Resolution J2558-2013

Recognizing Your News Now (YNN) Central and Northern New York upon the occasion of its 10th Anniversary

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  recognizing  Your  News  Now  (YNN) Central and
Northern New York upon the occasion of the news channel's 10th  Anniver-
sary

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of the State of New York to recognize those
reputable news organizations within our  communities  that  are  instru-
mental  in  educating  and informing the public at large about important
events and issues throughout the State, Nation and world; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and  in  full  accord  with  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body is justly proud to hereby
recognize and congratulate YNN Central and Northern New  York  upon  the
occasion of the news channel's 10th Anniversary; and
  WHEREAS,  YNN  Central  and  Northern New York, which is owned by Time
Warner Cable, operates out of its headquarters in  the  former  historic
Central  New  York  train station on Erie Boulevard in the City of Syra-
cuse; and
  WHEREAS, YNN Central and Northern New York began cablecasting as "News
10 Now" on November 7, 2003, under the direction of General Manager  and
News Director Ron Lombard; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2007,  News 10 Now launched a Southern Tier channel with
news, weather and sports targeting  the  Binghamton  and  Elmira/Corning
markets; and
  WHEREAS,  Three years later, Time Warner Cable announced that "News 10
Now" and its sister network would rebrand under its YNN branding,  which
had  previously been implemented in Buffalo and Rochester, by the end of
March 2010; and
  WHEREAS, YNN Central and Northern New York  is  part  of  a  statewide
network  of  Time Warner Cable 24-hour news channels that include sister
channels in Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, the Hudson Valley, and New  York
City; and
  WHEREAS, YNN Central and Northern New York covers an area of more than
15,000  square  miles;  these  coverage  areas include Syracuse, Oswego,
Auburn, Utica, the Mohawk Valley, the Adirondack Tri-Lakes area,  Water-
town, and the St. Lawrence Seaway/Canadian border; and
  WHEREAS,  For the past 10 years, YNN Central and Northern New York has
offered its viewing audience an hourly program wheel that features  live
breaking  news, top stories, live sports and traffic reports, plus local
weather forecasts every 10 minutes; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, YNN Central and Northern New York  has  provided
its  cable  customers  with  various special entertainment segments that
include - but are not limited to - Cooking At Home, Pet Pointers, Garden
Journeys, the Getaway Guy, Weekend Buzz, Your  Hometown,  Today  in  New
York History, and Techbeat; and
  WHEREAS, Capital Tonight, New York's only statewide political program,
which  provides  comprehensive coverage of the news from the State Capi-
tol, airs live on YNN Central  and  Northern  New  York  Monday  through
Friday at 8:00 p.m.; and
  WHEREAS,  Members  of  the YNN Central and Northern New York news team
have received numerous Syracuse Press  and  New  York  State  Associated
Press  awards  for  their  outstanding  work on various special reports,
exclusive  interviews,  and  in-depth  news  series,  plus  online  news
content; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  the vision and leadership of Ron Lombard, YNN Central
and Northern New York has continued to grow and enhance its  news  prod-
uct, providing continuous news, traffic and weather to more than 600,000
cable subscribing customers; and

  WHEREAS,  In  2012,  YNN  Central and Northern New York partnered with
other television stations in Syracuse to bring more community  awareness
to  the sexual, verbal, and physical abuse of children, by producing and
airing a one hour special called "Protecting Our Children"; and
  WHEREAS, YNN Central and Northern New York presently employs a team of
nearly  70  journalists and technicians, who are dedicated to delivering
timely, credible and diverse news reports from the field or news  studio
on  various issues that include - but are not limited to - crime, educa-
tion, politics, health, business, and the military; now,  therefore,  be
it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body hereby pause to recognize and
congratulate YNN Central and Northern New York upon the occasion of  the
news channel's 10th Anniversary; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  YNN  Central and Northern New York General Manager and News
Director Ron Lombard.

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