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  • May 29, 2020: Filling the gap: A roadmap to $8 billion in savings

    May 29, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 29, 2020: Filling the gap: A roadmap to $8 billion in savings We heard from Dave Friedfel, Director of State Studies at the Citizens Budget Commission, on his organization’s recommendations for closing the budget gap that New York faces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

  • May 29, 2020: Legislature’s response to rent crisis underwhelms advocates

    May 29, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 29, 2020: Reporter Bill Mahoney on the news of the week Bill Mahoney, Politico NY reporter, shared his latest reporting on the news of the week. Read More

  • May 29, 2020: Environmentalists call on state to enforce plastic bag ban

    May 29, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 29, 2020: Environmentalists call on state to enforce plastic bag ban Environmentalists are calling on the state Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce the state’s plastic bag ban. Judith Enck, Senior Fellow and Visiting Faculty member at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, and former EPA Regional Administrator, discussed ban enforcement and the other issues she is following. Read More

  • May 29, 2020: Capital Region school district proposes 19.5% tax increase

    May 29, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 29, 2020: Capital Region school district proposes 19.5% tax increase This year, school budget votes will be conducted via a mail-in vote on June 9th. Voters in the Rensselaer City School District will act on a budget proposal that includes a 19.5 percent tax increase. Joseph Kardash, Superintendent of the Rensselaer City School District, explained why the increase is needed. Read More

  • May 28, 2020: Assembly GOP eye limits on Cuomo’s emergency powers

    May 28, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 28, 2020: Assembly GOP eye limits on Cuomo’s emergency powers Asm. Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), Assembly Minority Leader, explained his conference’s legislative proposal which would limit the Governor’s powers. Read More

  • May 28, 2020: NY’s courts begin reopening with the help of technology

    May 28, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 28, 2020: NY’s courts begin reopening with the help of technology The judicial system in New York grinded to a near halt during the COVID-19 pandemic. With regions of the state starting the reopening process, so are some court services. We discussed legal access issues with Hank Greenberg, President of the New York State Bar Association. Read More

  • May 28, 2020: Lawmakers pass COVID-19 bills after nearly 2-month hiatus

    May 28, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 28, 2020: Lawmakers pass COVID-19 bills after nearly 2-month hiatus The legislature returned to session this week for the first time since passage of the state budget. We heard from Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the bills that he is working on. Read More

  • May 27, 2020: Poll: New Yorkers wary of reopening too fast

    May 27, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 27, 2020: Poll: New Yorkers wary of reopening too fast Steve Greenberg, Siena College pollster, joined the show with the latest poll results from the Siena College Research Institute. Read More

  • May 27, 2020: Pharmacists could play integral role in expanding COVID-19 testing

    May 27, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 27, 2020: Pharmacists could play integral role in expanding COVID-19 testing Pharmacies are adapting their models and pushing for new regulations to address the needs of their communities. We discussed this issue with Steven Moore, President of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. Read More

  • May 27, 2020: Latest unemployment figures paint grim picture for NY

    May 27, 2020

    The Capitol Pressroom · May 27, 2020: Latest unemployment figures paint grim picture for NY We made sense of the latest unemployment figures with Russell Weaver, Economic Geographer at Cornell University’s ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, and EJ McMahon, Founder and Research Director of the Empire Center for Public Policy. 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.

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david_lombardoDavid Lombardo
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.

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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
  • Face coverings required at retailers as part of Phase 2

    May 29, 2020

    Retail establishments allowing in-person shopping as part of phase two in the state’s reopening plan will need to ensure face coverings are worn by virtually all customers who walk through their doors, according to state guidance released early Friday. The guidance is not exactly a surprise, as it comes after many essential retailers have been imposing their own face covering requirements. Since the middle of April, New Yorkers who are unable to maintain social distancing have been required to wear some sort of face covering when in public.  Read More

  • ‘Bottle Bill’ compliance required again by June 3

    May 27, 2020

    New Yorkers amassing a collection of cans and bottles at their homes during the last two months should be able to cash in next week at the latest. While the state has continued to collect the nickel deposits on eligible drink containers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the law requiring redemption centers, such as grocery stores, to accept the return of cans and bottles has not been enforced by state regulators. As a result, citing safety concerns and inadequate staff, many grocery stores have shut down their operations. Read More

  • Legal protections for nursing homes are preserved (for now)

    May 26, 2020

    Legislation expected to come up for a vote this week in the state Legislature won’t include a measure repealing broad legal protections for health care facilities that were tucked into the state budget. The language, which was dropped into the process at the end of negotiations between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders, broadly shields facilities, including nursing homes, from civil suits alleging their neglect led to COVID-19 related fatalities. Read More

  • Legislative amendments might offer hint of Senate’s COVID-19 agenda

    May 22, 2020

    Recent amendments to bills dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic might shed some light on the agenda for an upcoming session of the state senate, which is scheduled for next week, according to a joint legislative announcement on Friday. While senators have introduced dozens of bills responding to the outbreak, about a dozen were tweaked in the last few days. These changes could mean nothing or they could mean the legislative language is getting finalized in advance of a floor vote. Read More

  • State study on health care staffing is missing

    May 20, 2020

    Allegations that insufficient numbers of personnel at nursing homes contributed to COVID-19 related deaths has raised questions about the status of a required state report on the benefits of minimum staffing ratios in health care facilities. “A report, by law, was due from the health department in December of 2019 and I don’t know if they ever did the study, but it has certainly not been published,” Assembly Health Committee Chair Dick Gottfried told The Capitol Pressroom on Wednesday morning. Read More

  • Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio sees ways New York can help restaurants

    May 19, 2020

    While New York restaurants have largely pinned their hopes of survival on a federal bailout, there are also ways the state government can provide relief to the industry, according to renowned chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio. “There’s a lot of stuff New York can do,” the “Top Chef” judge told The Capitol Pressroom on Tuesday. Read More

  • State official recommends weekly COVID-19 testing of essential workers

    May 14, 2020

    A top state official coordinating New York’s  response to the novel coronavirus is recommending essential workers who regularly interact with the public get weekly tests for the virus. “There right now is the capacity in New York to be testing, I believe, more people than we are testing right now,” state Department of Financial Services Deputy Superintendent Gareth Rhodes told The Capitol Pressroom in a previously unaired excerpt from a recent interview. Read More

  • Senator’s effort to hold COVID-19 hearing stifled

    May 12, 2020

    A state senator’s hopes of holding her own committee hearing to consider COVID-19 related workforce issues have been dashed – at least for now – by the chamber’s leadership. “I have been asking to hold labor committee hearings … and I have been declined,” Senate Labor Committee Chair Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, told The Capitol Pressroom. Read More

  • Potential delays with state police’s body camera pilot program

    May 8, 2020

    The deployment of body cameras for State Police troopers as part of a new pilot program is still months away. Speaking on The Capitol Pressroom this week, Thomas Mungeer, head of the union representing the troopers, said the pilot program was initially expected to begin at the end of 2020 or early 2021, but he now expects it will take longer to get started. A spokesman for the State Police confirmed this possibility, saying, “Our goal was to initiate the pilot program before the end of year, but it’s possible that could now be delayed.” Read More

  • Upstate Assembly Dems schedule meeting with Speaker Heastie

    May 7, 2020

    Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is scheduled to meet remotely on Friday with upstate Democratic members, according to sources familiar with the plan. The meeting is at the request of  the upstate Democratic members, who have assembled informally from time to time in recent years as an unrecognized, unofficial caucus in the chamber. Representative for the speaker did not respond to a request for comment on the meeting. Read More

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