Three staged readings of musicals in repertory at The Cherry Arts

Walking on Water Productions is presenting three musicals over the course of three weekends.  Artistic Director Priscilla Hummel (and her daughter) join us from The Cherry Arts, while the set is busy with their work.  We find out about the complications of staging three musicals at one time, how audiences can see the three shows and, incidentally, what it’s like to be a working parent.  

Photo credit: Walking on Water productions

Holden and Tenney battle for New York’s new 24th District

WRVO – New York’s 24th Congressional District looks a little different this election. The district includes 12 counties extending from Watertown through the Finger Lakes into western New York. Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney and Democratic nominee Steve Holden are vying for New York’s 24th congressional seat. Tenney, who currently represents New York’s 22nd Congressional District, said after redistricting she chose to run in the new 24th District. “The districts are very similar,” Tenney said.

Comedy at the Hangar Theatre

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! panelist and stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu performs at the Hangar Theatre. He joins us to talk about juggling a rigorous academic schedule with performing stand-up comedy, observational humor, and new fatherhood.  

Photo credit: Rob Holysz via Hari Kondabolu

State Police Superintendent Resigns Amid Reported Investigation

NEW YORK NOW – The head of the New York State Police will resign after reports this week indicated he was under investigation by the Hochul administration over claims that he’d helped shield a former human resources staffer from scrutiny. Kevin Bruen was confirmed as superintendent of the New York State Police last year, but will now depart in the coming days, Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed in a statement Friday. “Today I accepted the resignation of State Police Superintendent Kevin Bruen. I thank him for his years of public service,” Hochul said. “First Deputy Superintendent Steven Nigrelli will serve as Acting Superintendent on an interim basis, as we conduct a thorough search for a Superintendent who can lead this department in its important work.”

Hochul has worked closely with Bruen since she took office on the issue of illegal guns, tasking Bruen and the State Police with participating in a new task force to curb the spread of those weapons across nine states.