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The Capitol Pressroom A daily, public radio program with the latest insight and analysis from the state Capitol. From the State Capitol in Albany, host David Lombardo untangles the intricacies of New York state politics with elected officials, political reporters, activists and analysts.

Each show is infused with personality, humor and your best interests in mind. He cuts through the jargon so it makes sense for us all.

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Assemblyman Tom Abinanti makes the case for the Toll Payer Protection Act.
06/28/2022
Adding consumer protections for toll payers

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti makes the case for the Toll Payer Protection Act.

June 28, 2022 - Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, a Westchester County Democrat, makes the case for legislation designed to help drivers navigate the state's cashless tolling system, with a system of new safeguards for New Yorkers who get billed via mail.

New York has an updated picture of internet availability.
06/28/2022
Armed with new data, policymakers eye internet expansion

New York has an updated picture of internet availability.

June 23, 2022 - State Sen. Sean Ryan, a Buffalo Democrat, talks about a new study of high-speed internet availability in New York and considers possible policies the state should take next to improve access to this 21st century infrastructure.

State regulators are being asked to approve large rate hikes for health insurance covering individual and small group pl...
06/27/2022
Health insurers propose rate hikes for 2023

State regulators are being asked to approve large rate hikes for health insurance covering individual and small group plans in 2023.

June 23, 2022 - This summer, health insurers are hoping state regulators will approve large rate hikes on plans serving individuals and small groups. New York Health Plan Association President & CEO Eric Linzer defends the rate proposals and addresses specific insurance mandates proposed by state la...

Bills kicking around the Capitol would limit the ability of law enforcement to access our online activities.
06/26/2022
Protecting online data from police scrutiny

Bills kicking around the Capitol would limit the ability of law enforcement to access our online activities.

June 22, 2022 - Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Legal Director David Siffert discusses legislative efforts to protect personal online information from inquiries by law enforcement, including broad records requests and fake social media accounts.

Senator Brad Hoylman is urging state regulators to enforce insurance mandates for HIV prevention. At the same time, he i...
06/25/2022
Increasing access to HIV prevention drugs

Senator Brad Hoylman is urging state regulators to enforce insurance mandates for HIV prevention. At the same time, he is taking legislative action.

June 21, 2022 - State Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, talks about legislation making HIV prevention drugs more accessible by requiring health insurers, who offers a prescription drug plan, to cover these types of medications at no cost to the consumer.

We spoke with the head of the Independent Review Committee, which is responsible for vetting replacements to JCOPE's suc...
06/23/2022
Vetting New York's new government watchdog

We spoke with the head of the Independent Review Committee, which is responsible for vetting replacements to JCOPE's successor.

June 22, 2022 - This summer marks the end of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the launch of its replacement, the Commission on Lobbying and Ethics in Government. But before the new ethics watchdog can get to work it needs commissioners, who will be vetted by the new

Converting existing properties into affordable housing could be a cheaper alternative to new affordable housing construc...
06/23/2022
Converting properties into affordable housing

Converting existing properties into affordable housing could be a cheaper alternative to new affordable housing construction in New York City.

June 20, 2022 - The state recently enacted a new law designed to make it easier to convert unused or underutilized hotels into affordable housing, so we're discussing the measure - and the issue more broadly - with Cea Weaver, a campaign coordinator with Housing Justice for All.

Our 15-year-old political observer says only a "cosmic fluke" could derail Gov. Kathy Hochul's march to becoming the Dem...
06/22/2022
Youth correspondent weighs in on gubernatorial primaries

Our 15-year-old political observer says only a "cosmic fluke" could derail Gov. Kathy Hochul's march to becoming the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

"It's virtually a 99% chance that she has the primary."

June 21, 2022 - Our youth political correspondent, 15-year-old Isaac Olshan, discusses the Democratic gubernatorial debates, assesses recent polling and makes predictions for the statewide June primaries.

Lawmakers unanimously approved a bill in 2022 to create a council to assess the state's problem gambling services needs.
06/21/2022
The demand for problem gambling services in New York

Lawmakers unanimously approved a bill in 2022 to create a council to assess the state's problem gambling services needs.

June 21, 2022 - New York Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Jim Maney explains legislation creation a new problem gambling advisory council and provides an update on the landscape of services designed to help New Yorkers struggling with a gambling problem.

We peeled back the curtain on the legislative process in Albany.
06/21/2022
What happened to Clean Slate this time?

We peeled back the curtain on the legislative process in Albany.

June 20, 2022 - In 2021, neither house of the state legislature passed legislation designed to seal the records of most New Yorkers with a criminal past. In 2022, the state Senate moved the bill, but the Assembly did not. Assemblymember Catalina Cruz, a Queens Democrat, explains what happened in

Help is available for families struggling to pay their energy bills.NYSERDA has just made it easier to figure out where ...
06/20/2022
Access energy assistance programs

Help is available for families struggling to pay their energy bills.

NYSERDA has just made it easier to figure out where to look.

June 20, 2022 - To spread awareness about energy assistance programs, the state has launched an online portal to identify what New Yorkers are eligible for. New York State Energy & Research Development Authority President & CEO Doreen Harris discusses the new tool and addresses measures that passed....

Gov. Kathy Hochul will have to decide on the fate of legislation restricting the size of classes in New York City school...
06/20/2022
State eying limits on NYC class sizes

Gov. Kathy Hochul will have to decide on the fate of legislation restricting the size of classes in New York City schools.

June 16, 2022 - At the end of the legislative session, state lawmakers ok'd an extension of mayoral control of New York City schools, but at the same time they signed off on legislation requiring the school system to start shrinking the size of classes. Politico New York education reporter

The June primaries for Assembly will utilize lines drawn earlier this year, but we could have new boundaries for the peo...
06/19/2022
Assembly lines could be redrawn after 2022

The June primaries for Assembly will utilize lines drawn earlier this year, but we could have new boundaries for the people's house in 2023 or 2024.

June 17, 2022 - New York Law School's Jeff Wice explains the fallout from a court ruling on the validity of the newly drawn lines for the state Assembly, which will be left in place for 2022, but could be dramatically changed after that.

We examined the state's emergency preparedness accreditation program for New York counties.
06/19/2022
Preparing for an emergency

We examined the state's emergency preparedness accreditation program for New York counties.

June 16, 2022 - Niagara County has joined about a dozen other counties in receiving an emergency management accreditation from the state for completing certain disaster preparedness requirements, so we checked in with the county's emergency services director, Jonathan Schultz, about the process and....

We examined updates to the state's voting laws.
06/18/2022
Ending racial disenfranchisement in New York

We examined updates to the state's voting laws.

June 10, 2022 - With Congress unwilling to update federal laws designed to stop disenfranchisement efforts rooted in racism, Democratic state lawmakers are taking action in New York, explains Perry Grossman, a supervising attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The Adirondack Council filled us in on new regulations for motorized boats in the #Adirondacks.
06/18/2022
Motorized boats subject to mandatory inspections in ADKs

The Adirondack Council filled us in on new regulations for motorized boats in the #Adirondacks.

June 17, 2022 - Adirondack Council's John Sheehan provides an update on a new law requiring motorized boats being launched in the Adirondacks get inspected and cleaned to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Before you head to the polls in June, do yourself a favor and check out the new voter guide tool from the League Of Wome...
06/18/2022
League of Women Voters launch voter guide

Before you head to the polls in June, do yourself a favor and check out the new voter guide tool from the League Of Women Voters of NYS.

June 17, 2022 - The League of Women Voters of New York State has launched an online tool to help primary voters learn about the candidates on the June ballot and how to cast their vote

After months of waiting, the panel tasked with recommending how to spend more than $1 billion in legal settlements with ...
06/17/2022
Opioid Settlement Fund Advisory Board (finally) gets to work

After months of waiting, the panel tasked with recommending how to spend more than $1 billion in legal settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors held its first meeting.

June 17, 2022 - The state's Opioid Settlement Fund Advisory Board recently held its first meeting, so we talked with board member Ashley Livingston about what happened, what could happen next and how she feels about the process of trying to spend more than $1 billion.

A new Siena College Research Institute- SCRI survey found that voters back recent legislative action in Albany.
06/17/2022
Voters weigh in on gun control, abortion and gas taxes

A new Siena College Research Institute- SCRI survey found that voters back recent legislative action in Albany.

June 16, 2022 - The Siena College Research Institute has a new survey that shows how New Yorkers feel about gun ownership restrictions, abortion protections and the direction of the state.

State lawmakers approved a bill designed to get health insurers to cover more medical treatments.
06/16/2022
Intervening in internal health insurance deliberations

State lawmakers approved a bill designed to get health insurers to cover more medical treatments.

June 16, 2022 - Assembly Health Committee Chair Dick Gottfried, a Manhattan Democrat, explains a bill designed to overhaul the internal workings at health insurance companies, which could result in more treatments being covered in the future and higher premiums for customers

When auditors for the state comptroller try to inspect the work of state agencies they can often find staff members unwi...
06/16/2022
Thawing frosty relations between auditors and agency staff

When auditors for the state comptroller try to inspect the work of state agencies they can often find staff members unwilling to work with them.

When the state comptroller's office tried to do an analysis of New York's workforce development programs they had difficulties getting information they needed. That's because the state Department of Labor wouldn't give them what they asked for. This contentious experience, though, is not a unique ex...

Potential state rules could limit what home appliances and equipment are on sale in New York.
06/16/2022
Increasing energy efficiency of New York buildings

Potential state rules could limit what home appliances and equipment are on sale in New York.

June 15, 2022 - As part of a comprehensive effort to reduce New York's greenhouse gas emissions, Democratic state lawmakers approved a bill at the end of session that increases and expands efficiency standards for home appliances and equipment, and directs state regulators to update building codes.....

The public can now weigh in on proposed rules that will govern the packaging, marketing and testing of #marijuana produc...
06/15/2022
State regulators set guidelines for marijuana marketplace

The public can now weigh in on proposed rules that will govern the packaging, marketing and testing of #marijuana products in New York.

June 15, 2022 - State marijuana regulators have published rules and regulations for how cannabis products can be labeled, marketed and tested in a future recreational market. In light of these regulations being distributed for public comment, we're discussing them with Lyla Hunt, deputy director of....

A legislative effort to address the communications needs of first responders in the #ADKS underscores the challenge of a...
06/15/2022
Navigating the state constitution in the Adirondacks

A legislative effort to address the communications needs of first responders in the #ADKS underscores the challenge of amending the state constitution.

June 14, 2022 - Assemblymember Carrie Woerner, a Capital Region Democrat, discusses a constitutional amendment that would have paved the way for addressing the communications needs of first responders in the Adirondacks and explains how the measure fell apart.

New York has a mixed record of incentivizing high-tech business growth, but that won't stop lawmakers and the governor f...
06/14/2022
Incentivizing semiconductor production in New York

New York has a mixed record of incentivizing high-tech business growth, but that won't stop lawmakers and the governor from trying again.

June 14, 2022 - Assemblymember Al Stirpe, a Syracuse-area Democrat, makes the case for new subsidies for semiconductor businesses that grow their projects in New York and meet certain state expectations.

As science evolves, so does New York's contamination cleanup regulations.
06/14/2022
Updating New York's environmental cleanup rules

As science evolves, so does New York's contamination cleanup regulations.

June 13, 2022 - State regulators are in the process of updating the rules and regulations governing the cleanup of contaminated sites and how they can be used in the future, so we discusses the proposed changes with Dereth Glance of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

How is the governor's #2 adjusting to his new job? Find out on The Capitol Pressroom.
06/13/2022
Antonio Delgado settles in as lieutenant governor

How is the governor's #2 adjusting to his new job? Find out on The Capitol Pressroom.

June 13, 2022 - Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado joins the show to discuss his role in the Hochul administration and weigh in on some of the major issues being debated at the Capitol.

This will be Senator Jim Gaughran's last year in Albany.  We talked with the Long Island Democrat about his decision to ...
06/13/2022
Redistricting leads to Long Island senator's retirement

This will be Senator Jim Gaughran's last year in Albany.

We talked with the Long Island Democrat about his decision to retire from the Senate and life at the Capitol.

June 10, 2022 - Sen. Jim Gaughran, a Long Island Democrat, joins the show for an exit interview following his announcement that he will not seek reelection, as the result of the partisan makeup of his new legislative district after redistricting.

Legislation stalled at the end of the legislative session that would have empowered the state to develop new green energ...
06/12/2022
Getting the state back into the green energy biz

Legislation stalled at the end of the legislative session that would have empowered the state to develop new green energy projects.

Private companies say this was a good thing.

June 9, 2022 - An effort to authorize the state to build and maintain new renewable energy projects stalled at the end of the legislative session, but that's good news, according to Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy in New York, which represents private green energy

State officials can't set bail practices in federal immigration courts, but they can regulate the bail bond companies th...
06/12/2022
Policing the bail bond industry

State officials can't set bail practices in federal immigration courts, but they can regulate the bail bond companies that operate in New York.

June 9, 2022 - Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, a Manhattan Democrat, explains legislation designed to regulate the bond industry serving immigrant New Yorkers, which is accused of predatory practices.

State lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul passed a package of laws responding to the mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas.
06/11/2022
The evolving landscape of New York gun regulations

State lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul passed a package of laws responding to the mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas.

June 9, 2022 - In the aftermath of mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas, New York has approved new gun control legislation, which may help curb future deaths from firearms, according to Robert Spitzer, a distinguished service professor emeritus at SUNY Cortland.

The state comptroller's office examined the job landscape in the five boroughs.
06/11/2022
New York City’s lagging economic recovery

The state comptroller's office examined the job landscape in the five boroughs.

June 8, 2022 - New York Deputy Comptroller Rahul Jain breaks down a recent analysis of the New York City employment landscape and compares it to what the picture looked like before the arrival of COVID-19.

New Yorkers will soon be armed with more information when purchasing tickets for live events.
06/10/2022
New York’s evolving live-event ticket regulations

New Yorkers will soon be armed with more information when purchasing tickets for live events.

June 3, 2022 - Sen. James Skoufis, an Orange County Democrat, provides an update on consumer friendly changes to the state's live-event ticketing regulations, including a ban on price dripping and requiring more disclosure in the secondary market.

A Winnebago may be coming to a community near you.
06/09/2022
New York mobilizes primary prevention resources

A Winnebago may be coming to a community near you.

June 3, 2022 - In order to meet New Yorkers where they live, the state Office of Children and Family Services, in consultation with local officials, is deploying a mobile team of primary prevention providers to serve families in crisis. OCFS Commissioner Sheila Poole explains how the initiative will...

A proposed transformation of Belmont Park could mean an end to the Aqueduct Racetrack.
06/08/2022
New York’s evolving thoroughbred racing landscape

A proposed transformation of Belmont Park could mean an end to the Aqueduct Racetrack.

June 8, 2022 - In advance of the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes, we have a wide ranging conversation with New York Racing Association President & CEO David O'Rourke. We examine plans for overhauling Belmont Park, shutting down the Aqueduct Racetrack, navigating the mobile sports wagering landsc...

New York State Animal Protection Federation has championed increasing levels of care at animal shelters and rescues in N...
06/08/2022
Raising standards for animal shelters and rescues

New York State Animal Protection Federation has championed increasing levels of care at animal shelters and rescues in New York.

June 8, 2022 - New York State Animal Protection Federation Executive Director Libby Post discusses legislation designed to set minimum standards of care for shelters and rescue operations serving companion animals.

American rock salt mining operations are losing out on business to foreign suppliers. Legislation waiting for the govern...
06/07/2022
Buying American rock salt

American rock salt mining operations are losing out on business to foreign suppliers.
Legislation waiting for the governor's signature could change that.

June 3, 2022 -Assemblyman Harry Bronson, a Rochester-area Democrat, makes the case for his legislation requiring government entities in New York to purchase American mined rock salt in an attempt to boost the state's two mining operations.

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At 11 am this morning I am a guest on The Capitol Pressroom talking with host Dave Lombardo about the passage of my DIAPER Act which if signed by Governor Kathy Hochul will exempt all diapers from sales taxes in New York State. Here's the link to the program at 11 am
Listen to the recent episode of The Capitol Pressroom to hear from members of the Let's Get Immunized NY campaign make the case for increasing immunizations in New York by building up the state’s vaccine infrastructure, combating misinformation, and ensuring New Yorkers have access to accurate vaccination records. 🔊 #NYnurse
Bitcoin mining is a planet burner. It must be outlawed. Unless of course if they build their own solar /wind power plants
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🎙Thank you The Capitol Pressroom for having me speak about my legislation efforts to combat the #opioid epidemic being Chair of the New York State Senate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee. Please click the link to tune into the conversation:
Quick listen via The Capitol Pressroom: LSNYC's Director of Foreclosure Prevention Jacob Inwald explains legislation awaiting the governor’s signature that would require mortgage lenders and loan servicers to follow the state’s statute of limitations when bringing foreclosure proceedings. If signed into law, the bill would block lenders from reopening expired cases, protecting thousands of homeowners statewide from losing their homes.
Let’s pass the Birth Control Access Act (A1125/S6698) in New York State to give pharmacists an expanded ability to provide birth control. When we expand access to contraception, women gain control over their reproductive health, family planning, education, careers and lives. #birthcontrolaccessact #PowerToDecide Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood Action Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts NOW-NYC New York Birth Control Access Project Jenna Bimbi The Capitol Pressroom Toby Ann Stavisky
While there are scenarios where a cesarean delivery is the safest option, C-sections can pose immediate risks for the mother and baby, and can have negative consequences for women who want to continue to grow their families. New York State can improve women’s maternal health by taking actions to reduce the cesarean birth rate and improve the quality of care that expectant mothers receive. That is what my bill A9098a/S8751 with NYS Senator Samra Brouk seeks to achieve. This bill requires hospitals and birth centers to make information on maternity related procedures available on the NYS Department of Health website for the most recent five years for which the data is available. This will help expecting mothers make the most informed decision when choosing where to give birth. Thank you NY Midwives for your support and advocacy and The Capitol Pressroom for covering this issue.
ICYMI: Jim Heaney recounted how Erie and Niagara counties are the sixth-most segregated metropolitan region in the nation and Buffalo the 17th most-segregated city on The Capitol Pressroom.
New: Jim Heaney discusses his story last week on segregation in WNY with David Lombardo on The Capitol Pressroom. Listen at the link.
My wife and I used rare disorder testing last year when we were expecting Ava, and like so many parents, we looked to this testing to offer some peace of mind as we anxiously awaited parenthood. Had we known the rate of false-positives for these tests was close to 85%, we might have thought differently. A recent investigation by the New York Times exposed the rare disorder testing industry for what it is: little more than smoke and mirrors. Expectant parents deserve to have the facts when their future child's health is in the balance, which is why I've introduced legislation (S.8286) that would require these companies to publish information on the rate of false-positives and that this material be shared with moms and dads who are considering these prenatal tests. Check out my recent interview below with The Capitol Pressroom about these predators on the pregnant and why providing parents with more information is so critical. You can read the original The New York Times investigation that spurred this legislation here: www.nytimes.com/2022/01/01/upshot/pregnancy-birth-genetic-testing.html