Reporter Roundtable

Though Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has her fair share of disagreements with Governor Cuomo, her decision Thursday to step down as state Democratic party co-chair did catch some in Albany political circles off-guard. And now the question arises as to who Miner’s replacement will be. This week’s Reporter Roundtable weighed in on this and the other top political stories of the week.

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Congressman Maffei On A “Very Competitive” NY-24 Race

Congressman Dan Maffei announced Friday that his campaign has reserved $1 million of television air time for ads. The commericals will run from September through election day in November. This comes as his challenger, Republican John Katko, ramps up his campaign for the 24th district. Rep. Dan Maffei joined us to disucuss.

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Tembeckjian Explains Commission on Judicial Review’s Latest Report

Each year, the New York State Commission on Judicial Review compiles a report of all the complaints against judges that they investigate. Those complaints range from failing to file disclosure reports to drinking and driving. And while most of last year’s nearly 18,000 cases were dismissed, there were some instances where the judge was forced to resign or ended up facing formal charges. The commissioner’s administrator and counsel, Robert Tembeckjian, joined us to explain.

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NYSUT President Discusses Her New Role

Karen Magee was elected the new president of NYSUT earlier this month. And she has some big tasks ahead of her, including figuring out what role the teacher’s union will play in another election. Magee joined us to talk about that and the ongoing fight over teacher evaluations.

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Congressman Gibson On His Challenger For NY-19

Congress is in recess, but that doesn’t mean members are any less busy. Especially those who are getting ready for election season. Congressman Chris Gibson will be facing Democratic challenger, 27-year-old Sean Eldridge for the 19th district this fall. Rep. Chris Gibson joined us to discuss.

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Congressman Tonko Discusses His Stance On The Ryan Budget

The congressional recess means members can spend time in their districts meeting with constituents. But they leave behind a lot of unfinished business in Washington,such as the Paul Ryan budget. Rep. Paul Tonko joined us to discuss the Ryan budget and other news from the nation’s capitol.

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Conservative Party Chairman Weighs In On State Elections

As we move closer to November, election chatter is growing louder. And the conservative party has made some noise in recent weeks. First, the party will back Elise Stefanik over Matt Doheny, regardless of the outcome between the two candidates in the 21st congressional district. They also have said they will run their own candidate of state comptroller should the Republicans fail to find someone. Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long joined us to talk about all of this.

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Tax Foundation VP Explains New York State’s Ranking

The Tax Foundation has changed its analysis of New York’s tax climate after the passage of the 2014-15 state budget. In fact, if the changes in the budget had been in place a few months ago, New York would have ranked much higher in the corporate tax category and moved up in the property tax category. Even the overall ranking would improve, from 50th out of 50 to number 48. And despite these changes, the foundation’s new report still says “New York is not a low-tax state.” The author of the new analysis, Tax Foundation Vice President for Legal and State Projects Joseph Henchman, joined us to explain.

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EPA Regional Administrator Explains #NatureSelfie

In 1970, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin decided to bring environmental protection to the forefront of the national political agenda, thus creating Earth Day.
Next Tuesday, the 22nd, is Earth Day. But locally, organizations are starting the celebrations this week. In Albany, the EPA along with the Nature Conservancy are using social media to encourage participation. Judith Enck, the EPA’s Regional Administrator, joined us to discuss.

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Coalition For More Family Court Judges Discusses Latest Effort

$5 million dollars was included in this year’s state budget for the hiring of 20 more Family Court Judges. members of the New York state Coalition for More Family Court Judges say this would help reduce backlog that has been a serious problem within the system. Stephanie Gendell and Denise Kronstadt, both with the Coalition for More Family Court Judges, joined us to explain.

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