The Long Island Press, the region’s premier news and lifestyle magazine, has officially been relaunched with its first of its monthly print editions on stands across Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The 112-page issue with its recently made-over logo and reconfigured staffing line-up features Jericho native actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played Meadow on The Sopranos, on the cover—defying rumors that print is dead.
“We have more ideas than pages at this point,” John Kominicki, the publisher and executive editor of the publication, wrote in a letter to readers in the debut issue.
Victoria Schneps and her son, Joshua Schneps, the co-publishers of the Press and owners of Bayside-based Schneps Communications, which owns more than two dozen newspapers and websites in New York City, acquired the Press—which has been online-only for the past three years—from Syosset-based Morey Publishing in April.
Immediately after the sale, they promoted Timothy Bolger to editor in chief and the 14-year Press veteran set out to rebuild a team of freelancers new and old. Besides Kominicki, Schneps then hired Joanna Austin as associate publisher/senior vice president of sales. And most recently, Tiffany Bornemann was brought aboard as director of social media.
Earlier this month, a jubilant crowd gathered to celebrate the relaunch of the Press during a launch party held at Lord & Taylor in Manhasset. Well-dressed revelers and supporters mingled in the Miracle Mile shopping destination’s recently redesigned glass atrium while noshing on light bites paired with samples of fine wines and brews. Event sponsors included The Crispy Pig, Vito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, Banfi Vitners and The Boston Beer Co., The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The publication derives its name from a broadsheet newspaper that dates back to the 1821 founding of The Long Island Farmer, which changed its name to The Long Island Daily Press a century later and then dropped the word daily from its name.
“It’s our honor and great thrill to bring back to the community a revered brand of journalism, the Long Island Press,” Josh and Vicki wrote in a letter to readers. “Together, we will bring you outstanding coverage and celebration of everything Long Island.”
In addition to being monthly in print, the Press will continue to be daily online at longislandpress.com A list of locations where readers can pick up a copy of the Press will be posted online. And a digital edition can be found here.