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Jan. 21, 2022 - New Yorkers can continue to purchase health insurance through the state's marketplace, as the result of an expanded shopping window intended to increase coverage during the pandemic. NY State of Health Executive Director Danielle Holahan explains the plans that are available and incentives to get coverage.…
 
Jan. 20, 2022 - After more than a decade of having the concerns of New Yorkers with disabilities shunted to the sidelines by former-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Center for Disability Rights President & CEO Bruce Darling says Gov. Kathy Hochul has not deviated enough from her predecessor, based on the recently unveiled executive budget proposal.…
 
Jan. 20, 2022 - Public Service Commission Chair & CEO Rory Christian discusses a state campaign to sign New Yorkers up for subsidized internet service, an effort to map the availability of high-speed internet across the state and the role utility poles could play in building out high-speed infrastructure in rural parts of New York.…
 
Jan. 20, 2022 - Gov. Kathy Hochul billed her budget as a bold response to historic times, but boldness must be in the eye of the beholder, because lawmakers and activists on her left flank contend that her vision is too limited. Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani, a Queens Democrat, explains why the executive budget proposal fails to meet the moment.…
 
Jan. 20, 2022 - In November, New Yorkers approved the addition of language to the state constitution that guarantees a right to clean air, clean water and a healthful environment. We turned to Ithaca Director of Sustainability Luis Aguirre-Torres to learn how his city is working to preserve those rights.…
 
Jan. 19, 2022 - Senate Labor Committee Chair Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, touches on her agenda for 2022, including wage theft prevention measures and expanding access to child care, and considers whether politically challenging items, like providing employee benefits for independent contractors, will get addressed this year.…
 
Jan 17, 2022 - Alliance for Clean Energy New York Executive Director Anne Reynolds dissects Gov. Kathy Hochul's plans for developing new offshore wind projects, including a $500 million investment in the industry's infrastructure and searching for a developer to construct a project delivering at least 2 gigawatts of wind power.…
 
Jan. 17, 2021 - Starting in May, as the result of a new state law, employers in New York will need to notify their employees if their electronic communications are being monitored. Albert Fox Cahn, founder of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, discusses how the state's private employees are being monitored and proposed reforms for the f…
 
Jan. 14, 2021 - The 2021 legislation laying the groundwork for a marijuana marketplace in New York envisioned minority-owned businesses playing an integral role in the new economic opportunities, but that goal is going to take state investments that help level the playing field. Damian Fagon, a hemp farmer in the Hudson Valley, weighs in on the pot…
 
Jan. 14, 2022 - An investigation by the state Inspector General's office found that potentially hundreds of incarcerated New Yorkers were punished unfairly because of an improper drug trusting policy created by prison officials. George Frany, acting deputy inspector general for the upstate region, discusses what his team found and how they uncovere…
 
Jan. 14, 2022 - The fashion industry isn't associated with greenhouse gas emissions, but legislation from Democratic lawmakers would highlight their environmental footprint and promote greener policies. Maxine Bédat, director of the New Standard Institute, explains what these potential changes could mean for consumers and the fight against climate …
 
Jan. 13, 2022 - Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledged the struggles of the restaurant industry in her state of the state address and proposed to the return of to-go cocktails to help their bottom line. New York State Restaurant Association President & CEO Melissa Fleischut and Donovan's Pub operator Dan Connor discuss the ramifications of authorizing the …
 
Jan. 13, 2021 - To balance the recreation and preservation interests in the Catskills, the state is leaning on the Catskill Strategic Panning Advisory Group. Catskill Center Executive Director Jeff Senterman, a member of the group, discusses the challenges facing the park and highlights an interim plan for the future of the Catskills.…
 
Jan, 13, 2022 - In response to New York's large and growing senior population, Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed a state master aging plan in her state of the state address. AARP New York's State Director Beth Finkel and Associate State Director Kristen McManus explain what they want to see in the plan and assess initiatives designed to help seniors stay …
 
Jan. 12, 2021 - At the end of 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have changed the bargaining dynamic between e-book publishers and public libraries that were looking to license the digital materials for their patrons. Nassau Library System Director Caroline Ashby and New York Library Association Director of Government Relations & Advo…
 
Jan. 12, 2021 - Parents looking to access child care assistance information in New York can face an uphill battle if they're hoping to find answers on the internet, according to a new report from The Children's Agenda. Pete Nabozny, director of policy for the organization, explains what information families need access to, makes the case for offeri…
 
Jan. 12, 2021 - After more than two years of new trail creation on hold in the Adirondacks, the state is preparing for the development of new trails with the advice of stakeholders from interests across the region. Protect the Adirondacks Executive Director Peter Bauer provides the backstory on the initiative and how the new process could shape fut…
 
Jan. 12, 2021 - Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, discusses the implementation of the Hate Crime Analysis and Review Act, which is designed to increase our understanding of who is being victimized by and committing hate crimes, but may have some unintended consequences.…
 
Jan. 10, 2021 - For parents incapable of temporarily caring for their children and no one they know to step into the void, the state is tapping volunteer host families to serve as an alternative to the child welfare system. New York Office of Children & Family Services Deputy Commissioner Lisa Ghartey-Ogundimu explains how the program will work and…
 
Jan. 10, 2021 - After prolonged debate about the merits of the state's restrictions on the use of cash bail, we finally have (relatively) comprehensive data on the initial rollout of the criminal justice changes. Times Union Capitol reporter Josh Solomon helps us make sense of the state data and tries to decipher whether the pre-trial reforms have …
 
Jan. 10, 2021 - With the Albany County District Attorney's office dropping a misdemeanor sexual charge against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other district attorneys around the state opting not to pursue any charges in stemming from numerous allegations of misconduct, we turned to Politico New York reporter Bill Mahoney for insight on what the once …
 
Jan. 7, 2021 - In an effort to expand the supply of affordable housing in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul is proposing a multi-billion state investment in constructing new homes. New York Housing Conference Executive Director Rachel Fee explains why a significant investment is needed and whether the governor’s multi-year commitment will cut it.…
 
Jan. 6, 2021 - Every year state lawmakers approve the creation of new state studies, but an investigation launched by Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee Chair James Skoufis confirmed suspicions that much of this analysis - required by law - is not getting done. The Hudson Valley Democrat explains what seems to be the problem …
 
Jan. 5, 2021 - In order to lift up New York's devastated arts and culture sector, the state is distributing more than $100 million this fiscal year to artists, cultural institutions and arts venues. New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Mara Manus discusses the investment and the campaign to preserve the industry.…
 
Jan. 4, 2021 - The state’s bipartisan redistricting commission, tasked with drawing state and federal legislative boundaries, was unable to reach a consensus on district maps for 2022 at its Jan. 3 meeting, falling into the same partisan gridlock that led to competing draft proposals back in September. David Imamura, a Democratic appointee and chai…
 
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