Thursday, March 22, 2018

Reserve Now Folio Awards March 29

CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO WEATHER: Folio Will Now be Held on Thursday, March 29. Featuring a Chat With ‘Trump Whisperer’ Maggie Haberman. Dedicated to John Kominicki

Co-hosted by Lea Tyrrell & Drew Scott

Get tickets and tables now for the Fair Media Council’s annual Folio Awards, happening Thursday, March 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel.

A chat with Maggie, salute to Kominicki, co-hosted by Lea & Drew

The luncheon features a conversation with The New York Times’ White House Correspondent and CNN Political Analyst Maggie Haberman and Fair Media Council CEO and Executive Director Jaci Clement before an exclusive audience of business and community leaders and media from the Greater New York metro area.


The program will be in memory of Long Island journalist John Kominicki, with Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz and Gold Coast Bank Chairman and CEO John C. Tsunis, Esq. paying tribute.

Long Island’s own MarissaAnn, who rose to prominence competing on NBC’s The Voice, will sing the National Anthem.

Both the VIP Reception and the Winners’ Reception begin at 11 a.m., followed by luncheon and awards presentation in the Grand Ballroom.

Purchase tickets with credit card now

Cohosted by notable broadcasters Lea Tyrrell and Drew Scott, award presenters include WCBS newsradio 880 anchors Craig Allen and Marla Diamond and PIX11 news anchors

With PIX11’s Dan Mannarino & Tamsen Fadal

Tamsen Fadal and Dan Mannarino. Winners of the Folio Awards are chosen by the public, and send a strong message back to newsrooms on what the news consumer wants and needs in its news feed.

Over the years, the program has proven to be a powerful tool for improving the public conversation, thanks in great part to the dedication and commitment of the leaders who volunteer their time to serve as Folio Awards judges.

Best in News & Social Media: See the Winners
Sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Northwell Health, Mazars USA, Todd Shapiro Associates, PIX11, Protiviti, NBC New York, WNYW/FOX5, Long Island University, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Hofstra University,  WCBS/WLNY, Castagna Realty Co., Allstate and Robert Catell, AERTC
Media sponsor: Long Island Business News
Official Transportation Provider: Ultimate Class Limousine
Photographer: Bob Giglione
With WCBS Newsradio 880’s Marla Diamond & Craig Allen

Thank you to our judges: Raymond Caliendo, Art-of-Form Architectural Services; Michael Canders, Farmingdale State College; Rita Castagna, Americana Manhasset; Robert Catell, AERTC, Stony Brook University; Evan Cornog, Hofstra University; Carl Corry, Suffolk County Community College; Kevin Dahill, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council; Mike Dawidziak, Strategic Planning Systems, Inc.; Jessica McAleer Decatur, St. Joseph’s College; John Durso, Long Island Federation of Labor; Sal Ferro, Alure Home Improvements; Jody Fisher, Austin & Williams; Paul Focazio, New York Sea Grant; Mark Head, South Nassau Communities Hospital; Robert Horvath, Sauvigne & Co.; Bob Keeler, Newsday (retired); James Kinney, Mazars USA; Bruce Lambert, The New York Times (retired); Krupa Lauricella, The Nature’s Bounty Co.; Larry Levy, Hofstra University; Jorge Martinez, Long Island Sustainable Business Council; David Okorn, Long Island Community Foundation; Jeffrey Reynolds, Family & Children’s Association; Charles Skop, Esq., Meyer Suozzi English & Klein; David Smukler, NYRA (retired); Glenn Stalter, Stalter Consulting; Richard Turan, Turan Family Foundation and Christopher Wright, Protiviti

The Garden City Hotel is conveniently located across the street from the Long Island Rail Road Garden City Station. For more information about the Folio Awards, call 516-224-1860, ext. 1 or email

Long Island singer MarissaAnn from NBC’s The Voice performs the National Anthem

Tribute To John Kominicki Draws A Crowd

Pat Foye was there.

So, too, Gary Lewi, Gwen O’Shea, Nancy Rauch Douzinas, Ted Sasso, Steve Israel, Janine Dion, Mark Lesko, Matt Silver, Phil Rugile, Warren Strugatch, Eric Alexander, Greg Demetriou, Michael Watt, past and present LIBNers, Long Island Pressers and Innovate Long Islanders, along with the bigwigs from across the country that made up Dolan Media Co., including Jim Dolan (no, not that one, the other one).

And that simply names a few who turned out to salute and toast the life of New Hampshire-raised John Kominicki, who worked for the Stars and Stripes before finding his way to Long Island via a side trip to Oklahoma.

Lesko noted what it was like to get on JLK’s bad side. Israel quoted Romeo and Juliet. John’s wife, Marie, recounted how they met. Dolan explained how “Kominicki” became corporate slang for doing something so outrageous, one should be fired — except the dividends were already paying off.  FMC’s Jaci Clement recalled the old days when Long Island didn’t quite know what to make of Kominicki — who was so unlike LIBN founder Paul Townsend — but the trials, tribulations and long days and nights at various bars were the best of times.

There were laughs and tears, but the classiest move of the day went to Newsday business writer James Madore, who turned out simply to pay homage to a worthy competitor.


The Fair Media Council advocates for quality news and works to create a media-savvy society in a media-driven world.

While our work takes us many places, we’re proud to be headquartered on Long Island, N.Y. We welcome businesses and nonprofits to join us, to strengthen our advocacy while supporting our work. As a nonprofit organization unlike any in the country, FMC thanks our members, sponsors and supporters for enabling our work to continue.


The Fair Media Council takes the public beyond the soundbite, educating people on the news process, along with current events, while bringing the media together with community leaders who influence the public conversation and have the power to find solutions to problems uncovered by the press.  Serving as a bridge between the public and the media, FMC provides information, opinions, and forums to improve the quality of the public conversation.

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