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
4:12 am
Sat June 21, 2008

The Capitol Connection #825

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Steve Greenberg, spokesman for the Siena New York poll. Greenberg talks about the latest poll results showing voters are siding with Governor David Paterson on the property tax issue and more New Yorker's are throwing their support behind Barack Obama. They'll also discuss Governor Paterson's approval rating, what voters think about Senator Hillary Clinton as a candidate for Vice President and much more.

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Capitol Connection
9:21 am
Sat June 14, 2008

The Capitol Connection #824

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Blair Horner, Legislative Director with the New York Public Interest Research Group. They'll talk about the lack of progress made in the 2008 legislative session and who deserves the blame. They'll also talk about areas of state government most in need of change including campaign finance reform, ethics reform and much more.

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Capitol Connection
1:03 am
Thu June 5, 2008

The Capitol Connection #823

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Dan Cantor, Executive Director of the Working Families Party. They'll talk about the role of minor political parties in New York and how they can influence elections. Cantor talks about some of the issues the party is working on including a property tax cap, universal health care, reform of Rockefeller drug laws and much more.

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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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