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Audio from Albany: Assemblyman Jack McEneny on Capitol building

As part of a regular weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau posts an audio interview with a newsmaker from the Capitol.


ALBANY -– Today we put aside talk of the state budget, redistricting, pensions, teacher evaluations, and all the other chores that make up the work at the Capitol. Instead, we talk about the Capitol -- as in the magnificent edifice rising from a hilltop overlooking downtown Albany. (Learn more here:

Giving us a brief, inside glimpse to a building whose occupants have helped shaped the direction of the state, and in some cases, the nation, is Assemblyman Jack McEneny, an Albany Democrat who is retiring at the end of the year.

A former Albany County historian, McEneny is a walking encyclopedia about the Capitol and its sometimes colorful occupants over the years and its unique and highly politicized form of architectures. First elected to the Assembly in 1992, McEneny is a fierce promoter of a political palace dubbed in books as the "Chateau on a Hill."

Listen to the conversation here:

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