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Assemblywoman Cruz on Licensing Undocumented Immigrants

Assemblywoman Cruz on Licensing Undocumented Immigrants

May 17, 2019

The question over whether to let undocumented immigrants get a driver's license has been debated for over a decade in Albany.  You might remember the topic caused a bump in the 2008 presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton.  Now in 2019, after the issue was mostly on the back burner because of a Republican majority in the Senate, it's again at the forefront. 

This week we sit down with freshman Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz.  She was the first DREAMer ever elected to the chamber and says there are no more excuses for not getting this passed in Albany with a Democrats controlling the legislature.

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Senate Democrats “Stand Up” to President Trump

Senate Democrats “Stand Up” to President Trump

May 10, 2019

The New York State Senate was front and center in Albany this week and nationwide, drawing significant attention for two bills they passed to "stand up" to President Donald Trump. The pieces of legislation allow New York officials to release tax returns in cooperation with congressional investigations and state prosecutors to bring charges against people who have received presidential pardons.

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Limo Industry Accountability and Oversight

Limo Industry Accountability and Oversight

May 3, 2019

Several mothers and fathers told their emotional stories while urging the three legislators at the Senate transportation hearing to pass laws that will help prevent these tragedies. Two specific incidents were the focus of their testimony: The 2015 Long Island limo crash that killed four young women and last year's incident in Schoharie County that took the lives of 20 people.

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Harry Rosenfeld: The Battling Editor

Harry Rosenfeld: The Battling Editor

April 29, 2019

This week's program features two interviews.

First up, Times Union Managing Editor Casey Seiler interviews Harry Rosenfeld, his paper's editor-at-large, about his new book "Battling Editor: The Albany Years."  The veteran journalist came to the capital city after a famous stint at the Washington Post where he served as the city's local news editor during the Watergate scandal. 

Also, our Karen DeWitt is joined by NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango.  The powerful teachers union has been vocal in its criticism against the state tests given to children in Grades 3-8. 

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MERIT Scholarship Expanded After GOP Pushback

MERIT Scholarship Expanded After GOP Pushback

April 19, 2019

Governor Cuomo responded to pushback from the Assembly GOP and even Donald Trump by expanding the MERIT Scholarship, which provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of military members who have died or become severely disabled while in a combat zone.

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DiNapoli on New York’s Fiscal Health

DiNapoli on New York’s Fiscal Health

April 12, 2019

Longtime New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli gives an initial analysis of the budget, discusses his oversight powers going forward, and addresses the commission on public campaign financing that was recently agreed to by the governor and legislature.

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2019 Budget Analysis

2019 Budget Analysis

April 5, 2019

While it technically wasn't on-time, Governor Cuomo and legislators passed a timely budget Monday morning, seven and a half hours after the deadline. Get a break down the $175 billion dollar spending plan in the headlines and analysis from the Reporters Roundtable.

Budget Deadline is Here

Budget Deadline is Here

March 29, 2019

As of Friday, it looks like lawmakers and the governor are close to getting an on-time or "timely" budget. The deadline is April 1 but progress has been made to the point where some budget bills were being printed Thursday night. This would make a Sunday vote within reach on many items. On the show this week take a look at the issues that have been at the center of the 2019-20 spending plan debate.

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The Push Against Legalized Marijuana

The Push Against Legalized Marijuana

March 23, 2019

After saying it was a "gateway drug" in 2017, Governor Cuomo included legislation in this year's budget that would legalize use for those 21 or older. Soon after a coalition formed to 'just say no.' Hear from some of them this week. Also, get an analysis of the week's news at the Reporters Roundtable.

One-on-One with Speaker Heastie

One-on-One with Speaker Heastie

March 16, 2019

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff didn't hold back in the criticism of the spending plans. Secretary Melissa DeRosa called the Senate's plan "fantasyland." In our one-on-one interview with Speaker Carl Heastie, he outlines his conference's priorities in the budget and we ask him about the possible legalization of adult-use marijuana, congestion pricing, and why public campaign financing isn't in their budget.

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