Video – Interviews

RGRTA’s CEO On Infrastructure Funding And An Election Year

According to a new poll, two-thirds of New York primary voters say they would have a less favorable view of their representatives in Congress if they don’t push for more funding highways, bridges and public transportation in the state. Infrastructure has been a contentious topic for many cities, so how will it play out in an election year? Bill Carpenter, CEO of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, joined us to discuss.

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Schenectady Superintendent Discusses Next Move For The District

At the end of last year, we told you about how the Schenectady City School District superintendent was preparing to file a federal complaint, which argued the state is discriminating against his students when it comes to education aid. Well, Superintendent Larry Spring went forward with that complaint, and Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education dismissed it, saying the department has no jurisdiction in that matter. But Spring says he is not giving up this fight just yet. He joined us to explain.

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Erie County Exec. Poloncarz On Improving Child Protective Services

Officials in Erie County have been working on improving the county’s Child Protective Services agency after a series of child fatalities. Some of those cases were abuse that turned deadly, while others were the result of unsafe sleeping conditions. And now that changes have been made at the county level, leaders are turning their attention statewide. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is asking legislators to support 19 different reform measures. He joined us to discuss.

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Erie County Sheriff Explains Disdain For SAFE Act Enforcement

It’s been just over a week since owners of “assault-style” weapons were supposed to have registered their guns. The number of people who actually registered is unknown because that is confidential information protected by law. So how are members of law enforcement responding to those who failed to register? Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard says he’s letting his deputies make that decision for themselves. Sheriff Howard joined us to discuss.

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Assemblywoman Lupardo Discusses Industrial Hemp Production Support

Hemp once had a history of industrial use in the country. A proposed new bill would make New York one of the first states to legalize industrial hemp production. Hemp of course is often associated with marijuana, but Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says that is a stigma that should go away. Assemblywoman Lupardo is a co-sponsor of the bill and joined us to explain.

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Rep. Slaughter On Opposition To Trans-Pacific Partnership

The president is in Japan this week as negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement continue. But opposition to the TPP is still strong here at home, with some lawmakers worried about job losses in the U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaugther is among the agreement’s critics and joined us to explain.

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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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