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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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  • Aug. 28, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Scott Waldman and Bill Hammond, Travers Stakes, secession movement

    August 28, 2015

    Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this week’s Winners and Losers. Reporters Bill Hammond of the NY Daily News and Scott Waldman of Politico New York weigh in on the news of the week. Karl Sleight, a Partner at Harris Beach PLLC, looks at what’s ahead for Travers Day in Saratoga. Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh will race in Saturday’s event. New York’s ban on fracking and stricter gun laws are prompting some New Yorkers to call for secession of Upstate from the state to join Pennsylvania. Aaron Price, a documentarian and secessionist activist, explains. Read More

  • Aug. 27, 2015: Christopher Amato, Sen. David Carlucci, NYSCOPBA, Blair Horner

    August 27, 2015

    Earthjustice Staff Attorney Christopher Amato discusses Western New York’s energy future. The cost of construction on the new Tappan Zee Bridge could spike tolls for commuters. To prevent that from happening, Sen. David Carlucci (IDC, Ossining) released a “4 Point Toll Affordability Plan”. He joins Susan Arbetter to explain. James Miller, the director of Public Relations for the New York State Corrections Officers and Police Benevolent Association, argues the public should withhold judgment until investigations into alleged brutality at two correctional facilities in upstate New York are complete. The so-called “LLC loophole” is facing a lawsuit by a unit within the Board of Elections. Attempts to restrict campaign donations from limited liability companies failed during the legislative session, so now the battle will move to the courts. Blair Horner, NYPIRG’s legislative director, discusses the case and its potential to bring reform. Read More

  • Aug. 26, 2015: Utica nanotechnology, Cayuga Power Plant, Matthew McMorrow, Bruce Gyory

    August 26, 2015

    The State is planning to invest $250 million on a nanotechnology hub in Utica. Sen. Joseph Griffo (R-Rome) looks at what the public/private partnership could do for the region. But E.J. McMahon, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Empire Center for Public Policy, argues that the payoffs of such initiatives are hard to weigh, especially if the investments come at the cost of neglecting infrastructure. There are plans in the works to repower the Cayuga Power Plant from coal to natural gas. But a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) argues against the overhaul. Tom Sanzillo, director of finance IEEFA, shares the analysis. Matthew McMorrow, the Director of Government Affairs for the Empire State Pride Agenda, discusses the group’s first round of 2015 endorsements. Susan speaks with Bruce Gyory, an adjunct professor at UAlbany and senior advisor at Manatt, Phelps, […] Read More

  • Aug. 25, 2015: Wayne Spence, Luna Droubi, Dennis Walcott, Michael Rebell

    August 25, 2015

    Wayne Spence, the new President of the Public Employees Federation (PEF), explains his vision for the union. We speak with Luna Droubi, an Associate at Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, about the death of Samuel Harrell, a prisoner at Fishkill Correctional Facility whose death was ruled a homicide. Ms. Droubi is representing Harrell’s family. Former New York City schools chancellor Dennis Walcott will lead a three-member State Education Department monitoring panel for the East Ramapo School District. Racial, religious and economic tensions run high in the district. Walcott, who has dealt with complicated education environments before, discusses how he plans to proceed. There is some movement in the NYSER case: New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) is a coalition of statewide organizations, parent groups, and advocacy groups that has brought a new constitutional challenge to the state education finance system. Michael Rebell, a professor at the Columbia Teachers College […] Read More

  • Comptroller DiNapoli on Wall Street Jitters

    August 24, 2015

    August 24-Albany—Wall Street may be seeing what stock market watchers call “a correction”, but it won’t impact the state’s $182.5 billion pension fund in the short term, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli told the Capitol Pressroom on Monday.  “Like all investors we don’t like when the market goes down, but we’re not in a position where we have an immediate reaction to it,” DiNapoli said.  The U.S. markets initially fell by 1000 points at the opening bell Monday after a sell-off last week in response to China’s economic  turmoil. Listen to The Capitol Pressroom. Read More

  • Aug. 24, 2015: Comptroller DiNapoli, Ed Farrell, Carol Burris

    August 24, 2015

    Comptroller DiNapoli looks at foreclosure rates in NYS. Ed Farrell, executive director of the Retired Public Employees Association, explains how retiree pensions affect the state’s economy. We discuss what’s ahead for the Common Core, teacher evaluations, and opt-outs with Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education Fund and Co-Director of the National Education Policy Center’s Schools of Opportunity Project. Read More

  • Aug. 21, 2015: Jon Lentz, reporters, JCOPE review

    August 21, 2015

    City & State Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor Jon Lentz looks at this week’s Winners and Losers. We host a reporter roundtable with Joseph Spector, the Albany Bureau Chief for Gannett, and David Klepper, a Capitol Correspondent for the Associated Press. Government reform advocates met recently with JCOPE’s review board. Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union, and Barbara Bartoletti, the Legislative Director for the League of Women Voters NY, explain the reforms they would like to the see in the ethics watchdog commission. Read More

  • Aug. 20, 2015: Judith Enck, Soffiyah Elijah

    August 20, 2015

    We look at the President’s Clean Power Plan and the EPA’s methane emission cuts for new oil and gas sources with EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck. The Correctional Association of New York says New York’s prison system is out of control and irreparably broken. We will speak with Soffiyah Elijah, the group’s executive director, about a call for the Department of Justice to fully investigate the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in light of the homicide of Samuel Harrell, a prisoner in the Fishkill Correctional Facility. Read More

  • Aug. 19, 2015: Heather Briccetti, Tim Kremer, Sheri Lederman, Larry Levy

    August 19, 2015

      The Business Council President and CEO Heather Briccetti explains the group’s objections to the Wage Board’s recommendation to raise the fast-food minimum wage to $15/hr. Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, analyzes the 3rd – 8th grade state scores and looks at what is in store for the coming school year. A New York State Supreme Court heard arguments last week from Great Neck public school teacher Sheri Lederman that the state’s teacher evaluation system is irrational. Lederman joins us to discuss the hearing. How will moderate swing suburban voters affect the 2016 presidential election? Hofstra’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy weighs in. Read More

  • Aug. 18, 2015: Rep. Paul Tonko, James Parrott

    August 18, 2015

      Rep. Paul Tonko (D, NY-20) joins us to discuss President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the Iran Nuclear deal and the future of the Export-Import bank. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist James Parrott analyzes the $15/hr fast-food minimum wage recommendation. 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. It airs Sundays at 6 a.m. on WQXW in Ossining, NY.

Host Susan Arbetter is an award-winning broadcast journalist who brings more than 15 years of experience to the Pressroom as an Albany correspondent.

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

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