Being Poor: Poverty on the Edge


The Fulton/Oswego area is often covered in the news for their issues related to their 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, located in the northern, central area of the state, 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.

Panelists joining the show:

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

Watch this new episode on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 9:00pm. 

Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities. Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and aired in partnership with WSKG.