Capitol Pressroom

Oct. 28, 2015: Asm. Pretlow, Valerie Gutmann Koch, Samuel Radford III, Larry Levy

Several lawmakers have called on the state to deny a license to the Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County, including Assembly Racing and Gaming Committee Chair J. Gary Pretlow (D – Mt. Vernon). Asm. Pretlow explains why he believes the project will shift rather than create jobs.

New York’s prohibition on “surrogate mom” contracts, also called gestational surrogate pregnancy contracts, may soon be lifted. Valerie Gutmann Koch, Special Advisor to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, discusses the pros and cons, as well as the ethics, of lifting the prohibition. Koch is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Lecturer at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Samuel L. Radford III, president of the District Parent Coordinating Council of the Buffalo Public Schools and a commissioner on the governor’s Common Core Task Force, speaks with Susan Arbetter about his advocacy for disruptive change in the state’s struggling schools.

Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy analyzes how local elections this year could act as a bellwether for state and national elections.

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