Capitol Pressroom

March 28, 2016: Mayor Miner, Jim Brock and Brett Truett, Dr. Michael Reich, Jules Kroll

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner joined Susan to explain a union attack ad against her for not harshly criticizing Sen. John DeFrancisco for his minimum wage position. She’ll also discuss her decision to raise Syracuse city workers’ minimum wage to $15/hr. and her take on the developing budget.

Two Utica businessmen discussed their and other community members’ opposition to building a hospital in downtown Utica, which has received funding allocations in both the Senate and Assembly one-house budget resolutions. Brett Truett, president and founder of SoftNoze-a sensor and switch bracket company-and Jim Brock, President of Jim Brock Agency of Utica Inc., argue the process to build a new hospital has not been transparent or democratic.

We heard from economist Dr. Michael Reich, a Professor at UC Berkeley and Chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), about a recent Berkley study that finds the increase of NY’s minimum wage to $15/hr. will benefit workers and a have a relatively small impact on net employment.

Jules Kroll, Chairman of the John Jay College Foundation Board of Trustees, explained an advertising campaign urging Gov. Cuomo and members of the Legislature to support a stable and adequate budget for CUNY.

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