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
8:18 am
Sat February 2, 2008

The Capitol Connection #805

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock welcomes Commissioner Carol Ash, head of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. She shares her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the New York State Park system. They'll talk about Governor Eliot Spitzer's proposal to increase funding and what it would mean for the park system. They'll also talk about the economic impact of state parks.

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Capitol Connection
8:55 am
Mon January 28, 2008

The Capitol Connection #804

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock welcomes Steven Greenberg, spokesman for the Siena Research Poll. They'll talk about the latest Siena New York poll which surveyed registered voters on a range of issues from who they support for President to whether there should be a cap on property taxes. Greenberg also gives an update on the approval rating for Governor Eliot Spitzer and what voters think about some of the proposals outlined in his State of the State address.

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Capitol Connection
4:16 am
Sat January 19, 2008

The Capitol Connection #803

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock welcomes John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International, one of the most respected pollsters in the United States today. They'll talk about why the polls were wrong in New Hampshire and how pollsters make conclusions about how voters plan to cast their ballots. They'll also talk about the New York primary and which candidates have a shot at winning the states' delegates. And finally, they'll talk about what New Yorker's think about the Governor and Legislature.

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Capitol Connection
12:25 am
Tue January 15, 2008

The Capitol Connection #802

Albany, NY – Host Alan Chartock welcomes Paul Francis, the newly appointed Director of Operations under Governor Eliot Spitzer. He tells Alan about his transition from Budget Director to Director of Operations and what the change means for the Spitzer Administration. He also reflects on the Governor's first year in office and talks about some of the challenges in the year ahead including a potential multi-billion dollar budget deficit. They'll also touch on a number of other topics including the media, lobbyists, SUNY and much more.

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Capitol Connection
11:11 am
Sat January 5, 2008

The Capitol Connection #801

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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