Leanne Politi

Producer: Capital Tonight, In Focus Albany Leanne.Politi@charter.com


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Advocates: Lever Voting Machines Must Be Phased Out

While most of us may not think twice when using lever-voting machines on election day, for some this can provide a significant challenge. The Board of Elections is actually supposed to submit recommendations to lawmakers this month on how to transition local election systems to electronic voting statewide. As part of that report, advocates hope to see a transparent process and a speedy end to lever-voting in New York. Aimee Allaud – an Election Specialist with the New York State League of Women Voters, Brad Williams – the Executive Director of the New York State Independent Living Council, and Meghan Schoeffling – a Policy Analyst for the New York Association on Independent Living, joined us to explain.

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Reporter Roundtable

Governor Cuomo is slowly unveiling parts of his 2015 State of Opportunity Agenda as we draw closer to the State of the State/Budget Address. From the property tax circuit breaker to the hunger games-eqsue upstate revitalization competition and the latest announcement on broadband, the governor is clearly thinking big this session. Meanwhile, state lawmakers have been battling it out over women’s issues and education reform.The members of our Reporter Roundtable joined us to discuss all of this.

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Mayors Conference Questions Cuomo’s Property Tax Relief Plan

Wednesday, we told you about Governor Cuomo’s new plan to provide property tax relief to homeowners statewide. If included in the final, approved budget, the system would give homeowners a credit if their property taxes exceeded 6-percent of their household income. That credit would operate on a sliding scale, and only households with an income less than $250,000 annually would be eligible. Peter Baynes, Executive Director of the New York State Conference of Mayors, joined us to talk more about the proposal.

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Debate Over Fire Safety Regulations

Right now, all gas stations in New York state are required to have fire suppression systems – a response system that manages and sometimes does extinguish gasoline fires. But, the state code council is considering rescinding that requirement. So the New York Fire Equipment Association is hoping to prevent that from happening. Fil Conte, founder of the association, and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi joined us to talk more about this issue.

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Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Back In Court

We expect to hear a lot about education from the governor and the legislature this year. But there are some battles playing out in the third branch of government: the courts. Wednesday, a lawsuit to eliminate teacher tenure was back in state supreme court on Staten Island. Attorney Rich Casagrande argued against making changes on behalf of the state teachers union, NYSUT. He joined us in studio with an update.

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Post Fracking Ban, Environmental Advocates Lay Out Priorities

Environmental advocacy groups just passed a huge hurdle after the state moved to ban high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York state. But some say there’s more lawmakers can do to keep the momentum going on environmental issues. Ned Sullivan, the President of Scenic Hudson, joined us to explain.

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Full Show – 1.14.15

Reports on Governor Cuomo’s tax credit proposal and his criminal justice proposal, and a profile on Rep. Elise Stefanik. Plus interviews with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Empire State Pride Agenda’s Nathan Schafer, and Schuyler Center’s Kate Breslin.

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Picente’s New Role

Republican Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is one of 58 new hires under the Cuomo administration’ second term. Picente has been named to the board of trustees of the New York Power Authority. He joined us from our Utica bureau to talk more about his new role, and the governor’s tax credit proposal.

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LGBT Goals For 2015

Two of the top priorities for the Empire State Pride Agenda have been stalled in the legislature for years. But the group is hoping to finally build some moment with a new petition calling for the passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and a ban on conversion therapy for minors. And the petition is inspired by the recent death of a transgender teen. Empire State Pride Agenda’s Nathan Schaefer joined us to discuss.

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Addressing Income Inequality

A trio of upstate mayors called on the state to address income inequality at a forum yesterday sponsored by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy. The New York’s Cities discussion looked at the differences between urban areas with high levels of poverty and their more well-off suburban neighbors. Child poverty levels are particularly high in parts of the state. And the center has called for treating the situation as a public health matter. The Schuyler Center’s Kate Breslin joined us to talk more about this.

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