Monica Sandreczki

Socioeconomic Reporter, Host

Monica Sandreczki heads up the socioeconomic desk at WSKG, covering stories about how social structures affect people who don't earn much money. Before that, she hosted Morning Edition at the station for two and a half years.

Monica got her start in radio on the news magazine KC Currents at KCUR Public Radio and the literary radio show, New Letters on the Air, both based in Kansas City.

Courtesy of Paul Solyn

Jewish Community Centers in the Southern Tier are seeking solidarity with Islamic groups. The move comes after several bomb threats to centers in upstate New York.

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News


“This is worse than the blizzard of ‘93!” That was the sentiment of Mark Florance as he made the 15 mile journey from Endwell to Kirkwood on Tuesday.

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News

College can feel isolating for anyone, but for someone in a new country, that feeling is amplified. In the midst of that feeling of loneliness, Nobel Htoo has her eyes set on returning to refugee camps in Thailand and her village in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

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When refugees resettle in a new country, they often deal with tension between new cultural values and traditional ones. For Joh June See Na, grappling with these values is "overwhelming," including the differences in how women are expected to interact with men.

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Many downtowns in the Southern Tier are food deserts, according to the USDA.

Downtown Hornell and Binghamton don’t have a major grocery store nearby. City leaders in Oneonta have considered enticing a grocery store to their city center.

However, it's not likely to happen for a few reasons, said Susan Bradbury, community planning professor at Iowa State University.

First, the markup on the food stores sell is slim. That means they need a few acres of ground space to make money.

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News

Some Oneonta residents are worried about using state economic development money to construct new buildings instead of renovating existing ones.


It could cost billions more than the governor budgeted for to repair and re-do New York’s water systems, according a report from the state comptroller.

Water mains and pipes in New York are old. Many poor towns can’t afford to upgrade them, so State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says, they often postpone or cancel projects.

To help pay for the upgrades, Governor Cuomo devoted $2 billion to it in his budget proposal. / Flickr

There’s a lot of talk about sanctuary cities and counties, even restaurants. "Sanctuary" status is difficult to define. WSKG's Sarah Gager and Monica Sandreczki talked about what the term means and how some governments in the Southern Tier are defining it for themselves.

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Governor Cuomo stopped in Binghamton today on his statewide campaign promoting his budget proposals, including an extension of the so-called “millionaires' tax.”

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Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles is writing a resolution to make the county a “sanctuary county."