Video – Interviews

Full Show – 07.23.14

Reports on Moreland Commission interference and reaction to the NY Times article, and a US Senate hearing on cutting carbon emissions from power plants. Plus interviews with League of Women Voters’ Barbara Bartoletti, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy and Senator Tim Kennedy.

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Moreland Member Reflects On Commission Fallout

A tough New York Times article Wednesday lays out a pattern of interference in the work of his anti-corruption Moreland Commission. According to the Times, Cuomo’s top aide, Larry Schwartz, ordered members of the commission to pull back at least two subpoenas the commission issued to the real estate board of New York, whose members have donated generously to Cuomo, and to an advocacy group created to promote the Governor’s agenda. Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters joined us to discuss.

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Senator Kennedy Explains How Jackie’s Law Will Prevent Future Cases

Wednesday, Governor Cuomo signed a series of bills that add new measures to protect New Yorkers from domestic violence and stalking. One such piece of legislation is Jackie’s Law. It’s named after Jackie Wisniewski, who was killed by a former boyfriend who stalked her by putting a GPS tracking device on her car. The newly-signed law will make it a criminal offense to install a tracking device on someone else’s vehicle. One of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Tim Kennedy, joined us to discuss.

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Assemblywoman Fahy On Red Light Cameras

Governor Cuomo Tuesday signed into law a bill to extend Albany’s pilot residential parking permit system for two years. Cuomo also ok’d a bill that will allow the city to install red light cameras at up to 20 intersections, one that citizen’s groups have been against. Both are pieces of legislation that Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy has been in support of and she joined us to talk more about this.

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Full Show – 07.22.14

Reports on New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie’s comments about Rob Astorino and dueling rulings about a key component in the Affordable Care Act. Plus interviews with Albany Law Professor Vin Bonventre, Schenectady City School District Superintendent Larry Spring, New York State Association of Counties’ Stephen Acquario and our Insiders, Bob Bellafiore and Jack O’Donnell.

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The Insiders

Tuesday, Rob Astorino held an event with Zephyr Teachout, David Paterson defended Chris Christie, and a Republican state senate candidate from Erie County continued his efforts to run in the Working Families Party primary. The American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge were also replaced by white flags, but we’re pretty sure that’s unrelated. But the rest of it shows that even in a statewide election year, party ties can get complicated. Our Insiders sat down to talk about all of this.

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Complaint Calls Out Racial Discrimination In Education Funding

The Schenectady school district has filed a civil complaint with the U-S department of justice against the governor’s and comptroller’s offices,
claiming its being discriminated against, because of the amount of minority students in the district. And this is the second time Superintendent Larry Spring has taken legal action against the state, the initial complaint was dismissed earlier this year. Spring says the district sees a lower level of funding than districts with a smaller percentage of minority students. He joined us to talk more about this.

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Dueling Rulings On Affordable Care Act Initiative

A Federal Appeals court Tuesday dealt a critical blow to a key part of the Affordable Care Act. But just a few hours later, another panel decided in favor of keeping the very same initiative intact. It was on whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of people across the country. Albany Law Professor Vin Bonventre joined us to explain.

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What Slow Sales Tax Collections Means For Counties

Sales tax collections are slow in most of the state, especially outside the New York City area. According the New York State Assocation of Counties, the average change was just point oh-one percent for counties that did not increase their sales tax rate. And that means counties don’t have much extra money available to cover costs. NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario joined us to discuss.

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Full Show – 07.21.14

Reports on Kathy Hochul and Rob Astorino’s comments about immigration, Senator Tom Libous on his decision to seek re-election, the second annual Adirondack Challenge and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s visit to the Vatican. Plus interviews with Siena pollster Steve Greenberg, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Senator George Latimer.

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