Politics and Government

2:03pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Politics and Government

Candidates for the 5th Judicial District on the Campbell Conversations

In this week’s segment, the Campbell Conversations returns to the upcoming November elections, with a discussion among six of the nine candidates for State Supreme Court Justice in the six-county fifth judicial district—a district that encompasses much of WRVO’s listening area.  This program is presented on-air in two parts. Part one on Friday, and the second Saturday. The audio available here is the entire hour long discussion. 

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8:15am

Wed October 26, 2011
Politics and Government, Environment

Hydrofracking on private land in NY could be delayed

The state’s environmental agency says  a key advisory panel will not be issuing a report on the impacts of hydrofracking by a November 1 deadline, delaying part of the process of allowing the natural gas drilling on some private lands in New York until early next year.

The State’s Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens, says the report from the advisory committee, will be not be issued next month as originally planned, partly  because data on costs of fracking  to other state agencies, including  the departments of health and transportation, aren’t ready yet.

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10:27am

Tue October 25, 2011
Politics and Government

New head of SUNY Board of Trustees no stranger to politics

Carl McCall, the newly appointed Chair of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, is no stranger to New York politics and policy making. He sat down Monday to talk about his goals for SUNY and what he discerns in the Occupy Wall Street and now Occupy Albany movement.

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6:05am

Tue October 25, 2011
Politics and Government

Occupy Albany protesters camp out in front of State Capitol building

Occupy Albany protesters camped out across the street from the State Capitol for the fourth day say they have no intention of leaving anytime soon.

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6:31am

Mon October 24, 2011
Politics and Government

State worker union urging members to vote for new contract

Leaders of the state worker union, the Public Employees Federation, are waging a campaign style effort to try to convince members to vote yes this time on a new contract. Governor Cuomo says he will not give the union a third chance, and will issue lay offs in less than two weeks if the second contract is rejected.

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11:02am

Tue October 18, 2011
Politics and Government

Gillibrand: Defense cuts are coming

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says defense cuts are coming, and they will be big.  She says at least $450 billion in cuts are expected in the next decade, and that number could go higher depending on what happens with the congressional super-committee in the coming months. 

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10:51am

Tue October 18, 2011
Politics and Government

State worker union to vote on new contract proposal

Members of the state worker union the Public Employees Federation will be voting on a new contract proposal, now that the union’s executive board has signed off on a rejiggered proposal agreed to with Governor Cuomo to avoid 3500 lay offs. 

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11:02am

Mon October 17, 2011
Politics and Government

Fourth City Council district candidates discuss issues on The Campbell Conversations

Perhaps the most intriguing local race this November is the match-up in the fourth City Council district between Democrat and Working Families Party candidate Khalid Bey and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Hawkins has run for many seats in the past, including governor and U.S. Senator, and not come close to winning, but the last time he ran for city council he garnered about 40 percent of the vote.

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8:04am

Fri October 14, 2011
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo, Public Employees Federation still working to avoid layoffs

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state worker union, the Public Employees Federation, are going down to the wire over a deal to forge a new contract agreement  or face 3500 lay offs. 

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7:47am

Wed October 12, 2011
Politics and Government

Bad year on Wall St. could have negative impact on state budget

The State Comptroller finds that Wall Street is having another bad year, and that could have a negative impact on New York State's budget.

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7:15am

Wed October 12, 2011
Politics and Government

Jean Bethke Elshtain on The Campbell Conversations

Jean Bethke Elshtain

What is the state of American democracy?  What are the roots of our democratic shortcomings, and what do we need to do to improve the health of the political process?  Jean Bethke Elshtain, democratic theorist, ethicist, and noted public intellectual at the University of Chicago—and author of Democracy on Trial—wrestles with these mighty questions in this substantively rich interview.  Elshtain has also written an influential book on just war—Just War Against Terror—and she considers the American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan through that lens.  Was the war justif

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8:18am

Fri October 7, 2011
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo understands frustration of Wall St. protestors

Governor Cuomo says he understands the “frustration” of the demonstrators taking part in the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and the nation this week, but admits the state depends on revenues from the financial industry to balance its budget.

Cuomo says protests are an “important part of democracy”, and says he understands the frustration and anger of the demonstrators in downtown Manhattan over the stagnant economy.

“When people are feeling pain, they look for an outlet,” said Cuomo.

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9:08am

Wed October 5, 2011
Politics and Government

Environmental groups call on Cuomo administration to extend public comment period on hydrfracking

The groups delivered 180 water powered alarm clocks to Governor Cuomo’s office door, as part of their request for more time for the public to comment on proposed rules to allow hydrofracking in New York on some private lands.

 Katherine Nadaeu, with Environmental Advocates, says more time is needed to determine potential health effects of the gas drilling process, which uses chemically laced water to bore into underground
shale deposits in order to extract the gas.

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6:43am

Mon October 3, 2011
Politics and Government

Cuomo opens door to avoid layoffs

Governor Andrew Cuomo opened the door to avoiding  the layoffs of 3500 state workers after a union contract was rejected, but he says it’s entirely up to the union leadership whether the job cut backs occur or not.

The Public Employees Federation is floating the idea of some so called tweaks to the tenets of the rejected labor contract, including, perhaps charging more for health care on a sliding scale
based on the amount of a worker’s pay.

In an interview with public radio, Governor Cuomo says he’s “open” to talking about the proposals .

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7:00am

Fri September 30, 2011
Politics and Government

Union President Hopes to Avoid Layoffs After Contract Rejection

 

Two days after one of the state’s two major worker unions rejected a contract, the Public Employees Federation President says he has “new ideas” for a contract settlement, and is anxious to meet with
Governor Cuomo to discuss options to avert the 3500 layoffs ordered by the governor.

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9:34am

Sat August 13, 2011
Politics

New York Negative on Obama for the First Time

ALBANY (August 12, 2011) - A poll finds that for the first time, President Obama has a negative rating in New York State.

WRVO's capitol correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
 

9:28am

Sat August 13, 2011
Politics

New York State Lawmakers Unhappy with Frack Panel Composition

OSWEGO, NY (August 11, 2011) - As the US Department of Energy's Natural Gas Subcommittee released its draft recommendations on fracking, numerous New York legislators made it known that they're not happy with the panel's make-up.

As WRVO's Joyce Gramza reports, state and local lawmakers say the federal panel is tilted toward oil and gas interests.
 

9:01am

Sat August 13, 2011
Politics

Republicans Struggle with State Redistricting

ALBANY, NY (August 8, 2011) - Republicans hold a one vote lead in the State Senate and worry that changes to the way districts are redrawn will put them at a disadvantage to hold the majority.

WRVO's Karen Dewitt reports.

9:53am

Fri June 24, 2011

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