'Being Poor: Too Old to Work'

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions. This episode, ‘Being Poor: Too Old to Work’, explores how as baby boomers age and the gap between rich and poor widens, the number of seniors living in poverty is on the rise. Housing costs are so high that today’s seniors are going to dangerous lengths to save money. Cutting prescription pills in half, living without heat, amongst others. Meet a Central New York senior too old to work and completely dependent on a frayed social safety net. Panelists joining the show:

Patricia Campany, RSVP Project Coordinator, Catholic Charities Elderly Services
Randall Hoak, Associate State Director, AARP, Central and Western New York
Maria Alvarez, Executive Director, NY Statewide Senior Action Council, Inc.
Mason Kaufman, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Syracuse

Watch this new episode on Monday, February 13, 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.

Tonight at 8pm | New York’s 22nd: A League of Women Voters Debate

With no incumbent, the race in New York’s 22nd Congressional District should be competitive. WSKG Public Media and the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties present a live debate on Thursday evening, November 3rd, featuring candidates in the 22nd District. Martin Babinec, Invited and confirmed
Kim Myers, Invited and confirmed
Claudia Tenney – Invited and confirmed
Crystal Sarakas, host/moderator

In a debate governed with rules set by the LWV, the candidates will be on WSKG TV and WSQX Radio talking about their qualifications, government policies and answering questions submitted via Twitter (#NY22) and Facebook. Tune in at 8:00pm. Our Studio is filled to capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations for audience members at this time.

'Connect NY' Discusses Issues Surrounding the Achievement Gap

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. This episode focuses on the funding of New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Utica Central School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers. The program will also focus on the methods our state uses to finance education. Guests who will join State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and host Susan Arbetter include:

Rochester School Board President Van Henri White
Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs professor John Yinger
Buffalo City School District Superintendent Kriner Cash

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.

Connect: NY | Funding

The Connect: NY series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. This episode focuses on the funding of New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Utica Central School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers. The program will also focus on the methods our state uses to finance education. Guests who will join State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and host Susan Arbetter include:

Dr. Rick Timbs is Executive Director of the Statewide School Finance consortium
Andy Pallotta is Executive Vice President of New York State United Teachers
Michelle Brantner is the Superintendent of the Moravia Central Schools in upstate New York
Suzanne Slack, Chief Financial Officer of the Syracuse City School District
David Flatley is the Superintendent of the Carle Place School District on Long Island

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.

Testing, Opting-Out and Parental Engagement

The Connect New York series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. This episode focuses on testing, opting out and parental engagement in New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Elmira Heights School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers and parents. The program will focus on the response by the families of 240,000 New York students who opted out of the state administered exams in 2015 and the recently announced changes by the state and federal education departments. Susan Arbetter, host of “The Capitol Pressroom” serves as show host, and moderates a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discusses receivership on 'Connect: NY'

This series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. Susan Arbetter, host of “The Capitol Pressroom” serves as show host, and moderates a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.  Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY), and WSKG TV will air this education series throughout 2015-2016. Preview the show, airing on November 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Connect: NY | Common Core

New Public Affairs TV series explores critical issues in education with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
The new series will explore statewide issues of critical importance and begins with six, monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges. Susan Arbetter, host of “The Capitol Pressroom” will serve as host on the new show, and will moderate a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.  Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY) and WSKG TV will air this education series throughout 2015-2016. Watch a Preview