The Capitol Connection

Thursdays, 3:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 5:30 a.m. - 6:00 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.

The program is carried on stations across New York state. Check your local listings for the time and frequency. 

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Albany, NY – On this week's show, Alan shares the mike with Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who's looking to replace Eliot Spitzer in the state attorney general's office. Alan and Richard discuss the rigors of campaigning, Richard's opinion on the proper role of the attorney general, and why the name recognition of his opponents is not a problem.

Albany, NY – This week, Alan talks with Peter Baynes, the new executive director of New York State's Conference of Mayors. The two discuss Governor Pataki's new executive budget, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's reaction to it. Also on the agenda is a talk on the governor's ability to shape the language of the state budget, the change in the political landscape when Pataki steps down at the end of the year, the chief concerns of New York's ailing cities, and the validity of mayoral term limits.

Albany, NY – On this week's show, Alan talks with the executive director of New York's School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, about the status of the state's public schools, the long-running Campaign for Fiscal Equity court case, and their opinions on Education Commisioner Richard Mills and NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

Albany, NY – George Marlin, a conservative commentator, author, frequent contributer to op-ed pages across the state and a former member of the Pataki administration talks about the history of New York's Conservative Party, how it has been taken for granted by Republicans, and his falling out with the governor.

Albany, NY – Alan interviews attorney general hopeful Mark Green, who once served as New York City's public advocate, the city's second-highest elected official. Mr. Green talks about his proposed agenda as attorney general, losing to Michael Bloomberg in his mayoral run, and the prospect of facing Andrew Cuomo, the son of former governor Mario Cuomo, who is also seeking the office.

Albany, NY – In this week's show, Alan Chartock interviews New York Daily News reporter Joe Mahoney about everything from a possible shift in the state Senate to Governor George Pataki's presidential ambitions.

Albany, NY – This week, Alan talks to Republican state Sen. Michael Balboni about the senator's campaign for state attorney general and New York's readiness (or lack thereof)in the event of large scale emergencies.

Albany, NY – On this edition of the show, Alan talks to Robert Ward, Director of Research for the Public Policy Institute, the research affiliate of the Business Council for New York State. Ward is also the author of "New York State Government: What it Does and How it Works."

 

Albany, NY – On this week's Capitol Connection, host Alan Chartock chats with journalist Jay Gallagher. Gallagher has been a reporter for over three decades and has been covering Albany since 1984. He is the author of "The Politics of Decline: A Chronicle of New York's Descent, and What You Can Do to Save Your State".

Albany, NY – New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) joins Alan Chartock for an illuminating half hour discussion about life in the jungle that is New York politics. Air date: 12/09/05.

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Albany, NY – Dr. Alan Chartock and New York State Senator Hugh Farley discuss the upcoming elections and function of the Senate Standing Committee on Banks, of which the Senator is currently the Chair.

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Albany, NY – Alan Chartock talks with EJ McMahon, Director of the Empire Center for New York Policy. They discuss the tax situation in the State of New York, and changes that may occur in the State Senate in the coming years. Air Date: 11/25/2005

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Albany, NY – ALAN CHARTOCK SPEAKS WITH NEW YORK STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER. ALAN AND SENATOR KRUEGER DISCUSS THE RECENT ELECTIONS, AND WHAT IT WILL MEAN FOR THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD THE DEMOCRATS TAKE THE MAJORITY IN 2006 OR 2008. AIR DATE: 11/18/05

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Albany, NY – ALAN CHARTOCK SPEAKS WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, RICHARD MILLS. IN THEIR CONVERSATION THEY TALK ABOUT WHAT CHANGES SHOULD BE DONE TO THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM IN ORDER TO HAVE A HIGHER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE, AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO CURB LOW TEST SCORES.

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Albany, NY – ALAN CHARTOCK HAS A HEATED DISCUSSION WITH US SENATE CANDIDATE WILLIAM BRENNER.

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