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
10:13 am
Sat August 30, 2008

The Capitol Connection #835

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jay Gallagher, Albany Bureau Chief for the Gannett News Service and author of the book "The Politics of Decline." They'll talk about the state's financial troubles and the special legislative session held last week to address the budget shortfall. They'll also talk about which party will control the state senate after the elections and whether state government is functioning better or worse than in the past.

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Capitol Connection
10:07 am
Fri August 22, 2008

The Capitol Connection #834

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Richard Iannuzzi, President of New York State United Teachers Union (NYSUT). Iannuzzi will be traveling to Denver for the Democratic National Convention and talks about what role he'll play there. They'll talk about the ongoing debate over a property tax cap and why the union opposes it. They'll also talk about control of the New York State Senate, the No Child Left Behind Act and much more.

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Capitol Connection
3:11 am
Sat August 16, 2008

The Capitol Connection #833

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Medicaid Inspector General, James Sheehan. They'll talk about efforts to recover the tens of millions of dollars lost each year to Medicaid fraud. They'll also talk about Governor David Paterson's proposal to reduce Medicaid funding and what effect the cuts might have. Sheehan shares some of the worst cases of fraud he's seen and explains why the state spends so much money on Medicaid.

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Capitol Connection
2:21 am
Fri August 8, 2008

The Capitol Connection #832

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. They'll talk about the fiscal challenges facing the state in the years ahead and what should be done to fix the problem. As the sole trustee of the state pension fund, DiNapoli talks about how the fund is performing and about investing in less-traditional investments. They'll also talk about the home mortgage crisis, the '08 elections and much more.

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Capitol Connection
11:21 am
Sat August 2, 2008

The Capitol Connection #831

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Peg Breen, President of New York Landmarks Conservancy and Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League of New York State. Both groups are calling on Governor David Paterson to sign recently passed legislation which would expand tax credits for the restoration of historic building. They'll talk about how restoration of historic structures can provide a boost to local economies and support city centers. They'll also discuss the arguments against tax credits, who would be eligible and much more.

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Capitol Connection
5:00 am
Sat July 26, 2008

The Capitol Connection #830

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Carl Hayden, Chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees. They'll talk about the dramatic changes to New York's higher education system recommended by the Commission on Higher Education. They'll also talk about Governor David Paterson's position on public education, the search for a new SUNY Chancellor and much more.

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Capitol Connection
1:05 am
Sat July 19, 2008

The Capitol Connection #829

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jay Gallagher, Albany Bureau Chief with Gannett News Service. They'll talk about the career of Senator Joseph Bruno and what impact his retirement will have. Gallagher gives a profile of the new Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos. They'll also talk about Tom Golisano's efforts to influence this year's election, Republican Party politics and much more.

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Capitol Connection
2:59 am
Sat July 12, 2008

The Capitol Connection #828

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Shaun Flynn, Director of Governmental Affairs with the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). Flynn talks about NYSNA's involvement in the political process in New York and the issues they would like to see addressed. They'll also talk about what's being done to address the nursing shortage in New York, mandatory overtime and much more.

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Capitol Connection
4:08 am
Sat July 5, 2008

The Capitol Connection #827

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith. Commissioner Smith talks about the $26-million dollars in funding her office is providing for economic development and worker training in New York. They'll also talk about the program to offer tax credits to employers who hire inner-city youth and what else her office is doing to support workers and employers in the state.

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Capitol Connection
9:09 am
Sat June 28, 2008

The Capitol Connection #826

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Chair of the Assembly's Energy Committee. They'll talk about what the Legislature is doing to provide relief from rising fuel prices and anticipated high home heating costs. They'll also talk about the announcement from Senator Joe Bruno that he won't seek re-election, property tax reform, the 2008 elections and much more.

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