Monthly Archives: May, 2020


S4-39: Patchwork Quilt, Part XXI

Published - May 30, 2020

“Music doesn’t lie.  If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”  – Jimi Hendrix   Why call this a “Patchwork Quilt” episode?  Well, sometime I have music that’s come into the studio that I just want to share with you.  It may not fit neatly into a program theme, or it may have simply caught my attention and I couldn’t wait.  And I’m a quilter, and I love the way seemingly disparate bits and pieces can come together to make a cohesive whole.  So it’s time to add another musical block to

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It’s Never Too Late

Published - May 29, 2020

WCNY Behind the Woman · It's Never Too Late On this episode of Behind the Woman, we meet Jasmine Coan, AKA DJ Bella J. Learn more about Jasmine and how she is using her platform to inspire future female DJs .

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May 29, 2020: Filling the gap: A roadmap to $8 billion in savings

Published - May 29, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 29, 2020: Filling the gap: A roadmap to $8 billion in savings We heard from Dave Friedfel, Director of State Studies at the Citizens Budget Commission, on his organization’s recommendations for closing the budget gap that New York faces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 29, 2020: Environmentalists call on state to enforce plastic bag ban

Published - May 29, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 29, 2020: Environmentalists call on state to enforce plastic bag ban Environmentalists are calling on the state Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce the state’s plastic bag ban. Judith Enck, Senior Fellow and Visiting Faculty member at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, and former EPA Regional Administrator, discussed ban enforcement and the other issues she is following.

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Face coverings required at retailers as part of Phase 2

Published - May 29, 2020

Retail establishments allowing in-person shopping as part of phase two in the state’s reopening plan will need to ensure face coverings are worn by virtually all customers who walk through their doors, according to state guidance released early Friday. The guidance is not exactly a surprise, as it comes after many essential retailers have been imposing their own face covering requirements. Since the middle of April, New Yorkers who are unable to maintain social distancing have been required to wear some sort of face covering when in public. 

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May 29, 2020: Capital Region school district proposes 19.5% tax increase

Published - May 29, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 29, 2020: Capital Region school district proposes 19.5% tax increase This year, school budget votes will be conducted via a mail-in vote on June 9th. Voters in the Rensselaer City School District will act on a budget proposal that includes a 19.5 percent tax increase. Joseph Kardash, Superintendent of the Rensselaer City School District, explained why the increase is needed.

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Ovidiu Marinescu, cellist, composer, conductor – Trio Casals


Published - May 28, 2020

Ovidiu Marinescu, cellist, composer, conductor – Trio Casals Favorite Works Playlist As a cellist, Ovidiu Marinescu has performed around the world, and was featured on the Number 1 classical release, The Sea Knows, by Michael Kurek.  He is founder of Trio Casals, and is an active composer, conductor, and educator.  He has a wide array of music to share with us!   https://www.wcny.org/classicfm/classical-companion/ClassCompMarinescuWeb.mp3   P­ēteris Vasks Plainscapes The Crossing Choir; Donald Nally, conductor; Thomas Mesa, cello; Shannon Lee, violin Johann Sebastian Bach Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Dinu Lipatti, piano Olivier Messiaen Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus, from Quartet for

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May 28, 2020: NY’s courts begin reopening with the help of technology

Published - May 28, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 28, 2020: NY’s courts begin reopening with the help of technology The judicial system in New York grinded to a near halt during the COVID-19 pandemic. With regions of the state starting the reopening process, so are some court services. We discussed legal access issues with Hank Greenberg, President of the New York State Bar Association.

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May 28, 2020: Lawmakers pass COVID-19 bills after nearly 2-month hiatus

Published - May 28, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 28, 2020: Lawmakers pass COVID-19 bills after nearly 2-month hiatus The legislature returned to session this week for the first time since passage of the state budget. We heard from Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the bills that he is working on.

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‘Bottle Bill’ compliance required again by June 3

Published - May 27, 2020

New Yorkers amassing a collection of cans and bottles at their homes during the last two months should be able to cash in next week at the latest. While the state has continued to collect the nickel deposits on eligible drink containers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the law requiring redemption centers, such as grocery stores, to accept the return of cans and bottles has not been enforced by state regulators. As a result, citing safety concerns and inadequate staff, many grocery stores have shut down their operations.

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May 27, 2020: Latest unemployment figures paint grim picture for NY

Published - May 27, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 27, 2020: Latest unemployment figures paint grim picture for NY We made sense of the latest unemployment figures with Russell Weaver, Economic Geographer at Cornell University’s ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, and EJ McMahon, Founder and Research Director of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

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