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Cuomo: Budget Was Victory Over 'Formidable' Opposition

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a victory lap on Wednesday, claiming the new state budget includes a better teacher evaluation system despite tough opposition from the teachers union.
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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on the budget agreement and his priorities for the rest of session.

Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association checks in.

Senator Pat Gallivan of Western New York discusses both school aid and his bill on the Scaffold Law.

Governor Andrew Cuomo took a moment to applaud the $22 million Adirondack Club & Resort deal in the Town of Tupper Lake during a conference call on Wednesday. But not everyone is a fan of the deal. Today we will be joined by attorney Bob Glennon of Protect the Adirondacks and Charlie Morrison of the Sierra Club. They are suing the Adirondack Park Agency (which they say has “become a rogue agency”), the DEC and the developer of the Adirondack Club and Resort.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, March 26, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

A new statewide coalition New Yorkers Against Fracking, is launching a campaign to ban the controversial drilling technique here in New York. Wes Gillingham of the Catskill Mountainkeeper will have details of this morning’s event. Plus keynote speaker, author, biologist and activist Sandra Steingraber will join him on the air. And she won’t just be talking about hydrofracking. She will also be dishing about her latest break-up. In case you didn’t hear the news, Sandra dumped the Sierra Club. She lets it fly in the latest edition of Orion Magazine.

The Supreme Court today begins hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Affordable Care Act. Over the next three days, the court will be presented with four questions:

  1. GATEWAY ISSUE -- Should the Justices be hearing this case at all since no one has yet been penalized for failing to obtain health insurance? Aka Anti Injunction Act
  2. INDIVIDUAL MANDATE-- Does Congress have the power to mandate that people buy healthcare coverage?
  3. DOMINO EFFECT-- If the Justices say “no” the mandate isn’t constitutional, then the next question is “Can the other provisions of the law stand?” (this is the severability question)
  4. COERSION --“Does Congress have the power to require states to expand Medicaid? Does it make it impossible for States NOT to comply by forcing them to foot the entire bill for Medicaid, if they say ‘no’?

We will be joined by three experts in different aspects of the case. Susan Low Bloch, a Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown; Richard Kirsch a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the author of Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States; and Thomas Dennison, professor of public administration and director of the Syracuse Maxwell School’s certificate program in Health Services Management and Policy, and co-director of the Central New York Master of Public Health program, a collaboration between Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, March 23, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Governor Andrew Cuomo will join the show at 11:06 am.

The AP’s Michael Gormley and Bloomberg’s Freeman Klopett will update us on the status of the budget; the challenge behind passage of health insurance exchanges; the trouble with Cuomo’s so-called transfer language. Plus their analysis of this week’s legislative races & the fracas over funding for Somos.

According to more than one analysis, the Governor’s decision to include transfer language in his budget means that unless the two legislative leaders stand their ground – to the point of shutting down state government – Andrew Cuomo may leave Albany this session as the most powerful Governor New York State has seen in recent history. We speak to “the woman who stopped the Westway”, Marcy Benstock of the NY Clean Air Campaign about her latest quest.

And then some music for the weekend. Ruth Pelham, the founder of the Music Mobile, joins us with Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy to talk…and sing…about the role of music in education.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Assembly members Hakeem Jeffries and Rory Lancman will join us--separately--to talk about their runs for Congress.

And Susan Lerner of Common Cause interprets the new Congressional Maps for us.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, March 19, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

We will listen to a spirited dialogue about New York’s future with Michael Kink of Strong Economy for All (SEFA) and Michael McKeon of the Committee to Save NY (CSNY).

Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium is leading a last ditch effort to reallocate more money to low-wealth schools in the state budget.

Editor Adam Lisberg of City & State New York joins us with analysis of last week’s deal-making, winners and losers, and a preview of the current edition of City & State.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, March 16, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Liz Benjamin of YNN’s Capitol Tonight updates us from Rochester on the GOP Convention.

Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter joins us with reaction to the agreement on the constitutional amendment on casino gambling.

Analysis of what transpired at the Capitol on Wednesday night/Thursday morning: First up, Bill Samuels of the New Roosevelt Institute focuses on the process.

Then, former Assemblyman and current DEMOS fellow Richard Brodsky focuses on the substance.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

While unions of all stripes continue a full court press against the Governor’s pension reforms, the Empire Center for New York State Policy is out with a poll today indicating a majority of public school teachers support at least some of the pension revisions the Governor is pushing for. Tim Hoefer joins us with the details.

More aid is on the way to victims of flooding in upstate NY.

Common Cause’s Susan Lerner returns with redistricting analysis, as well as what she says are the significant differences between the judicially and legislatively drawn maps.

The Senate Democratic Minority says sure it might be Sunshine Week everywhere else, but here in the murky world of Senate Republican power, things have gotten Duma-like. Senator Liz Kruger, the ranking Dem on the Finance Committee, joins us to discuss this and other issues including redistricting and reproductive rights.

Students and faculty from SUNY and CUNY are asking lawmakers to reverse the decline caused by 3 years of budget cuts totaling almost $2 billion. NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney, UUP’s Marc Dearstyne of SUNY Cortland and Buffalo State student Alex Bornemisza join us with details.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, March 12, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Big week in Albany with both budget and redistricting.

Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno wants taxpayers to reimburse him for his legal fees. The Times Union says his request is premature. The TU's Editorial Page Editor Jay Jochnowitz joins us on the show to discuss the paper's position on this issue, as well as an upcoming Doonesbury strip dealing with a Texas law requiring a mandatory sonogram before an abortion. The cartoon has sparked debate among newspaper editors around the country.

$81.3 billion dollars over 60 years plus millions in real property tax revenues and loss opportunities. THAT's how much the Delaware County Board of Supervisors Board is demanding in "reparations from the City and State for the mineral rights taken from affected landowners and communities" in light of the "no gas drilling" policy in place within in the NYC Watershed. This is the next big legal issue that will face the municipalities in the gas drilling debate. Paul Finkelman, the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center at Albany Law School joins me today to explain the constitutional provision allowing for such a lawsuit.

State Senator Dan Squadron is looking for 38 signatures. Why? He and Rory Lancmen are sponsors of the "Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act" (S101/A696A) that would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them. But the bill was prevented from moving out of committee last week by a vote in the the Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee. In response, Squadron has now begun circulating a petition for chamber consideration of the bill. If he gets the signatures of 38 State Senators he can bring the bill to the floor of the Senate.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, March 09, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Senator Michael Gianaris on why any deal on redistricting that doesn’t include a veto isn’t enough.

Colleen Taggarty, the Superintendent of the Olean City Schools says the question is no longer “where do we cut” it’s become “how do we become insolvent”?

And data driven policing is in the news again today and not in a good way: Why do we continue to measure the wrong things? That’s what Eli Silverman and John Eterno ask in their new book “The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation” published by CRC Press, one installment in a series of texts exploring advances in Police Theory & Practice. Both Silverman and Eterno have unique experience with CompState, NYPD’s computerized crime tracking system. They will join me on today’s show.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Analysis of Super Tuesday’s results, and the latest on congressional redistricting with Bruce Gyory and Dave Catalfamo.

Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) is demanding public hearings on legislation having to do with gas drilling in New York.

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) of Rockland County is angry over an attempt by United Water to use her in its push to build a desalination plant in Haverstraw.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Governor Andrew Cuomo joins Susan at around 11:05.

Not everyone is a fan of the Governor's DNA Database Bill. In fact, the Innocence Project and the New York State Bar Association would like to see some significant changes. NYSBA President Vincent Doyle has the lowdown.

We may meet Senate candidate Joe Carvin who is in Albany today.

It's Farm Bureau Lobby day! FB President Dean Norton returns to the Plywood Hut to discuss Bureau priorities such as the Delinquent Property Tax Reform, why farmers’ property taxes are capped at 10% rather than 2% … and where the best farmers markets with homemade chocolate baked goods can be found on any given Tuesday in March. In walking distance of the Capitol.

Darrel Aubertine has had quite a year. The Commissioner of Ag & Markets has not only been lobbying Congress for New York's fair share of the Farm Bill, he's been helping to spearhead the massive clean-up and rebuild that been taking place since September's storms.

Investing in farms and farmland is critical to the economy of upstate New York. David Haight, the New York State Director of the American Farmland Trust reviews the work the group has accomplished over the past year, and why it sometimes faces opposition from the strangest places.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, March 02, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News updates us on the latest redistricting news. And over which issue George Takei is threatening to debate Donald Trump.

Former AG Bob Abrams says he has the answer to the redistricting question.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act or RLUIPA has combined two topics, prisoners and zoning and it's creating a burden on municipalities in the lower Hudson Valley. Patty Salkin, the Dean of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School and a land use expert joins us to explain. Plus we will speak with a documentary filmmaker Anne MacGregor who has produced a film "America's Holy War" about the issue.

And the town of Vestal is definitely *not* all pro-gas drilling. Sue Rapp will explain.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Chuck Malloy, Superintendent of the Unatego School District and Martin Messner, a teacher in the Schoharie Central School District and Teacher Assocation President will join us to highlight the challenges facing rural and smaller-city school districts.

Anschutz Explorations Attorney Tom West discusses the recent Dryden ruling on Home Rule.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Chairman of the Codes Committee has concerns about the so-called "Quick Kill" bill and protecting shelter animals

And Pedro Noguera shares the reasons behind his resignation several weeks ago from the SUNY Board of Trustees.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

How will Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann go about creating the Congressional maps that Albany lawmakers failed to agree on by March 12th? What criteria should inform her decision-making? Will she work from previous maps, or start from scratch? To what extent will incumbency be a factor? Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner has some thoughts on the subject.

New York Gaming Association President James Featherstonhaugh on enhanced casino gambling.

Keith Pickett, the Executive Director of the Center for Problem Gambling on enhanced casino gambling and its relationship to problem gambling.

Former Special Counsel to Governor David Paterson, Peter Kiernan shares a look back at some of the political calculations made at the very beginning of the hydrofracking debate in New York State. Kiernan is participating in today’s ‘standing-room only’ Warren Anderson Breakfast conversation on the issue in the Capitol’s Assembly Parlor from 8am – 9am.

And Marina Marcou-O'Malley, Policy Analyst for Alliance for Quality Education and Karen Scharff, Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York, join us with yet another reason why pre-k education should be fully funded.

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

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'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.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Today we devote our program to the New York State court system.

During his State of the Judiciary address Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman told the assembled audience that the cuts to the court system have “presented undeniable and unprecedented challenges”.

We discuss some of those challenges with the Chief Judge, as well as some other stakeholders including Lisa Frisch, Executive Director of the The Legal Project,

Assembly member Helene Weinstein, Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee,

and Veteran journalist John Caher of the NY Law Journal.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Yesterday wasn't about love, but today is. Sort of.

We start with fisticuffs. John Kane of “Let’s Talk Native” radio joins us with another perspective on the fracas that Senator Mark Grisanti was involved in over the weekend at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Then, the love of the arts.

It's Arts Advocacy Day here at the Capitol. Actors, dancers, storytellers, museum curators, painters, sculptors all converge on Albany to lobby for the arts as both a valuable economic development tool as well as an educational one. We will spend time with Steven Kern, Executive Director at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.

Then, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill graces the plywood hut. As the Producing Artistic Director of the Capital Repertory Theater, she struggled to keep the critically acclaimed equity stage afloat. But after the Wall Street meltdown, the arts took it on the chin. Maggie had to choose between selling out, giving up, or agreeing to allow another, larger, organization to step in and help. She took a leap of faith and it paid off. She'll share her story on today's Capitol Pressroom.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will be in the studio to discuss the date of the legislative primary as well as his relationship with Governor.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, February 13, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Governor Andrew Cuomo will appear on the show at approximately 11:45 am.

In her State of the City address a few weeks ago Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced the creation of a 3-person financial advisory board to help city leaders come to terms with Syracuse's bleak fiscal future. One member of the trio is former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch who is credited with preventing NYC from falling into insolvency in the mid 1970's. Both Ravitch and Miner join me on "The Capitol Pressroom" today to discuss the future of Syracuse.

And what really happened to shape the health care reform debate in the months leading up to passage of President Obama's health care reform bill? Read Richard Kirsch's new book to find the answers. Richard Kirsch is an Institute Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt institute. As the national campaign manager for Health Care for America Now he was on the front lines of the battle to get what critics have dubbed "Obamacare" passed. His new book "Fighting for our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States" wryly documents the PR and political intrigue that shaped the narrative outside the beltway.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Hydrofracking: There is reportedly an effort underway in Chenango County to develop a "pilot" gas drilling operation at Camp Pharsalia, a former prison. Is this simply the spark of an idea or something more advanced? Is this an end-run around the SGEIS process, or a valid way to test the technology in New York State? We are working on the story.

Why does the state spend 70 million dollars on remedial education for high school graduates? State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher discusses the problems that have lead to this frightening statistic she recently shared at a budget hearing: That 50% of all students who enter community college in NYS need remedial and developmental education to prepare them for a higher degree.

When it comes to creating public-private partnerships, nobody does it better than CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. He joins me in the studio to discuss why the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering at the University of Albany has been called a template for economic development projects like the one Governor Cuomo hopes to spark in Buffalo.

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

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