County Conversations
COVID-19 Response: NYC Food Czar

COVID-19 Response: NYC Food Czar

June 16, 2020

This episode features a conversation on addressing food insecurity in New York City. NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Kathryn Garcia the City’s Commissioner of Sanitation, and “Food Czar” during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss the logistics of emergency food distribution, using technology in innovative ways, and leveraging lessons learned during the pandemic for long-term planning. 

COVID-19 Response: Monroe County Airport Director

COVID-19 Response: Monroe County Airport Director

May 7, 2020

In this episode, NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Andy Moore, the director of the Greater Rochester International Airport. They discuss loss of revenue and the economic impact of the pandemic, how the airport is staying operational and sanitized,  and what preparations are being made for when travel resumes.

COVID-19 Response: Albany County Executive

COVID-19 Response: Albany County Executive

April 27, 2020

In this episode, NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by County Executive Dan McCoy of Albany County. They discuss setting up test sites in the best locations to serve the community, how skills from a military and fire fighting background help with coordinating emergency response, and how Albany County is preparing for the long run against this pandemic.

COVID-19 Response: Steuben County Director of Solid Waste Management

COVID-19 Response: Steuben County Director of Solid Waste Management

April 16, 2020

In this episode, NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Rich Bills, Steuben County’s Director of Solid Waste Management to discuss how they are safely handling trash, changing procedures for recycling, and the process of disposing medical waste.

COVID-19 Response: Washington County Sheriff

COVID-19 Response: Washington County Sheriff

April 14, 2020

In this episode, NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy to discuss functioning with a separated staff, coordinating with local health departments to enforce social distancing and quarantines, and other interactions with the public during this pandemic.

COVID-19 Response: Wyoming County Highway Superintendent

COVID-19 Response: Wyoming County Highway Superintendent

April 14, 2020

In this episode, NYSAC’s Deputy Director Mark LaVigne is joined by Todd Gadd, Wyoming County’s Highway Superintendent, to discuss how they are delivering essential services with reduced staff to minimize exposure, and what impacts they are expecting on planned construction projects.

COVID-19 Response: Niagara County Director of Public Health

COVID-19 Response: Niagara County Director of Public Health

April 7, 2020

In this episode, NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Daniel Stapleton, Niagara County’s Director of Public Health and President of the New York State Association of County Health Officials, to discuss the responsibilities of public health officials, the impact of COVID-19 on local tourism, and how preparation for other outbreaks has aided response to this pandemic.

County Leaders’ COVID-19 Update with a Briefing by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

County Leaders’ COVID-19 Update with a Briefing by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

April 3, 2020

NYSAC's Executive Director Stephen Acquario gives an update on the state budget, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the local, state, and federal levels. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz joins him on the call highlights actions being taken in Erie County, and to discuss challenges with testing.

COVID-19 Response: Suffolk County Sheriff

COVID-19 Response: Suffolk County Sheriff

April 2, 2020

In this episode, NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr to discuss how he and his staff are implementing safety measures in correctional facilities and throughout the county. 

COVID-19 Response: Orange County District Attorney

COVID-19 Response: Orange County District Attorney

April 1, 2020

In this episode, NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler to discuss the impact of the pandemic on operations for a county’s prosecuting office.