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June 26, 2015: end-of-session look back, summer program shortage

The 2015 session is over. Lawmakers voted on an omnibus “Big Ugly” late last night. Rent regulations, a property tax rebate and a one year extension of mayoral control in NYC are all included. But lots of hot topics from the session were not passed this year, including oversight for East Ramapo, many environmental bills, the Education Tax Credit and more. Today, we’ll break down the session that was.

Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this week’s Winners & Losers.

Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, weighs in on the final legislative agreement.

Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of EANY, and Roger Downs, the Conservation Director of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, explain the reasons a microbeads ban, the Child Safe Products Act, and other environmental priorities were left on the cutting floor.

Many New York families may not have summer activities available to them as school gets out. Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, the executive director of AfterSchool Works! NY, looks at why there may be a shortage of summer programming this year.

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