the capitol connection

(Airs 8/10/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Steve Villano, former head of NY Governor Mario Cuomo's New York City press office and author of the new book Tightrope: Balancing Life Between Mario Cuomo and My Brother.

(Airs 8/3/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli.

(Airs 7/20/20) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group or NYPIRG.

This week, Dr. Alan Chartock talks with Times Union columnist Chris Churchill about current events around New York and the nation.

(Airs 6/11 & 6/12/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Cailin talk about a First Amendment group that is threatening to sue President Trump unless he unblocks Twitter critics, a proposed bill in New Jersey that could create an AmeriCorps for journalists, a Pew Research Center report that shows a dismal 2016 for newspapers and boom times for cable news networks.

(Airs 6/9/17) 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 6/8/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. 

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

A late state budget was once an annual occurrence in Albany, much like the Tulip Festival, but that tradition came to an end when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took office. There have been four on-time budgets since 2011. That streak could be in jeopardy this year as the governor is putting his demands for ethics reform in the state budget. On WAMC's Capitol Connection this week, State Comptroller Democrat Thomas DiNapoli told Alan Chartock what a late budget could mean for the state.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a former Democratic member of the state Senate. They discuss the Defense of Marriage Act, gun control regulations, hydrofracking, and the new power-sharing coalition in the Senate.