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Ebola Caution And Care

With confirmation that Doctor Craig Spencer is New York City’s first case of Ebola, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie announced new protocols for doctors returning to New York and New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in west at Africa. Doctor John Sellick, an infectious disease expert from the University at Buffalo, joined us to explain the latest development and the protocols surrounding Ebola.

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Reporter Roundtable

This week featured the one, and for now, only debate in the race for governor. We could have spent the whole segment just talking about that, but Governor Cuomo this week also released his policy proposals for his next four year term if re-elected, with less than two weeks remaining in the campaign. And we ended the week with the issue of an infected Ebola patient in New York City. Our Reporter Roundtable sat down to talk about all of this.

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Top Issues For School Boards Convention

For almost an entire century now, school boards across New York state have been meeting once a year to share ideas and exchange thoughts about improving education in the state. That convention is put together by the New York State School Boards Association. Tim Kremer, the Executive Director of NYSSBA, joined us to talk about this weekend’s Convention and Education Expo and what issues are a priority this year.

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Improving Afterschool Programs

We’ve been talking a lot about education on this show recently and most of that has focused on what happens inside the classroom. But some advocates say the state needs to also look at what students do after the final bell rings. A recent report from the Afterschool Alliance shows New York is not providing enough programs for kids. Nora Niedzielski-Eichner of the New York State Afterschool Network and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler joined us to explain.

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Full Show – 10.23.14

A governor debate debrief, Hillary Clinton endorsing fellow Democrats Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul, a look at where Cuomo and Republican gubernatorial challenger Rob Astorino stand on education issues, and what two Hudson Valley schools are doing to allow undocumented children in the classroom. Plus interviews with Rob Astorino to recap the debate, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on improving relations with Canada and 4201 Schools Association’s Debra Arles on the group’s support for the Smart Schools Bond Act.

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Astorino Resumes Call For More Debates

The debate over debates continued on Thursday. Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino says he wants another chance to discuss the issues with incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Astorino wants to face Cuomo one-on-one, which he says would allow for more issues to be raised and follow up questions. Astorino joined us to talk more about his push for another televised debate, with 12 days left until election night.

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Improving Relationship Between WNY And Canada

The community in Ottawa, Canada was recovering Thursday after a 32-year-old man shot and killed a soldier on Wednesday at their National War Memorial. The incident is having an impact on Western New York too, for many of those who live close to the border. Making sure people are safe from potential attacks on both sides of the border is something the United States and Canada are working on together, among other things. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz joined us to discuss.

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4201 Support For Smart Schools Bond Act

When you head to the polls this November, you’ll notice three constitutional amendments on the balllot. The first would create a redistricting commission, while the second would allow bills to be sent eletronically to lawmakers. We’ve talked at length about those two, but the third is nothing to be ignored. The Smart School Bond Act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion to upgrade technology and infrastructure in schools statewide. Debra Arles, a board member of the 4201 Schools Association, joined us to explain their support of the bill.

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Full Show – 10.22.14

Wednesday night’s show featured a recap of our exclusive 19th Congressional District debate, a recap of the governor debate held in Buffalo, 24th Congressional District candidates focusing on jobs and the economy, and a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on social issues. Plus interviews with Steve Greenberg taking a look at the latest Siena Poll, former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky on Prop 1, and Corey Stoughton on NYCLU’s settlement win.

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Dems Lead In Statewide Races

The Democratic incumbents in the three statewide races all hold at least 20-point leads over their challengers, according to today’s Siena Research poll. And all three incumbents have the support of at least 50-percent of likely voters. With two weeks to go, that’s good news for the Democrats. But just how good? Siena pollster Steve Greenberg joined us to break down the latest numbers.

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