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  • Oct. 9, 2015: Jon Lentz, Jimmy Vielkind and Matt Hamilton, Sheryl WuDunn and Kate Breslin, “Drums Along the Mohawk”

    October 9, 2015

    Ashley Hupfl, a reporter with City & State, shares this week’s Winners and Losers. We highlight at the news of the week with reporters Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Politico New York, and Matt Hamilton, Times Union. Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn inspire social justice activism around the world. They are the featured speakers at the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy October 29th breakfast, “A Path Appears: A Discussion of Social Interventions that Work,” which is based on Kristof and WuDunn’s book, A Path Appears. This morning, Sheryl WuDunn, and Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center, discuss the upcoming breakfast. Kyle Jenks, a producer and entrepreneur, is on a mission to increase cultural tourism in Central New York. To share the area’s Revolutionary War heritage, Jenks produced the outdoor drama, Drums Along the Mohawk, by Walter D. Edmonds, this August. He explains his goal […] Read More

  • Oct. 8, 2015: Tom King, Leah Gunn Barrett, former Gov. David Paterson, Barbara Fiala

    October 8, 2015

    Tom King, the President of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association, is not pleased with Gov. Cuomo’s call for a new strategy in securing stricter federal gun laws. He joins Susan Arbetter in the studio. We hear a different perspective on the same issue from a gun control advocate. Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, argues stricter nationwide laws can save lives. Former Gov. David Paterson announced he is stepping down from his post as Chair of the State Democratic Committee on Nov. 4. Susan speaks with Gov. Paterson about his tenure and his future plans. Barbara Fiala, the Democratic Candidate in the 52nd District, weighs in on the minimum wage, job creation, mandate relief and other campaign issues. Read More

  • Oct. 7, 2015: Superintendents Larry Spring and Richard Hughes, Rob Simpson, Bruce Gyory

    October 7, 2015

    Superintendents Larry Spring of Schenectady CSD and Richard Hughes of Central Valley School District explain the process of, and obstacles to, creating a new teacher evaluation system by November. We look at Central New York’s Upstate Revitalization proposal–which includes food sustainability and drones–with Rob Simpson, CenterState CEO and Co-Chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council. Bruce Gyory, a senior advisor at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and a University at Albany adjunct Professor of Political Science, discusses the need to build consensus for workable standards and tests in New York’s education system. Read More

  • Oct. 6, 2015: Comptroller DiNapoli, Save Burden Lake, Dr. Clifton Wharton, Jonathan Gradess

    October 6, 2015

    The securities industry is a strong part of New York City’s economy and contributes a great deal to the state and city’s budget. But with global volatility, there may be added risk to the industry. Today, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli reports on how well Wall Street and the securities market is doing given recent economic developments. Gas pipelines require compressor stations to keep the gas flowing to its final destination, but where they are placed is often a matter of high contention. For the NED pipeline, a compressor station is proposed in Nassau, New York near Burden Lake. Many residents have banded together to voice their concerns, including Terry Nord and Cherisse Young, who are part of the group “Save Burden Lake.” Dr. Clifton Wharton, author of Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer and a former SUNY Chancellor, joins Susan to discuss his autobiography, which highlights the opportunities […] Read More

  • Oct 5, 2015: Chief Judge Lippman, domestic violence and animal abuse, Glenn Blain, Asm. Santabarbara, Brian Mann

    October 5, 2015

    Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Court of Appeals, explains the need for bail reform in the state. Experts note a link between people who are cruel to animals and those who abuse their partners. Both crimes are underreported, according to Albany Sheriff Craig Apple. Today, two stakeholders-Brad Shear, the executive director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, and Dave Warren, the director for Domestic Violence Services Program at the Unity House in Troy-discuss the link. Glenn Blain, a reporter for the NY Daily News, looks at pork spending in NY. Asm. Angelo Santabarbara (D – Schenectady) speaks with Susan Arbetter about an infrastructure report card that shows New York gets a C- in 2015. Federal agencies disagree whether enough has been done to clean up the Hudson River. Brian Mann, a reporter for the North Country Radio, shares details on the latest controversy over dredging the Hudson. Read More

  • Oct. 2, 2015: Dr. Bruce Dearstyne, Dr. Vin Bonventre

    October 2, 2015

    We highlight New York’s rich history with Dr. Bruce Dearstyne, author of The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History, SUNY Press. The first Monday in October launches the beginning of this year’s Supreme Court term. Dr. Vin Bonventre, a Professor at Albany Law School and author of the New York Court Watcher Blog, previews the cases America’s highest court will hear over the next few months. Read More

  • Oct. 1, 2015: Asm. Cahill, Judith Enck, James Heaney, AARP

    October 1, 2015

    Asm. Kevin Cahill (D – Kingston) looks at ways to expand ride-sharing services to Upstate NY. There are new EPA standards to protect the nation’s farm workers from environmental hazards. Region 2 EPA Administrator Judith Enck has the details. The Buffalo Billion is under investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The Investigative Post has long questioned how the money is spent, as it has provided in-depth reporting on the various allocations since the initiative began. We speak with Jim Heaney, the Investigative Post’s Editor and Executive Director, about Buffalo Billion revelations that surfaced over the past few weeks. Are GEN Xers and Baby Boomers creating enough financial and retirement security? New AARP surveys of Upstate New Yorkers show both generations have high anxiety about the future. Bill Armbruster, the Associate State Director for New York AARP, joins Susan to explain. Read More

  • Sept. 30, 2015: Supt. Vanden Wyngaard, Credit Unions, Bob Lowry and Tim Kremer, Ken Lovett, Larry Levy

    September 30, 2015

    Superintendents who govern districts with persistently failing schools have one year to turn them around before a state receivership process begins. Today, we speak with Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, the Albany Superintendent, about her turnaround plan for Hackett Middle School. We look at a call for the liberalization of credit union policy in New York with Sen. Rich Funke (R – Fairport) and Michael Lanotte, the New York Credit Union Association SVP of Association Services and General Counsel. Governor Cuomo launched his Common Core Task Force this week. We speak with two education stakeholders, Robert Lowry of the New York State Council of School Superintendents and Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, about the initiative. Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy  and the NY Daily News’ Ken Lovett discusses the political challenges Speaker Carl Heastie and […] Read More

  • Sept. 29, 2015: Jorge Montalvo, Gavin Donohue, Steve Greenberg, Bijoy Datta

    September 29, 2015

    Jorge Montalvo, the Deputy Secretary of State who oversees the New York State Office for New Americans, discusses Gov. Cuomo’s initiative for veterans to teach new Americans English. The Independent Power Producers of New York are gearing up for the State’s Rev initiative. We speak with Gavin Donohue, President & CEO of IPPNY, about REV, power company transparency, and the group’s annual conference that it held last week. Steve Greenberg of the Siena Poll shares new poll results on the 52nd Senate District, the seat vacated by Tom Libous in the Southern Tier. Republican Fred Akshar currently holds a substantial lead over Democrat Barbara Fiala. And then more on the race in the 52nd District with Bijoy Datta, the Broome County Republican Chairman. Read More

  • Sept. 28, 2015: Asm. Brennan, Michael Saltsman, Sen. Gianaris, Jolie Milstein

    September 28, 2015

    Asm. James Brennan (D – Brooklyn) argues that power companies in New York State operate under too much secrecy. To ensure that rates are just and reasonable, he, along with many of his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate, is calling for full disclosure of un-redacted electric power company reports. Is support for a $15/hr. minimum wage in New York really as high as recent polls indicate? Michael Saltsman, the Employment Policy Institute’s Research Director, makes the case that poll results are skewed when consequences are not explained. He highlights the results of a recent institute survey that finds that a majority of New Yorkers oppose the proposed minimum wage if it would shutdown small businesses or cause less-skilled workers to lose their jobs. Sen. Michael Gianaris (D – Queens) joins Susan to discuss his proposals for easier voter enrollment and stricter vetting methods for local contracts. The New York […] 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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