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Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo on budget passage, 2020-21 school year .::. Inside the FLX #240

Today on the show we welcome Jeff Pirozzolo to the studio for a conversation about the direction schools are headed over the next two months. Jeff serves as superintendent of Auburn City Schools, a district where voters recently approved a new spending plan for the upcoming school year.

Steve Bulger from U.S. SBA on PPP, future of small businesses .::. Inside the FLX #237

The U.S. Small Business Administration has been working hard over the last two months with local, regional, and national lenders to get hundreds-of-billions of dollars out to small businesses that desperately need it. As part of the Paycheck Protection Program, Regional Administrator Steve Bulger, who oversees the Atlantic Region II, which includes New York, has been focused on getting feedback from small business owners, and working to ensure that those who need it – see the funds. He called the program – as a whole – an overwhelming success despite some early-challenges.

He joined Josh Durso to answer some questions about the program, how its helped business owners in the region, and the ways commerce could change in the coming months for good.

Conversation with Steve Keeler from Cayuga Community College .::. Inside the FLX #234

Earlier this week we featured a ‘Daily Debrief’ taking on questions about the future sustainability of local journalism. It’s a topic we have broached numerous times, and one that’s become even more relevant during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Economic shutdown is crushing small businesses, which is the lifeblood of local advertising.

Steve Keeler leads the School of Media and Arts at Cayuga Community College, and we talked to him about advertising, subscribers, coverage of the pandemic, and much more.

Discussing the future of work in the Finger Lakes .::. Inside the FLX #233

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, or Finger Lakes Works for short, is contending with some of the biggest questions the region faces moving forward. In particular, they are wrestling with questions about workforce makeup following the pandemic. As the economy reopens and people go back to work, Michael Woloson, who serves as Business Services Coordinator for the organization is working to help all parties involved. Today on the show, a conversation with Woloson, about FLW’s efforts, and what the regional economy might look like after the pandemic.

Discussing the future of rural schools in Upstate NY .::. Inside the FLX #232

South Seneca Superintendent Stephen Parker Zielinski is looking at ways to keep his district whole after this pandemic. It’s already become clear that a major funding loss is en route.

So, the district is working to understand what comes next. Here is our full-conversation with Zielinski as he outlines response to the pandemic, and what comes next.

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Peter Mantius talks Environmental Headlines .::. Inside the FLX #231

Today on Inside the FLX a conversation with Peter Mantius. He founded The Water Front Online, which is dedicated to reporting on environmental issues in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western New York, and Upstate New York at-large. This week, Mantius gives an update on the four biggest environmental stories of 2020, with the context of a global pandemic, which paints a picture about how some of these issues could be handled – or shelved – in the coming months.

Conversation with Leslie Danks Burke .::. Inside the FLX #229

When Leslie Danks Burke set out to run for New York State Senate in the 58th District she could not have imagined what this campaign would look like. Even the most-astute politicians have been thrown for a loop by the Coronavirus pandemic. Traditional campaigning has been turned into virtual town hall events — conducted over Zoom or Skype. Door-to-door petitioning was shut down as it became clear that the Coronavirus was too much of a risk to have face-to-face contact. And now, primaries and special elections have been pushed to June.

That said, there’s an even greater need now for candidates to connect with voters — to learn more about the things they’re concerned about. The economy has been ground to a halt, jobless claims are in the hundreds-of-thousands in New York alone, and the healthcare system at-large was left unprepared for a crisis of this magnitude.

Conversation with Jeff Ludwig of The Seward House Museum .::. Inside the FLX #228

The Seward House in Auburn, New York is an historic landmark. It’s a space that serves a major role in local history, as well as American history. The Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 has made running a museum and local landmark a challenge, but those who carry on the legacy haven’t given up. Jeff Ludwig, who leads the educational effort at the facility catches up with Josh Durso on Inside the FLX to discuss it all.

Those interested in looking to learn more about history at the Seward House, or any of the great virtual programming that they’re offering amid the pandemic click here. To donate click here, or become a member and support the mission.

Rick House talks Medicaid plans in Albany and unfunded mandates .::. Inside the FLX #223

Unfunded mandates. We hear plenty about them in Upstate New York, but what does an unfunded mandate actually look like in real life application? Rick House, Wayne County Administrator, made headlines a couple weeks ago when he said counties are being blamed for something they have no control over. To make matters worse, he says the proposals that have been put forward so far fall short in addressing the issue, which is a program that is simply too expensive.

This week on Episode #224 of Inside the FLX, House discusses the implications of a program that gets more expensive, and forces counties to make difficult decisions.


Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate .::. Inside the FLX #226

Michael Kracker has been leading the business advocacy group Unshackle Upstate for several years. He’s been a guest on Inside the FLX before, and this week, he’s in the FingerLakes1.com Studio for another conversation.

On Episode #226 Kracker discusses the 2020 proposals, the budget process, and so much more.

Casey McDonald for Congress .::. Inside the FLX #224

Romulus resident Casey McDonald announced his candidacy last year. However, he’s been patiently campaigning, talking with residents throughout the region about issues most important to them. Mounting a challenge to an incumbent Congressman can be a challenge, but it’s one McDonald says he’s cut out to achieve.

This week on Episode #223 of Inside the FLX, he discusses his campaign, what issues are most-important to him, and how he’s approaching the challenge.

Cindy Wade discusses campaign for NYS Assembly .::. Inside the FLX #222

Former Canandaigua City Councilor Cindy Wade has entered the race for the 131st District. The Republican is looking to succeed longtime Assemblyman and former Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, who announced his retirement earlier this year. On Episode #222 of the Inside the FLX podcast Wade gives us some insight into her run, and what issues are most-important to her.