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‘CONNECT NY’ presents ‘Guns and a Safer Society’ Oct. 29

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, presents “Guns and a Safer Society” on its “CONNECT NY” public affairs monthly TV series at 9 p.m. Oct. 29 on WCNY-TV. The program asks a panel of experts on multiple sides of the gun debate a simple question:  “When it comes to keeping our communities safe, what works?”

Before an in-studio audience, moderator Susan Arbetter, WCNY’s director, public affairs and host of “The Capitol Pressroom,” guides the panel through a series of questions that touch on gun-owner responsibility; how to deal with guns and the mentally ill; and whether or not teachers should be armed.

CONNECT NY offers lively insightful discussion, information and analysis on timely topics that affect residents across the Empire State. Viewers explore personal experiences, important conflicts and tough issues unfolding at the state level through the lens of the stakeholders involved.

Panel Members:

  1. Tim Andrews, President, SCOPE
  2. Craig Apple, Albany County Sherriff
  3. John DeFrancisco, Deputy Majority Leader, (R, C, IP) 50th Senate District
  4. Helen Hudson, Syracuse Common Council President and Mothers Against Gun Violence Founder
  5. William Magnarelli, New York Assemblyman, (D) 129th District
  6. Robert Spitzer, Ph.D., SUNY Cortland Distinguished Service Professor Political Science Department, Author, Editor and Speaker

For viewing information, visit Each episode will be available after it airs online at

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

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