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  • The kids are all right (to go deer hunting)

    April 9, 2021

    April 9, 2021 – Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, a Capital Region Democrat, joins the show to explain language in the state budget that will authorizes 12- and 13-year-olds hunters to use rifles and shotguns for deer hunting under the supervision of licensed adults. Read More


  • Tragic loss sparks advocacy for other families

    April 9, 2021

    April 9, 2021 – As part of national child abuse prevention month, we’re telling the story of Jacqueline Franchetti, founder of Kyra’s Champions, a non-profit organization advocating for reforms designed to keep children safe. She started the movement after her two-year-old daughter was murdered by her father during a court-sanctioned, unsupervised visit. Jacqueline is pushing for the adoption of Kyra’s Law, which would overhaul the state’s family court system Read More


  • State budget rehashes 2020 environmental proposals

    April 9, 2021

    April 9, 2021 – We look at the good, the bad and the missing from the environmental portion of the recently approved state budget, with Liz Moran, environmental policy director of the New York Public Interest Research Group Read More


  • Report cites ‘sensationalized’ media coverage for negative reaction to bail reform

    April 8, 2021

    The Capitol Pressroom · Reports cites ‘sensationalized’ media coverage for negative reaction to bail reform April 8, 2021 – Inaccurate, misleading and one-sided media coverage leading up to the implementation of the state’s new bail laws in 2020 – and the ensuing weeks and months after they took effect – contributed to a negative reaction to the changes, according to a report from FWD.us. We discussed the findings with report co-author Laura Bennett, manager of research for criminal justice reform at FWD.us. Read More


  • Medical marijuana gets new lease on life with legalization in New York

    April 8, 2021

    April 8, 2021 – Ever since it got up and running in 2016, New York’s medical marijuana program has been dogged by access and affordability obstacles for patients. But with the adoption of legalized marijuana at the end of March, state Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat, says the medical program is poised for a comeback. Read More


  • State budget includes $2.4 billion for rent relief: Find out if you’re eligible

    April 8, 2021

    April 8, 2021 – Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the creation of a $2.4 billion rent relief program in the state budget. The Legal Aid Society’s Ellen Davidson explains who is eligible for help, how much is available and when it will be distributed. Read More


  • New York’s economic recovery trails the nation

    April 7, 2021

    April 7, 2021 – We’re joined by Russell Weaver, an economic geographer and  director of research for Cornell University’s school of Industrial and Labor Relations, to break down the state of New York’s economic recovery since the start of the pandemic. We discuss what sectors have bounced back, who has been left behind and what’s next Read More


  • New York’s Green Party has ideas for improving new marijuana law

    April 7, 2021

    April 7, 2021 – It’s only been a week since New York legalized marijuana, but New York’s Green Party has ideas on how to improve the new law. Michael O’Neil, a member of the state party’s executive committee, joins the show to make the case for lower tax rates and no limits on possession. Read More


  • New York’s court funding restored to pre-pandemic levels

    April 7, 2021

    April 7, 2021 – The state’s courts had to absorb a 10 percent budget cut last fiscal year, but the New York Law Journal’s Ryan Tarinelli says they’re poised for a restoration of funding in the state budget making its way through the Capitol this week. Read More


  • So you’re vaccinated. Now what?

    April 6, 2021

    April 6, 2021 – Millions of Americans are getting vaccinated every day for COVID-19, but what does it mean for a return to normalcy? Can we take off our masks? Is it safe to have friends over? We asked these questions, and many more, to Dr. Eli Rosenberg, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics for the University at Albany and a member of the governor’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution task force. Read More


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The Capitol Pressroom is a daily one-hour radio program broadcast from the Legislative Correspondents Association Pressroom on the third floor of the State Capitol in Albany. The show features  interviews with important newsmakers.

It also features analysis from seasoned political reporters who work the Albany beat for newspapers and wire services around the state including The New York Times, Newsday, the Albany Times, Union, Gannett News Service and the Associated Press.

The Capitol Pressroom Weekend, is a one-hour show filled with the week’s best interview segments from The Capitol Pressroom.

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Annandale-on-Hudson WLHV-88.1 FM Saturday, 12pm
New York City WNYC-820 AM Sunday, 6am

david_lombardoDavid Lombardo
Host
Lombardo brings 10 years of experience in journalism, state politics, and digital media to the position. He previously served as Capitol reporter for the Albany Times Union, where he was also host of the Capitol Confidential podcast. Lombardo’s work in podcasting and data visualization has been recognized by the New York Associated Press Association. He was named to Albany 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by City & State New York.

Lombardo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo.


timothy_williamsTimothy Williams
Senior Political Producer
Timothy Williams has produced “The Capitol Pressroom” since 2017. Williams was recently promoted to senior political producer at WCNY. He was named to Albany 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by City & State New York.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The Capitol Pressroom streams online right here weekdays at 11 a.m.

The show also airs in the cities below:

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Annandale-on-Hudson WLHV-88.1 FM 6pm
Binghamton WSKG-89.3 FM 9pm
Buffalo WBFO-88.7 FM 8pm
Clayton WRVH-89.3 FM 8pm
Cortland WSUC-90.5 FM 8pm
Elmira WSQE-91.1 FM 9pm
Fenner WMVQ-90.5 FM 8pm
Hamilton WRCU-90.1 FM 8pm
Hornell WSQA-88.7 FM 9pm
Ithaca WSQG-90.9 FM 9pm
Ithaca WRFI-88.1 FM 3pm
Jamestown WUBJ-88.1 FM 8pm
Odessa WINO-89.9 FM 9pm
Olean WOLN-91.3 FM 8pm
Oneonta WSQC-91.7 FM 9pm
Oswego WRVO-89.9 FM 8pm
Rochester WXXI-1370 AM 11pm
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Wednesday 5/13:

Inside the Room: Cuomo advisor discusses NY’s COVID-19 response: Click Here

Stanford professor explains how antibody tests work and what we can learn from them: Click Here

Open for Business? Capital Region close to reopening: Click Here

Tuesday 5/12:

COVID-19 puts legislative work on hold: Click Here

The show can go on for NY’s drive ins after restrictions are lifted: Click Here

Social workers answer the call during pandemic: Click Here

Monday 5/11:
Unemployment highest since Great Depression: Click Here

Hudson Valley Senator recounts his personal battle with COVID-19: Click Here

Teachers’ union wary of Bill Gates’ involvement in ‘reimagining” schools: Click Here

Friday 5/8:
NY struggles to contain COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes: Click Here

How NY’s primary turnout will be impacted by the pandemic: Click Here

Schools can be dangerous breeding grounds for COVID-19: Click Here

Thursday 5/7:
Gov. Cuomo sued for not having a sign language interpreter at COVID-19 briefings: Click Here

Wednesday 5/6:
LI warns of dangers of second COVID-19 wave: Click Here

NY’s child care on the brink of financial ruin due to COVID-19: Click Here

Tuesday 5/5:
Upstate county looking towards reopening: Click Here

NY’s healthcare ripe for overhaul after pandemic: Click Here

NY’s pandemic response leaves school bus drivers in limbo: Click Here

Monday 5/4:
Troopers adapt to policing during COVID-19: Click Here

Many florists won’t see Mother’s Day business bump due to COVID-19: Click Here

Gov. Cuomo faces calls to release prisoners over COVID-19 fears: Click Here

Shortcomings in the state’s whistleblower laws spark renewed push for reform: Click Here

Friday 5/1:
COVID-19 will have a lasting economic toll says Citizens Budget Commission: Click Here

Wednesday 4/29:
Democratic lawmakers push for hazard pay for frontline workers: Click Here

Smaller banks struggle to compete for federal aid: Click Here

Tuesday 4/28:
State GOP leaders talked about COVID-19’s electoral impacts: Click Here

Rep. Tom Reed pushes for state aid in federal stimulus bills: Click Here

Ulster County’s COVID-19 response: Click Here

Businesses worry about the health of the Adirondack’s tourist-heavy economy: Click Here

Monday 4/27:
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on COVID-19’s impact on legislating: Click Here

Nurses union sues over “grossly inadequate” protections for medical staff: Click Here

Friday 4/24:
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discusses COVID-19’s impact on NY’s financial footing: Click Here

The opioid crisis continues during COVID-19 battle: Click Here

Rochester Schools Superintendent talked about the COVID-19 impact on his schools: Click Here

Private colleges try to whether COVID-19’s storm: Click Here

Thursday 4/23:
Upstate Assemblywoman talks about the struggles people are having with the unemployment site: Click Here

Primer on how the unemployment program works: Click Here

Personal experiences navigating unemployment process: Click Here

Help is available to navigate the unemployment process: Click Here

Wednesday 4/22:

Tracking NY’s spending on COVID-19 supplies: Click Here

Lobbyists adjust to COVID-19 norms: Click Here

Antibody tests could be the key to reopening NYS: Click Here

Tuesday 4/21:

Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe and Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa on COVID-19’s educational impacts: Click Here

Funeral directors struggle to keep up with COVID-19 death toll: Click Here

Emerson COVID-19 poll: Click Here

Monday 4/20:

Business community concerns during COVID-19: Click Here

Calls for a water shut off moratorium: Click Here

Pharmacies adapt to COVID-19 demands: Click Here

Upstate GOP Senator joins call to regionally reopening NYS: Click Here

Friday 4/17:

Government oversight during the pandemic: Click Here

Domestic violence rates spike during COVID19: Click Here

Nursing homes scramble to keep patients safe during COVID19 pandemic: Click Here

Syracuse Senator Rachel May highlights issues impacting rural areas: Click Here

Thursday 4/16:

Farmers try to adjust to lower demand for crops during COVID-19: Click Here

Keeping grocery store workers and shoppers safe: Click Here

Dinosaur BBQ owner talks adapting to new COVID-19 rules and what reopening could look like: Click Here

Wednesday 4/15:

Race disparities in COVID19 deaths: Click Here

Caring for NY’s older population: Click Here

Keeping the power on during the COVID19 pandemic: Click Here

The impact of COVID19 on NY’s community colleges: Click Here

Tuesday 4/14:

Former Governor Pataki discussed being in charge of NY’s emergency response and how NY’s 9/11 response can shape its pandemic response: Click Here

Newspapers adapt to cover the COVID19 pandemic: Click Here

NY’s health systems work to meet COVID-19 need: Click Here

Monday 4/13:

Report calls for more protections for “essential workers”: Click Here

CSEA angered over Cuomo plan to freeze state worker pay: Click Here

Food banks rush to meet the COVID-19 need: Click Here

Friday 4/10:

Park rangers assist in COVID-19 response: Click Here

COVID-19’s massive impact on Queens communities: Click Here

How COVID-19 impacts health plans: Click Here

Thursday 4/9:

Assemblywoman returns to nursing to combat COVID-19: Click Here

Onondaga County’s fight against COVID19: Click Here

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 on public transit: Click Here

Wednesday 4/8:

The Board of Regents cancel June’s regents exams due to COVID19 concerns: Click Here

Death care services struggle to keep up with COVID-19 demands: Click Here

Tuesday 4/7:

Attorney General James talks COVID legal actions and the NRA’s legal challenge on gun stores being deemed “unessential”: Click Here

Albany County’s COVID response: Click Here

Monday 4/6:

Sen. Alessandra Biaggi on NY’s COVID response and keeping spirits high during social distancing: Click Here

Funding for NY’s schools and next steps for budget votes and state testing: Click Here

Friday 4/3:

Nurses on the front lines of the COVID19 fight call for more PPE: Click Here

Thursday 4/2:
Senate Corrections Chair Sepulveda talked about keeping incarcerated New Yorkers and prison workers: Click Here
Wednesday 4/1:
School Boards officials talk budget and COVID-19’s impact on school budget votes: Click Here
NY had a pandemic plan but it couldn’t rise to COVID-19’s challenge: Click Here
NY’s slice of federal COVID-19 aid: Click Here
Tuesday 3/31:
Empire Justice Center’s Saima Akhtar outlined the resources available for New Yorkers facing financial insecurity: Click Here
Siena College’s new poll on New Yorkers coronavirus response views: Click Here
COVID-19’s impact on construction in the Empire State: Click Here
Emerson College Polling’s latest round of coronavirus polling results: Click Here
Monday 3/30:
Suffolk County on Long Island’s response to the coronavirus: Click Here
Realtors want flexibility under social distancing rules: Click Here
Senator wants gun stores deemed essential to protect 2nd Amendment rights: Click Here
Friday 3/27:
National Guard on their role in New York’s coronavirus response: Click Here
Reporter Josefa Velasquez on NY’s response and Cuomo’s growing profile: Click Here
NY’s 19th Congressional District Representative Antonio Delgado on the federal stimulus package: Click Here
Helping New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and brain injuries through COVID-19: Click Here
Thursday 3/26:
Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins talks budget and coronavirus response: Click Here
CNY Distiller answers the call for more hand sanitizer: Click Here
Former Bureau of Labor Statistics Director talks rising unemployment & potential recession due to COVID-19: Click Here
Funeral directors prepare for worst case scenarios: Click Here
Wednesday 3/25:
Grocery stores are looking to meet increased demand and protect their workers: Click Here
Deputy Senate Majority Leader Mike Gianaris is proposing a 90-day rent suspension for NYers economically impacted by the virus: Click Here
Emerson College and CUNY teamed up to poll NYers on their COVID-19 attitudes and how they get their info: Click Here
Assembly Minority Leader Barclay weighed in on the state’s coronavirus response: Click Here
Tuesday 3/24:
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discussed the impact that the virus will have on NY’s financial footing: Click Here
We checked in with Asm. Amy Paulin on how Westchester is handling the coronavirus response: Click Here
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan talked about his county’s response: Click Here
EJ McMahon of the Empire Center updated us on the state’s budget outlook: Click Here
Monday 3/23:
Coronavirus’ impact on the criminal justice system: Click Here
Friday 3/20:
Helping the aging through the coronavirus: Click Here
Manufacturer’s weigh in on the Gov’s new restrictions: Click Here
Child care for “essential” workers during coronavirus: Click Here
Bars and distilleries shift gears during coronavirus: Click Here
Thursday 3/19:
The Capitol Pressroom spoke with a LI Senator who was tested and quarantined due to coronavirus: Click Here
Business community reacts to COVID paid sick leave package: Click Here
Coronavirus election impact: Click Here
Xenophobia and the Governor’s coronavirus response with Asm. Niou: Click Here
Farmers are bracing for less migrant workers this growing season due to Coronavirus: Click Here

Wednesday 3/18:
New York Racing Association is still running horse races during coronavirus: Click Here
UAlbany expert on changing behaviors: Click Here
Supermarket issues during coronavirus: Click Here
Tuesday 3/17:
Coronavirus’ impact on prisons: Click Here
Election date impact of COVID-19: Click Here
COVID-19’s budget implications: Click Here
Monday 3/16:
The Governor’s expanded powers during a public health crisis: Click Here
Distance learning for college students: Click Here
Friday 3/13:
Coronavirus’ impact on restaurants: Click Here
Thursday 3/12:
Asm. Amy Paulin discussed the impact of COVID-19 on her district which includes New Rochelle: Click Here
Tuesday 3/10:
Westchester County Superintendent on cleaning schools: Click Here
School boards on school closings: Click Here
Friday 3/6:
Politico NY’s Health reporter on state’s response: Click Here
Thursday 3/5:
Niagara County and Statewide Public Health Official Association President on COVID-19 response: Click Here
Monday 2/10:
UAlbany emergency preparedness expert on response: Click Here
  • Harckham: Excluded workers fund is ‘very necessary’

    April 5, 2021

    On Monday afternoon, The Capitol Pressroom reached out to a dozen upstate and suburban Senate Democrats to get their positions on a $2 billion state investment in pandemic benefits for New Yorkers – mostly undocumented immigrants – who were shut out of federal relief efforts. The dozen moderate members could control the fate of the measure in the chamber if they voted as a block. Ten didn’t respond, one Long Island Democrat’s spokesman offered a “no comment,” and Sen. Pete Harckham called me back. “I think it’s very necessary,” the Westchester County Democrat said. Read More


  • Proposed excluded workers fund creates schism among Assembly Dems

    April 2, 2021

    A group of  about 30 Assembly Democrats are so concerned with the $2 billion excluded workers fund being kicked around in budget negotiations that they met in secret on Friday before the full conference with their colleagues, according to multiple members at the remote meeting.  Read More


  • Senate Dems hope to bridge divide on mobile sports gambling

    April 2, 2021

    If the state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo don’t compromise on their competing plans for online sports gambling, “nothing will get done,” according to Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee Chair Joe Addabbo. Read More


  • New York unveils long anticipated Pro/Am MMA rules

    April 1, 2021

    About five years after state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo made professional mixed martial arts legal in New York, the state has adopted regulations enabling bouts featuring professional and amateur fighters. Read More


  • Proposed $1 DMV convenience fee not dead yet

    March 29, 2021

    With days until the state budget is due, the battle lines over a new $1 DMV convenience fee are clear. Read More


  • Marijuana legalization may not save hemp joints in New York

    March 18, 2021

    Proposed state regulations banning the sale of hemp flower or pre-rolled joints in New York may not be reversed by the legislative campaign to legalize adult-use marijuana. Read More


  • A majority of Democrats don’t want Cuomo to resign

    March 15, 2021

    Half of New York voters – 61 percent of registered Democrats – don’t feel that Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to resign in response to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by the three-term Democrat, according to a new poll from the Siena College Research Institute. Read More


  • Lawmaker proposes ban on books like Cuomo’s pandemic memoir

    March 12, 2021

    A bill introduced on Thursday would prevent future governors from writing about their time in office, while still in office. Read More


  • Lawmaker postpones fundraiser scheduled a week before budget due

    March 11, 2021

    Assemblymember Maritza Davila, a Brooklyn Democrat, is postponing a political fundraiser scheduled for March 24 after being asked by The Capitol Pressroom about the propriety of soliciting campaign contributions a week before the state budget is due. Read More


  • Cuomo ally involved in distribution of clergy statement backing governor

    March 10, 2021

    Charlie King, a longtime ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, worked behind the scenes to distribute a statement on Tuesday from more than two dozen clergy members of color pushing back against calls for New York’s chief executive to resign before the state attorney general’s probe into his conduct is completed, according to multiple signatories on the statement. Read More


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