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Posts by Maureen McManus
May 14th - 8:56 pm
Lawmakers from both houses are teaming up with the state attorney general to reform New York’s charities law. They are sponsoring legislation to make it easier for non-profit agencies to operate, while also cutting down on fraud and limiting executives pay. Senator Mike Ranzenhofer is sponsoring the bills, and next week he will hold hearings on the issue. Ranzenhofer explains why the update is needed.
May 14th - 8:54 pm
Bob Bellafiore and Steve Greenberg on the distractions caused by legislative scandals and how the governor can still get things done.
May 14th - 8:52 pm
Governor Cuomo is pushing lawmakers to again pass the casino expansion amendment before the end of this year’s legislive session. That would mean the public referendum could be held this November. But the governor and the legislature have still not agreed on how to pick the locations for the casinos. And there are still some details lawmakers want to hear more about before they vote on the issue again. Senator John Bonacic, who chairs the senate committee on racing, gaming and wagering, discusses the latest.
May 14th - 8:50 pm
Tuesday’s announcement was just the beginning of what’s going to be a long process of dealing with local governments fiscal problems. But the Cuomo adminstration says they are committed to the cause. Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz talks about this new restructuring advisory board and why he thinks municipalties and unions will want to take advantage of the program.
May 13th - 8:54 pm
Once again, Governor Cuomo has threatened to launch a Moreland Act Commission to investigate the state legislature. Last week, he made it clear that if the legislature doesn’t take some action before the end of the session, he will use his executive power to probe into corruption in the legislature. For some people, this will be seen as a declaration of war by the Governor on the legislative body. Former Assemblyman and Demos fellow Richard Brodsky discusses the impact of a Moreland Act Commission.
May 13th - 8:52 pm
Farmworkers rights advocates are in Albany today to push for passage of the fair labor practices act. The bill would give farm laborers the right to unionize, and also make sure they are getting minimum wage and overtime pay, plus safe working and living conditions. Supporters have a powerful ally in Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who on Monday said “Farm workers are not farm animals.” But it’s a different story in the Senate. United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta and RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights president Kerry Kennedy discuss the push to get support for the measure.
May 13th - 8:50 pm
The state got some good news on Monday. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that the common retirement fund grew by more than 10 percent last year. It’s now at its highest level ever – more than 160 billion dollars. DiNapoli explains what that means for the state and local governments that pay into the fund.
May 10th - 8:54 pm
Karen DeWitt of NYS Public Radio, Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News, YNN’s Casey Bortnick and Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman talk corruption, casinos, and the return of Carl Paladino.
May 9th - 8:58 pm
For several years now, the Writers Guild of America has been trying to get legislation passed that would give films and television shows a tax credit if they use writers from New York State. While the state is generous with tax breaks for filming in New York, much of the writing is still done in Hollywood. Lowell Peterson, the president of the Guild, explains why he thinks another tax break is needed.
May 9th - 8:56 pm
High volume hydraulic fracturing has become a hot button issue for New York in recent years. Supporters of the process say that the economic benefits of legalizing fracking would be a much-needed boost for the state, while opponents worry about the possible negative impact it could have on public health and the environment. While the Department of Health is still conducting a health impact study on the gas-drilling process, the Manhattan Institute released a report highlighting the benefits of fracking using Pennsylvania as an example. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow from the institute, explains the findings.