Community Conversations: A COVID-19 Online Series with Senator Metzger & Local Experts

May 30, 2020

Senator Jen Metzger (SD-42)

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. 

WEEK ONE
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. 

WEEK TWO
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

WEEK THREE
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

WEEK FOUR
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

WEEK FIVE
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

WEEK SIX
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.

WEEK SEVEN
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.