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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, October 26th

City of Rochester

First hour: Should New York hold a constitutional convention?

Second hour: Previewing the New York Climate Solutions Summit

In less than two weeks, New York voters will decide if the state will hold its first constitutional convention since 1967. It's an opportunity New Yorkers have every 20 years, and it gives delegates a chance to re-examine how the state works and make improvements to the constitution. The issue has been the center of a heated debate. Would a convention lead to rollback in worker protections? Is it necessary for ethics reform in state government? This hour, we hear from both sides, and answer your questions. Our guests:

  • Kim Chesko, public school teacher
  • Jesse Lenney, upstate regional political director for the Working Families Party
  • Wes Renfro, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at St. John Fisher College
  • Neil Jaschik, chairman of the Government Reform Committee of the Interfaith Alliance of Rochester

Then in our second hour, what can we do on a daily basis to help mitigate the effects of climate change? That's the focus of the upcoming New York Climate Solutions Summit. We'll discuss a number of solutions and how to implement them, including using electric vehicles, clean energy, and more. Our guests:

  • Neely Kelley, New York State senior organizer for Mothers Out Front
  • Abby McHugh-Grifa, leadership team co-coordinator for the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition
  • Sandra Steingraber, distinguished scholar in residence, Department of Environmental Studies, Ithaca College
  • Zack Dufresne, director of communications and membership for the Alliance for Clean Energy New York 


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.