Editor’s Notebook: 6/27/12


Jeff Genung
• Braved the chilly winds in East Side Park yesterday afternoon to watch Diane DiStefano throw her hat into the ring for Chenango County Judge – making her candidate number 3 (in order of announcement; some are trying to read endorsements into my every word these days). Although I knew her by reputation, I just had the pleasure of meeting Diane for the first time yesterday, and was quite impressed. I’m even more impressed that Chenango voters will have the choice among three qualified candidates for the position this fall. Howie Sullivan, you will truly be a hard act to follow!
• The defense rested in the Peter Wlasiuk murder trial this afternoon, after what amounted to less than two days of testimony. Although I didn’t get a chance to sit in on it myself, by all accounts this appears to be a slam-dunk, again, for the prosecution. I’d really, really hoped – from the news standpoint – that Peter would take the stand in his own defense this time. In your third murder trial, wouldn’t you think you get up there and profess your innocence in your own words? Who knows, maybe I’m just watching too much Law & Order, but I was hoping for something to spice up this murder trial repeat.
• Tomorrow is the start of Pat Newell’s vacation (he’ll be back in time for Gus Macker), making yours truly the sports editor for a few days. Luckily, there’s little to no local news on the sports front, and the Associated Press makes it pretty much paint by numbers. Which is a good thing, because as readers know, I’m clueless about sports in general. It’s baseball season, right?
• Evening Sun alum Melissa Stagnaro just dropped by the newsroom for a brief visit. Always nice when the kids come back home, especially when they’re bearing yogurt.

• Braved the chilly winds in East Side Park yesterday afternoon to watch Diane DiStefano throw her hat into the ring for Chenango County Judge – making her candidate number 3 (in order of announcement; some are trying to read endorsements into my every word these days). Although I knew her by reputation, I just had the pleasure of meeting Diane for the first time yesterday, and was quite impressed. I’m even more impressed that Chenango voters will have the choice among three qualified candidates for the position this fall. Howie Sullivan, you will truly be a hard act to follow!

• The defense rested in the Peter Wlasiuk murder trial this afternoon, after what amounted to less than two days of testimony. Although I didn’t get a chance to sit in on it myself, by all accounts this appears to be a slam-dunk, again, for the prosecution. I’d really, really hoped – from the news standpoint – that Peter would take the stand in his own defense this time. In your third murder trial, wouldn’t you think you get up there and profess your innocence in your own words? Who knows, maybe I’m just watching too much Law & Order, but I was hoping for something to spice up this murder trial repeat.

• Tomorrow is the start of Pat Newell’s vacation (he’ll be back in time for Gus Macker), making yours truly the sports editor for a few days. Luckily, there’s little to no local news on the sports front, and the Associated Press makes it pretty much paint by numbers. Which is a good thing, because as readers know, I’m clueless about sports in general. It’s baseball season, right?

Evening Sun alum Melissa Stagnaro just dropped by the newsroom for a brief visit. Always nice when the kids come back home, especially when they’re bearing yogurt.