August 30, 2013 Last Updated 2:23 pm

The Long-Islander is sold to a group of investors headed by James V. Kelly

Press release:

HUNTINGTON, N.Y.–A historic newspaper chain has found a new home in the hands of community members with a love for its history, reputation and potential.

“We’re excited by the resources that Jim Kelly and his group bring to the table”
Long Islander Newspapers – publishers of The Long-Islander, founded in 1838 by the poet Walt Whitman; the Half Hollow Hills Newspaper and The Record – has been purchased by a group of investors, all Town of Huntington residents.

Heading the group is James V. Kelly, CEO of JVKellyGroup, Inc., as publisher and CEO.

“I am thrilled to lead this group of investors in acquiring Huntington’s top newspaper group,” Kelly said. “The team at Long Islander News every week delivers a top-quality, reliable, unbiased and accurate product. We look forward to continuing that tradition of excellence, and to embarking on an exciting time as we implement new ideas and explore the almost limitless possibilities the digital age offers for continued expansion and growth.”

The Long-Islander has a rich history and tradition of journalistic excellence. Continuing its 175th year, it is the flagship of a townwide chain that includes The Record, serving Northport/East Northport, Elwood and Commack; and Half Hollow Hills Newspaper, serving Dix Hills and Melville.

Long Islander News is organizer of Dine Huntington Restaurant Week, and also publishes for the legal community through its Legal Media Publishing division.

Kelly purchased the news group from Tribco, LLC, parent company of the Queens Tribune.

As head of JVKellyGroup, a consulting firm that provides cost reduction and risk mitigation solutions for some of the world’s largest companies, Kelly brings business skills honed in the global marketplace. Formerly Managing Director and Global Head of Purchasing Operations at Deutsche Bank, he was previously at Deloitte Consulting Group/DRT Systems.

Kelly, his son James Kelly III and Ross Weber recently launched Market Salad, a marketing company that incorporates digital-age strategies with traditional advertising approaches.

Kelly, a former chairman of Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce (2005- 2009), is universally credited with securing the fiscal stability of the organization. He was reinstated as co-chair in June.

“We’re excited by the resources that Jim Kelly and his group bring to the table,” said Long Islander News Associate Publisher Peter Sloggatt. “Jim is a savvy businessman on a global level, with a demonstrated commitment to his community. We’re looking forward to becoming digitally adept in a way that would make Walt Whitman proud.”

The newspapers will move to 145 E. Main St., Huntington.

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