New York Politics

Congressman Chris Collins resigned this week, joining the list of representatives that have gone down in scandal in Western New York. Our panel debates what is needed to regain the trust of voters across the region and what's next for the seat.

Our guests:

  • Mark Assini, CAO at American Rock Salt, former Gates Town Supervisor, and former Congressional candidate
  • Jen Lunsford, attorney with Segar & Sciortino, and former candidate for the 55th Senate District
  • Tim Kneeland, chairperson and professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Nazareth College

Unshackle Upstate has a new executive director, Michael Kracker, and new legislative scorecards.

We sit down with the pro-business organization's new leader to discuss how he sees the New York State landscape for business, politics, and growth.

We sit down with Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. He and members of the Assembly Minority conference are pressing Democratic colleagues to pass two bills* that they say would strengthen oversight in state economic development programs. This comes with less than two weeks left in the legislative session.

We talk with Kolb about his priorities as the session ends, and he answers our questions and yours.

*NYS Procurement Integrity Act:  A.6355-A (Peoples-Stokes)/S.3984-A (DeFrancisco)

Database of Deals (Schimminger): A.8175-A/S.6613-B (Croci)

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned just hours after the New Yorker published a piece containing allegations of physical and sexual abuse. It's a #MeToo case that further shakes the public trust in elected leaders. After all, Schneiderman has consistently praised women for coming forward, and vowed to be an ally in the movement.

Our guests discuss it:

Our series of interviews with the gubernatorial candidates continues with Howie Hawkins. He's running for governor on the Green Party line once again. Hawkins has said that Democrats and Republicans have become far too alike, and have failed the people of New York.

He discusses his vision for a single payer health care system, a higher minimum wage, and more. 

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she’s considering a run for governor. The Democrat has never shied away from challenging her own party, including incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo.

We talk to her about why she is leaning toward a gubernatorial campaign, and which issues matter most to her.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul could face a new challenger for her seat – and he’s from her own party. New York City Council member Jumaane Williams is exploring a possible campaign. The Democrat calls himself an "activist-elected official” and has been outspoken about a number of social justice issues.

We talk to Williams about his possible run and how he would serve alongside a governor who might not agree with him.


One of the more prominent Republican contenders to run for New York Governor against Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo this year has decided he won’t be a candidate after all.

A downstate businessman said to be one of the top picks among Republicans to square off against the two-term incumbent, won’t be a contender. Harry Wilson of Scarsdale has basically said it all came down to family considerations.

Congress is debating a new tax plan that would bring changes for many American families. So how does it work? Who would benefit, and who would pay more? Our guests:

In less than two weeks, New York voters will decide if the state will hold its first constitutional convention since 1967. It's an opportunity New Yorkers have every 20 years, and it gives delegates a chance to re-examine how the state works and make improvements to the constitution.

The issue has been the center of a heated debate. Would a convention lead to rollback in worker protections? Is it necessary for ethics reform in state government? This hour, we hear from both sides, and answer your questions. Our guests:

  • Kim Chesko, public school teacher
  • Jesse Lenney, upstate regional political director for the Working Families Party
  • Wes Renfro, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at St. John Fisher College
  • Neil Jaschik, chairman of the Government Reform Committee of the Interfaith Alliance of Rochester