October 22, 2021 - Rob Rosborough, author of the New York Appeals blog, examines the lawsuits filed by New Yorkers who want to compel hospitals to administer an unproven treatment for COVID-19 and gives an update on the legal challenges to vaccine mandates.
October 22, 2021 - New York State Economic Development Council Executive Director Ryan Silva discusses the role Industrial Development Agencies play in New York and makes the case for their continued role in the state's economic development landscape.
October 22, 2021 -After months of waiting, the state Cannabis Control Board and the Office of Cannabis Management have been assembled and hit the ground running in October. Board member Jen Metzger, a former state senator, explains actions taken already in the medical marijuana space, highlights future opportunities for New York's farmers and considers the timeline for future cannabis regulations.
October 21, 2021 - In September, Gov. Kathy Hochul ignited the hopes of advocates trying to decriminalize sex work in New York, when she expressed a willingness to engage on the issue. To understand the current landscape of sex work in New York and what it would mean to take this underground part of the economy out of the penal code, we turned to Andy Bowen, associate director, government affairs of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center.
October 21, 2021 - Before the year is over, Gov. Kathy Hochul will get a chance to leave her mark on the state's top court, filling an upcoming vacancy with one of seven potential candidates identified by a judicial nominating commission. Vin Bonventre, a distinguished law professor with Albany Law and author of the New York Court Watcher blog, assesses the list of contenders and predicts who will join the state Court of Appeals.
October 21, 2021 - In light of national movement for an Election Day holiday, RepresentUs research analyst Caroline Joseph helps us understand who gets time off for Election day in New York currently and why a national holiday makes sense.
October 20, 2021 - Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Queens Democrat, discusses his recent meeting with Gov. Kathy Hochul about the state's handling of the pandemic in nursing homes and policies the state can advance in the future.
October 20, 2021 - While New York judges aren't sentencing anyone to death anymore, they can essentially sentence someone to die in prison, a power that state Sen. Luis Sepulveda, a Bronx Democrat, is hoping to ban with his new bill ensuring that all criminal sentences come with the possibility of parole.
October 20, 2021 - It's a clearance sale out in Buffalo, where the state is hoping to move equipment purchased as part of the Buffalo Billion initiative - with a price tag of $207 million - but has gone unused for many months, according to Capital Tonight reporter Ryan Whalen.
October 20, 2021 - The Democratic primary for governor is more than half a year away, but the Siena College Research Institute is already in the field with horse race polls considering three different potential matchups.
October 19, 2021 - Senate Aging Committee Chair Rachel May recently visited a central New York nursing home that has come under fire for its inadequate treatment of the elderly and disabled New Yorkers that it serves. The Syracuse-area Democrat discusses the state's role in improving care at the facility and what needs to be done to improve elder care across New York.
October 19, 2021 - In light of his retirement as head of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance, we're taking a trip back in time with Joe Martens to his time as the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, from the spring of 2011 to the summer of 2015. He talks about the ban on fracking, dealing with less than ideal staffing levels and his big regret leading the department.
October 18, 2021 - Joe Martens, the recently retired head of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance, explains the current state of New York's offshore wind projects along the coast of Long Island and what they mean for job creation in the Capital Region.
October 18, 2021 - A new report from the state Department of Health examined the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccinations, including during the emergence of the Delta variance. Dr. Eli Rosenberg, the report's lead author, discusses how the analysis was conducted, what they determined and how the information should be utilized.
October 15, 2021 - Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee Chair Julia Salazar, a Brooklyn Democrat, discusses her campaign to roll back the use of fines, fees and surcharges for New Yorkers who violate vehicle and traffic laws or the penal code.
October 15, 2021 - A 2019 state law designed to foster collective bargaining rights of farmworkers is being utilized for the first time by a dozen employees at a Long Island vineyard, who will be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. We hear from a farmworker at the vineyard and the local labor advocate who helped organize the movement.
October 15, 2021 - The child care industry in New York, and around the country, was knocked back on its heels during the pandemic, and providers of after school care are finding it particularly hard to rebound and are struggling to keep their doors open this fall.
October 15, 2021 - New York's 2022 teacher of the year, Carly Santangelo, an agriculture teacher in the Southern Tier, reflects on her recent recognition, the challenge of inspiring a new generation of New Yorkers interested in agriculture and the education policies she wants to see out of Albany.
October 14, 2021 - Jaime Michelle Cain, co-leader of the Under One Roof coalition, highlights a new $125 million state fund available this month for landlords who were shut out of this summer's rental assistance program because their tenants refused to apply for back rent payment funding.
October 14, 2021 - The trails in the Adirondack Park were built too steep and can't sustain the current demand, according to Adirondack Council Conservation Officer Charlotte Staats, who is recommending the state invest in an overhaul of the paths.