Jun 18th - 8:56 pm
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released his first round of fiscal stress scorecards today, and six communities were found to be in serious financial trouble. And 18 others are at risk. The scores are based on 23 different measures ranging from available cash to population trends. But figuring out which counties, cities and town are under fiscal stress is just the start of the process. Comptroller DiNapoli discusses why some communities are in particularly bad shape, and what the options are now.
Jun 18th - 8:53 pm
The final week of session can be one of the busiest times of the year at the Capitol. This week’s Insiders lived through their fair share of them.
Joining us were Dave Catalfamo, who served as communications director to former Governor George Pataki.
He is now a partner at Park Strategies.
And Ed Draves, the former Political Director for AFSCME and deputy campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s US Senate campaign. He is now at Bolton-St Johns.
Jun 18th - 8:51 pm
It’s looking very unlikely that governor Cuomo will get his full agenda through the legislature before they leave town later this week. There’s still no deal on his women’s agenda or campaign finance reform. But he is still pushing his Tax-Free New York plan, casino expansion, and a financial restructuring board for local governments. Cuomo’s former chief of staff, Steve Cohen, discusses what’s left on the to-do list and how this will impact next year’s elections.
Jun 18th - 8:50 pm
Senate Republicans and the so-called regular Democrats are on opposite sides of almost every policy proposal. But the deputy leaders of both conferences don’t have any trouble getting along.
However, as this year’s legislative debates give way to next year’s elections, all bets are off.
Liz sat down with Senators Mike Gianaris and Tom Libous to talk about the complicated politics of the senate and the battle playing out in the final days of the legislative session.
Jun 17th - 8:56 pm
Anti-fracking groups are hoping that lawmakers will take up and pass a ban on drilling before session comes to an end later this week. Big crowds gathered at the capitol to call for a full moratorium, arguing that high-volume drilling is not safe. And they say it’s something the majority of New Yorkers, especially upstate, don’t want. Stanford University professor Mark Jacobson, Julia Walsh of Frack Action and Alex Beauchamp of Food and Water Watch discuss the push away from fracking and toward renewable resources.
Jun 17th - 8:54 pm
This month’s Siena poll showed drops in favorability ratings for both Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. But while Cuomo’s numbers are still fairly strong, the poll also found that more than half of voters want Silver to step down from his leadership post. Siena pollster Steve Greenberg breaks down those results and the poll’s other findings.
Jun 17th - 8:52 pm
Since Andrew Cuomo’s sweeping victory over Carl Paladino in November 2010, the search has been on for the next Republican to take on Cuomo. And that challenge has only grown bigger over the past two and a half years as the governor enjoyed high approval ratings and grew his war chest to over 20 million dollars. But now, it looks like someone is stepping forward. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin talks about why he’s considering a run in 2014.
Jun 17th - 8:50 pm
Governor Cuomo has been pushing hard for some sort of ethics and campaign finance reform since the string of lawmaker arrests earlier this spring. At the center of those investigations was U-S Attorney Preet Bharara, who suggested at that it was Groundhog’s Day in Albany, with lawmakers getting in trouble over and over and nothing changing. Now, with legislator set to possibly pass some reform measures, Liz sat down with Bharara at his office today to talk about what he thinks is the best way to clean up state government.
Jun 14th - 8:58 pm
The Scaffold Law is a top target of business groups every year. They argue the state’s workplace safety regulations are driving up the cost of construction projects in New York. But supporters insist the strict rules are necessary to ensure workers have all the necessary safety equipment for a job. And now both sides are working to bring the public over to their side. Mike Elmendorf, president of the Associated General Contractors of New York State, and Reverend Jacques DeGraff, the Chairman of the New York City School Construction Authority’s Diversity Council, explain why they think the law is hurting the industry and taxpayers.
Jun 14th - 8:53 pm
With just four legislative session left, and several big bills on the table, we could see a lot of activity at the capitol next week. But passing many of those bills will require getting the Senate Republicans on board. And on measures like Cuomo’s women’s agenda and his public trust act, there are deep ideological differences. Senator Kathy Marchione discusses the situation.