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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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  • April 29, 2016: Best-of episode

    April 29, 2016

    The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel by Lou Grummet and John Caher is a compelling and even-handed look at a precedent-setting case that “marked the first time in American history that a governmental unit was established for a religious group.” Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education Foundation, looked at the opt-out movement and this year’s New York State tests. The Lawsuit Reform Alliance has released its annual ‘Power of Attorney’ report. Tom Stebbins, the group’s executive director, explained the influence of the Plaintiffs’ Bar in state politics. Read More

  • April 28, 2016: Dick Dadey and Blair Horner, Asw Claudia Tenney, George Phillips

    April 28, 2016

    Mayor de Blasio’s office received subpoenas as the federal government continues a probe of his campaign fundraising. Blair Horner, the executive director of NYPIRG, and Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union, joined Susan to explain the situation. Two Republican candidates in the 22nd Congressional District-Claudia Tenney and George Phillips-spoke with Susan about their bids for the seat currently held by Rep. Richard Hanna, who is not seeking reelection. Read More

  • April 27, 2016: Ursula Rozum. Opt out and race, Larry Levy

    April 27, 2016

    Ursula Rozum, a staff organizer for the Syracuse Peace Council, spoke with Susan about today’s cross-community protest in Syracuse of a conference being presented at Turning Stone Casino by the New York Tactical Officers Association. The groups are angry about anti-Islamic statements made by the conference’s keynote speaker as well as the ongoing militarization of police agencies. Is the opt out movement #OptOutSoWhite? 3 opt-out advocates answered questions about race and testing: Johanna Garcia, an opt-out parent leader from Upper Manhattan, Bianca Tanis, a member of the New York State Allies for Public Education Steering Committee, and Jasmine Gripper, AQE’s Legislative Director and Statewide Education Advocate. Why did Donald Trump do so well in Long Island suburbs compared to other moderate suburban areas around the country? Our favorite suburbs expert Larry Levy had analysis. Larry is the Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. Read More

  • April 26, 2016: E J McMahon, Elizabeth Moran, Marc Smith, Soffiyah Elijah, Sen. Neil Breslin

    April 26, 2016

    Not everyone is happy with the DEC’s decision to deny the Constitution Pipeline water-quality permit. E. J. McMahon, president and founder of the Empire Center, said the decision will hurt the already struggling Southern Tier. Elizabeth Moran, a Water and Natural Resources Associate with Environmental Advocates of New York State, and Marc Smith, the Policy Director at the National Wildlife Federation, discussed a controversial request by Waukesha, Wisconsin to withdraw 16 million gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan. If the request is approved, surrounding areas, including Great Lakes regions of New York, will be affected. A year after the death of prisoner Samuel Harrell in the Fishkill Correctional Facility, we looked at whether New York is set to enact any substantive criminal justice reforms, including changes to solitary confinement. Correctional Association of New York Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah joined Susan. Sen. Neil Breslin (D – Albany) provided an update […] Read More

  • April 25, 2016: Richard Ravitch and Bill Samuels, Michael Koenig, pipeline announcements

    April 25, 2016

    Former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch and Bill Samuels, EffectiveNY founder and Chairman of the Board, discuss government ethics. Hinckley Allen Partner Michael Koenig explains what we might see in the sentencing of Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver. We will analyze two pipeline announcements from last week: 1) that Kinder Morgan will not route the NED pipeline through New York and 2) that DEC denied the water-quality permit for the Constitution Pipeline. Our guests are Wes Gillingham, co-founder and program director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Terry Nord of the Save Burden Lake community group. Read More

  • April 22, 2016: Best-of Episode

    April 25, 2016

    We will analyze concern over statute of limitations laws that could affect Hoosick Falls residents with attorneys E. Stewart Jones, Jr. and Edward Gorman. A few weeks ago it was food bank lobby day at the State Capitol. Several advocates pushed for who pushed for $16.5 million dollar budget increase joined us – PS — while they didn’t receive everything they wanted, this budget did give them a 23% boost in funding. And we’ll hear from Democrat, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Republican political consultant Dave Catalfamo. Read More

  • April 21, 2016: “The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel”

    April 21, 2016

    The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel by Lou Grummet and John Caher is a compelling and even-handed look at a precedent-setting case that “marked the first time in American history that a governmental unit was established for a religious group.” Billy Easton, the executive director at the Alliance for Quality Education, and Wendy Lecker, an Education Law Center Senior Attorney, discuss a measure by Governor Cuomo that they argued could have moved the goal post for schools under receivership. (Original airdate: 4/1) And we’ll revisit reaction to the minimum wage deal in the budget with Amanda Monroe from Albany, and Mark Emanatian, the Capital District Organizer for Citizen Action of New York. (Original airdate: 4/1) Read More

  • April 20, 2016: Steve Greenberg and Bob Bellafiore, Bruce Gyory, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Scott Waldman

    April 20, 2016

    Today’s show featured presidential primary and special election analysis. WCNY’s Jim Aroune served as guest host for Susan Arbetter. Our guests included: • Steve Greenberg of Greenberg PR and Bob Bellafiore of Stanhope Partners • Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. • NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer • Politico New York’s Scott Waldman Read More

  • April 19, 2016: Primary Day

    April 19, 2016

    Best-of Episode On Primary Day, we’ll share recent interviews with: Brian Fallon, Hillary Clinton’s National Press Secretary; Gov. John Kasich andNassau Democratic Commitee Chairman Jay Jacobs. We’ll also have a recap of Bernie Sanders’ rally in Albany. Read More

  • April 18, 2016: Best-of Episode

    April 18, 2016

    Best-of Episode Attorney General Eric Schneiderman updated Susan on his Trump University lawsuit. We analyzed whether the increase in school funding in the budget was enough with Robert Lowry, the Deputy Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and Timothy Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. Bruce Gyory wrapped up the Wisconsin primaries and analyzed what the results mean for NY’s primary on April 19. 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.

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