Poll: 80% of NY Superintendents ‘highly approve’ of Common Core

More than 80 percent of school superintendents on Long Island and statewide who responded to a recent poll believe the Common Core academic standards are improving the quality of English and math education in their classrooms. (Credit: Heather Walsh)

More than 80 percent of school superintendents on Long Island and statewide who responded to a recent poll believe the Common Core academic standards are improving the quality of English and math education in their classrooms. (Credit: Heather Walsh via Newsday)

More than 80 percent of school superintendents in New York State believe the Common Core academic standards are improving the quality of English and math education in their classrooms, according to a survey completed by the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

Eighty-three percent of superintendents responding in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and 85 percent statewide, felt either “very positive” or “somewhat positive” about the standards’ impact on English instruction.

This rosy outlook is in stark comparison to recent public opinion polls. Just 23 percent of New Yorkers supported Common Core when asked back in June for a Siena College survey, while 46 percent opposed it.

I sat down with Bob Lowry, deputy director of the State Superintendents Council, to get to the bottom of this glaring disconnect. Check out our interview here! 

‘Henry & Me’ brings Yankees legends to life

'Henry & Me' producer Joseph Avallone (L), former baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine (3rd L), managing partner and founder of RLB Holdings and limited partner of the Yankees, Ray Bartoszek, former MLB player Reggie Jackson, Consultant to the New York Yankees Ray Negron and 'Henry & Me' director Barrett Esposito attend the 'Henry & Me' red carpet special charity screening on September 24, 2014 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (September 23, 2014 - Source: Cindy Ord/Getty Images North America)

‘Henry & Me’ producer Joseph Avallone (L), former baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine (3rd L), managing partner and founder of RLB Holdings and limited partner of the Yankees, Ray Bartoszek, former MLB player Reggie Jackson, Consultant to the New York Yankees Ray Negron and ‘Henry & Me’ director Barrett Esposito attend the ‘Henry & Me’ red carpet special charity screening on September 24, 2014 in Greenwich, Connecticut.
(September 23, 2014 – Source: Cindy Ord/Getty Images North America)

The new animated feature film, Henry & Me, tells the story of a cancer-stricken 11 year old boy named Jack.

Jack is a huge Yankees fan, but his baseball dreams are derailed by his illness. As he goes under for an important procedure, he is transported to a ‘Field of Dreams’ type place where Yankees legends past and present play together and share stories.

The films director, Barrett Esposito, joined us this morning on Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call to talk about the story’s journey to the screen.

Check out the interview here!

LIRR service to Nassau Coliseum proposed by LIRR committee chairman

Nassau Coliseum. Photo courtesy of Lanmar Services.

Nassau Coliseum. Photo courtesy of Lanmar Services.

Mitch Pally, MTA board member and chairman of the LIRR committee, wants to bring the Long Island Rail Road to the Nassau Coliseum using nearby tracks that haven’t been scarcely used in the last fifty years.

Pally came on Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up call to discuss his proposal and pushback he’s been getting from Nassau County.

Check out what he had to say here!

Public health response to ebola ‘underwhelming’ says doctor

Healthcare workers transport an infected patient. Photo courtesy of Reuters

Healthcare workers transport an infected patient. Photo courtesy of Reuters

Mana Kasongo, board certified emergency physician at Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia,  first came on Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call back in August when news of the ebola outbreak first gained attention in the US.

Back then, she estimated that we didn’t have much to worry about here. That has certainly changed as a second health care worker in Dallas has been diagnosed as infected after caring for Thomas E. Duncan.

Listen to our latest interview for an update on the ebola crisis here!

University: too early to criticize ‘Downtown Hofstra’

Hofstra’s unispan connects North and South campus across Hempstead Turnpike. Image courtesy of Hofstra University

Hofstra University says it’s too early to criticize it’s ‘Downtown Hofstra’ initiative.

Vice President of University Relations Melissa Connolly told Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call everything is still in the early planning stages and nothing is set in stone. She assured that the University will be conducting focus groups with students, faculty, staff and even community members to decide what is the most viable option for on-campus development.

Check out my interview with Melissa Connolly here!

Zephyr Teachout: NY Gov race still wide open

Zephyr Teachout on the campaign trail. PHOTO CREDIT: BRYAN PACE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Zephyr Teachout on the campaign trail. PHOTO CREDIT: BRYAN PACE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Zephyr Teachout, the former democratic candidate for governor of New York,  told Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call that the race for governor is still wide open. It has come down to the incumbent, Andrew Cuomo, a democrat, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a republican.

Teachout advises that it’s too early to count out write-in and third party candidates like Howie Hawkins. Anti-Cuomo sentiment and the democratic ideals of New Yorkers make this election anything but predictable.

Check out our interview with her here!

‘Downtown Hofstra’ plan may further segregate Uniondale

Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Image courtesy of Hofstra University.

Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Image courtesy of Hofstra University.

Last month, officials at Hofstra University sent out a survey to students about a possible plan to develop new housing, dining and entertainment options on campus.

But is this the best move for Hofstra? And what about the surrounding community?

Community activist Jeannine Maynard, co-facilitator of the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition (GUAAC), explains the impact the development initiative may have on neighboring Hempstead and Uniondale.

Check out the interview here!