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.

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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.

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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.

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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:


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.


Stopping Invasive Species in the ADKs

July 21, 2017

Invasive Species Awareness Week was held July 9-15. It was the fourth annual campaign to highlight the negative effects they can have on the environment.

We went along on one of the many programs held across the Empire State. Our destination was the Upper Saranac Lake Watershed where divers are trying to get rid of two different types of milfoil. 

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Teachout Teaches Civics

July 17, 2017

We go to class with Fordham Law Professor and former Democratic candidate for Congress Zephyr Teachout at the Kingston Public Library in Ulster County. Along with local legislator Jennifer Schwartz Berky, Teachout helped teach civics to Hudson Valley residents. The program, put on by the Good Work Institute, educated participants so they can become more 'informed and engaged to take civic action.'

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Fred LeBrun on ‘Extreme Politics’

July 14, 2017

Our new podcast features an interview Karen DeWitt did with longtime Albany Times Union columnist Fred Lebrun.  He's been a close observer of New York state politics for decades. 

LeBrun, who says "we are living in an era of extreme politics," talks about whether President Donald Trump is beatable by Andrew Cuomo or any other Democrat in 2020.

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Trump’s Rise in Rural U.S.A; Buffalo’s Abandoned Treasure

June 29, 2017

This week we’ll sit down with Wall Street trader-turned-journalist Chris Arnade, who discovered the rise of Donald Trump long before the mainstream media.  While traveling across the country documenting addiction in rural America for The Guardian, Arnade couldn’t help notice the appeal Trump was having with folks outside city limits. He’ll discuss what he found in-studio with our Casey Seiler. 

Also, our Matt Ryan travels to the Queen City of Buffalo to tell the story of the beloved Central Terminal train station.  The gorgeous architectural structure was abandoned in the 1980’s and has been awaiting a tenant ever since.  The feature story originally aired in the summer of 2015.

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Bartoletti Looks Back at Capitol Years

June 23, 2017

Bartoletti looks back at Capitol years

One of the most respected and well-known good-government advocates is stepping away from the Capitol.

Barb Bartoletti, the League of Women Voters Legislative Director since 1988, is retiring. We have her on this week to look back at her early days lobbying in the Capitol and how the relationships between lawmakers have changed.