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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12:40 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Senate candidate Long urges fracking

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, the Republican challenging incumbent New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, says the controversial gas drilling process called hydrofracking — currently being studied by the state — is safe. Long told WAMC’s Alan Chartock on the Capitol Connection program this week that the economic benefits of fracking are too great not to go forward with drilling.

10:30 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1241

Nancy Zimpher

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York system. They discuss the notion of “systemness,” the Research Foundation, whether campuses can be economic growth centers, and how SUNY hopes to train students for careers.

10:30 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1240

Ken Lovett

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief and columnist for the New York Daily News. They discuss the future of the New York state Senate, the 2012 elections, and Governor Cuomo’s management style.

10:30 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1239

Larry Schwartz

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Larry Schwartz, Secretary to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Schwartz has previously served in the same role under Governor David Paterson. They discuss the Tappan Zee Bridge overhaul, hydrofracking, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, and Cuomo’s 2016 plans.

10:29 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1238

Lieutenant Governor Duffy

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, the former mayor and police chief of Rochester. They discuss the work of the Cuomo administration, fracking, regional economic development, and the recent scandals in the Legislature.

10:33 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1237

Wendy Long

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. They discuss her criticisms of New York’s junior Senator, her chances of winning the race, and her take on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

10:21 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1236

James Merriman

Host Alan Chartock is joined by James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center. They discuss charter schools, standardized testing, and co-location.

10:22 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1235

Assemblyman Ortiz

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of New York’s 51st district. The Democrat has served since 1994. They discuss the Vito Lopez scandal, education reforms, the fight against obesity, and Ortiz’s work chairing the mental health committee.

11:55 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Assemblyman Ortiz doesn't expect Speaker Silver to fall

Assemblyman Ortiz

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is facing a possible ethics probe after it was disclosed this week that he steered more than one-hundred-thousand dollars in secret payments to settle sexual harassment charges levied against Democrat Vito Lopez. But fellow Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz tells WAMC’s Capitol Connection program that he doesn’t expect Silver to be ousted.

9:49 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Capitol Connection #1234

Chairman Ed Cox

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party. They discuss the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney’s chances of carrying New York, Rep. Todd Akin’s rape comments, and next week’s convention in Tampa.