Brian Shields http://wamc.org en Assemblyman Santabarbara: Manufacturing Deal Good For Region http://wamc.org/post/assemblyman-santabarbara-manufacturing-deal-good-region <p>The mills and factories of Upstate New York were often the first step toward a new life for immigrants to America many years ago. Companies such as General Electric in Schenectady and the rug-makers of Amsterdam provided the work for the Irish, Germans, Italians and others who came to stake their claims in America. Many of those factories and mills are gone, but there's new high-tech manufacturing under way in upstate highlighted again by Tuesday's announcement of a $500 million consortium involving the state and General Electric. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Brian Shields 94992 at http://wamc.org Assemblyman Santabarbara: Manufacturing Deal Good For Region Immigration Attorney On Nonprofit Housing Centers For Immigrant Children http://wamc.org/post/immigration-attorney-nonprofit-housing-centers-immigrant-children <p>The White House announced today that President Obama will seek congressional approval for more than $3 billion to deal with the growing number of children, who are alone and crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. The federal government is also seeking applications from not-for-profit and other groups to set up centers to house the children. One of those possible centers is the former Kenwood Academy Convent in Albany. Eric Copland is an immigration attorney with Copland and Brenner, a law firm in Latham. He says this type of situation has taken place before...</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:31:01 +0000 Brian Shields 94355 at http://wamc.org Immigration Attorney On Nonprofit Housing Centers For Immigrant Children Pres. Of Free Speech For People: Political Influence Of Corporations http://wamc.org/post/pres-free-speech-people-political-influence-corporations <p>The co-founder and President of an organization dedicated to repealing the U.S. Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling granting corporations the same rights as citizens in campaign finance matter, says the recent ruling on The Hobby Lobby case could give new energy to the effort. In "Burwell v. Hobby Lobby", the court ruled five to four that an employer may opt out of providing contraceptive coverage under The Affordable Care Act, based on religious objections. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:49:00 +0000 Brian Shields 94247 at http://wamc.org Pres. Of Free Speech For People: Political Influence Of Corporations Albany Commissioner Of Recreation On 1609 Fitness Challenge http://wamc.org/post/albany-commissioner-recreation-1609-fitness-challenge <p>Residents of Albany are being urged to get in shape this summer and win prizes at the same time. The 1609 Fitness Challenge is under way, and will continue into August, according to Jonathan Jones, Albany's Commissioner of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 93520 at http://wamc.org Albany Commissioner Of Recreation On 1609 Fitness Challenge Former Mass. AG Harshbarger: Ruling Means Casinos Can Be Stopped http://wamc.org/post/former-mass-ag-harshbarger-ruling-means-casinos-can-be-stopped <p>Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has been providing free legal advice to those working to repeal the state's casino law. The State Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that a ballot question to repeal the law can be placed on the statewide ballot on election day in November. Harshbarger says he was excited and satisfied by the courts decision to allow the vote.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:49:27 +0000 Brian Shields 93430 at http://wamc.org Former Mass. AG Harshbarger: Ruling Means Casinos Can Be Stopped Tim Kremer On How Education Fared In Legislative Session http://wamc.org/post/tim-kremer-how-education-fared-legislative-session <p>In the final days of the New York legislative session, which ended last week in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a two-year delay in the teacher assessments to be based on the Common Core testing. It was just one of the education issues state leaders dealt with this year, or left on their table for another day. For a look back at how education fared in Albany this year, we spoke with Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, who commented on the teacher evaluation delay.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Brian Shields 93327 at http://wamc.org Tim Kremer On How Education Fared In Legislative Session Concerns Remain Over Smokeless Tobacco, Blamed In Tony Gwynn's Death http://wamc.org/post/concerns-remain-over-smokeless-tobacco-blamed-tony-gwynns-death <p></p><p>The baseball world is mourning the death of Tony Gwynn. One of the all-time baseball greats died this week at the age of 54 from oral cancer. Gwynn, who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, like many of his fellow players, used smokeless tobacco. Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who said he never smoked or used smokeless tobacco, recently announced that his oral cancer had returned and has undergone additional surgery. Despite efforts to discourage its use, some baseball players still use smokeless tobacco, a leading cause of oral cancers, according to Dr. Todd Doyle, Chief of Radiation Oncology at New York Oncology-Hematology. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:34:26 +0000 Brian Shields 92875 at http://wamc.org Concerns Remain Over Smokeless Tobacco, Blamed In Tony Gwynn's Death Albany Public Library Gets New Executive Director http://wamc.org/post/albany-public-library-gets-new-executive-director <p></p><p></p><p>On Monday, the Albany Public Library will have a new executive director. Scott Jarzombek, 38, who began his library career in the Albany system, returns June 23<sup>rd</sup><sup> </sup>after leading the library in North Castle in Westchester County. He will replace Carol Nersinger who is retiring. Scott Jarzombek spoke to WAMC about the biggest challenge facing libraries today.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Brian Shields 92786 at http://wamc.org Albany Public Library Gets New Executive Director Greenberg On Latest Siena Poll Results http://wamc.org/post/greenberg-latest-siena-poll-results <p>Steve Greenberg discusses Siena College's poll results for the New York State gubernatorial race. Results show Governor Cuomo with a lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:54:31 +0000 Brian Shields 92714 at http://wamc.org Greenberg On Latest Siena Poll Results Nippertown's Greg Haymes' June Musical Selections http://wamc.org/post/nippertowns-greg-haymes-june-musical-selections <p></p><p>Nippertown's Greg Haymes visits with his June musical selections. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:45:00 +0000 Brian Shields 92544 at http://wamc.org Nippertown's Greg Haymes' June Musical Selections