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The award-winning monthly Connect NY offers lively insightful discussion, information and analysis on timely topics that affect the residents across the Empire State.  Tackling those public affairs topics significant in the lives of New Yorkers across the state, we will explore personal experiences, important conflicts and tough issues unfolding at the state level through the lens of the stakeholders involved.  As we gain the perspective of those in government, labor and environmental organizations, community leadership, law and business, this program aims to shed light on potential solutions to the complex problems New Yorkers seek to solve.

ConnectNY_Hosts_Headshots_SUSANA panel of leaders and experts lend their perspective in a dynamic discussion moderated by Susan Arbetter, WCNY’s Director Public Affairs and host of WCNY’s state-wide daily broadcast radio show The Capitol Pressroom.


ConnectNY_Hosts_Headshots_JIMJim Aroune, WCNY’s Senior Director Special Productions & News Content, will be on location in communities throughout the state bringing voices in the midst of the experience to the conversation.

New topics emerge monthly giving viewers the ability to gain insight and perspective through first-hand accounts and conversations that move the issues forward.

 



Coming Episode:

 New York State’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV

 Drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined. How is New York State confronting the issue? Why are we facing this crisis? WCNY’s “Connect NY” delivers an update on the ways in which the Empire State has responded to the nation’s opioid addiction crisis. The program includes reports from Buffalo on those involved in the first opioid treatment court.

Those appearing on the program include:

  • James P. Kennedy Jr., acting US Attorney Buffalo Region
  • Kenneth Leonard, Director, Research Institute on Addictions
  • Indu Gupta, Onondaga County Health Director
  • Robert Kent, Chief Legal Counsel, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

 

New York’s Drone Corridor
March 26 at 9 p.m.

Will the Mohawk Valley and Central New York become the place where the emerging domestic drone industry takes flight? With the Empire State five years into the development of its drone corridor between Rome and Syracuse, Connect NY visits the epicenter of this initiative to find out what’s happening. Will the state support for cutting-edge technology companies, research, development and advances in drone traffic management pay off with jobs and a boost to the economy as promised?

Panel experts:
• Rob Simpson, President – Centerstate CEO
• Major Ret. General Marke “Hoot” Gibson, CEO – Nuair Alliance
• Dr. Jane Read, Associate Professor – Maxwell School
• Vijay Srinivas, Director of the Assurance Lab – AIS

Featured:
• Craig Marcinkowski, VP, Strategy and Corporate Development – Gryphon Sensors
• Chris McCall, CEO – Fotokite

Fifty Years of Fair Housing?
April 16 at 9 p.m.

Significant progress has been made in the 50 years since passage of the Fair Housing Act, but both segregation and discrimination persist. In this program, we will look at where and why housing discrimination continues and how the FHA might be reformed to accommodate these new housing challenges.

Panel experts:
• Katherine Garcia, Communications Coordinator – Fair Housing Justice Center Queens, NY
• Sally Santangelo, Executive Director – CNY Fair Housing
• Remaining Panelists TBA

Featured:
• Andrew Lunetta, Executive Director – A Tiny Home for Good
• Remaining Featured Subjects TBA

“Preventing Sexual Harassment: A Way Forward”

Connect NY

Connect NY

Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV

Powerful men at the top of their careers lose everything because of inappropriate sexual behavior that had been an open secret. Why is it no longer acceptable? WCNY’s “Connect NY” responds to the growing recognition of sexual harassment in our society. A panel of experts help define it beyond the headlines of 2018 and share how communities and groups can change the culture that creates it.

“Connect NY” introduces one effort in Rochester where business owners and activists are working to prevent sexual harassment in restaurants.

Those appearing on the program include:

  • Julia Day, NYS Division of Human Rights
  • Erin Sylvester Torcello, Sexual Harassment Attorney, Bond, Schoeneck and King
  • Donna Young, SUNY Albany Law School, expert on Gender and Work, Criminal Law
  • Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook, author, and founding editor of “Men & Masculinities, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal
  • Richard Mattson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University.

Poverty in NY

Future episodes include:


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Connect NY 1/30/17

What does it look like when the financial deck is stacked against you? It is an arduous, uphill climb from which it is difficult to break free. WCNY’s Connect NY series Being Poor: Real Stories of Poverty in 2017 will share the stories of our neighbors who make the hard choices every day that poverty forces upon them. Host Susan Arbetter will examine critical issues such as whether we have a society that discriminates against the poor and how urban poverty differs from rural poverty.  Join us for the next WCNY Connect NY series.   Episode 201 Being Poor: The Cycle of Injustice This episode explores the story of Jamir, a teen with no former record who has recently been arrested several times for what he calls “walking while black”.  We spend a day with Jamir and his family, and the employer who helped him get back on track when the justice system failed him.  We follow up with a conversation with those most familiar with this issue to shed light on the challenges and potential solutions to this issue crucial to minorities living in urban poverty. Joining host Susan Arbetter for this conversation are:

  • Fabina Colon, Director, Multi-cultural Resource Center
  • Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director, New York State Defenders Association
  • Charles Khan, Organizing Director, Strong Economy For All Coalition
  • Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Phoebe Brown, Outreach Coordinator, Ultimate Re-entry Opportunity

 

This episode is the third in the new six-part series “Being poor in New York State.”  Host Susan Arbetter, WCNY director of public affairs, explores the experiences of those living in New York State without enough food, clothing, housing, money or means.  Being poor often means a daily struggle to fight a system seemingly stacked against those on the margins of society, while also fighting against desperation and hopelessness.

In this WCNY six-part “Connect NY” series, viewers will learn about the choices and sacrifices the urban and rural poor must make to survive every day.

Connect NY 03/27/2017

 

Connect NY Episode 203 “Being Poor: Dope, but no Hope” 

“Being Poor: Dope, but no Hope” explores those with drug addictions and continuous illegal drug usage and how their situations often spiral into a circumstance where they are living in poverty.  While much of New York State, and much of the nation has been dealing with an opioid crisis, young people in the Southern Tier face the additional burden of a stagnant economy. Many attribute the staggering rise in opioid addiction and deaths to a lack of hope about the future.

We meet a woman in recovery trying to get her life back on track after addiction led her to homelessness multiple times. Experts shed light on the challenges facing many addicts and recovering addicts living at and below the poverty line and what potential solutions and resources are available within the state of New York.

Joining host Susan Arbetter for this conversation are:

  • Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, Onondaga County Health Commissioner/Co-Chair of the Onondaga County Drug Task Force
  • Professor Dessa Bergen-Cico, Fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Associate Professor Department of Public Health, Syracuse University
  • Alexis Pleus, Mother who lost her son to drug addiction/Founder of TruthPharm, Inc., a national advocacy 501c3 non-profit organization. Truth Pharm is working to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders, and advocating for policy change to improve treatment options
  • Stephanie Campbell, Acting Executive Director, Friends of Recovery – New York

 

Episode 204: “Being Poor:  Poverty on the Edge” – Monday, April 17  

The focus of this episode will be poverty and the connection to the agricultural economy and business environment in New York State.

 

 

School Funding

Connect NY Ep. 112

Constitutional Convention

 

It’s the last installment of our Connect NY series on the Constitutional Convention. We lay out exactly what will happen if you vote YES on the referendum in November 2017. Plus, a look at how a convention might affect issues important to you, like the environment, criminal justice, education and corruption. A Constitutional Convention… from Imagination to Reality, next on Connect NY!


School Funding

Connect NY 111

Coming up on Connect New York, we explore how changes to the state constitution could affect education: new provisions could limit class size, require full-day pre-K, even change how we pay for education. But many stakeholders fear the risks of a convention, which include the possibility of pension rollbacks. Connect NY unravels the pros and cons of a Constitutional Convention on education.


School Funding

Connect NY Ep.10

On this edition of Connect NY – Cleaning up Albany. In the last ten years, more than 30 former or current state office holders in New York have been convicted of crimes or accused of wrong doing. Could a Constitutional Convention help clean up Albany? How about take money out of politics? Re-calibrate power or institute term limits? The answer to all of the above is yes, but it comes with risks.


School Funding

Connect NY Ep. 9

Episode 109 introduces the impact a Constitutional Convention in New York could have on the state’s legal system. Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Association Dr. Peter Galie, Professor Emeritus, Canisius College John J. Warren, Executive Director, Central New York Services, Inc.


School Funding

Connect NY 108

Forever Wild: Would a state constitutional convention strengthen or weaken this constitutional provision? We visit a ghost town in the Adirondack and a rustic hunting lodge along the Hudson in search of answers. Then experts and stakeholders weigh in on one of the most contentious provisions in our state’s constitution. It’s next on Connect NY.

 


Education

 

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Receivership

Connect NY, Conversations That Matter To You. WCNY’s Susan Arbetter hosts New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and a panel of education stakeholders to discuss the Common Core in New York schools. The program is the first of six episodes of Connect NY to feature conversations about education issues in the Empire State.


Common Core

Common Core

Connect NY, Conversations That Matter To You. WCNY’s Susan Arbetter hosts New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and a panel of education stakeholders to discuss the Common Core in New York schools. The program is the first of six episodes of Connect NY to feature conversations about education issues in the Empire State.


Opting Out

Opting Out

On this edition of Connect NY: Opting out. The movement that challenged how New York tested its students. Will parents who refused tests this year, decide to opt their children back in now that new changes for education have been made at the state and federal levels. A closer look at testing, opting-out and parental engagement. Next on Connect NY.


School Funding

School Funding

School funding in New York State. The Governor says we spend more on education than any other state in the nation. So why are many of our schools cut to the bone? And is the way we distribute state funding fair? Join Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and a panel of education experts for this critical conversation, next on Connect NY


Achievement Gap

Achievement Gap

The achievement gap in New York schools. Graduation rates are on the rise. So why do white students remain more likely to receive a high school diplomas than black or Hispanic students? State education commissioners Maryellen Elia and a panel of experts weigh in on … on this edition of connect NY


Teacher Evaluations

Teacher Evaluations

Teacher evaluations, How should good teaching be measured. Should student performance count? By how much? The link between student test scores and teacher evaluations was one reason behind last year’s opt-out movement in New York Schools. Can evaluations improve teaching? And how do we retain the best? Teacher Evaluations, Retention and Development. It’s next on Connect NY


Check back for more podcasts.

Connect NY – Being Poor, The Cycle of Injustice

Over the next 6 months, you will come face to face with people making impossible choices. You will see the differences and similarities between poverty in the inner city and on the farm. And as we dive deeper into the topic, we will show you how poverty isn’t always about money – sometimes it’s also about access to information.


Connect NY – What Unites Us.

While there are plenty of issues that divide us as the presidential election shows, a tour through the chapters of New York’s history proves there is also much that brings us together. We look at Civil Rights, labor rights, women’s rights, abolition and more on this special presentation of Connect NY – What Unites Us.


Connect NY – Constitutional Convention: Halley’s Comet of Change

Every 20 years, the state constitution sets a statewide referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention. The next vote arrives November 7, 2017. Through 2016 and into 2017, WCNY will develop a campaign of content exploring this important expectation of the electorate, including a series of six episodes of Connect NY so that voters are able to make an informed decision.


Connect NY – Constitutional Convention: Forever Wild

Forever Wild: Would a state constitutional convention strengthen or weaken this constitutional provision? We visit a ghost town in the Adirondack and a rustic hunting lodge along the Hudson in search of answers. Then experts and stakeholders weigh in on one of the most contentious provisions in our state’s constitution. It’s next on Connect NY.


Connect NY – Constitutional Convention: Criminal Justice

Episode 109 introduces the impact a Constitutional Convention in New York could have on the state’s legal system. Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Association Dr. Peter Galie, Professor Emeritus, Canisius College John J. Warren, Executive Director, Central New York Services, Inc.


Connect NY – Constitutional Convention: Cleaning Up Albany

On this edition of Connect NY – Cleaning up Albany. In the last ten years, more than 30 former or current state office holders in New York have been convicted of crimes or accused of wrong doing. Could a Constitutional Convention help clean up Albany? How about take money out of politics? Re-calibrate power or institute term limits? The answer to all of the above is yes, but it comes with risks.


Connect NY – Constitutional Convention: Education

Coming up on Connect New York, we explore how changes to the state constitution could affect education: new provisions could limit class size, require full-day pre-K, even change how we pay for education. But many stakeholders fear the risks of a convention, which include the possibility of pension rollbacks. Connect NY unravels the pros and cons of a Constitutional Convention on education.


Connect NY – Constitutional Convention: What happens next?

It’s the last installment of our Connect NY series on the Constitutional Convention. We lay out exactly what will happen if you vote YES on the referendum in November 2017. Plus, a look at how a convention might affect issues important to you, like the environment, criminal justice, education and corruption. A Constitutional Convention… from Imagination to Reality, next on Connect NY!


Connect NY – Race, Policing and Respect

In this new episode of How can we foster both safety and mutual respect between communities of color and the police at a time when mistrust and misunderstanding is prevalent on all sides? We explore this nuanced situation with regional leaders and experts.


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