"I am incredibly disappointed and saddened by the decision of Tronc, Inc. to cut the New York Daily News newsroom in half and to oust its editor-in-chief, Jim Rich. For almost a century, the Daily News has covered New York like no other newspaper. Daily News' reporters have been responsible for unveiling compelling stories about issues affecting our City's most vulnerable communities. Its coverage does not only highlight what is happening in our City on any given day, but it also holds elected officials and those in positions of power accountable-- a vital component of any vibrant democracy. At a time when our country's journalists are being maliciously targeted as "enemies of the American people" by the Trump administration, we cannot afford for our local newsrooms to dwindle. If we believe in freedom of the press as one of most important pillars of our democracy, we must support local journalism to continue providing us the checks and balances we need to make our City and our State work for the interests of the majority and not just the few."