The Rockland County Times confirms that guards were hired and remain posted in front of the homes of Journal News President Janet Hasson and Journal News Executive Editor Cynthia Lambert, alias CynDee Royle.
The home of a lower level editor visited by the Rockland County Times did not have a guard posted.
Previously the presence of guards posted at the Journal News Rockland County offices was reported by the Rockland County Times. The Journal News hired the guards at the direction of Hasson following negative backlash to the newspaper’s publishing of pistol permit holders’ addresses.
Hasson told the NY Times the armed security detail would be provided to Journal News office buildings “indefinitely.” It is not clear if the guards posted outside Hasson and Lambert/Royle’s homes are also armed.
The guard in front of Hasson’s posh $1.2 million Mamaroneck home on Gate House Road confirmed he worked for “private security.” A decal on his car’s window indicated he is an off-duty NYS court officer.
At least one police officer told the Rockland County Times that working the Hasson detail is a “scab’s job,” as law enforcement has been among the angriest about the publishing of the interactive gun map. Thousands of addresses of law enforcement personnel have been outed through the map.
Other police have also told the Rockland County Times that jobs guarding Journal News editors should not be accepted by off-duty or retired police due to their unfriendly action of publishing law enforcement members’ addresses.
At a press conference in Rockland on Friday, Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco, Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan, Spring Valley Chief Paul Modica and South Nyack Police Chief Robert VanCura, joined a group of county legislators and party leaders to denounce the Journal News.
In the driveway of Lambert/Royle’s home in a middle class White Plains neighborhood a man was sitting guard in a vehicle registered to Nikola Dukel of West Harrison. Dukel is listed as a licensed pistol permit holder. He is in fact listed on the Journal News gun-map registry, albeit as Nikola Vukal.
Dukel did not confirm he was working for private security. He told the newspaper pointedly, “I’m just here.” Nikola is not listed as a licensed NYS armed guard or NYS security guard.
The Rockland County Times may update this story as new information comes in. (This story has been edited slightly from its original version)