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May 18, 2022 - Bloomberg Government capitol reporter Keshia Clukey previews the 120th presentation of the Legislative Correspondents Association Show on May 24, when the state government reporters will skewer the politicians they cover ... in song!
May 18, 2022 -Assembly Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee Chair Daniel O'Donnell, a Manhattan Democrat, discusses the state of regulations governing the live-event ticket industry and weighs in on potential changes.
May 17, 2022 - State Sen. John Brooks, a Long Island Democrat, discusses bills to help veterans find civilian employment and offer property tax breaks for active service members, and talks about restructuring a state agency that serves veterans.
May 17, 2022 - State Sen. James Skoufis, an Orange County Democrat, is pushing legislation designed to ensure that expecting parents are aware of the accuracy levels of prenatal testing, which has been plagued by false positives.
May 17, 2022 - State regulators are punting on a decision about permits for a controversial natural gas project in Brooklyn, which Lee Ziesche, of the Sane Energy Project, says is counter to the state's campaign to combat climate change.
May 16, 2022 - Senate Labor Committee Chair Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, discusses her legislation designed to improve health outcomes at Amazon's warehouses by giving workers a say in their working conditions and regulating worker quotas.
May 16, 2022 - WE ACT for Environmental Justice Director of Policy Sonal Jessel explains a bill awaiting the governor's signature that is designed to prevent communities from being disproportionally burdened with pollution-producing projects.
May 16, 2022 - Citizens Budget Commission Housing and Economic Development Studies Director Sean Campion explains what could happen if a controversial property tax break in New York City - known as 421-a - is allowed to expire this summer.
May 13, 2022 - Naturopathic medicine practitioner Tia Trivisonno makes the case for legislation that would require the state to license and regulate her industry, which currently falls under an uneven patchwork of different rules and oversight.
May 13, 2022 - After receiving an influx of National Guard members late last year to accommodate a surge of COVID-19 patients, Dr. Kim Townsend, president and CEO of Loretto Management Corp. in Syracuse, believes this type of emergency staffing flexibility could be vital in the future.
May 12, 2022 - Members of the Let's Get Immunized NY campaign make the case for increasing immunizations in New York by building up the state's vaccine infrastructure, combating misinformation and ensuring New Yorkers have access to accurate vaccination records.
May 12, 2022 - New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Bob Schneider explains what's at stake with the upcoming round of school elections, when voters will weigh in on their district's spending plan and board members.
May 12, 2022 - Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee Chair Kevin Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat, discusses legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on air permits for fossil fuel power plants powering cryptocurrency mining operations.
May 11, 2022 - National Multiple Sclerosis Society Advocacy and Policy Senior Director Jennifer Muthig and New York State Bleeding Disorders Coalition Coordinator Jessica Graham explain why they're pushing legislation prohibiting insurance companies from limiting deductible qualifying costs to a patient's out-of-pocket expenses.
May 10, 2022 - The Adirondacks might not be the first part of the state that comes to mind when thinking about communities struggling to offer affordable housing, but state regulations and vacation properties have limited the available stock of places for locals to live. Municipal leaders from Essex County join the show to talk about how they think a land bank program might help address their housing problems.
May 9, 2022 - As the result of pandemic restrictions on in-person gatherings, New York got creative with its open meetings law requirements over the last two years, allowing for remote viewing and participation of public meetings. Reinvent Albany's Rachael Fauss explains how this experience shaped changes to the state's open meetings law that were adopted in the budget.
May 9, 2022 - Saving for retirement can be a challenge if your employer doesn't offer options for your golden years, but the state's Secure Choice Savings program is designed to create a new pathway for New Yorkers interested in putting money aside for their future. AARP NY state Director Beth Finkel provides a status update on the initiative and highlights legislation that would expand the program to New York's gig workers.
May 5, 2022 - Assemblymember Pamela Hunter, a Syracuse-area Democrat, discusses the broad civil legal protections enjoyed by public employees, such as police officers, and makes the case for legislation that will curtail their "qualified immunity."
May 5, 2022 - NYU School of Law Family Defense Clinic co-Director Chris Gottlieb highlights the unique lack of rights afforded unmarried father in state law and advocates for changing the dynamic with the "Parental Equity Act."
May 5, 2022 - Latino Cannabis Association of New York President Jeffrey Garcia and member Indhira Mojica discuss how their group is hoping the Latino community will be able to capitalize on the business opportunities accompanying the creation of a recreational marijuana market.
May 5, 2022 - Perennial Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins talks about his fourth attempt to run for the executive mansion, including the policies he would like to adopt at the Capitol and the process of getting on the ballot.
May 4, 2022 - New York - Geothermal Energy Organization Executive Director Bill Nowak explains how geothermal heat pump systems work and why language in the state budget could make them more affordable for some homeowners.
May 4, 2022 - New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang discusses structural changes in her office, publicly unearthing past investigations that were buried by her predecessors and the likelihood of the Supreme Court rolling back constitutional abortion protections.
May 3, 2022 - GOP gubernatorial hopeful Harry Wilson joins the show to discuss his plans for improving public safety in New York, including overhauling the pre-trial detention process. We'll also touch on state income taxes and the merits of drug consumption sites.
May 3, 2023 - Legislation making its way through the Capitol would end a 1970s car insurance fraud prevention regulation, which independent insurance brokers say has become redundant and overly burdensome. Scott Hobson, a lobbyist for the brokers, explains the issue and what it would mean to drivers in New York to make the rule voluntary.
May 3, 2022 - Museum Association of New York Executive Director Erika Sanger talks about state capital investments in arts and cultural institutions, grant funding to build the capacity of museums and legislation that would assess the museum landscape in New York.
May 3, 2022 - Gov. Kathy Hochul has chosen Rep. Antonio Delgado, a Hudson Valley Democrat, to be her lieutenant governor and her de facto running mate for this summer's Democratic primaries. Business Insider senior politics reporter Jake Lahut provides some background on the two-term congressman, including whether he has any skeletons in his closet.
May 2, 2022 - The recently adopted state budget includes a one-year expansion of two tax credits designed to help low-income New Yorkers, so we turned to Schuyler Center President & CEO Kate Breslin and Children's Agenda Director of Policy Pete Nabozny to understand what it all means.
May 2, 2022 - Empire City Casino in Yonkers has its eyes on one of the three casino licenses that could be up for grabs before the end of the year, so we turned to the organization's senior vice president and general manager, Ed Domingo, to discuss the state's evolving gambling landscape.
May 2, 2022 - The conversation surrounding the state budget negotiations in 2021 was focused on increasing taxes on wealthy New Yorkers, but that narrative was largely absent in 2022. Assemblymember Emily Gallagher, a Brooklyn democrat, explains why the conversation changed and what it could look like in the future.
April 29, 2022 - A lawsuit filed by Protect the Adirondacks and the Adirondack White Lake Association over a permit for a granite mining operation in the Adirondacks could have broad ramifications for how state regulators approach their permitting responsibilities in the future.
April 29, 2022 - For the latest Poozer Pop Culture conversation, state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat, talks about his obsession with Bruce Springsteen, including an elaborate story about the time he met The Boss. Todd Kaminsky's E Street favorites: Best running song - No surrender; Meet me in the city Best song for dancing - Dancing in the dark; American Land Best karaoke song - I'm Goin' Down Best song for driving - Roulette Most romantic song - Drive All Night Best angsty song - Death to My hometown Best workingman song - Factory Worst song - Queen of the Supermarket Most overrated song - Secret Garden (like it, but greatest hits worthy?) Most underrated song – Happy Best pump-up song - Land of Hope and Dreams Best cover songs - I hung my head (Sting); Don't Change (INXS)
April 28, 2022 - Jefferson County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Jude Seymour explains the challenges and unanswered questions following a ruling from the state's top court that threw out recently adopted congressional and state senate lines.
April 29, 2022 - Jeff Wice, a senior fellow and adjunct professor with the New York Law School's Census and Redistricting Institute, helps us make sense of the ruling from the state's top court that invalidated New York's congressional and state senate lines, and discusses what comes next.
April 28, 2022 - University at Albany assistant professor of economics Ben Griffy explains New York's shifting economic landscape since the arrival of COVID-19, and identifies what sectors of the economy haven't recovered in the ensuing two years.