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From the State Capitol in Albany, award-winning public radio host Susan Arbetter guides listeners through the maze of New York State politics and public affairs, cutting through the jargon to make sense of even the most complex issues. Arbetter infuses the show with personality and humor, giving listeners a chance to enjoy lively conversations with elected officials, political reporters, activists and analysts. Governor Andrew Cuomo is a regular guest and the timely shows stay abreast of critical issues and current events.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 11:00am

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State Senator Tony Avella 

It’s lobby day for New Yorkers for Responsible Lending Carolyn E. Coffey, Supervising Attorney at MFY Legal Services, Inc. and Jennifer Sinton of South Brooklyn Legal Services discuss debt collection and settlement conferences.


Former state Attorney General and long-time Assemblyman G. Oliver Koppell is launching a primary challenge against State Senate co-chair and head of the IDC Jeff Klein.  Why does Koppell want to re-enter the political fray?  We will ask him. 


Richard Gottfried, Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee and Laurie Wen, Executive Director, Physicians for a National Health Program explain their continued push for the New York Health bill which creates a universal, single-payer health insurance program.

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Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00am

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3/12/14 : Guests are Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, leader of the Democratic Conference on the Senate’s one-house budget bills… both what she’s hoping to see, and what she expects to see.

Zombie homes and land banks are on the list of topics we will discuss with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. 

It’s Small Business Lobby Day.  Mike Durant of the National Federation of Independent Business and Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate join us to talk taxes, mandate relief, and the push back against the Governor’s tax freeze.

Political Strategist Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips shares his thoughts on the blossoming gubernatorial race as well as yesterday’s Regents vote.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:00am
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Perspectives on natural gas...

Journalist Tom Wilbur, author of the Shale Gas Review blog and Under the Surface.

Oil and gas attorney Tom West.

Elmira attorney Chris Denton.

Gas free Seneca's Joseph Campbell.

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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:00am
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Analysis of the Governor's budget courtesy of Corning Place political strategist and advisor to multiple governors Bruce Gyory.

Michael Kink of Strong Economy for All and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness are critical of what they call a spending plan that caters to the rich.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle shares his thoughts on the budget and discusses how the Assembly's priorities may differ from the Governor's.

Before he leaves for "the Island" we have the pleasure of hearing Larry Levy's analysis of the Governor's spending plan.  Levy is a long-time former Newsday journalist as well as the current Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra.

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Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:00am
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Two perspectives on the Governor’s State of the State:  Democrat Bruce Gyory and Republican Dave Catalfamo weigh in on elements of the Governor’s 2.2 billion dollar tax relief plan.

Anti-Fracking activists from across the state are converging upon Albany today to keep up the pressure on Governor Cuomo to ban hydrofracking in New York.  According to activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber, this is the movement’s “defining moment”.   John Armstrong of Frack Action will join us.

A centerpiece of the Governor’s tax proposals is a 2-year tax freeze for residents of localities that prove they are consolidating.  Mayor Stephanie Miner of Syracuse shares her thoughts on the issue.

This is the Governor’s final State of the State of his first term in office.  What does need to achieve? Larry Levy, Executive Director of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies provides analysis.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 01/06/2014 - 11:00am
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The legislative session begins on Wednesday but before we look ahead, we want to reflect on the year that just ended.  What were the biggest stories of 2013?  Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, Yancey Roy, Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday and Nick Reisman, Reporter for Time Warner Cable News’ Capital Tonight all help us put 2013 to bed.

According to the New York Times, Governor Cuomo will use his executive powers to allow a limited number of hospitals around the state to dispense medical marijuana to patients with cancer and other conditions.  We discuss the issue with one of the legislature’s strongest advocates for legalization, Staten Island Democrat, Senator Diane Savino.

Since a judge upheld a majority of the provisions in the Governor’s Safe Act, advocates for the 2nd Amendment have renewed their efforts to repeal the law.  NY2A and its affiliates are planning a series of forums over the next several months “to help educate NY citizens about how to avoid registering their lawfully possessed firearms”.  SAFE Act registration deadline is April 15, 2014.  Anti-NY Safe Act activist Jake Palmateer of NY2A joins us.

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Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:00am
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The Governor’s 2nd tax commission will release its report to the public today at 10:30am.  We discuss the report with two proponents of a ‘circuit breaker’, Ron Deutsch of NYers for Fiscal Fairness and Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition. 


It’s been called the most important decision the Adirondack Park Agency has ever made:  the classification of the newly acquired Finch Pruyn land.  The APA is set to vote on the issue by the end of the week.  Common Ground Alliance member & Hamilton County Supervisor Bill Farber reviews what’s at stake.


Can it happen in New York?  We hear what former Lt. Governor and municipal finance expert Richard Ravitch has to say about the decision by a U.S. bankruptcy judge to allow pensions to be a part of Detroit’s restructuring efforts.

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Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:00am
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The Moreland Commission released its report Monday evening to generally positive reviews from good government groups.  Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters discusses the report, what’s in it and what’s not.

Senator Liz Krueger shares her thoughts on Moreland.

The New York Farm Bureau is holding its annual meeting in Syracuse this week.   Executive Director Dean Norton shares the group’s 2014 legislative priorities.

The Fiscal Policy Institute along with groups in several active shale gas states performed a study showing the promise of jobs around fracking has been exaggerated.  Executive Director of FPI Frank Mauro explains.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 11:00am

The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee John DeFrancisco discusses a just-released GOP Conference report on tax relief

A big win for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman & New Yorkers facing foreclosure.  The AG led a national fight for (and won) an historic $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan.  He joins us to explain what the win means for New Yorkers. 

We meet mayor-elect of Binghamton Rich David.

Executive Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy weighs in on the week’s political news.

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