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'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.

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'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.
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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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)

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‘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.

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‘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.

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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.

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'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.

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Introducing 'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter on the Empire

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy post-Thanksgiving Monday! We're happy to announce a new partnership with WCNY in Syracuse to bring one of the best political radio programs in the state to the Empire blog. We'll now be streaming Susan Arbetter's "The Capitol Pressroom" at 11am daily, giving us a great inside look at state politics. Thanks for to the WCNY team for their help in making this happen. Enjoy!

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