Author: Tim Williams


June 19, 2019: Sen. Jessica Ramos

Published - June 19, 2019

Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens), chair of the Senate Labor Committee, discussed the final push to get the Farmworkers Bill of Rights over the finish line.

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June 19, 2019: Sen. Mike Gianaris

Published - June 19, 2019

Today is the final scheduled legislative session day of 2019. What will get done and what will be left on the negotiation room floor? We got an update from the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens).

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June 19, 2019: Prevailing Wage

Published - June 19, 2019

Prevailing wage has become one of the major hot button issues still on the legislative to-do list. Michael Elmendorf, President and CEO of Associated General Contractors of New York State, and Brian Sampson, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire Chapter, shared their concerns on the issue.

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June 19, 2019: Sen. Joe Addabbo

Published - June 19, 2019

Last session, lawmakers scrambled to act on a multitude of gambling issues before time ran out. Will history repeat itself with mobile sports betting remaining on the table? Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Queens), chair of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering, stopped by with an update.

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June 18, 2019: Combating Climate Change

Published - June 18, 2019

Some environmentalists are concerned that any changes to the Climate and Community Protection Act would weaken an already weak bill. We heard from Mark Dunlea, Chair of the Green Education and Legal Fund of New York State, and Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer at Food and Water Watch, on their concerns about the legislation.

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June 18, 2019: CCPA and Sen. John Flanagan

Published - June 18, 2019

The Capitol has been overflowing with activists calling on the legislature to act on the Climate and Community Protection Act. Two NYRenews coalition members, Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York State, and Katherine Nadeau, Deputy Director of the Catskill Mountainkeeper, discussed the last push to get the climate legislation over the finish line. Yesterday, the Senate Democrats passed the Green Light Bill, which will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) shared his issues with the legislation and more.

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June 17, 2019: Prevailing wage

Published - June 17, 2019

Patrick Purcell, Executive Director of the New York State Laborers Employment and Cooperation Trust, explained why his organization is advocating for changes to the prevailing wage standards.

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June 17, 2019: Driver Licences for Undocumented Immigrants

Published - June 17, 2019

Advocates are still hoping Sen. Luis Sepulveda’s Green Light Bill will see a vote in the State Senate. Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, and Jhonattan, an El Salvadoran immigrant living on Long Island, discussed the impacts this legislation would have.

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June 17, 2019: Sen. Neil Breslin

Published - June 17, 2019

Sen. Neil Breslin, (D-Albany), chair of the Senate Insurance Committee, gave us the latest updates from the State Senate and what he hopes to see accomplished by the end of the week.

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June 14, 2019: Medication-assisted treatment

Published - June 14, 2019

The effects of opioid addiction do not disappear at the jailhouse door. A package of legislation sponsored by Asm. Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), chair of the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, would bring medication-assisted treatment to New York’s correctional institutions. We heard from the Assemblymember and Patricia Herring, activist and mother of Matthew who died of an overdose in 2017, on the legislation.

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June 14, 2019: W&L and Reporters

Published - June 14, 2019

Starting off this Friday, Zach Williams, reporter at City and State filled us in on who made this week’s Winners and Losers list. Then, we looked back at the news-filled week that was with Vivian Wang, State Politics reporter for the New York Times, and Bill Mahoney, Politico NY reporter.

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June 13, 2019: Government oversight

Published - June 13, 2019

With five legislative session days remaining, Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, and John Kaehny, Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, updated us on the latest with JCOPE and what they expect will be in a potential “big ugly” now that there is agreement on rent reform.

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