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Cablevision Shutters Newsday Westchester, Staffers Cut

Cablevision has cut the cord to Newsday Westchester, the digital only news site that covered stories in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties.

Lohud.com reports (story first covered by The Wrap) that at about 3:30 pm, the site went down, and slowly, staffers began to send out messages of lay offs via Twitter. Ryan Chatelain, Newsday Westchester’s digital news manager, wrote, “We got some bad news today. I’m incredibly proud of the work we did at Newsday Westchester. Enjoyed every moment (except today’s meeting).”

Cablevision’s official statement is below.

Cablevision Systems Corporation today announced that it has discontinued Newsday’s digital-only Westchester local news service available in parts of Westchester County, Rockland County and the Hudson Valley. The company will continue to focus on its core local media products, which provide comprehensive news and information across the tri-state area: Newsday and Newsday.com on Long Island, amNewYork in New York City, and News 12 Networks across the region.

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