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With the election just days away now, candidates have been busy criss-crossing the state. That includes candidates for Attorney General, who participated in their one and only debate last night on this channel. But from now until Tuesday, it’s all about getting out the vote at this point. Watch for more from our Reporter Roundtable.
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NYPIRG: Vote “No” on Prop One

Yesterday we talked about the third constitutional amendment on this year’s ballot – today we’re focusing more on the first. That measure would create a redistricting commission to do exactly what it sounds like – draw districts in New York. That’s currently one of the legislature’s duties, and some groups say the new commission won’t provide much change. Blair Horner from the New York Public Interest Research Group explains their opposition.
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Work for the Working Families Party

It’s been a complicated week for Governor Cuomo and the Working Families Party. You’ll remember the Governor gained the party’s endorsement earlier this year over Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout. In that time, Cuomo has also created his own party – the Women’s Equality Party. To keep that party on the ballot next year, it has to receive 50-thousand votes – like any party. Some think the emphasis on that party could hinder the ballot status of the Working Families Party, but Governor Cuomo says he has no intentions of weakening that party. Karen Scharff, chair of the Working Families Party, was on to discuss.
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Full Show – 10.30.14

A recap of our Time Warner Cable News state attorney general debate with a focus on the candidates’ comments about Ebola, a recap of Bill Clinton in New York City to support Andrew Cuomo, and the final 24th Congressional district debate held between Dan Maffei and John Katko. Plus interviews with Siena Pollster Steve Greenberg, Business Council President Heather Briccetti, Empire Center President EJ McMahon, and Alliance for Quality Education Executive Director Billy Easton.

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Senate Support from the Business Council

We’ve been talking a lot about the state senate on this show recently, and for good reason. The outcome of this year’s election will determine which party controls that chamber. Many groups have been working to swing that control, including the state Business Council. Heather Briccetti is president of that group.

 

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AQE Responds to Cuomo’s “Monopoly” Comment

Governor Andrew Cuomo has received a significant amout of criticism this week after calling the state’s public school system a “monopoly”. He said in a second term he would make a push for more charter schools in the state. That’s left some advocacy groups upset, saying the Governor’s comments are a, quote, “assault” on public schools. Billy Easton is the Executive Director of one of those organizations, the Alliance for Quality Education.

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Empire Center: Vote “No” On Prop 3

The Smart Schools Bond Act is one of three constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot. If approved by voters Tuesday, the measure would allow the state to borrow 2 Billion dollars to invest into new technology for schools statewide. That might sound like good news upfront, but some groups have come out against the measure, saying that’s not the type of investment schools want. E.J. McMahon from the Empire Center for Public Policy was on to explain that group’s opposition to the amendment.

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Siena Poll: Maloney Leads Hayworth by 5 Points

The rematch for the 18th Congressional District has proven to be another close race. Our Time Warner Cable News-Siena Research Poll released Thursday shows incumbent democrat Sean Patrick Maloney with a five-point lead over republican challenger Nan Hayworth – 49 percent of those polled in the district say they would vote for Maloney, while 44 percent would vote for Hayworth. Congressman Maloney is also leading Hayworth when it comes to favorability. Steve Greenberg from Siena sat down with us to explain.

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Full Show – 10.29.14

Reports on the gubernatorial race and two years since Superstorm Sandy, a preview of our Time Warner Cable News State Attorney General debate, the latest state Senate campaign expenditures, and Republican momentum in several Congressional races. Plus interviews with Senator Mike Gianaris, Assembylman Marcos Crespo, Stephen Hayford of the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, and 63rd state Senate district candidate Rick Donovan.

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Battle For The State Senate

The fight for control of the state Senate is largely playing out upstate. But downstate members of the Democratic conference are doing what they can to help out – including making some pretty substantional campaign contributions. Still, with only a few days to go, the candidates need more than just cash. Senator Mike Gianaris, chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, joined us to discuss.

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