WCNY public affairs TV program features ‘Being Poor: Poverty on the Edge’

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, features poverty in New York State with it’s New York state Emmy-nominated public affairs program “Connect: NY” with host Susan Arbetter, also WCNY director of public affairs.

The series explores the experiences of those living in New York State without enough food, clothing, housing, money or means. Being poor often means a daily struggle to fight a system seemingly stacked against those on the margins of society, while also fighting against desperation and hopelessness.

Being Poor: Poverty on the Edge’
9 p.m. April 17 on WCNY | episode available at after the show

The Fulton/Oswego area is often covered in the news for their issues related to struggling business and economic challenges. But, why? What is the story behind these once thriving communities with strong agricultural, industrial and power producing potential? In this beautiful area, many struggle to find jobs where they can sustain a lifestyle above the poverty level. Skilled employees travel hours to find part time work, and many others have fled the area altogether. 

“Connect: NY” spoke with the Mayor of Fulton, two Oswego County Councilmen, the historians for Oswego and Fulton as well as workforce development participants to understand the struggling economy in this once prosperous region.

Joining host Susan Arbetter for a follow-up panel discussion are:

  •  Karla DiGirolamo – NYS Community Action executive director
  •  Joseph Rotella, Oswego County Workforce Development executive director
  •  Lindy Glennon, Cortland County Community Action executive director
  •  David Kay, senior extension associate – Community and Regional Development Institute (CARDI), Department of Development Sociology Fellow, Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future Affiliate, Program on Infrastructure Policy
  •  Ken Pokalsky, vice president of Government Relations, NYS Business Council

Coming up in May

Episode 205: “Being Poor: Meet ALICE, the Working Poor”

Monday, May 22 

“Connect: NY” will explore the United Way’s ALICE program – asking why it’s necessary, who it’s serving and who is behind the funding.  The program works to serve the “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” individuals and families that hold jobs, but are still unable to pay for the basics.

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