The Senate Coup of 2002
In 2002, largely behind the scenes, the Democratic leader of the state Senate was toppled and the rise of David Paterson began. The change in power was aided by a relative newcomer to the chamber, Neil Breslin, who joined the podcast to reflect on the last successful coup in the Capitol. He revealed the secret conversations to recruit support for Paterson, explained how the failed challenge to Sheldon Silver informed their efforts and reflected on why there was a desire in the conference to...
The Campaign Sausage
Saratoga County Republican operative Nick Willock joins the podcast to explain the campaign petition process, which is how candidates for elected office secure their spots on the ballot. The conversation explores the infrastructure needed to collect signatures, legal complications that can arise and Cynthia Nixon's effort to get on the Democratic primary ballot.
Associated Press reporter David Klepper talks about the shenanigans that have dominated the narrowly divided state Senate in recent weeks. The episode explores the cause of the chaos, explains the AP's approach to covering the melodrama and examines what it all means for this fall's elections to control the chamber.
Fuzzy Budget Math
Citizens Budget Commission Director of State Studies David Friedfel joined the podcast to talk about fuzzy budget math, future state deficits, the failing New York Mets and economic development projects.
Margin of error
Dr. Don Levy, of the Siena Research Institute, talks about the new Associated Press guidelines for reporting on a poll.
A fiduciary hero
Jonathan Trichter joined the Capitol Confidential podcast to talk about his long shot bid to be the next state comptroller. Trichter, a Democrat, is pursuing the Republican nomination and believes he is the right candidate to exercise the "super powers" of the office.
Prologue to a Podcast
Welcome to the Capitol Confidential podcast, a weekly show from Times Union reporter David Lombardo that focuses on the policy, personalities and politics of New York's state government.