ALBANY (WKSG) – President Donald Trump, who’s never been very popular in New York, has reached an all-time low in the opinions of voters, according to a new poll. According to the Siena College survey, Trump is viewed unfavorably by about two-thirds — 65 percent — of New Yorkers, with only his core base of some of the state’s Republicans still standing by the president. Sixty-three percent of registered GOP members who were surveyed believe Trump is doing an excellent or good job in office. Only about a quarter of New Yorkers overall like the president’s job performance, and 57 percent say he’s doing a “poor job” in office, said Siena’s Steve Greenberg. “There’s a lot of dissatisfaction with what’s going on in Washington, D.C., right now,” Greenberg said.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A bill to expand gambling and raise sorely-needed revenue is moving on to the House, after passing swiftly through the Senate this week. Gaming has been a sticky issue for the legislature for several sessions, and the latest bill is expected to face pushback from several factions of House lawmakers. The Senate-passed bill would chiefly legalize and regulate internet gambling. It would also let Pennsylvanians buy lottery tickets and bet on fantasy sports online, and fix a law that dictates how casinos pay out fees to their local communities. House spokesman Steven Miskin noted, lawmakers in his chamber are still divided. Many want remote gaming terminals to be allowed in bars and taverns, for instance.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A bipartisan group of legislative leaders has been working on a major proposal to change how state employee pensions are structured. The commonwealth’s roughly $70 billion unfunded pension liability has been dogging lawmakers for years. But the plan most likely to move forward won’t attempt to reduce that debt significantly. Instead, leaders say the measure will look similar to one they attempted to pass last session, which disintegrated without a vote because Democrats refused to support it. It would give state employees a few retirement options to choose from, including a 401k-style plan and two defined benefit/defined contribution hybrids.
The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble ends its season with music of Bach and Mendelssohn, and with the premiere of a new work by Mark J. Connor, as well as a new work, a waltz, by one of the orchestra members. Music Director Uli Speth joins us to talk about the orchestra’s past season and about the website where you can find more information. http://wskg.org/audio/ldye0604.mp3
Fan-favorite Arthur series presents a one-hour movie event on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 6:30am and 5:00pm on WSKG TV! In this all-new Arthur movie event, D.W.’s fifth birthday doesn’t go the way she’d always imagined it would and she decides to escape to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium – but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him 4 years into the future! Want in on the celebration? Download and print this fabulous D.W. mask and bring it to the viewing party when you tune in to this new episode!:
Thank you to the students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year. Our judging committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Mason McCarthy | My Dog
2nd Place | Nico Romo | The Brave and Dangerous Lion
3rd Place | Felicity Clarke | My Trip to NYC
1st Place | Maya Stankevich | Sophie
2nd Place | Alice Svinolobova | The Flower and the Raindrop
3rd Place | Frances Miller | My Trip to New York City
1st Place | Hudson Scaglione | The Beautiful Great Barrier Reef
2nd Place | Kyleigh Weiland | Adventures of the Treasure Coast
3rd Place | Stella Guccia | The Star Who Didn’t Want to Be in the Sky
Honorable Mention | Heyan Chung | The Last Salute
1st Place | Sidra El Ghissassi | The Field Trip
2nd Place | Nehemiah Jahn | Traveling Days
3rd Place | Clara Paasch | By the Light of the Moon
1st Place | Inaaya Sethi | Save PBS: Monsters to the Rescue
2nd Place | Gwen Zimmerman | Fullout
3rd Place | Anthony Mazzatti | Excerpt From: Barry Sneers New Kid
Honorable Mention | Rui Jiang | Basketball Fears
1st Place | Laura Klotzkin | The Puzzle of Life
2nd Place | Keyahn Sethi | Immigrants: Making America Great Again
3rd Place | Ian Chung | World War Two
Honorable Mention | Riley Dollard | The Enchanted Soul
1st Place | Neema Baddam | I’m Still Here
2nd Place | Asiya Patel | Who’s Done it This Time? Special thanks to the Four County Library System, George F. Johnson Public Library, MaryAnn Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles.
Workers at the Kraft-Heinz factory in Steuben County can keep their jobs a little longer. Kraft was going to start shutting down on May 26 if they couldn’t find a buyer, but there’s some interest. It’s not publicly known who the interested buyers are, but a spokesman with Kraft, Michael Mullen, said they’re optimistic they’ll reach a deal by the end of the summer. “We are extending the term of employment for 330 of our Campbell employees through August 23,” said Mullen, in a statement. In February, Kraft had announced layoffs for 330 employees.
Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol to gain support in the state Senate to adopt a statewide single-payer health care system. It would be an alternative to the national Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump have been trying to dismantle. A New York-based single-payer health care program has been approved numerous times in the state Assembly. Assemblyman Phil Steck, who represents portions of Albany and Schenectady and is one of the bill’s most staunch supporters, said it would simply build on the existing Medicare system for Americans 65 and older. “This bill just extends that system to the entire population,” Steck said when the bill was passed in the Assembly on May 16. The idea seems straightforward, but supporters say they know there would be challenges to implementing a statewide single-payer plan.
The Ithaca-based musical group Answer the Muse has performances coming up at Oquaga Lake, at the Ithaca Festival, and at the Faerie Festival. We hear from founders Jai Hari Meyerhoff and Susan Ceili Murphy about how the group got started, their multi-faceted performances, and the wide range of venues they play. http://www.wskg.org/audio/muse.mp3
After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the beleaguered group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate is trying to change the subject. The eight-member Independent Democratic Conference has been the target of some bad headlines lately because some of its members have accepted stipend payments of $12,500 to $18,000 for chairing committees when they were in fact the vice chairs, a position that does not legally entitle a senator to extra pay, or “lulus.” The IDC’s leader, Sen. Jeff Klein, has said repeatedly that it’s all legal. “We’re within the law,” Klein said on May 16. And the Republicans who control the Senate with the help of the IDC agree.