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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

If you're involved in the education reform movement, you've probably heard of Valerie Babb. She is the Director of the Charter Parent Action Network at New York City Charter School Center. City & State named her one of their 40 under 40. She has butted heads with Dr. Hazel Dukes of the New York State Chapter of the NAACP. Now Dr. Babb has her sites on improving the work and image of the education reform movement. She is in Albany today and will be dropping by the Plywood Hut to chat about the issue.

On the Capitol Pressroom last week Senator John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) accused the New York Public Interest Research Group of shilling for the Democratic Party since the group was more critical of the Senate's newly redrawn district maps, than it was of the Assembly's. Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG has a few things to say about that.

And we continue the conversation on hydrofracking from two perspectives:

Deborah Rogers is the founder of the Energy Policy Forum (www.energypolicyforum.com).  She's also served on the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 2008. She was appointed in 2011 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to a task force reviewing placement of air monitors in the Barnett Shale region in light of air quality concerns brought about by the natural gas operations in North Texas. She also joined a regional steering committee for the Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) in 2011 with responsibility for economic questions.

Ken Smith, Cornell Cooperative Extension director for Chenango County, will cover latest developments of natural gas in New York, as well as some of the issues that farmers will face if fracking goes forward.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, February 03, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Josh Fox, Director of “Gasland” was arrested for “unlawful entry” this week on Capitol Hill while trying to record a Congressional hearing on hydrofracking. He joins us to discuss the incident as well as his upcoming day in court.

We will discuss Fox's arrest on our reporter roundtable this week which features NY Daily News Bureau Chief Ken Lovett and the Gannett Albany Bureau's Jon Campbell. Also on the docket: JCOPE's new Executive Director; the Governor's call to arms at NYSAC, and a new disorder afflicting DEC employees tasked with scanning the thousands of hydrofracking comments that have been submitted: It’s been called many names from Envirositis to Scanning shoulder.

The Albany Times Unionhas a new Editorial Page Editor. Jay Jochnowitz is a long-time reporter and former TU Capitol Bureau Chief. I am hoping that he'll shed light on how newspapers determine which issues will be the subjects of editorials, and how the newspaper comes to its positions on those issues.

The NAACP is angry over the newly proposed redistricting maps. Dr. Hazel Dukes, President of NAACP NY wants the Governor to issue a veto. She told Gannett's Albany Bureau, “We’ll be ready to do whatever it takes to overturn this." She will share her thoughts with us on the issue.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Sure, “NYSAC” sounds alpha-male tough, but we’ll be hearing from two county executives & members of the organization (NYS Association of Counties) who are feeling pretty vulnerable about Medicaid these days. Essex County’s Randy Douglas and Onondaga County’s Joanie Mahoney sat down with us on Tuesday at the Desmond Hotel and poured out their hearts to us about issues like spousal refusal.

Meanwhile, the Governor will be speaking today at NYSAC’s annual shindig. But one member of the group won’t be here. Martha Robertson, the Chair person of the Tompkins County Legislature will be here at the Capitol for meetings with all the behind-the-scenes decision-makers who run state government on a daily basis. She will give us a glimpse into that secret, underground lair* where politics and policy are entangled like lovers.

And then it’s all about Frank. Frank Mauro. An analyst with a license to practice fiscal policy with the Fiscal Policy Institute. There are none cooler than Frank, and he’ll be here to delicately un-wrap explosive issues such as pension reform.

*not really underground.  On 2nd floor.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

President Obama has tapped Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to head up its official task force investigating misconduct in the banking industry that lead to the financial collapse on Wall Street. The AG joins us today to talk about the pros and cons of his new role, and we might throw a question his way about Danny Hakim’s article in the Times about Ben Lawsky.

Speaker Sheldon Silver has thrown his considerable political weight behind an increase in the minimum wage. The Speaker will be my guest to discuss the dueling political narratives which inevitably surround raising the minimum wage, and New York’s history of combating poverty.

And then we’ll be joined by a few people who are P.O.’d about redistricting: The first you've heard from before -- Senator Mike Gianaris D – Astoria is now warning that any deal the Senate is pushing for a constitutional amendment would create a lose-lose situation for the State of the New York.

And here’s one of the stories to come out of the Assembly’s redistricting efforts: Assemblyman Pete Lopez R - Schoharie just spent five months rebuilding the entire Village of Schoharie which was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. If the new maps are adopted, the Village, where Lopez & his family live, will fall under Assemblymember Claudia Tenney’s jurisdiction. Tenney, R – Sylvan Beach, currently represents parts of Oswego and Oneida Counties. She testified at Monday’s LATFOR hearing in Albany that if the new maps are approved, her district would extend from Oneida County to the border of Connecticut – it would include parts of the following districts: Oneida, Otsego, Herkimer, Schoharie, Albany, Greene & Columbia.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, January 30, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

What’s former Assemblyman & current Senior Fellow at Demos think about the Governor’s budget and the newly proposed redistricting maps? We’ll ask the outspoken 14-termer from Westchester -- and perhaps fit in a question about his recent trip to Russia.

Capital Region Assembly Democrat Robert Reilly is known for taking stands for libraries & against Mixed Martial Arts – and for giving away his legislative salary. He’s a member of the majority in the Assembly, so why has his district been extensively redrawn?

We talk property taxes and mandate relief with aspiring Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who was recently lauded by the National Review for speaking out against a New York Times editorial about affordable housing.

And the state of our libraries is in jeopardy according Mike Borges, the Executive Director of the New York Library Association. He’ll join us along with Libby Post of Communication Services to discuss funding.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, January 27, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Senator Mike Nozzolio on the maps.

Senator Mike Gianaris on the maps.

Reporters Kyle Hughes of NYSNYS.com and Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union on the maps.

And political strategist & University of Albany adjunct professor Bruce Gyory on anything other than the maps.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Rural and western NY are getting hit by statewide shortage of doctors. Sherry Chorost, Director of Work Force and Regulatory Affairs at the Healthcare Association of New York will tell us how this is affecting residents, and why this is happening now.

Redistricting maps aren’t out yet. Perhaps they won’t be released publically until after the Governor’s noon press conference; regardless, we will analyze a few of the reported changes with former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin.

Then, we focus on education: First, the Buffalo News’ Education Reporter Mary Pasciak on how the Governor’s proposals around education are being viewed in the city.

And a discussion about education reform with both Buffalo City Schools Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon, and former President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities & principle at Praxis Insights, Abe Lackman. Lackman is also a former Secretary of the New York State Senate Finance Committee; he played a central role in shaping the state’s education aid formula.

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

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

If the Times Union’s (Jimmy Vielkind) mapping skills are what I think they are, my house will fall within the new 63rd Senate district which looks like a dancing hippo – a thin dancing hippo who recently dropped some weight because he dances. I will speak to a few of my neighbors who wanted to weigh in on being “redistricted”.

Currently Democrat Neil Breslin represents the area. Is he concerned? Will he file a lawsuit? Breslin and good government guru Susan Lerner of Common Cause share their thoughts on the issue.

We check in with Republican Senator Joseph Griffo.

This year, to be poor in New York is to feel as if a long-awaited dinner was snatched away from you at the last minute. The Governor has proposed to delay a promised increase in the basic welfare grant for families. Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network of New York weigh in on being “riled up”.

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

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'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.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, January 20, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Analysis of the Governor’s budget address featuring AP Capitol Editor Michael Gormley & Bloomberg News’ Freeman Klopott.

Prison guards are not feeling the love from taxpayers these days. Donn Rowe, the president of the union that represents them, NYSCOPBA, joins us to discuss the groups new public awareness campaign as well as how the closure of upstate prisons is effecting safety.

According to attorney Michael Kink, it’s not only the millionaires who are getting away with paying less than their fair share: It’s the corporations too. We speak with Kink, the Executive Director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition about specific corporate tax loopholes he would like to see address during this session, and which legislators he will be holding accountable.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Reaction to the Governor's budget address from Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

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Senator Liz Krueger, ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee

Eric County Republican Senator Pat Gallivan has been pushing an incremental freeze to the local share of Medicaid. We'll hear his thoughts on the Governor's plan.

And how will any shifts from localities to the state be paid for? It's a concern to advocates for long-term care. We speak with Joanne Cunningham of the Home Care Association and Bill Ferris of AARP.

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'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.

 

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, January 13, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Capital Tonight’s Liz Benjamin & the NY Daily News’ Glenn Blain on what we should be looking for in Tuesday’s budget address. Also, if I can convince them, we will share our most embarrassing moments while covering state government in Albany.

While New York City now has mandated sex ed in public schools, the Shenendehowa School District in Saratoga County recently discontinued its sex ed program taught by Planned Parenthood. As Seinfeld would say, ‘What’s the deal with Sex Ed?” We’ll speak with Tracey Brooks, President & CEO of Family Planning Advocates of NYS & the Reverend Larry Phillips, pastor of Emmanuel Friedens Church in Schenectady, and a member of the Concerned Clergy for Choice.

And former State Assemblyman Michael Benjamin has been an outspoken critic of mandated sex ed in NYC schools. He joins us with another perspective on this upstate district’s recent decision.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

We discuss two related energy topics the Governor is pursuing – the closure of Indian Point and the development of an energy highway from Canada.

Last week Senate Energy Committee Chairman George Maziarz told us he does not support a pipeline carrying power from Canada to downstate; he would rather see any energy transported from point A to point B (NYC & surrounding counties) to be generated by New York State. Today we take the pulse of the Assembly Energy Committee Chairman Kevin Cahill on the issue.

Transmission Developers is the company behind the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a 2 billion dollar project that will bring up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of clean wind and hydro power to the New York metro area. The pipeline if built would largely be underground, running from Ontario, under Lake Champlain, and along the Hudson River.Transmission Developers VP Bill Helmer will be here with reaction to Senator Maziarz negative feelings about his project, as well as some thoughts on why this plan is the one NY should bank on for its future energy needs.

Speaking of energy needs, if the Governor succeeds in shutting down the Indian Point nuclear complex in the Hudson Valley -- which the City of New York depends upon for over 30 percent of its power -- he’s going to have to replace it with something. Indian Point spokesman Jerry Nappi will share why he thinks any replacement – even hydro from Canada – will be too costly.

And finally, one of the big unions involved in this debate weighs in. Phil Wilcox of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) shares his thoughts.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, January 09, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Carol French is a dairy farmer in Bradford County Pennsylvania. She leased her mineral rights to East Resources in 2006 for a 5 year term. East sold her lease to Chesapeake, which, though the term of the lease has expired, is still on the deed. While neither gas company ever fracked her land, she lives within a couple miles of 9 active wells. She claims her water has been ruined, and her property value has plummeted. But more urgently, she claims her daughter's endocrine system has been so battered by processing contaminated water that the chemicals caused her spleen to rupture; the daughter ultimately had to move away from the family farm. Today, two days before the end of the DEC’s fracking public comment period, we will hear excerpts from an interview with Carol who spoke with us on her farm on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the DOH hasn't responded to anti-fracking activist Doug Wood's FOIL requests for correspondence between that Agency and the DEC regarding the health impacts of hydrofracking. He joins us to tell his story.

Then Seneca National President Robert Odawi Porter has some thoughts on the Governor's commitment to expand gambling in New York.

And Brian Sampson, of the pro business group, Unshackle Upstate weighs in on hydrofracking and the Governor's SOS.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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‘The Capitol Pressroom’ with Susan Arbetter

Friday, December 23, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

It's our "Annual Revolving-Door Reporter Year-end Assessment and Moment of Sharing!"

This year the reporters visiting the Plywood Hut include Ken Lovett of the NY Daily News! Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union! Betty Flood of the Cuyler News Service! Yancey Roy of Newsday! And Michael Gormley of the AP! But who knows who may swing by! Perhaps some Surprise Musical Guests?

It's the ONLY non-exclusive Co-Ed Fully Clothed Political Year End Assessment to take place in the Plywood Hut on the 3rd Floor of the State Capitol in Albany on this date as far as I know!

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'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.

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