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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Politics
10:30 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1250

Dr. Nirav Shah

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Dr. Nirav Shah, the New York State Commissioner of Health. They discuss the obesity epidemic, the implementation of health care exchanges, hydrofracking’s potential health impacts, and flu shots.

Politics
10:30 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1249

Senator Krueger

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Democratic New York State Senator Liz Krueger. They discuss the new power-sharing coalition in the Senate, the chances of raising the minimum wage, and Sandy relief.

Politics
10:30 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1248

Leader Brian Kolb

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Brian Kolb, Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly. They discuss the results of the elections, the future of redistricting, hydrofracking, jobs and the economy, and the proposed Constitutional Convention for 2017.

Politics
10:30 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1247

Credit Times Union

Guest host David Guistina is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, who covers New York State government for the Albany Times Union and its Capitol Confidential blog. They discuss the state Senate power struggle, Governor Cuomo’s 2016 plans, and Hurricane Sandy cleanup.

Politics
10:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1246

Bill Mahoney

Guest host David Guistina is joined by Bill Mahoney, Legislative Operations and Research Coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group. They discuss incumbents’ success in the elections, the future of gerrymandering, and whether the Legislature should become full-time.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1245

Ed Cox

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party. They discuss the defeat of Governor Romney and U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, the close races that are still undecided in the state Senate, and whether Jeb Bush makes sense for the GOP in 2016.

Politics
10:30 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1244

Ben Lawsky

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Benjamin Lawsky, New York’s Superintendent of Financial Services, Benjamin Lawsky. The first to hold the position, Lawsky supervises insurance companies, banks, and other financial services entities. He was previously Governor Cuomo’s Chief of Staff and began his career as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer on the Senate Judiciary Committee. They discuss Hurricane Sandy, Wall Street oversight, and foreclosures.

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WAMC News
2:02 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Insurance regulator calls for fast Sandy response

With the region assessing the damage from Hurricane Sandy, New York’s Superintendent of Financial Services, who oversees the insurance industry, says he wants to see a quick turnaround when those companies receive claims from residents. Ben Lawsky spoke on WAMC’s Capitol Connection program, which airs Friday night at 10:30 and Saturday at 1.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1243

WAMC's Alan Chartock and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Chuck Schumer, New York’s senior U.S. Senator and the number three Democrat in the Senate. They discuss the presidential election, the Israel-U.S. relationship, how he works alongside Senator Gillibrand, how to fix the tax code, and roast beef sandwiches.

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Elections
10:30 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1242

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. They discuss abortion, tax reform, hydrofracking, and jobs.

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