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  • Feb. 4, 2016: Ron Deutsch, Julie Hart, Sara Niccoli, Veterans Defense Program

    February 4, 2016

    Ron Deutsch, the interim executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, explained the group’s 2016 priorities, as well a millionaires tax bill that has been proposed in the Assembly. We analyzed Gov. Cuomo’s budget allocation for breast cancer screening, prevention and care with Julie Hart, the New York State Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Sara Niccoli, the executive director of the New York Labor-Religion Coalition, is considering a run as a Democratic candidate in the 46th Senate District, currently held by Republican Sen. George Amedore. She will discuss New Yorkers’ views on corruption and how ethics issues in Albany detract from other priorities like education. We will look at the Veterans Defense Program and other defenders’ priorities for the year with the Veterans Defense Program Legal Director Art Cody, Director Gary Horton, and the New York State Defenders Association Executive Director Jonathan Gradess. Read More

  • Feb. 3, 2016: James Walsh, Asm. Cathy Nolan, Bruce Lederman, Larry Levy

    February 3, 2016

    Former Congressman James Walsh joins Susan Arbetter to discuss the recommendations of the citizens group Consensus, which he co-chairs. The group is looking at updating and streamlining Onondaga County government and perhaps merging the county with the City of Syracuse. Assemblymember Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood) will explain the passage of Paid Family Leave legislation in the Assembly. We will have an update of Long Island teacher Sheri Lederman’s case against the State Education Department over the value added model used in state testing. Lederman’s husband and attorney Bruce Lederman will join us. Finally, Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy will analyze the results of the Iowa Caucus and what we can expect to see from New Hampshire next week. Read More

  • Feb. 2, 2016: NYSAC, Charter Advocacy Day, Fostering Youth Success Alliance, Quebec General Delegate

    February 2, 2016

    The New York State Association of Counties Legislative Conference is taking place this week in Albany. This morning we will speak with NYSAC executive director Stephen Acqaurio and president William Cherry about initiatives county leaders want enacted to reduce the mandate burden and help lower property taxes. It’s Charter Advocacy Day at the Capitol. James Merriman CEO of the NYC Charter School Center, and Kyle Rosenkrans, CEO of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, will join Susan to preview the event. We will discuss expanding opportunities for foster youth with Jessica Maxwell, the Fostering Youth Success Alliance Coordinator, and Betsy Weiner, 22 year-old student attending SUNY New Paltz who was a foster youth for ten years. We will welcome Québec General Delegate Jean-Claude Lauzon to explain trade and energy initiatives between Québec and New York. Read More

  • Feb. 1, 2016: Leader John Flanagan, Steve Greenberg, cheerleader settlements, Chairman Mike Long

    February 1, 2016

    Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan joined Susan Arbetter to discuss his policy priorities for the 2016 session and the race in the 9th Senate District special election. Steve Greenberg shared the latest Siena Poll results. Last week, the Jets cheerleaders won a class-action lawsuit over wages in which they were awarded $325,000. Today we recapped the cheerleaders’ court victory and looked at the ongoing suit brought by the Buffalo Bills’ cheerleading squad. Assemblywoman Nily Rozik (D – Flushing), Sharon Vinick, an attorney who represented the Jets cheerleaders and a partner at Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, and Alexis Grenell, an independent consultant, will join us. We spoke with Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long about the party’s annual Political Action Conference, which took place Jan. 31 – Feb 1 at the Radisson Hotel in Albany. Read More

  • Jan. 29, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Glenn Blain, Schuyler Center, Dr. Gerald Benjamin

    January 29, 2016

    Today, Ashley Hupfl, an Albany reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. NY Daily News Capitol Reporter Glenn Blain looks at the news highlights of the week. We will discuss a Schuyler Center report on the state of child welfare in New York titled Hopeful Futures for New York’s Children: Advancing Child Welfare with the Schuyler Center’s President and CEO Kate Breslin and Senior Policy Associate Kari Siddiqui. Dr. Gerald Benjamin is currently the head of The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz and associate vice president for regional engagement at the College, where he also holds the title of Distinguished Professor. He will join Susan Arbetter for our monthly Con Con Conversation. This month we look at Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to create a non-partisan commission to blueprint a constitutional convention. Read More

  • Jan. 28, 2016: Peter Iwanowicz, Jolie Milstein, Jim Heaney, Dr. Sandra Steingraber

    January 28, 2016

    We will speak with Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of the Environmental Advocates of New York, about the designation of Hoosick Falls as a superfund site, as well as the group’s budget priorities for 2016. Today advocates are hosting a symposium to call for more senior housing and programs amidst what they are calling the state’s housing crisis. We will preview the event with Jolie Milstein, president and CEO of New York State Association for Affordable Housing. Jim Heaney, the editor and executive director at Investigative Post, will analyze the current state of the media industry. Environmental activist, author, and Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College Dr. Sandra Steingraber will explain the latest arrests at the Crestwood gas storage facility in Seneca Lake, as well as how a gas leak in Porter Ranch California might have parallels to the situation in Watkins Glen. Read More

  • Jan. 27, 2016: Mayor Stephanie Miner, Asm. Ed Ra, Mayor Sheehan, Bruce Gyory

    January 27, 2016

    The testimony of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner before the legislative budget committee made several important connections: one between political power, poverty and environmental racism; and another between effective government and the constant distraction on corruption. Mayor Miner sat down with Susan Arbetter when she was in Albany yesterday. With the legislative budget hearing on education taking place today, Asm. Ed Ra (R – Nassau Co.) will explain the Assembly Minority’s education wish list. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will discuss Aid to Municipalities in the governor’s budget proposal. We will analyze what a third-party presidential candidacy from former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg could mean in a polarized nation with Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Read More

  • Jan. 26, 2016: Scott Stringer, Chris Weidman and Marc Ratner, Zephyr Teachout, Carm Basile

    January 26, 2016

    NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer will weigh in on CUNY funding and Gov. Cuomo’s plans to address homelessness in the city and throughout the state. We’ll take a look at the fight to legalize MMA in New York with UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner and UFC fighter Chris Weidman. Zephyr Teachout, Fordham Law Professor and former gubernatorial candidate, has announced that she will run for Congress in the 19th CD. She will speak with Susan Arbetter about her campaign priorities. Carm Basile, the CEO of the Capital District Transit Authority and head of the New York Public Transit Association, will discuss the future of public transportation in the state. Read More

  • Jan. 25, 2016: Sen. Carlucci, Vin Bonventre, E. J. McMahon

    January 26, 2016

    One of the antidotes for a heroin overdose is naloxone. IDC Sen. David Carlucci (D – Ossining) will discuss his legislation that would allow naloxone to become available OTC; the effort is among several to address the heroin crisis in New York. Vin Bonventre, an Albany Law professor and author of New York Court Watcher blog, explains the impact the Freidrichs v. California Supreme Court case–in which petitioners are challenging mandatory fees charged by the state’s teachers union–could have on unions around the country. E. J. McMahon, president and founder of the Empire Center for Public Policy, breaks down several proposals in the Governor’s budget that the center argues will hurt job growth in the state. Read More

  • Jan. 22, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Yancey Roy, Robert Freeman, Commissioner Basil Seggos, Administrator Judith Enck

    January 22, 2016

    Ashley Hupfl, a Capitol reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, explained the news highlights of the week. We had the latest on the water contamination in Hoosick Falls. First, Acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos discussed the progress the state is making at the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Site and in the village water supply. Then, EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck explained the EPA’s ongoing response to the contamination. Gov. Cuomo has proposed subjecting the Legislature to the Freedom of Information Law. Robert Freeman, the executive director of the Committee on Open Government, analyzed the proposal. 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.



The Capitol Pressroom Weekend, is a one-hour show filled with the week’s best interview segments from The Capitol Pressroom. It airs Sundays at 6 a.m. on WQXW in Ossining, NY.

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

The Capitol Pressroom streams online right here weekdays at 11 a.m.

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