Nov 9th - 9:00 pm
Just one week ago, voters headed to the polls. And one week later, we still don’t know who has won a handful of races – including three that will eventually determine the balance of power in the state senate.
Our resident political insiders, Bruce Gyory and Dave Catalfamo, joined Liz Benjamin Tuesday to talk about the latest headlines.
Nov 9th - 3:20 pm
The balance of power in the State Senate is still up in the air and could remain that way for some time, but one thing is certain. Come January, we will see at least 9 new faces in the senate – and potentially even more. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be catching up with the incoming freshmen members of the upper house to give New Yorkers an idea of who the players will be come January.
We began with Assemblyman Mike Gianaris, who is actually no stranger to Capital tonight regulars.
He joined Liz Benjamin from Buffalo Monday.
Oct 29th - 9:00 pm
So at this point in the campaign, candidates have been hitting the trail pretty much non-stop. They’re malnourished, dehydrated…and definitely short on sleep. And that combination can be toxic when it comes to public speaking. It inevitably leads to moments that make you scratch your head and think: “what did that person just say”?
Since this is the 21st century, many of those moment are caught on camera. So lucky for us, this week we have the most cringe-worthy video of the season, Matt Damon makes a return to New York Politics…
But we’ll begin with our favorite figure from the Hudson Valley: Assemblyman Greg Ball.
Here’s the season’s final “Trail Mix” (Barring recounts and court battles):
Oct 28th - 1:00 pm
There are a number of state Senate races that will determine which party has the majority next year. Kaitlyn Ross looks picks up where Erin Billups left off in our “Struggle for Power” series with a look at some of the upstate races that could tip the balance of power next year. We profile the 38th, 40th, 43rd, 48th, 49th and 58th districts.
Oct 26th - 9:00 pm
After weeks of endless political ads, public opinion polls, candidate forums and debates… The end is finally in sight. In one week, a new slate of statewide officials will be elected and we’ll find out whether the Democrats managed to hang on to their slim majority in the Senate. But until then – the pontificating and prognosticating continues and nobody does it better than our resident political insiders.
Steve Greenberg is a pollster for the Siena Research Institute. In another life he served as press secretary to two former Assembly Speakers. He’s also president of Greenberg Public Relations.
Bob Bellafiore just recently joined the charter school organization National Heritage Academies. His past life included a stint as press secretary to former governor George Pataki.
Oct 26th - 9:00 pm
In 2008, Democrats swept through New York winning 27 of the 29 Congressional seats. Part of that wave was Democrat Dan Maffei in NY’s 25th District – who sailed to victory in an open seat that stretches from Syracuse to the Rochester suburbs.
This year, Maffei was expected to coast to re-election, but one week out he finds himself in a tighter than expected race. He joined Liz Benjamin from Syracuse Tuesday to talk about the race.
Oct 26th - 1:00 pm
Senate races across New York:
Democrats holdi a very slim two seat edge in the Senate. There are hotly contested races in more than a dozen districts. We’re profiling Senate contests all across the state, starting with the five boroughs and Long Island Erin Billups has an overview of the stakes, followed by a look at Senate districts 3, 11, 15, and 44.
Oct 22nd - 9:00 pm
From the 7-way Gubernatorial debate the papers quickly dubbed a mockery to an Inspector General report that could sink Democrats chances of retaining the senate, to the abrupt firing of D-E-C commissioner Pete Grannis, it has been another busy week on the campaign trail, and off.
Luckily, we have our Reporter Roundtable to make sense of all the week’s twists and turns.
Rick Karlin and Jimmy Vielkind from the Albany Times Union and Capital Tonight’s own Kaitlyn Ross make up this week’s table.
Oct 22nd - 9:00 pm
You’ve probably heard the saying… But I think it’s safe to say that this week, we are officially in the political silly season.
This week, one media outlet prematurely declared a winner in an upstate congressional race, Jimmy McMillan grabbed his fifteen minutes of fame, and then some scrutiny that comes with it… And campaign signs became a key issue in a Capital Region race. Here’s this week’s “Trail Mix”:
Oct 19th - 9:00 pm
Ann Marie Buerkle sits down with Liz Benjamin to talk about the race once thought to be a safe seat for incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei.