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The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:00am
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David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values argues against casino gambling in New York.

Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy continues her fight for funding quality early care and learning.

The latest Siena Poll is out.  Steve Greenberg drops by the studio.

John Holko of Lenape Resources, and a spokesman for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York says the process of approving fracking in New York state has become “purely a political decision, and has no relevance to science or fact”.   He joins us to discuss the expectations of industry.

Here & Now
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 12:00pm
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The show will cover March on Washington anniversary events as well as other news of the day.

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson will host from 12-4 PM ET.  Joining them from the Mall, will be Hansi Lo Wang of NPR’s Code Switch Team, NPR reporter Allison Keyes. White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro or Scott Horsley will also report during the afternoon.

NPR’s Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and Professor Julian Zelizer from Princeton will join Robin and Jeremy for special coverage.

 Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton as well as Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis will be speaking at some point in the afternoon, as well as President Obama.

 

Mon, 09/02/2013 - 8:00pm

WBGO's Josh Jackson hosts sets from three stages.

Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter --> Wayne Shorter Quartet
Rez Abbasi Trio
Gregory Porter
Terence Blanchard Quintet w guest Herbie Hancock

Jon Batiste & Stay Human
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Joshua Redman
Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra!

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:00am
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Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway returns to the show to preview tomorrow's 7th annual meeting of the Common Ground Alliance.

Bill Farber is not only the Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, he’s one of the people organizing this weekend’s Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake.  He joins us to discuss just how critical tourism is to the park.

John Faso has some things to say about Eliot Spitzer.  Faso was the Republican who was trounced by the then-popular Attorney General in the race for Governor in 2006.  With Spitzer’s return to the political stage. Faso, now Partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLC along with his on-air companion Sean Casey of Eric Mower join us to say things like “I told you so”.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Tue, 07/16/2013 - 11:00am
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Governor Cuomo discusses FEMA’s financial response to recent flooding in central New York as well as the possibility of a special session to deal with the shortfall.  

And we meet 2 members of the crowded field of candidates vying to be Albany’s next mayor:  City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan and then, City Councilman Corey Ellis.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 07/10/2013 - 11:00am
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Former Federal Prosecutor Michael Koenig, Partner at the firm Hinckley Allen shares his thoughts on the people picked to populate Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission. 
NYC Comptroller Candidate Scott Stringer.
State lawmakers have used a variety of legislative tools to steer millions in government money to nonprofit groups with whom they’re closely affiliated; and such relationships are at the root of scandals that have ensnared at least eight state legislators in New York.   We know this thanks in part to an investigative report by the Center for Public Integrity.   We will speak with journalist Nicholas Kusnetz who is a reporter in the State Integrity Investigation unit of CPI. 
A look at back at wins and losses in the legislative session for AARP with Bill Ferris.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 06/27/2013 - 11:00am
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Wednesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court is being hailed as a victory by the gay rights movement. In a 4-5 decision, the court struck down the constitutionality of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  In what is also considered a win for advocates of marriage equality, the Court declined to hear an appeal out of California dealing with the same issue.  Albany Law Professor & New York Court Watch blogger Vincent Bonventre will have analysis of the decision.

Some reaction to the ruling.

Back in January, the long time executive director of the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute announced he would be retiring at the end of this year’s session.  Well, the session is over, but FPI still hasn’t found a replacement for Frank Mauro.  Mauro has been with the organization since 1993; before that he worked for the Assembly Way & Means Committee, and headed up the Rockefeller Institute.  FPI’s Frank Mauro sits down with us to talk about the past and the future.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 06/26/2013 - 11:00am
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Former federal prosecutor Michael Koenig, Managing Partner in the Albany office of Hinckley Allen, will help shepherd us through the Moreland process.

Attorney General Schneiderman spoke on his efforts to force mortgage lenders to adhere to consumer protection standards in Syracuse on Tuesday.  Kirsten Keefe of the Empire Justice Center has worked with the AG on this issue on behalf of New Yorkers, ensuring we have access to mortgage settlement agreements to stave off foreclosure.  She won a victory in the legislature this session.

We meet a Republican who wants to be Governor, Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin of the 107th Assembly District.

Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives at CSS and a co-founder of Health Care for All New York Campaign (HCFANY) updates us on where the state stands on the new health exchanges.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Tue, 06/25/2013 - 11:00am
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Senator Mike Gianaris joins us to talk about the session, its failures and victories.  One failure for good government?  A campaign finance provision in the gambling bill was deleted.  It would have limited gambling interests from donating heavily to the very politicians who will determine the locations of casino gambling venues in the state. 

Another failure took place last week in Washington when the House couldn’t pass a flawed farm bill… or even come up with a bill not punitive to the nation’s working poor.  The bill that was voted on would have ended food stamp assistance for 2 million people.  We speak to two guests about the bill, first, NY Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, and then we follow up with the Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network, Mark Dunlea.

SUNY Adjunct Professor of Political Science Bruce Gyory of Corning Place shares his analysis of the legislation session.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 06/20/2013 - 11:00am
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Governor Cuomo discusses the end of session at 11:06.

Upstate Assembly Democrat Addie Russell is not at all pleased by how the Women’s Equality Agenda is being dismantled.

The Junior League’s Denise Murphy McGraw makes one final Olympian push for passage of tougher laws to punish human trafficking.

We hope to speak with a Senate Republican:  We are crossing our fingers for Senators Marchione; Young; Ritchie or Little.

And then Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg discusses the emotional rollercoaster of this session including the loss and subsequent restoration of funding for people with developmental disabilities.

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