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The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:00am
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So Tax Free NY is out there.  With only a few weeks left in the legislative session, what about Women’s Equality, Mandate Relief, Dream Act, casino gambling and Campaign Finance Reform?

First we hear from Senator Mike Gianaris.

Then Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb weighs in.

President Dick Iannuzzi of New York State United Teachers joins us to discuss what could be a new wrinkle in the teacher evaluation system.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:00am
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Governor Cuomo spent the day Wednesday traveling to Syracuse & Buffalo to introduce a plan that would create a tax-free zone around the state’s universities and community colleges.  He joins us today to explain how the plan will work, and respond to union criticism.

The head of the Tompkins County Board of Supervisors, Martha Robertson is running for Congress.  Last week she received an endorsement from Emily’s List. 

Financial expert Deborah Rogers will be here to discuss research the indicates “the long-term benefits of  fracking may be illusory and more similar to the housing bubble bust than  the economic silver bullet promised by the gas industry.” Rogers is a former investment banker; financial consultant  for Wall Street firms including Merrill Lynch and Smith  Barney, and she served on the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of  Dallas from 2008-2011.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 05/22/2013 - 11:00am
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In yesterday’s Syracuse.com/Post-Standard, reporter Michelle Breidenbach anticipated the first meeting between Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Governor Andrew Cuomo “since their public back-and-forth over the governor’s proposed pension smoothing plan.”  It was to have happened last night at the executive mansion in Albany during a meeting of state Democratic Committee leaders.  So how’d it go?  We will ask Mayor Miner this morning, as well as discuss with her the financial future of Syracuse.

Assemblymember Donna Lupardo and Senator George Latimer have an idea about how to cut costs as the state starts planning how to administer the new tax rebate program.  They will both be here to outline their proposal.

Anti-fracking activists & housing reform advocates have found common ground in their support of public campaign financing.  What’s the link?  John Armstrong from Frack Action and Jaron Benjamin, of the Metropolitan Council on Housing and a leader of the Real Rent Reform campaign join us to explain.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:00am
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With the resignation today of disgraced pol Vito Lopez, the NY Daily News is reporting that the Governor isn’t inclined to call a special election to replace him.  What if Lopez pursues a run for City Council?  Governor Andrew Cuomo joins us today to discuss this situation as well as other issues.

Steve Greenberg shares the latest bits of popular wisdom from the Siena Research Institute.

Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is still pushing for passage of Jay J’s Law, a bill that will crackdown on repeat child abuse.   

While it might be tempting to give more power to the executive branch in the wake of legislative scandals…  don’t.   That's the message from former Assemblyman & current fellow at Demos and the Wagner School Richard Brodsky is sending in his latest Albany Times Union commentary

Prime Time Radio
Sun, 05/19/2013 - 10:00am
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First, Rick Atkinson’s final volume of The Liberation Trilogy, “The Guns at Last Light,” is the epic story of D-Day and the 700 mile thrust to the heart of the Third Reich that led to the triumphant liberation of Europe. With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson’s accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.

Then, 75 million baby boomers are coping with the challenges of aging relatives. They are facing some of the hardest decisions they will ever have to make. Some are reaching out to elder care advocates who provide relief and individual solutions that so many overwhelmed families and baby boomers desperately need.

Rick Atkinson, Mary Beth Swan, and Barbara Newman Mannix, this week on Prime Time Radio.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:00am
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To fix “robo-signing” abuses, courts in New York now require lenders to file a certificate of merit during a foreclosure action, but not at the time of filing.  But the rule is being circumvented, leading to clogged court dockets and a perversion of justice for homeowners.  Cases that have been delayed in this way are in a limbo referred to as “the shadow docket”.  The Empire Justice Center’s Senior Attorney Kirsten Keefe joins us with an explanation and a possible legislative solution. 

So far so good for that giant Canada-to-NYC transmission line.  Last month, the Champlain Hudson Power Express received the necessary approvals to continue their fight from state energy regulators.   But the deal is far from done.  What’s next?  And what are the challenges?  Don Jessome of Transmission Developers joins us to explain. 

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has news to share about the pension fund; plus he will discuss his views on shareholder activism.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:00am
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Where is everybody?   No Senate today, but the Assembly is convening.  Governor Andrew Cuomo is on route to Albany. The Governor joins us to discuss public campaign financing, the end-of-session and casino gambling.

Albany-area Democrat State Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk has sponsored a bill called the “Broadband Internet Access Act”.  She explains why it’s necessary. 

According to a new Rockefeller Institute report on state revenues, things may look positive at first glance when it comes to taxes, but a closer look reveals uncertainty.   "While the Great Recession ended more than three years ago, the damage caused by the Great Recession on state tax revenues is significant and it will take years before the states fully recover." Tom Gais of the Rockefeller Institute joins us to discuss the Institute’s findings.

The State Office of Technology's David Salway and the NYS Economic Development Council's Brian McMahon weigh in on several pieces of legislation in addition to Senator Cathy Young’s that could bolster broadband in the state’s most remote regions.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:00am
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Hear an archive of today's program here.

Ken Adams, The man tasked with spurring economic development in New York State, sits down with Curtis Schick to discuss summit politics, tourism and broadband access.

Amid new revelations that lawmakers have worn wire taps to implicate other lawmakers, the New York Times reports the following in relation to the Vita Lopez sex scandal:  "The Legislature sent a letter to the state’s ethics commission and demanded that it extensively edit an investigative report into the sexual harassment allegations, removing details about how Mr. Silver’s staff handled the scandal, according to several people who have seen the letter."  We talk with Dick Dadey about what may be yet another attempt to hide Albany's ugliest side from public scrutiny.

The Forgotten Victims of Attica are working with AG Eric Schneiderman to seek the release of records four decades after the bloodiest prison uprising in US history. Attorneys Joe Heath as well as Elizabeth Fink, the attorney for the Attica Brothers Legal Defense, who began work on the Attica case in 1974.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 05/06/2013 - 11:00am
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*Curtis Schick hosts today’s radio show

Barbara Bartoletti of the NY League of Women Voters drops by.

School districts across the state hold budget hearings this week.  For some, the Governor’s tax cap has become more problematic than productive.  But mandate relief would change that calculation.  Mark Eagan, President and CEO of the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce shares thoughts on the subject.

Last week we heard from Albany County Executive Dan McCoy on privatizing the nursing home in Albany.  Today, CSEA’s Stephen Madarasz weighs in with a different perspective.  

Demos & NYU Wagner School fellow Richard Brodsky on why cynicism is more dangerous than corruption.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:00am
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Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewrt-Cousins discusses the Reproductive Health Act.

Yesterday the Business Council hosted a forum on the current state of municipal finances which threaten local economies and jobs. Today two of the forum's speakers join us to discuss the same topic. The Empire Center's E.J. McMahon and Demos's Richard Brodsky discuss suffering cities, pensions and tax caps.

Next up, fracking. Gas industry attorney Tom West and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli discuss the delayed decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York. Natural Resources Defense Council Deputy Director Kate Sinding and Melissa Bishop will fill us in on the repeal of a gag order on fracking in the town of Stanford.

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