Video – Interviews

Labor And Religion Organizations: Vote Your Dreams

Thursday marked the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington. And in honor of the occasion, civil rights groups have been hosting “Moral Week of Action” events around the country. Here in Albany, representatives from labor and religious organizations rallied at the capitol to encourage others to quote “Vote Your Dreams.” Sara Niccoli, Executive Director of the Labor-Religion Coalition, Paul Pecorale from NYSUT and, the Reverand Doctor Paula Gravelle, Executive Director of the NYS Council of Shurches, joined us to explain.

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Candidate Conversation: Mark Assini

Mark Assini is focusing on transportation as he tries to unseat Congresswoman Louise Slaughter in the 25th congressional district. He’s attacking her focus on high speed rail, and calling for an end to the fighting in the house. Assini joined us to talk more about his campaign.

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Other Side To Controversial Scaffold Law Report

Last week, we had a guest on the show to defend the Lawsuit Reform Alliance’s involvement in a report on New York’s Scaffold Law. Tom Stebbins said they did not influence the report to make it more anti-scaffold. But not eveyrone agrees. Josie Duffy, staff Attorney for the Center for Popular Democracy, joined us to discuss.

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Full Show – 8.27.14

Reaction to the New York Times non-endorsement in the Democratic primary for governor and part three of our series Fight For the House, which followed Rep. Chris Gibson. Plus interviews with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, congressional candidate Jim Fischer, League of Conservation Voters’ Marcia Bystryn and Assemblyman Michael Kearns.

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Candidate Conversation: Jim Fischer

Jim Fischer is running for Congress in the 20th district against three-term incumbent Paul Tonko. It’s a bit of an uphill battle thanks to a big Democratic enrollment edge. But businessman Jim Fischer is hoping to build up his name recognition with a new ad that will air across the district. He joined us to talk about his campaign.

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Kearns Calls For New Stadium Working Group Transparency

As its name suggests, the New Stadium Working Group was formed to decide if the Buffalo Bills need a new home. But the group has not released any information to the public and Assemblyman Michael Kearns wants to change that. Kearns is calling on Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to hold open meetings so taxpayers know what is going on. So far, Poloncarz has resisted. Assemblyman Kearns joined us to talk more about this.

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Rep. Slaughter Talks Back To Session Priorities

Congress will be returning from their August recess with a full agenda. And one thing they’ll need to address that came up during their break is the situation in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The issue of the militarization of police has been highlighted in this case. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter joined us to talk more about this and other back to session priorities.

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League of Conservation Voters Chooses Sides

The New York League of Conversation Voters is taking sides in one of the most contentious legislative primaries. And the group’s PAC is prepared to spend big to help state Senator Tony Avella keep his seat. He’s facing a challenge from former New York City comptroller John Liu over his decision to leave the so-called regular Democrats for the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference. But the league is focused on Avella’s environmental record. League of Conservation Voters President Marcia Bystryn joined us to talk about that race and the group’s other endorsements.

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Full Show – 8.26.14

Reports on state candidates pushing for debates with incumbents and part two our Fight For the House series, looking at Nan Hayworth’s campaign against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. Plus interviews with ESPA’s Nathan Schaefer, NY-23 candidate Martha Robertson, Albany-Colonie Chamber’s Mark Eagan, retired Brigadier General Debra Scullary, and our Insiders.

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The Insiders

Endorsements continue to roll out, or not roll out in this case.The New York Times editorial board Tuesday announced the Gray Lady will not endorse anyone in the September gubernatorial primary – not Governor Cuomo, and not his challenger Zephyr Teachout, either. It’s not all that suprising considering the recent relationship between the Times and Cuomo. And the non-endorsement is good news for Teachout, but not getting the Times official nod probably isn’t going to boost her campaign either. Our Insiders sat down to discuss this and more.

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