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In their words: Capital Region community leaders discuss Gazette

125 Years

In their words: Capital Region community leaders discuss Gazette

Local leaders share what the paper means to them
In their words: Capital Region community leaders discuss Gazette
From left: Proctors CEO Philip Morris, miSci President Gina Gould, and historian and author Marsha Mortimore
Photographer: The Daily Gazette; Courtesy SCCC

I’ve been a daily reader of the Gazette ever since I moved here 30 years ago. Their feature stories are always excellent, and when I’ve been interviewed they never put words in my mouth. All the reporters I talk to give great deference to the person being interviewed.

I love the editorials, I like the quick attention to the world news, of course, and the colorful photography. I think the Gazette gives an honest exposition of what they perceive as the truth. I think they report the news as is.
— Father Richard Carlino, St. John the Evangelist and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

Since coming to Schenectady, I have become a huge fan of the Daily Gazette. Without it, how would I know what was going on in my community? The operative word being "community." The Daily Gazette reports our voices, our activities, our dreams and sometimes our disappointments. It is the glue which adheres us together as residents of a great city and county, that of Schenectady.
— Gina C. Gould, President of miSci

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Grand Marshall, Mohawk Honda President Jeff Haraden speaks during a press conference announcing features of the 50th annual Holiday Parade at Schenectady City Hall, in Schenectady, on Friday, October 12, 2018.ERICA MILLER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER
Grand Marshall, Mohawk Honda President Jeff Haraden speaks during a press conference at Schenectady City Hall, in Schenectady, October 12, 2018.

The Daily Gazette has always been my No. 1 newspaper. Being a long-time Schenectady businessman I have always appreciated the great local coverage of Schenectady County and amazing pictures that Marc Schultz captured on a daily basis. And I still prefer to read it in the old fashion paper material. Congratulations to the Hume family and the Daily Gazette on their 125th anniversary.
— Jeff Haraden, President of Mohawk Honda

It's my favorite newspaper so I read it every day. It comes to the house every morning and my husband knows he better give it to me to read by 7 a.m. I read page one and usually part of the local section. I like the feature stories, I love reading Sara Foss, and I think the Gazette provides a lot of valuable information for its readers.
— Marsha Mortimore, Duryee Memorial AME Zion Church historian and author of "The African-American Presence in the city and county of Schenectady"

Against the Odds, That's what I think of when I consider the Gazette's life and value to our community. Not unlike Proctors, the Gazette has engaged with, helped define, and reported on our place on the planet for a very long time. That takes focus, care and commitment. Thank you to the many Hume generations and relations for not giving up and beating those odds.
— Philip Morris, CEO Proctors

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Roger Hull on Thursday October 1, 2015.
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Independent candidate for Mayor, Roger Hull (endorsed R/C/Reform) announced his neighborhood revitalization agenda for improving Schenectady’s neglected and crumbling neighborhoods. Hull will propose a repurposing of Schenectady’s existing development agencies to highlight the need for the City to move its development agenda from downtown, and towards City neighborhoods in order for the entire City to come back from decades of decline. He poses along Roger Hull Place on Thursday October 1, 2015.MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER
Roger Hull on Thursday October 1, 2015.

I have read the Gazette daily since I first came to Schenectady in 1990, and I have enjoyed doing so. In particular, I like being kept informed on local affairs and reading the editorial page (a bit less when I have been the subject of negative comments, but as a strong First Amendment defender, I welcome those comments, too). With local papers folding, it is good to have a newspaper in the community looking to its next 125 years. All the best.
— Roger Hull, Former Union College President

Just wanted to congratulate The Daily Gazette on 125 years of delivering the news to the Tri-City area!! Well done!
— Mechelle Smith, Owner of Mechelle's Way Taekwondo and Cardio Kickboxing

When we moved here in 1979 I had a six-month old baby and didn't know anybody. Reading the Gazette is how I learned about people in the community. We've subscribed to the Gazette for decades now, and I still enjoy reading it every day. I love those special stories, those good-news stories about people in the community, so I especially look forward to reading the features section. They also did an amazing job when Karen Johnson passed away recently, and have also done a wonderful job of covering the revitalization of downtown. I read the paper every day.
— Wanda Fischer, host of WAMC's "Hudson River Sampler" and author of "Empty Seats"

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Local radio personality Wanda Fischer is photographed while serving as guest public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park this summer.BOSTON RED SOX
Local radio personality Wanda Fischer is photographed while serving as guest public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park this summer.

I am an avid reader of the Gazette and have been for decades. I download the pdf of the actual paper and read it that way, so I really appreciate the online version. I read just about everything in the paper because I'm involved in so many community issues. Some people might glaze over the legal notices, but as head of the Schenectady Heritage Foundation I want to stay ahead of all the foreclosures so I read them, too. Anything that has to do with historic preservation I'll be interested in. I also really appreciate the publicity the Gazette has given the Stockade over the years, events like the Stockade Walkabout and the Schenectady Heritage Foundation awards.
— Gloria Kishton, president of Schenectady Heritage Foundation

I'm a fourth generation Schenectadian and have read the Gazette for years. I want to thank the Gazette for supporting our Stockade Walkabout, and I love all the creative articles and eye-catching photos in the newspaper, and the wonderful stories Bill Buell and Jeff Wilkin have written. I love to start my day with the "Cryptoquote." It gets my mind in gear and wakes me up. I also always read "One Big Happy" and "Agnes."
— Sylvie Briber, editor of "The Stockade Spy" and director of the Stockade Walkabout

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