End of Session Issues

April 21, 2017

The budget is finished, but how much more will the legislature accomplish before the end of session in June?  Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Bill Mahoney of Politico New York help us sort out what may be priorities for lawmakers. Also, the Olympic Regional Development Authority has a new leader.  Our Matt Ryan traveled to Lake Placid to interview Mike Pratt.

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Cuomo’s Post-Budget Victory Tour

April 14, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo goes on a post-budget victory tour of the state. The Reporter's Roundtable analyzes highlights of the newly passed state budget. Also, Chief Judge John Roberts speaks at an assembly at RPI and a recap of Congressman John Faso's town hall.


Town Hall with Congressman John Faso

April 14, 2017

New York NOW Special Edition featuring a Town Hall conversation with Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) of New York's 19th Congressional District. The conversation is moderated by New York NOW managing editor, Matt Ryan and Casey Seiler of the Times Union. #FasoTownHall

Learn more: http://nynow.wmht.org/blogs/politics/wmht-to-host-a-town-hall-with-congressman-john-faso/


Analyzing the Faso town hall

April 14, 2017

If you haven't already done so, check out the entire 90-minute event we had with Rep. John Faso (R-Hudson Valley). 

Reporters Bethany Bump of the Times Union and Josefa Velasquez of Politico NY join Matt Ryan to analyze Faso's performance, the civility of the crowd and the protesters outside the television station.


Budget Impasse Turns to Agreement

April 7, 2017

UPDATE: Friday night (April 7, 2017) Governor Cuomo announced an agreement on a $153 billion spending plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Capitol observers this week felt like they were riding on a pendulum inside one of the antique senate clocks.  

More than once it seemed like lawmakers had struck a budget deal, only to have it fall apart a short while later.  Some of the sticking points include Raise the Age, one of the controversial bills inside the state's spending plan. Rick Karlin of the Times Union and Mike Gormley of Newsday help analyze the week's news at our Reporters Roundtable.

Explore additional coverage at http://www.nynow.org 


Last-Minute Budget Negotiations

March 31, 2017

Analysis of the major sticking points in budget negotiations. With an 11:59pm Friday deadline, the state's spending plan will most likely be late this year. Also on the program, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide Jim Malatras joins us to discuss his new role as president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.


NYN Podcast: Rich Funke on politics, sports and the media

March 29, 2017

Rochester-area State Senator Rich Funke talks about his nearly four decades in broadcast TV, his views on “fake news,” and reveals which Hall of Fame basketball coach decided to ditch a live shot with him.


Health Care Drama; More Indictments

March 24, 2017

Current Senator Rob Ortt and former WNY Senator George Maziarz were indicted in Albany this week and both plead not guilty. Also, Governor Cuomo’s administration and Congressmen John Faso and Chris Collins disagree on their amendment to the GOP's health care bill. Finally, interim UAlbany president Jim Stellar discusses the governor’s free tuition proposal and a first-of-its-kind college program.


Western New York Politics in Spotlight

March 24, 2017

It was quite the week in Western New York politics.

First, Rep, Chris Collins made headlines with his amendment to the Republican's health care plan that angered Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Called the "Buffalo Bribe" by some, the amendment would shift Medicaid costs from the counties back to the state. We discuss the back and forth between the governor and Collins that spilled over-the-air and on-line,

Also, a current and former WNY state senator were indicted in Albany.  Rob Ortt and the man he succeeded, George Maziarz, were charged with eight total charges of filing a false instrument. 

Our guest to help us try and make sense of it all is Niagara County native Jon Campbell of the USA Today Network. 


Reproductive Health Rights in New York

March 17, 2017

Andrea Miller of the National Institute for Reproductive Health discusses her old college classmate, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and worries she has about women’s rights under President Trump’s administration.

Also, on the 30 year anniversary of the creation of Governor’s Cuomo’s non-profit “HELP USA,” we look back at the 1988 ribbon-cutting he had for the organization in the Capital Region.