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Oct. 30, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Bob Biggerstaff, Jeff Williams, R. Karl Rethemeyer and Victor Asal


Ashley Hupfl, an Albany reporter for City & State, looks at this week’s Winners and Losers.

Did the state concede defeat in the small cities school-funding lawsuit Maisto vs. State of New York? Both the state and the plaintiffs have filed court papers documenting that the districts have not received the $1.1 billion prescribed by the 2007 Foundation Aid Formula. Today we speak with Bob Biggerstaff, an attorney with the Biggerstaff Law Firm, director of the Small Cities District Association and a member of the plaintiffs’ trial team, about what the filings signify.

This week, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation that will create new educational and training opportunities for law enforcement regarding existing animal cruelty statutes. Jeff Williams, public policy director for the New York Farm Bureau, discusses how the law will eliminate confusion that may hamper the investigation and punishment of animal abusers.

A new database will enable a better understanding of how terrorist organizations network and function over time. The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) launched the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) online platform, a second part of the BAAD database.Today we speak with R. Karl Rethemeyer, PhD, and Victor Asal, PhD, Co-Directors at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy’s Project on Violent Conflict, about how the first database has been used and what new information is coming with the second database. R. Karl Rethemeyer is the interim Dean of the college, as well as an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. Victor Asal is the Chair of Public Administration and Policy and an associate professor of political science.

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