Kingston, NY – Freshman Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand took the oath of office today in front of a crowd packed into the courthouse of her hometown of Hudson, New York. WAMC's Julia Taylor attended the ceremony and has this report.
Montpelier, VT – The New Year brought a new minimum wage to Vermont workers. The wage increase is based on a new system that is tied to the cost of living. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – Tomorrow, the New York State Senate is expected to re-elect Republican Joe Bruno as majority leader. But a federal investigation of Bruno's business with a lobbyist has sparked controversy within senate ranks. Two republican senators representing the Hudson Valley crystallize that controversy.
Albany, NY – Airs: 12/29/06 and 12/30/06) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's program: State Comptroller Alan Hevisi pleaded guilty to felony, Hospitals react to state lawmakers' list of recommended closures and consolidations, Upstate Commuters to New York City may have an easier way to get to the MetroNorth train station in Poughkeepsie, and our Political Commentator weighs in on two state Senators who are making waves at the Capital.
Albany, NY – On this week's Capitol Connection Alan Chartock talks to Albany County District Attorney David Soares about the recent high profile case involving state Comptroller Alan Hevesi. Soares talks about how the case began with a tip from Hevesi's Republican challenger in the comptrollers race, Chris Callaghan. Soares also talks about the role his office would play in any future corruption investigations as Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer seeks to reform state government and crack down on corruption in Albany.