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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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