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  • Jan. 18, 2017: Budget Reactions, ethics reforms, Bruce Gyory

    January 18, 2017

    Gov. Cuomo outlined his $152.3 billion budget proposals yesterday, which call for the extension of the Millionaires tax, an increase of $1 billion in school aid, and investment in infrastructure. He first briefed lawmakers on the budget in closed-door meetings before releasing the details publicly in an evening press conference. Today, Ron Deutsch, the executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and David Friedfel, the director of State Studies for the Citizens Budget Commission, shared two perspectives on the proposals. We also heard from Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of the Business Council, on how the budget proposals line up with the Council’s priorities for the year. Susan Arbetter sat down with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout, and Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner to discuss election and contracting reforms for New York. We hosted Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips on the budget proposals […] Read More

  • Jan. 17, 2017: Asm. Steve McLaughlin, Ben Max, Judith Enck

    January 17, 2017

    The Hoosick Falls Board tabled a proposed settlement with polluters. Now what? Asm. Steve McLaughlin (R – Rensselaer County) will share the latest in Hoosick Falls. Gov. Cuomo is set to release budget proposals today.Ben Max, the executive editor of Gotham Gazette, will have a preview.  We will also host an exit interview with outgoing EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck. Read More

  • Jan. 13, 2017: Ashley Hupfl, Jimmy Vielkind, Kathleen Arntsen, Paul Macielak, Steve Marmaras, Mark Poloncarz

    January 13, 2017

    Today, Ashley Hupfl shared this week’s City & State Winners and Losers. Jimmy Vielkind, the Albany Bureau Chief for Politico New York, argued that despite bickering, Gov. Cuomo’s proposals avoid legislative clashes. A new law in New York creates an appeals process for doctors who believe their patients are harmed by step therapy. Step therapy is where lower cost and lower risk medications are used first in the prescription drug coverage process. Proponents of step therapy say it keeps costs and risks down for all parties involved. Opponents say it is a “fail-first” medication process. Today we heard both sides of the step therapy arguments—first, from Paul Macielak, the President and CEO of the New York Health Plan Association; then from Kathleen Arntsen, President and CEO at the Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Inc., and Steve Marmaras, the Director of State and National Advocacy at the Global Healthy Living Foundation. And finally, we discussed the results […] Read More

  • Jan. 12, 2017: Asm. Anthony Brindisi, Shelly Nortz, Bob Bellafiore, Steve Greenberg, Peter Baynes

    January 12, 2017

    Asm. Anthony Brindisi (D – Utica) shared why he hosted his own State of the State speech yesterday in Utica. He says upstate New York should not become flyover country. We heard  why advocates for the homeless are angry lawmakers have not moved forward with an MOU for supportive housing units. Shelly Nortz, Deputy Executive Director for Policy at the Coalition for the Homeless, joined Susan. We analyzed Gov. Cuomo’s priorities with Bob Bellafiore of Stanhope Partners and Steve Greenberg of Greenberg PR. With state mandates and property tax caps, local governments may have to sacrifice services to balance the books. Peter Baynes, the executive director of the New York Conference of Mayors, responded to Comptroller DiNapoli’s 2016 Annual Report on Local Governments. Read More

  • Jan. 11, 2017: Mayor Miner, Asm. Barclay, Zack Fink, Larry Levy

    January 11, 2017

    Today, Gov. Cuomo delivers his last two local State of the State addresses in Syracuse and Albany. We hosted Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and then Asm. Will Barclay (R – Oswego Co.) on their reaction to the Governor’s proposals and the need for infrastructure investment and mandate relief. Zack Fink, a political reporter at NY1, joined Susan to discuss his City & State article on the feud between Gov. Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy analyzed Gov. Cuomo’s priorities for the year. Read More

  • Jan. 10, 2017: Assemblymember Glick, Michael Mulgrew, Indian Point reactions

    January 10, 2017

    Assemblymember Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), the Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, analyzed Gov. Cuomo’s tuition plan for SUNY and CUNY schools. United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew responded to President-elect Trump’s pick of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. We had reaction to Gov. Cuomo’s plan to shutter the Indian Point nuclear facility. First, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and Anne Reynolds, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, will share their support of the decision. Then Rob Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, will explain his opposition to the plan and the lack of transparency around the announcement. Read More

  • Jan. 9, 2017: Sen DeFrancisco, Jessica Wisneski and Michael Kink, Health Navigator NY

    January 9, 2017

    Susan spoke with Sen. John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse), the Deputy Senate Majority Leader, about the governor’s veto of the Justice Equality Act and his priorities for 2017. Michael Kink, the executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Jessica Wisneski, the Legislative and Campaigns Director for Citizen Action of New York, made the case for creating a movement in New York to defend against President-elect Trump’s policies. Every Monday for the next six months, “The Capitol Pressroom” presented conversations aimed at making you a savvier healthcare consumer. This new series is called “Health Navigator NY,” and will focus on common questions with hard to find answers. Today is our first go at this, so we thought we would start with a simple question: What does it mean to be an active, empowered health consumer? Our guests are Robin Gelburd, the President of FAIR Health, and Karen Laing, […] Read More

  • Jan 6, 2017: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Blair Horner, Rep. Tonko, Rep. Faso

    January 6, 2017

    Today, Ashley Hupfl of City & State shared this week’s Winners and Losers. Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, joined Susan to recap the news of the week. Blair Horner, the executive director of NYPIRG, analyzed the new Senate rules and Gov. Cuomo’s SUNY and CUNY tuition plan. We hosted Rep. Paul Tonko (D – NY 20) and then, later in the program, newly elected Rep. John Faso (R – NY 19) on the transition to a Trump presidency, the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act and priorities for the year. Read More

  • Jan. 5, 2016: E.J. McMahon, Jim Heaney, Raise the Age

    January 5, 2017

    Empire Center for Public Policy Founder and Research Director E.J. McMahon joined Susan to explain the budget implications of proposed free college tuition and possible budget shortfalls for 2017. Jim Heaney, founder, editor and executive director of Investigative Post, weighed in on the controversy surrounding former gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo Public Schools Board Member Carl Paladino for comments he made about the Obamas. Heaney also discussed a possible challenge to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown from Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder. And we heard the argument in favor of raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York from Rev. Valerie Faust and Paige Pierce, the CEO of Families Together in New York State. Read More

  • Jan. 4, 2017: Sen. Gianaris, Climate sit-in, Justice Equality Act veto, Bruce Gyory

    January 4, 2017

    The 2017 Legislative Session begins today. Susan hosted Sen. Michael Gianaris (D – Queens), the Deputy Senate Democratic Conference Leader, on progressive priorities for the year. Today, young New Yorkers are holding a sit-in in Gov. Cuomo’s office urging him to stand up for climate change in New York as Donald Trump prepares to take office. To the disappointment of advocates and several elected officials, the Governor vetoed the Justice Equality Act, which would provide funding for indigent legal defense services. We had reaction from Jonathan Gradess,the executive director of the New York State Defenders Association, Robert Linville, the Chief Defender of Columbia County, and Dan McCoy, the Albany County Executive. Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips explained why this may become the higher education session. 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.

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