Since Superstorm Sandy ravaged Long Island and the east coast almost three years ago, it’s more important than ever to assess our preparedness for another storm. Tonight at 7pm, a panel will discuss exactly that at Hofstra University. “Are We Prepared for the Next Hurricane?” will feature several experts, including Adam Sobel. Sobel is a professor at Columbia University as well as the author of the book “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future.” He breaks down the impact of climate change on the probability of another hurricane.[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/191633883/HMWC%20Interviews/Adam%20Sobel%2C%20Hurricane%20Preparedness%2C%204.30.15.mp3]
Jeanette Brunelle Deutermann is the leader of the Long Island Opt Out Movement. The Facebook page she started has over 22,000 members. She tells me how parents have started an education revolution, Governor Cuomo, take note.[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/191633883/HMWC%20Interviews/Jeanette%20Deutermann%2C%20Opt%20Out%20State%20Testing%2C%204.23.15.mp3]
Public health problems do not stop at the city line. The Long Island suburbs are often thought to struggle less with public health issues, but that is merely the perception, not reality of life in every suburb. Higher income areas are very healthy, but pockets of at-risk communities have very poor access to services.
Hofstra’s celebration of National Public Health Week continues today with the Minority Health Conference, which aims to combat these issues with a three part conference featuring an academic panel with local health department administrators, a documentary film contest for students and a health fair of local service providers.
Check out my interview with Dr Corinne Kyriacou, director of the Master in Public Health Program at Hofstra where she talks about how we can help underserved communities on Long Island.[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/191633883/HMWC%20Interviews/Corrine%20Kyriacou%2C%20NPHW%202015%20Fair%2C%204.16.15.mp3]
The Long Island Food Conference is set to come to Hofstra next month on April 25. Dr Robert Brinkmann, director of the sustainability studies program at the university, helped organize the conference. He stresses the importance of creating a sustainable local food system on Long Island, a region already known for it’s rich agricultural industry.
Hear more of what he had to say here:[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/191633883/HMWC%20Interviews/Dr%20Bob%20Brinkmann%20interview%2C%20Sustainable%20Farming%203.19.15%2C%20.mp3]
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 have 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.
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.
On today’s Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call we revisited an interview we did earlier this summer with Theresa Sanders about race relations and housing options on Long Island in the wake of a recent report that found that the region’s history of racially segregated housing patterns is linked to school district disparities that most negatively affect minority children
Sanders is the president and CEO of Urban League Long Island.[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/191633883/HMWC%20Interviews/theresa%20sanders%20urban%20league%20li%205-20-13.mp3]