New York-based RGA Investigations & Security "is doing private security on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response," according to a police report obtained by the Rockland County Times of Nanuet, N.Y. The guards "are armed and will be on site during business hours through at least Jan. 2, 2013," the Times says.
Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” related to the paper's publishing a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties, according to the police report cited by the Times.
More permit data nixed
Also yesterday, Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said he would defy the paper's pending request under open-records laws for information about permit holders in his jurisdiction.
Sant will join County Executive MaryEllen Odell and other elected officials at a Thursday news conference to discuss their decision.
The Reuters story did not say whether county officials had found an exemption to open-records laws that would allow them to withhold the information. Absent that, their decision could set up a legal battle between the county and the paper, the Journal News is reporting.
Hackers said hitting site
Published reports said a group of unidentified hackers had breached the Journal News' site -- lohud.com -- and stolen as many as 10,000 subscriber names and other identifying information.
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A sample of the data may also appear on this Paste Bin page.
Earlier, other websites published the home addresses and phone numbers of some Journal News and Gannett employees, including Publisher Janet Hasson and GCI CEO Gracia Martore.
Also, a N.Y. group supporting gun owners called for a boycott of national and local advertisers in the Journal News and other Gannet titles. And a N.Y. state senator said he would pursue legislation that would exempt handgun permit holders' names, addresses and other personal information from open-records law.