Video – Interviews

Full Show – 9.22.14

Reports on the fight for control in the state Senate, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino’s campaign visit to Syracuse, the first day of the public comment period on casinos in the Capital Region, and a new partnership to bring more jobs to CNY. Plus interviews with Senator Liz Krueger and Jaron Benjamin of the Met Council for Housing, state Assembly candidate Steve Meyer, and Alliance for Quality Education’s Jasmine Gripper.

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#WeCantWait Campaign Demands More School Funding

The Alliance for Quality Education, along with the support from Citizen Action and several state lawmakers, has launched the We Can’t Wait campaign. You may have seen the photos on social media already. The campaign is calling on the state to comply with the campaign for fiscal equity court-ordered school funding.
Data shows that the state owes schools $5.9 billion in classroom operating aid. Jasmine Gripper, AQE’s Early Childhood Education Coordinator, joined us to explain.

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Candidate Conversation: Steve Meyer

Steven Meyer developed an interest in politics in the second grade, writing letters to then-Texas governor George W. Bush. Now at the age of 22, the WNY Democrat is hoping to be the youngest representative in the state legislature. Meyer is hoping to unseat Assemblyman Raymond Walter in the 146th district, bringing in a new generation of politics to reinvent the Albany scene. Meyer joined us to talk more abou his campaign.

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Housing, Hotels and Hostility

The home-sharing service Airbnb has sparked a big battle in New York City, piting affordable housing advocates against users of the site. And now that fight could be coming to Albany. State lawmakers are expected to take up rent control and other housing measures next year. As you may recall, rent control for New York City is currently tied to the property tax cap. Senator Liz Krueger and the Met Council for Housing’s Jaron Benjamin joined us to talk more about how it all connects.

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Full Show – 9.19.14

Reports on the state Business Council’s annual meeting and reaction from the NY-18 candidates to our exclusive poll. Plus interviews with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Business Council President Heather Briccetti, film director Josh Fox, and the Reporter Roundtable.

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Candidate Conversation: Eric Schneiderman

The state Attorney General candidates addressed the business council at the council’s annual meeting Friday. This comes after Republican John Cahill released the results of an internal poll showing his closing in on Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman, and as Schneiderman has begun holding campaign events around the state. Attorney General Schneiderman joined us to discuss his campaign and other issues he is currently working on.

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Reporter Roundtable

With less than two months remaining until the November general election, candidates from both sides of the aisle are making their rounds across the state. This week was particularly active, with the state business council’s annual meeting and other announcements regarding the new Tappan Zee Bridge and the redistricting amendment language. Our Reporter Roundtable tackled all of these stories.

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Business Council President Recaps Annual Meeting

The annual state Business Council meeting wrapped up Friday, which speeches from Governor Cuomo and candidates for both the state attorney general and comptroller. Cuomo’s Republican challenger Rob Astorino spoke at the event on Thursday but returned on Friday to ask the governor about debating. Both men are fighting for the Business Council’s endorsement. But who will get it? Council President Heather Briccetti joined us to discuss.

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March Drawing Attention To Climate Change

This weekend, enviromental activists will again try to draw attention to climate change with a march in New York City. And all next week, director Josh Fox will be staging performances about the issue. He’s best known for the movie Gasland, but these will be plays featuring some very big names. And there’s also an activism component. Fox joined us to explain.

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Full Show – 9.18.14

Reports on Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino’s speech at the state Business Council Meeting, the pledge introduced for the Women’s Equality Party, the President Obama’s statement following the Senate’s vote on arming Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. Plus Siena pollster Steve Greenberg joined us to go over the results of our exclusive poll on the the 18th Congressional district rematch, and other interviews with NYS Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, NYS Rehabilitation Assocation President Michael Seereiter, and Assemblyman Karim Camara.

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