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
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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Capitol Connection
2:48 am
Mon March 24, 2008

The Capitol Connection #811

Albany, NY – Host David Guistina sits in for Alan Chartock this week for a look back at Alan's past interviews with new New York Governor David Paterson. As the former Senate Minority Leader, Paterson offers insight on the inner workers of the Legislature and the relationship between republicans and democrats in the state senate. Paterson also gives his perspective on a number of issues including lobbying, redistricting, ethics and much more.

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Capitol Connection
10:18 am
Sat March 22, 2008

The Capitol Connection #812

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by Joe Mahoney, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News. They'll talk about the resignation of Eliot Spitzer and the swearing in of Governor David Paterson this week. They'll talk about how things may change under the Paterson administration and the winners and losers from the Spitzer prostitution scandal.

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Capitol Connection
4:17 am
Sat March 8, 2008

The Capitol Connection #810

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock welcomes the Deputy Minority Leader in the New York State Senate, Jeff Klein. Senator Klein says he's confident this will be the year Democrats win a majority in the state Senate after more than 40-years of Republican control. He tells Alan what Democrats would do differently than Republicans. They'll also talk about the sub-prime mortgage crisis, redistricting, civil confinement for sex offenders and much more.

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Capitol Connection
2:13 am
Sat March 1, 2008

The Capitol Connection #809

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock welcomes New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Alexander "Pete" Grannis. They'll talk about the revamped proposal to finally address all the brownfields in the state, the DEC's new Office of Climate Change, the new Office of Invasive Species, the reconfigured criminal investigative unit, Adirondack Smart Growth grants, and the goal of doing more to connect New Yorkers to the outdoors.

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Capitol Connection
3:34 am
Sat February 23, 2008

The Capitol Connection #808

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Health Commissioner Richard Daines, M.D. Commissioner Daines talks about the effort to reduce youth smoking by pressuring movie studios to eliminate smoking in movies rated for younger audiences. They'll also discuss the health care reforms proposed in Governor Spitzer's executive budget. Alan and Commissioner Daines also talk about what you can do to help combat the flu and what the state is doing to encourage doctors to practice in underserved areas.

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Capitol Connection
9:33 am
Sat February 16, 2008

The Capitol Connection #807

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. The Governor recently sat down for a one hour call-in program where he answered questions from listeners all over New York. It was a rare opportunity for the public to ask the Governor questions directly and we're playing some of the best moments form that program. Hear what's on the minds of New Yorkers and how the Governor responds to some very interesting questions.

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