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    Screening New York students for dyslexia

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 12:29

    May 18, 2022 - Assemblymember Robert Carroll, a Brooklyn Democrat, explains the need to improve early dyslexia detection for New York students and shares his personal experience with dyslexia.

    Previewing the 120th LCA Show

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 9:49

    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!

    Regulating the live-event ticket industry

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Larry Sharpe mounts second bid for governor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 20:37

    May 18, 2022 - Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe explains why he's trying again to win the executive mansion and talks about the challenges of getting on the ballot in November.

    Lawmakers consider new aid for veterans

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Disclosure requirements eyed for prenatal testing accuracy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 12:29

    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.

    State funds cemetery vandalism repairs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 9:49

    May 17, 2022 - New York State Association of Cemeteries Legislative Director David Fleming talks about issues impacting the state's cemeteries, including funding to address vandalism and legislation preparing for future emergencies.

    State weigh need for new gas project in Brooklyn

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Lawmakers propose stricter rules for warehouses

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 12:29

    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.

    Regulating New York's pollution distribution

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Imagining NYC without a controversial tax break

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Miranda ruling sheds light on New York's top court

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 12:29

    May 13, 2022 - Rob Rosborough, author of the New York Appeals blog, breaks down a recent decision from the state Court of Appeals on Miranda Rights and explains what it tells us about the divisions in New York's top court.

    Naturopathic doctors seek state recognition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 13:59

    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.

    NYC Mayor Eric Adams struggles to navigate Albany

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 9:49

    May 13, 2022 - New York Post City Hall Bureau Chief Bernadette Hogan talks about the state legislative agenda for New York City Mayor Eric Adams and outlines what he is - and isn't - doing to make it happen.

    National Guard members offer health care system relief

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Getting New Yorkers vaccinated

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 25:13

    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.

    New Yorkers get to weigh in on their schools

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Power-intensive crypto mining under threat in New York

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 13:59

    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.

    New York Dems prepare for life without Roe

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 22:18

    May 11, 2022 - Assembly Health Committee Chair Dick Gottfried, a Manhattan Democrat, discusses the potential legislative responses in New York to the likely overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision.

    Legislation would make deductibles easier to reach

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 16:46

    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.

    Physician assistants want to preserve pandemic oversight rules

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 16:34

    May 11, 2022 - New York State Society of Physician Assistants President Jonathan Baker makes the case for codifying a pandemic rule that relaxed the supervision requirements for physician assistants.

    State regulators propose new drinking water standards

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 12:12

    May 10, 2022 - Environmental Advocates NY Director of Clean Water Rob Hayes discusses the recent actions taken by the state's Drinking Water Quality Council and outlines their unfinished business.

    Finding affordable housing in the Adirondacks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 13:14

    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.

    Does 'advanced recycling' represent hype or hope?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 13:31

    May 10, 2022 - American Chemistry Council's Margaret Gorman makes the case for "advanced recycling centers" in New York and answers questions about the plastic industry's past misleading recycling claims.

    New York updates its open meetings laws

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 13:59

    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.

    New York finalizing new pathway to fund retirement

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 12:29

    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.

    State accused of launching 'shadow' foster care system

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 15:26

    May 9, 2022 - Michael Fitzgerald, senior reporter for The Imprint, explains why the state is being sued for what is allegedly a "shadow" foster care system without the rules and protections of the actual foster system.

    Budget invests in programs for seniors

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 9:49

    May 9, 2022 - Association on Aging in New York Executive Director Becky Preve discusses what the state recently adopted $220 billion budget means for New York's seniors.

    Financial shield for public employees targeted by progressives

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 12:29

    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."

    Marital status creates divide in parental rights

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 9:49

    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."

    Latino New Yorkers eye marijuana industry opportunities

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Howie Hawkins launches fourth bid for governor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 13:59

    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.

    New York Dem leader talks new LG, redistricting and primaries

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 13:42

    May 4, 2022 - New York State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs discusses the switcheroo on the Democratic primary ballot for lieutenant governor, the possibility of a consolidated August primary and much more.

    Adding guardrails to New York's marijuana landscape

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 16:03

    May 4, 2022 - Assemblymember Josh Jensen, a Rochester-area Republican, makes the case for writing additional oversight rules into law, arguing that there's too much ambiguity for the state's marijuana regulators.

    State incentivizes installation of residential geothermal systems

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 12:44

    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.

    Changes at the state inspector general's Office

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 19:19

    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.

    Harry Wilson talks crime, taxes and fentanyl

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 12:29

    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.

    Insurance fraud prevention rule eyed for extinction

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Investing in New York's museums

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 13:59

    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.

    Hudson Valley congressman tapped to be lieutenant governor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 9:49

    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.

    Tax credits for low-income New Yorkers get temporary boost

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 12:29

    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.

    Legislative roundup with Sen. Zellnor Myrie

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 20:26

    May 2, 2022 - Senate Elections Committee Chair Zellnor Myrie, a Brooklyn Democrat, shares his priorities for the end of the legislative session and considers what changes may happen to this summer's primary calendar.

    Yonkers racino envisions live as full-fledged casino

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 15:27

    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.

    Call for higher taxes on the wealthy goes quiet

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 17:55

    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.

    Adirondack Park Agency's permitting process challenged

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 12:29

    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.

    Poozer Pop Culture: Long Island's 'Boss'

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 17:21

    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)

    Elections officials brace for shifting primaries

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 11:55

    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.

    Planet Albany shaken to its core

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 18:17

    April 28, 2022 - Politico New York Capitol reporter Bill Mahoney discusses all the fallout from the redistricting decision by the state's top court, which has upended this summer's elections.

    New York's top court invalidates state's redistricting process

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 13:59

    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.

    New York's rebounding pandemic economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 12:29

    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.

    State offers lifeline to families in crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 17:18

    April 28, 2022 - As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, New York State Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Sheila Poole talks about efforts underway to help families in crisis.

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