Immigration And Upstate Farms

State officials with the Farm Bureau say immigration is also a food security issue for the country. Immigrants make up a great deal of workers on upstate farms. And while President Obama’s executive action does now finally address the problem, officials say Congress needs to take action. Kelly Young, Deputy Director of Public Policy at the New York Farm Bureau, joined us to talk about how farms are impacted.

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Reporter Roundtable

Governor Cuomo spent the past few days in Western New York. And while snow’s slammed that part of the state, other lawmakers spent the week visiting Albany. Republicans from the Senate and Assembly convened to re-elect their leaders and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver made an appearance. But no one’s answered the question everyone wants to know: Will there be a special session? Our Reporter Roundtable with Jimmy Vielkind, Bob McCarthy and Nick Reisman discussed all of this.

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Debate Over Restoring GEA Cuts

During the election season, politicans and education activists talked a lot about ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts which were implemented five years ago. But now, there’s a debate about which districts should be prioritized. And the head of the Alliance for Quality Education is accusing the chair of the senate education committee of favoring more affluent districts over high-needs ones. AQE’s Billy Easton joined us to explain.

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Snuffing Out Tobacco

Thursday marked the 39th annual Great American Smokeout from the American Cancer Society. The event was created as a day for smokers to either try to stop smoking for the day or create a plan to quit. It’s also a day for many advocates to call for more funding from the state for programs that discourage tobacco use. One of those advocates is Michael Burgess from the American Cancer Society. He joined us to talk more about the efforts.

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Full Show – 11.20.14

We brought you President Obama’s immigration address in its entirety. We have an update on snow in Buffalo, Republicans in the state Assembly, and the latest on the Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement project. Plus, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shares his thoughts on a legislative pay raise and Ron Deutsch talks about his new role at the Fiscal Policy Institute.

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Schneiderman’s Plans For Second Term

Since State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was first elected four years ago, he’s been busy. In his first term, his office worked on everything from fighting corruption in state government to combating heroin abuse. It also brought in some big bucks for the state thanks to a settlements with banks accused of wrongdoing. Now, he’s about to begin his second term in office. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined us from New York City to talk about what’s ahead.

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Deutsch Discusses New Job

Until just a few days ago, we knew Ron Deutsch as the Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, a coalition that keeps close watch on how the state is spending money. Now, he’ll take on a new role as the interim Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, which is a non-profit research and education group that deals with much of the same topic. Deutsch joined us in the studio to discuss his new role.

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Full Show – 11.19.14

Wednesday night, we got an exclusive one-on-one interview with Governor Cuomo to find out the latest regarding snow storm recovery efforts in the Buffalo area. Also, a look at the possible future relationship of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, mainline Democrats and the Republicans. Plus, interviews with former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch, Congressowman Louise Slaughter, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, and Manhattan singer Collette McLafferty and Scott Hobson of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York.

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Ravitch Appointed to Advise Detroit

The city of Detroit is finally emerging from bankruptcy, but it still faces a lot of fiscal challenges. So New York’s former lieutenent governor will continue to advise city officials there. And a lot of upstate leaders will be watching the developments closely as they deal with their own budget issues – which can quickly get worse when a natural disaster strikes. Former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch joined us to talk more about his role in the Motor City’s recovery.

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Slaughter Previews 15th Term In Congress

The closest congressional race in New York state this year was one that no one expected. In fact, the challenger in the 25th Congressional district race did not concede until last week. But Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter did prevail, and she will begin her 15th term in January. She joined us from our Washington, DC bureau to talk more about her plans for congress come the new year.

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