The Capitol Connection

Thursdays 3:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m.

Maybe you voted for them and maybe you didn't, but either way, what they do and how they think affects you. Each week on The Capitol Connection, you can keep yourself abreast of political developments and gain a little insight into how New York State's politicians think when you listen in as political scientist Dr. Alan Chartock holds conversations with members from the Assembly and Senate, and other political movers and shakers.

Provocative topics, tough questions, spontaneity, and a casual low-key format make The Capitol Connection one of WAMC's most listened-to offerings. Tune in Thursdays at 3 PM, Saturdays at 5:30 AM. and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM on HD2 on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. The program is also carried on stations across New York State. Check your local listings for the time and frequency. 

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(Airs 12/18/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 12/1/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by J.P. Miller, Founder and Publisher of Empire Report New York.com, an online aggregator of New York State political news. Find out more at www.empirereportnewyork.com

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

(Airs 11/24/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock sits down for a conversation with New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

Comptroller DiNapoli.
Photo by Pat Bradley

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a 1,600-word statement last week outlining his priorities for various state-level ethics reforms for the upcoming legislative session that begins in January. This follows years of scandal at the state capitol in Albany, including a current investigation into the executive chamber. Part of Cuomo’s plan calls for new positions to oversee SUNY and CUNY contracts. That job used to belong to the New York state comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, who has had a testy relationship with the governor. DiNapoli is the guest on this week’s Capitol Connection with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

(Airs 11/17/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ed Cox, Chair of the New York State Republican Committee.

Ed Cox
NYS GOP

With the results of last week’s race still reverberating across the political landscape, President-elect Donald Trump has begun putting together his administration. Come January, the GOP will control the White House and both houses of Congress. The party has also expanded its control in statehouses across the country. New York State Republican Party Chair Ed Cox discusses the results on this week’s Capitol Connection program with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

(Airs 11/10/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

(Airs 11/3/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News.

(10/27/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock in conversation with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

(Airs 10/20/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Politico.

(Airs 10/13/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Casey Seiler, State Editor and Albany Bureau Chief for the Albany Times Union.

(Airs 10/6/16) Host Alan Chartock in conversation with Newsday Albany Bureau Chief Yancey Roy.

(Airs 9/29/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Casey Seiler, State Editor and Capital Bureau Chief for the Albany Times Union.

(Airs 9/22 & 9/24/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 9/15/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by J.P. Miller, Founder and Publisher of Empire Report New York, an online aggregator for New York state political news. You can find out more at www.empirereportnewyork.com

(Airs 9/8/16) Host Alan Chartock speaks with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

(Airs 9/1/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Brandon Muir, Executive Director of The Reclaim New York Center for Government Reform and Accountability.

(Airs 8/25/16) Host Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

(Airs 8/18/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

GOP Chair Ed Cox
GOP Chair Ed Cox

(Airs 8/11/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief and columnist for The New York Daily News.

(Airs 7/28 & 7/30/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Jesse McKinley, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Times.

(Airs 7/21/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by John Faso, Former New York State Assembly Minority Leader and Republican Candidate for the 19th Congressional District seat.

(Airs 7/14/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 7/7/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Casey Seiler, State Editor and Capitol Bureau Chief for the Albany Times Union. 

(Airs 6/30 & 7/2/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Chisun Lee Senior Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she works on campaign finance reform and voting rights, and is the lead author of a new report that examines secret money in the political process.

(Airs 6/23/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Rick Karlin, Capitol Bureau reporter and blogger for the Albany Times Union.

(Airs 6/16 & 6/18/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 6/10/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

Leader Brian Kolb and Alan Chartock
WAMC

Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

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