Streams

 

Capitol Pressroom

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, February 27, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Medicaid is one of the primary cost drivers in the state; reforming the system is long overdue. As policy makers explore possible ways to contain costs, they also must balance the needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers who depend on services that Medicaid provides. Today on the Capitol Pressroom we discuss the impact that certain state policies have had on two of these groups: people with mental illness and people with developmental disabilities.

Mental Illness
When state psychiatric facilities close, where do the residents go? According to the Mental Illness Policy Organization, too many go to prison. Patricia Baker, Vice President the New York State Public Employees Federation joins us along with DJ Jaffe, the founder of Mental Illness Policy Org to discuss what their respective organizations both consider trends of concern regarding the state's policy of transitioning people with mental illness from state institutions into community-based care.

Developmental Disabilities
Similarly, the state is hoping to close some larger institutions where people with developmental disabilities live. This comes in response to both the cost of care, as well as widely publicized systemic abuses within the system. Albany Law School's Bridgit Burke and Rhonda Frederick of the nonprofit provider Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York will share concerns about the changes being implemented.

“Home” Rulings
Ithaca attorney Helen Slottje, of the Community Environmental Defense Council joins us along with Katherine Nadeau of Environmental Advocates with a pro-home rule perspective on the court decisions in both the Dryden & Middlefield cases.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, January 23, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb joins us in the studio.

Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, an advocate for low wealth schools, got half of what he wanted from the Governor’s budget. Now what?

The redistricting maps will be released this week (today?) Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters offers us a primer on how to quickly deduce the story behind the lines.

And Debra Winger is in town for a huge rally along with other celeb & non-celeb-anti-frackers.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capital Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Andrew Cuomo knows how to generate political capital and use it sparingly. According to state financing expert Robert Ward of the Rockefeller Institute, last year the Governor "didn't use the extraordinary language--in-appropriations powers" created by Robert Megna and used by former Governor David Paterson, "but still achieved an incredible array of successes". Today, Ward joins us with analysis of the budget process and Cuomo's expert use of it.

Larry Levy, Executive Dean at Hofstra's National Center for Suburban Studies, will be here with analysis of what the particular demographics around the state want to hear from the budget.

Pentecostal preacher & the lone standing member of the 4 Amigos, Senator Ruben Diaz is a well-known contrarian who stands firmly against the Governor's call for expanded casino gambling. He will share his budget views with us.

And we meet Tom Allon, CEO of Manhattan Media, which publishes City & State Allon was picked by the Liberal Party to run as their candidate for NYC Mayor in 2013. The Liberal Party has been dormant for a while, not running any candidates for either state or citywide office since 2005.

 

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, January 06, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Is the teacher evaluation process in the state “a failure”? Richard Iannuzzi doesn’t think so. We will speak with the President of NYSUT, New York State United Teachers about the Governor’s pronouncements that the evaluation system doesn’t work, and children have no lobbyists in state government.

Dr. John King, the Commissioner of the Department of Education joins us with his take on the teacher evaluation battle, as well as an in-depth conversation about other critical education issues.

While the Governor's State of the State was busy with references to economic development in the North Country, there is some concern among the green community that he failed to mention the environmental & conservation needs of the Adirondack Park. John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council joins us to discuss the Governor’s environmental track record, as well as how some of Cuomo’s proposals (think energy highway from Canada) could affect the future of the Park.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

On The Capitol Pressroom radio show, we hear from long-time political analysts Bruce Gyory & Dave Catalfamo who are both familiar with the inner-sanctum of the Capitol’s 2nd floor.

Plus we’ll be joined by Lawence Levy, long-time award-winning journalist at Newsday and current Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra.

Read More

Comments [1]

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy New Year!

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network

Nikki Jones of the Alliance for Quality Education

On-line higher education featuring Excelsior College’s John Ebersole; SUNY Empire State College’s Alan Davis & Russell Sage’s Susan Scrimshaw.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

What are next session’s most critical issues? We hear first from the Senate Democrats represented by Senator Neil Breslin.

Former gubernatorial candidate John Faso shares the GOP’s priorities, as well as his take on the future of the State's Republican Party.

Bill Samuels, Founder of the New Roosevelt Institute, is pressing Governor Cuomo to take a lead role in campaign finance reform by pledging not to take corporate campaign donations.

Bob Ward of the Rockefeller Institute on taxation and representation.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

If Spitzer was the luv guv, could Cuomo be the beluved guv? Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll joins Susan with his latest survey of registered voters which gives an early Christmas present to Governor Cuomo. The highest approval ratings of his tenure: 68 to 17 percent of voters approve of the job the Governor is doing. The Governor even has 63% approval among the GOP. Can it be sustained?

Advocates for the developmentally disabled are watching the Governor like a hawk this week waiting to see if he’ll sign legislation to create an abuse prevention notification system. Joining us will be the sponsor of the legislation in Assembly (A8330), Harvey Weisenberg and Bridgit Burke, an Associate Clinical Professor & Director of the Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic at Albany Law School.

Calling all artistes! The lines that designate voting districts in the state have been given two thumbs down by such notable critics as Common Cause, so the critics have turned the tables, developing an on-line mapping tool for people like you to give it a shot. At the same time, the group has come up with its own version of maps, “drawn according to good government principles”. Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner shows off her collection.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, December 19, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

The North Country was a big winner in the economic development grant competition. While the 16 projects that won the $103.2 million dollars are posted on-line, we wanted to know how these projects will leverage growth throughout the region, and help to create the 1000 promised new jobs? Where will be they?

Susan speaks with two long-time proponents of development in the North Country to hear what they are hoping for: Bill Farber, Chairman of the Board of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors as well as the county Republican Chairman and the Supervisor of the Town of Morehouse; as well as Jim McKenna of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

Unemployment among war veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is higher than for other vets, as well as higher than for their peers without college degrees. Over the next five, years with overseas conflicts coming to an end, an estimated one million more veterans will be entering the job market -- a concern in upstate New York considering the lackluster economy and the numbers of veterans upstate counties have sent to fight overseas.

Is there help? We speak with Sgt. Maj. John Willsey of the 42nd Special Troops Battalion who has suggestions for returning veterans looking for work, as well as advice to prospective employers hesitant to hire veterans with any history of PTSD.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and Citizens for Tax Justice have partnered on a newly released report on corporate tax dodgers. Co-author and ITEP Executive Director Matthew Gardner will share details.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

  • We’ll take a look at the new crop of commissioners tapped to run JCOPE.
  • This year CSEA President Danny Donohue has walked a fine line between supporting the Governor’s programs, including last week’s package of tax reforms, and criticizing him on issues like pension reform. Today we speak with this long-time labor leader about his expectations for the coming session.
  • Apparently there are loads of ways that New York State can help you pay for college. Unfortunately, they’re hidden behind walls of bureaucracy. Today the Chairperson of the Assembly Higher Education Committee Deborah Glick and former Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid Services at HESC, Brian Matthews, will help to unearth these funding gems.
Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, December 12, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Thomas Kaplan, an Albany Correspondent for the New York Times, shares his political analysis of the events that transpired last week, and racks our focus on one or two key issues we should be paying attention to during the upcoming session.

Gay rights activist Libby Post, co-founder of the Empire State Pride Agenda weighs in on the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms lawsuit challenging the process by which the state’s new same sex marriage law came about.

Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics introduces listeners to opensecrets.org, and how it can be utilized this election year. Plus, how is secrecy in funddraising is affecting politics? What determines transparency? Why should some groups have the ability to maintain funding secrecy others not? Who benefits from this secrecy? When it comes to following the money, Krumholz is considered a top expert. She will join us by phone.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, December 09, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Chairman of the State Senate Finance Committee John DeFrancisco discusses the how events of the past week unfolded; his conference’s next step in the “prisoner gerrymandering lawsuit”; and his priorities for the upcoming session.

And then we look at the view from DC, first with 23rd Congressional District Rep. Bill Owens who will comment on Albany versus DC in light of the recent compromise on the millionaire's tax. We will also ask him about the payroll tax cut, regulation and the US mail.

And 21st Congressional District Rep. Paul Tonko a former member of the New York State Assembly, weighs in on transparency versus productivity in Washington as well as in Albany, and why one set of lawmakers is able to compromise while the other appears not to.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Unlike many lawmakers, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is not all that thrilled about the deal hammered out by the Governor and both houses of the legislature in the wee hours. He will join us to discuss the issues, and (hopefully) comment on the winners & losers in the race for economic development cash.

Last week the State won the battle over where prisoners should be counted for the purposes of redistricting – the decision is considered a win for Senate Democrats. Queens lawmaker Democrat Mike Gianaris has reaction.

And Blair Horner a VP at the American Cancer Society and a long-time political observer at the Capitol in Albany weighs in on the vast spectrum of issues unfolding here.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, D-132nd District - parts of Rochester, and the towns of Irondequoit & Brighton – chairs the Standing Committee on Insurance and sits on the Rules and Ways and Means committees. He will join us in the studio to discuss this afternoon’s special session, as well as the possibility of a constitutional amendment on casino gambling.

Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute weighs in on the three-way tax restructuring deal announced by Governor Cuomo & Legislative leaders yesterday.

Cathy Kenny of the American Petroleum Institute compares the Empire State's due diligence around hydrofracking, to that of other states.

And even as opponents of New York's same sex marriage law win a round in court, Robert Freeman of the State's Committee on Open Government isn't convinced that the Governor violated the state's open meetings law by conducting closed meetings to court GOP supporters in advance of the vote.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

JCOPE, or the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is slated to rev up by Monday December 12th. It’s Albany’s latest iteration of legislative and lobbying oversight, designed to replace the CPI – the Commission on Public Integrity, but to also have power over state lawmakers. Before JCOPE, and before CPI, there was the State’s Temporary Commission on Lobbying headed up by ethics gadfly David Grandeau. Today Grandeau offers up his assessment of JCOPE’s future, and discusses Albany’s ethical challenges starting with the recently acquitted Assemblyman William Boyland.

Can Cuomo do what Washington can’t? Bring a bipartisan group together to raise taxes? And what are the political pros and cons of a Special Session? Around which issues will the legislative leaders be tangling? We have a lot of questions today for Bruce Gyory, a Democratic strategist with Corning Place Consultants, former advisor to three governors as well as a political science professor at the University at Albany, and the former senior vice president at the Empire State Development Corporation. He'll be joined by Pataki communications director and adviser Dave Catalfamo, a 20 year veteran of New York State government now with Capitol Public Strategies.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, December 05, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Two views on the Governor’s tax reform plan featuring Siena adjunct professor David Liebschutz formerly of CGR, and then, the Manhattan Institute’s EJ McMahon weighs in.

Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett of the NY Daily News will have political analysis.

Adam Lisburg, Editor of the newly merged City & State (www.cityandstateny.com)

Read More

Comment

The Empire

‘The Capitol Pressroom’ with Susan Arbetter at 11 am

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":


Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium has a lot to say about the obstacles he sees as fixing the school aid inequities in the state.

We host a “moderated conversation” about hydrofracking featuring Norse Energy Vice President Dennis Holbrook & James “Chip” Northrup, retired oil & gas executive, and vocal anti-fracking activist.

And the Industries for the Blind of New York State is releasing an economic impact study conducted by the University of Buffalo on Thursday that shows that blind and visually impaired New Yorkers are big contributors to the state's economy. Chris Burke joins us with details.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

‘The Capitol Pressroom’ with Susan Arbetter at 11 am

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses the Regional Economic Development presentations as well as the close of the DEC’s public comment period on hydrofracking

NYSUT’s Dick Iannuzzi discusses education policy.

WCNY’s Matt Michael, formerly of the Syracuse Post Standard, discusses how he and fellow reporter Mike McAndrew initially broke the Bernie Fine story back in 2002.

Read More

Comment

The Empire

Cuomo takes to the airwaves this morning

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set for another two-fer this morning, hitting up the Fred Dicker show on WGDJ 1300 AM in Albany at about 10:07 am this morning. You can listen in here.

After that he'll be on Susan Arbetter's "The Capitol Pressroom" program which you can listen to as a live stream here on the Empire. That'll be shortly after 11:00 am.

The Governor likes to double down on radio appearances, usually indicating something big is happening, or, more than likely in this case, that his administration's message is being distorted. I'm going to hazard to guess he'll be addressing the report in the Wall Street Journal this morning that his administration is looking to overhaul the tax code which may appear to be a back-door millionaires' tax plan. His administration is denying there's any such thing.

Of course, this may have been in the works for some time.

Read More

Comments [2]

The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter at 11 am

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Stephen Acquario, the Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties comments on what NYSAC would like to see from the Regional Economic Development Councils this week.

NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney connects the campaign filing “dots” for us.

Greg May, VP of Residential Mortgage Lending at Tompkins Trust Company, shares his concerns about gas leases and residential mortgages.

Read More

Comment