Brian Shields

Homecoming Tonight For "Nightmare Code" Director

Oct 1, 2015

A local filmmaker returns home tonight for a one-night screening of Nightmare Code, a psychological sci-fi thriller that looks at where technology could be taking us in the not too distant future. Mark Netter was raised in Delmar and attended Bethlehem Central High School before studying film and TV production at NYU. He is the director, co-writer and producer of Nightmare Code, which will be screened at the Spectrum in Albany.

The 21st annual Race for the Cure to benefit breast cancer research will take place Saturday in Albany at the Empire State Plaza. There is a 5-k coed run and a two-mile family walk. For more on the event and for an update on efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer, we spoke with Tori Roggen, executive director of the Northeastern New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new regulations covering the use of pesticides by employees at farms, nurseries, greenhouses and in forests. Officials say the new standards will protect the nation's 2 million farm workers and their families from exposure to pesticides each year, exposures that can lead to sick says, lost wages, and medical bills. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the regulations that take effect in 12-24 months have been updated for the first time in more than two decades.

March Gallagher

A new president and CEO will take over soon at The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, a philanthropic organizations that works to benefit Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties by raising money for scholarships, grants, endowment funds and charitable organizations. The Board of Trustees recently named March Gallagher as CEO and president effective Sept. 28. She is now with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.

New York State Office of Victim Service

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation extending victim benefits to the grandchildren of murder victims. The state will now reimburse grandchildren for the cost of counseling after a homicide. For more on the new law, WAMC spoke with Elizabeth Cronin, director of the New York State Office of Victim Services.

Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning
Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning

The city of Watervliet, just to the north of Albany, is a river town along the banks of the Hudson whose factories and mills have long since closed, a not unusual situation across the towns, villages and cities of upstate New York. As the city works toward a new economic future, two members of its 24-member police force were recently arrested, one in a drug investigation, the other on an underage sex charge. Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning says the arrests do not reflect on the city and its future.


Keeping the past alive while moving into the future is a challenge, met every day by historical societies around the region. Karin Krasevac-Lenz is the newly appointed executive director of the Rensselaer County Historical Society; she takes over for Ilene Frank, who left for a new position in Hartford, Connecticut. Krasevac-Lenz says the society has a busy agenda, both short- and long-term.

The small Greene County town of Windham is welcoming visitors from around the world this week for an international sporting event being held at the Windham Mountain Resort. WAMC's Brian Shields speaks with Chip Seamans, the president and general manager of the resort, about the event that will draw visitors to the area all week.  

Organization Seeks "Common Ground" In Disputes

Jul 1, 2015

Being caught in the middle of an argument is never fun, but there are people who actually volunteer for such duty. In the 1980s, legislation was passed in New York establishing dispute resolution services for all 62 counties in the state. The aim is to keep people out of court and resolve all types of disagreements. One such service is located in Catskill. Dawn Wallant is the executive director of Common Ground Dispute Resolution.

As many urban schools face struggles, including high dropout rates and lagging test scores, the former chancellor of the New York City schools says gifted students from low-income backgrounds are not being supported in many of today's schools. Dr. Harold Levy now serves as the executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke foundation, which recently issued a report on the problem of low-income students not having the chance to take part in advanced learning opportunities.