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22 minutes | a day ago
'Frivolous' challenges to absentee ballots underscores need for reform
Nov. 23, 2020 - Perry Grossman, a senior staff attorney in the Voting Rights Project at the New York Civil Liberties Union, explains how attorneys for campaigns get involved in the absentee ballot counting process in contested races. These attorneys slow down counting by the local boards of elections and often raise "frivolous" objections in an attempt to throw out votes they believe will benefit the opposing campaign.
16 minutes | a day ago
Without investment by Cuomo, NY child care system going bad to worse
Nov. 23, 2020 - New York’s child care system has been teetering on the financial cliff and the pandemic has worsened the situation. We got an update on the situation from Jenn O’Connor, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Prevent Child Abuse New York.
28 minutes | a day ago
The 2020 polls: The good, the bad and the missing Trump voter
Nov. 23, 2020 - Dr. Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute, joined us for a retrospective on the 2020 election and how close or far off polls like his were to the actual result.
15 minutes | a day ago
New York’s outdoors aids transition from solider to civilian
Nov. 23, 2020 - This month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation aimed at expanding access for veterans to state parks and facilities. Aaron Leonard, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter member who served in the U.S. Army, explained how this legislation will play a key role in the transition from solider to civilian.
18 minutes | 4 days ago
Statehouse Rock: How does the Electoral College work?
Nov. 20, 2020 - Ava Ayers, Assistant Professor and Director of the Albany Law School's Government Law Center, gave us a primer on how the electoral college elects the President of the United States
14 minutes | 4 days ago
Small business survival could require targeted lockdown measures
Nov. 20, 2020 - As cases of COVID-19 grow in the state, stricter lockdown measures are being discussed. Greg Biryla, New York State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, weighed in on the state of small businesses and whether they can survive another lockdown.
14 minutes | 4 days ago
State officials urged to address ‘opportunity gaps’ in remote learning
Nov. 20, 2020 - As more schools transition to remote learning, a collection of groups are calling on state education leaders to expand oversight of remote learning to address opportunity gaps. Ian Rosenblum, Executive Director of The Education Trust – New York, discussed this issue.
12 minutes | 4 days ago
Government aid coming to an end for stressed food banks
Nov. 20, 2020 - With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, we got an update on the state’s food banks and the increased demand they are experiencing from Dan Egan, Executive Director of Feeding New York State.
14 minutes | 4 days ago
Sheriffs balk at private gathering limits as Thanksgiving nears
Nov. 20, 2020 - The Governor has implemented new COIVD-19 restrictions ahead of the holiday as cases grow in the state. Peter Kehoe, Executive Director of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, explained how these law enforcement officials are addressing the new private gathering limits.
14 minutes | 5 days ago
State agencies weighing ‘cost of carbon’ in spending decisions
Nov. 19, 2020 - Included in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is a provision that the state government must consider the cost of emissions in their purchases and investments. Conor Bambrick, Director of Climate Policy at Environmental Advocates NY, and Rachel Patterson, Legislative and Climate Associate at Environmental Advocates NY, discussed the policy and new draft guidance from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.
16 minutes | 5 days ago
NY Bar Association makes the legal case for COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Nov. 19, 2020 - Over the past week, there has been a flurry of positive developments on a COVID-19 vaccine. When a vaccine is finally available, will people take it? Mary Beth Morrissey, Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Section Task Force on COVID-19, explained why they are recommending the state implement a vaccine mandate.
10 minutes | 5 days ago
Proposed expansion of paid family leave to cover remote learning
Nov. 19, 2020 - The need for child care in the state is even more pressing now that New York City has transitioned from in-person learning. Legislation from Asm. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) would expand the paid family leave program to help families as they deal with remote learning. We talked about the legislation with the Assemblymember when she joins the program.
23 minutes | 5 days ago
Navigating through the fog of election misinformation
Nov. 19, 2020 - Since the election, President Trump has been tweeting out claims of election fraud which have been met with fact checking disclaimers from the social media company. We heard from David Klepper, Election misinformation reporter at the Associated Press, about the effort to report the facts as misinformation spreads.
22 minutes | 6 days ago
Nursing homes brace for a second wave of COVID-19
Nov. 18, 2020 - We checked in on New York’s nursing homes and the preparations they are taking for a second wave of COVID-19 from Stephen Hanse, President & CEO of NYS Health Facilities Association and NYS Center for Assisted Living.
14 minutes | 6 days ago
Reporting uncovers NYC’s messy pandemic procurement
Nov. 18, 2020 - 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.
12 minutes | 6 days ago
Green Party plans out next steps after losing ballot line
Nov. 18, 2020 - When all the votes are counted, the Green Party will likely not meet the new vote threshold to retain its ballot line. Gloria Mattera, co-chair of the New York State Green Party, discussed the next steps for the party and the left-wing efforts in the state.
12 minutes | 6 days ago
Teachers use online reporting tool to raise COVID-19 red flags in schools
Nov. 18, 2020 - New York State United Teachers has launched a new COVID tracking website for its members. We talked with the organization’s President Andy Pallotta about the new resource, the upcoming holiday, and vaccines.
14 minutes | 7 days ago
What a Biden admin means for health care in the Empire State
Nov. 17, 2020 - What does a Biden administration mean for health insurance and delivery in the Empire State? Mark Ustin, Partner and regulatory lobbyist at Farrell Fritz, broke it down for us.
25 minutes | 7 days ago
DiNapoli discusses budget outlook, fossil fuel investments, and gambling
Nov. 17, 2020 - Comptroller Tom DiNapoli (D) joined the show to discuss the state of the pension fund and gaming in the Empire State.
28 minutes | 7 days ago
NY Democratic leader reflects on party’s divide and plans for 2021
Nov. 17, 2020 - As votes are still being counted across the state, we checked in with Jay Jacobs, Chair of the New York State Democratic Party, on the election results and the implications they will have for 2021 and beyond.
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