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Episode 5: Rolling Up Our Sleeves with Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter

The episode is on iTunes.

And on Patreon, where we need your support!

What are we eating and drinking?

Roger: Ommegang Pale Sour

Andrea: Coffee in lieu of bloody mary

What's new?

Andrea: At the Militarism Feminism Conference in Vienna, Austria

Roger: Defense Entrepreneurs Forum & DEFxDC

What's going on in Upstate New York?

Federal primary results from June 26th

Primaries we had our eyes on:

LGen Darryl A. Williams will become West Point's first black Superintendent in the institution's 216-year history

A recent RAND Corporation study found that less than 3% of New York health care providers are fully equipped to meet veterans’ needs. What can you do as a veteran in Upstate NY? If you're using VA Choice or seeing a non-VA doctor, tell them that you are a veteran! It could save your life and your pocketbook.

What's going on across the nation that impacts veterans?

Some disappointing news out of the Supreme Court

Even more disappointing news from the Supreme Court

The military being asked to construct internment camps for immigrants and children

Harley-Davidson moving production overseas due to the Trump Tariffs

Burn pit lawsuit thrown out

Consider signing up for a digital subscription of the Capital Gazette after the June 28 shooting

How to stay strong despite bad news lately, from Roger:


  • Robert Harding: for his awesome coverage of all things Upstate NY politics both on Twitter and The Auburn Citizen. Also, follow his new podcast, Eye on NY.

  • Campaign volunteers! You are the mitochondria (the powerhouse!) of our democracy - without your tireless work and support, good candidates wouldn’t come out and run for office, and citizens wouldn’t have a democracy worth fighting for. Keep up the press - even during these hot summer months, as we prepare for a righteous fall.

Our guest:

State Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter (NY-128)

Pamela Hunter is an Upstate NY native and a U.S. Army veteran, honorably discharged with a commendation medal and two achievement medals. Pamela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Strayer College in Washington DC with concentrations in Human Resources and Computer Information Systems. She has a Professional Certification in Human Resources. She represents the southern and eastern portions of the City of Syracuse, as well as the surrounding towns of Dewitt, Onondaga, Salina and the Onondaga Nation.

Prior to her election to the NYS Assembly in 2015, Pamela served on the Syracuse Common Council for three years and chaired the Public Safety Committee. She has broad professional experience having held executive positions with nonprofit organizations and professional service firms and has served the community on various boards including Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels and the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency.

Pamela is the only female veteran in the state Legislature, giving her unique insight as ¬chair of the Assembly Subcommittee on Women Veterans, working to expand access to benefits and services and improve job opportunities for women who’ve served our country. She also serves on the Energy, Insurance, Social Services, Transportation, and Veteran Affairs’ Committees, and is a member of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislators and Women’s Caucuses.

This year, Hunter authored legislation to provide assistance to tenants, protect the environment and aide veterans in employment.

Pamela is passionate about building a better future for Central New York. She believes that good jobs, improved schools and increased public safety will enhance quality of life and lead to stronger communities and greater success.

She lives in Syracuse with her husband and son.

Our theme music!

"Hudson River Dreamboat" performed by the Special Pillow, written by Dan Cuddy (c) Superb Rain Songs (BMI), administered by Rough Trade Publishing. The tune is covered under a Creative Commons license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/