The Capitol Connection

Thursdays 3:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m.

Maybe you voted for them and maybe you didn't, but either way, what they do and how they think affects you. Each week on The Capitol Connection, 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 members from the Assembly and Senate, and other political movers and shakers.

Tune in Thursdays at 3 PM, Saturdays at 5:30 AM. and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM on HD2 on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. The program is also carried on stations across New York State. Check your local listings for the time and frequency. 

Twitter: @Cap_Connection

Leah Gunn Barrett

Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Albany County DA David Soares
Albany County District Attorney's Office

(Airs 7/23 & 7/25) WAMC's Alan Chartock sits down with Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

(Airs 7/16 & 7/18) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.

(Airs 7/9 & 7/11) WAMC's David Guistina, filling in for Alan Chartock this week, talks with Blair Horner, Legislative Director for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

(Airs 7/3 & 7/4) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with John Kaehny, Executive Director of Re-Invent Albany.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

(Airs 6/25 & 6/27) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with New York State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli.

(Airs 6/18 & 6/20) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News.

Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

(Airs 6/11/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News.

Robert Freeman
Robert Freeman

(Airs 5/28 & 5/30) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the NYS Committee on Open Government.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
NYGOP.org

(Airs 4/21 & 4/23) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

(Airs 4/15 & 4/17) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News.

(Airs 5/07 & 5/9/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick.

(Airs 4/30/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews Karen Scharff, Co-Chair of the Working Families Party and Executive Director of Citizens Action.

(Airs 4/23/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews E.J. MacMahon, President of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

(Airs 4/16/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews Casey Seiler, State Editor and Capital Bureau Chief for the Albany Times Union.

(Airs 4/9 & 4/11) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Blair Horner, Legislative Director for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

(Airs 4/2 & 4/4) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News.

(Airs 3/26 & 3/28) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Yancey Roy, Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday.

(Airs 3/19 & 3/21) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with H.Carl McCall, Former New York State Senator, Comptroller, U.N. Ambassador, and current Chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

(Airs 3/12 & 3/14) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with New York State Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.

(Airs 3/5 & 3/7) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief and Columnist for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 2/26 & 2/28) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

A late state budget was once an annual occurrence in Albany, much like the Tulip Festival, but that tradition came to an end when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took office. There have been four on-time budgets since 2011. That streak could be in jeopardy this year as the governor is putting his demands for ethics reform in the state budget. On WAMC's Capitol Connection this week, State Comptroller Democrat Thomas DiNapoli told Alan Chartock what a late budget could mean for the state.

(Airs 2/19 & 2/21) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Blair Horner, Legislative Director for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

(Airs 2/12/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with State Senator and Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Pat Fahy

(Airs 2/05/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat from New York's 109th District.

(Airs 1/29/15) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

Speaker Silver
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Attorney Preet Bhara said Thursday that New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver traded his influence to amass millions of dollars in graft. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat who has run the Assembly for two decades, was arrested and faces up to 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts. At issue is Silver’s outside income as a lawyer, earned on top of his $121,000 salary as speaker. Over the years, Silver has been a frequent guest on WAMC’s Capitol Connection with Alan Chartock. The outside income issue came up during a 2010 show, recorded during negotiations over an ethics bill with then-Governor David Paterson.

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