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March 29, 2016: Susan Novotny and Peter Elitzer, good government groups, Sen. Bonacic, Vocal NY, Michele Baker


We will discuss the impact of a $15/hr. minimum wage on small business. Our guests will be Susan Novotny, an independent bookseller and owner of the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, and Peter Elitzer, owner of Peter Harris Clothes.

Good government groups say New York is failing to respond to its “Watergate Moment.” Blair Horner, the executive director of NYPIRG, Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union, and Barbara Bartoletti, the legislative director of the League of Women Voters of NYS, will argue that secrecy and lump sum spending in the budget is unacceptable given the recent legislative scandals.

Sen. John Bonacic (R – Middletown) has sponsored legislation that would legalize fantasy football sites in the state. We will speak with the senator about his legislation, the agreement between the AG and FanDuel and DraftKings and the pending appeal.

We will hear about Vocal NY’s peaceful protest against cuts to AIDS funding in the executive budget, which resulted in six arrests at the Capitol last night.

Hoosick Falls resident and mom Michele Baker shares an update on the water contamination in the village and why she and other residents are angry.

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