Bill addressing plight of local newspapers introduced in N.Y.

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Recently, two identical bills were introduced in the New York state legislature in hopes of combatting the growing decline and disappearance of local newspapers.

The New York Local News Act was introduced in the state Senate and Assembly by Sen. Rachel May (D-Syracuse) and Assemblywoman Anna Kelles (D-Ithaca), respectively. The measure proposes support to local news outlets in New York through grants and partnerships with SUNY and CUNY campuses and local non-profit organizations.

It also would create a commission with an executive director and program officers to provide funding to support local news outlets.

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