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Jan. 14, 2021 - Asm. Karines Reyes (D-Bronx) has worked as a nurse treating oncology patients. Today, the Assemblymember joined the program to discuss why she is supporting the Medical Aid in Dying Act, which would allow mentally capable, terminally ill New Yorkers to end their life with medical assistance.…
 
Jan. 13, 2021 - A lawsuit has been filed against the Cuomo administration and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision over the conditions for older inmates at an Upstate correctional facility. We heard from Stefan Short, Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project, and Rebecca Livengood, Counsel at Rel…
 
Jan. 13, 2021 - Governor Cuomo expressed support for legalizing mobile sports gambling in his first State of the State installment. Bennett Liebman, Government Lawyer-in-Residence at Albany Law School’s Government Law Center and former Deputy Secretary for Gaming and Racing under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, broke down the next steps for mobile betting in Ne…
 
Jan. 13, 2021 - With more state services headed online, Omid Ghaffari-Tabrizi, Director of Cloud Policy at the Internet Association, and John Olsen, Director of State Government Affairs in the Northeast Region for the Internet Association, explained why a strong tech infrastructure is needed in New York.…
 
Jan. 12, 2021 - Restaurants are still struggling to survive as the fight against COVID-19 continues. Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, and Dominick Purnomo, Owner of dp, an American Brasserie and the Chef-Sommelier & Maitre D'Hotel of Yono’s Restaurant, discussed the state of New York’s eateries.…
 
Jan. 12, 2021 - In Monday’s installment of the State of the State, Gov. Cuomo expressed support for expanding access to telehealth services. Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, explained how the system works now and the ways to address access hurdles.…
 
Jan. 7, 2021 - Are you ready for some football? The Buffalo Bills will host a playoff game this weekend with a limited number of spectators in the stands. We heard from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D) on the precautions that the Bills and New York state are taking and get an update on Erie County's COVID fight.…
 
Jan. 6, 2021 - The Adirondack Park Agency board has lost one of its members with the resignation of Chad Dawson. The retired professor of recreation resources management at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry joined the program to explain his decision to resign.…
 
Jan. 1, 2021 - In this year’s election, the Senate Democrats were able to pick up seats and gain a supermajority but the party did see a pair of incumbent losses. Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale) joined the program to discuss how her campaign went and look back at her term in the state Senate. (originally aired 12/15/20)…
 
Jan 1, 2021 - In the early months of the pandemic, New York City issued over one billion dollars in contracts to get medical equipment like PPE and ventilators but in some cases received nothing or the wrong equipment. Greg Smith, reporter at The City, shared his reporting on the issue. (originally aired 11/18/20)…
 
Dec. 31, 2020 - As the fight against COVID-19 continues, many of New York’s students are learning from home. Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers) joined the program to explain her legislation that would help expand access to high speed internet. (originally aired 12/11/20)By WCNY
 
As we continue to get to know the incoming class of freshman state lawmakers, we heard from Jeremy Cooney, a Rochester Democrat who flipped a state senate seat long held by Republicans. We talked about his unique origin story, addressing the state’s budget deficits and the potential for a bipartisan upstate caucus in the state Legislature. (origina…
 
Dec. 31, 2020 - Could New York’s medical marijuana infrastructure help boost the potential recreational marijuana market? We discussed it with Ngiste Abebe, President of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association and Director of Public Policy at Columbia Care. (originally aired 12/11/20)By WCNY
 
Dec. 30, 2020 - Public health advocates are calling for an increase in the state’s tax on tobacco products to raise revenue for tobacco control programs. Dr. Disha Mookherjee, Cardiologist at Saratoga Hospital and a member of the Capital Region Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, and Caitlin O’Brien, Director of New York Governmen…
 
Dec. 30, 2020 - COVID-19 has thrown many New Yorkers into a state of financial insecurity with thousands losing their jobs. We talked with Paul Sonn, State Policy Program Director at the National Employment Law Project, about how the Empire State’s unemployment programs work and what changes can be made to improve the system.…
 
Dec. 30, 2020 - A special panel is scheduled to make recommendations on Thursday that could lead the state to drastically lower the mandatory overtime threshold for farmworkers in New York.New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher, who serves on the three-person panel, joins the show to talk about the issue, including his frustrations with the pr…
 
Dec. 29, 2020 - The legislature came back into session before the end of the year to pass an eviction and foreclosure protection bill that will extend these protections into the new year. Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, explained how the new law works.…
 
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