The Capitol Connection

Thursdays, 3:00 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 am

Maybe you voted for them and maybe you didn't, but either way, what they do and how they think affects you. 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... New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...Governor Andrew Cuomo....Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos...Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.... members from the Assembly and Senate, and others... each week on The Capitol Connection.

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 Fridays at 10:30 pm on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, a repeat broadcast on Saturdays at 1pm. The program is also carried on stations across New York State. Check your local listings for the time and frequency. 

Ian Pickus produces this program. You may reach him at 800.323.9262 ext. 157. 
CDs of the program are available by calling: 800.323.9262

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Capitol Connection
3:58 am
Sat May 31, 2008

The Capitol Connection #822

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News. They'll talk about Governor David Paterson's plan to cut state spending, politicians using state police for political gain, and which party stands to gain the most from the November elections. They'll also talk about how Governor Paterson differs from Eliot Spitzer and much more.

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Capitol Connection
4:18 am
Sat May 24, 2008

The Capitol Connection #821

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz. Alan asks Assemblyman Ortiz about some of the unpopular bills he's sponsored over the years including banning the use of cell phones while driving and requiring restaurants to post nutrition information on menus. They'll also talk about his latest controversial ideas including legislation to prevent DWI's, a bill to prevent domestic violence and much more.

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Capitol Connection
1:10 am
Sat May 17, 2008

The Capitol Connection #820

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Miringoff talks about recent polling data showing New York voters are unhappy about the slowing economy and rising gas prices. We'll find out what New Yorkers think about Governor David Paterson so far. They'll also talk about presidential politics and the 2008 elections.

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Capitol Connection
2:45 am
Sat May 10, 2008

The Capitol Connection #819

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco. Tedisco addresses the rumors that he may be interested in seeking statewide office in 2010. He'll also explain why suspending the state's sales tax on gasoline is a good idea and what should be done to prevent unnecessary Thruway toll increases. They'll also talk about reforming Rockefeller Drug Laws, public financing of campaigns and the challenges of balancing the state budget.

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Capitol Connection
2:01 am
Sat May 3, 2008

The Capitol Connection #818

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. We'll find out what the Assembly Speaker thinks about the proposal to suspend the state's sales tax on gasoline. They'll also talk about a possible property tax cap, pay raises for state judges, presidential politics and much more.

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Capitol Connection
2:05 am
Fri April 25, 2008

The Capitol Connection #817

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Judith Enck, Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the Paterson Administration. Enck talks about the transition to Governor David Paterson and what action the new governor has taken on environmental issues since taking office. They'll also talk about new support for an expanded bottle bill, the forest fire at the Minnewaska State Park and much more.

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Capitol Connection
2:26 am
Sat April 19, 2008

The Capitol Connection #816

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jay Gallagher, Albany Bureau Chief for Gannett News Service. Alan and Jay discuss Governor David Paterson's handling of the budget process and the news about his relatively small charitable contributions. They'll also talk about why Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blocked a vote on congestion pricing and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political plans after he leaves office.

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Capitol Connection
3:52 am
Mon April 14, 2008

The Capitol Connection #815

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Senator Neil Breslin. Senator Breslin is currently serving his 6th term in the legislature. He and Alan talk about the transition from Eliot Spitzer to Governor David Paterson, the future of the state Senate, redistricting and much more. Senator Breslin also shares his thoughts on the recently passed state budget.

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Capitol Connection
8:27 am
Sat April 5, 2008

The Capitol Connection #814

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. We'll get an update on the progress of budget negotiations and how much revenue will be coming into New York. DiNapoli is proposing a stricter debt cap to reduce borrowing. We'll also hear about the condition of dams in the state, audits of school districts and much more.

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Capitol Connection
10:56 am
Sat March 29, 2008

The Capitol Connection #813

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Steven Greenberg, spokesman for the Siena Research poll. Greenberg talks about the results of a new poll which asked New York voters about Governor David Paterson, Eliot Spitzer, Michael Bloomberg and other politicians in the state. They'll also talk about the polling process and how politicians use the information gathered from polls.

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