Author: Tim Williams



Feb. 28, 2020: The Great Plastic Bag Debate

Published - February 28, 2020

With the state’s plastic bag ban set to go into effect on Sunday, we spoke with two stakeholders on the issue for a calm debate of the issue: Liz Moran, Environmental Policy Director at NYPIRG, and Mike Durant, President and CEO of the Food Industry Alliance.

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Feb. 28, 2020: Adult Survivors Act

Published - February 28, 2020

Since the Child Victims Act’s look back window opened, over 1,500 civil court cases have been filed in the state. Now, advocates are pushing to pass the Adult Survivors Act which would allow adult survivors of sexual abuse to file similar cases. We spoke with the Assembly bill sponsor, Asm. Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and survivor Marissa Hoechstetter.

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Feb. 27, 2020: Bail law working group member Sen. Jim Gaughran

Published - February 27, 2020

The recently enacted bail laws have become a hot button issue for New Yorkers. Now, the state Senate is taking another look at the changes. Sen. Jim Gaughran (D-Northport), chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, who serves on the Senate’s working group on the issue discussed the latest.

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Feb. 27, 2020: NY27 congressional candidate Nate McMurray

Published - February 27, 2020

With a special election date set, the race to succeed Chris Collins in the 27th congressional district is heating up. We heard from the Democratic candidate, Nate McMurray, former Grand Island Town Supervisor, on the state of the race.

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Feb. 26, 2020: The quality of education at yeshivas

Published - February 26, 2020

The State Education Department will hold another series of stakeholder feedback sessions on its guidelines for educational institutions which include yeshivas. Today, Yeruchim Silber, Director of New York Government Relations at Agudath Israel of America, discussed the latest.

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Feb. 26, 2020: Additional funding for healthcare workers

Published - February 26, 2020

Advocates have been making the rounds to secure funding for health care workers in this budget cycle. Susan Constantino, President and CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, and Yvette Watts, Executive Director of the New York Association of Emerging & Multicultural Providers, explained why this funding is so crucial.

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Feb. 25, 2020: New siting rules and the impact on towns

Published - February 25, 2020

New changes to siting rules in the state could have an impact on New York’s towns. Gerry Geist, Executive Director of the Association of Towns of the State of New York, and Sarah Brancatella, the organization’s Legislative Director and Counsel, weighed in on the decision.

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