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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.

City  Station Time
Binghamton WSKG-89.3 FM Saturday, 9pm
Odessa WINO-89.9 FM Saturday, 9pm
Hornell WSQA-88.7 FM Saturday, 9pm
Oneonta WSQC-91.7 FM Saturday, 9pm
Elmira WSQE-91.1 FM Saturday, 9pm
Ithaca WSQG-90.9 FM Saturday, 9pm
Watkins Glen WSKG-90.5 FM Saturday, 9pm
Buffalo WBFO-88.7 FM Saturday, 6am
Olean WOLN-91.3 FM Saturday, 6am
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:

City  Station Time
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
  • Medical Aid in Dying Act faces uphill road to passage in 2021

    January 14, 2021

    Support is growing in the state Legislature for a measure that would enable terminally-ill, mentally-competent New Yorkers to legally end their own lives, but the votes aren’t there yet for passage in the Assembly, according to one of the bill’s sponsors. “I don’t know if it’s something that’s necessarily going to pass the Assembly this year, but I think that if anytime this would be the time in which we’re closer to moving it,” Assemblymember Karines Reyes, a sponsor of the “Medical Aid in Dying Act,” told The Capitol Pressroom. Read More


  • Report on state gambling landscape long overdue

    January 6, 2021

    A state-commissioned study on New York’s gambling landscape, which would likely be used to justify a significant gambling expansion, is now seven months overdue. The report by Spectrum Gaming Group was due on June 1, but the deadline was extended by the state Gaming Commission in order to gauge the full impact of the pandemic on existing gambling operations and its implications on future gambling options, including mobile sports betting and an accelerated development of downstate casinos. A draft report was submitted to the state in the spring of 2020, but it has not been made public. Read More


  • Hinchey gets agriculture in Senate committee shakeup

    January 5, 2021

    Freshman Sen. Michelle Hinchey is getting a plum committee assignment in her first year on the job. The Ulster County Democrat has been named chair of the chamber’s agriculture committee by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, according to the party’s roster of committee chair assignments, which are largely unchanged since the Democrats assumed the majority in 2019. Hinchey takes over for Jen Metzger, who narrowly lost her seat in November. Read More


  • 2020 Movie Diary

    January 4, 2021

    2020 wasn’t just about watching television. There were movies last year too, even though I didn’t see any in theaters. Here’s a (pretty) comprehensive list of my at-home cinematic experiences from the last 12 months. Read More


  • Farm Bureau president frustrated by process setting future OT threshold

    December 30, 2020

    Why has the state’s commissioner of agriculture and markets been silent about future overtime rules for farmworkers? Who is writing a final report for the Farm Laborers Wage Board? What will board members vote on during their final meeting on Thursday? Those are just some of the questions plaguing David Fisher, president of the New York Farm Bureau, who sits on the three-member wage board that is scheduled to issue recommendations on Thursday that will likely determine when overtime kicks in for farmworkers in the future. Read More


  • 2020 Television Diary

    December 30, 2020

    Where does the time go? Well, apparently in 2020, I spent most of it on our living room sectional wondering about the fate of Carole Baskin’s first husband, getting pumped to play chess and imagining life as a vampire. Here is a list of the good, the bad and the Billy Joel dance number that I watched over the last 12 months on my television. Read More


  • Lawmakers eye second rent relief measure with federal aid

    December 29, 2020

    When state lawmakers convene for a new legislative session next month, one of their first tasks could be creating a new program to distribute about $1.3 billion in federal rent relief included in the recently enacted pandemic stimulus package. “I’m very much committed to making sure that that happens,” Sen. Brian Kavanagh, chair of the chamber’s  housing committee, told The Capitol Pressroom. Read More


  • No formal opinion yet from NYSUT on vaccine mandate for teachers

    November 18, 2020

    One of the unresolved questions about a potential COVID-19 vaccine, which is likely months away from mass distribution, is whether a vaccination will be necessary for New Yorkers working in professions directly interacting with the public. For instance, should adults in schools be required to get vaccinated for the novel coronavirus? And that’s the question we posed on Wednesday’s episode of The Capitol Pressroom to Andy Pallotta, president of New York State United Teachers, which is an underwriter of the show. “I think our folks are looking at that question right now,” Pallotta said. “Our membership throughout the state has many opinions on this, and we will be discussing these opinions with (the) NYSUT board of directors and also our leaders, our local leaders throughout the state.” Read More


  • Senate Dems have no definitive plans for lameduck session

    November 12, 2020

    Don’t bet on the state senate to convene in Albany before the end of the year. Speaking Thursday on The Capitol Pressroom, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said there is no “definitive plan” to pass any bills before the new legislature is convened in 2021 for its regular schedule.  Rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers have been clamoring this fall for an opportunity to pass legislation addressing the pandemic and take steps to generate additional state revenue. Read More


  • The state senate’s evolving landscape

    November 6, 2020

    Heading into election night the Democrats controlled 40 seats in the state senate. Read More


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