The Capitol Connection

Thursdays 3:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m.

Maybe you voted for them and maybe you didn't, but either way, what they do and how they think affects you. Each week on The Capitol Connection, you can keep yourself abreast of political developments and gain a little insight into how New York State's politicians think when you listen in as political scientist Dr. Alan Chartock holds conversations with members from the Assembly and Senate, and other political movers and shakers.

Tune in Thursdays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on HD2 on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. The program is also carried on stations across New York state. Check your local listings for the time and frequency. 

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(Airs 5/16 @ 3 p.m. & 5/18 @ 5 :30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ed Cox, the Chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

(Airs 5/9/19 @ 3 p.m. & 5/11/19 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Senator Julia Salazar, a Democrat who represents the state's 18th District. Senator Salazar is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Woman's Health. Senator Salzar is also the youngest woman ever elected to the New York State Senate.

(Airs 5/02/19 @ 3 p.m. & 5/04/19 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Senator James Skoufis, a Democrat from the 39th District and Chair of the Senate Investigations Committee.

(4/25/19 & 4/28/19 @ 3 p.m. & 5 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

(Airs 4/18 & 4/20 @ 3 p.m. & 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Republican Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

(Airs 4/11/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Corinne Carey, Compassion & Choices’ Campaign Director for New York and New Jersey.  Compassion and Choices describes its mission as using a comprehensive strategy including legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, media outreach and litigation, to expand and improve end-of-life-options and care.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

(Airs 4/04/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about the newly passed state budget and much more.

(3/28/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Times Albany Bureau Chief Jesse McKinley.

(3/21/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York United States Senator Chuck Schumer.

(Airs 3/14/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee.

(Airs 3/07/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, about recreational marijuana, single payer healthcare, and more.

(Airs 2/28/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, who just wrapped up a long career as Albany Bureau Chief and columnist for The New York Daily News. Lovett is now VP for Communications and Albany Director at Metropolitan Public Strategies.

(Airs 2/14/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Republican Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb about the Governor's meeting with President Trump, voting reform in New York, and much more.

(Airs 2/07/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Senator Michael Ginaris, A Democrat whose district includes Queens, NY.

(Airs 1/31/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) about the first few weeks of the 2019 legislative session.

(Airs 1/24/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News.

(Airs 01/17/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

(Airs 01/10/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Democratic New York State Senator Liz Krueger about what legislation is on her agenda for the coming session including: Voting reform, codifying Roe V. Wade into state law and more.

(Airs 01/03/19 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with State Senator James Skoufis of New York's 39th District. They talk about his new role as Chair of the Senate Investigations Committee, and much more.

(Airs 12/27/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Jesse McKinely, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

(Airs 12/20/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with (UUP) United University Professions Union President Fred Kowal.

(Airs 12/13/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Democratic State Senator Michael Gianaris about the Amazon deal proposed for his district and why he's against it, what can be accomplished in the coming legislative session, and much more.

(Airs 12/06/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News about the coming session and what New Yorkers can expect with an all Democratic legislature.

(Airs 11/29/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with newly re-elected Republican Assembly Minority leader Brian Kolb.

The Capitol Connection – WAMC’s Alan Chartock sits down with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

(Airs 11/15/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with New York Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett about the recent election results, what legislation is likely to pass with an all Democratic legislature, and much more.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was re-elected to a third term this week. They discuss President Trump, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Democratic takeover of the New York state Senate, ethics reform, and the midterm elections.

(Airs 11/01/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli.

(Airs 10/25/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Mark Dunlea, the Green Party Candndate for New York State Comptroller.

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