State of Politics LIVE

State of Politics LIVE is our morning webshow, where we deliver the latest of what’s going on in state politics.

We livestream the show on this page. We typically broadcast 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays – follow us on Twitter to see if we’re having a show that day.

To view previous editions of State of Politics LIVE, click on the links below or search at We do delete episodes older than three months from this page.

To see full versions of the interviews we highlight, click the “Interviews” button to the right on this page. And remember, complete coverage of the issues we discuss on SoP Live can be viewed on Capital Tonight, weeknights at 8pm and 11:30pm, ONLY on Time Warner Cable News. Also watch using the TWC News app, available for your smartphone or tablet.

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December 2 2016:

– Casey Seiler joins us to discuss the possibility of a special session.
-Discussions continue over a legislative pay raise, as well as term limits and a ban on outside income. You can read our update on passage of those changes here.
– Joe Percoco and fellow defendants appeared in federal court in Manhattan this week. Courtney Gross has the latest.



blog-show-110716November 7, 2016:

– Ken Lovett joins us ahead of the general election to discuss the balance of power in the State Senate.
– Over the weekend, FBI director James Comey said he has found no evidence of criminality after the latest review of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Hear from both candidates.
Zack Fink was on Long Island as Governor Cuomo urged New Yorkers to vote for Clinton.
– Plus, details on our election coverage.



CTNY_SOPLIVE_112015November 20, 2015:

– Zack Fink joins us with analysis from the trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
– Senator Jim Seward was on Capital Tonight Thursday night. He gave us an update on Health Republic.
– Plus, what do schools and cemeteries have to do with each other? We’ll explain.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_111815November 18, 2015:

– Keshia Clukey joins us to talk about all things education in New York.
– Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie share their thoughts on refugees.
– Assembly Racing and Wagering Chairman Gary Pretlow talks about fantasy sports.
– Plus, details on the effort to block Lago Casino from a license.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_103015October 30, 2015:

– Ken Lovett joins us to talk about the latest in state politics and policy.
– Barbara Fiala and Fred Akshar react to our exclusive TWC News/Siena poll, showing Akshar with a confident lead.
– Kathy Hochul talks about Fiala’s candidacy.
– Plus, Governor Cuomo says New York is a balance sheet. What does that mean? We’ll explain.

State of Politics LIVEOctober 28, 2015:

– Political Strategist and Columnist Alexis Grenell joins us to talk about fair pay and benefits for cheerleaders, the Women’s Equality Party, and more.
– Fred Akshar and Barbara Fiala gear up for Election Day. We have details.
– A group of lawmakers are voicing their opposition to Lago Resort in Seneca County.
– Plus, Uber hosts a job fair in Buffalo. We were there.

SOP LIVESeptember 2, 2015:

– Casey Seiler from the Albany Times Union joins us to talk about the Women’s Equality Party and upstate secession.
– Governor Cuomo says there are parts of upstate that need more attention from the state, including the Southern Tier.
– We have a look into the Southern Tier’s pitch to win the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.
– Plus, Albany County has joined a lawsuit involving the Clean Air Act. We’ll tell you why.

State of PoliticsAugust 21, 2015:

– NY1’s Zack Fink joins us to talk about Mayor Bill de Blasio and topless women.
– Governor Andrew Cuomo comments on this year’s high Common Core opt-out rates.
– Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie talks about teacher evaluations and what’s next.
– The fight over Planned Parenthood is brewing across the country, but what about in New York?

State of Politics LIVEAugust 14, 2015:

– Governor Andrew Cuomo acts on powdered alcohol.
– Hear what Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has to say about the governor’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative from the eyes of a Buffalonian.
– Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie reflects on his upstate tour and what it means for next session.
– Plus, Jimmy Vielkind from POLITICO New York joins us.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_070815July 8, 2015:

– Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly responds to comments from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.
– Hear what Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul has to say about the public feud between the two.
– We give you a first look at the proposed casino for the Southern Tier.
– Plus, Matt Hamilton from the Albany Times Union joins us with more.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_061215June 12, 2015:

– The last day of the legislative session is Wednesday – or is it? We talk to Capital New York’s Jimmy Vielkind about what to expect.
– Legislative leaders met with Governor Cuomo yesterday, but didn’t have much to say.
– Senator John Bonacic says lawmakers feel like “big brother is watching.”
– Plus, what’s being said about when session will end? We’ll bring you sound on that.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_061015June 10, 2015:

– Will we see more education changes by the end of session? Capital New York’s Jessica Bakeman joins us to discuss.
– How about mixed martial arts? We have an update.
– Senator John DeFrancisco says corruption is a problem – especially this year. Find out why.
– Plus, an update on an animal cruelty bill.

State of Politics LIVEJune 3, 2015:

– Governor Cuomo made an announcement on property taxes downstate this morning. We have the details.
– Will Raise the Age get done? We talked to a Republican in the Senate.
– MaryEllen Elia, the new education commissioner, shares her views on teacher evaluations.
– Plus, Gannett’s Jon Campbell joins us with the latest.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_052715May 27, 2015:

– NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Albany to meet with lawmakers and the governor – what’s he pushing this time around?
– We have sound from the new Education Commissioner on Common Core and where she stands.
– Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has his own ethics package. We have details on that.
– We asked Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul if the DREAM Actcould pass this year – hear her answer.
– Plus, and update on upstate roads and bridges.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_052215May 22, 2015:

– Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin joins us to talk about the governor’s email summit and what’s ahead heading into the final weeks of session.
– Two issues expected to be taken up this year: Mixed Martial Arts and sexual assault on college campuses. We have an update on both.
– Plus, the race for Onondaga County Executive is heating up. We have an update there as well.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_052015May 20, 2015:

– We talk to Greg Biryla from Unshackle Upstate about keeping the property tax cap permanent.
– We have reaction from the Assembly on making the tax cap permanent.
– The Assembly passes rent control, but will it act on the education investment tax credit?
– We also have an update on Montreign Resort & Casino in the Hudson Valley.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_051315May 13, 2015:

– We talk to Senator Daniel Squadron about closing the LLC Loophole.
– The Senate’s planning to act to limit the Governor’s power during budget negotiations.
– With new power in the Senate, will the Assembly play nice?
– Plus, a renewed push to provide college to state prison inmates.

CTNY_SOPLIVE_042915April 29, 2015:

– Assemblyman Sheldon Silver reacts to his indictment, we have him on-camera.
– Governor Cuomo reacts to the federal probe into Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
– Assemblyman William Scarborough will give up his seat. Find out why.
– Criminal justice reform is on the forefront at the capitol.
– Plus, Matt Hamilton from the Albany Times Union joins us to discuss it all.

CTNYSOPLIVE_041715April 17, 2015:

– We have the latest on the probe into Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos with Capital New York’s Jimmy Vielkind.
– A renewed push to close down Start Up NY.
-The LLC Loophole remains open, will lawmakers do anything about it?

State of Politics LIVEApril 10, 2015:

– We chat with Gannett’s Jon Campbell about Start Up NY, education, and more.
– Plus, we take a look a powdered alcohol – it’s been approved on the federal level, but will there be a ban in New York?


– We also have a preview of our exclusive polls with Siena College on the budget deal.

CTNYSOPLIVE_040815April 08, 2015:

– We look at potential candidates for Governor in 2018. Will Cuomo see a serious challenge if he runs again?
– One vegetable facility is getting ready to switch to a medical marijuana dispensary if chosen. We take you inside.
– Plus, Matt Hamilton from the Albany Times Union joins us.

CTNYSOPLIVE_032015March 20, 2015:

– We have a recap of the week in State Politics, including yesterday’s Mothership meeting. with Ken Lovett from the NY Daily News.
– Assemblywoman Pat Fahy is speaking out against the Governor’s heavy policy/spending ratio.

– Plus, an update on the Governor’s email controversy.

State of Politics LIVEMarch 18, 2015:

– We have the details on the new ethics deal between Cuomo and the Assembly.
– Paid family leave is also becoming a huge issue – a hearing is planned.
– Plus, Jimmy Vielkind from Capital New York joins us.

State of Politics LIVEMarch 13, 2015:

– We have an update on the budget, including yesterday’s mothership meeting.
– Everyone seems to agree – minority leaders are okay in budget talks. So, what’s the hold up?
– Plus, the Women’s Equality Agenda seems to be moving forward in the Assembly.

State of Politics LIVEMarch 11, 2015:

– Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb talks to use about his conference’s reform proposals.
– Plus, budget talks continue, but not without complications.
– We also asked Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul for her reaction to the Assembly and Senate’s one-house budgets.

CT NY SOP LIVE 030615March 6, 2015

– Senator Mike Gianaris joins us to talk about the latest, including whether Senate Democrats are getting along with the Governor.
– Preet Bharara is bashing former Speaker Sheldon Silver’s attempt to dismiss his case.
– Leaders say they’re *not* planning to sue Gov. Cuomo over his 30-day budget amendments.
– Tom DiNapoli has already filed for 2018.
– Plus, an update on legislation that would help craft beverage producers in New York.

State of Politics LIVEMarch 4, 2015:

– Governor Cuomo says he’s open to doing the minimum wage outside of the budget.
– A giant Charter School rally rocks the capitol. We had a preview.
– Advocacy groups were also, basically, in every corner of the capitol Tuesday.
– Plus, Casey Seiler from the Albany Times Union joins us with the latest.

State of Politics LIVEFeb. 27, 2015:

– The DREAM Act passes the State Assembly, but does it have a chance in the Senate
– Governor Cuomo’s going to Cuba in April. Meanwhile, his new sexual assault policy isn’t being taken well by private colleges.
– Minority leaders in both chambers react to not being included in budget talks when IDC Leader Jeff Klein is.
– Plus, Gannett’s Jon Campbell breaks down the latest.

Feb. 11, 2015:

– Democrats and Republicans are clashing over ethics reform in the State Senate. Hear what they had to say.
– Will a new speaker bring new possibilities? We look at the future of MMA and the Women’s Equality Agenda.
– Plus, Ken Lovett from NY Daily News joins us to talk ethics reform and the latest.