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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, May 21

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First hour: Discussing creative solutions for reopening local businesses

Second hour: Candidates for the 56th Senate District primary 

As the Rochester and Finger Lakes region begins to reopen, business owners in many different industries are brainstorming how to safely attract and retain customers during the pandemic. Curbside service, outdoor seating, and drive-in performances are all being discussed and -- in some cases -- offered. This hour, we hear from local business owners about their creative solutions. Our guests:

  • Mark Ippolito, co-founder of Comedy @ the Carlson
  • Jenna and Pete Morgante, owners of the Tree Town Cafe
  • Suzanne Hunt, co-owner of Hunt Country Vineyards
  • Gino Fanelli, reporter for CITY Newspaper

Then in our second hour, longtime Republican state Senator Joe Robach is not seeking reelection. Three Democrats are vying for the seat in the upcoming primary. This hour, we sit down with Jeremy Cooney, Hilda Rosario Escher, and Sherita Traywick to discuss their platforms and priorities for the 56th District. Our guests:

  • Jeremy Cooney
  • Hilda Rosario Escher
  • Sherita Traywick
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.