Hofstra panel to discuss hurricane preparedness 3 years after Sandy

Residents attempt to restore order to their street, which experienced heavy flooding and dune erosion due to Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)#

Residents attempt to restore order to their street, which experienced heavy flooding and dune erosion due to Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)#

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.

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Long Island Opt Out: nearly 80,000 LI kids opt out of state tests

Many desks were empty in this classroom at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School as students opted out of taking the state's English Language Arts test Thursday, April 16, 2015. Tens of thousands on Long Island are expected to refuse the math tests, too. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Many desks were empty in this classroom at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School as students opted out of taking the state’s English Language Arts test Thursday, April 16, 2015. Tens of thousands on Long Island are expected to refuse the math tests, too. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Today marks the end of two weeks of controversial state testing that has parents across Long Island opting out. As many as 80,000 students did not take the exams, just on the island.

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.

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Hofstra’s National Public Health Week aims to address at-risk communities on Long Island

publichealth-week-2015Public 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.

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Hofstra set to host sustainability conference in April

Photo: Long Island Good Conference

Photo: Long Island Food Conference

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:

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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 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.

‘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.

LI expert discusses race-schools divide amid report

This is a first grade classroom at Branch Brook Elementary School in Smithtown at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

This is a first grade classroom at Branch Brook Elementary School in Smithtown at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

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.

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