Founded in 1838 by American poet and legend, Walt Whitman, The Long Islander has a rich tradition of providing readers with the local news they need, when they need it, while simultaneously maintaining impeccable quality and an eagle eye to detail.
For just under 200 years, The Long Islander has consistently been a household name in Huntington. We do not take this legacy lightly, and our writers and staff work diligently to provide only the best editorials possible.
Additionally, we at The Long Islander Group provide editorials through the Half Hollow Hills Newspaper and the Record newspaper, having increased our coverage so that we reach all residents within the Town of Huntington.
Subsequently, wherever you reside in Huntington, you can trust newspapers of The Long Islander Group to readily provide you with all your local news needs!
Jim Kelly, CEO & Publisher
Jim Kelly, CEO of The Long Islander Group and Head Publisher for all of its affiliated papers, takes great pride in serving the community he has been an incredibly active member of for years. In 2002, Jim founded JVKellyGroup, Inc., a consulting firm located in Huntington that has provided expense management solutions to large and medium sized businesses. From there, Jim served as the Chairman of the Board of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce for several years. His desire to head The Long Islander Group stemmed from a love for Huntington, and he works diligently to ensure the quality of his newspapers exceed the expectations of their readers.
Peter Sloggatt, Associate Publisher&Managing Editor
Peter Sloggatt is associate publisher and managing editor for The Long Islander Group's newspapers. He was previously an editor and a reporter for other local newspapers and is the winner of numerous journalism awards from the New York Press Association. Peter has long been active with the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. Peter also serves on the board of the Townwide Fund of Huntington and was one of the honorees for its 50th anniversary gala in 2010. In addition, he serves on the Huntington Station Awareness Day parade and festival committee, and in 2009 was appointed by the Town of Huntington to the Performing Arts Center Advisory Task Force as well.
James Kelly, Director of Sales & Marketing
James Kelly was born and raised in Huntington. He graduated from Villanova University with his degree in Marketing and a minor in Writing & Rhetoric. James has since integrated these fields of knowledge into his management of both the marketing and sales operations at Long Islander News. He is passionate about both honoring the legacy of this timeless fixture in the Huntington community, while simultaneously bringing it bravely forward into the new millennium.
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Danny Schrafel, Associate Editor & Staff Reporter
For West Hempstead native Danny Schrafel, Huntington has become a second home. Since joining Long Islander News in July 2008, he has immersed himself in local government and politics and looks forward to sharing what he learns each week with readers. Danny earned his journalism degree, with a history minor, from LIU Post, where his work on the school newspaper revealed a passion for news.
Andrew Wroblewski, Staff Reporter
Born an intern with Long Islander News in February 2014, Andrew Wroblewski entered the world of journalism as a full-time reporter with the company fresh out of college in May 2014. A graduate of Hofstra University -- with a major in print journalism and a minor in history -- Andrew began his writing career with the Hofstra Chronicle where he found a love for any and all things news. With previous endeavors including Newsday, the North Babylon native has found a new home in Huntington and couldn't be happier.
Carina Livoti, Staff Reporter
East Northport native Carina Livoti went from fiction-writer to stranger-than-fiction writer after she wandered into the Long Islander News office in February 2015. She studied English at Harvard University, where she wrote a creative thesis and sat on staff for Harvard’s Satire V. After college, she realized that real news could be even more amusing than the things she made up. Carina couldn’t think of a better place to start her career than at a paper founded by a poet. When she turned up in our office, we thought, why not? She’s been walking the beat since.
Kaitlyn Maier, Manager of administrations
Huntington High School graduate Kaitlyn Maier has been a Huntington resident her entire life. She graduated SUNY Old Westbury in May 2013, and since then, she has been an invaluable resource to Long Islander News. She has a penchant for detail and making sure that everything is in its proper place. In particular, her favorite spots in the Town of Huntington are its plethora of delicious restaurants - she would love to try them all if she could, and hopes to do so as she continues serving Long Islander News well!
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