May 24th - 8:56 pm
Public campaign financing supporters are planning events around the state next week to keep the pressure on lawmakers in the last few weeks of the legislative session. The issue has been debated for years, but it gained new momentum after Governor Cuomo mentioned in his state of the state address this year. And advocates were quick to recommend campaign finance reform as a solution to the ethics scandals that have popped up over the past couple months. Citizen Action executive director Karen Scharff and across Mike Kink, the executive director of Strong Economy for All, explain what the next step is.
May 24th - 8:54 pm
Not everyone is happy with Governor Cuomo’s new plan for tax-free zones near select universities. Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness thinks it’s very similar to the Empire Zones and other efforts that failed in the past. He explains what he’d rather see from the state.
May 24th - 8:50 pm
The Tax-Free zones Governor Cuomo introduced this week are already getting praise from some in the business community, which has long complained about high operating costs in New York. Business Council president Heather Briccetti discusses how this proposal could help the upstate economy.
May 24th - 8:50 pm
Michael Gormley from the AP, Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News, NY1′s Zack Fink and YNN’s Bill Carey talk about Vito Lopez and Sheldon Silver’s future as Assembly speaker, Anthony Weiner’s official return to politics, and more.
May 23rd - 8:59 pm
The push for publicly finance campaigns is bringing together advocates for several other causes. Wednesday, anti-fracking groups and affordable housing activists held a joint press conference to call for getting money out of politics, arguing that the current system gives corporations and wealthy individuals too much power. Jaron Benjamin of Real Rent Reform talks about the real estate industry’s influence, and what’s known as the “LLC Loophole.”
May 23rd - 8:54 pm
There have been plenty of news reports about the battle underway among education officials and teachers unions. State education officials have put in place Common Core standards for testing – and that has upset many teachers. The state’s biggest teacher union, NYSUT, is running ads calling for the Common Core standards to be scaled back, suggesting that our students are being tested too much. State Education Commissioner Dr. John King disagrees.
May 23rd - 8:52 pm
County clerks officers have been flooded with requests from pistol permit holders asking their information be made private. The SAFE Act made permit information accessible under the Freedom of Information Act. But permit holders can opt out, and thousands are choosing to do just that. Now Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola says his office can handle all the requests- so they will keep all records private. Merola explains the problem.
May 23rd - 8:50 pm
Governor Cuomo wrapped up his statewide tour of college campuses in New Paltz where he announced that there would be a tax-free zone established there – along with several other select universities throughout the state. The initiative is designed to bolster economic activity in industries tied to the expertise of these schools. Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz discusses the new plan.
May 22nd - 8:58 pm
Pro-life groups are taking a new approach with their latest ad opposing the governor’s women’s equality agenda, the details of which we still have not seen. But it is expected to include an abortion rights measure. And the new ad argues that should not even be on the table right now while the economy continues to struggle. Kirsten Smith of New Yorkers for Life and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms’ Jason McGuire explain.
May 22nd - 8:54 pm
Tuesday, more than 95 percent of school districts voted to approve their budgets. But that number was much lower for districts trying to override the property tax cap. Bob Lowry of the New York State Council of School Superintendents and Tim Kremer from the New York State School Boards Association discuss the results.