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Oct, 23, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Yancey Roy, Mayor Miner and Comptroller DiNapoli, Milo Primeaux, Sen. Marcellino, Peter Golden

Ashley Hupfl, a State Capitol reporter with City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers.

Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, looks at the news highlights of the week, which include the Upstate Revitalization Initiative proposals, Gov. Cuomo’s move forward with transgender legal protections, and details about the upcoming corruption trials for Sen. Dean Skelos and Asm. Sheldon Silver.

In a join effort, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are calling for increased and equitable investment in upstate roads and bridges. Many bridges are reaching, or have past, their aging limit.

Late Thursday at the Empire State Pride Agenda dinner, the Cuomo Administration announced plans to use the state’s Human Rights Law to protect transgender New Yorkers from discrimination. We hear from Milo Primeaux, a transgender man who is part of the community that will be impacted by the new regulations. Primeaux is a staff attorney for the Empire Justice Center’s LGBT Rights Project, which provides free legal services to low-income LGBT clients in Western and Central New York.

Sen. Carl Marcellino (R – Oyster Bay), the new Chair of the Senate Education Committee, discusses education reforms that may be coming down the pike this session.

Finally, we speak with award-winning journalist, novelist, biographer and historian Peter Golden about his new novel, Wherever There is Light, a story that chronicles the decades-long love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave.

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