Video – Interviews

Full Show – 1.15.15

One week before the Governor’s combined State of the State and Budget Address, he’s starting to unveil certain components. We have reaction to his property tax relief plan, and reports on his upstate competition fund announced Thursday. Plus, more on what’s ahead for environmental and education issues. We also have a look at newly elected Congressman John Katko

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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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Full Show – 1.13.15

Reports on the debate over the Women’s Equality Agenda in the state Assembly, the Southern Tier getting a second chance at a casino, and what veterans in Congress want to see done this year. Plus interviews with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, Assemblyman James Skoufis, AIDS task force members Charles King, Mark Harrington and Dan O’Connell, and the Insiders.

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