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The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 05/06/2013 - 11:00am

*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

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.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 11:00am
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We discuss ethics reform and the end of session with Senator Dean Skelos.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is in the middle of a battle over the county nursing home.

Are brownfield remediation tax credits working? 

In June 2012, Standard and Poor's Ratings Services lowered Rockland county’s long-term general obligation bond rating to 'BBB-' from 'BBB+' and rated the management practices as ‘vulnerable’ based on overly optimistic budgeting.  Moody’s did something similar.  Rockland was the focus of a report by the State Comptroller’s office recently and is on DiNapoli’s fiscal monitoring radar.  Today we speak with County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef about how he is righting Rockland’s financial boat.

New Dimensions
Wed, 05/01/2013 - 1:00pm
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Ryan has a dream for America which is to create a society that has healthcare for all, a sustainable eco-system, fosters creativity at the highest levels, and time to connect with family and friends. He sees us slowing down and becoming more kind and more aware. To help us do this, he advocates training ourselves in mindfulness awareness. He, and others, are successfully introducing this practice in many of our institutions like schools, the military, healthcare, and even in Congress. It‘s his experience that the simple practice of mindfulness can help us flourish as individuals and as a nation. He took time from his highly stressful work in Congress for a meditation retreat and he describes what he learned, “You realize that you are not your thoughts. You can choose to entertain [your thoughts] and give them a lot of power, energy, and strength. You can blindly follow them or you can see them just as thoughts and then come back to yourself and choose which thoughts you want to entertain.”   Mindfulness gives us the benefit of being more effective and resilient in our lives. We need this more than ever if we are to create a better world for all. (Hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Congressman Tim Ryan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and is currently serving in his fifth term, representing Ohio’s 17th Congressional District.  He’s a member of the House Armed Services Committee and serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus.  Congressman Ryan has a daily mindfulness meditation practice and has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness as an aid to dealing with a variety of complex problems facing the nation. He’s the author of:
◦A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit  (Hay House 2012)

More about Tim Ryan’s work 

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 04/29/2013 - 11:00am

Larry Levy, the Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hostra weighs in on the challenges Governor Andrew Cuomo faces during the rest of the session.
It’s Adirondack Day at the State Capitol – It’s a chance for lawmakers to discuss the issues facing the north country while at the same noshing on regional cuisine.  Today on the show, a round-up of guests will rotate in and out of the studio to talk policy and politics -- including Senator Betty Little & Assemblyman Marc Butler.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 04/17/2013 - 11:00am

Governor Andrew Cuomo lays out the 2nd of his series of proposals to fight public corruption.  We will also touch on how New York is assisting the Baystate in its investigation into the bombings at the marathon.   

And now there are 3.   Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses the pros and cons of the three different campaign finance reform proposals that have been recently presented.  Plus, we’ll ask her to weigh in on the latest Quinnipiac poll which asks voters how they feel about the new leadership coalition in the state senate.

We discuss 2 issues today with Bruce Gyory, political consultant with Corning Place Communications and SUNY Albany adjunct professor of political science, the national debate around gun control and what we can expect for the rest of this legislative session.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:00am

Governor Andrew Cuomo joins us at 11:06am to discuss the corruption charges that came to light last week, and what he intends to do to clean up Albany.

Meanwhile, there are dueling narratives playing out in the tabloid press about the Governor’s plans regarding legislative leaders.  What are we to make of this?  Executive Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies & former Newsday journalist Larry Levy, and former state assemblyman, and current fellow at the Demos think tank in New York City and at the Wagner School at New York University, Richard Brodsky weigh in.

From IDA reform to pension smoothing, Mark Eagan, President & CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce shares his thoughts on the new state budget and the Governor’s plans going forward.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 04/03/2013 - 11:00am

Wednesday 4/3:  Susan Arbetter speaks with Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk about the budget and campaign finance reform.She begins a three day discussion on Broome County's loss of population with Broome County historian Gerry Smith, Department of Labor's Christian Harris, and WSKG's Matthew Richmond.

(Find audio archives here)


Thursday 4/4: CSEA’s Steve Madarasz joins us to discuss this week’s layoffs of state workers. The Sierra Club’s Roger Downs presents this year’s environmental super bills, which are the pieces of legislation marked as priorities by a coalition of 14 environmental and public interest groups.  Downs will also share data on the money industry has spent in the past fighting these bills.

In Part II of our focus on the Plight of Broome County, we speak with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Broome County Executive Debbie Preston about the factors that allow communities to thrive; the dwindling tax base; the opportunities presented by universities; and whether the investments made by the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council are paying off.


Friday 4/5:  Aaron Short, City & State’s Albany reporter will provide the week’s Winners & Losers.

It was like something out of 2009 (or 2008… or 2007).   A scandal-scarred week in Albany featuring the arrests of elected officials involved in bribery schemes so primitive that one deal took place in a hotel bathroom. Syracuse Post-Standard’s Teri Weaver & Newsday’s Yancey Roy provide analysis.

How can Broome County fix the social ills that come from economic decline while at the same time bring jobs to a region that’s been stagnant for decades?

In the 3rd installment of our look at Broome County, we speak to Alan Hertel, Executive Director of the United Way of Broome County and
Terry Wood, President & CEO of Willow Run Foods as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.

Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:00am

The Assembly passed the budget but not everyone thinks the plan will deliver.  The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Frank Mauro describes the minimum wage bill as one step forward 4 steps back.   What does he mean by that?  We will check in with him.

David Salway, Director of NYS’s Broadband Program Office explains how a 25-million dollar grant to bring broadband to rural areas of New York State may help revitalize the North Country. We say farewell to an eloquent and tireless voice on behalf of our water and air: 

Rob Moore, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York is stepping down next month to work for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Time of Useful Conciousness
Fri, 03/22/2013 - 1:30pm
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When Sandor Katz escaped from NY City and joined a rural off the electric grid community in Tennessee a little over two decades ago he knew very little about growing vegetables and even less about fermenting them. His amazing development as teacher and author of two books: Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, was fueled by fond memories of pickles he relished as a kid in NYC, love for the nourishing power of good foods, and his deep interest in the culture, art and history of fermentation. His great appeal as a teacher and speaker also lies in his direct and honest approach to life. He is openly gay and living with AIDS and is convinced of the healing power of food.


The 2012 Heirloom Seed Expo, an annual event at the height of the harvest season in Santa Rosa, CA, brought together the dedicated food activists with their organized resistance to genetically modified foods and the steadfast farmers who have been protecting our common inheritance in seeds and plants. In my recent TUC radio programs I have focused on those who make the case that much of current industrial food ranges from "bad for you" to deadly.


Here it is my pleasure to present to you Sandor Katz and his eloquent redemption of the much maligned bacteria and microorganisms without which life would not be possible. Recorded 9/13/2012
Website for Sandor Katz

A recipe for sauerkraut is HERE

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