Monthly Archives: April, 2021


Legislature poised to overhaul health care staffing standards

Published - April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 – State Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera, a Bronx Democrat, explains bills moving in the Capitol that would impose a statutory minimum number of hours of nursing care at nursing homes and would require hospitals to establish minimum hours of care in consultation with their staff.

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Assembly urged to let AG Tish James handle probe of Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct

Published - April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 – The Sexual Harassment Working Group wants the Assembly Judiciary to defer to the state attorney general’s office when it comes to investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but state lawmakers are encouraged to hold another harassment hearing. Sexual Harassment Working Group member Erica Vladimer joins the show.

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Democratic lawmakers eye ban of retail pet sales

Published - April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 – It’s time for the state Legislature to approve legislation banning the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in retail pet shops, according to Bill Ketzer, senior director of state legislation for the Eastern Division of the ASPCA.

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‘Cuomo Chips’ retired by the state Legislature

Published - April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 – State Sen. John Mannion, a Syracuse-area Democrat, explains why the state Legislature decided to step in an and end a handful of pandemic orders from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including the requirement that inspired “Cuomo Chips.”

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Special Edition Great Getaways TravelAuc premieres

Published - April 29, 2021

Special Edition Great Getaways TravelAuc premieres April 30, May 1 WCNY presents its first special edition Great Getaways TravelAuc from 7 to 9 p.m. April 30 and May 1 on WCNY-TV and streaming online at wcny.org. There are more than 100 trips available, featuring everything from daycation destinations to overnight stays in New York state, family-friendly entertainment venues, wine tasting tours, spa getaways, and so much more. Bidding starts at 60% off of each trip’s value. For viewing information, visit wcny.org/wheretowatch. To browse the inventory, visit wcny.org/greatgetaways. The Great Getaways Travel Auction airs across WCNY’s television coverage area in the

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New York’s pandemic numbers improve, but COVID-19 risks linger

Published - April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021 – Dr. Denis Nash, executive director of the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, discusses the relaxed pandemic restrictions in New York, the declining demand for COVID-19 vaccines and when he’ll feel comfortable eating indoors at a restaurant.

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Democratic lawmakers revive push for sex education mandate in New York

Published - April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021 – Sexual education in New York schools is left up to the whims of local school districts, but Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation that would implement minimum standards for the subject. The New York Civil Liberties Union’s Allie Bohm and Aliyah Ansari make the case for inclusive and age-appropriate sex ed.

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Census 2020: The good, the bad and the 89 New Yorkers

Published - April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021 – New York is poised to lose one congressional seat as the result of newly released numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, but it could have been much worse, according to Jeff Wice, adjunct professor and senior fellow for New York Law School’s Census and Redistricting Institute.

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Assessing community policing plans and what comes next

Published - April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021 – Albany Law School Government Law Center Executive Director Ava Ayers breaks down the policing plans submitted this spring by municipalities around the state and discusses what comes next for communities that are hoping to improve public safety.

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Feeding hungry New Yorkers and cutting down on food waste

Published - April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021 – We get an update on the state’s implementation of the Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Act from Dan Egan, executive director of Feeding New York State. We also discuss demand for food pantries in New York and funding to address hunger in the state budget.

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New York could soon codify strict COVID-19 workplace protections

Published - April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021 – State Sen. Mike Gianaris, a Queens Democrat, joins the show to discuss legislation that is designed to ensure workplaces are safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne diseases. The legislation, touted as the New York HERO Act, is backed by labor advocates and opposed by groups representing employers across the state.

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New York poised to extend eviction moratorium

Published - April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021 – State Sen. Brian Kavanagh, a Manhattan Democrat who lead’s the chamber’s housing committee, discusses an extension of the state’s residential and commercial eviction moratorium, which is poised for a vote in both house of the Legislature this week.

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Senate Environmental Conservation Chair discusses 2021 agenda

Published - April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021 – Mini-plastic shampoo bottles at hotels and the sale of gas guzzling automobiles could be coming to an end in New York, under the leadership of state Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat, who explains legislation moving in the Capitol and a potential carbon tax under consideration.

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