Monthly Archives: May, 2021




Senate oversight committee probes Tappan Zee replacement and live-ticket industry

Published - May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021 – State Sen. James Skoufis, an Orange County Democrat, who chair of the chamber’s investigations and government operations committee, provides an update on his inquiry into the Mario Cuomo bridge construction, legislation regulating New York’s ticket marketplace, the governor’s pandemic powers and his first month of fatherhood.

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SUNY faculty leader considers COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students

Published - May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021 – A growing number of private colleges in New York are requiring students get vaccinated for COVID-19, so we asked Fred Kowal, president of the union representing SUNY faculty and staff, whether a mandate is necessary at the state’s public colleges and universities for the fall.

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Where are the workers? An economist is on the hunt

Published - May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021 – New York’s unemployment rate is above pre-pandemic levels, but businesses are still struggling to fill jobs. Ben Griffy, an assistant professor of economic with the University at Albany, explains what could be causing the disconnect, including lucrative federal unemployment benefits.

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S5-36: Music on the Wind, Part 3

Published - May 8, 2021

“To most human beings, wind is an irritation.  To most trees, wind is a song.”  – Mokokoma Mokhonoana This week we feature Music on the Wind!  Outstanding performances from wind players, as well as a recent composition showcasing the saxophone.  These works span a wide range of styles and eras.  Even with the vast repertoire of existing works available to wind players, there are always new works to be composed and discovered.   “Music on the Wind, Part 3” Igor Stravinsky:  Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet Bettina Aust, clarinet “Fin de Siecle” Genuin 21279 Patrick Roux:  Soledad Gruca White Ensemble: Linda White,

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Reversing New York’s shrinking canal season

Published - May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021 – The Erie Canal navigation season has been shrinking, and that’s a problem, according to Peter Wiles, whose family owned a canal touring company for five decades. He joins the show to discuss legislation expanding the season in state law and talks about the need for more local input in state decisions about the canal.

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No lotto ticket? No problem

Published - May 6, 2021

A pair of Democratic state lawmakers from Queens have devised a safeguard against a potential nightmare situation: You purchase a winning lottery ticket and then you lose it before redeeming your millions. Sen. James Sanders and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman introduced legislation that lets lottery winners, who have lost their winning ticket, redeem their prize if they submit “documentary proof of purchase of such winning ticket” within five years of the lottery drawing. The measure stems from a 2003 incident, where a Queens resident purportedly lost their winning ticket for a $3 million prize, according to the bill memorandum. The legislation is waiting in

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Growing grocery options for New Yorkers enrolled in SNAP

Published - May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021 – No Kid Hungry New York Director Rachel Sabella talks about legislation making its way through the Capitol that would let low-income New Yorkers use their SNAP benefits to purchase prepared foods at participating restaurants and grocery stores.

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New York’s fading Holocaust memories

Published - May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021 – With younger New Yorker demonstrating a lack of awareness about the Holocaust, Gideon Taylor, president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, makes the case for mandating the teaching of this period of history in school and explains how social media has spread misinformation about the tragedy.

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DiNapoli on budget, Cuomo’s memoir and procurement oversight

Published - May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021 – State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli joins the show to share his analysis of the recently adopted state budget, including concerns he has about the size of New York’s rainy day fund. We’ll also talk about his decision to authorize a criminal investigation into the writing and promoting of the governor’s pandemic memoir.

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How a wild idea became the Adirondack Park Agency

Published - May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021 – It’s the 50th anniversary of the Adirondack Park Agency, so it’s the perfect time to go back in history with journalist Brad Edmondson, who wrote a new book documenting the agency’s founding and its early history.

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