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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.

The Capitol Pressroom
Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:00am
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The New York Public Interest Research Group has filed a complaint with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) over “the possible failure of certain state political parties to report their lobbying activities”.   What’s it mean?  We ask NYPIRG’s Blair Horner.

A coalition of progressive groups today presents 5 recommendations to the Pataki/McCall Tax Commission “that would ease the pressure on the property tax and begin to address the incredible problems our state is facing in terms of income inequality and poverty”.  We hear from Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and Josh Kellerman of ALIGN.

Ken Lovett of the NY Daily News reports that Carl Paladino is warming to a Rob Astorino candidacy.  We discuss  the 2014 gubernatorial race with the former Republican candidate for Governor.

Casino gambling isn’t enough to jumpstart upstate New York’s economy says Karen Moreau, Executive Director of the NYS Petroleum Council.  She joins with an argument to begin hydrofracking.

The Capitol Pressroom
Tue, 10/22/2013 - 11:00am
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Questar III BOCES Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle discusses the frustration parents are feeling around the New York State Assessments, the APPR and the Common Core and what BOCES is doing about it.

EPA named Onondaga County one of the country's top 10 leaders in green infrastructure.   Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney opens up about her commitment to the environment. 

Onondaga District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, a Moreland Commission co-Chair, joins us with his thoughts on how effective the panel has been so far.

Heather Briccetti, President and CEO of the Business Council of NY, is a champion of the Common Core.  She drops by to explain why the business community backs the new standards.

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.

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