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June 24, 2015: Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Ron Deutsch, Rich Dewey, Scott Waldman, Larry Levy

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders hammered out a tentative end-of-session deal, but this “Big Ugly” still has to be voted on by rank and file members.

Today, we host Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D – Buffalo) who weighs in on the tentative agreement. One issue Peoples-Stokes advocated for this year was expanding mayoral control of public schools to upstate cities, but it does not look like that proposal will make the cut.

The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Executive Director Ron Deutsch shares his disappointment that the leaders opted for a property tax rebate, which he says favors wealthy home owners, rather than a circuit breaker.

NYISO’s Executive Vice President Rich Dewey discusses the report “Power Trends 2015: Rightsizing the Grid.” He’ll explain the unique challenges affecting today’s energy grid.

Scott Waldman, a reporter for Capital New York, analyzes the education reforms pitched by the Governor and legislative leaders yesterday.

Finally, Larry Levy, Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies, looks at the new dynamic among the “three men in the room.” Are we at the start of a new era?

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