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The Legislative Gazette

Fridays, 10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.; July-August Sundays, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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 latest from the legislature, and the stories that will keep you well-informed.

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(Airs 06/26/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Cities in the state are struggling to balance their budgets as a movement grows at the capitol to raise taxes on the wealthy, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on this week’s primary elections, and Consumer advocates and environmentalists applaud the Governor for signing a bill to stop utility shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic.

(Airs 06/19/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: A bill is introduced that would help protect the privacy of New Yorkers who give personal information to coronavirus contact tracers, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Senate Minority Leader Flanagan stepping down early, and we’ll speak with the Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and the Commander of the State Police Troop G about the state of policing in New York.

(Airs 6/12/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: In the wake of the death of George Floyd, the state legislature wraps up passage of a package of bills on police reform, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the historic legislation, and two state lawmakers have come up with a plan inspired by the economic crisis brought by the Great Depression.

(Airs 06/05/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Voting rights advocates say more needs to be done to ensure everyone can vote in the coming June 23rd primary, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s criticism of NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio’s handling of looting in Manhattan during the protests over the death of George Floyd, and we’ll take you to a protest in Albany on Monday and get the response from owners whose businesses were damaged.

(Airs 05/29/22 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that allows businesses to deny entry to customers who aren’t wearing a mask. He says its intended to improve public health and reduce fights, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s visit with President Trump, and we’ll get an update from New York’s Lieutenant Governor about re-opening from the coronavirus upstate.

(Airs 05/22/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo is running out of time to make some big decisions about NY’s $14 billion dollar budget deficit, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the state's Democratic Party leadership giving up its attempt to cancel the presidential primary, and we’ll take a look at how public employees might be economically impacted by COVID-19.

(Airs 05/15/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo urges Congress to include money to help states decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on state legislators indicating that raising taxes is an option to deal with the economic fallout from covid-19, and a new poll finds more New Yorkers than not say they want to extend PAUSE past this week’s deadline.

From the Legislative Gazette, WAMC's David Guistina interviews New York Power Authority employee Robert Cammer, a shift supervisor at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in Gilboa, New York. Cammer discusses his role and how the facility is prepared at all times for any emergency, including a pandemic, in order to keep the lights on in New York state.

(Airs 05/08/20 @ 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 limited reopening may be coming soon for some upstate businesses, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on , and we’ll talk to a New York Power Authority employee sequestered work to keep the lights on in the state.

(Airs 05/01/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: A new report says the economic impact of the coronavirus will force big cuts to the state’s schools a local governments, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on whether Governor Cuomo’s high approval rating will last once the economic toll of the coronavirus becomes clear, and we’ll take a look at whether there will be racing at Saratoga Race Course this summer.

(Airs 04/24/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg will lead NY’s effort in the process of contact tracing for covid-19, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s meeting with President Trump this week, and the group common cause pushes the legislature to resume its regular session remotely.

(Airs 04/17/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo takes executive action requiring every New Yorker in public wear a face mask, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on how one state lawmaker says we should pay for an estimated $10 billion budget deficit, and we’ll follow a nurse on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

(Airs 04/10/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Despite COVID-19 and the economic impact on the state budget, it does include a provision to permit public campaign financing for elections in future years, our political observer Alan Chartock on claims that Andrew Cuomo has become “America’s Governor” during the pandemic, and we’ll look at how SUNY New Paltz is dealing with the other victim of the coronavirus – mental health.

(Airs 04/03/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator singles out two counties  in the New York City suburbs which have the fastest growing number of covid-19 cases, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the state budget this year filled with economic pain, and UAlbany students help with the coronavirus by 3D printing face shields.

(Airs 03/27/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: With the budget due April 1st less than a week away, state lawmakers say, despite the corona virus outbreak, they intend to meet the deadline, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s leadership during the covid-19 pandemic, and how some businesses are getting creative to stay active.

(Airs 03/20/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state comptroller says tough economic times are ahead for the state budget, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on leadership in a time of crisis, and crossing over the northern border is now much more difficult.

(Airs 03/13/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the new Coronavirus continues to spread in New York, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s expanded powers in light of the potential pandemic, and  VT’s attorney general is suing a NY based data collection company over violating Vermonters privacy rights.

(Airs 03/06/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the Coronavirus is now in New York, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on the politics surrounding COVID-19, and two Capital Region lawmakers introduce legislation to ban the burning PFAS chemicals.

(Airs 02/28/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Jewish Community Centers across the country were emailed anonymous threats prompting an evacuation in Albany, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with Assembly Majority Leader, Buffalo Democrat Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and the EPA takes a step closer to setting drinking water limits for two PFAS chemicals.

(Airs 2/21/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Consumers, businesses and localities prepare for the state’s new plastic bag ban, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Assemblyman Gottfried’s healthcare for all bill, and Senator Gillibrand promotes legislation for families with addiction.

(Airs 2/14/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Bravo star Andy Cohen comes to Albany to push for paid gestational surrogacy; our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s fight with President Trump; and we’ll take you to Lake Placid as it marks 40 years since the 1980 games.

(Airs 2/07/20) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the fight over recently enacted bail reform heats up at the capitol, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Governor’s reaction to the President Trump targeting New York over The Green Light Law, and we’ll take a look at the 2020 priorities of the New York Farm Bureau.

(Airs 1/31/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: legislators hear testimony on Governor Cuomo’s budget and how to close a $6 billion budget gap, our political observer Alan Chartock shares thoughts on his conversation with the Governor this week, and the Chancellor of SUNY delivers her annual state of the University address.

(1/24/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The Governor releases his budget proposal, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the politics behind the Governor’s plan, and we’ll have reaction to the sentencing of former Congressman Chris Collins.

(Airs 01/17/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo announces security funding for communities in Rockland County, after a machete attack at a rabbi’s home in late December, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the fight brewing over new bail reforms, and the Governor and legislature agree on legislation to improve limousine safety.

(Airs 01/10/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo delivers his 10th state of the state address, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his analysis of the speech, and a new poll finds consumer sentiment in New York is at the highest point in a decade.

(Airs 1/03/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: We’ll have a preview of the coming legislative session and a closer look at sever new laws that take effect, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the terrible attack on Jews celebrating Hannukuh, a rise in anti-semitism, and the Governor’s call for a Domestic Terrorism Law.

(Airs 12/27/19 @ 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 start the new year with the biggest budget deficit since the great recession, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on whether the state will legalize cannabis for recreational use in 2020, and we take a look at how law enforcement agencies in Albany County are preparing for criminal justice reforms taking effect January 1.

(Air 12/20/19 @ 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 ban single use plastic bags beginning March 1st, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts over the controversy over the state’s new green light law, and we’ll have reaction from the north country to the new U.S. Mexico-Canada agreement.

(Airs 12/13/19 #@ 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 majority leader disagrees with the assembly speaker over taxing the rich to fill a 6.1 billion dollar budget gap. Our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation about higher education with the head of the UUP union. We’ll take you to Troy, NY to the site of one of the world’s most powerful artificial intelligence supercomputers.

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