Will Miner Challenge Cuomo in 2018?

September 22, 2017

As the temperatures begin to cool in September (in theory at least), talk has been heating up that outgoing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is thinking of putting up a primary challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2018.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that the mayor and former co-chair of the state's Democratic Party met with members of the New York Progressive Action Network, who supported the presidential candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016. Miner had a falling out with Cuomo after criticizing him publicly over his "pension-smoothing" proposal in 2013.

This week Miner will tell us what she's contemplating in 2018, including a possible challenge to Central New York Congressman John Katko, and her recent trip to Israel.

Learn more: http://nynow.wmht.org/blogs/politics/will-miner-challenge-cuomo-in-2018/


This Week on NYN: Marching for Justice; Soldier’s Story

September 15, 2017

This week on New York NOW we'll recap Primary Day results across the state with Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Joe Spector of the USA Today Network.

Also, we'll follow the Alliance of Families for Justice as they end a nearly-three week march to the State Capitol to push for reforms to the criminal justice system.

Finally, the longtime Assembly sergeant-at-arms, Wayne Jackson, relives his time as a soldier in Vietnam ahead of this weekend's premiere of the new Ken Burns film on the war there.


DEC Rejects EPA Review of Hudson River Cleanup

September 8, 2017

In June, the EPA's Five-Year Review found that its selected PCB (Polychlorinated biphenyls) cleanup remedy wasn't yet "protective" of the public health and environment but it would be in half century. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos shares why he strongly disagrees with that statement. Also, a look at Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro's "Think Differently" initiative.

Learn more: http://nynow.wmht.org/blogs/environment/dec-rejects-epa-review-of-hudson-river-cleanup/


Rep. Faso holds second town hall

September 1, 2017

This week on New York NOW we'll give you extensive coverage of Rep. John Faso's town hall in the Hudson Valley.

Elected in 2016, the Republican has faced criticism from many constituents over his lack of availability.  He held a televised town hall with us earlier this year but this is first one since that April event. He faced a slew of questions about his support for Donald Trump, his health care vote in the spring, and the lack of political civility in 2017.


The ‘94 race for governor: Pataki v. Cuomo

August 25, 2017

This week's New York NOW is a documentary that looks back at the last real exciting race we had for governor here in the Empire State.

Just two years after famously saying no to a presidential run, 1994 saw Governor Mario Cuomo slumping in the polls.  Against all odds, a little-known freshman state senator from the Hudson Valley, George Pataki, shockingly beat the three-term incumbent.  We take a deep dive into the race with exclusive footage from the old PBS program "Inside Albany" and with key interviews with some of the major players including George Pataki, former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, and a rare-sit down interview with Mario Cuomo's son Andrew.


New NYSUT President Andy Pallotta

August 18, 2017

Andy Pallotta, the new President of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), took over for Karen Magee earlier this year. He discusses several topics including the continued opt-out movement by some parents across the state in regard to Common Core testing. Also, author and environmentalist, Bill McKibben, discusses his opposition to the under-construction Orange County power plant.

For more news, visit nynow.org


Comptroller Cites Warning Signs for NY’s Finances

August 11, 2017

There’s some good news and some bad news from the State Comptrollers’ office. The state’s nearly $200 billion dollar pension fund is doing well, thanks in part to the booming stock market, but there are some worrisome signs for the future of New York’s finances. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli sat down with us to discuss his findings. Also, a look at the week in news including Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan's announcement that he went into treatment for alcohol abuse and Senator Daniel Squadron's announcement that he will be leaving the senate.

For more news, visit nynow.org


One-on-one with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

August 7, 2017

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses his legal battles against the Trump administration and answers questions on litigation involving the environment, the funding of the Affordable Care Act, and how he prioritizes federal versus state work. Also, we review the week in news at our Reporters Roundtable.

For more news, visit nynow.org


NYS Medicaid Director on Affordable Care Act

July 28, 2017

On New York Now, we have a one-on-one with New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson about the Affordable Care Act. More at: nynow.org


NYN Throwdown: Battle of the Interns

July 25, 2017

Sam Kmack, an incoming sophomore at Ithaca College, takes on Capital Region High School Senior Jackie Gold.  We pepper the contestants with questions on politics and geography and see how good their hearing skills are in our "Who Said It?" round.