Interview with Chuck Lavine, NYS Legislator

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, New York State Assemblyman Charles “Chuck” Lavine discusses the relationship between government and the media with Nancy Oley of the Long Island Media Task Force. Focusing on Long Island, he describes sources for development of legislation and constituent messaging, the successes and failures of local media, the pluses and minuses of social media, fake news, bias in content and coverage, missed stories, net neutrality, protection of journalists, and the case of Julian Assange. Assemblyman Lavine sponsored a resolution commemorating May 3, 2019, as World Press Freedom Day in New York State.

Interview with Meg Norris, Editor of Garden City News

Meg Norris took over editorship of  Garden City News more than twenty years ago from her father.

In 2018, she wrote editorials critical of the Garden City Village Board for its management of St. Paul’s School, a Garden City landmark. The Village Board then withdrew its public notices from Garden City News, in apparent retaliation, in January 2019. The incident was reported in the New York Times in early February, 2019.

We interviewed Meg in June of 2019, to delve more deeply into the story. We learned that there was much more to it than had appeared in the Times, and that the more serious issue of openness, required by law in New York, had been raised.

We’ll be presenting the interview in two parts; part 1 is below. This story continues to unfold, even now.

Samantha Max Interview