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 was 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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Saturday, 21 Sep 2019 - While I am as proud of Great Barrington today as I have ever been, there are a few things that do need some work, so I have a little list.
Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 - I have been speaking with him a lot lately on the radio and I’m here to tell you the guy gets angry when he is challenged. Nothing gets by him.
Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 - The fact is that the people of Massachusetts, and specifically of Great Barrington, voted in statewide referendum to allow this operation. We don’t necessarily learn about the downsides until the moment of truth is upon us.
Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019 - Three of the governor’s top people ended up being convicted of very serious crimes. Those crimes might well have been avoided had DiNapoli’s powers remained intact.
Saturday, 7 Sep 2019 - We are so lucky to have Fairview and its wonderful emergency room, but we will have to figure out how to do more for our local hospital.
Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 - If you were lucky enough to become a United States senator, why in the world would you not believe that you could be president?
Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 - Judy Grunberg was one of those rare individuals who makes such a difference that you just don’t know how you can go on without her.
Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 - On another subject, Andrew Cuomo is being mentioned in at least one unsubstantiated article as a possible chief of staff if Joe Biden is elected to the presidency.
Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 - The point is that the gun does terrible things but is also representative of the inequality that exists in America.
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 - Democratic members of Congress know that the frustration level among their constituents is so great that even the moderates are forced to join the impeachment bandwagon.
Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019 - This country needs a stable, decent father figure: someone who inspires trust and hope.
Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019 - Of course, based on the trouble that his assistants, now in jail, got into, Andrew will have to choose very, very carefully because running for governor and president are two very different propositions.
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - A young liberal group styled after AOC has decided to oust the Democratic lions in the House by taking them on in primaries.
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 - As for the legislators who have suggested that they are progressive and willing to do the right thing, we all know that the last thing they want is to make the system that has worked for THEM any fairer.
Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 - One can always be cynical about the motives of politicians when they do things like travel to Israel, as Cuomo has done.
Tuesday, 2 Jul 2019 - These Democratic folks have to be thinking that if you change the rules on voting, they may get kicked out, let’s say by the new progressives.
Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 - Cuomo has a playbook that includes using the state Senate as a scapegoat.
Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019 - So what’s really going on here? Does Andrew REALLY want the Democrats in the Senate? He says he does.
Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019 - The problem is that New Yorkers really hate Trump and are frustrated by him. I am hearing from a lot of them who just don’t give a damn if an impeachment effort is foolhardy.
Tuesday, 4 Jun 2019 - One of the reasons why we need a free press is that they are capable of figuring out who is buying influence.
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 - The more I saw of the emerging fight with the Legislature, the more I thought that this was very-clever Andrew saying that he was for legalization but really being the old middle-of-the-road-Democrat Andrew who was actually opposed.
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.
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 - It is possible that Gillibrand believes that if she pursues the nomination, she will be the veep choice. That way, if she runs with one of the octogenarians, Bernie or Joe, she could end up on top after one term.
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 […]
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.
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.
Tuesday, 9 Apr 2019 - The relationship between Cuomo and the state Democrats is fascinating. The governor is holding the leash of a rather rambunctious dog.
Tuesday, 2 Apr 2019 - Marijuana is just like everything else in that there are both good and bad sides.
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.
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.
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.
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.