The Legislative Gazette

Fridays, 10pm - 10:30pm

You can find the region's most in-depth look at New York State politics and government each week on The Legislative Gazette. Hosted by David Guistina, the program features regular commentary by syndicated columnist and political scientist Dr. Alan Chartock. On each program, the award-winning WAMC News Team combines forces to bring you a wrap-up of the week's political news, the goings on in and around the legislature, and the stories that will keep you well-informed and in the know. 

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(Airs 5/16/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate tries to change the subject, our political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s letter to President Trump for Federal help with the City’s transportation infrastructure, and, in the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations, including the state’s capitol region.

(Airs 5/19/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeff Klein publically response to news reports that some of his members received stipends for committee chair positions that they didn’t hold, our political observer Alan Chartock speaks with Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett about the controversy over Lu Lu’s, and supporters from across NY gather to ask lawmakers to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act.

(Airs 5/12/17 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: fixing problems with economic development contracts remains as one of the top issues left before the legislature’s summer adjournment, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with State Comptroller Dinapoli, and two NY House Republicans face questions from constituents over their votes on the American Health Care Act.

(5/5/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Millions rally nationwide for worker and immigrant rights on May Day, we’ll take you to a rally in Albany, NY’s education commissioner releases a new report on state-specific learning standards, and our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on Governor Cuomo suggesting that an all Democratic legislature doesn’t work well together.

Proposal In Albany Could Start "Textalyzer" Era

Apr 26, 2017
Ben Lieberman, whose son died in a distracted driving accident, joins Senator Terrence Murphy, R- Jefferson Valley, and Newcastle police to announce legislation and new technology for determining if a driver was distracted at the timeof ahn accident.
Legislative Gazette photo by Jonathan Forrester

Car accidents have been on the decline for 16 years, but now trends are beginning to reverse. Legislators and advocates blame distracted driving, which often goes uninvestigated without driver admission or a witness. The Legislative Gazette’s Katie Carroll reports on a proposed bill in New York that could change that.

(4/21/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: we look at whether the passage of the state budget means the end of the legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s reaction to a NY Times editorial criticizing his free college tuition plan, and as some communities around the state become sanctuary cities, Schenectady appears to be distancing itself from that label.

(Airs 4/14/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The 153 $Billion New York State Budget passed this week and good government groups are weighing in, we’ll take you to Buffalo where Governor Cuomo touted the state budget and more investment in Western New York, and our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on why Ethics Reform did not make the budget.

(Airs 4/7/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: State budget negotiations collapse and Governor Cuomo explains why, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on the politics of the late budget, and activists rally in Albany in support of a bill to create a universal, publicly funded health insurance plan for the state.

(Airs 3/31/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The state budget is due but it’s the federal budget in Washington that Governor Cuomo warns might impact money for schools in NY, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the budget wrangling this week, and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman responds to President Trump’s Executive Order to roll back the Clean Power Plan.

(Airs 3/24/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Proponents of raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest cite the continued bad news from Washington about deep federal cuts to health care and other areas, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on that and Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s new job, and NY’s Lt. Governor makes a clean energy announcement.

(Airs 3/17/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: a Blizzard hits the Northeast and the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier were ground zero, a report from Great Lakes Radio on this deadly winter for snowmobilers, and our political observer Alan Chartock share's his thoughts on President Trump firing 46 U.S. Attorney’s, including NY’s Preet Bharara.

(Airs 3/10/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Democrats propose an alternative plan for NY, as the Republican Congress works on replacing the ACA or so-called Obamacare, our political observer Alan Chartock share’s his thoughts on a possible pay raise for lawmakers in exchange for an on-time budget, and we take a look at what it’s like to be an immigrant in New York.

(Airs 3/02/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: With just a month before the state budget is due, numerous interest groups are converging on the capitol, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on President Trump’s impact on the New York Stock Exchange, and Congressman Maloney will reintroduce legislation to require a federal study on long-term health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure.

(Airs 2/24/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The legislature has the week off, but an unusual amount of protests and arrests are already part of this years’ legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on New York U.S. Senator Gillibrand saying Governor Cuomo would be a great candidate to face President Trump in 2020, and New York State ranks fourth in the nation for the number of active hate groups.

(Airs 2/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: A group of upstate lawmakers are asking the state to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs caught up in President Trump’s travel ban, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a change in the power balance in the NYS Senate, and a state Assemblywoman introduces legislation on carbon farming she says is the first of its kind.

(Airs 2/10/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: a hearing at the capitol was interrupted by protesters who want higher taxes on millionaires, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the so-called millionaire’s tax, and NY US Sen Kirsten Gillibrand joins Ct. Congresswoman Rosa Delauro to reintroduce the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act.

(Airs 2/3/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo tells a rally of Planned Parenthood advocates he’s proposing a constitutional amendment to put the protections of Roe v Wade into the state’s constitution, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s remarks, and leaders of religious and civil rights organizations react to President Trump’s executive order barring citizens from 7 muslim countries from entering the U.S. and blocking refugees for 120 days.

(Airs 1/27/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The Senate Republican leader says he’s not happy with what he says is over $800 million dollars in new taxes and fees in the Governor’s budget, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s plan, and steps are being taken at state and local levels to stay fears of roundups and mass deportations under the Trump administration.

(Airs 1/22/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo rolls out a 152 billion dollar budget proposal, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the governor’s proposal, and a new report finds the regional greenhouse gas initiative has had a positive impact on the health of residents in the northeast.

(Airs 1/13/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The Governor delivers his six regional state of the state addresses, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on the Governor’s speeches and national appeal, and there may be progress in a call to overhaul the state’s juvenile justice system.

(Airs 1/6/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: As a new minimum wage takes effect in New York, A 200 member enforcement agency will make sure wage workers are paid properly, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s free SUNY college tuition proposal, and a pipeline company planning an Orange County plant says a handful of residents face eminent domain proceedings.

(Airs 12/23/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: To Have A Special Session or Not Have a Special Session, that is the question, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his eriudite thoughts on that, and we’ll look at the worldwide fight for 15 movement.

(Airs 12/16/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act could leave New York billions of dollars in the hole, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Trump’s impact on NY and immigration, and Governor Andrew Cuomo tells the state inspector general to launch an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system after a NY Times investigation.

(Airs 12/9/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: NY’s AG calls the states’ voting laws arcane and releases a package of bills to improve it, our political observer Alan Chartock share’s his thoughts on the continuing tension between the governor and state comptroller, and a Hudson valley environmental group and organic farm sue the state public service commission over subsidies for upstate nuclear power plants.

(Airs 12/2/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo pressures lawmakers to return for a special session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Preet Bhararra remaining in his seat as U.S. Attorney from Manhattan during a Trump Administration, and a Poughkeepsie-based environmental group calls on the U.S. Coast Guard to halt the rulemaking process of a controversial proposal for anchorage sites in the Hudson River.

(Airs 11/25/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo offers the legislature an incentive to come back for a special session in December, our political observer Alan Chartock shares this on 8 indictments delivered by U.S. Attorney Preet Bhararra including the Governor’s ex-top Aide, and the Governor signs legislation to expand empire state film production tax credits.

(11/18/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: President elect Trump’s plans to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA has people in border states like NY watching closely, Our political Observer Alan Chartock shares his on NY U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer being elected Minority Leader, and there’s a battle heating up over a statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants.

(Airs 11/13 & 14/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: We’ll take a look at this week’s election results and how it impacts which party gets the majority in the New York state senate, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the elections’ impact on the New York State Senate, and we’ll have two stories, one from the winner’s side and one from the loser in the highly watched 19th congressional district race.

(Airs 11/4/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: we look at the chance that the state Senate could dominated by Democrats after the election, we take you to a debate for an assembly seat covering Washington and Saratoga counties, and the AIM pipeline project gets the green light to start operations.

(10/28/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: We examine Hillary Clinton’s widening lead over Donald Trump and its impact on the control of the NYS senate, our political observer Alan Chartock share’s his thoughts on that and early voting, and we’ll have two reports on PFOA and PFOS water contamination in the state.

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