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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a delegation of about 20 people from different economic sectors on a trade mission to Cuba this week. Among them was Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Garry Douglas. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley his focus was aviation and potential opportunities to open travel between the Plattsburgh International Airport and the island nation.

Top lawmakers and several business leaders from around New York state will join Gov. Andrew Cuomo's trade mission to Cuba.

4/15/15 Panel

Apr 15, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include Cuba off terrorism list; Congress allowed in on Iran; Atlanta educators sentenced; Retiree savings changes; EU Google anti-trust.

4/10/15 Panel

Apr 10, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Scheduled topics include: Cuba may be removed from terror list; Iran nuclear deal; new video released in SC shooting.

Why Cuba Matters

Apr 9, 2015

On December 17th 2014, when the U.S. and Cuba announced they would reestablish diplomatic relations, no one was less surprised than Tom Hayden, who had already set out to assess the historical lead up to normalization in a new book. Hayden’s access and personal history put him in a unique position to offer insight on U.S-Cuban relations, historically and post normalization.

The new book Listen, Yankee: Why Cuba Matters is an account of Cuban politics from a longtime observer of Cuba and, Hayden’s memoir as a U.S revolutionary student leader and founder of Students for a Democratic Society. The book is based in part on conversations between Hayden and Ricardo Alarcón, a top leader of the Cuban revolution, foreign minister, and UN representative.

  It’s a new era of U.S.-Cuba relations.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that from his perch on the Foreign Relations Committee, it was time for a change.

1/20/15 Panel

Jan 20, 2015

 The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include: State of the Union (and do we need one?), Rising economy boosts Obama’s standing, Diplomatic Efforts in Syria, Cuban Deportation, SONY Hacking, New England Patriots and Deflategate.

1/19/15 Panel

Jan 19, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, NYPIRG’s Legislative Director Blair Horner and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include U.S. Lawmakers in Cuba, Panetta on Paris Attacks, Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples, Obama Seeks to Raise Taxes on Wealthy.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

  Just a month after the U.S. government eased travel restrictions on Cuba, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning a trip to the island nation.  

Word came in an official email Saturday - his administration says Cuomo plans to lead a trade mission to Cuba to promote the Empire State, part of a "Global NY" initiative.  

No timetable or itinerary was disclosed.

 Last month it was announced the U.S. embargo on Cuba would be eased and diplomatic relations normalized.

Herbert London: Embracing Our Enemies

Jan 7, 2015

For months the American government has averted its gaze to the nefarious activity of the Iranian government. As the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, one might assume our national policy would be designed to counter this Iranian threat. In fact, it is no longer accurate to describe the war in Syria as conflict between Assad’s regime forces and the rebels. It is a war directed and fought by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah with Assad playing a secondary role.

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