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Alan Chartock is the president and chief executive officer of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate, a position he has held since 1981. He was professor of political science at SUNY New Paltz and is a professor emeritus of communications at the State University of New York; and executive publisher and project director for the Legislative Gazette, a weekly newspaper staffed by college intern reporters covering New York state government.

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Alan Chartock: Decriminalizing ‘sex work’

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - At a time when Democrats are likely to continue to control the U.S. House of Representatives and maintain control of the New York State Legislature, there is an opportunity to proceed with at least the decriminalization of sex work.

Alan Chartock: Where’s Andrew?

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - I am the grandfather of three: two 5-year-olds and a 2-year-old. They love it when we read to them. Nothing is more important than reading to children and that’s why our public libraries, socialist institutions that they may be, are so necessary. The good ones are rolling with the technological punches and that means making […]

ALAN CHARTOCK: Murray counsels the governor

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019 - In our family we know what we have and we try not to spend ourselves into debt. I hate to sound like one of them, but if Andrew figures out how to spend less, he’ll be a hero.

Alan Chartock: Dear Doctor…

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 - OK, I might be grasping at straws, but the polls are all showing that the people of the state want the [Amazon] deal consummated and my bet is ... they might get it.

ALAN CHARTOCK: Cuomo in the wings

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019 - If it isn’t the presidency, it will be that fourth term that his old man was denied. Andrew certainly has a side of him that worships Mario and another that competes with his pop.

Alan Chartock: Democrats on the edge

Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019 - The Democratic penchant for forming circular firing squads is well-known and it is showing not only in the House of Representatives, but in the New York State legislature.

Alan Chartock: We have a right to die with dignity

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019 - It seems absurd that we will have to use our collective might to lobby the legislature and the governor to give us the right to die. I have seen polls on the issue where support for an individual’s right to die with dignity is overwhelming.

Alan Chartock: A woman for vice president?

Tuesday, 5 Mar 2019 - Now it is four years later and Bernie is 77. Some people might hold that against him, objecting to the fact that, after two terms, he would be in his mid-80s. That means that his vice presidential pick is going to be very important, what with the statistics leaning against Bernie.

Alan Chartock: Politicians out in the cold

Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 - Even if the weather doesn’t live up to the advance hype, it is still possible for the politicians to be held responsible. I mean, someone has to take the blame, right?

Alan Chartock: Legal bribery in New York Legislature

Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 - So if a judge declares that the so-called commission exceeded its authority to set limits on outside income and the commission didn’t have the right to take their lulus away, will Boss Heastie and his counterparts in the Senate have to give their newly elevated salaries back?

Alan Chartock: Whither Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019 - Andrew Cuomo is in his third term as governor. He is sort of boxed in. He can run for a fourth term, he can run for president OR he can run for vice president, but, like in the case of the senior prom, you’ve got to be asked.

The police and the press

Tuesday, 1 Jan 2019 - Obviously, beginning in 1960, the Supreme Court thought that freedom of the press was so important that, while someone might be hurt by the ruling, it was nonetheless worth it.