Monthly Archives: February, 2021


S5-26: Women of Color: Composers, Part 3

Published - February 27, 2021

“It’s surprising to see how well Schoenberg and funk can sit side by side at the symphony.” – Nkeiru Okoye This episode turns once again to composers of color.  From the UK, to Cuba, to an opera firmly rooted in US history, each of these women brings their unique voice to the music they create.   Women of Color: Composers, Part 3   Shirley J. Thompson:  Random Sequences, from Life Sequences Electric Voice Theatre “Minerva Scientifica – The Franklin Effect” First Hand Records 51 Hannah Kendall:  The Spark Catchers Chineke! Orchestra; Kevin John Edusei, conductor “Spark Catchers” NMC 250 Eleanor Alberga: 

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Senate Ethics Chair explores ability to review sexual misconduct claims against Cuomo

Published - February 26, 2021

Feb. 26, 2021 – This week, Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo administration aide, published a blog in which she outlined her experiences of “pervasive harassment” while working for the Governor. Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Pelham), chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, weighed in on how these allegations should be investigated and the response from high-ranking elected officials.

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Hochul silent on misconduct allegations against Cuomo

Published - February 26, 2021

Senate Ethics Committee Chair Alessandra Biaggi isn’t surprised that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul hasn’t commented on allegations of sexual misconduct against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I would love to see the lieutenant governor weigh in because she is a member of that administration, whether or not the governor wants to admit that or not,” Biaggi told The Capitol Pressroom in an interview recorded on Thursday.

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Assembly Dems plan votes next week on nursing home reforms

Published - February 25, 2021

Legislation making it easier to visit nursing homes is expected to get an Assembly vote next week as part of a package of reforms targeting the industry, according to Assemblyman Harry Bronson, a Rochester-area Democrat, who previously chaired the chamber’s Aging Committee. “My (visitation) bill is one of the bills that is being considered as part of that package,” Bronson said in an interview on Thursday. 

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Lights Out: Could a Texas-like shutdown happen in New York?

Published - February 25, 2021

Feb. 25, 2021 – This week, we’ve seen Texans hurting as they cope with limited or no access to power. Could a similar weather-related outage happen here in New York? We asked Rich Dewey, President and CEO of the New York State Independent System Operator.

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Cuomo’s return to normalcy at odds with public health experts

Published - February 25, 2021

Feb. 25, 2021 – Gov. Cuomo has announced a slew of changes to the state’s COVID-19 regulations including a limited number of fans that can attend sport events. Dr. Denis Nash, Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at the CUNY School of Public Health and Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, weighed in on the recent changes.

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Assembly Dems weigh checks on Cuomo’s pandemic powers

Published - February 25, 2021

Rank-and-file Assembly Democrats were presented Wednesday with a series of new pandemic oversight measures for their consideration and possible adoption as early as next week. The proposed checks on the governor’s powers that were discussed during a private meeting of majority members includes requiring the Cuomo administration to report certain decisions a week in advance to legislative committee chairs and allowing municipalities to issue their own pandemic executive orders as long as they don’t conflict with state actions, according to multiple members briefed on the proposal.

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Asm. Ron Kim takes on starring role in New York’s nursing home drama

Published - February 24, 2021

Feb. 24, 2021 – Asm. Ron Kim (D-Queens), chair of the Assembly Aging Committee, has been one of the most vocal critics of the Cuomo administration’s response to COVID-19 in nursing homes. We heard from the Assemblymember on the response, legislation he is proposing on the topic, and the recent back and forth with the Governor.

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Addressing food insecurity from farm to table

Published - February 24, 2021

Feb. 24, 2021 – The pandemic has highlighted the issues that New Yorkers face with food insecurity. A multi-year report from Capital Roots looked at what it would take to help this population. We discussed the report and its findings with Amy Klein, CEO of Capital Roots.

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No indictments for Rochester PD officers in the death of Daniel Prude

Published - February 24, 2021

Feb. 24, 2021 – On Tuesday, State Attorney General Tish James announced a grand jury voted to not indite the Rochester police officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude. We got an update on the situation in Rochester from Will Cleveland, Public Safety reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle.

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