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New ‘Connect NY’ episodes feature preventing sexual harassment, New York State’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, premieres Season 4 of its “Connect New York” public affairs TV program at 9 p.m. Jan. 29 with “Preventing Sexual Harassment: A Way Forward.”

For viewing information, visit The episodes will be available online at after the show airs on TV.

Connect New York offers lively insightful discussion, information and analysis on timely topics that affect the residents across the Empire State. The show tackles those public affairs topics significant in the lives of New Yorkers across the state. Viewers will explore personal experiences, important conflicts and tough issues unfolding at the state level through the lens of the stakeholders involved. The show aims to shed light on potential solutions to the complex problems New Yorkers seek to solve through perspectives from those in government, labor and environmental organizations, community leadership, law, and business.

A 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 statewide daily broadcast radio show The Capitol Pressroom.” Jim 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.

“Preventing Sexual Harassment: A Way Forward”

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

Re-airs Feb. 4 at noon on WCNY-TV.

Recently, powerful men at the top of their careers have lost everything because of inappropriate sexual behavior that had previously been accepted as an open secret. Why is it no longer acceptable?

WCNY’s “Connect New York” explores one initiative in Rochester, NY that challenges restaurant owners to tackle this issue head on and speaks to an activist fighting for the rights of restaurant workers to speak up about harassment in their industry.

Susan Arbetter discusses this initiative with a panel of experts who help define sexual harassment beyond the headlines of 2018. They share timely information on how communities and groups can change the culture that creates it.

Featured Panel:

  1. Laura Harshbarger, Esq. – Bond, Schoeneck & King, Attorney specializing in employment discrimination and harassment
  2. Julia Day, Regional Director for the New York State Division of Human Rights
  3. Richard Mattson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University
  4. Professor Donna Young, Gender, Work & Criminal Law expert at Albany Law School
  5. Professor Dr. Michael Kimmel, Gender, Sexuality and Masculinity expert at SUNY Stony Brook

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 New York” delivers an update on the ways in which the Empire State has responded to the nation’s opioid addiction crisis. We visit Buffalo, NY and the first opioid treatment court there. We learn how the judge, the prosecutors and the program administrator come together to tackle the prosecution of addicts in a whole new way.

Susan Arbetter sits down with a panel of experts for their reaction as they weigh in on what’s working and where challenges remain in the opioid crisis.

Those appearing on the program include:

  1. James P. Kennedy Jr., Acting US Attorney for the Western District of NY
  2. Kenneth Leonard, Director, Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo
  3. Dr. Indu Gupta, Commissioner, Onondaga County Health Department
  4. Robert A. Kent, Chief Legal Counsel, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Photos and Captions

ConnectNewYork_WCNY-photo1 – “Connect New York” “Preventing Sexual Harassment” From left are Julia Day, Professor Donna Young, Susan Arbetter, WCNY director, public affairs & host of “Connect New York” and WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” Dr. Richard Mattson, and Lara Harshbarger, Esq.

ConnectNewYork_WCNY-photo2 – “Connect New York” “New York State’s Response to the Opioid Crisis” From left are Dr. Indu Gupta, James P. Kennedy Jr., Susan Arbetter, WCNY director, public affairs & host of “Connect New York” and WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” Dr. Kenneth Leonard, Robert Kent.

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