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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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.
Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019 - The newly empowered Democrats in the state Senate miscalculated and as a result, Amazon pulled out of the deal of the century.
Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019 - Many believed, and maybe the governor did, too, that the Senate Democrats would forever be beholden to Cuomo for having delivered them from the political bondage that they had to endure for so long.
Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019 - Glick is the chair of the Committee on Higher Education in the Assembly and she seems a little ticked off about a tuition assistance program that she believes doesn’t live up to its promises.
Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 - So, when you consider all of what has happened in the few short weeks since the Democrats took power, you have a real revolution.
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?
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?
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.
Tuesday, 8 Jan 2019 - To attempt an impeachment now will just create a firestorm among the Trump true believers that will last for decades.
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.