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