Former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch is denying published reports that he had a transition speech in the ready in anticipation that David Paterson might step down as governor. Ravitch, who served as Lt. Gov. in 2009 and 2010, has has a long career in the public and private sectors including banking, construction, as chair of the New York State Urban Development Corp., and chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He has often walked into troubled fiscal situations that few others would envy. Ravitch will speak at Albany Law School April 22 on the fiscal challenges facing local governments. Ravitch will also sign his new book, So Much To Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics And Confronting Fiscal Crises.
Do women have a special role when it comes to protecting and nourishing the environment? That will be the subject of a talk this afternoon by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, who will deliver the Women of Influence in Politics lecture at the Bush Memorial Center at Sage College in Troy, New York at 1 p.m.
Many states including New York and Massachusetts use tax credits and other incentives to bring in TV and film productions, but what about the men and women who write the scripts and screenplays? An effort is under way in Albany to extend those tax breaks to film and TV writers in New York with an emphasis on women and minorities. Lowell Peterson is the executive director of the Writers Guild of America East, the organization lobbying for the tax credits.
With heavy snow expected, utility crews across northern New York and parts of Vermont are getting ready for what could be hours of repair and restoration work. With a series of severe weather events in recent years, power providers across the region have updated their plans to get ready for and respond to weather, and in some cases, man-made disasters. The New York Power Authority CEO, Gil Quiniones, spoke to WAMC about those changes. He says after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, the Power Authority came up with 26 recommendations to improve communications during storms as part of its Lessons Learned Project.
Revised numbers out today show Massachusetts added 55,200 jobs last year, almost all of them in the private sector. State officials say it is the largest number of new jobs in a December-to-December period since 2000. The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in January. The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rachel Kaprielian, said the job gains were varied.
A freshman state lawmaker says there is growing support for a bill that would strip the pension benefits from any elected official in New York, or state employee, who is convicted of a felony that’s a violation of their public duties. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by White Plains Democrat David Buchwald.
Today is higher education day at the State Capitol in Albany. SUNY faculty and students are urging the legislature and the governor to boost funding for the system. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke about the lobbying effort with SUNY professor Dr. Eileen Landy, Secretary of the Faculty Union, UUP, and SUNY student Rita Yelda.
The deadly violence continues in Ukraine with unconfirmed reports of up to 70 deaths today in Kiev as protestors clash with government forces. For a closer look at the reasons behind the events in the former Soviet Republic, WAMC spoke with Dr. Nadieszda Kizenko, associate professor in the University at Albany history department. Kizenko says despite media reports in the West, there is much more behind the revolt beside public opposition to closer ties with Russia rather than Europe.
Those health warnings on the side of a package or carton of cigarettes are well-established and have become more severe and graphic over the years. That warning from the Surgeon General was the result of a landmark 1964 report by the Surgeon General, establishing a link between cigarettes and heart disease and cancer. Fifty years later, the acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, says progress has been made, but smoking remains a serious health problem.