Monthly Archives: March, 2021


WCNY announces staff appointments, promotions

Published - March 31, 2021

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster announces the following appointments and promotions: Appointments Lauren Easton, of Syracuse, N.Y., was appointed events specialist. She brings five years of experience to WCNY. Prior to joining WCNY, Easton served as the banquet sales manager at Pascale Companies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University. Clara Choi, of Manlius, N.Y., was appointed multimedia graphic designer and communications coordinator. She brings nine years of experience to WCNY. Prior to joining WCNY, Choi was Visiting Professor, at the State University of New York-ESF. She earned a bachelor’s degree

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Asm. John McDonald is fighting the pandemic one vaccination at a time

Published - March 31, 2021

Mar. 31, 2021 – Across social media, users are posting pictures of their vaccine experience as they get their first or only shot. However, Asm. John McDonald (D-Cohoes) has been posting a different kind of picture because he’s the one giving the vaccination. We talked with the lawmaker about his efforts to vaccine New Yorkers in the Capital Region.

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Cuomo admin sued for refusing to offer gender inclusive assistance form

Published - March 31, 2021

Mar. 31, 2021 – The state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is facing a lawsuit over its computer programs that force New Yorkers to choose male or female as their gender identity when applying for assistance. Jules Donahue, a nonbinary New Yorker who is a plaintiff in the case, and Jose Abrigo, Director of LGBTQ/HIV Advocacy at Legal Services NYC’s Manhattan Office, explained why this forces nonbinary New Yorkers to choose an incorrect gender identifier while under oath.

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Assembly marijuana legalization champion reflects on legislation passage

Published - March 31, 2021

Mar. 31, 2021 – Moments before she went to the floor of the Assembly to debate the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) stopped by to discuss the long road to passage of this marijuana legalization bill and what it will mean for communities of color across the state.

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Disability rights group investigates pandemic performance of state-run group homes

Published - March 30, 2021

Mar. 30, 2021 – Disability Rights New York has released a report that shines a light on the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the state’s group homes. Julie Michaels Keegan, Director of the Protection and Advocacy Program for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Disability Rights New York, shared the findings of the report.

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Cuomo makes last-minute budget push at behest of hospitals

Published - March 29, 2021

Mar. 29, 2021 – Bill Hammond, Senior Fellow for Health Policy at the Empire Center for Public Policy, broke down the last-minute push to include budget language that would overhaul the process of approving non-emergency procedures in hospitals in New York.

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S5-30: Looking West, Part 2

Published - March 27, 2021

“So much of who we are, is where we have been”  —  William Langwiesche We continue to circle the globe today as we look to the West, to music by women from Europe.  These are relatively new releases, covering a fair range of geography .  Not all of the music is new, but the performances certainly are.  This is music from the women of England, Italy, Germany, and even Latvia and Bulgaria   “Looking West, Part 2”   Giovanni Gabrieli:  Sacrae Symphonie I, No. 33 (excerpt) Katherina Bäuml, baroque oboe Capella de la Torre “Praetorius and Italy” Deutsche Harmonia 19439848032 Hélène de Montgeroult:  Sonata

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Inspiring NY_Ana Ortiz

Published - March 26, 2021

When the pandemic broke out last year, Ana Ortiz, of Ithaca, did not hesitate to help out her community. Every Thursday, Ana and her amazing group of volunteers run a food distribution drive to help feed over fifty people a week. Learn More!

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