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The Capitol Pressroom streams live weekdays at 11 a.m. The streaming player is available beginning at 10:35 a.m. For air times on your local station, please check the “Air times” tab on this page.

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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.

City  Station Time
Binghamton WSKG-89.3 FM Saturday, 9pm
Odessa WINO-89.9 FM Saturday, 9pm
Hornell WSQA-88.7 FM Saturday, 9pm
Oneonta WSQC-91.7 FM Saturday, 9pm
Elmira WSQE-91.1 FM Saturday, 9pm
Ithaca WSQG-90.9 FM Saturday, 9pm
Watkins Glen WSKG-90.5 FM Saturday, 9pm
Buffalo WBFO-88.7 FM Saturday, 6am
Olean WOLN-91.3 FM Saturday, 6am
Jamestown WUBJ-88.1 FM Saturday, 6am
Sharon, CT WHDD-91.9 FM Saturday, 12pm
Sharon, CT WHDD-1020 AM Saturday, 12pm
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:

City  Station Time
Albany WVCR-88.3 FM 5pm
Annandale-on-Hudson WLHV-88.1 FM 6pm
Binghamton WSKG-89.3 FM 8pm
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
Sharon, CT WHDD-1020 AM/91.9 FM 6pm
Syracuse WRVD-90.3 FM 8pm
Utica WRVN-91.9 FM 8pm
Watertown WRVJ-91.7 FM 8pm
Watkins Glen WSKG-90.5 FM 9pm
Watkins Glen WRFI-91.9 FM 3pm

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
  • State funding for census outreach begins to flow

    July 31, 2020

    The long-awaited state investment in local outreach to promote participation in the census process is starting, according to Empire State Development. Counties and cities can expect to receive about half of the $20 million allocated in last year’s budget, with $3.4 million immediately being distributed to 15 “populated” municipalities with the lowest response rates compared to the rest of the state. Other counties and cities will receive $4.1 million on Monday and then $2.5 million will supplement the localities with the worst participation, according to ESD. Read More


  • DiNapoli ready to resume oversight role stripped by Cuomo

    July 30, 2020

    “We’re ready. We’re able.” That was the message State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli delivered Thursday on The Capitol Pressroom, when asked about restoring oversight powers to his office that were stripped by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the pandemic under the guise of expediting the state’s response to the emergency. Read More


  • Decline in stock market will drive up state pension costs

    July 30, 2020

    A 2.68 percent decline in the state’s pension fund for the past fiscal year means taxpayers will have to shoulder more of the cost of retirement benefits paid out to public employees. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the dip Thursday, and acknowledged on The Capitol Pressroom that it would translate to increases beyond what was projected this spring by the state Division of Budget. Read More


  • Budget hole could swallow up state’s census spending

    July 16, 2020

    The state’s investment in a complete count of New Yorkers may not materialize in time for the ongoing census effort. While last year’s state budget included $20 million for outreach designed to foster participation with the census, none of that money has been distributed after 15 months and it seems unlikely that it will be spent anytime soon without an infusion of cash from Washington D.C. New York’s response rate is currently 4.5 percentage points behind the national average and  ranks near the bottom in the country. Read More


  • State loses millions of dollars in revenue due to less driving

    July 10, 2020

    The pandemic has been a boon to people who enjoy working from home or appreciate less traffic on the roads during their commute. But these upsides also translate into a significant decrease in revenue for the state, which collects hundreds of millions of dollars annually from taxes on gasoline and highway usage. For the first two months of the fiscal year, revenue from the state’s taxes on motor fuel, highway use and petroleum were about $130 million below last year’s receipts, according to the latest cash report from the state comptroller’s office. Read More


  • COVID-19 drives down new voter registrations

    July 7, 2020

    Political enthusiasm and engagement was high heading into 2020, but the pandemic has kept this energy from translating into as many new voter registrations as expected, according to an analysis of voter data by the New York Civil Liberties Union. “In the first 10 weeks of this year (there were) significant increases in voter registrations over 2016. However once the pandemic hit, around the time the governor declared a state of emergency …. we saw a precipitous drop in voter registration that  has really continued up until the most recent data that we have available,” NYCLU’s Perry Grossman told The Capitol Pressroom. Read More


  • Stewart’s balks at active enforcement of state’s mask requirement

    July 2, 2020

    New Yorkers are supposed to wear a mask when entering retail shops, and you’ll likely see a reminder of that requirement upon entering any Stewart’s Shops location in the state. But if you don’t have your face covering on when you’re in the popular chain, there’s no guarantee that an employee will tell you to fix the situation. And that direction comes from the top, as Gary Dake, president of Stewart’s, tweeted recently that he is not comfortable with asking his employees to engage in “active enforcement” of the state’s mask requirement inside of stores. He contended that enforcement would put people at risk, citing  “violent reactions” that have been sparked in some cases. Read More


  • North Country mass gathering generates complaints

    July 2, 2020

    Multiple complaints were recently made to the state about a late June event in Lewis County where people were allegedly not wearing masks or properly social distancing, according to the county attorney. The “Stuck in the Muck” gathering in the town of New Bremen was scheduled for June 25-28 at the Adirondack International Speedway Park, where large trucks and all-terrain vehicles drive through trails and muddy courses. Social media posts from the event indicate dozens of people were in attendance and face coverings were not being used when social distancing wasn’t maintained. Read More


  • Want in the Capitol? You still have to be on the list

    July 1, 2020

    New York’s most exclusive club is the Capitol. At least that’s been the case since the middle of March, when the building – and the adjacent Legislative Office Building – became off limits to visitors. Since then, access has been limited to state employees who work in the Capitol, credentialed journalists and authorized guests, according to a June bulletin from the state Office of General Services. Read More


  • Creation of online voter registration system stalled by COVID-19

    June 18, 2020

    The state Board of Elections has not been spared from New York’s fiscal woes. “We’ve been instructed, I think like many state agencies, to limit our spending,” state BOE spokesman John Conklin told The Capitol Pressroom. “It’s basically only essential spending at this point.” Conklin estimated that the board was tasked last year with 53 new responsibilities by the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, only some of which included funding.  As a result, the board’s focus has been on accomplishing the items they can do without spending money. Read More


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