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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October 4, 2019 14 min

Divide New York has a proposal to divide New York State into three autonomous regions.

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The SUNY Student Assembly represents 1.4 million students enrolled at 64 campuses throughout the SUNY system. In this podcast assembly president Austin Ostro talks about the group's priorities, the Excelsior Scholarship program, and how students are navigating bigger social issues like freedom of speech.

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September 13, 2019 14 min

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In this episode of Upstate Issues Todd Cramer, President and CEO of Mohawk Hudson Humane Society talks about the traditional and new services they are offering to small pets. Cramer talks about how behavioral health affects physical health for pets and how staff and volunteers work with the animals to help prepare them for adoption. Cramer also explains the ways they are helping people care for the pets already existing in their ... Read more

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August 2, 2019 16 min

A community solar farm is becoming part of the Capital Region landscape. In this episode of Upstate Issues, Mark Richardson, President and CEO of US Light Energy talks about the factors that go into selecting a site for a solar farm and how farmers and communities can benefit. He also talks about how National Grid customers can tap into solar energy. Also discussed: tax credits the project received and the types of jobs created b... Read more

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July 18, 2019 16 min

The concept of Mental Health First Aid is a relatively new idea. In this podcast with Diane Donato, John Cooney, Retired Troy Police Captain, talks about components of the programs and explains that it's premise is very similar to traditional First Aid training. Mental Health First Aid can save lives, according to Cooney.

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Stratton VA Medical Center Director Darlene DeLancey talks about the new MISSION program. MISSION stands for Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Network.

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June 6, 2019 54 min

Medical and recovery experts from the Capital Region discuss the Opioid Epidemic. Presented by the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud and hosted by WGY's Diane Donato.

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A typical day for people working in Emergency Communications can go from mundane to extreme crisis in seconds and they have to be ready for every situation. In this podcast, Steven Gordon, Director of Emergency Communications for the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office talks about the challenges they face while always striving to provide the best care for all the members of their community. It's not an easy job, but it is meaningful... Read more

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May 9, 2019 15 min

A growing number of people who have Type 1 diabetes, which requires daily insulin, are going without that vital medicine, or making potentially fatal reductions in their doses, due to the skyrocketing cost of insulin, Mike Patrick discusses this health care crisis with Ray Kimmelblatt, Executive Director of JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and looks at options for reducing those costs.

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For anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business but didn't know where to start, the Small Business Association offers many services, including free SCORE counseling. SCORE counselors are retired professional who volunteer their time to mentor the next generation of business owners. In this podcast Emil Baker talks about how to connect with a SCORE professional and what to expect along the way from time-management t... Read more

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Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York helps people with Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers understand the disease and plan for the future.

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Many veterans are opening businesses in Upstate, NY. In this podcast series they talk about skills and stamina developed while in service and about applying those skills to running their own small businesses. It's a big leap and starting a business is not easy. Learn how they have made their dreams a reality.

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Serving the transportation needs of the Capital Region is a big task, and that's just the beginning of the many important functions CDTA fills in our region.

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From tax prep assistance to serving up summer lunches, United Way of the Greater Capital Region is helping people stay afloat. It often starts with a call to 2-1-1. In this podcast with Diane Donato, Peter Gannon, CEO of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region talks about their continuing mission to help people get connected to the resources they need.

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Episode three in a series on veterans that focuses on some of the success stories of those who have tapped into state and federal resources, have started their own businesses and want to share their stories with others. In this episode, Jacob Ashby, former US Army officer and combat veteran talks about how his service experiences helped shape his business plan for Ashby Adaptive Occupational Therapy. Amy Amoroso talks about her w... Read more

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Episode two in a series on veterans with a focus on some of the success stories of those who have tapped into state and federal resources, have started their own businesses and want to share their stories on how help others. In this episode, Robert Duff talks about how his service experiences helped inspire his dream of opening a business. Duff talks about some of the programs he has found most helpful along his journey to openin... Read more

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Many veterans are opening businesses in Upstate, NY. They're taking skills (and stamina) developed while in service and applying what they know to running their own small businesses. It's a big leap and starting a business is not easy. In this podcast series, veterans will talk about their service backgrounds, the businesses they've started, and how they made the transition. They'll also talk about some of the state and federal... Read more

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In this podcast with Diane Donato, newly-elected representative Antonio Delgado talks about his first days in Congress, trying to bring a bi-partisan approach to a deeply divided federal government, creating economic opportunities, and trying to help others realize the American dream.

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