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
12:02 am
Sat July 14, 2007

Capitol Connection #728

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock welcomes Jim Odato, Capitol Bureau reporter for the Times Union. Alan and Jim discuss the increasingly partisan atmosphere in Albany and its effect. Other topics on this week's program include the congestion pricing plan for Manhattan, campaign finance reform, the recently completed legislative session, the slipping Republican majority in the state Senate and much more.

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Capitol Connection
11:52 am
Sat July 7, 2007

Capitol Connection #727

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock welcomes Michael Balboni, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety in New York State. Balboni talks about the latest security issues in the state and about his position as the top law enforcement and emergency preparedness official in the state. Topics include recent terror Investigations, protecting civil liberties and much more.

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Capitol Connection
11:34 am
Sat June 30, 2007

Capitol Connection #726

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock is joined by Jay Gallagher, Albany Bureau Chief for Gannett News Service. Alan and Jay discuss the winners and losers of the '07 legislative session as well as what's next for the governor and lawmakers. Topics include campaign finance reform, pay raises for judges and legislators, control of the state senate and much more.

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Capitol Connection
9:40 am
Sat June 23, 2007

Capitol Connection #725

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock is joined by City University of New York Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein talks about the success of CUNY and the state of higher education in New York. Also, Alan asks Dr. Goldstein about his work on Governor Spitzer's higher education committee, the legislature's policies on higher education and much more.

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Capitol Connection
2:54 am
Sat June 16, 2007

Capitol Connection #724

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Senate Minority Leader, Malcolm Smith. Are democrats on the verge of winning a majority in the state senate? If so, what changes can we expect? Senator Smith address these questions and a number of other topics including legislative pay raises, charter schools, judicial diversity and much more.

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Capitol Connection
11:55 am
Sat June 9, 2007

Capitol Connection #723

Albany, NY – This week on the Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock is joined by Assemblyman Ron Canestrari. The assemblyman tells Alan about his new position as Assembly Majority Leader and talks about a number of hot-button issues in New York including gay marriage, ethics reform, lobbying, higher education and much more.

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Capitol Connection
12:05 am
Sat June 2, 2007

Capitol Connection #722

Albany, NY – This week, Alan Chartock is joined by Senator Frank Padavan, Vice President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate. Senator Padavan talks about newly passed legislation to crack down on human trafficking, a bill to curb childhood obesity, Medicaid spending, government reform and much more.

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Capitol Connection
12:57 am
Sat May 26, 2007

Capitol Connection #721

Albany, NY – This week Alan is joined by Alexander "Pete" Grannis, Commissioner of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. They'll discuss a range of environmental issues including expanding the bottle bill, brownfields, access to public land, global warming and much more.

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Capitol Connection
12:40 am
Sat May 19, 2007

Capitol Connection #720

Albany, NY – This week Alan is joined by Lee Miringoff of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. They'll discuss the latest poll numbers for the pack of presidential hopefuls. Also, do New Yorkers still approve of Governor Eliot Spitzer? And, Alan and Lee give their take on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the fate of Senate Republicans and much more.

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Capitol Connection
11:20 am
Sat May 12, 2007

Capitol Connection #719

Albany, NY – This week Alan talks with Michael Balboni, the Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety. Balboni returns to the show for the first time since leaving the state Senate to join the Spitzer administration. They'll talk about the transition from the Senate, the death of a New York State Trooper, the state's correction system, the Indian Point nuclear power plant and much more.

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