Monthly Archives: December, 2020


Farm Bureau president frustrated by process setting future OT threshold

Published - December 30, 2020

Why has the state’s commissioner of agriculture and markets been silent about future overtime rules for farmworkers? Who is writing a final report for the Farm Laborers Wage Board? What will board members vote on during their final meeting on Thursday? Those are just some of the questions plaguing David Fisher, president of the New York Farm Bureau, who sits on the three-member wage board that is scheduled to issue recommendations on Thursday that will likely determine when overtime kicks in for farmworkers in the future.

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Public health activists want cigarette tax increase in New York

Published - December 30, 2020

Dec. 30, 2020 – Public health advocates are calling for an increase in the state’s tax on tobacco products to raise revenue for tobacco control programs. Dr. Disha Mookherjee, Cardiologist at Saratoga Hospital and a member of the Capital Region Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, and Caitlin O’Brien, Director of New York Government Relations at the American Heart Association, discussed why the increase is needed.

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Pandemic highlights long-time disincentive to work in state’s unemployment law

Published - December 30, 2020

Dec. 30, 2020 – COVID-19 has thrown many New Yorkers into a state of financial insecurity with thousands losing their jobs. We talked with Paul Sonn, State Policy Program Director at the National Employment Law Project, about how the Empire State’s unemployment programs work and what changes can be made to improve the system.

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Farmers brace for another expansion of overtime benefits for farmworkers

Published - December 30, 2020

Dec. 30, 2020 – A special panel is scheduled to make recommendations on Thursday that could lead the state to drastically lower the mandatory overtime threshold for farmworkers in New York. New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher, who serves on the three-person panel, joins the show to talk about the issue, including his frustrations with the process.

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2020 Television Diary

Published - December 30, 2020

Where does the time go? Well, apparently in 2020, I spent most of it on our living room sectional wondering about the fate of Carole Baskin’s first husband, getting pumped to play chess and imagining life as a vampire. Here is a list of the good, the bad and the Billy Joel dance number that I watched over the last 12 months on my television.

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Senate Housing Chair explains new eviction and foreclosure protections

Published - December 29, 2020

Dec. 29, 2020 – The legislature came back into session before the end of the year to pass an eviction and foreclosure protection bill that will extend these protections into the new year. Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, explained how the new law works.

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Lawmakers eye second rent relief measure with federal aid

Published - December 29, 2020

When state lawmakers convene for a new legislative session next month, one of their first tasks could be creating a new program to distribute about $1.3 billion in federal rent relief included in the recently enacted pandemic stimulus package. “I’m very much committed to making sure that that happens,” Sen. Brian Kavanagh, chair of the chamber’s  housing committee, told The Capitol Pressroom.

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New York’s power in Congress to shrink, as population declines

Published - December 28, 2020

Dec. 28, 2020 – According to population estimates, New York led the nation in population decline. Jeff Wice, Adjunct Professor of Law and Senior Fellow of the Census and Redistricting Institute at New York Law School, explained what this means for the Empire State’s federal representation.

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S5-17: The Turning of the Year

Published - December 26, 2020

  “We wait for the new year to appear to us like the hopeful sun bringing aspiring light to an eager world.”  – Munia Khan   On this New Year’s Eve, we look back at women in music throughout the ages.  From Medieval to Modern, here is music by women over the centuries:   The Turning of the Year Blanche of Castile:  Amours, u trop tart me sui pris Andrea Folan, soprano; Elizabeth Conversation “The Medieval Lady” Leonarda 340 Hildegard of Bingen:  Ave generosa Oxford Camerata: Jeremy Summerly, conductor “Heavenly Revelations” Naxos 550998 Francesca Caccini:  Dov’io credea Ingrid Matthews, violin; Byron Schenkman, harpsichord “Canzoni

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New York pauses use of facial recognition tech in schools

Published - December 22, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday requiring the state to do a further investigation of facial recognition technologies before they’re utilized by schools in New York. We heard from the bill’s sponsor, Assemblymember Monica Wallace, a western New York Democrat, who wants to make sure this technology is effective and is being used appropriately before it becomes widely available. Lawmakers and Cuomo have agreed to make tweaks to the measure in 2021. Last year we spoke with the New York Civil Liberties Union about their reservations about this technology and how collected information was being

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