Mark Herz

WSHU All Things Considered host, senior editor

Mark started his romance with journalism in his last year at Yale, where he majored in linguistics. Then, it was on to Columbia for a M.S. at the Graduate School of Journalism, where he reported from ground zero on Sept. 11. A Connecticut native, he was also a newspaper and public radio reporter for a time in Northern Arizona. Mark has won numerous state, regional, and national awards for both his reporting and interviewing. During his time at WSHU he's won national awards in 2013 and 2012. And in 2011, he won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for his series, "Policing the Mentally Ill.”

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New York lawmakers have ended one of the state’s most turbulent legislative sessions. It was marked by the resignation of both its leaders over federal corruption scandals.

The session dragged on for an extra week as Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senate leader John Flanagan spent days negotiating agreements on several contentious key issues, like the state's property tax cap and an education tax credit.

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New York State Government is famous for its “three men in a room” way of doing business.  The three men are the Governor, the Assembly Speaker, and the Leader of the State Senate. 

This week there’s a new incarnation of the three men in a room.   

That’s because Republican Dean Skelos of Long Island resigned as leader of the state senate on Monday after being brought up on federal corruption charges.   He was replaced by a fellow Long Islander, Republican John Flanagan. 

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The winter storm that hit the region brought more than two feet of snow to the East End of Long Island and parts of Southeastern Connecticut.

New York officials say storm cleanup equipment is being moved to Eastern Long Island, where it's needed most.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that about 500 pieces of equipment, including plows, dump trunks, and front end loaders were on their way to Suffolk County from New York City and the mid-Hudson Valley.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Tuesday it will take a few days to get all that snow cleared out.

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Peter, Paul and Mary, the iconic folk group of the 1960s, were renowned for their harmonies and their activism.  The group has a new book out,  Peter, Paul and Mary: 50 Years of Music and Life.

WSHU's Mark Herz spoke with Peter Yarrow about the group and its legacy.

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In December of 2013, an engineer fell asleep while driving a Metro-North train in the Bronx.  It derailed, killing 4 people. 

The NTSB released a report on Wednesday with safety recommendations.  Among those recommendations is that railroads should routinely screen employees who perform "safety-sensitive" functions for sleep disorders.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says they've made the recommendation to regulators of all transportation industries. He says, for example, it’s been helpful for the trucking industry.

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