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Feb. 11, 2016: Councilman Bey, Stand Up for Kids Campaign, Jim Heaney, Mike Elmendorf

Last week we spoke with former Congressman Jim Walsh about the Consensus report on a possible merger between Syracuse and Onondaga County. Today we spoke with Syracuse Common Councilman Khalid Bey who has civil rights concerns regarding the possible merger, and has detailed those concerns in a letter to the Consensus group – a letter which he cc’d to the U.S. Department of Justice, Division of Civil Rights.

A new campaign Stand Up for Kids is working to confront child poverty. We hosted Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Director for the Alliance for Quality Education, and Charles Khan, Organizing Director for the Strong Economy for All Coalition, to discuss equitable funding for schools and the campaign’s support for the Speaker’s millionaires tax.

What is the Mayor of Buffalo doing about high levels of lead poisoning among children in the city? Investigative Post Editor and Executive Director Jim Heaney discussed how Mayor Byron Brown has responded to the situation with Susan Arbetter.

Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of NYS outlined why upstate will not receive parity for transportation if the Governor’s executive budget is implemented as is.

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