‘CONNECT NY’ features Fair Housing April 16, Screens and Teens May 21, Threats to Drinking Water June 25

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, presents new episodes on its “CONNECT NY” public affairs TV series.

Fifty Years of Fair Housing
April 16 at 9 p.m.  on WCNY-TV
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:

  1. Katherine Garcia, Communications Coordinator – Fair Housing Justice Center in Long Island City, NY
  2. Sally Santangelo, Executive Director – CNY Fair Housing
  3. Dr. Edward Shepard, Ph.D., Professor of Economics – LeMoyne College, Syrause, NY


  1. Andrew Lunetta, Executive Director – A Tiny Home for Good
  2. Larry Levy , Executive Dean – National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University
  3. Ian Wilder, Esq., Executive Director – Long Island Housing Services, Inc.

For viewing information, visit For a trailer of the episode, visit

Screens and Teens

May 21 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV

Has smart tech and the social media it drives harmed a generation dependent on these tools to perform most functions?  A new addiction impacting youth socialization, cognitive development and even mental health is chronicled in a new documentary that’s starting the conversation with parents, educators and lawmakers across New York State.  As policymakers look to respond, can we institute moderation and parameters or has the technology taken hold and it’s too late?


  1. Dr. Delaney Ruston, President – MyDoc Productions and filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY

Threats to Drinking Water

June 25 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV

New York State has a valuable and unique natural resource:  an abundance of clean drinking water.  But, that water is facing threats that in some instances we are responsible for creating.  What will New York do about harmful algal blooms, micro plastics, chemical spills and other growing water concerns?  Will the economic and environmental implications of dealing with these pollutants overwhelm current resources?


“CONNECT NY” offers lively insightful discussion, information and analysis on timely topics that affect 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.

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