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
3:39 am
Sat December 29, 2007

The Capitol Connection #752

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. The presidential primaries are just around the corner and it's still anyone's race for both the Republican and Democratic nominations. We'll take a look at how Senator Hillary Clinton and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani are faring so far. We will also talk about some of the possible scenarios if there is no clear winner after "Super Tuesday" heading into the party conventions.

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Capitol Connection
1:51 am
Fri December 28, 2007

The Capitol Connection #751

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Patricia Smith, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor. Find out what's changed in the labor department since the Spitzer Administration took over. Commissioner Smith tells Alan about efforts to crack down on business that underpay workers and are out of compliance with the state's labor laws. Also, they'll talk about the connection between education, the state's workforce, and economic development.

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Capitol Connection
3:54 am
Sat December 15, 2007

The Capitol Connection #750

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Mary Schmidt Campbell, Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). They'll talk about how the state decides which organizations receive grants and how supporting the arts benefits New York state. Also, they'll talk about issues related to politics and the arts, censorship and ensuring fairness in the distribution of funds in a state the size of New York.

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Capitol Connection
12:58 am
Sat December 8, 2007

The Capitol Connection #749

Capitol Connection
12:47 am
Fri November 30, 2007

The Capitol Connection #748

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Senate Minority Leader, Malcolm Smith. New York is facing a more than $4 billion dollar budget deficit in the next fiscal year. Senator Smith talks about a plan by Senate Democrats to reduce state spending while protecting education, healthcare and transportation. They'll also talk about the possibility of Democrats winning a majority in the state senate in the next election and what it would mean for New York.

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Capitol Connection
4:51 am
Sat November 24, 2007

The Capitol Connection #747

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock welcomes New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. DiNapoli talks about the audit his office is conducting of the proposed toll increase on the Thruway. Alan asks the Comptroller about the fiscal challenges facing the state and how revenues are being affected by the recent downturn in the stock market.

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Capitol Connection
8:54 am
Sat November 17, 2007

The Capitol Connection #746

Capitol Connection
3:58 am
Sat November 10, 2007

The Capitol Connection #745

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock welcomes Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco, one of the leading critics of Governor Spitzer's driver's license plan for illegal immigrants. Tedisco explains why he's so opposed to the plan and what he's doing to stop it from going forward. Also, with his recent high profile status is Tedisco eyeing a run for higher office? Alan asks this and many other tough questions on this week's show.

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Capitol Connection
10:06 am
Mon November 5, 2007

Capitol Connection #744


Albany, NY – Alan Chartock welcomes DMV Commissioner David Swarts. Swarts explains the new plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Hear why Swarts says the plan is good for public safety and how it will make New York safer. Also, Swarts responds to critics of the plan.

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Capitol Connection
9:00 am
Sun October 28, 2007

The Capitol Connection #743

Albany, NY – It's a very special edition of Capitol Connection, as host Alan Chartock welcomes New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. In this informal, "soup-to-nuts" discussion, Governor Spitzer reflects on what has been a very eventful first term in office. Alan and the Governor run the gamut... from the controversy over Spitzer's plan to offer drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants, to NYRA....even to the resignation of Yankee Manager Joe Torre. It's a fascinating half-hour with the most powerful man in New York. Don't miss it!

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