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  • June 29, 2016: Environmental reaction, Vijay Dandapani, Hoosick Falls, Bruce Gyory

    June 29, 2016

    We speak with Willie Janeway, the executive director of Adirondack Council, and Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of Environmental Advocates of NY, about this year’s session wins and losses for the environment. Vijay Dandapani, the chairman of the NYC Hotel Association, argues the governor should sign legislation that makes advertising for some short-term rentals illegal. We’ll hear the latest on Hoosick Falls from two residents—Jennifer Plouffe and Desiray Rice. Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips discusses the results of yesterday’s Congressional primaries. Read More

  • June 28, 2016: Michael Kink and Jessica Wisneski, bike safety, Vin Bonventre, Chelly Hegan

    June 28, 2016

    By almost every standard—except its own—the Legislature failed to address ethics, electoral and campaign finance reform this year. Yet Michael Kink, the executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Jessica Wisneski, the campaigns director for Citizen Action, are optimistic that voters can push reform in Albany forward this coming election. The session produced, well, almost nothing for bike safety regulation. We will hear from Paul Paul Winkeller, executive director of the New York Bicycling Coalition, and Joe Martens, the former DEC Commissioner and senior fellow at the Open Space Institute, about their disappointment in the lack of action. The Supreme Court ruled on milestone cases involving abortion, immigration and what constitutes bribery over the past week. We will have analysis on the rulings from NY Court Watcher Blogger and Albany Law Professor Vin Bonventre. We will speak with Chelly Hegan, President and CEO of Upper Hudson Planned […] Read More

  • June 27, 2016: Andrew Heaney, Susan Lerner and Blair Horner, John Faso, Jonathan Gradess

    June 27, 2016

    This morning, Susan speaks with Andrew Heaney and then John Faso, the two Republican primary candidates in NY’s 19th Congressional District. Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner and NYPIRG Executive Director Blair Horner will comment on reform legislation that passed this session. If the Governor signs legislation that passed both houses in mid-June, the state will gradually take over the costs of indigent legal services. Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association, will discuss the final bill Read More

  • June 24, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Gil Quiniones, Timothy Kremer, Rachel Fee

    June 24, 2016

    Ashley Hupfl, Albany reporter with City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Bernie is back in town! Plus we’ll continue our end-of-session post mortem with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News. A collaboration between the New York Power Authority and NYSEG has led to the installation of 3 new capacitor banks that have allowed more upstate power to feed downstate’s thirst. According to NYPA President & CEO Gil Quiniones, the cost to install the new capacitor banks was 1/3 of what it would have cost to build a new power plant. He will outline how the new “Marcy South Series Compensation Project” works. Timothy Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, looks back at the session and school year. Finally, we will speak with the executive director of the New York Housing Conference Rachel Fee about the need […] Read More

  • June 23, 2016: Comptroller DiNapoli, Rep. Tonko, Phil Terrie, Jerry Kremer

    June 23, 2016

    Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discusses a report on New York’s homeless shelter system. Rep. Paul Tonko (D – NY 20) joins Susan to discuss the on-going Democratic sit-in in the House of Representatives to protest inaction on gun legislation. Philip Terrie, an Adirondack historian and professor emeritus at Bowling Green University, will look at the history of New York’s “Forever Wild” clause. With the chance for the public to vote on a Constitutional Convention in 2017, the state’s unique forest preserve statutes will come to the forefront. Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, a former Assemblyman and partner at Empire Government Strategies, joins Susan to discuss the downside to a state Constitutional Convention. Read More

  • June 22, 2016: Dean Norton, Sen. Latimer, Nomiki Konst, Larry Levy

    June 22, 2016

    The NY Farm Bureau has vowed to defend farmers against the labor activist lawsuit. The governor and attorney general have both expressed support of the lawsuit. We will speak with the Farm Bureau President Dean Norton about the group’s strategy. Sen. Latimer (D – Mount Vernon) was the only senator to vote against last week’s omnibus bill that passed in the final hours of NY’s 2016 legislative session. He’ll join Susan to discuss his opposition to the process and what reforms he would like to see in Albany. Nomiki Konst, host of “The Filter” on Sirius XM Progress, Bernie surrogate, and at-large delegate, argues that motions from Bernie Sanders delegates at yesterday’s NYS Democratic delegation meeting were ignored and meeting procedures were violated. Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy examines competitive Congressional races on Long Island. Read More

  • June 21, 2016: Billy Easton, Paul Macielak, Todd Shimkus, Karl Sleight

    June 21, 2016

    No group has argued more aggressively for the restoration of CFE funding than the Alliance for Quality Education. And the Alliance continued that rallying cry on Monday when it released a report showing that the funding for high needs schools has gone off the rails. AQE Executive Director Billy Easton joined us to explain what that means. We heard insurance plans’ reactions to the state’s heroin and opioid legislation from Paul Macielak, President and CEO of the Health Plan Association of NYS. Plus advocates for NYRA are bristling about the Governor’s decision to keep it under state control for another year. First, spoke with Todd Shimkus, the President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce; then Harris Beach attorney Karl Sleight, who heads up the firm’s racing and gaming team. Read More

  • June 20, 2016: Asm. Zebrowski, Will Yandik, education mandates, Heather Briccetti

    June 20, 2016

    We spoke with Asm. Kenneth Zebrowski (D – New City) about legislation that passed in both the Senate and Assembly last week that will strengthen state oversight of the East Ramapo School District and provide additional funds for the low-wealth district. The state’s Congressional primaries are next Tuesday. In NY’s 19th CD, Will Yandik, a Town of Livingston Councilman, and Zephyr Teachout, a former gubernatorial candidate and Fordham Law Professor, are vying for the Democratic Party nomination. We spoek with Will Yandik about his vision for the district and the nation. We will host Zephyr Teachout before the election next week. We hosted two education advocates—Rick Timbs, the executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, and Bob Lowry, the Deputy Director for Advocacy and Communication for the New York State Council of School Superintendents—to discuss why NY’s frequently-cited high per pupil education cost is tied in part to mandatory […] Read More

  • June 17, 2016: Commissioner Elia, Sen. Marchione, Ashley Hupfl, Reporter Roundtable

    June 17, 2016

    We host State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to discuss the Regents’ decision to add flexibility to teacher evaluation requirements and other education priorities. Last night the Senate unanimously passed legislation that will extend statute of limitations requirements for those affected by the contaminant PFOA. Sen. Kathy Marchione (R– Halfmoon), who sponsored the bill and represents Hoosick Falls – a village affected by the contaminant – joins Susan. Ashley Hupfl, a reporter for City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. We host a reporter roundtable with the AP’s David Klepper and the Times Union’s Casey Seiler. Read More

  • June 16, 2016: Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, AG Schneiderman, Asm. Schimminger

    June 16, 2016

    Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined us on the last scheduled day of the 2016 Legislative Session. We spoke with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about ethics, a push to make illegal robot ticket buying a crime and not just a fine, and his suit against Trump University. Asm. Robin Schimminger (D – Kenmore) explained why he believes moving the time back for alcohol sales on Sundays from noon to 8 AM is too drastic. Read More

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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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