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  • Aug. 31, 2016: Sen. Kemp Hannon, Judith Enck, Robert Freeman, Kate Breslin and Andrea Cohen

    August 31, 2016

    Sen. Kemp Hannon (R – Garden City), the chair of the Senate Health Committee, shared his thoughts on yesterday’s Senate Hearing on Hoosick Falls. We also heard from Judith Enck, the Region 2 EPA Administrator, about the DEC and DOH’s letter to the EPA demanding reimbursement for cleanup costs that occurred during the Hoosick Falls response. The state agencies claim “the changing and conflicting guidance from the EPA about PFOA exacerbated the challenge in Hoosick Falls.” EPA had a different take. Robert Freeman, the executive director on the Committee on Open Government, shared why he disagrees with the Cuomo Administration withholding documents that would normally be subject to FOIL by citing an exemption that the documents were “compiled for law enforcement purposes.” A new report, “Value-Based Payment Models for Medicaid Child Health Services,” which was commissioned by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and the United Hospital Fund, calls […] Read More

  • Aug. 30, 2016: Hoosick Falls Senate hearing, NY’s medical marijuana program, direct care crisis

    August 30, 2016

    Sen. Kathy Marchione (R – Halfmoon) shares what she expects to hear from today’s Senate hearing on water contamination in Hoosick Falls. Then Asm. Steve McLaughlin (R – Rensselaer Co.) joins Susan for more on Hoosick Falls hearings. Is over-regulation hindering the expected growth of New York State’s new medical marijuana industry? We will speak with Hillary Peckham, the Chief Operating Officer of Etain LLC, one of the handful of companies chosen to participate in the medical marijuana program. Direct care workers face a perfect storm that could leave individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries without the care they need. Direct care agencies receive their primary funding from the government and with new federal regulations, the state’s increased minimum wage and no Medicaid rate increase, the agencies will not be able to keep or increase their employment levels. We will hear from Rhonda Frederick, the President of Developmental […] Read More

  • Aug. 29, 2016: Bob Duffy, Sen. Liz Krueger, Blair Horner, Sarah Jaffe

    August 29, 2016

    Susan Arbetter spoke with former Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, who is now the President and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, about his call for legislators to form an Upstate Caucus. Sen. Liz Krueger and 19 other senators are calling on the DEC to close the fracking waste loophole. Blair Horner, the executive director of NYPIRG, explained a new report that details lawmakers outside incomes, major contributors and district demographics. The NYPIRG report also serves as a review of the past legislative session. Finally, Sarah Jaffe, a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute and the co-host of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast, discussed her recent article, “Trickle-Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races.” Read More

  • Aug. 26, 2016: Winners and Losers, Ken Lovett, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, environmental scorecards

    August 26, 2016

    Who was a Winner or Loser this week? Ashley Hupfl of City & State had the full list. We hosted a reporter round-table with Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, and Nick Reisman, a reporter with Capital Tonight. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli explained a report on Upstate’s economy since the Great Recession – the results around the state are uneven. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of EPL/Environmental Advocates, weighed in on this year’s environmental scorecards for legislators. Find out who received the dreaded “Oil Slick Award.” Read More

  • Aug. 25, 2016: Sen. DeFrancisco, Jim Heaney, Julie Killian

    August 25, 2016

    Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) joined Susan in the WCNY studios to chat about the start of the New York State Fair, elections this fall and more. Investigative Post broke a story showing that the Buffalo’s program to test for lead in drinking water is beset with problems and fails to target minority neighborhoods where lead poisoning is concentrated. We spoke with IP’s founder, editor and executive director Jim Heaney. Earlier this week we spoke with Sen. George Latimer (D- Port Chester) about his re-election campaign. Today we met his Republican opponent in the 37th District Julie Killian. Read More

  • Aug. 24, 2016: Special The Capitol Pressroom featuring Connect: NY Episode 110

    August 24, 2016

    Special The Capitol Pressroom featuring Connect: NY Episode 110, which introduces the idea that a Constitutional Convention in New York could impact the issues of power concentration in the capitol and ethics investigations and reform.  Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are: Blair Horner, Executive Director, New York Public Interest Research Group Prof. Hank Dullea, member, SUNY Board of Trustees; former Dir. of State Ops for Gov. Mario Cuomo; former Asst. Secretary to Gov. Hugh Carey Barbara Bartoletti, Leg. Director, League of Women Voters NYS Bob Bellafiore, Stanhope Partners; former Comms Director, Gov. George Pataki Steve Greenberg, Greenberg PR; Siena Research Institute; former spokesman, Comptroller H. Carl McCall. Read More

  • Aug. 23, 2016: money in politics, Mario Cilento, Sen. George Latimer, Bruce Gyory

    August 23, 2016

    Are billionaires manipulating New York elections? That’s what some advocacy groups claim. We heard from Michael Kink, the executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, Inc, and Jasmine Gripper, the Legislative Director and Statewide Education Advocate for AQE, about money in politics this election. We spoke with newly re-elected AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. Sen. George Latimer (D – Chester) made the case for his re-election in the 37th Senate District. We will hear from his Republican opponent Julie Killian later in the week. Bruce Gyory, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, discussed the next “gap” that could have a huge impact on elections: the climate change gap. Read More

  • Aug. 22, 2016: Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Asw. Jaffee, Judith Enck, Dr. Patricia Bomba

    August 22, 2016

    State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia spoke with Susan Arbetter about the newly appointed East Ramapo monitor Charles Szuberla. Then we heard reaction on the appointment from East Ramapo area Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D). Albany’s Ezra Prentice housing project and its playground sit directly adjacent to the Port of Albany. We are talking yards away from the tracks. For years residents have complained about the ubiquitous and combustible oil trains that use the port as a hub, as well as the fumes emitted from trucks transporting oil from those trains. We spoke with Judith Enck, the EPA Region 2 Administrator, who recently sat down with residents to hear their concerns. As more health forms go electronic, advocates and lawmakers are hoping the Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), which helps patients with advanced chronic illness maintain control of health care decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment, will be included in the growing […] Read More

  • Aug. 19, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, David Howard King, Bill Hammond, Michael Burgess, Harvey Rosenthal

    August 19, 2016

    It’s Friday – Ashley Hupfl will be here with City & State’s Winners and Losers! David Howard King, a reporter with Gotham Gazette, weighs in on the news of the week. We will speak with Bill Hammond, Director of Health Policy for the Empire Center for New York Policy, about a new report showing New York’s public option in the exchange may be undercutting the private insurance sector. We’ll discuss potential rate hikes and Aetna’s major cutback from the ACA marketplace. Michael Burgess discusses this year’s Olympics and his book A Long Shot to Glory: How Lake Placid Saved the Winter Olympics and Restored the Nation’s Pride. Harvey Rosenthal, the executive director of the New York Association of Rehabilitation Services, says using the word “crazy” to describe Donald Trump, even when his comments are offensive, does damage to those who struggle with mental illness. Read More

  • Aug. 18, 2016: Wendy Lecker, Timothy Kremer, Dick Dadey, Antony Haynes

    August 18, 2016

    East Ramapo parents are suing the State Education Department and the Board of Regents to demand immediate action on what they claim is financial mismanagement by the East Ramapo School Board. The first hearing took place yesterday after an original hearing was postponed when the school board intervened. We spoke with Education Law Center attorney Wendy Lecker, who is representing East Ramapo parents’, about how yesterday’s proceedings went. The country may have a cyber-security expert shortage and with so much of our lives and homeland security dependent on passing information over computers, the shortage could easily become a crisis. Susan chatted with Antony Haynes, associate dean for strategic initiatives and information systems at Albany Law School, about a new Albany Law program aimed at meeting the demand for experts and getting ahead of hackers to keep us safe. Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citzens’ Union, joined Susan to explain […] Read More

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The Capitol Pressroom is a daily one-hour radio program broadcast from the Legislative Correspondents Association Pressroom on the third floor of the State Capitol in Albany. The show features  interviews with important newsmakers.

It also features analysis from seasoned political reporters who work the Albany beat for newspapers and wire services around the state including The New York Times, Newsday, the Albany Times, Union, Gannett News Service and the Associated Press.



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Host Susan Arbetter is an award-winning broadcast journalist who brings more than 15 years of experience to the Pressroom as an Albany correspondent.

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