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Statement on Daily News layoffs

NEW YORK – Reacting to the news of a 50 percent editorial staff layoff at the New York Daily News, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today issued the following public statement:

“TRONC’s executives should be ashamed of themselves for hollowing out a storied newspaper with a tremendous record of getting things done for the people of this city.

“Written local news — both online and in print — is essential to keep government honest and effective and ensure problems in our society are exposed and addressed. Our city, our state, and our nation will be worse off without robust local journalism.

“We can’t sit back and be totally reliant on over-leveraged media conglomerates or billionaires for what is an essential public service. I’m not sure what form it should take, but it’s clear that our city and state government need to do more to support local newsgathering, reporting, and publishing.”

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