WGXC Morning Show: Amy Jones, Richard Rifkin
90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley and wgxc.org/listen everywhere
Hosted by Tom Roe in Acra.
A number of statements have come out addressing the police dismantling of a tent encampment at the Albany Police Department's South Station last week. We hear what two factions in the Common Council had to say, as well as from activist Amy Jones, who had been seeking to negotiate deescalation right up until the city made its move on Thursday afternoon. Plus, every ten years following the U.S. Census, states must redraw lines that divide communities into legislative districts. New lines are drawn to ensure that each voter in a shifting population has equal representation in congressional, state Senate and state Assembly districts. Because the stakes are so high, the process is fraught with political influence. In 2014, New York voters approved a constitutional amendment establishing an independent redistricting commission that is set to take over the redistricting process beginning this year. In the first of a multi-part series on New York's redistricting process, WOOC correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Richard Rifkin, former Legal Director at the Government Law Center at Albany Law School and current member of the Albany County League of Women Voters, and the county's delegate on redistricting to the League of Women Voters of New York State (LWVNYS). Richard and Corinne talked about the basics of redistricting, the origin of the term "gerrymandering," and fairness in the process. LWVNYS is holding a People's Hearing on New York State Redistricting on Thursday, April 29 from 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. Listeners can find out more about the Hearing by visiting the Facebook page for the League of Women Voters of NYS.
The WGXC Morning Show is a radio magazine show featuring local news, interviews with community leaders and personalities, reports on cultural issues, a rundown of public meetings and local and regional events, with weather updates, and more about and for the community, made mostly through volunteers in the community through WGXC. The Catskill Makers Syndicate produce the "Better Weather" for the show. Rob Gelles produces the Columbia County history segment "Rob Around The County" and "This Month in History" for the show. Julia Joern produced the "Hudson Valley Word of Mouth" interview segment each week. The "WGXC Congressional Report" also airs here. Some reports come from our partner station, WOOC-LP in Troy, out of The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Tom Roe also cuts up local and national news with songs and sounds for the show. At 9 a.m. "The WGXC Daily," with local headlines, weather, and previews of community events, airs. At 10 a.m., national headlines from Public News Service are on WGXC. Sometimes national, state, or local press conferences, meetings, or events are broadcast live here.