Full Show – 10.23.14

A governor debate debrief, Hillary Clinton endorsing fellow Democrats Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul, a look at where Cuomo and Republican gubernatorial challenger Rob Astorino stand on education issues, and what two Hudson Valley schools are doing to allow undocumented children in the classroom. Plus interviews with Rob Astorino to recap the debate, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on improving relations with Canada and 4201 Schools Association’s Debra Arles on the group’s support for the Smart Schools Bond Act.

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Astorino Resumes Call For More Debates

The debate over debates continued on Thursday. Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino says he wants another chance to discuss the issues with incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Astorino wants to face Cuomo one-on-one, which he says would allow for more issues to be raised and follow up questions. Astorino joined us to talk more about his push for another televised debate, with 12 days left until election night.

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Improving Relationship Between WNY And Canada

The community in Ottawa, Canada was recovering Thursday after a 32-year-old man shot and killed a soldier on Wednesday at their National War Memorial. The incident is having an impact on Western New York too, for many of those who live close to the border. Making sure people are safe from potential attacks on both sides of the border is something the United States and Canada are working on together, among other things. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz joined us to discuss.

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4201 Support For Smart Schools Bond Act

When you head to the polls this November, you’ll notice three constitutional amendments on the balllot. The first would create a redistricting commission, while the second would allow bills to be sent eletronically to lawmakers. We’ve talked at length about those two, but the third is nothing to be ignored. The Smart School Bond Act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion to upgrade technology and infrastructure in schools statewide. Debra Arles, a board member of the 4201 Schools Association, joined us to explain their support of the bill.

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Full Show – 10.22.14

Wednesday night’s show featured a recap of our exclusive 19th Congressional District debate, a recap of the governor debate held in Buffalo, 24th Congressional District candidates focusing on jobs and the economy, and a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on social issues. Plus interviews with Steve Greenberg taking a look at the latest Siena Poll, former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky on Prop 1, and Corey Stoughton on NYCLU’s settlement win.

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Dems Lead In Statewide Races

The Democratic incumbents in the three statewide races all hold at least 20-point leads over their challengers, according to today’s Siena Research poll. And all three incumbents have the support of at least 50-percent of likely voters. With two weeks to go, that’s good news for the Democrats. But just how good? Siena pollster Steve Greenberg joined us to break down the latest numbers.

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Brodsky: Prop 1 Best Option

Both current and former elected officials are taking sides in the debate over Proposition one, the redistricting amendment on this year’s ballot. The proposal would create a special commission to redraw congressional and state legislative districts every ten years to account for changes in population and demographics. That’s currently done by sitting members of the legislature – a system good government groups say allows lawmakers to pick their voters instead of voters picking their lawmakers. But advocates are divided over whether the new commission would be independent enough. Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky joined us to discuss.

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Major Settlement In NYCLU Case

The last time we talked to the New York Civil Liberties Union, they were preparing to go to trial over the state’s public defense system. Their argument was that the state wasn’t doing enough to ensure public legal counsel for low-income New Yorkers. Tuesday, the group announced a major settlement in that case, spreading millions of dollars over five counties to improve their public defense systems. Corey Stoughton, an attorney for the NYCLU, joined us to discuss.

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Full Show – 10.21.14

Reports on U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s support for state races, Andrew Cuomo and Rob Astorino reaching out to the latino community for votes, Howie Hawkins focusing on environmental issues including hydrofracking, and part two of our series on the gubernatorial campaigns, this time looking at their stances on the economy. Plus interviews with NRCC chair Rep. Greg Walden, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin and this week’s Insiders, Brendan Quinn and Jack O’Donnell.

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The Insiders

Ebola continues to be a campaign issue. Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino earlier this month called for a flight ban. Governor Cuomo at first said it wasn’t necessary, but has now changed his tune, saying it’s something the federal government should “seriously consider.” Astorino, meanwhile, is still calling on Cuomo to close off all ports of entry in the state. Our Insiders this week, Brendan Quinn and Jack O’Donnell, sat down to discuss this and other top stories.

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