Monthly Archives: September, 2020





A second chance is hard to come by for New Yorkers with criminal records

Published - September 30, 2020

Sept. 30, 2020 – A new application is available for New Yorkers seeking to have paper records of their expunged low-level marijuana convictions destroyed. Emma Goodman, Staff Attorney in the Special Litigation Unit at the Legal Aid Society, explained the economic effects this can have on New Yorkers and the work the organization’s Case Closed initiative is working on.

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Cornell University teams up with the state to fight invasive species

Published - September 30, 2020

Sept. 30, 2020 – The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is partnering with Cornell University’s New York Invasive Species Research Institute to help tackle the problems associated with these destructive species. The Research Institute’s Director, Carrie Brown-Lima discussed the new partnership.

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Fickle suburban voters could cause downfall of Trump and downballot Republicans

Published - September 30, 2020

Sept. 30, 2020 – On Tuesday night, Americans tuned in for the first of three scheduled presidential debates between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Larry Levy, Vice President of Economic Development and Professional Studies and Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, shared his insights into the debate performances and the whether it can sway important suburban voters.

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David Paterson shares behind-the-scenes stories from new memoir

Published - September 29, 2020

Sept. 29, 2020 – In his new memoir, former Governor David Paterson (D-NY) looks back at his career which saw him rise from Senate Minority Leader to the Governor’s Mansion. The Governor joined us for a frank discussion about his tenure in office and much more.

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Cuomo admin sued for shielding COVID-19 nursing home records

Published - September 29, 2020

Sept. 29, 2020 – The Empire Center for Public Policy is suing the Cuomo administration’s Department of Health over its withholding of nursing home deaths due to COVID-19. Bill Hammond, Senior Fellow for Health Policy at the Empire Center for Public Policy, discussed the lawsuit.

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Memoir recounts effort to preserve unique Adirondack architecture

Published - September 28, 2020

Sept. 28, 2020 – Howard Kirschenbaum, Professor Emeritus at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, has played an important role in preserving the Adirondacks and updating the state’s constitution. We heard from the Professor on his experiences and his new book, Coming of Age in the Baby Boom.

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Take 2 on New York’s plastic bag restrictions

Published - September 28, 2020

Sept. 28, 2020 – New York’s plastic bag ban survived a legal challenge and will go into effect next month. We talked with Mike Durant, President and CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, about how stores across the state are adjusting to the ban.

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S5-04: Elemental Music: Earth

Published - September 26, 2020

“The earth has music, for those who listen.”  – William Shakespeare   Despite our differences, we are all of one world, and this blue-green planet that we call home inspired the works you’ll hear today.  This week, it is Earth Music.   Earth Music Tina Davidson:  The Blue Curve of the Earth Hilary Hahn, violin Corey Smyth, piano “Retrospective” Deutsche Grammophon 4798295 John Ireland:  Earth’s Call April Fredrick, soprano Mark Bebbington, piano “Earth’s Call” Somm 0137 Jennifer Margaret Barker:  Earthtones Jorge Aguirre, violin; Scott Jackson, marimba “Nyvaigs” CRI 862 Judith Shatin:  Piping the Earth Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra; Joel Eric Suben,

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Independence Party ‘not taking sides’ in battle for state Senate

Published - September 25, 2020

In past years, New York’s Independence Party would throw its weight behind Republican efforts to maintain control of the state Senate. This year, though, the third party’s chairman doesn’t think that the chamber is up for grabs, noting he can “only deal in reality.” “We’re not taking sides at this point,” Independence Party Chair Frank MacKay said Friday on The Capitol Pressroom.

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