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.

Tune in Thursdays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. 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 7/12/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Alex Camarda, Senior Policy Advisor for Reinvent Albany.

(Airs 7/5/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with J.P. Miller, Founder and Publisher of Empire Report New York - a New York state news aggregation website.

(Airs 6/28/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

(Airs 6/21/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Stephanie Miner, former Mayor of Syracuse, former Co-Chair of the state Democratic Party and current Independent candidate for Governor of New York.

(Airs 6/14/18) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 6/07/18 @ 3p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Jesse Mckinley, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

(Airs 5/31/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with E.J. McMahon -an Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Founder and Research Director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Albany, NY.

(Airs 5/24/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Evan Davis, former Counsel to Governor Mario Cuomo, and current Manager of the Committee to Reform State Government in New York.

(Airs 5/17/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

(Airs 5/10/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Manny Alicandro, a Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General.

(Airs 5/03/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York.

(Airs 4/16/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Dutchess County Executive and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

(Airs 4/19/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovet, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 4/12/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Karen Scharff, Executive Director of Citizen Action and Co-Chair of the Working Families Party.

(Airs 4/5/18 @ 3p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

(Airs 3/29/18 @ 3 p.m. & 3/31/18 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News.

Ken Lovett in the Senate lobby
Sean Ewart ‏ @Sean_S_Ewart

A highly unusual scene played out during a day of closed-door budget negotiations at the state capitol in Albany on Wednesday: Daily News reporter Ken Lovett was detained by New York State Police. Lovett was seen in social media photos being led out of the Senate lobby in handcuffs. 

(Airs 3/22/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.  Joel Giambra is a Republican hopeful for governor who did not receive the party's nomination and is now seeking the Reform Party nomination for governor of New York.

(Airs 3/15/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Bill Lipton, New York State Director of the Working Families party.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group. 

(Airs 3/1/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
NY GOP

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Committee.

(Airs 2/15/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Times Reporter Jesse McKinley.

(Airs 2/8/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

Sen. John DeFrancisco
Sen. John DeFrancisco

(Airs 2/01 @ 3 p.m. & 2/03/18 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with newly announced Republican candidate for governor, State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, from New York's 50th District.

(Airs 1/25/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with the Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) Blair Horner.

(Airs 1/18/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

(Airs 1/11/18  @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

(Airs 1/04/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Chris Churchill, Columnist for the Albany Times Union.

WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the end of the year and what it means for state lawmakers.

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