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May 25, 2016
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R – Canandaigua) joined us. We looked at opposition to the nuclear tier of the governor’s Clean Energy Standard with Tim Judson, the executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource center, and Tommy Rock, a doctoral student at Northern Arizona University working to shed light on generations of harm from the mining of uranium in the southwestern USA. Albany’s Lost Radio Rounders Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay shared some of their Acoustic American songs from their upcoming album “Politics & Patriots.” Read More
May 24, 2016: MaryEllen Elia and Chancellor Zimpher, veterans pension buy-back, Sen. John DeFrancisco
May 24, 2016
New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher explain the TeachNY Advisory Council report and their new partnership aimed at increasing the number of teachers in New York. We spoke with Bob Becker, the Legislative Coordinator for the NYS Veterans Council, attorney Matt Tully of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Marlene Roll, the Statewide Commander of the VFW in NYS, about legislation that would reform the state’s pension buy-back program for veterans. Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) joined Susan to discuss his end-of-session priorities. Read More
May 23, 2016: New Yorkers for Responsible Lending. Vin Bonventre, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, step therapy
May 23, 2016
Kirsten Keefe, a senior staff attorney with the Empire Justice Center, and Charles Bell, the programs director for the Consumers Union, will discuss session priorities for New Yorkers for Responsible Lending. Vin Bonventre, an Albany Law School Professor and NY Court Watcher blog author, explains a lawsuit around an abortion mandate and court precedent may mean religious exemptions may not apply to state laws. Dr. Sandra Steingraber, an environmental advocate, author and distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Ithaca College, shares the latest on Seneca Lake LPG storage and FERC’s decision to extend the project. On Monday, representatives from dozens of patient and provider groups will rally in support of legislation that would ensure patients have access to the medicines their doctors prescribe by putting curbs around step therapy, which is a controversial protocol the insurance industry uses. Bill Sponsor Senator Catharine Young (R – Olean) and other advocates join Susan. Read More
May 20, 2016
Ashley Hupfl shares this week’s City & State’s Winners and Losers. We will speak with Daily News’ Reporter Glenn Blain about the news of the week. Two members of the Healthy Schools Network—Claire Barnett, the executive director, and Jeff Jones, the NYS policy adviser–discuss growing concerns over lead in school drinking water. Seth M. Siegel, the NY Times best-selling author of Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, previews the Capital Region – Israel Water Summit, which will be held on May 25 at the Radisson Hotel on Wolf Road, Colonie. Now that the DEC has denied the water-quality permit for the Constitution Pipeline, environmental groups are renewing a push for the state to reject other fossil fuel infrastructure projects. We will speak with Conor Bambrick, the Environmental Advocates of New York’s Air and Energy Program Director, about the initiatives. Read More
May 19, 2016
UUP President Frederick Kowal and NYSUT President Karen Magee express their concerns with the SUNY and State Education Department’s TeachNY partnership. Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R – Elma) and Asm. Sean Ryan (D – Buffalo) discuss whether there should be pause on the Buffalo Billion spending while the investigations continue. Jim Heaney, the founder and editor of the Investigative Post, explains an IP report showing SolarCity has slashed its job creation commitment in Buffalo. We will discuss the push to bring ridesharing to Upstate with Asm. John McDonald (D – Cohoes). Read More
May 18, 2016
Asm. Michael Kearns (D – West Seneca) and Kate Lockhart, a paralegal for the Western New York Law Center, discussed efforts to hold banks accountable for blight, or zombie properties, in Western New York. Asm. Linda Rosenthal (D – Manhattan) and Jennifer Conrad, DVM, the founder and director of the Paw Project, are leading an effort to make declawing cats in New York illegal. Bill Hammond joined Susan to discuss his new role at the Empire Center for Public Policy. We spoke with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Bruce Gyory about polling and issues that need to be discussed by end of session. Read More
May 17, 2016
Richard Brodsky, a former Assemblyman and Demos Senior Fellow, spoke with Susan about the latest corruption investigations to hit the state, as well as the sentencing of Dean Skelos. Beth Finkel, the AARP New York State Director, explained a new AARP report contrasting the retirement readiness of men and women in Generation X and the Baby Boomers. Mayor Stephanie Miner of Syracuse has an op-ed on Medium.com entitled “Infrastructure Matters.” She discussed the piece and Infrastructure Week 2016 with Susan. Asm. Anthony Brindisi (D – Utica) and Sen. Joseph Griffo (R – Rome) joined Susan to explain their legislation that would fix the foundation aid formula distribution for the cities in the Maisto case. Read More
May 16, 2016
This morning, Susan spoke with Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown about receivership, the tax cap and charter schools. We met Amy Barasch, the executive director of Her Justice, a not-for-profit organization based in NYC that connects women with free legal counsel. Do you have your tickets to the 2016 LCA Show? The annual gridiron tradition will be held Tuesday, May 24 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 518-455-2388. Show Director Helena Binder and Kyle Hughes of NYSNYS.com previewed this year’s show. Steve Wells, a Republican candidate in the 22nd Congressional primary, joined Susan. Read More
May 13, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Jimmy Vielkind, Rev. Marc Johnson, Dick Dadey and Susan Lerner, Brandon Muir
May 13, 2016
Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this week’s Winners and Losers. We will discuss yesterday’s sentencing of Dean and Adam Skelos, as well as the ongoing probes of the Buffalo Billion and Mayor de Blasio’s office with Jimmy Vielkind, the Albany Bureau Chief for Politico New York. We will preview a climate rally focused on oil trains that is planned for Albany tomorrow with Rev. Marc Johnson, Associate Pastor of Greater St. Johns Church of God In Christ in Albany. Rev. Johnson is also a member of the Breakfree Protest Movement and a South End Community Activist & Organizer. We’ll have more on the sentencing and the ongoing federal investigations with Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause NY, and Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union. Brandon Muir, the executive director of Reclaim NY, will discuss the group’s Transparency Project, which aims to address corruption long-term. Read More
May 12, 2016
We will discuss a push for GMO labeling with Adrienne Esposito, the executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. We’ll have more on growing concerns over lead in the water of schools with Jaqi Cohen, Senior Legislative Associate New York Public Interest Research Group. The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the exclusion of farmworkers from organizing. Rebecca Fuentes, the Lead Organizer with the Workers’ Center of Central New York and Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the NYCLU, join Susan to explain the court challenge. Alexis Pleus, the founder of TruthPharm, an organization that raises awareness about opioid addiction and prescriptions, speaks with Susan about legislation that would require insurance companies to cover 90 days of inpatient rehabilitation treatment. Read More
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.
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