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 7/16/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 corruption conviction has been overturned by a federal appeals court, the city of Albany partners with the Nature Conservancy on a carbon agreement and we speak with a Democrat challenging Republican Congressman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District. Plus, political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a Quinnipiac poll on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s performance. 

(Airs 7/7/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo and other state politicians are wary of holding a constitutional convention, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on federal prosecutors calling for two upstate corruption trials for aides to Governor Cuomo, and we’ll look at how ride hailing services have been doing upstate in NY’s Hudson Valley.

(Airs 6/30/17 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The state legislature meets in a special session to decide on outstanding issues including Mayoral Control of NYC schools, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on this week’s special session, and we take a look back two years ago to the prison break at Dannemora.

(Airs 6/23/17 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Both houses of the legislature adjourn for the 2017 session with many issues unresolved, our political observer Alan Chartock  shares his thoughts on the politics of the end of session, and already dealing with a PFOA contaminated state superfund site, the Village of Hoosick Falls may add other locations to the list.

(Airs 6/15/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Accusations fly as legislative leaders dig in on the remaining issues in the 2017 leg session, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on his conversation with Republican Assembly Minority Leader Kolb, and A group that counts seven Hudson Valley counties at its members receives funding to continue its work in food rescue and combating food insecurity.

The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: At a rally with House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Governor Cuomo vows to help defeat the state’s eight republican members of the House of Representatives in next year’s election, Our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on that and we’ll take you to a public hearing with state education commissioner Elia.

(Airs 6/2/17 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Activists and politicians are angry with a proposal to curtail the nations’s food stamp program, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on a coming vote for a state constitutional convention, and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Schumer says the Department of Defense is evading its responsibility to clean up PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard base.

(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.

(Airs 4/28/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: State lawmakers and lobby groups say Governor Cuomo was wrong when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a proposal to make any President from New York turn over their tax returns to the state, and the State University has a new chancellor.

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.

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