Blair Horner

WAMC News
12:12 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Moreland Report Condemns NY Board Of Elections

Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

Among the many recommendations contained in the report from the Moreland Commission is one to dismantle the New York State Board of Elections, which the commission members called an abject failure in its oversight and enforcement of state election laws. The board would be replaced by a new watchdog agency to be headed by a person appointed for a five-year term by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The Board of Elections, and the Moreland Commission report, was the topic of discussion on WAMC’s capitol connection program with Alan Chartock, and Blair Horner, the legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Blair Horner: Regulating E-Cigarettes

Last week, legislation was introduced in New York City to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Blair Horner: Albany's Historic Opportunity For Reform

By December 1st, Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption is supposed to release its interim report.  The 25 member Commission was appointed earlier this year by the governor to examine New York State’s laws regulating public officials’ ethics as well as its campaign financing system.

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WAMC News
6:41 am
Wed October 30, 2013

WAMC's Alan Chartock In Conversation With Blair Horner

On this week’s Capitol Connection, our Alan Chartock asks Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group about one of the six ballot questions New Yorkers will vote on next Tuesday – specifically, question as to whether certain judges in New York should be allowed to serve up to ten years after the age of 70 …

NYPIRG’s Blair Horner on this week’s capitol connection which you can hear tomorrow afternoon at 3.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Blair Horner: Weak Regulations Fail To Protect Children

One year ago, Governor Cuomo signed a law prohibiting the use of indoor tanning facilities by minors under the age of 17.  The reason that this restriction became law was the mounting evidence that indoor tanning is dangerous – particularly to young people.  The more you indoor tan, the more likely you will get skin cancer.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Tension Between The "Common Core” Education Standards And Fit Children

Last week’s big news included the release of New York students’ academic test performance.  The news was grim:  Statewide, less than a third of the students in third through eighth grade were proficient in math and English.  And in some areas, only a tiny fraction passed: On the reading exams, a mere 5.4 percent of Rochester students passed, 8.7 percent of Syracuse students passed and 11.5 percent of Buffalo students passed.  In New York City, 27 percent passed English and 30 percent passed math.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Blair Horner: The Anniversary Of NY’s Smoke Free Law

Albany is well known for its overblown promises and rhetorical hype.  Often newly passed laws are promoted as “historic” and criticisms of health reforms paint a picture of the end of civilization as we know it.

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Hudson Valley News
3:22 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Groups to NY Governor: Bolster Funds for Anti-Smoking Programs

Credit Bruce on flickr

A number of cancer organization and anti-smoking groups has penned a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, asking him to bolster what they say are lifesaving programs, and not cut them.  And, the groups contend, for the first time, the programs appear differently in the governor’s proposed budget.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Blair Horner - Good news in an update on fighting cancer

It’s often hard to know how things are going on the cancer-fighting front without looking at health statistics over the long haul.  Annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society provided that insight last week.  In its report, “Cancer Facts & Figures,” the death rate from cancer in the US has fallen 20% from its peak in 1991.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:17 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Blair Horner:

As we look at the 2012 election in the rear view mirror, the nation’s attention now turns to the impact of the re-election of President Obama and the partisan leadership in the Congress.  Last week, Americans kept in place a Democratic majority in the Senate as well as a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

Essentially, the same partisan national leadership structure that existed prior to the election.

What will the election mean to our health care?  It creates both certainty and uncertainty.

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