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

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

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

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

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

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

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