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Posts by Maureen McManus
May 22nd - 8:50 pm
Despite many attempts to change the subject, the Vito Lopez scandal has been front and center for Assembly Democrats all week. After Lopez’s resignation became official on Monday, Speaker Silver announced plans to change the way sexual harassment cases are investigated in the future. Now, the conference is working to get those changes in place and get back to work passing bills. Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle explains.
May 21st - 9:13 pm
Despite Governor Cuomo’s efforts, and his recent investment in a national ad campaign, many small business leaders feel the economic climate in New York is still struggling compared to other states. National Federation of Independent Business president Dan Danner and NFIB New York director Mike Durant discuss what the state could do to change that.
May 21st - 8:54 pm
There’s a lot of talk about getting money out of politics… either by lowering donation limits or establishing publicly financed elections. But when it comes to New York State, if you want to find the money – you need to look at what we call “Housekeeping” Accounts. These are set up by political parties on the state, local, and legislative levels, and they can accept unlimited donations. Tuesday, Common Cause NY is out with a detailed report looking at how this loophole has been used to impact policy, and get politicians elected. Executive director Susan Lerner explains the findings.
May 21st - 8:52 pm
Richie Fife and Dave Catalfamo discuss the Vito Lopez scandal and how it is impacting the legislature.
May 21st - 8:50 pm
Republicans have been calling for Sheldon Silver to step down from the speaker’s chair since the accusations against Vito Lopez were first made public last summer.
Now, those calls are growing louder, and the GOP is also saying that Governor Cuomo and his fellow Democrats should address this issue before taking up the women’s equality agenda. Party chairman Ed Cox discusses the latest.
May 20th - 8:56 pm
Senator Tim Kennedy is again sponsoring Jay J’s Law, which is aimed at lowering instances of child abuse. It’s named for a Western New York boy who was severely injured by his father.
And the bill would increase penalties for repeat offenders. Last year the Senate passed it but the Assembly did not. Kennedy and Jay’s aunt and uncle explain where things stand now.
May 20th - 8:54 pm
On Tuesday residents across the state will go to the polls to vote on school board budgets. Most districts are cutting back on spending this year to make sure they are below the mandatory two percent tax cap. And that has the head of the New York State School Boards Association optimistic that most school budget plans will pass tomorrow. NYSSBA executive director Tim Kremer explains what trends he’s seen this year.
May 20th - 8:52 pm
Siena College is out with a new poll today showing that Governor Cuomo’s approval rating slide has come to a stop. But for the legislature, the news is not so good. Siena pollster Steve Greenberg goes over the findings.
May 20th - 8:50 pm
Assemblyman Michael Kearns says he is so disappointed by the way Assembly Speaker Silver handled the Vito Lopez case that he is leaving the Democratic conference and hopes like-minded colleagues will join him. So far, however, he’s a party of one. Kearns discusses his decision, and what’s next.
May 17th - 8:54 pm
Come late September New York State will be the only place in America with a nuclear power plant operating without a license. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced this week that they will not decide to whether to renew one of Indian Point’s reactors before the current license expires. Entergy vice president for external affairs Michael Twomey explains why this is allowed.