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January 7, 2014: Larry Levy, Mark Dunlea, crude oil, caregivers

Hofstra’s Larry Levy previews Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance at the State Capitol with Governor Cuomo.

While it may be overshadowed by Vice President Biden’s visit, the 24th annual People’s State of the State rally will take place today at the State Capitol. Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network lays out an agenda that includes tax policies that are very different from Governor Cuomo’s.

Last night the Albany Common Council was to consider a resolution extending the public comment period on a facility that would process Bakken crude oil. While at first glance it may seem to be an Albany-centric issue, it is not. The trains carrying Bakken crude run through 23 counties across the New York. A recent derailment and explosion in Casselton, North Dakota illustrates why many people, including Roger Downs of the Sierra Club and Leah Golby of the Albany Common Council are watching the issue closely.

If you quantified the free care that family caregivers provide every year in New York, the number would reach into the billions of dollars. Today we meet 3 caregivers who share their stories and outline the kind of help they would like to see from the state.

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