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Sept. 14, 2015: Sen. Savino, Heather Briccetti, anti-fracking international delegation, Mike Elmendorf

Sen. Diane Savino (IDC – Staten Island) has introduced legislation to classify N.F.L. cheerleaders as employees rather than independent contractors. Many cheerleaders, she explains, do not even make minimum wage.

We look at Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to raise the state minimum wage to $15/hr. across the board with Heather Briccetti, the President and CEO of the Business Council of NYS. We’ll also preview the Business Council’s Annual Meeting, which takes place in Bolton Landing, New York this week.

As part of a tour to see fracking sites first-hand and meet with affected residents, public officials and advocates, an international delegation traveled to Albany last week. We spoke with Frack Action’s Campaign Director Julia Walsh and Aedin McLoughlin, Ph.D., a member of the delegation who is on the steering committee of the Irish Environmental Pillar. Dr. McLoughlin is also the co-founder, Director and Spokesperson of Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI), an NGO spearheading the campaign to prevent fracking in Ireland.

Nearly half of the money for New York’s roads and bridges comes from the Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF), but that money is currently in jeopardy in Congress. Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO at the Associated General Contractors of New York State, discusses how his group is trying to secure a long-term funding plan at the federal level to ensure that the state’s infrastructure does not further decay.

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