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July 10, 2014: NYCLU, Philip Morris, Sara Niccoli and Jack Temple, Mark Eagan

The New York Civil Liberties Union recently reached an agreement with Ontario County, one of the five counties named in its class-action lawsuit aimed at overhauling New York State’s public defense system for poor or indigent defendants. The settlement comes after ongoing efforts by Ontario County to enhance public defense services for poor people accused of crimes before the lawsuit, Hurrell-Harring v. New York, goes to trial in the fall. We speak with the NYCLU’s associate legal director Christopher Dunn.

The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame said Tuesday that it has reached agreements with 10 of the 17 casino applicants seeking casino licenses in the three upstate regions eligible for commercial gambling halls. This comes after a retired antitrust lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission raised the possibility that the pact violates antitrust laws. We will be joined by Proctors Theater CEO Philip Morris.

A group of advocates for a higher minimum wage are in Albany this week to ensure that all workers – including those who get tips, receive the minimum wage. It’s a timely issue because the state is about to convene a wage board to address tipped workers. We will speak with Jack Temple, a Policy Analyst at the National Employment Law Project or NELP and Sara Niccoli, the Executive Director at the Labor-Religion Coalition of NY.

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce garnered several legislative wins over the past session. Chamber President and CEO Mark Eagan will join us to discuss a few of the key issues.

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