capitol connection

(Airs 5/5 & 5/7) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

GOP Chair Ed Cox
GOP Chair Ed Cox

New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox is this week's guest on the Capitol Connection. Here is a preview of what the chairman and WAMC's Alan Chartock discussed:

On New York's presidential primary:

Sean Collins

With two prominent racially sensitive cases dominating headlines in recent weeks, the Albany County District Attorney is hearing from an impatient community.

Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has more than $30 million in his campaign fund, and a recent poll shows him with a 30-point-lead over his likely Republican opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, but the Republican says if the past is any indication, he can win the gubernatorial race this year. On WAMC’s Capitol Connection program this week, Astorino says he faced similar long odds when he won the county executive race in the heavily Democratic Westchester County.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jan 1, 2014

On this week’s Capitol Connection program our Alan Chartock speaks with Albany Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain about the relationship between the legislature and the governor as we enter a new year and a new session…

Albany Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain with our Alan Chartock on this week’s Capitol Connection … which you can hear tomorrow at 3 or Friday Night at 10:30.

Photo by Pat Bradley

  A top state official in New York recently witnessed political violence firsthand during a recent trip to Bangladesh.  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli told WAMC’s Capitol Connection program this week that there was a fire bombing just outside of his hotel as he and religious and labor leaders were in the country to look at working conditions at garment factories after deadly fires and building failures.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jonathan Soros,  co-Founder of Friends of Democracy, a super PAC pushing for public financing of campaigns in New York State.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Albany Times Union political reporter Jimmy Vielkind. They spend the program analyzing Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address this week in Albany.

In this Capitol Connection web extra, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman looks back on another year in office. The full interview with WAMC's Alan Chartock airs Friday night at 10:30 and Saturday at 1.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Dr. Nirav Shah, the New York State Commissioner of Health. They discuss the obesity epidemic, the implementation of health care exchanges, hydrofracking’s potential health impacts, and flu shots.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Democratic New York State Senator Liz Krueger. They discuss the new power-sharing coalition in the Senate, the chances of raising the minimum wage, and Sandy relief.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Brian Kolb, Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly. They discuss the results of the elections, the future of redistricting, hydrofracking, jobs and the economy, and the proposed Constitutional Convention for 2017.

Times Union

Guest host David Guistina is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, who covers New York State government for the Albany Times Union and its Capitol Confidential blog. They discuss the state Senate power struggle, Governor Cuomo’s 2016 plans, and Hurricane Sandy cleanup.

Guest host David Guistina is joined by Bill Mahoney, Legislative Operations and Research Coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group. They discuss incumbents’ success in the elections, the future of gerrymandering, and whether the Legislature should become full-time.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party. They discuss the defeat of Governor Romney and U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, the close races that are still undecided in the state Senate, and whether Jeb Bush makes sense for the GOP in 2016.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party. They discuss the budget, redistricting, and campaign finance reform.