Brian Shields

New York News
12:40 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

From Community Gardens To Capital Roots

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What began four decades ago as simple garden plots in city neighborhoods has grown into an organization that now not only grows fresh food, but delivers it to people in urban neighborhoods, and also provides nutritional information for young people. To reflect their growth, Capital District Community Gardens recently changed its name to Capital Roots. Amy Klein is the Executive Director.

New York News
12:40 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

NY Immigration Coalition Lobbying For DREAM Act In Albany

Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition

The DREAM Act has once again passed the state Assembly in Albany. But once again the measure's future in the state Senate is uncertain. Supporters of the DREAM Act, which would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to receive college tuition assistance from the state, are more optimistic this year of the bill making it to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk. Steven Choi, the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, is in Albany today for a rally and lobbying.

New York News
12:20 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Agriculture Commissioner Discusses $20 Million Farmland Budget

Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball.

When people think business in New York, they may think Wall Street or corporations such as General Electric and IBM, but farming is a major economic engine in the state. New York’s Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball is in the Hudson Valley today, in Kingston at the Farm to Table Co-Packers, to promote a $20 million provision in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget to protect farmland in the Hudson Valley. Ball says the major threat to farms in the Hudson Valley is commercial and residential development.

New York News
12:41 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

McCoy Details Plans From Annual Address

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There is a vacant space at the Albany County Nursing Home in the town of Colonie, but under a plan outlined last night by the county executive, that space could be used by the Albany Medical Center. The plan was detailed in the State of the County speech by County Executive Dan McCoy.

12:35 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia Discusses Budget Cuts

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Like most other cities, Troy, New York is dealing with tight finances. In his recent State of the City Address, Mayor Lou Rosamilia detailed budget cuts in city departments, along with several other measures, including a parking ticket amnesty to raise revenue. But luckily for Troy, this cold and snowy winter has not yet depleted the snow removal budget, according to Rosamilia.

12:35 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy Launches Mental Health Center

As a member of the nation’s most prominent political family, Patrick Kennedy has enjoyed the privileges that come with wealth and recognition. But Patrick Kennedy is also familiar with the pain and stigma felt by families across the nation dealing with mental illness. Patrick Kennedy is bipolar, and a recovering alcoholic, a condition that came to national attention after an early morning accident in Washington, D.C. in May of 2006 when he served in Congress. Now out of politics, Patrick Kennedy is devoting his attention to mental health, and has formed the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research in Washington, in partnership with former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and Morehouse College. Kennedy says one of the goals is to end the stigma of mental health.

12:33 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Maud Dahme Takes Part In Kristallnacht Event

Maud Dahme had a childhood that no young person should ever experience. At the age of six, two years after the Nazis invaded Holland, Dahme and her 4-year-old sister Rita, were taken in by two Christian families to survive . They lived with new identities for three years, until 1945 when the war ended and they were reunited with their parents. Maud Dahme’s story is told in the film The Hidden Child, which will be shown this Thursday night at 7 at Page Hall at the University at Albany.  Maud Dahme will be there. She now lives in New Jersey and spends her days as a Holocaust educator.

New York News
12:35 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Nader: New York Greens Have Best Ideas

Ralph Nader was part of the campaign this fall in New York's 21st House district, which covers a large area of northern New York. Republican Elise Stefanik, Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello are vying for the seat to be left open by the retirement of Democrat Bill Owens. Nader says Funiciello has the right platform for the district.

3:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Sage President Scrimshaw: Use Ebola As Teachable Moment

Dr. Scrimshaw
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The president of the Sage Colleges says Ebola has become a teachable moment. Dr. Susan Scrimshaw is an expert in the field of public health and spoke with WAMC News the day after the first confirmed case in New York.

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12:34 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Dr. Rena Jones On Ebola's Arrival In U.S.

Dr. Rena Jones

Health officials in Texas say they have contacted 80 people who may have had direct or indirect contact with a man from Liberia who is now being treated in Dallas for Ebola. Thomas Eric Duncan came down with the symptoms  while visiting his family in Texas. So is Ebola a true health threat to the U.S., or are the media overreacting? For more, WAMC News spoke with Dr. Rena Jones, an epidemiologist and faculty member in the school of health sciences at Excelsior College.