Upstate Issues with WGY's Diane Donato

Upstate Issues with WGY's Diane Donato

WGY's Diane Donato presents the important issues facing New York's Capital Region.... Show More

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February 26, 2021 26 min
Longtime local activist, Dr. Alice Green is the Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice, a civil rights organization she founded in 1985. In June of 2020, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring police agencies to consult with local community members and develop a plan to reinvent their policing strategies. In this episode of Upstate Issues Dr. Green talks about the efforts police departments around the st...
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For many years now New York lawmakers have been discussing the possibility of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. It wasn't until only a few years ago that the use of medicinal marijuana was legalized. Meanwhile other states (including many of our neighbors) have legalized the use of recreational marijuana which adds to the pressure to legalize it here. Meanwhile the New York budget deficit is also being used as an ex...
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We're now eight weeks into the COVID-19 vaccination program here in the Capital Region and while the rollout has not been without its bumps and frustrations, each day things are getting a little smoother. In this episode of Upstate Issues, Dr. Dennis McKenna, the President and CEO of Albany Medical Center gives an update on vaccination efforts in the Capital Region. Albany Med has been selected to be the "Hub Planning L...
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Access to broadband in rural communities has been a tough hurdle to overcome. New York politicians have been talking about it for years, goals have been set, demands made on providers, and still some are still waiting. The pandemic put a new urgency on extending broadband service, highlighting broadband's role in connectivity to work, healthcare and education.
Dr. Rebecca Watts is a regional vice president for Western Governor...
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The group Sistas Healing Old Wounds (SHOW) is on a mission to help women who are currently incarcerated and those who are transitioning out of prison, in ways that are both personal and practical. In this episode of Upstate Issues, Diane Donato talks with one of SHOW's founders, Roni Minter, about the inspiration behind the group and the work they are trying to do. Minter says when she was behind bars she came to realize that t...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly put a spotlight on vaccine research and manufacturing. Right here in the Capital Region we have the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET) where students will learn about the research and manufacturing of drugs and vaccines. For the uninitiated, ACPHS president Dr. Greg Dewey and CBET Associate Director Dr. Julian Rosenberg...
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COVID-19 has hit cancer care in a variety of ways with diagnosed individuals having care delayed at times this year because of reduced services being available and in other cases individuals delaying treatment themselves because of concerns over costs. Still more people have simply put off screenings, potentially missing an opportunity to detect cancer earlier. In this podcast with Diane Donato, Julie Hart of the American Cancer ...
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Therapeutic sessions with the likes of Peppi, Buster Bunny or Gambler may seem untraditional, but at the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP), exactly such therapeutic sessions have already been helping individuals with disabilities for almost 35 years. With a team of volunteers assisting to make everything possible, physical and occupational therapists at STEP have been helping individuals grow and advance through progra...
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Hands-on learning has been a hallmark for Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School. For years local students have had their classroom learning supplemented with real experience as they pursue careers in a variety of professions including construction, medical assisting, culinary arts and cosmetology.
Then came a pandemic that made social distancing and on-line learning the norm.
But students are still receiving hands-on in...
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The United Way estimates that about 41 percent of Capital Region families are earning less than what is needed for a basic "survival" budget. In this episode of Upstate Issues Diane Donato talks with Peter Gannon, CEO United Way of the Greater Capital Region about the additional pressures the pandemic has put on the poor and the working poor. Gannon points out that many of the essential workers that helped get us through ...
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Businesses have had a challenging year in 2020, with some unable to sustain themselves under these extraordinary circumstances and a lucky few finding increased success. Many business owners fall somewhere between those two extremes, having adapted to new ways of doing business with a hope that conditions will improve in 2021. In part one of this two-part podcast, Diane Donato talks with Steve Bulger, Small Business Administratio...
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Businesses have had a challenging year in 2020, with some unable to sustain themselves under these extraordinary circumstances and a lucky few finding increased success. Many business owners fall somewhere between those two extremes, having adapted to new ways of doing business with a hope that conditions will improve in 2021. In part one of this two-part podcast,
Diane Donato talks with Steve Bulger, Small Business Administratio...
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A unique program through the Albany County District Attorney's office tries to help young people avoid criminal convictions through making positive changes in their lives. In this podcast interview, Diane Donato talks with D.A. David Soares about what kind of young offenders are eligible for the Clean Slate program, the changes and restitution they have to make, and the challenge they face in going before a panel of community ...
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At a time when our communities and our nation seem so politically divided, the group Braver Angels is trying to foster communications that can remain civil even when we disagree with one another. In this episode of Upstate Issues, Eva Galvin co-founder of the local chapter of Braver Angels talks about how traditional and social media have influenced political discourse and she gives tips for navigating thorny topics. Galvin also ...
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PART ONE


Many aspects of education are entering a new era. While distance learning has been around for quite a while and many teachers have been using online resources for years, COVID 19 has forced a sea change in almost every classroom.
Dr. Anna Zendell, is Faculty Program Director for the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. Her areas of interest in higher education involve developing innovative teaching strategies...
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PART TWO

Many aspects of education are entering a new era. While distance learning has been around for quite a while and many teachers have been using online resources for years, COVID 19 has forced a sea change in almost every classroom.
Dr. Anna Zendell, is Faculty Program Director for the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. Her areas of interest in higher education involve developing innovative teaching strategies...
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Saying adequate shelter is a human right, Time For Homes has just opened an office in the Capital Region. In this episode of Upstate Issues, Diane Donato talks with James Ryan, President of Time for Homes about their ambitious goals, their data-driven approach, and some novel ideas about how to partner with the medical community to help get people off the streets and into stable living arrangements.
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Long before the COVID 19 pandemic, the country was dealing with an epidemic of substance addiction, and now post-pandemic the work of Friends of Recovery New York continues. In this podcast with Diane Donato, Dr. Angelia Smith-Wilson, Executive Director of FOR-NY talks about the impact stay-at-home directives have had on people in recovery and how they have adapted to keep services available.
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Mohawk Hudson Humane Society has come up with creative ways to care for pets and the people who love them during COVID-19 pandemic.
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Because of the pandemic, businesses have had to undergo extraordinary changes. Business owners are anxious to get back going, but they have so much uncertainty to deal with. Jayson Kratoville, the interim director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) at the University at Albany, believes that businesses’ ability to adapt will play a critical role to restarting the economy. He says it will also play a key ro...
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