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Westchester County TV Debuts with Educational and Public Service Programming

August 22, 2006

Westchester County is now on TV. The county has been producing on dozens of videos on topics such as teen smoking, cyber-bullying and Internet safety, and can now be watched at home for free on either your television or computer.

Westchester County is debuting its own “Free on Demand” channel—on Cablevision 504—that will offer a select and changing line-up of videos each month. One of the first up is a timely look at the importance of preparing for hurricanes.

“We have a lot of great videos on a lot of timely topics and now we have the technology to get them out to many more people,” said County Executive Andy Spano. “An added benefit is that now teachers can use these videos as a educational tool, and show them right in the classroom,” he also notes.

The county has also created a new website at www.westchestergov.com/tv, where the public can see listings for what’s playing on Channel 504 as well as see the entire collection of videos and public service announcements.

Current selections on Channel 504 include hurricane preparedness, a look at gangs and youth violence in Westchester, teen pregnancy and teen smoking, cyber-bullies, water restoration, and a video tour of some popular county parks. Presentations on Internet safety and pandemic flu are also available. New videos will be added monthly.

The county’s videographers have produced dozens of educational videos and public service announcements in an effort to educate the public on important topics and show what the county offers in the way of services.

Other videos on the Web include a series about health issues affecting Westchester teens, a short documentary on the making of Westchester’s 9-11 memorial, safety videos on seat-belt use, prom safety and teen drinking, and how to recognize and report child abuse.



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