NYS Senator Jen Metzger will host a COVID-19 online series featuring local experts knowledgeable on selected topics important to Hudson Valley and Catskill communities. Half-hour-long digital episodes will be livestreamed on Senator Metzger’s Facebook page twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. for the next four consecutive weeks, and will include a Q&A with participating viewers facilitated by the Senator.
Week One: Tues., Apr. 28: Regional Medical Overview with Kenneth Steier, Executive Dean of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Thurs,, Apr. 30: Food Insecurity and How to Help with Michele McKeon, Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP).
Week Two: Tues,, May 5: Domestic Violence during COVID-19 with Kellyanne Costyal-Larrier, Fearless; and Thurs., May 7: Education Resources for Students, Teachers, and Families featuring a high school teacher and elementary special education teacher from Sullivan County.
Week Three: Tues., May 12: COVID-19 Mental Health Awareness presented by Amy Nitza and Karla Vermeule, The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz; and Thurs., May 14: Paying Your Bills and Preventing Shut-offs with Laurie Wheelock, Esq., the Public Utility Law Project.
Week Four: Tues,, May 19: Preventing Senior Scams and Sharing Legal Resources presented by Jaime Samarel and Jenny Turpin, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley; and Thurs,, May 21: The Food Supply Chain and NY Agriculture featuring Maire Ullrich, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County.
Additional topical events in the series will be announced as New York State continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus global pandemic.