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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September 18, 2020 16 min
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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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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A familiar voice re-joins us; Amy Amoroso is the Director VBOC, U.S. Small Business Administration, Veterans Business Outreach Centers. We've spoken to Amy before about local veterans starting their own businesses and the Boots to Business program. In this podcast with Diane Donato, Amy updates up on how veterans continue to get help getting business ideas off the ground despite the COVID 19 pandemic.
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The Capital Region really stepped up to help those in need.
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Local manufacturers have had to move quickly to stay in business during the COVID-19 outbreak in Upstate New York. In this podcast Diane Donato talks with Rick Sicari of Albany Distilling about a local partnership to help manufacturers re-start in New York. Sicari talks about how manufacturers have adapted and about the ways the Center for Economic Growth is helping them continue to move forward.
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We are all re-adjusting to work after the pandemic's peak and we know we have more adjustments ahead. Many employers are expressing concern about the unknowns. In this podcast with Diane Donato, Miriam Dushane of Alaant Workforce Solutions talks about the new landscape and offers tips on how employers can protect themselves, their employees and their customers.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in innumerable ways. Many legal issued are tied into the health and economic impacts we are experiencing. Albany Law School will be focusing on some of the legal issues in an on-line course taught by Dean Alicia Ouellette.
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We often think about the transitions that signal adulthood being occasions such as graduating from high school or college, turning 18, turning 21, getting a driver's license. As much as these events signal changes in our lives, the truth is most people have a gradual process in becoming adults. For foster kids this can be a very different experience. Because of the pandemic, there are even more challenges.

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For over 100 years the Schenectady City Mission has been helping people in need. In this podcast Diane Donato talks with Mike Saccocio, Executive Director at City Mission of Schenectady. Saccocio explains many more women and children are seeking help than when the mission first started. He also talks about how the opioid epidemic has created more need for help and explains about some of the successful job training programs at th...
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