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
11:41 am
Sat September 22, 2007

Capitol Connection #738

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan is joined by Steven Greenberg of the Siena College Research Poll. Greenberg talks about Siena's latest New York poll which takes a monthly snapshot of registered voters from throughout New York State on current political issues. Their most recent poll asks what New Yorker's think about the so called "Troopergate" scandal, whether they approve of Governor Eliot Spitzer and more.

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Capitol Connection
10:34 am
Sat September 15, 2007

Capitol Connection #737

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan talks with Democratic Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. Brodsky talks about his appointment to the panel set up to study congestion pricing and gives his views on the proposed plan. Alan and Assemblyman Brodsky discuss a couple of ongoing investigations into alleged wrong doing by current and former state officials. And, Brodsky has an update on some unfinished legislative business.

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Capitol Connection
12:51 am
Sat September 8, 2007

Capitol Connection #736

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan talks about hospitals and healthcare policy with former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey. Since her time in state government, Dr. McCaughey founded the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, a non-profit organization devoted to providing safer and cleaner hospital care. She tells Alan what New York and other states can do to prevent patient sickness and death from hospital infections, reduce healthcare costs and move toward universal access to healthcare.

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Capitol Connection
3:53 am
Sat September 1, 2007

Capitol Connection #735

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan talks with one of the most prominent and influential politicians in New York, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. They'll talk about the state of politics in New York, downtown NYC and the upstate economy, the upcoming presidential election and much more.

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Capitol Connection
11:36 am
Sat August 25, 2007

Capitol Connection #734

Albany, NY – Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco is back with Alan Chartock on the Capitol Connection this week. Tedisco talks about the recent Republican victory in the special election for New York's 105th Assembly District. Tedisco tells Alan why Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign could be a big boost for New York Republicans in the 2008 election. They'll also talk about the latest developments related to the franchise to run the Saratoga Race Course, the congestion pricing plan for NYC and the Spitzer administration's "Troopergate" scandal.

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Capitol Connection
2:59 am
Sat August 18, 2007

Capitol Connection #733

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock welcomes New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli. Alan and Tom discuss the state's multi-billion dollar pension fund and how it's being invested. DiNapoli also talks about his efforts to reform the office and what he learned from the mistakes of his predecessor.

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Capitol Connection
2:24 am
Sat August 11, 2007

Capitol Connection #732

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock welcomes Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. Alan and Lee talk about recent polling data showing what New Yorker's think about the state's top politicians. They'll also discuss the recent scandal surrounding the Spitzer administration and how it's affecting Spitzer's popularity.

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Capitol Connection
1:18 am
Sat August 4, 2007

Capitol Connection #731

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock welcomes Joe Mahoney, Albany Bureau Chief for the Daily News.
Mahoney has been reporting on the scandal in the Spitzer administration involving the improper use of state police. He gives listeners a recap of how it all started and talks about who's been hurt and who's been helped the most by the scandal. Alan and Joe also discuss recent polling data, the special election in Schenectady and the latest on the congestion pricing plan for Manhattan.

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Capitol Connection
4:05 am
Sat July 28, 2007

Capitol Connection #730

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock welcomes David Grandeau, the outgoing Executive Director of the Temporary State Commission on Lobbying. Grandeau talks about losing his position as head of the lobbying commission and about the new state agency created to replace the existing lobbying commission. He also talks about Governor Spitzer's alleged misuse of state police.

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Capitol Connection
9:45 am
Sat July 21, 2007

Capitol Connection #729

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock welcomes Judith Enck, Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the Spitzer administration. Judith is well known among environmental activists and has a reputation as a relentless defender of the environment. Alan asks Judith about the governor's top environmental priorities and the biggest challenges facing the state. Topics include congestion pricing, removing PCB's from the Hudson River, the Adirondack Park and much more.

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