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.  


NYN Throwdown: Karlin v. Mahoney

March 15, 2017

Our latest New York State trivia battle between reporters Bill Mahoney of Politico New York and Rick Karlin of the Times Union goes to overtime!


Indian Point Closure Worries Local Community

March 10, 2017

Earlier this year Gov. Andrew Cuomo accomplished something in his home county of Westchester that he's been after for over a decade. The eventual closing of Indian Point. He says it's a big win for the people in and around New York City but what about for those closest to the nuclear power plant?   We have reaction and analysis this week including a look at the week's headlines. 


Horner on upstate bailout for nuclear power plants

March 9, 2017

This week on the program we focus on the decision to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant and how it will affect the Village of Buchanan and northern Westchester County.  On this podcast, however, we focus our attention upstate.

Blair Horner of NYPIRG discusses their latest report on the impact of the $7.6 billion bailout for three nuclear power plants near Lake Ontario and the lack of transparency by the Cuomo administration since.  The longtime good-government advocate also recalls the surreal events around the Capitol nine years ago when Governor Eliot Spitzer was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet a high-priced prostitute and why NYPIRG's work is never done.  


Budget Countdown Begins

March 3, 2017

March is the busiest month of the year at the State Capitol as advocates for and against ideas in the budget swarm the historic building. We wrap up the week's news in our headlines and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio and Jon Campbell of the USA Today Network join us to help make sense of it all.  


Former EPA Admin Enck on the Future of the Agency

February 27, 2017

Longtime environmental advocate and former regional EPA Administrator, Judith Enck, expresses her concerns about the future of the agency under President Trump. Also, Casey Seiler gives a rare look at the heating and cooling complex beneath the State Capitol and Empire State Plaza.


Conference of Mayors Against Consolidation Plan

February 17, 2017

Governor Cuomo's State of the State consolidation initiative proposal drew scrutiny this past week from the New York State Conference of Mayors. Cuomo's idea requires county officials to develop localized plans to help lower property taxes  by "coordinating and eliminating duplicative services." Taxpayers would then vote on the final product in a November referendum. The Executive Director of the NYS Conference of Mayors joins us to further explain why they call the plan "just another top-down state mandate."


Blake on DNC Run; Working for Obama

February 10, 2017

Assemblyman Michael Blake, a longtime staffer for former President Barack Obama, is running for a vice-chair spot in the Democratic National Committee. The Bronx lawmaker, 34, has had people say he's too young to run for such a lofty goal. We sit down with Blake to discuss why he's running, his views on current President Donald Trump and his time working for Obama. 


NYN Throwdown: Lombardo v. Hutchins

February 9, 2017

In our latest chapter of the NYN Throwdown, David Lombardo of New York StateWatch takes on Zach Hutchins of The Business Council to determine which Capital Region native has a better grasp on (sometimes completely random) Empire State trivia. 

Questions on the Yankees, former Governor George Pataki and former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno are just three of the many thrown at our contestants.  Take a listen!


Flanagan for Governor?

February 3, 2017

Is Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan weighing a run for governor in 2018? The longtime Long Island legislator addresses the speculation and discusses the budget, his relationship with Governor Cuomo and the rocky first week of Donald Trump's administration. Also, the week in news including joint budget hearings, Conservative Party conference, and lobby day for Family Planning Advocates.