Jimmy Vielkind and Nick Reisman, Scott Waldman

Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz of City and State shares the week’s Winners & Losers.

Our reporter roundtable convenes with Capital New York’s Jimmy Vielkind and Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman.

Capital New York’s Scott Waldman weighs in on energy issues in New York.

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May 29, 2014: Robert Antonacci, Senators Jose Peralta and Bill Perkins, John Kane, NYS Coalition for More Family Court Judges

Robert Antonacci the Republican nominee for State Comptroller discusses his candidacy.

Senators Jose Peralta and Bill Perkins discuss a final push for the New York State DREAM Act.

Should teams with Native American names, like the one in Washington DC, keep them? Native American activist and host of “Let’s Talk Native” John Kane says, “Perhaps, if only to demonstrate the blatant evidence of the racism that Washington D.C. — the nation’s capital — still holds toward Native people.” Kane joins me in our Syracuse studio.

Lawmakers in Albany authorized 20 new Family Court judgeships in the state budget, but have yet to determine where those judges will serve within the state. We discuss the issue with 2 guests, Denise Krondstadt of the Fund for Modern Courts & Co-Chair, NYS Coalition for More Family Court Judges and Stephanie Gendell, Associate Executive Director of the Citizens Committee for Children and the other co-chair of the NYS Coalition for More Family Judges.

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May 28, 2014: Justice for Our Veterans Act, JOBS Act, Asm. Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Larry Levy

Veterans are urging passage of the Justice for Our Veterans Act which ensures untreated veterans with mental health illnesses receive treatment if they find themselves in the court system. The bill is supported by a range of groups. We speak with Jonathan Gradess, Gary Horton & Art Cody of the New York State Defenders Association, as well as Mark Williams of the Office of the Public Defender of Cattaraugus County and Command Sergeant Major Stephen Coville of the US Army Reserves.

The JOBS Act is on the Senate Corporations Committee agenda today. The Just and Open Business Subsidies (JOBS) Act would institute reforms in legacy economic development programs: requiring subsidized companies to set clear job-creation goals, annual reporting with information accessible to the public, and a money-back guarantee so public money is returned if subsidized companies don’t deliver on their agreements. Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness explain their support of the bill.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb joins me in the studio to talk Moreland, medical marijuana and his end-of-session priorities.

Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra and longtime Newsday reporter Larry Levy shares his take on the Republican and Democratic conventions.

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May 27, 2014: Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, Bill Samuels, Sen. Cathy Young, Barb DeLong

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy opens up about life as Governor Cuomo’s second-in-command and shares some advice for the woman tapped to fill his role.

Effective NY’s Bill Samuels explains why he might run for Lt. Governor.

Chair of the State Senate Republican Campaign Committee, Sen. Cathy Young (R-C-I, Olean) discusses this year’s campaign.

There are 12,000 individuals with developmental disabilities on the waiting list for residential and community services throughout the state. Barb DeLong, President of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of western NY’s Family Committee joins us to explain why the number is so large.

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May 26, 2014: Best-of edition. Richard Ravitch, remembering Attica

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Former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch.  He has written a new memoir titled, “So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics & Confronting Fiscal Crises”.  We spoke with him about his long career.

THEN… State Supreme Court Justice Patrick NeMoyer recently agreed to a partial release of the Attica records known as Volumes II and III of the Meyer Report:  Specifically, he granted access to all portions not related to grand jury testimony.   Not everyone is happy about that decision.  Coming up on the show, we will hear an interview with two staff attorneys for Attica Brothers Legal Defense, Elizabeth Fink and Joseph Heath, as well as Mike Smith, a guard who was taken hostage and subsequently wounded by police fire.  All three are pushing for the complete release of documents relating to Attica and its aftermath.

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Capitol Pressroom Weekend for May 25, 2014

Queens Democrat, State Senator & Chair of the NYS Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, Michael Gianaris on how the mainstream Democrats plan to take the Senate this year.

School budgets passed overwhelmingly this week. We speak with Michael Borges, Executive Director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials and Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association.

We meet former aide to Governor George Pataki John Cahill, the Republican challenging Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General.

Bruce Gyory, Senior Strategist at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips & UAlbany Adjunct Professor of Political Science shares his thoughts on how both parties are likely to emerge from their conventions.

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May 23, 2014: Ws and Ls, Bill Hammond, Bruno verdict reaction, John Conrad

City and State’s Matt Hamilton provides us with the week’s Winners and Losers.

New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond shares analysis of the state Democratic convention, the Governor’s choice of Kathy Hochul for his running mate and the push for the legalization of medical marijuana.

NYPIRG’s Blair Horner and Common Cause’s Susan Lerner weigh in on the significance of Joe Bruno’s acquittal.

Last week heard from Senate Democrats about a series of bills they are sponsoring to address the influx of fracking waste from Pennsylvania. Today we hear the other side of the story from John A. Conrad, Senior Hydrogeologist with PVE Sheffler, LLC of Poughkeepsie

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May 22, 2014: AG Schneiderman, John Liu, scaffold law debate, Gas Free Seneca

After his nomination yesterday at the State Democratic Convention we spoke with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about his candidacy, his challenger John Cahill and the Moreland Commission.

John Liu, a former mayoral candidate from Queens, now running against State Senator Tony Avella, explains why he feels he needs to primary a fellow Democrat.

A Scaffold law debate featuring Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO of the Association of General Contractors of New York State and Paul Fernandes, Chief of Staff for the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York.

A decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to give the “go ahead” to a plan to increase the natural gas storage capacity at the Seneca Lake Storage Facility owned by Crestwood/Inergy, an affiliate Arlington Storage, has environmental, health and tourism activists angry, and looking to Albany for help. Gas Free Seneca’s Joseph Campbell explains.

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May 21, 2014: Matt Hamilton, school budget votes, John Cahill, Bruce Gyory

Matt Hamilton of City and State previews the State Democratic convention that begins today on Long Island.

Michael Borges of the New York State Association of School Business Officials and Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association will update us on school budget votes.

Former Pataki aide John Cahill, the Republican challenging Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General shares his vision for the office.

Manatt’s Bruce Gyory joins us with analysis on how both parties are likely to emerge from their conventions.

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May 20, 2014: Sen. Gianaris, regulation review opposition, Howie Hawkins, Asm. Dan Quart

Senator Mike Gianaris, Chair of the New York State Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, discusses the handful of Dem-on-Dem battles for senate seats.

A group of environmental and health advocates has sent a letter to legislative leaders (Senators Skelos, Klein, and Griffo, Speaker Silver and Assemblyman Brennan) stating their “deep opposition” to a Griffo/Brennan bill (S.5519-B/A.8051-A) that would “create a task force charged with reviewing regulations, and that would provide the task force with broad, sweeping, and unilateral authority to repeal any regulation.” We will speak with several advocates.

Howie Hawkins officially received the Green Party’s nomination for Governor. He will join me in the studio to discuss fossil fuel divestment, raising the minimum wage and why he is pushing for a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” for “victims of mass incarceration and the drug war”.

Upstate New York isn’t the only part of the state facing boiler issues. Under a 2011 New York City law, the dirtiest form of heating oil – called No. 6 — will be banned as of July 1, 2015. According to the Times, “by 2030 all buildings in the city must use cleaner fuels such as No. 2 oil or natural gas.” But converting these dirty boilers can be expensive and daunting. Assemblyman Dan Quart discusses “Financing Fresh Air” a report he released earlier this year detailing the problems with funding these conversions.

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May 19, 2014: Rob Astorino and Chris Moss, postpartum depression, Ryan Karben, NYSOA

The Republican picks for governor and lieutenant governor, Rob Astorino and Chris Moss, discuss education and the state’s business climate.Senator

Liz Krueger, as well as Karen and Deb Wachenheim, who lost their family member, Cindy, last year, are once again pushing for postpartum depression legislation.

Religious leaders from Rockland County want the governor to intervene in a fight with Hasidim, who sits on the board of East Ramapo public schools. It’s a touchy topic: According to former Assemblyman Ryan Karben, who will join us today, the leaders allege the Yeshiva parents who serve on the school board are shifting funds from the predominantly minority school system to Jewish religious schools.

Optometrists Christopher Colburn, President of the New York State Optometric Association, and Dawn Chivers, Vice President of NYSOA, argue for the right to prescribe and administer oral medications

 

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for May 18, 2014

President of the New York Farm Bureau Dean Norton and Executive Director of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Rick Zimmerman discuss their opposition to GMO labeling.

We meet 19th Congressional district challenger Democrat Sean Eldridge.

Senator Diane Savino, D – Staten Island, a member of the governing coalition in the State Senate, pushes for the Compassionate Care Act which would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Hofstra’s Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy was at the Republican State Convention in Rye Brook this week. He shares his thoughts on Rob Astorino’s new running mate, Chris Moss.

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May 16, 2014: Ws and Ls, Ken Lovett, fast-food wages, John Gabriel, teen gambling addiction

City and State’s Matt Hamilton joins us with the week’s Winners & Losers.

Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News shares his analysis of the news of the week.

There is a move to pay low-wage workers more than minimum wage.

Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition joins us along with Chad Tall, a 21 year old Taco Bell worker making $8 an hour, and who helps support his unemployed mother and brother.

Long-time Capital Region radio personality John Gabriel has co-written a new book called Capital Region Radio 1920-2011, published by Arcadia as part of its “Images of America” imprint. The book is a fascinating look at how radio evolved in Schenectady, thanks in large part to General Electric. He joins us with a brief history and a lot of stories.

Not every age group is equally at risk when it comes to gambling addictions. Teens are at higher risk when it comes to on-line gambling. We speak with Linda Bellick, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Prevention Council of Saratoga about the issue.

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May 15, 2014: Bruno trial, Sean Eldridge, methane from natural gas, Jim Tallon

Closing arguments take place today in the trial of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. We hear analysis from Eric Mower & Associates’ partner Sean Casey and Albany attorney Tom Marcelle.l

We speak with the Democrat running for the 19th Congressional District seat, challenger Sean Eldridge who is going on the offense against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson.

Robert W. Howarth, Ph.D., the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology, Cornell University & Founding Editor, Biogeochemistry; and A. R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E., the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University discuss Howarth’s research paper, “A bridge to nowhere: methane emissions and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas.”

With the session winding down, we ask Regent Jim Tallon to frame the Common Core, testing, and teacher evaluation debates.

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May 14, 2014: GMO labeling bill, Business Council, anti-human trafficking, Senate Democrats, Larry Levy

President of the Farm Bureau Dean Norton and the Executive Director of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Rick Zimmerman argue against the GMO labeling bill that advanced out of an Assembly committee last week.

The Business Council’s Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalsky will be in the hut to discuss the group’s legislative agenda which includes Brownfields legislation.

There is a push to separate out and pass the Anti-Human Trafficking portion of the 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda. Advocate Denise Murphy-McGraw discusses this strategic decision.

Senate Democrats are pushing a package of anti-fracking legislation. Senator Ted O’Brien, Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk will be here with details.

Long time former journalist Larry Levy, Hofstra’s Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies is at the Republican state convention in Rye Brook. He will share his thoughts on Rob Astorino’s pick for Lt. Governor, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.

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May 13, 2014: Sen. Libous, Asm. Sean Ryan, MMA, Ed Cox

Republican State Senator Tom Libous joins us.

New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan discusses his legislation for statewide IDA reform called the Just and Open Business Subsidies (JOBS) Act.

MMA is back and brawnier than ever. We speak with fighter Cat Zingano and executive vice president and general counsel for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Lawrence Epstein.

Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee Ed Cox previews the GOP Convention taking place tomorrow and Thursday in Rye Brook.

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May 12, 2014: Comptroller DiNapoli, Jon Lentz, Senator Diane Savino, Bill Ferris

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is creating a division within his office devoted to investigating corruption. We discuss his plans.

City and State names names. Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz shares the latest reporting on who the Moreland Commission was investigating.

Could this be the year New York State legalizes medical marijuana? Senator Diane Savino sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act explains her strategy for passage.

Is there a place within the Cuomo Administration’s REV plan for a consumer advocate for utilities? AARP hopes so. AARP’s Legislative Representative Bill Ferris joins us.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for May 11, 2014

Reporter Zack Fink of NY1 discusses his article in Salon about whether officials on the New York side of the so called “Bridgegate” scandal did enough to call attention to their New Jersey colleagues’ wrongdoing.

Manhattan Senator Daniel Squadron and Rochester Senator Ted O’Brien provide details about their conference’s package of ethics reforms.

The 1971 prison uprising at Attica is still the bloodiest prison riot in US history. While a judge recently ruled that never-before-released elements of the Meyer Report may be made public, key grand jury testimony will remain redacted. We spoke with two staff attorneys for Attica Brothers Legal Defense, Elizabeth Fink and Joseph Heath, as well as Mike Smith, a guard who was taken hostage and subsequently wounded by police fire. All three are pushing for the complete release of documents relating to Attica and its aftermath.

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May 9, 2014: Ws and Ls, reporters Yancey Roy and Glenn Blain, Vin Bonventre, Sara Boivin

Winners and Losers as seen through the scrim of City & State reporter Matt Hamilton’s keen eyes.

Analysis of the week’s news with New York Daily News reporter Glenn Blain and Newsday Albany Bureau Chief Yancey Roy.

We talk legal issues including the SCOTUS decision to allow prayer at town meetings and whether the Governor is beyond the reach of federal prosecutors with Albany Law School’s Dr. Vin Bonventre, author of the New York Court Watcher blog and founder and editor of State Constitutional Commentary.

Saratoga Harness Racing Inc., which owns Saratoga Casino and Raceway, has filed two applications with the state for 2 casinos, one in Newburgh and one in Albany County. Guess where it’s not looking to build a casino: Saratoga. One big reason for that is activist Sara Boivin one of the organizers of Saratogians Against Vegas-style Expansion (SAVE). She opens up about how she fought gambling interests.

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May 8, 2014: Tim Hoefer, ethics legislation, remembering Attica

In a 6 to 0 decision, the New York State Court of Appeals reversed several lower court rulings this week when it decided the names of government pensioners may be made public. It’s a big win for the Empire Center for New York State Policy. Executive Director of the center Timothy Hoefer joins us with details.

Can Albany clean itself up? Senate Democrats are optimistic. This week they unveiled another comprehensive package of ethics reforms including public financing, lowering campaign contribution limits and prohibiting the use of campaign cash for legal fees. Joining us to discuss the package of legislation as well as Governor Cuomo’s recent essay in Huffington Post about public campaign financing are Manhattan State Senator Daniel Squadron and Rochester State Senator Ted O’Brien.

It is still the bloodiest prison uprising in US history. The 1971 rebellion by inmates of the Attica Correctional Institution saw corrections officers taken hostage, failed negotiations with state officials, and the state police and national guard called in by Governor Nelson Rockefeller – a decision that lead to the deaths of 43 people including 10 hostages.

In April, state Supreme Court Justice Patrick MeMoyer agreed to a partial release of the Attica records: all portions not related to the grand jury testimony. Today my guests, including 2 staff attorneys for the Attica Brothers Legal Defense Elizabeth Fink and Joseph Heath, as well as Mike Smith, a guard who was taken hostage and subsequently wounded by police fire, discuss what they think of the ruling, and why they’re pushing for more.

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May 7, 2014: Judge Lippman, GMO labeling, marijuana bill, Bruce Gyory

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman discusses a crackdown on debt buyers in the courts.

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and NYPIRG’s Laura Haight explain a GMO food labeling bill.

Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger explain why they want to legalize marijuana in New York State.

Manatt’s Bruce Gyory discusses the demographic involved in State Senate and Congressional primaries, as well as the Reproductive Health Bill vote in the Senate Health Committee.

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May 6, 2014: Sen. Avella, New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, Oliver Koppell, single-payer health insurance

The newest member of the IDC State Senator Tony Avella shares his end-of-session priorities.

It’s lobby day for New Yorkers for Responsible Lending. Carolyn E. Coffey, Supervising Attorney at MFY Legal Services, Inc. and Jennifer Sinton of South Brooklyn Legal Services discuss debt collection and settlement conferences.

Former state Attorney General and long-time Assemblyman G. Oliver Koppell is launching a primary challenge against State Senate co-chair and head of the IDC Jeff Klein. Why does Koppell want to re-enter the political fray? We will ask him.

Richard Gottfried, Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, and Dr. Danny Lugassy,  a board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, explain their continued push for the New York Health bill which creates a universal, single-payer health insurance program.

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May 5, 2014: Zack Fink, Victorio Reyes, Adirondack Day, Mike Elmendorf, Earth Day Lobby Day

An article in Salon titled Bridgegate scandal’s new front? Andrew Cuomo, Pat Foye and what the New York side knew questions whether officials on the New York side of the bridge know more than they have been willing to admit. We speak with the author of the article, NY 1 reporter Zack Fink.

Victorio Reyes discusses prison reform and injustice.

It’s Adirondack Day in Albany.

More on the Scaffold Law.

Today is the 24th annual Earth Day Lobby Day. Joe Stelling, NYPIRG’s environmental campaign organizer & Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of the EANY join us to discuss their priorities which include the Child Safe Products Act; Climate Change; Fracking Moratorium; Toxic Waste Cleanups; and GMO Food Labeling.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for May 4, 2014

Attorney Karl Sleight of Harris Beach’s Racing and Gaming Industry Team discussed the latest in the state’s casino selection process.

Allison Steinberg, Communications Director for the Empire State Pride Agenda on GENDA and conversion efforts by anti-gay groups.

Long Island Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg isn’t happy with the Cuomo administration’s reforms to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

Executive Dean of the National Center for Surburban Studies Larry Levy on Governor Cuomo’s reelection prospects.

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