56 episodes

The Capitol Confidential podcast is a weekly show from Times Union reporter David Lombardo that focuses on the policy, personalities and politics of New York's state government.

Capitol Confidential David Lombardo

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The Capitol Confidential podcast is a weekly show from Times Union reporter David Lombardo that focuses on the policy, personalities and politics of New York's state government.

    Medicaid maladies in New York

    Medicaid maladies in New York

    Two recent reports are sounding the alarm about the state's Medicaid spending this year, which could result in future cuts to health care or education.
    Mark Ustin, a health care lobbyist and veteran of the Pataki administration, joined the podcast to explain what this means for New Yorkers who use and pay for Medicaid.
    The conversation touched on recent efforts to curb Medicaid spending in New York, creative budgeting practices and what might be gleaned from the state's mid-year financial update.
     

    • 17 min
    New York's bet on casino gambling

    New York's bet on casino gambling

    New York's gambling landscape is far from settled, with the next big shakeup likely to be the introduction of casinos into the New York City area.
    One potential recipient of a casino license is the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, where harness racing and electronic gaming is available.
    Empire City Casino President Uri Clinton joined the podcast to discuss the continuing evolution of gambling in New York, the future of racing in Yonkers and the competition for gaming dollars in the region.
    He also explained what the January purchase of the facility by MGM Resorts means for the development of the site.

    • 20 min
    The Assembly's loyal opposition

    The Assembly's loyal opposition

    Assemblyman Ed Ra isn't naive enough to think that even his best floor debate can stymie legislation being advanced by his Democratic colleagues, who enjoy an overwhelming majority in the chamber.
    But the Long Island Republican, who serves as the assistant floor leader for the GOP, does believe he plays an important part in the legislative process by raising concerns, asking questions and (in some cases) prompting bills to be amended.
    Ra joined the podcast to talk about life on the floor in the Assembly, including the preparation involved in a debate, his goals as a member of the minority, and his preferred candy for a sugar rush.

    • 32 min
    Getting from red light to green

    Getting from red light to green

    Legislation enabling undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses had a lot working against it in Albany this year.
    Despite Democratic-control of the state government, the proposal was wildly unpopular with members from the New York City suburbs and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo seemed unenthusiastic about the issue.
    Sen. Luis Sepulveda, the Bronx Democrat who helped shepherd the proposal across the finish line, joined the podcast to explain the uphill battle for the year's most unlikely new law.
    The conversation addressed the last-minute declaration from state Attorney General Letitia James, support from upstate Senate Democrats and the governor's relationship with the legislation.
     

    • 22 min
    Miss Mitchell Regrets

    Miss Mitchell Regrets

    Joyce Mitchell made her case for parole on June 4 at the women's prison in Bedford Hills.
    The former Clinton Correctional employee has been incarcerated for nearly four years due to her role in aiding a high-profile prison escape in 2015. Following the hearing, Mitchell was denied parole.
    The Times Union has turned excerpts of the transcript from the hearing into a bonus episode, with editors Susan Mehalick and Sara Tracey lending their voices.

    • 23 min
    Confessions of a tabloid journalist

    Confessions of a tabloid journalist

    For about a decade, reporters in Albany would take their Monday morning cues from Ken Lovett's weekly column, which would be filled with state government scoops.
    This past February, the veteran reporter retired from journalism on his own terms after 25 years of Capitol coverage.
    Lovett joined the podcast to talk about his time with the state's two prolific tabloids: the New York Post and Daily News. The conversation addressed his approach to reporting, the pressure to break news and occasions when his work took him out of Albany.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

Teduffy ,

Informative & Insightful

Great way to hear directly from leaders across New York on issues that matter. Highly recommend.

clubberlang4 ,

Good podcast

This is a very thoughtful and thorough podcast. David Lombardo does a great job. Recently they have started doing dramatic readings of transcripts. I encourage this podcast to continue these readings. They are informative and entertaining.

Jesse Sommer ,

Exceptional Treatment of Albany Intrigue

It wasn’t my intention to devour all 7 episodes of “Tales from the Coup” in a single sitting, but that’s what happened. The genius is in Lombardo’s editing, and in his seamless narration of a complex saga that he manages to present linearly and grippingly. Bravo. Wow.

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