Author: Tim Williams


January 17, 2019: Sen. Brad Hoylman

Published - January 17, 2019

This week, the State Legislature passed the first pieces of legislation protecting the rights of LGBT+ New Yorkers in eight years with GENDA and a ban on conversion therapy. The Senate sponsor of the bills, Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shared his thoughts.

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January 17, 2019: Raising the age on tobacco

Published - January 17, 2019

With attention focused on the potential legalization of recreation marijuana, the Governor is hoping to make a change in the state’s laws regulating tobacco. Julie Hart, New York Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, discussed the impacts of raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

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January 17, 2019: A look back at NY’s Bottle Bill

Published - January 17, 2019

It’s been 35 years since the original bottle bill was passed in New York State. This year, the Governor is looking to expand the bottle bill. We heard from two people who played a major role in passing the original bill: Judith Enck, senior advisor at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development at Bennington College and former EPA Region 2 Administrator, and G. Oliver Koppell, principal partner at G. Oliver Koppell & Associates, former State Attorney General and Assemblyman.

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January 17, 2019: NY’s Progressive Movement

Published - January 17, 2019

Many of the progressive issues that are moving their way through the state legislature are due to a change in the composition of Senate Democrats and their increased numbers. We talked about the new Senate Democrats with Michael Kink, Executive Director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Mia Pearlman, co-founder of True Blue NY.

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January 16, 2019: Bruce Gyory

Published - January 16, 2019

Bruce Gyory, senior strategist at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and adjunct professor of political science at UAlbany, stopped by to break down the Governor’s State of the State and budget address.

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January 16, 2019: Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Published - January 16, 2019

Now that Democrats control both chambers of the legislature for just the second time since Governor Rockefeller, many of the progressive issues that have been stuck in the Assembly are now heading to the Governor’s desk. Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) shared the latest from the very busy Assembly.

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January 16, 2019: Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Published - January 16, 2019

With their new majority, Democrats have been active as the legislative session kicks off in Albany passing voting reform and LGBT+ protections. We heard from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) on what the next steps are for the conference.

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Janaury 15, 2019: Citizens Budget Commission budget analysis

Published - January 15, 2019

We examined a new report on the budget issues the Governor will face in the first year of his third term with Dave Friedfel, Director of State Studies at the Citizens Budget Commission, and Andrew Rein, President of the Citizens Budget Commission.

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January 15, 2019: Kathy Wylde on the MTA

Published - January 15, 2019

Today, the Governor will deliver a combined State of the State and budget address in Albany. We previewed the Governor’s plans for the MTA with Dr. Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City.

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January 15, 2019: Asm. Joe Lentol

Published - January 15, 2019

Criminal justice reforms were stalled in the state legislature last session. Now, with a Democratic majority in the State Senate, activists and lawmakers are hopeful this will be the year the reforms are pushed through. We explored the issues with the chair of the Assembly Codes Committee, Asm. Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn).

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January 14, 2019: Deputy Senate Minority Leader Joe Griffo

Published - January 14, 2019

This legislative session marks just the second time that the GOP has been in the State Senate minority since governorship of Nelson Rockefeller. Deputy Senate Minority Leader Joe Griffo (R-Utica) discussed the conference’s priorities heading into the new session.

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January 14, 2019: Asm. Pat Fahy

Published - January 14, 2019

In a recent op-ed in the Albany Times Union, Asm. Pat Fahy (D-Albany), chair of the Assembly Commission on Science and Technology, called for the state to take a methodical approach and allow science to take the lead on marijuana legalization. We heard from the Assemblymember on the issue when she stops by.

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