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
12:54 am
Sat January 27, 2007

Capitol Connection #704

Albany, NY – This week, Alan Chartock talks with New York Lieutenant Governor David Paterson. Paterson talks about what he hopes to accomplish as Lieutenant Governor and how the office will change in the administration of Governor Eliot Spitzer. They also talk about the deal with the legislature to reform the ethics commissions in New York state, redistricting, his relationship with the governor and whether he would one day be interested in seeking a higher office.

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Capitol Connection
8:47 am
Sat January 20, 2007

Capitol Connection #703

Albany, NY – This week, Alan Chartock talks with Joe Mahoney of the New York Daily News about the current political climate in New York. The discussion covers efforts by Governor Eliot Spitzer to reform the budget process, cut taxes and toughen campaign finance laws. They also talk about the ongoing investigation of senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, the search for a new state comptroller, and the special election in Long Island which could bring Democrats within two votes of controlling the New York Assembly.

 

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Capitol Connection
11:13 am
Fri January 12, 2007

Capitol Connection #702

Albany, NY – On this week's Capitol Connection, Alan Chartock talks to Suzanne Novak of the Brennan Center for Justice. The discussion focuses on the political perfect storm brewing in Albany and whether the recent investigations, resignations and promises of reform will result in real change in New York's political process. Topics include redistricting, campaign finance reform, ethics, judicial selection, and more.

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Capitol Connection
1:41 am
Fri January 5, 2007

Capitol Connection #701

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks with Assemblyman James Tedisco of the 110th Assembly district. Tedisco talks about efforts by New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to reform Albany. The Minority Leader also gives his views on a range of reform issues including campaign contributions, lobbyist and ethics reform. Tedisco also gives an update on civil confinement, franchise rights for New York's thoroughbred industry, and much more.

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Capitol Connection
3:32 am
Sat December 30, 2006

Capitol Connection #652

Albany, NY – On this week's Capitol Connection Alan Chartock talks to Albany County District Attorney David Soares about the recent high profile case involving state Comptroller Alan Hevesi. Soares talks about how the case began with a tip from Hevesi's Republican challenger in the comptrollers race, Chris Callaghan. Soares also talks about the role his office would play in any future corruption investigations as Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer seeks to reform state government and crack down on corruption in Albany.

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Capitol Connection
9:29 am
Sat December 23, 2006

Capitol Connection #651

Albany, NY – On this week's Capitol Connection David Guistina fills in for Alan Chartock. David talks to Assemblyman Joseph Lentol of Brooklyn's 50th Assembly district about last week's special legislative session dealing with civil confinement. Assemblyman Lentol heads the Codes Committee which evaluates all criminal justice legislation in the state and shares his thoughts on what went wrong last week and what the Assembly will be focusing on in 2007 with the new administration.

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Capitol Connection
2:51 am
Sat December 16, 2006

Capitol Connection #650

Capitol Connection
12:13 am
Sat December 9, 2006

Capitol Connection #649

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks to George Marlin, former head of the Port Authority under the Pataki administration and a longtime activist in the state Conservative Party. Marlin talks to Alan about his new book "Squandered Opportunities: New York's Pataki Years," in which he charges the outgoing governor with betraying conservative principles in a misguided attempt to be all things to all people. Along the way, Marlin shares his first hand account of the early Pataki years and his opinion on what changed within the administration.

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Capitol Connection
11:54 am
Sat December 2, 2006

Capitol Connection #648

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks to David Sandman, executive director of the Commission on Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century, which just released its report on hospital closings and mergers. Sandman discusses the process used in determining which hospitals were chosen and the apolitical nature of the commission. He also talks about the other reforms suggested by the report, which go beyond simply closing hospitals to save money.

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Capitol Connection
2:30 am
Sat November 25, 2006

Capitol Connection #647

Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks to the new Senate Minority Leader, Malcolm Smith of Queens' 14th district. Smith discusses what the role of the Legislature will be on day one, his personal relationships with lieutenant governor-elect David Paterson and Majority Leader Joe Bruno, and the reforms needed to fix Albany's dysfunctional processes. Alan also asks him about changing pay-to-play, cutting property taxes and opportunities in 2008.

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