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Charter Schools Top the Lobbying Chart in Albany

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WNYC
With controversies brewing in New York State over new learning standards and testing, charter groups and teachers' unions spent the most in lobbying dollars last year.
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WNYC News

Report: State Senate Leader Dean Skelos and Son Under Investigation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The New York Times reports that prosecutors and FBI investigators are looking into whether Skelos used his influence to award a contract to a company that employed his son. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

First Silver, Now Skelos?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Capital New York's Albany bureau chief Jimmy Vielkind talks about the reports that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son are the subjects of a federal investigation.

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WNYC News

Listen to the Chaos Behind the Albany Budget Negotiations

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Things got heated as frustrated legislators debated "the worst budget I've ever seen."

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WNYC News

New York State Lawmakers Pass $142 Billion Budget

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Senate passed the budget late Tuesday night and the Assembly wrapped up early Wednesday morning, just after the start of a new state fiscal year.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Boosting the Economy, One Yacht Sale at a Time?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Lest New Yorkers purchase and dock their boats in Florida, the New York state budget now provides a tax break on boats over $230,000. Hear a breakdown of the ideas behind this.

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Schoolbook

New York Budget Increases School Funding, Amends Teacher Eval Rules

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC
Under deadline pressure, Democrats in Albany reluctantly agreed to a deal on how teachers are evaluated despite opposition from educators and policy makers across the state.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany Makes a Budget Deal

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lawmakers in Albany have announced a budget deal. Capital New York's Jimmy Vielkind discusses the details of the deal, including what's missing and what made it in. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's In and What's Out as Albany Enters Budget Crunch Time

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As the deadline approaches, a clearer picture is emerging of what's included in the New York State budget. Ethics reform is in. DREAM Act is out. Here's what else you need to know.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

#SaveNYC; Living Cancer; Club Crawls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vanishing New York; NYS budget deadline nears; Dr. Harold Varmus; how to talk to people who have cancer; one woman's story of reconciliation & a crawl through NYC's nightlife history.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Three Men (and a Woman?) In a Room

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate Minority Leader (D-35), says she deserves a spot at the table with the proverbial "three men in a room" during Albany's budget negotiations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Potential for Ethics Reform in Albany

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Assembly Speaker and Governor came to an agreement on ethics reform last night. Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky shares the details, then good government groups weigh in.

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WNYC News

Abortion Provision is Removed from Women's Equality Act

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lawmakers are moving ahead with approving other portions of Gov. Cuomo’s package of measures for women's rights.

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WNYC News

Lone Female Legislative Leader Left Out in the Cold

Monday, March 16, 2015

WNYC
Gov. Cuomo seems to be snubbing Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins during private talks as the April 1st deadline to pass the state budget draws near.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany Politics; Subway Troubles & The Bystander Effect

Monday, March 16, 2015

It's budget season in Albany; poor subway service this winter; the "bystander effect" at a big fight in a McDonald's; what our passwords say about us & a sensual experience of the past.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany Politics: Email Transparency and Budget Talks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Capital New York's Albany bureau chief, Jimmy Vielkind, discusses Gov. Andrew Cuomo's search for an appropriate email-retention policy, budget talks and other news from upstate.

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WNYC News

Speaker Heastie Expresses Frustration Over Cuomo's Budget Demands

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In his first broadcast Interview with public TV and radio, the assembly leader says the governor should not link unrelated items to the state budget.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Cuomo Administration Purges Employee Inboxes

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Cuomo administration has a new policy to delete state employees' emails after 90 days. Capital New York's Jimmy Vielkind and NYS Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell discuss the policy.

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WNYC News

Hundreds of Teachers Rally Against Cuomo's Education Plans

Monday, March 02, 2015

They said the governor is pushing a "test and punish" agenda in public schools.

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WNYC News

Can Albany Open the Door on Three Men in a Room?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WNYC
The arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver rattled Albany last month, but will it put a dent in the broader structure of three men controlling all the political decisions?

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