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Siena’s Greenberg Breaks Down Latest Poll Numbers

After Governor Cuomo vowed to flip the Senate chamber in favor of the Democrats in exchange for the Working Families Party nod, New York state voters are telling the governor to stay out of it. This is according to the latest Siena Research Poll. But when it comes to the governor’s race, Cuomo still has the lead. Pollster Steve Greenberg goes over the numbers.

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Sen. Stewart-Cousins on End of Session Issues

As the legislative session draws to a close, Senate Democrats are making an all-out push for their top priorities, including the full ten point women’s equality act, the DREAM Act, and a statewide public campaign finance system. But most of those issues do not have a good chance of getting resolved before the end of the week. And that means they will likely become campaign issues. Conference leader Andrea Stewart Cousins discusses what happens next.

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Teachout and Wu Talk Running for Office

Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu today officially announced their bid for the Democratic nomination for Governor and Lieutenant Governor on Monday. The two law professors refer to themselves as “Progressive democrats,” and at the campaign rollout Teachout said she sees two Republicans in the race – Rob Astorino and Andrew Cuomo. The pair explain why they want voters to choose them over the incumbent and his running mate, Kathy Hochul.

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Sen. Savino Discusses Medical Marijuana Legislation

Talks continued Monday as lawmakers consider a deal on medical marijuana before the end of the legislative session. The current legislation, the Compassionate Care Act, has already passed the Assembly and has bipartisan support in the Senate.
But Governor Cuomo still has some reservations. Diane Savino, the senate sponsor of the bill, explains where things stand.

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Full Episode: June 10

Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno discusses life after his acquittal, plus interviews with NYCLU’S Donna Lieberman and Brian Shapiro of the Humane Society fo the US.

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Full Episode: June 6

Reports on the latest casino development plans, the death of women’s rights activist, and more plus the reporter roundtable breaks down the week’s biggest stories and Dr. Steven Liebo discusses the Bergdahl case.

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Update on Push for More Family Court Judges

Candidates for judgeships across the state are in a holding pattern due to legislation which has stalled in the state legislature. The bill would create 20 new family court judge positions, however no one in the state senate has sponsored the legislation yet. This makes it difficult for potential candidates to start collecting signatures for petitions that are due July 10. But advocates have not given up. Stephanie Gendell and Denise Kronstadt, the co-chairs of the New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges, explain where things stand.

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PCCC’s Green on Challenging Cuomo from the Left

There is now officially a challenger to Governor Cuomo for the Working Families Party line. The left-leaning party has been considering backing someone other than the governor as a criticism of his tax policies and his failure to get public campaign finance passed. And while the WFP is a relatively small party, this fight is getting national attention from progressive groups. In fact one of them, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has already endorsed law professor Zephyr Teachout in her campaign for the party’s line. PCCC co-founder Adam Green explains.

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Grant Discusses State Senate Run

Two years ago, incumbent Western New York state senator Tim Kennedy nearly lost in a primary challenge from Erie County legislator Betty Jean Grant.
That year, Kennedy had much of the establishment support. Well, it’s shaping up to be a rematch in that district this year, except this time the Erie County Democratic Party is putting its support behind Grant, which could pose problems for Kennedy. Grant discusses why she’s running again, and what’s changed this time around.

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Reporter Roundtable

Rick Karlin of the Times Union, Scott Waldman from Capital New York and Newsday’s Yancey Roy discuss the Working Families Party’s convention and rumors of reunion in the state senate.

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