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Susan Arbetter – Friday, October 19th

11 Oct

Susan Arbetter

“The Midterms, #metoo, and Mobilization: How What’s Happening in DC Could Transform Albany.”

President Trump had already mobilized women to run for office; now the controversy around Judge Kavanaugh has mobilized women to vote. This energy may change some State Senate races that were never in play into probable Democratic wins.  I will explain why suburban women are key here and look into how a future with a Democratic-controlled State Senate — and a lame duck Governor looking for a legacy — could change the political landscape of New York State.

Susan Arbetter is the Emmy Award-winning host and producer of the syndicated public radio program The Capitol Pressroom, which broadcasts live weekdays from Albany and boasts a daily audience of 100,000 listeners. She is also Director of News & Public Affairs for WCNY. Buffalo Rising described Ms. Arbetter as an “interviewer extraordinaire.

She is the recipient of over 30 awards for electronic journalism, including an Emmy Award for Best Public Affairs Series for the television show Insight and four Emmy nominations for Connect: NY. The Capitol Pressroom was awarded the 2016 NYSBA Award for Community. The Women’s Press Club’s bestowed to Ms. Arbetter their “Excellence in Career Achievement Award.” She has been named to City & State’s Annual Power 100 list every year for the past four years.

Susan lives on a hill in Altamont, NY with her husband.

April 27 – Frank Montoya, Jr. – Senior FBI Agent (ret.)

27 Feb

Frank Montoya, Jr. – Senior FBI Agent (ret.)
April 27 at 7pm at Catherine Cummings Theatre 

“FBI Under Siege”

 

Frank Montoya Jr. is a retired FBI special agent with extensive experience in national security matters, having recently served as the government’s top counterintelligence official under the Director of National Intelligence. In his 25-year career with the FBI, Mr. Montoya worked to counter violent crime, assisted in the Robert Hanssen spy case, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation and the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force. He served as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle and Honolulu field offices. His views are regularly sought out by major news networks and publications. Montoya received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Brigham Young University and served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. He lives with his wife in Utah.

Montoya is highly critical of politicians attacking the FBI in connection with the ongoing Russia collusion investigation, having recently told Washington Monthly, “The baseless, unsubstantiated assaults coming from the ultra-conservative wing of Congress not only risks undermining public trust, which the FBI is dependent upon to do its job, but puts the rule of law at risk.”

 

The Global Refugee Crisis — Ambassador Mark C. Storella

16 Aug

“The Global Refugee Crisis”

Ambassador Mark C. Storella

Friday, September 8, at 7:00pm

Ambassador Mark Storella, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, has a longstanding commitment to humanitarian affairs and human rights. He joined the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in June 2016 with responsibility for admission of refugees to the United States and refugee programming in the Near East and Asia regions.
Ambassador Storella previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Brussels where he was deeply involved in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts. As U.S. Ambassador to Zambia 2010-2013, he oversaw $450 million in development assistance, with a focus on innovative health and governance programs. Ambassador Storella was the Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Baghdad from 2009-2010 and served as Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs and subsequently as Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission in Geneva from 2006-2009. In that capacity, he engaged with over 50 UN agencies and international organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration and the International Federation of the Red Cross. From 2001-2003, Ambassador Storella was adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on humanitarian action.
Ambassador Storella was Deputy Chief of Mission in Cambodia and Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department; he also served on the Japan and NATO desks and was posted in Bangkok, Paris and Rome.
Ambassador Storella is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. He is also the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award presented by American Citizens Abroad and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Excellence in Service Award. His languages are French, Khmer, Italian and Thai. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has written on such diverse topics as multilateral arms control and humanitarian action in conflict situations. Ambassador Storella is married with two sons.