ARMONK, N.Y. – Members of the Main Street Connect team along with local politicians, including County Executive Rob Astorino, gathered at 200 Business Park Drive in Armonk Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of MSC’s Armonk office. MSC publishes 32 community news sites in Westchester County, including this one.
“Today’s newspapers, today's dailies,are covering less and less and it’s becoming more national news when what really effects my life and others is what’s happening on my street and in my town and in my county,” Astorino said. “I hope it [MSC] succeeds and I think it will.”
Main Street Connect first launched 10 community news websites in Fairfield Connecticut in 2009 and expanded to Westchester on June 1, 2011. Most recently, ten sites have been launched in the area of Worcester, Mass. With electronic media becoming more prevalent, Astorino thinks online news is the way of the future.
“You just have to go on a Metro North train or an airport terminal and in the past you’d see people with their newspapers and today you see everybody with their iPad’s flicking through the online edition,” Astorino said. “Today’s kids are tomorrow’s readers and all they know about is electronics and getting things from the internet.”
North Castle Town Supervisor William Weaver shared Astorino’s take on electronic news, and he’s glad valid information is being made available with the click of a button by companies like Main Street Connect. "People need to get information and if they can’t get information they have no idea what’s going on and this kind of medium it’s so easy for people to get the information,” Weaver said. “They’re getting it on their phone, their iPad, computer, it’s right there for them all the time.”
Westchester County District 3 Legislator John Nonna was also present at the ceremony and he knows traditional newspapers can no longer report quality news the way they once did. “Regional newspapers are stretched too thin now to report local news,” Nonna said. “There are a few good local newspapers that I think will continue to exist but the convenience of online news is hard to match.”