The Chronicle wins award from New York Press Association

Judges call the paper's Legoland coverage 'fantastic reporting,' 'great investigative work'

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— The Chronicle was recognized for its reporting this past weekend at the New York Press Association’s convention in Albany.

The paper won third place in the Coverage of Business, Financial and Economic News category for its reporting on Legoland.

“This is just fantastic reporting — digging into the ramifications of the development, presenting thorough articles, going after root issues that were likely some tricky waters to navigate,” commented the judges. “Great investigative work, solid writing.”

Recognized were articles written by reporter Erika Norton and freelance writer Fran Harris, and edited by Pamela Chergotis: “What the Legoland workforce will look like,” “Legoland proposes new traffic solution,” “Longtime planning board member says Legoland supporters removed him,” and “Legoland review fatally flawed, consultants say.”

The Chronicle's sister paper, The Warwick Advertiser, took home first place for its Coverage of Education in the Back to School section, which was also published in The Chronicle and other Straus News publications. Chergotis wrote "Active kids achieve in the classroom" for the section. Norton, Joseph Picard, and Linda Smith-Hancharick also contributed articles. The judges commented: “The stories here are well-written, well-sourced and do a good job of tackling broad issues in a local context.”

The Back to School section was also awarded third place in the Special Sections category, recognizing the design, advertising, and editorial content in the section.

Another sister publication, The Photo News (covering Monroe, Woodbury and Tuxedo), was recognized for its ongoing coverage of Kiryas Joel, earning second place in the Coverage of Religion category for stories written by Investigative Reporter Doug Feiden and Managing Editor Bob Quinn.

Those stories included: "Be fruitful and multiply,’” “The Artaud Affair,” “The watering of Kiryas Joel” and “Well, not so fast.”

Judges commented: “These stories do a nice job of explaining the impact the Kiryas Joel community is having on the area. The double-truck graphic accompanying the pipeline story was a nice touch.”

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