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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

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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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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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

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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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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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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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

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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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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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

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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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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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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