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Posts by Maureen McManus
Sep 25th - 8:50 pm
A special task force convened by the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York says it’s time for the legislature to update state laws related to white collar crimes like fraud and corruption. The task force has spent a year reviewing the laws. And the members say changing technology and the recent spate of lawmakers accused of crimes demonstrate how outdated current laws are. Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Daniel R. Alonso co-chaired the White Collar Crime Task Force, and he explains the recommendations included in the report.
Sep 4th - 8:59 pm
The legislature did not pass an extension of Ulster County’s four-percent sales tax this year, which means the county will soon have to return to the default three-percent rate. That has county officials concerned about keeping the budget balanced. It also has officials doing a lot of finger-pointing over who is to blame. There was actually legislation introduced to give the county an extension. But Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said he wanted to see the county take over the costs of certain programs before anything passed. And that seems to have created an impasse. Cahill explains his take on the issue.
Sep 4th - 8:58 pm
Tuesday’s Senate Finance Committee Hearing on tax reform included testimony from a dozen groups. But only those invited to testify were allowed to participate. And that has some advocates arguing that the we need a bigger, more transparent conversation about the tax code in New York. Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, John Whiteley of the state Property Tax Reform Coalition, and Josh Kellermann of the Alliance for a Greater New York share their opinions on what else needs to be done.
Sep 4th - 8:53 pm
Wednesday the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on tax code reform and how it could help create jobs in the state. The Business Council of New York State was one of the groups that testified. Ken Pokalsky, the council’s vice president of government affairs, and the group’s president, Heather Briccetti, explain what they would like to see from the legislature.
Aug 30th - 8:56 pm
There are three candidate in the Democratic primary for mayor of Syracuse, including the incumbent, Stephanie Miner. But Pat Hogan and Alfonso Davis are both trying their best to win. Hogan discusses why he is running.
Aug 30th - 8:54 pm
This week, the state announced a big expansion of public-private partnerships aimed at helping students prepare for jobs in science, technology and manufacturing.
The Pathways in Technology Early College High School programs let students begin developing key skills in high school and get an associates degree that then qualifies them for a job with a local company.
Sixteen new P-TECH partnerships are being launched after winning a statewide competition, but IBM has actually been working with schools on these programs for years.
IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Stanley Litow explains how they work, and how employers benefit by participating.
Aug 30th - 8:52 pm
Glenn Blain of the New York Daily News and the Albany Times Union’s Casey Seiler and Rick Karlin discuss the end of the Committee to Save New York, the Court of Appeals taking up two major hydrofracking cases, and more.
Aug 28th - 9:00 pm
The Fiscal Policy Institute is out with a new report on employment in New York. And while the state is showing signs of recovery, the report shows a lot of lingering impacts of the recession. That’s especially true upstate, where unemployment in the major cities is still about nine percent. And while jobs are slowly coming back, wages are still trailing. James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist and the author of the Status of Working New York report, explains.
Aug 28th - 9:00 pm
The Democratic primary in the race for mayor of Syracuse has become a three-way contest. And that includes activist Alfonso Davis, who also ran in 2009. He explains why he’s trying again.
Aug 28th - 9:00 pm
Thursday, fast food employees and other low-wage workers from across the country are planning a massive strike. It comes after a series of walkouts in major cities this summer, and just one day after the anniversary of the March on Washington. Workers are asking for the right to unionize and a 15 dollar an hour pay rate. Kendall Fells of Fast Food Forward explains why those are the top goals, and why the smaller strikes are already seeing results.