Author: Tim Williams


May 26, 2020: Upstate city moves homeless into motel amid height of pandemic

Published - May 26, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 26, 2020: Upstate city moves homeless into motel amid height of pandemic During this crisis, New Yorkers have been asked to shelter at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, that practice is not available to the New Yorkers who suffer from homelessness. We heard about the path a Capital Region city has taken to provide this vulnerable community with shelter.

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May 26, 2020: Public health detectives on the case of the COVID-19 spread

Published - May 26, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 26, 2020: Public health detectives on the case of the COVID-19 spread Having an adequate number of contact tracers in a region are just one of the parameters that regions will need to meet to start the reopening process. Daniel Stapleton, Niagara County Public Health Director and President of the New York State Association of County Healthy Officials, discussed how counties like his are gearing up for and using these tracers in the fight against COVID-19.

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May 26, 2020: What it takes to re-open New York

Published - May 26, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 26, 2020: Reporter Jon Campbell breaks down reopening metrics For a primer on the reopening process parameters, Jon Campbell, Albany reporter for the USA Today Network-New York, joined the show.

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May 25, 2020: Cuomo taps advisory council with ‘reimagining education’

Published - May 25, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 22, 2020: Cuomo taps advisory council with ‘reimagining education’ The Governor has named members to an advisory council tasked with reimaging education in New York State. We discussed the task force with its student member, Austin Ostro, President of the SUNY Student Assembly.

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May 25, 2020: Manhattan Assemblymember proposes COVID-19 New Deal package

Published - May 25, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 25, 2020: Manhattan Assemblymember proposes COVID-19 New Deal package The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the financial wellbeing of New Yorkers in every region. Now, Asm. Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan) is calling for a New Deal inspired package of bills to expand benefits for individuals and small business. We heard from the Assemblymember on the proposal and the work she is doing in her district.

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May 22, 2020: Filling the gap: Potential revenue sources for New York

Published - May 22, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 22, 2020: Filling the gap: Potential revenue sources for New York We heard from a collection of elected officials and advocates who are pushing for New York to raise revenues through new taxes on New York’s wealthiest to cover the financial losses created by lost revenues during COVID-19.

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May 22, 2020: Hospitals brace for second COVID-19 wave amid financial woes

Published - May 22, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 22, 2020: Hospitals brace for second COVID-19 wave amid financial woes The healthcare system in New York has been running on full gear during this pandemic. How are they preparing for a potential second wave? We asked that and more of Jonathan Lawrence, President and CEO of Arnot Health.

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May 22, 2020: UAlbany researching COVID-19 racial disparities

Published - May 22, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 22, 2020: UAlbany researching COVID-19 racial disparities Gov. Cuomo has previously called the COVID-19 pandemic, the great equalizer. However, the pandemic has only highlighted previous disparities. Havidan Rodriquez, President of UAlbany, explained the work that his institution is doing to research the disparities we’ve experienced during COVID-19.

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May 21, 2020: Where New York’s money comes from in a crisis

Published - May 21, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 21, 2020: Where New York’s money comes from in a crisis The April cash report released by the Comptroller’s office could have major impacts on the state’s spending plan. John Traylor, Executive Deputy Comptroller, helped make sense of the numbers.

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May 21, 2020: Gov. Cuomo’s pandemic briefings inspire viral comedy videos

Published - May 21, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 21, 2020: Gov. Cuomo’s pandemic briefings inspire viral comedy videos A good laugh is helpful during these challenging times. We met Maria DeCotis, a New York City based comedienne and actor, who has been providing laughs with her comedic takes on Gov. Cuomo’s COVID-19 briefings.

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May 21, 2020: Good government group wants legislature back to work

Published - May 21, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 21, 2020: Good government group wants legislature back to work The legislature has not held a session day since the state budget was agreed to. Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause NY, explained why her organization is calling for legislators to receive a pay cut for time not worked.

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May 21, 2020: Libraries prepare to reopen and protect patrons

Published - May 21, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 21, 2020: Libraries prepare to reopen and protect patrons Libraries can be invaluable resources for communities across the state. We discussed the impact that the pandemic has had on these institutions and what safety precautions they are exploring with Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association, and Claudia Depkin, Director of the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library and President-Elect of the New York Library Association.

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May 21, 2020: COVID-19 highlights deep racial divide in society

Published - May 21, 2020

The Capitol Pressroom · May 21, 2020: COVID-19 highlights deep racial divide in society The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the racial disparities in healthcare and law enforcement. We discussed the issue and his legislation aimed at combating these disparities with Sen. Jamaal Bailey (D-Baychester), chair of the Senate Codes Committee.

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