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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, May 19

May 19, 2020

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First hour: Discussing creative solutions for reopening local businesses (*This hour was preempted by Governor Cuomo's press conference and will be rescheduled.)

Second hour: New Rochester City School District Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small

(*This hour was preempted by Governor Cuomo's press conference and will be rescheduled for Thursday at noon.)

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
  • Gino Fanelli, reporter for CITY Newspaper

Then in our second hour, the Rochester City School District has a new superintendent. On Monday, the district named Lesli Myers-Small its new leader. Her appointment follows the unexpected and abrupt resignation of Terry Dade. Myers-Small was the superintendent of Brockport Central Schools for seven years, and most recently served as assistant commissioner of school reform and innovation for the New York State Department of Education. She's the first woman of color to lead the RCSD outside of an interim role. This hour, Myers-Small joins us to discuss her priorities, her goals for implementing the new budget, and how she plans to mitigate the district's challenges while best serving its students. Our guest: 

Lesli Myers-Small, superintendent of the Rochester City School District