Leanne Politi

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


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Education Debate Continues In New Session

As the 2015 legislative session gets underway, we can already guess one issue that will come up a lot: education. The debates over Common Core, standardized testing and teacher evaluations are all still ongoing. Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Senator John Flanagan, joined us to talk more.

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Assembly Priorities In 2015

Sheldon Silver, who is reportedly under investigation for outside income, was re-elected as Speaker of the chamber. New man on campus Charles Barron was the only ‘no’ vote there. And Joe Morelle was re-appointed majority leader of his conference. Morelle joined us to talk about their priorities for 2015.

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IDC And Mainline Dems: It’s Complicated

The Senate Democrats are once again divided between the so-called regular conference and the IDC. There was an agreement reached before the election for the two factions to reunite, but that deal fell apart when the Republicans won an outright majority. Senator Mike Gianaris, joined us to talk about this year’s plans.

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Full Show – 1.6.15

Reports on the funeral for former Governor Mario Cuomo, state lawmakers gearing up for a new session, a dispute between Western New York leaders and the Thruway Authority, and trial begins for former Senator Malcolm Smith. Plus interviews with Unshackle Upstate’s Greg Biryla, NYSAC’s Stephen Acquario and the Insiders.

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The Insiders

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s speech at his father’s funeral Tuesday served as a reminder of the former governor’s legacy, and also the current governor’s way with words. It included both political and personal elements, and was well-received both in the church and on social media. The Insiders joined us to discuss.

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NYSAC’s 2015 Priorities

As lawmakers return to the capitol, groups are releasing their priorities lists for the legislature. The New York State Association of Counties is out with it’s 2015 Legislative Platform, which focuses on local medicaid expenses, property and sales tax, and more. NYSAC Executive Director Steve Acquario joined us to discuss.

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Unshackle Upstate’s New Leadership

Unshackle Upstate is a group we’ve talked to many times on this show. They are a coalition of business and trade organizations across New York State. But now, they have a new leader. Greg Biryla, the new Executive Director, joined us to talk 2015 priorities.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Delivers Eulogy at Father’s Funeral

Governor Andrew Cuomo honored the late Mario Cuomo on Tuesday, with a powerful and heartfelt eulogy before a packed St. Ignatius Church in New York City. Cuomo shared personal stories of his father, from being roommates in Albany to playing basketball. WATCH the full speech below.

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Assembly Priorities

The state of the state has been postponed, but the legislative session still officially begins this week. Assembly Democrats have a caucus meeting so they can discuss 2015 priorities and of course the conference’s leadership. Assembywoman Pat Fahy joined us to discuss.

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Police Safety Hearings

When state lawmakers return to Albany, Senate Republicans are holding a series of public hearings focusing on the issue of police safety. This is in response to the recent anger towards NYPD officers. The hearings will be conducted by four Senate committees. Senator Pat Gallivan joined us with more.

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