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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 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.

Articles by Alan Chartock

Alan Chartock: Cuomo on the warpath

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.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

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.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

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.

Alan Chartock: Updating the PITA file

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.

Alan Chartock: When will Cuomo run for president?

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.

Alan Chartock: New York Legislature for sale

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.

Alan Chartock: To impeach or not impeach

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.

Alan Chartock: Cuomo cultivates dichotomy about cannabis

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.

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.