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‘CONNECT NY’ features New York’s Drone Corridor, Fair Housing in March, April

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, presents two new episodes on its “CONNECT NY” public affairs TV program in March and April.

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.

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

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

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:

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


  1. Craig Marcinkowski, VP, Strategy and Corporate Development – Gryphon Sensors
  2. Chris McCall, CEO – Fotokite

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

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, “CONNECT NY” explores 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 Queens, NY
  2. Sally Santangelo, Executive Director – CNY Fair Housing


  1. Andrew Lunetta, Executive Director – A Tiny Home for Good

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