Senator Metzger’s Community Conversations series streams live on Thursdays at 5:00 PM on her Facebook page, engaging local experts in discussions on COVID-19 topics important to Hudson Valley and Catskills communities.
*Those who would like to tune in on Thursdays can CLICK HERE beginning at 5:00 PM.*
A list of upcoming episodes can be viewed below.
Tuesday, April 28: Regional Medical Overview
Guest: Kenneth Steier, Executive Dean of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Thursday, April 30: Food Insecurity and How to Help
Guests: Michele McKeon, Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP) and Dr. Shelly L. Bartow, Delaware Opportunities, Inc.
Tuesday, May 5: Domestic Violence during COVID-19
Guests: Kellyann Costyal-Larrier, Fearless! Hudson Valley, Inc.
Thursday, May 7: Education Resources for Students, Teachers, and Families
Guests: A high school teacher and elementary special education teacher from Sullivan County
Tuesday, May 12: COVID-19 Mental Health Awareness
Guests: Amy Nitza and Karla Vermeule, The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz
Thursday, May 14: Paying Your Bills and Preventing Shut-Offs
Guests: Laurie Wheelock, Esq., the Public Utility Law Project
Tuesday, May 19: Preventing Senior Scams and Sharing Legal Resources
Guests: Jaime Samarel and Jenny Turpin, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Thursday, May 21: The Food Supply Chain and NY Agriculture
Guest: Maire Ullrich, Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
Thursday, May 28: Best Practices for Reopening Your Business
Guests: Roberta Byron-Lockwood, President & CEO of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association, and Lisa Berger, Director of the Ulster County Department of Economic Development
Thursday, June 4: Mitigating Opioid and Substance Use During COVID-19
Guests: John Ewanciw, City of Middletown Police Chief, and Dean Scher, CEO of Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster.
Thursday, June 11: Tackling Food Insecurity through Community Innovation
Guests: Amanda LaValle, Director of Ulster County Department of the Environment and facilitator of Project Resilience, and Sims Foster, Co-Founder of Foster Supply Hospitality.
Additional topical events in the series will be announced as New York State continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus global pandemic.