Video – Interviews

City and State Releases 2014 ‘Albany Power 100 List’

Tuesday evening, City and State released its annual Albany Power 100 List. It’s their way of revealing who has the most clout in the capitol. Some people moved up on the list from last year, others moved down, and there are also some new names on there. Matt Hamiltion, reporter for City and State, joined us to discuss.

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The Insiders

Last week, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced that she is stepping down as State Democratic Party co-chair. Tuesday, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle announced that he is stepping down as chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee. Both saying this is to focus on their main jobs in office. But could there be more to their decisions? This week’s Insiders, Dave Catalfamo and Ed Draves, sat down to discuss this and other top political stories.

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Richard Ravitch Reflects

Debate over this year’s budget continues three weeks after it passed, with State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issuing his analysis Monday. The comptroller has some concerns about the surpluses projected by Governor Cuomo, and what truly counts as a “revenue.” This back and forth is yet another reminder of just how complicated government budgets are. Richard Ravitch wrote a lot about that in his new memoir, So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises. Ravitch joined us to discuss.

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Steve Greenberg Explains Latest Siena Poll Results

This month’s Siena Poll shows a Working Families Party candidate could shake up the governor’s race. The poll shows Governor Cuomo with a more than two-to-one lead over Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County Executive. But with a WFP-backed candidate in the mix as well, Cuomo only gets 39% of the vote to 24% for Astorino, and 24% for the unnamed candidate. Siena pollster Steve Greenberg joined us to talk about that and other poll results.

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Mayor Miner On Why She Stepped Down As Co-Chair

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has been very outspoken about the relationship between the state budget and local government finances. That has sometimes put her at odds with Governor Cuomo, who picked her to co-chair the state democratic party. Last week, she resigned from that post. Mayor Miner joined us to talk about that decision and what comes next.

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NYSASBO Executive Director Explains School Merger Report

School district consolidation has not been very successful in New York state. This year’s state budget includes a provision aimed at alleviating one of the obstacles in district mergers – the disparity in tax rates. The new laws would allow merging school districts to have their tax rates deferred for a one-year period or phased in over a ten-year period. But some say this is not enough. The New York State Association of School Business Officials released a report on the issue and Michael Borges, their Executive Director, joined us to explain.

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NYSAC Executive Director Discusses Sluggish Sales Tax Revenue

Ever since the 2008 economic recession, local governments have experienced a lack of revenue growth from sales taxes. This is a trend that has county leaders quite concerned, and on top of that, experts are not sure exactly why recent sales tax revenue has stagnated. NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario joined us to help us delve deeper into this issue.

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Coalition For A Real Minimum Wage Increase Focusing On Food Industry

A little over a year ago, Governor Cuomo and the legislature vowed to create a “wage board” to work on pay increases for food industry workers. That board does not exist today, so advocates are strengthening their push for minimum wage hikes. Noreen Connell, the North East Regional Director of the National Organization for Women, and Mark Dunlea, the Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York, joined us to discuss.

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Reporter Roundtable

Though Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has her fair share of disagreements with Governor Cuomo, her decision Thursday to step down as state Democratic party co-chair did catch some in Albany political circles off-guard. And now the question arises as to who Miner’s replacement will be. This week’s Reporter Roundtable weighed in on this and the other top political stories of the week.

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Congressman Maffei On A “Very Competitive” NY-24 Race

Congressman Dan Maffei announced Friday that his campaign has reserved $1 million of television air time for ads. The commericals will run from September through election day in November. This comes as his challenger, Republican John Katko, ramps up his campaign for the 24th district. Rep. Dan Maffei joined us to disucuss.

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