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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No Such Thing as Free Paid-Family Leave

Paid-family leave was adopted in New York last year with all the fanfare (and details) of a 2020 presidential launch, but now we’re in the nitty-gritty implementation phase and there are a lot of questions.

Frank KerbeinFrank Kerbein, a member of the legislative affairs team for the Business Council of New York State, joined Poozer Politics to answer some of those questions and provide some perspective about the history of family leave.

He outlined the push by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to adopt paid-family leave in 2016, explained how the program is funded and described the potential benefits. Kerbein also highlighted the potential challenges with implementation, which could lead to fewer weeks of leave and higher costs to employees. Continue reading “No Such Thing as Free Paid-Family Leave”

Getting to Know @NYSenate

It takes some research, a prepared word document and an unwavering attention span to live-tweet the state senate session in Albany.

But that’s all in a day’s work for Tom Reale, the director of new media for the senate and the man behind @NYSenate.

He joined Poozer Politics to talk about the mission of the senate’s Twitter account, the challenges of responding to people on social media, and the evolution of his job (Spoiler: emojis!).

Reale also had his knowledge of Twitter handles tested and shed light on his (not so) secret life with RPI hockey, which actually helped prepare him for his current job. Continue reading “Getting to Know @NYSenate”

School’s Out for Freshman Legislator

It was an extraordinary first session for Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou.

Niou joined Poozer Politics to reflect on her first year as a member of the Assembly and talked about the personal toll of the late budget, her approach to the legislative process and accomplishments for her constituents.

She also explored the challenge of delegating power and highlighted some of her plans for the rest of the year. Continue reading “School’s Out for Freshman Legislator”