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 8/30 & 8/31/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The state’s new education commissioner is getting some back lash over plans to quell the testing opt out movement, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the new commissioner, and we’ll take you to a protest in the Finger Lakes region over a coal burning power plant.

(Airs 8/21/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: State Assembly Speaker Heastie has been touring upstate New York, The battle to raise the wage in New York continues, and Senator Charles Schumer wants returning veterans to fill open border agent positions.

(8/14/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: A New York Times story finds widespread retribution against inmates at Clinton Correction facility during the search for two escapees, our Political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts those allegations, and dozens come to Albany to protest the proposed Constitutional Pipeline.

  (Airs 8/7/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The special election to replace the State Senate’s second-most powerful Republican could tip the balance of power, our political observer Alan Chartock speculates on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s possible future as a Vice Presidential candidate, and we’ll have state reaction to President Obama’s climate plan.

(Airs 7/31/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: two more state lawmakers have been ousted by corruption convictions, what does this mean for ethics reform efforts? Our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on current infrastructure projects, and we'll take a look at the continued fallout from the prison escape that captivated the region.

(Airs 7/24/15) 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 the Women’s Equality Act, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on new bribery charges for former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam, and some officials worry that limits on property tax cap increases could severely restrict local services.

(Airs 7/17/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: We catch up with the state’s new education commissioner, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a new poll that finds New Yorkers side with Governor Cuomo over his spat with Mayor de Blasio, and Attorney General Schneiderman heads to the north country to highlight so-called zombie properties.

(Airs 7/3/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: A wage board appointed by the Governor says it will authorize a substantial raise for fast food workers, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with John Kaeney, the Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, and residents of Northern NY are looking forward to getting back to normal after two prison escapees freedom comes to an end.

(Airs 6/26/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo announced a framework of a deal as the end of the legislative session limps to a close, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the contentious relationship between Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, and the New York Racing Association is hoping improvements at Saratoga Race Course will provide for an excellent racing season.

(Airs 6/19/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The legislative session is now likely to go into next week, as ​Governor Cuomo and ​lawmakers ​​struggle to reach final deals on New York City’s rent laws and other remaining issues, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the end of session negotiations, and New York state lawmakers are questioning some of the procedures and policies at the prison where two convicted murderers escaped.

(Airs 6/12/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: As we approach the end of session, we’ll take a look at the status of the pension forfeiture bill, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts his conversation with Republican Assembly Minority leader Brian Kolb, and in light of the prison break in northern NY, our Pat Bradley speaks to a Professor who’s studied the history of prisons.

(Airs 6/5/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: lawmakers say they have no plans for additional ethics reforms this session our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts why ethics reform won’t get done, and a world war one soldier from new York finally gets the recognition he deserves.

(Airs 5/29) 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 what issues remain the final weeks of the legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on government transparency, and Senator Schumer wants to curb child identity theft.

(Airs 5/22/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: a near record number of school budgets pass, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with state GOP chairman Ed Cox, and scientists, environmental advocates and residents affected by Hurricane Sandy flooding discuss climate change with a senate panel.

(Airs 5/15/15)The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Dean Skelos steps down and a new state senate leader, John Flanagan, is elected, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the leadership shuffle, and the state comptroller issues a scathing audit on money spent to promote Start Up NY and other programs.

(Airs 5/8/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Major newspaper editorials call for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to resign after being arrested and accused of running a corruption scam, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Dean Skelos, and Senator Schumer introduces legislation to make oil trains stronger.

(Airs 4/24/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: the final stretch of the legislative session begins, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a federal grand jury investigation of new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastieand On Earth Day Eve, Governor Andrew Cuomo announces 88 revitalization and rehabilitation projects a 60 parks and historic sites across the state.

(Airs 4/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Protesters in New York join a national push to demand higher pay at low-wage jobs, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the grand jury information into senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam, and the NY RA reorganization is pushed back a year.

(Airs 4/10) 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 how the New Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie did after his first test negotiating a state budget, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor setting up a re-election committee, and NY’s two US Senators pen a letter to a federal agency, asking for a rehearing on a pipeline expansion project.

(Airs 4/3) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The Governor and legislature pass a 142 billion dollar state budget, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on why the budget falls short on ethics reform, and Congresswoman Lowey joins number of officials pledging their commitment to improve all facets of rail crossing safety.

(3/27) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The Governor and legislature continue to work on sticking points in the state budget, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on whether the Governor’s ethics proposals will survive the budget wrangling, and Washington County approves a proposed medical marijuana growing facility.

(Airs 3/20) 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 one of the most polarizing issues in the Governor’s budget … the education tax credit, our political observer Alan Chartock share his thoughts on Republican Senate leader Skelos saying not so fast to the Governor and Speaker on their ethics agreement, and the district attorney in Orange County announces a protocol for officer-involved deadly-force encounters.

(Airs 3/13) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Governor Cuomo receives bi partisan criticism from lawmakers over his email policy, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on that and email scandal surrounding former New York senator, Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Senator Gillibrand and two senate colleagues propose what the call a historic first in the nation's marijuana laws.

(Airs 3/6/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: teachers rally at the state capitol calling out Governor Cuomo for what they say is his anti public school agenda, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Charter school advocates separate rally at the capitol this week, and some towns in New York's Southern Tier raise the idea of seceding to Pennsylvania.

(Airs 2/27/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The Governor and legislative leaders meet for budget talks behind closed doors, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on continuing questions about the relationship between Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor de Blasio, and a new poll finds New Yorkers more concerned about an on time budget than ethics reform.

(Airs 12/20/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: after a break for Presidents week, Governor Cuomo and the legislature will start discussions on the budget, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s proposal to strip pensions from corrupt public officials, and there’s a new social media campaign to educate teens, young adults, and others about teen dating violence.

(Airs 2/13) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: A day after Senate Democrats propose curtailing outside income by lawmakers, the leader of the Senate says he’s quitting his private law practice, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on the new ethics proposals in the Senate, and we’ll examine the possibility of fracking waste being dumped in New York.

(Airs 2/6) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: The Assembly elects a new speaker, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on the new assembly leader, and we’ll check in with the Mayors of Albany, Saratoga Springs and Rochester.

(Airs 1/23) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Governor Cuomo delivers his state of the state address, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts about the speech and the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and New York officials react to President Obama’s State of the Union Address this week.

(Airs 1/16/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: It was moral Monday this week at the capital as school children, parents and union leaders come to Albany to rally for more money for New York’s schools, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the casino bidding process being reopened in the Southern Tier, and we’ll speak with Republican Elise Stefanik, sworn in as the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress.

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