(Google) Survey Says…

What can’t Google do?

Well, at this time, it might not be the best source for election poll information, according to Dr. Don Levy, director of the Siena Research Institute.

He joined Poozer Politics to talk about the benefits and challenges of online surveys, including the possibility of Facebook polls, and explored the generic ballot question, which pollsters use to predict control of Congress.

Levy also hinted at an exciting new project for the Siena Research Institute and the first Poozer Politics poll is teased.

Don’t miss previous conversations with Levy, including an episode on likely voters and an episode that addressed the future of polling. Continue reading “(Google) Survey Says…”

EXTRA EXTRA: A Primary Win, Loss and a Tar Heel

If at first you don’t succeed, maybe an Assembly seat will open up.

Four years after an unsuccessful bid to be the Democratic nominee for an open-congressional seat in the Capital Region, Phil Steck was victorious in an effort to be his party’s representative in a race for the 110th Assembly District (Spoiler Alert: He still has that seat).

For a bonus episode of Poozer Politics, to celebrate Primary Day, we turned to the assemblyman for insights about these unique electoral bouts. He shared stories about his past primary campaigns, reflected on mistakes, and explained his endorsement from Sam Perkins.

Steck also talked about his affinity for door-to-door campaigning, the role of endorsements, and fundraising. Continue reading “EXTRA EXTRA: A Primary Win, Loss and a Tar Heel”

New York Regulations Target Cyber Crimes

You don’t listen to this podcast and the story ends. You believe whatever you want to believe about the safety of your personal information with your bank or insurance company.

You listen to this episode, you stay in Poozerland, and Josefa Velasquez explains everything about New York’s new cyber security regulations for financial institutions.

The enacted rules from the state’s Department of Financial Services set minimum standards for cyber security, including a shorter timetable for reporting a breach in security. Josefa breaks down the rationale for the regulations, talks about how they were crafted and highlights the possible global ramifications.

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Debt 101: Paying Today’s Bills (Tomorrow)

Everyone knows a Lannister always pays their debts and that Bruce Springsteen has debts that no honest man can pay, but how much do people know about New York’s debt and the state’s penchant for borrowing billions of dollars each year?

E.J. McMahon, research director at the Empire Center for Public Policy, joined Poozer Politics to offer an introductory seminar on borrowing in New York. He put the state’s borrowing practices into perspective, explained how politicians have repeatedly devised new ways to borrow more money and outlined a proposal that would give the voters more direct control over borrowing money.

The conversation touches on a failed referendum in 1992, highlights the state’s favorite slush fund and explores Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s legacy of debt.  Continue reading “Debt 101: Paying Today’s Bills (Tomorrow)”

A Decent Proposal

Don’t forget to turn over your ballot this November.

The back has three referendums for voters, including a proposal to amend the state constitution’s “Forever Wild” clause. This amendment creates a land bank that is designed to preserve the unique nature of the Adirondacks and Catskills and meet the needs of the people who live in these protected areas.

Jessica Ottney Mahar, policy director of The Nature Conservancy in New York, came on the podcast to make the case for the amendment, talked about the history of “Forever Wild,” and answered personal questions about her cooking habits (SPOILER: Xantham Gum!). The conservation touched on the unique challenges facing people living in forest preserve lands, the first land bank for protected areas that was created in 1957 and what she would underline in the state constitution.

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