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 February 15, 2013

The Capitol Connection #1307

David Soares

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Albany County District Attorney David Soares, a Democrat now serving his third term. They discuss gun reforms, public corruption, and drugs.

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New York News
4:26 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Albany County D.A. Soares weighs in on guns, Mayor Jennings

David Soares

Albany County District Attorney David Soares is the guest on WAMC's Capitol Connection program this week. He spoke with WAMC's Alan Chartock about several issues, including guns and the murky Albany mayoral race.

Soares says he supports firearm reforms that would require universal background checks and mandatory registration when large amounts of ammunition are purchased online. Soares, a Democrat recently reelected to a third term, says he believes the National Rifle Association is attempting to mislead the American people during a critical time in the national debate.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Capitol Connection #1306

Sen. Tkaczyk
Credit Cecilia Tkaczyk

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, a Democrat and the newest member of the Senate. They discuss Tkaczyk’s victory, hydrofracking, and women’s health.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

The Capitol Connection #1305

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, a Democrat who has served in the chamber for more than four decades. They discuss health care, hydrofracking, and the Senate’s leadership coalition.

Politics
10:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Influential Assemblyman Gottfried questions fracking health report

New York state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the powerful Democrat who chairs the Health Committee, says he has questions about the state's health impact study as Governor Andrew Cuomo decides on the future of hydrofracking. Gottfried spoke on WAMC's Capitol Connection program.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

The Capitol Connection #1304

LG Robert Duffy

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, the former mayor and police chief of Rochester. They discuss the executive budget, hydrofracking, and mandate relief.

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Politics
11:03 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Duffy stands by Miner comments

LG Duffy

The day after an intraparty war of words between Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner — co-chair of the state Democratic party — and New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy about Governor Cuomo’s budget and how it handles floundering localities, Duffy says he sticks by comments. Duffy spoke on WAMC’s Capitol Connection program.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Capitol Connection #1303

Comptroller DiNapoli
Credit Courtesy NYS OSC

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat who has held office since 2007 after two decades in the Assembly. They discuss firearm investments in the state pension fund, political spending by corporations, and the Tappan Zee project.

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Politics
10:12 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Comptroller promises close Tappan Zee oversight

Credit Courtesy NYS OSC

With the state anxious to begin construction on a new Tappan Zee Bridge, New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says his office will be keeping a close eye on the financing of the more than three billion dollar project. DiNapoli spoke on WAMC’s Capitol Connection program.

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Politics
11:57 am
Thu January 17, 2013

DiNapoli explains frozen gun investments in pension fund

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
Credit Courtesy NYS OSC

Just two days after New York legislators passed first-in-the-nation gun law reforms in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the state’s chief financial officer says pension fund investments in firearm companies have been frozen. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli spoke on WAMC’s Capitol Connection program.

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