Author: Tim Williams


New York’s courts look inward at record of systemic racism

Published - November 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020 – A report from the Office of Court Administration took a look at the racial and other biases in the state’s court system. We heard from Adrienne Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice division, on the report and what moves the courts are taking.

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Good government group hopes to codify voting rights of parolees

Published - November 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020 – Legislation has been floating around the Capitol for years that would expand the right to vote to New Yorkers convicted of a felony after they are released from prison. Sean Morales-Doyle, Deputy Director of Voting Rights & Elections at the Brennan Center for Justice, explained how the system would work.

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New York’s outdoors aids transition from solider to civilian

Published - November 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020 – This month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation aimed at expanding access for veterans to state parks and facilities. Aaron Leonard, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter member who served in the U.S. Army, explained how this legislation will play a key role in the transition from solider to civilian.

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Government aid coming to an end for stressed food banks

Published - November 20, 2020

Nov. 20, 2020 – With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, we got an update on the state’s food banks and the increased demand they are experiencing from Dan Egan, Executive Director of Feeding New York State.

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Small business survival could require targeted lockdown measures

Published - November 20, 2020

Nov. 20, 2020 – As cases of COVID-19 grow in the state, stricter lockdown measures are being discussed. Greg Biryla, New York State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, weighed in on the state of small businesses and whether they can survive another lockdown.

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Sheriffs balk at private gathering limits as Thanksgiving nears

Published - November 20, 2020

Nov. 20, 2020 – The Governor has implemented new COIVD-19 restrictions ahead of the holiday as cases grow in the state. Peter Kehoe, Executive Director of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, explained how these law enforcement officials are addressing the new private gathering limits.

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Navigating through the fog of election misinformation

Published - November 19, 2020

Nov. 19, 2020 – Since the election, President Trump has been tweeting out claims of election fraud which have been met with fact checking disclaimers from the social media company. We heard from David Klepper, Election misinformation reporter at the Associated Press, about the effort to report the facts as misinformation spreads.

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Proposed expansion of paid family leave to cover remote learning

Published - November 19, 2020

Nov. 19, 2020 – The need for child care in the state is even more pressing now that New York City has transitioned from in-person learning. Legislation from Asm. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) would expand the paid family leave program to help families as they deal with remote learning. We talked about the legislation with the Assemblymember when she joins the program.

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NY Bar Association makes the legal case for COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Published - November 19, 2020

Nov. 19, 2020 – Over the past week, there has been a flurry of positive developments on a COVID-19 vaccine. When a vaccine is finally available, will people take it? Mary Beth Morrissey, Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Section Task Force on COVID-19, explained why they are recommending the state implement a vaccine mandate.

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