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‘CONNECT NY’ features ‘Trauma Informed Education,’ ‘Dealing with Hate in a Land of Free Speech’

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, presents new episodes on its “CONNECT NY” public affairs TV series Sept. 30 and Oct. 21.

‘CONNECT NY–Trauma Informed Education’

Sept.  30 at 9 p.m.

According to state education officials, the number of students facing mental health challenges is dramatically increasing. To adapt, schools are incorporating Trauma Informed Practices into the classroom. “CONNECT NY” discusses why trauma is affecting more children, and look at the skills educators are adopting to help them cope.


  • Dr. John M. Garruto, D.Ed., NCSP, School Psychologist for the Oswego City School District; President, New York Association of School Psychologists
  • Dr. Sandy Addis, Executive Director, National Dropout Prevention Center
  • Melissa S. Evans, Director of Student Support Services, Syracuse City School District; Co-chair, Trauma and Resilience Advocacy Committee
  • Tracey Musarra Marchese, MSW, LCSW-R, Professor of Practice, School of Social Work, Falk College, Syracuse University
  • Dr. Shaun Nelms, Superintendent, East High School, Rochester City School District

‘CONNECT NY–On the Fringe: Dealing with Hate in a Land of Free Speech’

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

How should we address the intersection of hate speech, violence and free expression? In the wake of El Paso and Dayton, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to define “hate-filled murder with the intent to cause mass casualties” as an Act of Domestic Terrorism. “CONNECT NY” speaks with groups who have historically been the targets of white nationalism and speak with experts about the line between free speech and hate speech and what to do about social and traditional media that some say are allowing fringe groups to thrive on line and in our communities.


“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.

About WCNY

WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today it is a community-owned media company that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio programs, dynamic web and targeted email content, the WCNY CONNECT member magazine, and social media. Through online stream technology, WCNY has a global broadcast audience of viewers and listeners throughout the United States and 17 countries. WCNY operates five digital, pledge-free broadcast channels and three radio stations. Towers are located in Watertown and Utica, and WCNY’s radio programming extends into Canada. Classic FM is one of a few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally programmed music.

Educational services include workshops; a 10,000 square-foot building with dedicated Education Center; Read Out, a radio reading service for the visually impaired; Enterprise America for middle school students; and a media and marketing communications program for high school students.

WCNY is LEED® Platinum Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest certification level achievable in Leadership, Energy & Environmental Design. Other achievements include Business of the Year in the nonprofit category in 2014 by CenterState CEO.

Haley Dubnoff
Director, Marketing, Communications & Creative Services
415 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315) 385-7317

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