Monthly Archives: April, 2020


Apr 30, 2020: Best of: Food banks struggle to meet COVID-19 need

Published - April 30, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · Apr 30, 2020: Best of: Food banks struggle to meet COVID-19 need Recently, Governor Cuomo announced that the state will be committing emergency resources to food banks. We checked in on a story that explains the demand for assistance and how local organizations are trying to adapt with Dan Egan, Executive Director of Feeding New York. (originally aired 4/13/20)

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Apr 30, 2020: Best of: State Dem chair discusses public campaign financing

Published - April 30, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · Apr 30, 2020: Best of: State Dem chair discusses public campaign financing In light of the state budget reviving a controversial campaign finance system tossed out by the courts, we returned to our interview with the de facto head of the commission, Jay Jacobs, Chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, who laid out his defense of the initial plan. (originally aired 12/3/2019)

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Apr 30, 2020: Best of: Dairy farms struggle with decreased demand

Published - April 30, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · Apr 30, 2020: Best of: Dairy farms struggle with decreased demand We kicked off today’s show with an examination of the state’s dairy industry, which could soon be the beneficiary of a plan from Gov. Andrew Cuomo designed to better connect farmers with customers. We heard from David Fisher, President of the New York Farm Bureau and dairy farmer, on the issue. (originally aired 4/16/20)

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Apr. 29, 2020: Community banks struggle to secure federal aid for local business

Published - April 29, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · Apr. 29, 2020: Community banks struggle to secure federal aid for local business The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a tremendous amount of financial insecurity for New Yorkers. Donald Gibson, President and CEO of The Bank of Greene County, shared how his bank is helping businesses and how their banks have adapted to the pandemic.

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Apr 29, 2020: Breaking down Indian Point’s decommissioning process

Published - April 29, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · Apr 29, 2020: Breaking down Indian Point’s decommissioning process At the end of this month, the Indian Point nuclear power plant will shut down one of its two power generators, with full shut down for the remaining generator scheduled for April of 2021. Today, we heard from Joseph Delmar, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Communications at Holtec, on how his New Jersey based company will oversee the decommissioning process.

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Digital advertising tax proposed to fund student loan relief

Published - April 29, 2020

Sponsored content on Facebook or banner advertisements at the top of a website might indirectly be helping curb student loan debt for New Yorkers in the future. That’s the vision of state Sen. Kevin Thomas, a Long Island Democrat, who joined The Capitol Pressroom on Wednesday to talk about new legislation that would impose a state sales tax on digital advertising. Revenues would then be directed to a fund administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation that would offer zero interest refinancing of student loans.

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Geoffrey Herd

Published - April 29, 2020

Geoffrey Herd, Geneva Music Festival https://www.wcny.org/classicfm/classical-companion/ClassCompHerdWeb.mp3 Violinist Geoffrey Herd founded the Geneva Music Festival 10 years ago.  Though the festival is on hiatus for the remainder of this season, Geoff reminds us that music is still the tie that binds humans together. Favorite Works Playlist Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op 78 Pamela Frank, violin; Peter Serkin, piano Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Gilbert Kaplan, conductor; Benita Valente, soprano; Maureen Forrestor, contralto Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 Tokyo String Quartet

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Apr 28, 2020: Adirondacks brace for diminished summer tourism

Published - April 28, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · Apr 28, 2020: Adirondacks brace for diminished summer tourism Businesses are trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic with hopes that a downward trend in cases will bring customers back to their establishments. We heard from Michael Bittel, President and CEO of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, on how businesses in his area are being impacted by the pandemic.

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Apr 28, 2020: Ulster County optimistic about trend in COVID-19 cases

Published - April 28, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · Apr 28, 2020: Ulster County optimistic about trend in COVID-19 cases Nearly 80 residents of an Ulster County nursing home have tested positive for the coronavirus as the County ramps up its testing ability. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan (D) updated us on how the Hudson Valley county is responding to the pandemic.

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Apr 28, 2020: State GOP leader forecasts COVID-19’s electoral impact

Published - April 28, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · Apr 28, 2020: GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on every facet of normal life including the electoral calendar and procedure. Nick Langworthy, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party, weighed in on the electoral changes.

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