By ALISSA SCOTT
Recorder News Staff
The Amsterdam-based William J. Kline & Son, Inc. family of newspapers was sold Thursday to the newly formed Port Jackson Media LLC.
The newspapers include the Recorder daily and four weekly newspapers: the Adirondack Express in Old Forge, the Hamilton County Express in Hamilton County, the Sacandaga Express in Fulton County and the Courier-Standard-Enterprise in Fort Plain.
The principals of Port Jackson Media are also the owners of Benchemark Printing in Schenectady, one of three other companies they own. Bob Kosineski Sr. joins sons Bob Kosineski Jr. and Brian Kosineski in their first venture into the newspaper business.
"We wanted to branch out," Bob Kosineski Sr. said. "It was a good fit for us."
Kosineski, who lives in Amsterdam, said the Recorder has been a part of his life for many years. His father-in-law, Henry Martini, worked as a custodian in the Recorder building, "making sure the place was spotless." Kosineski said his oldest son would tag along sometimes to help out.
Kosineski said he wants to grow the newspaper, but slowly.
"We're not going to reinvent the wheel," Kosineski said. "That's not what we do. We're going to fine-tune it and see what's the best thing."
Kevin McClary, publisher of the newspapers, said this deal has been a long time in the making.
"We really wanted the papers to continue as a family owned enterprise," McClary said. "The Kosineskis bring that work ethic to the table along with a real interest in what's good for Amsterdam and the region."
Both Kosineski and McClary said readers should be excited for the new, but gradual, changes that will help the newspaper advance to the next level.
"I expect that readers and advertisers will notice positive improvements in the papers very soon and will be pleased as future plans are implemented later this year," McClary said.
Some changes Kosineski said he wants to make over time are printing a consistently larger paper and in full color. He said he wants to explore upgrading the paper's overall design. Readers can also look forward to more in-depth reporting and expanded sports coverage.
The Recorder has served Amsterdam and Montgomery and Fulton counties since 1878. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.