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Dec. 12, 2016: Afaf Nasher, Michael Borges, Susan Lerner and Blair Horner, Billy Easton and Deb Axt

Afaf Nasher, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, New York Chapter, shared about the rise in hate crimes against Muslims and other race and ethnic groups in New York and why a united effort is forming to counteract the prejudice-based crimes.

We analyzed the annual New York State Association of School Business Officials annual school spending report, which shows a greater disparity of state and local spending between high and low needs districts. Michael Borges, the executive director of NYSASBO, joined Susan.

The NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) held a hearing in New York City last week to determine how the watchdog group can best fulfill its mission. We spoke with two good government advocates who want to see reforms in JCOPE: Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York.

And we heard why community groups are also calling on Gov. Cuomo to fight President-elect Trump’s agenda by helping to unify a Democratic Senate. Our guests will be Billy Easton, the executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, and Deb Axt, co-Executive Director of Make the Road Action.

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