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  • Cuomo’s mandated police reform process begins in Schenectady

    October 23, 2020

    Oct. 23, 2020 – Police departments across the state are in the state mandated process of reviewing their make up and mission. Jamaica Miles, co-founder of the group All of Us, discussed the process that is happening in the Capital Region city of Schenectady. Read More


  • New SUNY student leader addresses funding, COVID-19 and Excelsior scholarship

    October 23, 2020

    Oct. 23, 2020 – Students that rely on the Excelsior scholarship program could be facing tough financial situation in the new year due to a limitation on funds for the program. Bradley Hershenson, President of the SUNY Student Assembly, weighed in on this situation and the other issues impacting the public higher education system. Read More


  • The count is over, now comes the census number crunching

    October 23, 2020

    Oct. 23, 2020 – Jeff Wice, Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at the New York Law School and Senior Advisor at New York Counts 2020, explained what the next steps are in the census process now that the decennial counting process has ended. Read More


  • What would you do with $500 a month? Andrew Yang non-profit to find out

    October 23, 2020

    Oct. 23, 2020 – What would you do with an extra $500 a month? Well, that’s the question that the organization Humanity Forward is looking to find an answer to. The group, which was founded by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, is studying how a universal basic income program would work in practice in the Columbia County city of Hudson. Zach Graumann, Executive Director of Humanity Forward, explained how this universal basic income program will work. Read More


  • Shoring up New York’s food supply for the next emergency

    October 22, 2020

    Oct. 22, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic exposed weaknesses in our country’s food processing system. We talked with Asm. Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton), chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, about a taskforce she is proposing that would study potential solutions to prevent a repeat of the issues during the pandemic. Read More


  • Uncertain future for New York’s Regents exams

    October 22, 2020

    Oct. 22, 2020 – Like most parts of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the Regents exam schedule into uncertain waters. Reema Amin, Chalkbeat New York reporter, discussed the latest information on these important exams. Check out Reema’s latest reporting on the issue here. Read More


  • Thruway director discusses cashless tolling, revenue drop and Roy Rogers

    October 22, 2020

    Oct. 22, 2020 – Starting in November, the Thruway will transition to cashless tolls and the phasing out of toll booths. Matthew Driscoll, Executive Director of the Thruway Authority, explained how the new system works and what will happen to the employees that staff the current toll booths. Read More


  • Domestic violence reports continue to outpace 2019 in New York

    October 22, 2020

    Oct. 22, 2020 – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We heard from Kelli Owens, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, on the actions the state is taking to help survivors and prevent abuse. Read More


  • Cuomo carves out quarantine loophole for New York’s neighbors

    October 21, 2020

    Oct. 21, 2020 – In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, New York implemented a travel quarantine list which requires visitors or residents to quarantine for two weeks after coming to New York from a state with high COVID-19 cases. Jon Campbell, Statehouse reporter for the USA Today Network – New York, broke down how the list works. Read More


  • Targeted COVID-19 lockdown measures working in Southern Tier

    October 21, 2020

    Oct. 21, 2020 – Parts of the state including Broome County are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar (D) joined the show to explain the actions his county is taking to control the growth in cases. 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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Binghamton WSKG-89.3 FM Saturday, 9pm
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Hornell WSQA-88.7 FM Saturday, 9pm
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Ithaca WSQG-90.9 FM Saturday, 9pm
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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:

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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
  • Andrew Yang for NYC mayor? ‘TBD’

    October 23, 2020

    While the Democratic field of mayor hopefuls in New York City gets more crowded every day, a national heavyweight could still join the fray. Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang continues to mull over a potential 2021 run, according to his former campaign manager, Zach Graumann. “We haven’t ruled anything out,” Graumann said this week on The Capitol Pressroom. “I think the polling numbers on Andrew Yang for mayor of New York are very very compelling” Read More


  • New York could crack down on illegal parking in spots for electric vehicles

    October 5, 2020

    New Yorkers who park their gas guzzlers in public spots reserved for electric vehicles could soon face repercussions. Legislation waiting on the governor’s desk would make the advertised restrictions more than just a suggestion, giving them the weight of state law and enforceable by local authorities. The change, which is sponsored by Democratic lawmakers Jen Metzger and Amy Paulin, received bipartisan support in the state legislature.  Read More


  • Senate GOP propose review of alleged social media censorship

    October 1, 2020

    Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt is looking to promote internet media freedom in New York, after his political allies had their social media account muzzled this summer. The western New York Republican proposed the creation of an Internet Media Freedom Task Force to examine “censorship employed by social media companies” and consider how platforms like Facebook and Twitter effect elections. The legislation was introduced less than a month after the state’s Conservative Party was released from a two-month stint in Twitter jail, after the account was mistakenly flagged as spam by the social media giant. Read More


  • Independence Party ‘not taking sides’ in battle for state Senate

    September 25, 2020

    In past years, New York’s Independence Party would throw its weight behind Republican efforts to maintain control of the state Senate. This year, though, the third party’s chairman doesn’t think that the chamber is up for grabs, noting he can “only deal in reality.” “We’re not taking sides at this point,” Independence Party Chair Frank MacKay said Friday on The Capitol Pressroom. Read More


  • David Paterson predicts more taxes are coming to New York

    August 27, 2020

    Despite serving as the frontman for a coalition opposing higher taxes, former Gov. David Paterson believes the state will adopt some new measure aimed at wealthy New Yorkers to bring in more revenue during the pandemic. “If anybody thinks they’re getting out of this situation without suffering the way the rest of us will, they’re really missing the point,” Paterson told The Capitol Pressroom. Read More


  • CBD drinks enter New York illegally, while most producers await state regs

    August 21, 2020

    The arrival of an out-of-state, hemp-infused seltzer on store shelves this week in New York has the state’s hemp industry calling foul. Kaló, a 12-ounce drink with 20 milligrams of “naturally occurring CBD and other cannabinoids,” is being sold in violation of state law, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Health. But it’s not clear what the state is doing about the illegal product, which is produced in New Jersey, aside from referring the matter to the federal Food and Drug Administration for follow up.  Read More


  • Dissension on SUNY board over chancellor selection process

    August 21, 2020

    The anointing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s close ally as the next head of New York’s public colleges and universities isn’t sitting well with the state’s faculty. A resolution crafted by the Faculty Council of Community Colleges and University Faculty Senate, which is not expected to be voted on during Friday’s meeting naming Jim Malatras the next chancellor of the SUNY system, calls for a vote of no confidence in the politically appointed members of the SUNY Board of Trustees.  Read More


  • Judge weighs in on New York’s plastic bag regulations

    August 20, 2020

    State regulations implementing broad restrictions on single-use plastic bags in New York were curtailed Thursday by a judge overseeing a lawsuit from a plastic bag manufacturer and New York City bodegas. While the law restricting plastic bags was upheld, the court threw out the state’s regulations implementing the measure, according to the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, which opposed the regulatory effort. “Unfortunately, we are back where we started, and New York’s bag ban is still broken,” American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance Director Zachary Taylor said in a statement. “If there is one thing that is very clear from the judge’s ruling it’s that New York has an unworkable plastic bag law and it must be fixed.” Read More


  • Heastie’s leadership challenge in the Assembly

    August 11, 2020

    In less than five months, the incoming class of freshmen Democratic Assembly members will have their first significant vote when the chamber chooses the speaker for the next two years. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie hasn’t faced any significant opposition for the post since beating out a handful of contenders for the job in 2015, and is expected to officially be re-elected to the post in 2021. Based on recent interviews with The Capitol Pressroom, though, it doesn’t appear that all the fresh faces coming to Albany are excited about giving him two more years as leader. When the question was posed to Phara Souffrant Forrest, a socialist who defeated a Brooklyn Assembly member in June, she paused for six full seconds before deferring an answer. “We’ll wait until … January to talk about that,” she said. Read More


  • 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


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