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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 State’s history proves there is also much that brings us together.  Join us as we explore New York’s role in civil rights, gay rights, labor rights, and environmental justice as we highlight the values that unite us as a community to close out 2017 on a positive note.

Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are:

  • Libby Post – Founder, Communication Services Inc. and Co-Founder, Empire State Pride Agenda  
  • Bruce Dearstyne – Author, The Spirit of New York:  Defining Events in the Empire State’s History and Former Program Director, New York State Archives
  • Betty Bayer – Board Member, National Women’s Hall of Fame and Professor, Women’s Studies at Hobart and William Smith College.
  • Yusuf Abdul-Qadir – Director of the Central New York chapter of the NYCLU
  • Brendan Mills – Site Manager and Curator at the John Brown Farm Historic Site;

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Connect: NY 201 Cycle of Injustice

Jamir Green, who has no record, has 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.


Episode 201: “Being Poor:  Real Stories of Poverty in 2017” – Monday, January 30, 2017

During WCNY’s next 6-part Connect: NY series, we will take you into the world of poverty to look at the choices both the urban and rural poor must make every single day.  Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities.  We hope you’ll join us for WCNY’s next


Connect: NY – Constitutional Convention

Connect:NY, WCNY’s statewide TV news and public affairs series, will continue to convene conversations that matter to all citizens of New York State with its second series on a crucial subject: the constitutional convention.

Every 20 years, the state constitution mandates a statewide referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention. The next vote arrives Nov. 7, 2017, when voters determine whether New Yorkers will supersede the state legislature’s authority over constitutional amendment and determine whether the constitution should, in any way, be streamlined. New York’s 50,000-word constitution currently has 225 amendments.

To help voters make informed decisions, WCNY will explore this important opportunity to reshape government beginning with a series of six episodes of Connect:NY. WCNY’s news and public affairs director Susan Arbetter will host monthly conversations on six of the key aspects of the issue on Connect:NY. Stakeholders in government, labor, the environment, law and business will join scholars and educators will join a lively, in-studio presentation that will be produced from WCNY’s Broadcast and Education Center.


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Connect: NY, Nov. 17, 2016 Race, Policing and Respect in New York State.
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 on the next Connect: NY.

Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are:
Stephanie Miner – Mayor, City of Syracuse
Frank Fowler – Chief of Police, Syracuse City Police Department
Sam Rowser – Executive Producer, OnPoint for College
Jens David Ohlin – Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Derrick Dorsey – President, Syracuse City School Board and Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse
Khalid Bey – Syracuse City Councilman

Connect: NY 112, Oct. 17, 2016 Re-imagining New York: From Imagination to Reality

What happens if New Yorkers vote ‘Yes’ to a Constitutional Convention in 2017? What are the risks? What positive steps could come out of a convention?

Connect: NY 111, Sept. 19, 2016 | Re-Imagining New York: Education

This episode introduces the idea that a Constitutional Convention in New York could impact the issues surrounding how children are equitably educated, how the education system is funded and why collective bargaining plays an important role.

Connect: NY 110: Aug. 22, 2016 | Re-imagining New York: Power and Ethics

In the last 10 years, more than 30 current or former state officeholders in New York have been convicted of crimes, or accused of wrongdoing.  Could a Constitutional Convention help sweep out the bad apples?  How about take money out of politics?  Recalibrate power?  Or institute term limits?  The answer to all of the above is YES – but it comes with risks.

Connect: NY 109, July 11, 2016 | Re-imagining New York: Crime & Punishment

Could a constitutional convention fix New York’s criminal justice system? Learn about the tragic story of Samuel Harrell, a mentally ill prisoner at the Fishkill Correctional Facility whose 2015 death was ruled a homicide and is still under investigation. A panel of experts addressed the issues that stem from the case, and discuss how a state constitutional convention could address the injustices that may have occurred.


Connect: NY 108, June 20, 2016 Re-Imagining New York: Environment

There is no more famous provision in the New York State Constitution than the one protecting the Adirondack Park as “Forever Wild”.  In the third installment of our series on the pros & cons of a Constitutional Convention, we will discuss the history and practical implications of this unique constitutional promise.  Why, for example, should residents of New York City get to vote on a mining provision in the Park?  Plus, we debated other environmental questions.

Connect: NY 107, May 16, 2016 Re-Imagining New York: NY’s Constitutional Convention – Halley’s Comet of Change 

In November of 2017, New Yorkers will have the chance to vote on whether or not to hold a Constitutional Convention.  In the first installment of our series on this critical vote, we discuss the problems that exist within the State’s Constitution as well as the risks that are inherent when the document is opened up to change.

Episodes of Connect:NY will air Mondays at 9 p.m. on WCNY, and on local PBS stations across New York. The program will be available via streaming at wcny.org.

 


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New Public Affairs TV series explores critical issues in education with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

This new series explores statewide issues of critical importance and begins with six, monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, receivership, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges.

Susan Arbetter, WCNY director of news and public affairs and host of “The Capitol Pressroom” serves as host on the new show, and moderates a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues. WCNY plans to continue the series in the future around other important topics.


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An Interview with Buffalo School Superintdent Dr. Kriner Cash

Buffalo schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash has been charged by New York State to lead one of Upstate New York’s largest school districts and turn around five persistently struggling schools in receivership. Cash received sweeping authority to install changes that will keep the schools from state takeover. He has a year to make those changes. Cash spoke with Connect: NY about the job ahead, the challenge he faces with union and school board challenges to his plans and how he has learned, as a school turnaround specialist, to change the course of failing schools and school systems.


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