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Coming up on Connections: Friday, April 8, 2022

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First hour: Updates surrounding "good cause" eviction legislation in New York State

Second hour: Discussing the therapeutic benefits of humor

Rochester City Council recently voted against good cause eviction" legislation. The City of Albany was the first in the state to pass such legislation, which lists ten reasons that landlords can evict a tenant. Supporters say the law guards against venal landlords who mistreat tenants. In Albany, three landlords have sued, saying that cities don't have the right to make such legal changes -- only the state does. In Rochester, City Council Member Mitch Gruber has argued that it would be a bad idea to pass a similar law until the Albany lawsuit is settled; Gruber says Rochester would also go to court and potentially spend thousands of dollars. Supporters of a Rochester law say that every city getting on board puts upward pressure on the state to act. So what is the "good cause" landscape, and where might it go next? Our guests include: 

  • Matthew Drouin, broker and president of ROC Real Capital, and partner at OakGrove Development
  • Mary Lupien, vice president of Rochester City Council  

Then in our second hour, can the arts and humor, in particular, have therapeutic benefits? According to the Mayo Clinic, humor can stimulate many organs, activate and relieve stress response, soothe tension, improve the immune system, and relieve pain. This hour, our guests share their experiences using humor to help them deal with health challenges. They also preview an upcoming comedy show titled “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” Our guests:  

  • Annie Murphy, associate director of development at Pluta Cancer Center Foundation, and breast cancer survivor 
  • Sara Shipley, stand up comedian 
  • Tiffany Staropoli, producer/director, and Stage IV colon cancer survivor 
  • Tysharda Thomas, associate broker for New 2 U Homes LLC, and colon cancer survivor
  • Todd Youngman, stand up comedian 
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."