Capitol Pressroom

Aug. 17, 2015: S.C.O.P.E., Peter Newell, Susan Lerner, Erie County microbeads ban

Shooters Committee on Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.), a second amendments rights group, won an open-records legal battle against Gov. Cuomo in state supreme court last week. S.C.O.P.E. President Stephen Aldstadt explains why the group believes Gov. Cuomo and his staff illegally set rules for a 2014 rally, which the group claims were meant to intimidate second-amendment rights advocates. S.C.O.P.E. will use the documents the judge ordered Gov. Cuomo and his staff to turn over to make its case.

We look at the uncertain future of NY’s Child Health Plus, a program that insures many New York children, with Peter Newell, the director of the United Hospital Fund’s Health Insurance Project. Federal funding for the program could run out in the next two years.

Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause NY, discusses two pieces of legislation that could strengthen New York’s Freedom of Information Laws. The passed bills are currently waiting to be delivered to the governor for his signature or veto.

Finally, we speak with Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke about Erie County’s decision to ban products with plastic microbreads, which is being called the most comprehensive local ban in the nation. Other counties may soon follow suit. The enforcement of the ban begins in February 2016.

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