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.


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. 

To learn more: http://nynow.wmht.org/blogs/environment/stopping-invasive-species-in-the-adks/


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.'

For more news, visit nynow.org


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.

For mor news, vistit nynow.org


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.

Learn more: http://nynow.wmht.org/blogs/politics/trumps-rise-in-rural-usa-buffalos-abandoned-treasure/


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.



Malliotakis Looks to Become First Female Mayor of NYC

June 16, 2017

Many New York City residents thought they'd see their first female mayor in 2013 when Christine Quinn was the favorite on the Democratic side.  She was upset by Bill de Blasio, who went on to win in November as well.

In 2017, Nicole Malliotakis is hoping to break that glass ceiling. 

The State Island Assemblywoman is believed to be the first Republican woman to ever run for the post.  She will have to get by a primary challenge from Paul Massey in September, but if she does she will take on the mayor in the fall.

This week Malliotakis tells us why she's taking on the tall task and where she thinks de Blasio has failed residents of the five boroughs. 

For more news, visit nynow.org


Final Legislative Push Underway

June 9, 2017

With less than two weeks left of the legislative session, lawmakers and advocates are attempting to get their pieces of legislation passed before June 21.  We review a busy week at the State Capitol at our Reporters Roundtable.


What’s Next for the State Legislature?

June 2, 2017

It's hard to believe but the state legislature is scheduled to wrap up in three weeks. The vast majority of Governor Cuomo's agenda was passed in the April budget. So, what's left for lawmakers?  We'll ask Jon Campbell of the USA Today Network and Ken Lovett of the Daily News at the Reporters Roundtable.

Also, there have been many contentious town halls across the country in 2017.  What happens at one with a popular incumbent in a safe congressional district?  We found out this week when Rep. Paul Tonko met constituents in suburban Albany.

For more news, visit nynow.org