Maureen McManus

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Advocates Discuss Post-Partum Depression Bill

Late last week, Governor Cuomo vetoed several bills that had been passed by the legislature. That includes a measure to create new guidelines for testing mothers for post-partum depression. Cuomo said there were logistical concerns with the bill. But advocates are very disappointed- including Ron and Karen Wachenheim, who lost a family member to suicide a few weeks after she gave birth.

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Schuyler Center’s Breslin on Pre-K Grants

Twenty-six school districts are getting grants from the state education department through the latest round of grants. And while that’s good news for those districts, education advocates say it’s unfair to the other 359 districts identified as high-needs. The Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign argues all kids should have access to full-day pre-k in order to properly prepare for school. The president of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, Kate Breslin, shares her take on the situation.

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Albany-Colonie Chamber’s Eagan on 2014 Priorities

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce is one of the many business groups laying out a legislative agenda for 2014. And while the chamber’s list includes stanard items tax reform and rollback of regulations, it also touches on things like immigration reform and infrastructure investment. Chamber president Mark Eagan explains.

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Assem. Lupardo on OMH Decision to Keep Facilities Open

Two mental health facilities in the Southern Tier are staying open, and local lawmakers are celebrating. The Greater Binghamton Health Center and Elmira Psychiatric Center were on the chopping block as part of the Office of Mental Health’s restructuring plan. But local officials and residents complained about the distance patients would have to travel for treatment. Now, O-M-H will keep the centers open, but with fewer beds. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo explains what this means for the region.

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Reporter Roundtable

Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union, Gannett’s Jon Campbell, and Nick Reisman discuss the accusations against Assmblyman Gabryszak and the week’s other top stories.

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Advocates Share Concerns About Tax Commission Report

A new report came out today in response to the New York state tax relief commission’s recommendations. It accuses the Pataki-McCall Commission of taking New York backwards, by adding to the wealthy’s pockets and taking funding and assistance away from the hardest-hit communities. Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Mike Kink of Strong Economy for All, and Bob Master from the Working Families Party share their thoughts.

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Sen. O’Brien on Mandate Relief

Capital Tonight viewers have heard a lot about the governor’s love of commissions and tax forces. Of late, we have focused on his corruption busting Moreland Commission and his dueling tax commissions. But the governor also has a mandate relief council that you may or may not recall. It has flown largely under the radar.
That hasn’t stopped business groups and elected officials from trying to keep the focus on this issue. Unshackle Upstate has been front and center in that push, and held a press conference Thursday in Rochester. Senator Ted O’Brien was there, and he explains his plans for reducing state mandates.

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AGC’s Elmendorf on New Campaign to Reform the Scaffold Law

Opponents of the Scaffold Law are teaming up on a new ad campaign that they says demonstrates what the statute is costing New York.

The Scaffold Law relates to liability for accidents on construction sites. Get New York Building and the Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Business say it drives up insurances costs, making it harder for contractors to stay afloat.

That includes New York City’s School Construction Alliance, which expects to see an extra $450 million worth of insurance costs over the next three years.

Mike Elmendorf, president of the Associated General Contractors of New York State, explains the latest developments.

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DiNapoli, Appelbaum and Sullivan Recap Bangladesh Trip

It’s that time of year when many of us are caught up in our holiday shopping lists – racing around to buy products, often without a thought of where those products come from.

One country where some our merchandise originates is Bangladesh. Several months ago, a deadly factory collapse in that country killed over a thousand people and injured many more.

Recently, a delegation of government, labor, and religious leaders from New York traveled to Bangladesh, where they discussed working conditions with officials and met with survivors of the tragedy.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum, and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, the executive director of Catholic Charities for the New York Archdiocese, explain why they went and what they believe the visit accomplished.

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FPI’s Floss Discusses New Job

There’s a new man in charge at the Fiscal Policy Institute. The organization’s board of directors announced Thursday that Fred Floss has been tapped to serve as executive director.

Floss comes from Buffalo State College, where he’s been a professor of economics and finances. He replaces Frank Mauro, who led FPI for the past 20 years. Floss discusses what’s ahead for the institute.

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