Maureen McManus

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Full Episode: May 29, 2014

Reports on reconciliation in the Senate, Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor de Blasio making nice, and New York Congressmembers weighing in on the VA scandal plus interviews with Katherine Nadeau from Environmental Advocates of New York and the Mental Health Association of New York’s Glenn Liebman.

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Full Episode: May 28, 2014

Reports on the race for governor and President Obama’s visit to West Point, plus interviews with Senator Phil Boyle on fighting heroin abuse, Senators Bill Perkins and Jose Peralta on the DREAM Act, and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco on animal advocacy day.

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Republican Candidates in NY-21 Debate

The two Republican candidates in the 21st Congressional District, Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny, took part in a Time Warner Cable News debate ahead of the primary election.

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Advocates Discuss Post-Partum Depression Bill

Late last week, Governor Cuomo vetoed several bills that had been passed by the legislature. That includes a measure to create new guidelines for testing mothers for post-partum depression. Cuomo said there were logistical concerns with the bill. But advocates are very disappointed- including Ron and Karen Wachenheim, who lost a family member to suicide a few weeks after she gave birth.

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Schuyler Center’s Breslin on Pre-K Grants

Twenty-six school districts are getting grants from the state education department through the latest round of grants. And while that’s good news for those districts, education advocates say it’s unfair to the other 359 districts identified as high-needs. The Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign argues all kids should have access to full-day pre-k in order to properly prepare for school. The president of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, Kate Breslin, shares her take on the situation.

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Albany-Colonie Chamber’s Eagan on 2014 Priorities

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce is one of the many business groups laying out a legislative agenda for 2014. And while the chamber’s list includes stanard items tax reform and rollback of regulations, it also touches on things like immigration reform and infrastructure investment. Chamber president Mark Eagan explains.

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Assem. Lupardo on OMH Decision to Keep Facilities Open

Two mental health facilities in the Southern Tier are staying open, and local lawmakers are celebrating. The Greater Binghamton Health Center and Elmira Psychiatric Center were on the chopping block as part of the Office of Mental Health’s restructuring plan. But local officials and residents complained about the distance patients would have to travel for treatment. Now, O-M-H will keep the centers open, but with fewer beds. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo explains what this means for the region.

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Reporter Roundtable

Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union, Gannett’s Jon Campbell, and Nick Reisman discuss the accusations against Assmblyman Gabryszak and the week’s other top stories.

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Advocates Share Concerns About Tax Commission Report

A new report came out today in response to the New York state tax relief commission’s recommendations. It accuses the Pataki-McCall Commission of taking New York backwards, by adding to the wealthy’s pockets and taking funding and assistance away from the hardest-hit communities. Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Mike Kink of Strong Economy for All, and Bob Master from the Working Families Party share their thoughts.

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Sen. O’Brien on Mandate Relief

Capital Tonight viewers have heard a lot about the governor’s love of commissions and tax forces. Of late, we have focused on his corruption busting Moreland Commission and his dueling tax commissions. But the governor also has a mandate relief council that you may or may not recall. It has flown largely under the radar.
That hasn’t stopped business groups and elected officials from trying to keep the focus on this issue. Unshackle Upstate has been front and center in that push, and held a press conference Thursday in Rochester. Senator Ted O’Brien was there, and he explains his plans for reducing state mandates.

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