ROCKLAND COUNTY TIMES STAFF EDITORIAL
The Journal News finally acknowledged this week how badly outdated the information posted on their Rockland County gun map was.
Back in early January, Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato said the historic permits listed on the map were as much as 25 percent outdated. This news was reported by the Rockland County Times and also became the subject of discussion between Rockland County Times Editor Dylan Skriloff and Greta Van Susteran on the Fox News program “On the Record.”
In an edition this week of the Journal News, the White Plains-based newspaper finally reported on the outdated Rockland database, making note that many people saw a dot on their house even though they did not own a gun. In reporting the matter, the newspaper did not express any regret or remorse over the fact that the map had many hundreds, or thousands of outdated addresses. (According to Piperato’s estimate the number would be over 2,500).
The Journal News’ excuse for the outdated information is that since the gun permits were “historic,” their continued validity could not be easily verified. When people pass away or move, it often goes unreported to the county clerk, even though the clerk is supposed to be notified.
These outdated permits remained on the public records and so the Journal News had to include them on the map. In Westchester by contrast, permits are regularly updated, so the map was mostly accurate.