For Immediate Release                                                                                   
Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

WXXI AND ITS NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC RADIO PARTNERS PRESENT A SERIES OF NEWS REPORTS ON THE STATE’S INFRASTRUCTURE

(Rochester, New York) March 17, 2011 – WXXI and New York State Public Radio take an extensive look at the impact of government decisions regarding New York’s aging infrastructure in a special series of reports and programs, State of Disrepair, beginning Monday, March 21 on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2, WRUR-FM 88.5, WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), and WXXI.org. Led by WXXI Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt, journalists across New York State investigate and file reports onbridges, roads, water treatment facilities and other infrastructure in communities throughout the state.

From New York City to Buffalo, reporters will look at what it costs tax payers to maintain, repair, and replace infrastructure. They’ll talk with people in their communities about the importance of this infrastructure, and how federal, state, and local governments can meet these communities’ needs during challenging economic times.

Founded and operated by WXXI, New York State Public Radio is committed to bringing in-depth news and analysis about state government and politics. Coverage is designed to provide citizens with a greater understanding of the impact state government has on their lives. In addition to WXXI, participating stations include: WNYC, New York City; WAMC and WMHT, Albany; WNED, Buffalo; WAER, Syracuse; WRVO, Oswego/Syracuse; NCPR, North Country; WSKG, Binghamton; and WSHU, Long Island.  All reports and programs, as well as additional links and resources, can be found at NYSPublicRadio.org.

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