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  • Oct. 25, 2016: Nicole Gelinas, PEF President Wayne Spence, EJ McMahon, Jermaine Bagnall-Graham

    October 25, 2016

    Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor to City Journal and columnist at the NY Post, explained the new short-term rental statute Governor Cuomo signed in to law last week, as well as the lawsuit AirBnB filed in response. We discussed the new PEF contract with union President Wayne Spence. EJ McMahon, founder and research director of the Empire Center, offered his critique of the contract – or at least what we know of it. And we met Jermaine Bagnall-Graham, a Democratic candidate for State Senate running a tough race against long-time Republican incumbent Sen. James Seward in the 51st Senate District. Read More

  • Oct 21, 2016: Special Presentation of Connect:NY 112

    October 24, 2016

    The show featured a special presentation of Connect:NY’s final episode on the New York State Constitutional Convention. Read More

  • Oct. 24, 2016: County Executive Mahoney, Zephyr Teachout, BraVa!

    October 24, 2016

    Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney weighed in on economic development conflicts between the city and the county, pay raises and the presidential election. We spoke with Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor and Democratic candidate in the 19th Congressional District, about the future of agriculture and small business in the district. On Friday Nov. 4, the 2nd Annual BraVa! fundraiser will take place at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY. We hosted event organizers Marion Roach Smith, an author and teacher of memoir writing, and Malissa Pilette-McClenon, the Director of Development and Marketing at the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, about providing new bras to women in the YWCA and the community who need them. Read More

  • Oct. 20, 2016: Mayor Miner, Hedge Clippers, Justin Sondel, Tim Kremer

    October 20, 2016

    Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner weighed in on conflicts over economic development in Onondaga County. The Hedge Clippers have compiled a report on billionaires and Super PACS’ investment in the NY 19th Congressional District race between Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout. We spoke with Michael Kink, executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Eric Schoenberg, an Adjunct Assoc. Professor at the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, about the group’s findings. We hosted  City & State Buffalo Reporter Justin Sondel about the race for the open seat in the 60th Senate District. Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, previewed the 2016 NYSSBA Convention, which will be held in at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center Oct. 27 -29 Read More

  • Oct. 19, 2016: Sam Radford, The Legal Project, James Coll, Steve Greenberg, Bruce Gyory

    October 19, 2016

    Sam Radford, the president of the District Parent Coordinating Council in Buffalo, explained how things, while not perfect, are looking up for students in the Buffalo Public Schools. We discussed the pro-bono legal services offered to victims of domestic violence and those with low income through the Legal Project, which is hosting its annual award-luncheon and pro-bono reception on Thursday. We met James Coll, an adjunct professor of American and Constitutional history at Hofstra University and the founder of ChangeNYS.org, a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting civic education and political reform in our state. He discussed the appeal of his lawsuit that claims the legislative pay raise commission is unconstitutional and his vision for change in New York. According to the latest Siena Poll, Hillary Clinton’s lead has widened in New York. Brcue Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips analyzed what we can expect as the presidential candidates begin their closing […] Read More

  • Oct 18, 2016: Buffalo Teachers’ contract, #bFair2DirectCare, Alison Boak

    October 18, 2016

    As of last night, Buffalo teachers have a contract. We heard about the long road to ratification from two guests: Asw. Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D –Buffalo) and, later in the program, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore. We discussed the #bfair2DirectCare Campaign with former Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and former Congressman and former Assembly Minority Leader Tom Reynolds. We met 40th Senate District Democratic candidate Alison Boak. Read More

  • Oct. 14, 2016: Comptroller DiNapoli, John Faso, Ashley Hupfl, Ed Walk for CFE

    October 14, 2016

    Susan spoke with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli about the need for more transparency and oversight in state contracts. John Faso, the Republican candidate in the 19th Congressional District, explained his strategy going into the final weeks of the campaign. Ashley Hupfl, an Albany reporter with City & State, shared this week’s Winners and Losers. Parents, teachers, and students walked 150 miles from NYC to Albany to demand that the state fully fund every school district in New York. We hosted with two participants who walked the whole stretch: Jasmine Gripper, AQE’s legislative director, and Natasha Capers, a parent from New York City and coordinator at the Coalition for Educational Justice. Read More

  • Oct. 13, 2016: Next Generation 9-1-1, daily fantasy sports law contested, Ken Lovett, call for oversight

    October 13, 2016

    Susan spoke with New York State Association of Counties’ executive director Stephen Acquario and Asm. John McDonald (D – Cohoes) about securing and modernizing 9-1-1. New York citizens filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme court challenging the constitutionality of the daily fantasy sports law passed last session. We heard from attorney for the plaintiffs Cornelius D. Murray of O’Connell & Aronowitz, Attorneys at Law. Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, looked at how Senate Democrats plan to use ire over Trump against candidates running as Republicans. Watchdog groups are calling on the Legislature and Governor to hold an immediate oversight hearing on economic development contracting in light of the alleged bid-rigging scandals. We hosted Ron Deutsch, the executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and John Kaehny, executive director of reinvent Albany. Read More

  • Oct. 12, 2016: Connect NY: Episode 110

    October 12, 2016

    Special The Capitol Pressroom featuring Connect: NY Episode 110, which introduces the idea that a Constitutional Convention in New York could impact the issues of power concentration in the Capitol and ethics investigations and reform. Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are: • Blair Horner, Executive Director, New York Public Interest Research Group • Prof. Hank Dullea, member, SUNY Board of Trustees; former Dir. of State Ops for Gov.Mario Cuomo; former Asst. Secretary to Gov. Hugh Carey • Barbara Bartoletti, Leg. Director, League of Women Voters NYS • Bob Bellafiore, Stanhope Partners; former Comms Director, Gov. George Pataki • Steve Greenberg, Greenberg PR; Siena Research Institute; former spokesman, Comptroller H. Carl McCall. Read More

  • Oct. 11, 2016: Best-of Episode with David Friedfel, Pramilla Malick, Vin Bonventre and NYS PTA

    October 11, 2016

    Best-of Episode New York keeps spending more on economic development but analysis shows the state may not be getting the right bang for its buck. We discussed the Citizens Budget Commission’s updated report Bigger Not Better: New York’s Expanding Economic Development Programs with David Friedfel, Director of State Studies for the Citizens Budget Commission. Original air-date: 9/29/16 Pramilla Malick of Protect Orange County discussed some Orange County residents’ call for an investigation into and a halt of the CPV power plant in light of the charges brought in September. Original air-date 9/30/16 Prof. Vin Bonventre of Albany Law School analyzed the presidential nominees’ Supreme Court pick short lists. Original air-date 8/5/16 Count the New York State PTA among those who have weighed in critically in response to Secretary King’s amendments to Every Student Succeeds Act. The New York State PTA’s executive director Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky and President Bonnie Russell, explained […] 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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Hamilton WRVO translator (92.3 FM) 8 p.m.
Ithaca  WICR (88.1 FM) 3 p.m.
Ithaca WRVO translator (92.5 FM) 8 p.m.
Jamestown WUBJ (88.1 FM) 8 p.m.
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Oswego  WRVO (89.0 FM) 8 p.m.
Rochester WXXI (1370 AM) 11 p.m.
Sharon, CT WHDD
(1020 AM and 91.9 FM)
Mon.-Fri 1 p.m. and noon Saturday
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