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Dec. 3, 2021 - Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, wants to stop the annual disbursement of more than $200 million in annual gambling revenue that is directed to the racing industry. She discusses how she wants the money to be utilized and why she's not concerned about potentially jeopardizing thousands of jobs connected to horse …
 
Dec. 2, 2021 - Hospitals in upstate New York are dealing with their worst pandemic circumstances of 2021, as the result of exacerbated staffing shortages, a spike in COVID-19 cases and a lack of meaningful relief from the state, according to Michael Stapleton, president & CEO of UR Medicine Thompson Health in the Finger Lakes.…
 
Dec. 1, 2021 - The release of testimony and exhibits from the attorney general’s office’s investigation into alleged misconduct by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo reveal – for the first time – the true scope of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s role in advising his elder brother and his response team during the early days of the crisis that led to his resignation, a…
 
Dec. 1, 2021 - During the 2022 legislative session in Albany, one of the big priorities for progressive activists and Democratic state lawmakers will be the adoption of so-called "Good Cause" legislation. Jay Martin, executive director of an organization representing rent-stabilized property owners in New York City, warns that the measure could hav…
 
Dec. 1, 2021 - Five months after the state's pandemic disaster declaration lapsed, Gov. Kathy Hochul has declared a new state of emergency as the result of the current spread and consequences of COVID-19. Dr. Isaac Weisfuse, a medical epidemiologist and former deputy health commissioner for New York City, explains the current state of the pandemic …
 
Nov. 29, 2021 - In the wake of a judge raising constitutional concerns with a criminal defendant's ability to access a crime scene, Assemblyman Ed Ra, a Long Island Republican, introduced a bill that would repeal the broad access available now, which is a product of sweeping changes to the state's discovery process that were enacted in 2019.…
 
Nov. 29, 2021 - State funding for education got a big boost earlier this year, but the increase for schools that specifically serve kids with special needs didn't keep up with New York's public schools, according to advocates for the former. Kathleen Brady-Stepien, president & CEO of the 853 Coalition, explains the ramifications of the funding imba…
 
Nov. 24, 2021 - With a majority of the Democratic field for governor currently residing in New York City, we wanted to explore who has the advantage in the competition for this voter rich portion of the electorate, especially the Brooklyn. City & State NY senior reporter Jeff Coltin lays out the strengths and weaknesses of the downstate candidates …
 
Nov. 23, 2021 - In light of the risk that climate change poses to all aspects of society, the state Department of Financial Services is flexing its regulatory muscles to make sure that New York insurers are factoring potential consequences of climate change into their decisions. The head of the department's new climate division, Dr. Nina Chen, expl…
 
Nov. 23, 2021 - Senate Labor Committee Chair Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, is on a statewide tour to hone her proposal to provide all New York families access to affordable, high-quality child care. She discusses a sliding cost model, where the billions of dollars in funding would come from and how long it would take to implement.…
 
Nov. 22, 2021 - When New York's "Bottle Bill" celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, Beyond Plastics President Judith Enck hopes state lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul will use the occasion to build on the environmental policy by expanding the types of beverages with a redemption deposit and increase the nickel deposit to a dime.…
 
Nov. 22, 2021 - The cyber security team tasked with serving local government and public entities around the state isn't doing all that it could be, according a recent audit by the state comptroller's office. They could do a better job simply by adopting basic internal controls, according to Tina Kim, deputy comptroller for the office's division of …
 
Nov. 22, 2021 - New York health officials now have a roadmap for eliminating hepatitis C, after the Hochul administration released a long-buried report from a task force assembled three years ago by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo to address prevention and treatment of the virus. Task force member Annette Gaudino highlights some of the game-changing recomme…
 
Nov. 19, 2021 - Leigh Latimer and Abigail Swenstein, of the Legal Aid Society’s Exploitation Intervention Project, discuss the shape of human trafficking in New York and highlight legislation that was signed into law in November that would protect trafficking survivors from certain legal consequences. (originally aired June 7, 2021)…
 
Nov. 18, 2021 - Binghamton University professor Stan Whittingham has a vision for the Southern Tier: a battery making powerhouse. The idea may sound like a stretch, but a batter manufacturing plant is scheduled to open in early 2022 in the Binghamton area and Whittingham is worth listening to since he recently won a Nobel prize for chemistry.…
 
Nov. 18, 2021 - For a decade, Avi Israel has been on the frontlines in the fight against the opioid epidemic and he's about to take on a statewide role, helping to distribute more than $1 billion in prevention and recovery funds. We explore the work of the Opioid Settlement Board, including what should get funded, and assess where New York is in th…
 
Nov. 17, 2021 - The interview transcripts from the state attorney general's office's investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by the former governor, also shed additional light on the state's pandemic response. The Empire Center's Bill Hammond discusses some of the most troubling revelations about the Cuomo administration's approach to this pub…
 
Nov. 17, 2021 - The public is gaining new insights into the behind-the-scenes operations of the Cuomo administration and how the former governor interacted with women who accused him of sexual misconduct, as the result of interview transcripts released by the state attorney general's office. Politico New York's Bill Mahoney explains what the hundre…
 
Nov. 17, 2021 - It was generally assumed that New Yorkers would approve a constitutional amendment to the state's ongoing redistricting process, but in light of it failing on Election Day, we're double checking what the existing rules mean for lawmakers and the bipartisan redistricting commission with the help of Jeff Wice, a senior fellow and prof…
 
Nov. 16, 2021 - The Democratic race for governor has thrust the issue of "Good Cause" eviction back in the spotlight, and just in time for the 2022 legislation session! So we checked in with the bill's senator sponsor, Brooklyn Democrat Julia Salazar, about why she thinks the bill is necessary, the politics surrounding the measure and implementatio…
 
Nov. 15, 2021 - In the spring of 2021, state education officials had a simple direction for local educators: Write down policies that advance the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion in their schools. The implementation of that call to action has been anything but simple, with localized backlashes to the initiative prompting a coalition of educ…
 
Nov. 11, 2021 - In an effort to help New York's tourism industry bounce back from the pandemic, Gov. Kathy Hochul is looking to incentivize employers that bring back staff who lost their jobs and invest millions in a marketing campaign. New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association President Mark Dorr assesses the proposed recovery package and o…
 
Nov. 10, 2021 - A former quarry in Greene County that has been a constant source of fossils for decades, is now being recognized as the home to the fossilized remains of the world's first known forest, according to Dr. Lisa Amati, the state paleontologist, who joined the show to explain what's been found, why it matters and New York's other fossil …
 
Nov. 10, 2021 - Chris Alexander is breaking new ground as the first executive director of the state's office of cannabis management, serving in a job and agency he helped create as a contributor to the legislation legalizing adult-use marijuana that became law in the spring. He joins the show to discuss his role in the state, the hemp regulations a…
 
Nov. 10, 2021 - Less than half of the students in grade 3 - 8 who traditionally take ELA and mathematics standardized assessments actually sat for the exams this past spring, but that doesn't mean local education officials can't glean important information from the results, says Dia Bryant, executive director of The Education-Trust NY.…
 
Nov. 9, 2021 - Environmentalists are calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to transition 2 million homes to energy-efficient, all-electric residences by 2030, in order to make a dent in the state's greenhouse gas emissions, according to Lisa Marshall, of Mothers Out Front NY, and Sonal Jessel, of WE ACT for Environmental Justice.…
 
Nov. 9, 2021 - In order to pay out a record number of unemployment claims during the pandemic, New York had to borrow billions of dollars from the federal government - money our friends in Washington D.C. want back. Justin Wilcox, executive director of Upstate United, explains how the state's unemployment benefits are normally funded and offered a …
 
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