Author: Tim Williams


May 20, 2019: Improving state economic development transparency

Published - May 20, 2019

The deal to bring Amazon to New York City raised a number of questions about the state’s economic development programs. Today, a coalition of good government groups will call for a reshaping of the programs. We discussed the reshaping with Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Deborah Axt, Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York.

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May 20, 2019: Sexual harassment legislation

Published - May 20, 2019

While #MeToo spurred an effort to combat sexual harassment, there is still more work to be done. We heard from Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx), chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, Sarah Burger, Founding Member of the Burger Law Group and Board Member of National Employment Lawyers Association-New York, and Rita Pasarell, Sexual Harassment Working Group member and former Legislative Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, on what more needs to be done.

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May 20, 2019: Comparing NY’s corruption issues with other states

Published - May 20, 2019

New York’s issues with corruption have become a perennial issue for voters. How does New York’s issues with corruption compare to other states? Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, and Betsy Gotbaum, Executive Director of Citizens Union, shared their findings on a new report on the subject.

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May 17, 2019: Women’s Rights

Published - May 17, 2019

Activists were in Albany this week to call for the decriminalization of sex work to end the cycle of harm. Taina Bien Aime, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, discussed why she believes decriminalization will just extend the cycle of harm.

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May 17, 2019: Upcoming Sloop Clearwater events

Published - May 17, 2019

2019 is the centennial anniversary of singer/activist Pete Seeger’s birth and the 50th anniversary of the Sloop Clearwater. We caught up with the Sloop Clearwater’s environmental and educational efforts with Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and Betsy Garthwaite, former captain of the Clearwater and board member of the organization.

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May 17, 2019: NYS GOP Chair Ed Cox

Published - May 17, 2019

After a disappointing 2018 midterm election, New York GOP Chair Ed Cox is facing a strong intraparty challenge from Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy. We heard from Chairman Cox on his reelection effort.

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May 17, 2019: W&L and Reporters

Published - May 17, 2019

Bill de Blasio has been a recurring character on City and State’s Winners and Losers List, will his run for the White House end with him being a winner? We found out who made this week’s list when Zach Williams, reporter for City and State, joined the show. Then, we had more on de Blasio 2020 and the other news of the week when we looked back with Ben Max, Executive Editor of Gotham Gazette, and Marie French, energy and environment reporter at Politico NY.

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May 16, 2019: Gov. Paterson and Audioeye

Published - May 16, 2019

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To mark the occasion, we talked with former Governor David Paterson (D), who is serving as a consultant for Audioeye, and Carr Bettis, Executive Chairman of Audioeye, on the work Audioeye does to help people living with disabilities reach more information.

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May 16, 2019: Rising Prescription Costs

Published - May 16, 2019

With the rising cost of prescription drugs, the AARP rallied in Albany this week to call on the Cuomo administration and legislature to do more to protect New Yorker’s wallets. Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director, and C. Alicia Georges, AARP National Volunteer President, discussed the bills they would like to see passed prior to the end of session.

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May 16, 2019: Sen. Tim Kennedy

Published - May 16, 2019

The State Senate acted on a number of transportation related bills before they left Albany on Wednesday. Senate Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) explained how the new measures will impact New Yorkers.

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May 15, 2019: David Cay Johnston

Published - May 15, 2019

The conversation surrounding the President’s tax returns has heated up after the State Senate passed legislation that would allow Congress to request the state tax returns of certain individuals including the President. David Cay Johnston, author, DC Report Founder and Reporter, and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law, who has been following the tax return battle explained what can be learned from released tax returns and its impacts.

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May 15, 2019: Erie Co. GOP Chair Nick Langworthy

Published - May 15, 2019

People across the country are glued to their televisions as they watch the fight for power in the show Game of Thrones. Erie County Republican Committee Chair Nick Langworthy is hoping to be victorious in his quest to be the new chair of the State Republican Party by dethroning Chair Ed Cox. We were joined by the Erie County Chair when he stopped by the studio.

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May 15, 2019: Sen. Neil Breslin and Asm. Harvey Epstein

Published - May 15, 2019

Rent regulations are shaping up to be the biggest legislative battle as the session begins to wind down. We discussed the latest on the discussion with two lawmakers, Sen. Neil Breslin (D-Albany), chair of the Senate Insurance Committee, and Asm. Harvey Epstein (D-Manhattan)

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