Video – Interviews

No Casino For Orange County

The state Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board is taking the governor’s advice and will be opening the table to a possible fourth casino in the Southern Tier. But other locations such as the Huson Valley region are not up for discussion. Assemblyman James Skoufis joined us to discuss.

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Ending The AIDS Epidemic

Back in October, we had a panel from the new state AIDS task force to talk about their work to come up with a plan for ending the epidemic in New York state by the year 2020. The task force held it’s final meeting Tuesday in Albany. Next step for them is to deliver a draft of the plan to Governor Cuomo. Joining us with an update were task force co-chair Charles King. He’s also the president and CEO of Housing Works. Mark Harrington of Treatment Action Group and Dan O’Connell, the Director of the AIDS Institute.

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Legislation For NYS Cats

Linda Rosenthal is just beginning her fifth term in the state Assembly. In that time, she’s sponsored a variety of bills, encompassing everything from environmental issues to animal protections. Assemblywoman Rosenthal joined us to talk about her legislation for cats and other priorities this year.

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Insiders

Governor Cuomo Tuesday announced 25 more new hires, adding to the 33 new other hires announced this week. Among them, Howard Zucker loses the ‘interim’ title and is the state Health Commissioner. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is now Trustee of the New York Power Authority. Monday it was announced that Republican Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney will head the Thruway Authority. This week’s Insiders joined us to go over all of the second term appointments and more top stories.

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Full Show – 1.12.15

Reports on the latest with the Women’s Equality Agenda, debate over the property tax cap, and changes in the US Senate. Plus interviews with Rev. Dr. William Barber and Randi Weingarten, Assemblyman Peter Lawrence, James Merriman and Tracey Brooks.

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Moral Monday Focuses On Education

The second Moral Monday rally of the year focused on education, and it brought in some big names. It comes as the Alliance for Quality Education released a report saying that the gap between rich and poor school districts is growing. So public school supporters are calling on the governor and the legislature to reverse that trend in this year’s budget. We were joined by Reverend Doctor William Barber, a board member of the NAACP and a political organizer who started the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina, and Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

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Charter Supporters Write Letters To Cuomo

While public school advocates were busy at the state Capitol Monday, so were supporters of charter schools. Nearly five-thousand letters from parents of charter school students were hand-delivered to the desk of Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. All this as we gear up for the state budget address in a little more than a week. CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, James Merriman, joined us to talk more about this.

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Senate Passes Eight Of Nine WEA Bills

The state Senate Monday passed most but not all of Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda. Left out was the abortion plank. And now, pro-choice groups are trying to figure out what to do next. Head of Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Tracey Brooks, joined us to discuss.

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Fresh Faces: Assemblyman Peter Lawrence

Monday night we met with another freshman member of the state Assembly. Peter Lawrence fills the vacant seat in the 134th district. As a retired US Marshal and state trooper, Lawrence wants to see the New York SAFE Act repealed or reformed. He is also focused on lowering taxes. Assemblyman Lawrence joined us to talk more about his priorities in office.

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Full Show – 1.9.15

Friday night we sat down with Albany author William Kennedy to talk about his relationship with Mario Cuomo, Sage Colleges Prof. Steven Leibo explained the situation in Paris and the members of our Reporter Roundtable weighed in on the week’s top stories.

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