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June 24, 2021 - Assemblymember Anna Kelles, an Ithaca Democrat, talks about the unsuccessful campaign she led during her freshman year to restrict cryptocurrency mining operations gobbling up fossil fuels in New York. We explore what this effort taught her about Albany and get other reflections about the Capitol.…
 
June 23, 2021 - Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee Chair Phil Steck, a Capital Region Democrat, discusses strategies to ensure New Yorkers with mental health and substance abuse conditions receive the help they need and considers whether the merger of two state agencies is the answers.By WCNY
 
June 23, 2021 - Marijuana was immediately legalized for adult consumption this spring with the adoption of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, but many components of the new law are awaiting regulations, which can't be issued until personnel are tapped to write the rules. New York Cannabis Growers & Processors Association Vice Chair Kaelan C…
 
June 22, 2021 - Senate Local Government Committee Chair Jim Gaughran, a Long Island Democrat, talks about his campaign to ensure big box stores pay their fair share of taxes, discusses the challenges of local tax assessors and considers the financial shape of municipalities as we emerge from the pandemic.…
 
June 22, 2021 - As part of the ongoing discussion about reforming policing in New York, a task force from the New York State Bar Association has released its own recommendations for improving law enforcement. Task force co-chair and NYSBA President T. Andrew Brown discusses the need for more training and educating of officers, changes to liability …
 
June 18, 2021 - If 2020 was a dark year for New York's child care industry, 2021 has the potential to be the dawn of a new era, according to Assembly Children and Families Committee Chair Andrew Hevesi. The Queens Democrat talks about why he's optimistic about overhauling the system, reflects on his approach to working with the Cuomo administration…
 
June 18, 2021 - Dr. Bonnie Litvack, a member of the governor's vaccine distribution and implementation task force, discusses the recent COVID-19 vaccine threshold hit by the state, peels back the curtain on her work with the state task force and explains the role physicians play in vaccine distribution.…
 
June 17, 2021 - In the pursuit of healthy food in the bellies of more New Yorkers, Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation requiring the Cuomo administration to adopt a healthy food standard that would inform what food is prepared and sold at state entities and on state property. Jessi Silverman, a policy associate and the Mark & Sushma Palmer …
 
June 14, 2021 - Proponents of harm reduction are applauding state lawmakers for passing legislation that would decriminalize possession of syringes, but they say more needs to be done to combat the war on drugs, including the creation of safe consumption sites for illicit drugs and eventually decriminalize all drugs.…
 
June 11, 2021 - Dr. Denis Nash, executive director of the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, weighs in on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to dramatically scale back pandemic restrictions once 70 percent of New York adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.By WCNY
 
June 11, 2021 - Legislation that made its way through the Capitol ensures that future settlement money from litigation with opioid manufacturers and distributors will pay for substance abuse prevention and treatment, according to Ashley Livingston, co-chair of Friends of Recovery Warren Washington Counties.…
 
June 10, 2021 - Two new judges have been added to the state Court of Appeals, further cementing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's fingerprint on the state's top court. The New York Law Journal's Ryan Tarinelli has all the dirt on the surprisingly controversial confirmation process and explains what the new judges could mean for the court.…
 
June 8, 2021 - A coalition of environmental groups has come together to oppose Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest appointments to the Public Service Commission, the powerful state regulator of New York's utilities. Lisa Marshall, of Mothers Out Front, explains their reservations about the two Cuomo candidates and describes the type of commissioners that sh…
 
June 8, 2021 - In the future, New Yorkers may all be driving electric vehicles, but - based on the state's current laws - it's not clear where those cars will be purchased, as manufacturers are essentially prohibited from selling directly to consumers and the companies want to avoid using the existing network of dealerships. James Chen, vice presid…
 
June 7, 2021 - It's been nearly four years since state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the creation of a task force to address upstate flooding and the panel has not been assembled. Assemblyman Al Stirpe, a Syracuse-area Democrat, is trying to give the task force new life and believes this time it will come together.…
 
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