The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 11:00am

Just like newspapers, television news has cut staff and viewers have noticed.  According to a Pew Research Center report released today, there’s evidence that quality issues – namely, a lack of quality – is contributing to this trend.  Larry Levy, the Executive Dean at the National Center for suburban studies at Hofstra & former Chief Political Columnist for Newsday shares his thoughts on the link between a thriving press and democracy.

Leaders met for 3 and a half hours on Sunday without an agreement on some key issues, but they’re close according to some news reports.  Yancey Roy Newsday’s Albany Bureau Chief will update us on budget negotiations.

The Buffalo News reported last week, “Benjamin M. Wassell, 32, of Silver Creek, was accused of twice selling weapons now prohibited under the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.”  We hear reaction from Tom King of the NY Rifle & Pistol Association, as well as an update on the lawsuit filed against the state.

The Business Council is lobbying hard against an extension of a utility tax in the state budget.  BCNY Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalski joins us.