Video – Interviews

Business Council Reacts to Fracking and Casino Decisions

Many groups had their cards on the table before this week’s announcements regarding casino placements and a ban on fracking in New York. While some have celebrated the news, others say opportunities for more job growth were lost in both decisions. That includes the New York State Business Council. Ken Pokalsky is Vice President of Government Affairs for that group.

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Reporter Roundtable

While many of you are probably rushing to get your holiday shopping done and over with, the Cuomo administration, this week, tried to wrap up a lot of loose ends of their own. That includes casinos, fracking, education, medical marijuana — and more. The Reporter Roundtable discusses.

 

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Siena Poll: New Yorkers Split on Fracking Pre-Ban

Environmental advocates are happy about this week’s hydrofracking decision, business leaders are not – but how did most New Yorkers feel about hydrofracking before Wednesday’s announcement? The latest Siena Research Poll reveals that, for those who are familiar with the gas drilling process, it’s pretty much split; 35 percent support fracking while 38 percent oppose it. But 21 percent say they don’t have enough information to form an opinion. Siena Pollster Steve Greenberg breaks down the results.

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Open Space Conservation Plan in Need of Funding

Governor Cuomo recently issued a 2014 Open Space Conservation Plan. It focuses on climate change, natural resource protection and tourism. But advocates say this plan won’t be possible unless a lot more funding is made available. Jessica Ottney Mahar of The Nature Conservancy and Erik Kulleseid of the Open Space Institute were on to discuss.

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Full Show – 12.18.14

After this week’s casino and fracking announcements, we talk to local leaders and lawmakers about the decisions. Plus, Governor Cuomo’s planning an overhaul of the state’s education system. We have a full report and analysis from a panel of advocates.

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Schenectady Mayor Looks Forward to Rivers Casino

Out of four bids in the Capital Region, only one was recommended to the Gaming Commission Wednesday. If all goes as planned, Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor will be coming to Schenectady. We sat down with the Electric City’s mayor, Gary McCarthy, to talk more about the project.

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Gunther Celebrates Sullivan County Casino

One of the three casinos recommended yesterday by the Gaming Facility Location Board would be located in the town of Thompson in Sullivan County. Aileen Gunther represents that area in the state Assembly. She joined us to talk more about the decision.

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Libous: We Want the 4th Casino

So, hydrofracking will not be happening in New York state – at least not any time soon. It may be good news to environmental advocates, but bad news for people looking at it from an economic standpoint. The include Senator Tom Libous, who also told us Thursday night that he’s looking into whether a fourth casino recommendation could be released for the Binghamton area.

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Panel Responds to Cuomo’s Letter to King and Tisch

Earlier today, the Cuomo administration sent a letter to outgoing Education Commisioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch promising a major overhaul of the current education system. During his cabinet meeting yesterday, he hinted at a part of that when he told reporters he would like to see improvements to the teacher evaluation system in the coming year.

A panel of advocates joined us to talk about that letter and more. Tim Kremer is the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Jasmine Gripper is from the Alliance for Quality Education, and Robert Reidy is from the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

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Searching for a New Education Commissioner

Many questions surround the search for a new Education Commissioner in New York, including what (and who) is involved. That’s a commissioner that will come in just as Governor Cuomo is promising a major, and aggressive overhaul of the state’s education system. We talked to Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch Wednesday about the future in NYS education.

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