Author: Tim Williams


July 12, 2019: Census and Redistricting Expert Jeff Wice

Published - July 12, 2019

After not getting a citizenship question on the 2020 census, President Trump announced that he would taking an executive action to get the data through other departments. Jeff Wice, senior advisor at New York Counts 2020 and Fellow at SUNY Buffalo School of Law, updated us on the latest efforts.

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July 12, 2019: Tenant protections

Published - July 12, 2019

What do the recently passed rent regulations mean for Upstate New Yorkers? Emily Goldstein, Director of Organizing and Advocacy at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, explained the effects of these new tenant protections.

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July 12, 2019: Combating potholes

Published - July 12, 2019

Potholes are a common enemy that all New Yorkers can get behind. Sen. Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Asm. Tom Abinanti (D-Tarrytown), chair of the Assembly Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation, discussed their legislation that aims to combat the costs that pothole damage causes.

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July 12, 2019: W&L and Reporters

Published - July 12, 2019

First up, Zach Williams, reporter at City and State, revealed who made this week’s Winners and Losers list. Then, Jon Campbell, reporter at the USA Today Network, took a look back at the news of the week with Susan.

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July 11, 2019: Children’s Mental Health

Published - July 11, 2019

We are one year in from the enactment of mental health education in New York’s schools. How is the program working? How do we address the mental health needs of children when school ends? We asked Glenn Liebman, CEO of the Mental Health Alliance in New York State, and Dan Weir, Director of Camping Services at Frost Valley YMCA.

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July 11, 2019: Protect the Adirondacks’ Peter Bauer

Published - July 11, 2019

Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks and contributor to the Adirondack Almanac, provided an update on the latest issues impacting the Adirondack Park Agency and his organization’s legal action to protect the trees and environment in the Park.

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July 11, 2019: Drug Take Back

Published - July 11, 2019

Last year, the state legislature passed legislation to have drug manufacturers develop plans to safely take back unused medications. We took a look at how manufacturers are responding and the environmental impact improperly disposed of medication could have with Liz Moran, Environmental Policy Director at the New York Public Interest Research Group, and Mark Ustin, Partner at Farrell Fritz.

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July 11, 2019: Drinking Water Standards

Published - July 11, 2019

The state Department of Health has developed new water quality standards for PFOA/PFOS and 1,4 dioxane. We heard reaction from one of the communities impacted by these drinking water contaminants from Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen as well as Judith Enck, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action and Senior Advisor at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development at Bennington College and former Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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July 10, 2019: Bruce Gyory

Published - July 10, 2019

Bruce Gyory, senior strategist at Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips and adjunct professor of political science at UAlbany, explained why present weaknesses in the Democratic presidential primary field could spell trouble for the party’s chance of retaking the White House in 2020.

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July 10, 2019: Investigative Post’s Jim Heaney

Published - July 10, 2019

According to new reporting from Investigative Post, the City of Buffalo is on less stable financial footing than Mayor Byron Brown purports. Jim Heaney, Editor and Executive Director of Investigative Post, shared the details on the new reporting.

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July 10, 2019: Criminal Justice Reform

Published - July 10, 2019

A series of criminal justice reform bills made their way through the legislature this session. But advocates say there is still much more the state can do. We discussed it with Khalil Cumberbatch, Chief Strategist for New Yorkers United for Justice, and Topeka Sam, Senior Advisor, New Yorkers United for Justice.

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July 10, 2019: Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos

Published - July 10, 2019

Recent flooding along Lake Ontario has led to renewed criticism of Plan 2014. A new commission named REDI, Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, is tasked with addressing the issues that come from Ontario flooding. Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, updated us with the latest on the commission.

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July 9, 2019: New York GOP Chair Nick Langworthy

Published - July 9, 2019

The newly minted State GOP Chair Nick Langworthy was in Albany on Monday to share his concerns about the campaign finance commission. The Chairman stopped by the studio to talk campaign finance and last week’s reorganization meeting.

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July 9, 2019: Farmer concerns

Published - July 9, 2019

Before time ran out on the legislative session, legislators passed a bill known as the Farmworker’s Bill of Rights. Today, we heard from Steve Ammerman, Senior Associate Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the New York Farm Bureau, and Rick Zimmerman of the New York State Vegetable Growers Association on their concerns about the impact this bill will have on farmers.

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July 9, 2019: Child Victims Act

Published - July 9, 2019

Next month, the Child Victims Act’s lookback window will open and allow survivors to move forward with civil court cases against their abusers. How does the lookback effect the Jeffrey Epstein case? Michael Polenberg, Vice President of Government Affairs at Safe Horizon, explained.

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