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.

July is Grassroots!

The Grassroots Festival is Upsate NY premier music festival which every year draws thousands of people from all over, who come to the small historical town of Trummansburg, a few miles north of Ithaca, to enjoy some of the best musical acts in the country. Grassroots is held in July and over a four-day-period, national and local acts line up to bring back-to-back music in a carefree, love-for-all unique atmosphere and surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. Some of the genres represented among the musicians include: folk and Americana, bluegrasss, singer song writer, among other earthy tones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsrpVN6Vipk

WSKG’s crew went behind the scenes in 2014 and showed us a glimpse of USA today’s top 10 outdoor music festival in the country.