Senate Support from the Business Council

We’ve been talking a lot about the state senate on this show recently, and for good reason. The outcome of this year’s election will determine which party controls that chamber. Many groups have been working to swing that control, including the state Business Council. Heather Briccetti is president of that group.

 

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AQE Responds to Cuomo’s “Monopoly” Comment

Governor Andrew Cuomo has received a significant amout of criticism this week after calling the state’s public school system a “monopoly”. He said in a second term he would make a push for more charter schools in the state. That’s left some advocacy groups upset, saying the Governor’s comments are a, quote, “assault” on public schools. Billy Easton is the Executive Director of one of those organizations, the Alliance for Quality Education.

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Empire Center: Vote “No” On Prop 3

The Smart Schools Bond Act is one of three constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot. If approved by voters Tuesday, the measure would allow the state to borrow 2 Billion dollars to invest into new technology for schools statewide. That might sound like good news upfront, but some groups have come out against the measure, saying that’s not the type of investment schools want. E.J. McMahon from the Empire Center for Public Policy was on to explain that group’s opposition to the amendment.

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Siena Poll: Maloney Leads Hayworth by 5 Points

The rematch for the 18th Congressional District has proven to be another close race. Our Time Warner Cable News-Siena Research Poll released Thursday shows incumbent democrat Sean Patrick Maloney with a five-point lead over republican challenger Nan Hayworth – 49 percent of those polled in the district say they would vote for Maloney, while 44 percent would vote for Hayworth. Congressman Maloney is also leading Hayworth when it comes to favorability. Steve Greenberg from Siena sat down with us to explain.

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Full Show – 10.29.14

Reports on the gubernatorial race and two years since Superstorm Sandy, a preview of our Time Warner Cable News State Attorney General debate, the latest state Senate campaign expenditures, and Republican momentum in several Congressional races. Plus interviews with Senator Mike Gianaris, Assembylman Marcos Crespo, Stephen Hayford of the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, and 63rd state Senate district candidate Rick Donovan.

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Battle For The State Senate

The fight for control of the state Senate is largely playing out upstate. But downstate members of the Democratic conference are doing what they can to help out – including making some pretty substantional campaign contributions. Still, with only a few days to go, the candidates need more than just cash. Senator Mike Gianaris, chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, joined us to discuss.

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NYC IDs Meet FDIC Standards

New York City’s Municipal ID plan cleared a big hurdle this week thanks to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The identification cards will soon be available to any city resident, regardless of immigration status. And the FDIC told the Assembly’s Task Force on New Americans that banks can accept the ID’s and allow cardholders to open accounts. Chair of the task force, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, joined us to explain why this matters.

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New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation Voter Guide

The New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization that connects New York’s Christian community with politics and policy in state government. To help voters better understand candidates, they’ve now released a voter guide for this year’s election. Users can either browse candidates across the state, or use their location to find who they’ll be considering at the polls. Stephen Hayford from the Family Research Foundation joined us to talk more about this voter guide and the election.

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Candidate Conversation: Rick Donovan

There are a handful of contested races in Western New York this election year that we’re following. One not getting as much attention is the race for the 63rd state Senate district. Democratic incumbent Tim Kennedy won the primary but is now facing a challenger in the general election. Rick Donovan joined us to talk about his campaign for state Senate.

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Full Show – 10.28.14

Reports on the back and forth regarding Ebola policy between Governors Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie and Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, and a press conference to address the increase in assaults against prison guards across the state. Plus interviews with Siena pollster Steve Greenberg, Charles King of Housing Works, Mike Kink of Strong Economy for All and Jamaica Miles of AQE/Citizen Action NY, and this week’s Insiders – Bruce Gyory and John McArdle.

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