Full Show – 9.18.14

Reports on Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino’s speech at the state Business Council Meeting, the pledge introduced for the Women’s Equality Party, the President Obama’s statement following the Senate’s vote on arming Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. Plus Siena pollster Steve Greenberg joined us to go over the results of our exclusive poll on the the 18th Congressional district rematch, and other interviews with NYS Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, NYS Rehabilitation Assocation President Michael Seereiter, and Assemblyman Karim Camara.

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Greenberg Breaks Down NY-18 Poll Results

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has a small lead over his challenger, former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, according to our exclusive Time Warner Cable News-Siena Research poll of the district. If the election were today, 50 percent of voters say they’d stick with Maloney, who has represented the district for the past two years, and 42 percent say they’d vote for Hayworth, who held the seat for one term before being voted out. Eight percent are still undecided with a month and a half left until the election. Siena pollster Steve Greenberg joined us to go over all of the results.

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Employment First Policy To Increase Job Opportunities For Disabled Adults

The poverty rate for disabled adults in New York state is nearly 29percent which is more than double the percentage of poor adults without disabilities. So the state is establishing a new commission to support employment of disabled workers. Governor Cuomo Wednesday announced the creation of the Employment First Commission. Michael Seereiter, President and CEO of the New York State Rehabilitation Association, joined us to explain what the commission can do to curb the unemployment and poverty rates for disabled adults.

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NYS Rifle And Pistol Association Launches GOTV Campaign

This November’s election will be the first time state lawmakers are up for re-election since the passage of the SAFE Act back in January of 2013. And second amendment advocates are preparing to show that they haven’t forgotten or gotten less angry. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is working on a get out the vote campaign. NYSPRA President Tom King joined us to explain.

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Assemblyman Discusses Push For New York Is Home Bill

There is a piece of proposed legislation that is creating a divide among Senate Democrats. The bill – called “New York Is Home” – sponsored by Gustavo Rivera, would provide amnesty to illegal immigrants in New York state, allowing them to apply for drivers licenses and Medicaid, and also vote or even run for office.
This has Republicans on the attack but many Democrats are also expressing their opposition to the legislation. Assemblyman Karim Camara is a co-sponsor of the bill in his chamber and joined us to talk about the issue.

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Full Show – 9.17.14

Reports on the redistricting amendment language being rejected, the latest in the Attorney General race, a congressional candidate’s views on 9/11, and reaction to Congress’ vote on arming Syrian rebels. Plus interviews with Common Cause NY’s Susan Lerner, AARP NY’s Bill Ferris, NYCLU’s Corey Stoughton, and NE Charter Schools Network’s Kyle Rosenkrans and Harold Hinds.

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Reaction To Redistricting Language Rejection

A state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the wording of a constitutional amendment on this year’s ballot will need to be changed.
The amendment would create a new commission to draw new legislative districts every ten years, a process currently done by legislators themselves. One group that’s voiced a strong opposition to the redistricting amendment entirely is Common Cause New York. They’re chalking up today’s ruling as a victory, but ultimately want voters to strike down the proposition in November. Susan Lerner, Executive Director the group, joined us to explain.

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WNY Parents Suing State Over Charter School Funding

New York state is facing a lawsuit from five Western New York families over the way charter schools are funded. That lawsuit claims students at charter schools receive less funding individually than their public school counterparts. Those families say that difference in funds gives less opportunity to students of color and low income families. Northeast Charter Schools Network President Kyle Rosenkrans and the group’s Legal Director, Harold Hinds, joined us to talk more about this.

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Lawsuit Challenges Public Defense System

The New York Civil Liberties Union says the state is failing to provide accused criminals with a fair and speedy trial. The group researched the public defense system for years to prepare for a lawsuit that goes to trial next month. And it found that people who rely on public defenders are sometimes appearing in court without representation, and their attorneys are carrying as much as three times the recommended caseload. Senior staff attorney Corey Stoughton joined us to go over NYCLU’s new report on the issue.

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Baby Boomer Flight Could Cost The State Billions

We have discussed this topic many times on the show – the issue of older New Yorkers leaving the state. But a new report released Wednesday by AARP NY says that if working baby boomers continue to pack up their things and head out of New York, it could become a multi-billion dollar problem for the state. Bill Ferris, Legislative Director of AARP NY, joined us to discuss the report’s findings.

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