Capitol Pressroom

‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for June 1, 2014

Veterans are urging passage of the Justice for Our Veterans Act which ensures untreated veterans with mental health illnesses receive treatment if they find themselves in the court system. The bill is supported by a range of groups. We spoke with: Army Command Sergeant Major Stephen Coville; Gary Horton, Director of the Veterans Defense Program with the New York State Defenders; Retired Navy Captain and recent Afghanistan veteran Art Cody, Legal Director of the New York State Defenders Association’s Veterans Defense program; Mark Williams, Cattaraugus County Public Defender and Commander of the American Legion in that county; and Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association.

Liberal activist Bill Samuels joined us to discuss why he’s thinking about running for Lt. Governor.

Should the Washington NFL team keep its name? Native American activist and host of “Let’s Talk Native” John Kane says, “Perhaps, if only to demonstrate the blatant evidence of the racism that Washington D.C. — the nation’s capital — still holds toward Native people.”

Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra and longtime Newsday reporter & editor Larry Levy shares his take on the Republican and Democratic conventions.

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