The Campbell Conversations Every week Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, leads a conversation with a notable guest. Guests include people from Central New York; writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals whose work affects the public life of the community, as well as nationally-prominent figures visiting the region to talk about their work.
The Campbell Conversations

The Campbell Conversations

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Every week Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, leads a conversation with a notable guest. Guests include people from Central New York; writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals whose work affects the public life of the community, as well as nationally-prominent figures visiting the region to talk about their work.More from The Campbell Conversations »

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney talks shared services on the Campbell Conversations

Can local governments in New York better share the services they provide in order to improve quality and to save taxpayer dollars? A provision in this year's state budget calls for counties to develop proposals for greater sharing of services. This week, Grant Reeher talks with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, about the process of sharing services across municipalities.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney talks shared services on the Campbell Conversations

Robert Doucette on the Campbell Conversations

One of the bright spots in the recent history of the city of Syracuse has been the redevelopment of parts of the city's downtown area. One of the primary movers of that revitalization has been Robert Doucette. This week, Doucette joins Grant Reeher to discuss the city, economic development, and the replacement of Interstate 81 through downtown.

Bill Magnarelli on the Campbell Conversations

This week on the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with State Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli (D-Syracuse). They discuss how this year's legislative session worked out, the tendency for governors to wrap legislation into the annual budget, ethics and public confidence in government, as well as the Syracuse mayoral race.

This week on the Campbell Conversations: 'How CNY Works'

Syracuse has some of the most concentrated poverty in the nation. It has also experienced a long term decline of its economic base: manufacturing. What is the city's work climate? This week on the Campbell Conversations, we're joined by the two co-chairs of a recent report by the Onondaga Citizens League, titled "How CNY Works," Melissa Menon and Craig French. Menon is the Talent/Community Engagement Manager at DARCO Manufacturing. French is a retired pastor of the University United Methodist Church in Syracuse.

This week on the Campbell Conversations: Quality housing for the poor in Syracuse

Last Month, NPR and PBS aired reports on two federal programs for low income housing , the low income housing tax credit program and Section 8 housing vouchers. The reports uncovered many shortcomings. This week, we explore how these programs are working in the Syracuse area. We're joined by Paul Driscoll, commissioner of Syracuse's Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, and Stephanie Pasquale, the department's deputy commissioner.

This week on the Campbell Conversations: Quality housing for the poor in Syracuse

Syracuse mayoral candidate Laura Lavine on the Campbell Conversations

Can a Republican candidate still be competitive in the heavily Democratic city of Syracuse? This week on the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Laura Lavine, the Republican candidate for mayor. Lavine has never run for political office, and most recently served superintendent of the LaFayette School District. They discuss her approach to leadership, and some of her more specific policy ideas for the city, as well as the politics of running from the minority party.

Syracuse mayoral candidate Howie Hawkins on the Campbell Conversations

Howie Hawkins has run for many local, regional, and statewide offices. This year he has thrown his hat in the ring again, as Green Party candidate for Syracuse mayor. Many of the ideas he has championed in the past have ultimately been taken up by Democrats, and some have been turned into law—but could this be the election where he will have a more direct say on future policy? Hawkins joins host Grant Reeher on this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. They discuss taxes, education, segregation, fairness, and economic development, and also how Spanish kept the candidate from receiving an Ivy-League degree.

Syracuse mayoral candidate Ben Walsh on the Campbell Conversations

If there was ever a year that an independent candidate might stand a chance of election in a local race, this is it. Dissatisfaction with the two parties and with politics as usual is at a high-water mark. This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher speaks with independent Syracuse mayoral candidate Ben Walsh. The two discuss the issues facing the city, where leadership of the city has gone right and wrong in recent years, and why Walsh is an independent rather than a Republican, like his father and grandfather.

Journalist Steve Featherstone on the Campbell Conversations

In recent years, a number of police shootings of African-American citizens has prompted protests and sharpened the political divide. Could these shootings be a product of newer trends and the way police are trained in a post-9/11 world? This week, Grant Reeher speaks with journalist Steve Featherstone, whose recent article on the topic appeared in the New Republic.

Joanie Mahoney and Bob Antonacci debate government consolidation for Onondaga County

The principal recommendation of the final report of the Consensus Commission on Local Government Modernization is to establish a new municipal form of government for Onondaga County, with a single executive and a 33-seat legislature. There has been much debate on the issue, including a recent debate on the issue at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. This week on the Campbell Conversations, we bring you another debate between one of the biggest supporters of a metropolitan government, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, and one of the biggest detractors, County Comptroller Bob Antonacci. Following the conclusion of the broadcast portion of the debate, Mahoney and Antonacci kept talking for more than 20 minutes. That unaired portion of the debate is below.

Joanie Mahoney and Bob Antonacci debate government consolidation for Onondaga County

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