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Long Island governments get a C in Press Club Open Records Report Card

An unprecedented audit by the Press Club of Long Island on the responsiveness of 195 municipalities and agencies to New York State Freedom of Information Law requirements revealed almost two-thirds failed to respond to requests for public records before the deadlines set by the law while almost half did not provide a list of documents they’re required to maintain.

And almost one-third of the villages did not provide a required written FOIL policy, although these policies are already in their municipal codes.

The overall average grade that Long Island local governments and agencies received for FOIL compliance is a C.

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PCLI Members on the Move: David Reich-Hale

Former PCLI board member David Reich-Hale, business editor of Newsday.com, is now a business reporter for the newspaper. Reich-Hale was previously the Regional Editor for Aol/Patch.com’s Long Island operation, as well as the editor of Long Island Business News. He will be covering a wide variety of business topics, including banking, finance, health care and the […]

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Vaccaro named SPJ Associate Regional Director

PCLI President Chris Vaccaro was named Associate Region 1 Director of the Society of Professional Journalists at this week’s Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans. Vaccaro, who has served as PCLI’s president since 2014, is also the advisor for Hofstra University’s student SPJ chapter. Additionally, he chairs the SPJ Region 1 Mark of Excellence awards program […]

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PCLI named SPJ National Large Chapter of the Year

The Press Club of Long Island has been named a National Large Chapter of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. The honor was announced today at SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans. PCLI shares the recognition this year with Florida’s pro chapter. PCLI was runner-up for National Chapter of the Year […]

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PCLI spurs new historic sign for The Long-Islander

The Press Club of Long Island has had its second historical marker placed, this time in Huntington to commemorate the spot where Walt Whitman first published The Long-Islander in 1838. Press Club board members were joined by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, and representatives from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association on […]

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