Campbell Conversations

Interview: John Katko and Dan Maffei

The two candidates running for Congress

Incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko are seeking to represent New York’s 24th District in the House of Representatives. Last month, the New Times invited both candidates to a joint interview; Katko agreed within 24 hours, Maffei has yet to get back to us three weeks later. We’re no longer holding our breath waiting for his reply. However, they both participated in a Campbell Conversation, and this week and next the New Times will publish extended transcripts of that interview. The first part focuses on the campaign and international issues.



Interview: Gene Conway and Toby Shelley

The two candidates running for Onondaga County sheriff

This week’s Campbell Conversation is with the two candidates running for Onondaga County sheriff, Democrat Toby Shelley and Republican Gene Conway. Shelley has had a long career with the Air Force and the National Guard and worked in the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. He runs a family farm and an excavation business in Otisco. Conway is the DeWitt police chief. He worked in the Sheriff’s Department for 24 years and retired as captain of criminal investigations.



Interview: Pavel Baev

An expert on Russian foreign and security policy

Pavel Baev, an expert on Russian foreign and security policy, is a research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He spoke about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.



Interview: Peter Waite and Marsha Tait

(Campbell Conversations) Poverty in the Syracuse region

In a continuation of the Campbell Conversations’ series on poverty, this interview focuses on adult literacy. Peter Waite is the executive vice president of ProLiteracy, an international literacy organization in Syracuse. Marsha Tait is executive director of Literacy CNY, a local literacy organization offering services and expertise. Both have headed the National Coalition for Literacy.



Interview: Tom Buckel and Deborah O’Shea

(Campbell Conversations) Poverty in the Syracuse region

This interview continues the Campbell Conversations' autumn theme of poverty in the Syracuse region. The focus here is on access to civil legal representation. Tom Buckel is the regional managing attorney in the Utica office of the Legal Services Central New York. Deborah O’Shea is the pro-bono coordinator of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.



INTERVIEW: Kevin Frank

This is the first in a series on poverty in the Syracuse area.

This is the first in a series on poverty in the Syracuse area. In upcoming interviews, the Campbell Conversations will explore facets of the problem and what individuals and organizations are doing to try to address it. Kevin Frank is the executive director of the Brady Center, a non-profit ecumenical mission of the Catholic Church. The center works with the homeless, the topic of this interview.



Interview: Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Zephyr Teachout is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary for governor this month. She is a professor at Fordham Law School, and in 2004 she was the director of Internet organizing for the Howard Dean presidential campaign. She has been national director of the Sunlight Foundation.



Interview: Randi Bregman

Randi Bregman is the executive director of Vera House

Randi Bregman is the executive director of Vera House, in Syracuse, a human service agency focused on domestic abuse and sexual violence. She’s also co-chair of the Syracuse-area Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition and serves on the policy committee of the state Coalition Against Sexual Assault.



Interview: Mayor Miner and County Exec. Mahoney pt. 3

Leadership and politics in Syracuse

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner have appeared on the Campbell Conversations program before. This is the last of three parts in which they participate together. This week, they discuss leadership and politics in Syracuse.



Interview: Mayor Miner and County Exec. Mahoney pt. 2

This is the second of three parts in which Mayor Stephanie Minor and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney participate together. (Part 2)

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner have both appeared on the Campbell Conversation program before. This is the second of three parts in which they participate together.