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.

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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.