The Legislative Gazette

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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 9/13/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: New York will file a lawsuit for the over prescription of opioids, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the fight over fusion voting, and a coalition of county clerks is opposing a plan to require NY Drivers pay to update old license plates.

(Airs 9/6/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo says a new law that decriminalizes possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana is long overdue, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a group of inmates suing the New York state prison system, saying its efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse have gone too far, and the state has a new strategy to bring services to child victims of physical and sexual abuse.

(Airs 08/30/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: An update on the diminishing ranks of the state senate Republicans, our political observer shares his thoughts on fusion voting and his conversation with the Chair of the state Conservative Party, and we take a closer look at Medical Marijuana in New York.

(Airs 8/23/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the governor and state comptroller finalized a plan to restore the comptroller’s pre-audit powers, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on that as well as the Governor’s reaction to his brother being called Fredo, and Ulster County has a new law setting term limits for elected county officials and legislators.

(Airs 8/18/19 @ 2 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: hundreds of childhood sexual abuse survivors filed lawsuits in New York courts under the Child Victims Act, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor’s brother, CNN’s Chris Cuomo caught on video yelling at people he thought used an Italian slur, and the state’s network of food banks re-brands itself.

(Airs 8/11/19 @ 2 p.m.)On this week's Gazette Governor Cuomo calls on congress to take immediate action on gun control. Also, our political observer Alan Chartock speaks to the Governor about why the state controller hasn't got back his pre-audit powers for state contracts and a captial region congressman is trying once again to pass anti-doping legislation in horse racing. 

(Airs 8/4/9 @ 2 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo signs a bill that further decriminalizes marijuana, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the pay to play culture when it comes to campaign fund raising, and environmental groups urge the state to lower recommended levels for three drinking water contaminants.

(Airs 7/28/19 @ 2 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: We take a closer look at the push to end solitary confinement, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the internal fight between Democrats over who is a progressive, and we’ll have reaction from congressional representatives to their visit undocumented immigrant detention facilities.

(Airs 7/21/19 @ 2 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the first lawsuit is filed against the state’s new Green Light Law, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the political fallout of the litigation, and we’ll talk with the Executive Director of the Immigration Coalition about why undocumented immigrants should have driver’s licenses in New York.

(Airs 7/13/19 @ 2 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: automatic voter registration fails to pass in NY, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo claiming the progressive mantle in NY, and we’ll take a closer look at New York’s new climate change law.

(Airs 7/07/19 @ 2 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The state Republican Party officially has a new Chairman, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on lawmaker Symcha Felder being welcomed back into the Democratic fold, and funding for lyme and tick borne illnesses was secured in the final hour of the legislative  session.

(Airs 6/28/19 @ 10 p.m.) 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 recreational use of marijuana and other issues left on the table after the end of the legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo saying he wishes even more progressive legislation was passed, and we’ll catch up with Assembly Speaker Heastie when he makes a stop in Plattsburgh.

(Airs 6/21/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the New York Legislature approves new protections for farm workers, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the new law to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses, and we’ll take you to where President Grant spent his final days.

(Airs 6/14/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the New York State Assembly approves a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on lawmakers agreeing on rent control legislation, and the state senate discusses a bill that would give New Yorkers more control over their personal data online.

(Airs 6/7/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: In the waning days of the legislative session, Democrats who lead the legislature face pressure to deliver, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on rent control as pro tenant’s rights protesters block the entrances to the senate, assembly and governor’s offices this week, and we speak with North Country Congresswoman Stefanik.

(Airs 5/31/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: A leading business group comes out in favor of drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo telling him he’ll run for a fourth term, and a new report shows the prevalence of emerging contaminants detected in the state’s public drinking water supplies.

(Airs 5/24/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: there’s going to be a change at the state’s Republican Party, our political observer will share his thoughts on outgoing Chairman Ed Cox and incoming Chair Nick Langworthy, and five planned parenthoods will merge to become Planned Parenthood of Greater New York.

(Airs 5/17/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: progressive groups hold a rally after frustration over Democrats failing to pass their favored legislation, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a challenger facing the head of the state Republican Party, Ed Cox, and a new study finds New York ranks above the national average in health emergency preparedness.

(Airs 5/10/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the state senate passes two bills that would permit the state tax department to give the president’s New York tax returns to congressional committees, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with the youngest woman ever elected to the state senate, Democrat Julia Salazar, and U.S. Senator Schumer promotes a bill to address fraudulent robo-calls.

(Airs 5/3/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: in response to the recent measles outbreak, state legislators in NY are calling for immediate passage of a bill to mandate vaccinations, unless a person has a medical exemption, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on his conversation with measles legislation co-sponser and Senator James Skoufis, and we’ll report on who won the special election for Ulster County Executive this week.

(Airs 4/26/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo signs a plastic bag ban on Earth Day in Kingston, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with the Governor this week, and we’ll get an update on what’s happening with public campaign financing in New York state.

(Airs 4/19/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: we take a closer look at the mugshot legislation that passed in the state budget, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the possibility of rent control in upstate New York, and there's a call to ban recreational ATV use in the Adirondack Park.

(Airs 4/12/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: lawmakers hope to tackle several issues before the end of session including trying to curb robocalls, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the future of aid in dying legislation, and one lawmaker says the new plastic bag ban doesn’t go far enough.

(Airs 04/05/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the state budget passes the morning of the April 1st deadline, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on what’s in and out of the budget, and state and local officials are concerned that three upstate New York prisons may close.

(Airs 3/29/31 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Our political Observer Alan Chartock on what looks like an on time budget before the April 1st deadline, a myriad of groups advocate for their funding needs including those seeking money for lyme disease, and in the midst of March Madness, we look deeper into the issue of sports gambling in New York.

(Airs 3/22/19) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: will New York enact a public campaign finance system, our political observer Alan Chartock speaks with NY US Senator Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and supporters kick off a new Trails Across NY campaign.

(Airs 3/15/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: .budget officials say they have to revise their spending plan to rein in spending proposals, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts GOP Chair Ed Cox blaming Governor Cuomo for the state having the highest taxes in the nation, and judge in White Plains federal court denies a request to allow unvaccinated children to return to a school in Rockland County.

(Airs 3/08/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: supporters of a school funding measure rally at the Capitol, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the state budget and the fight over the revenue number, and we take you to the site of what is believed to be an historic African burial ground.

(Airs 3/01/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo signs new anti-gun violence measure into law, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the new legislation, and the federal gov’t says it will not reimburse Newburgh for the cost of PFAS contamination.

The Legislative Gazette #1908

Feb 22, 2019

(Airs 2/22/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the debate has surfaced again…should New York become two separate entities, political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts. 

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