Full Show – 10.20.14

An update from the gubernatorial campaigns on where they stand when it comes to the state of the economy, Vice President Joe Biden making stops in Syracuse to stump for Rep. Dan Maffei and appearing in New York City with Governor Cuomo, and part one a series looking at where gubernatorial candidates stand on ethics issues. Also interviews with State Education Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Senator Cathy Young, NYLCV’s Marcia Bystryn and UUP’s Fred Kowal.

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Changes To Graduation Requirements

The New York state Board of Regents is giving high school students more options for earning a diploma, including the choice to focus on career and technical skills. The board passed a measure on Monday to allow students to substitute a vocational exam or an extra math or science test for one of the two social studies regents normally required for graduation. State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch joined us in studio to explain.

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Republicans Optimistic About Senate Control

There are now just 15 days until the polls close for New York state elections. And this year, the stakes are the highest for the state Senate. Republicans are hoping to keep their control in this blue-state. They seem to be gaining ground in key races, but there are so many factors, including indictments and who will be conferencing with whom. Senator Cathy Young, chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, joined us to discuss the latest developments.

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League Of Conservation Voters Offers Dual Endorsements

The New York League of Conservation Voters is out with its full list of endorsements for this election cycle. That’s obviously not unusual for this group. What is unusual was their decision to issue a dual endorsement for both candidates for state attorney general. Plus, they’re also joining the list of groups pulling for Mark Grisanti in the 60th state Senate District. NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn joined us to talk more about their picks.

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UPP Gets Involved In Senate Contests

The union for SUNY professors is getting involved in this year’s state senate races. United University Professions is focusing on three upstate races where freshman Democrats face strong challenges from Republicans. And those seats could determine the balance of power in the chamber. UUP President Fred Kowal joined us to talk more about the union’s plan.

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Full Show – 10.17.14

 A recap of Governor Cuomo’s trip to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the latest from the campaigns for lieutenant governor, President Obama’s “Ebola Czar” appointment, and why we should all worry more about getting the flu. Plus interviews with Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney, our Reporter Roundtable. And, a look at the latest campaign mailers with Postal Politics.

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Postal Politics

We break down the latest round of campaign mailers from across the state.

 

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Reporter Roundtable

It was a busy week in state politics. Candidates sparred in several televised debates. The Governor traveled out of the state again, this time visiting the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Cuomo also spent a lot of time earlier in the week promoting his new book, making national television appearances. Our Reporter Roundtable weighed in on all of this.

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Campaigns Race For Cash

The incumbents in the state attorney general and state comptroller race are easily out fundraising their opponents. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had nearly $12 million as of the most recent filing while John Cahill had less than $2 million. And Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has more than $5 million, while Bob Antonacci has still not raised the $200,000 needed to qualify for public matching funds. It’s not just the amount that donors are giving that is keeping Antonacci’s total so far below the other statewide candidates. It’s also the number of donors. NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney explains.

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Glick Applauds CoA Nomination

Governor Cuomo stayed true to his word and Friday announced his decision for the state Court of Appeals judge position. Cuomo nominated Justice Leslie Stein – a democrat Associate Justice of the Appellate Division – deciding not to re-appoint republican Judge Victoria Graffeo. It’s good news for Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, who has been a vocal critic of Justice Graffeo’s positions on LGBT and women’s issues. Glick joined us to discuss.

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