Return of The Greenville Press?

Seeing Greene’s Dick May was the first to track down Linda Fenoff, who ran the Greenville Press newspaper until the last three issues have not shown up on newsstands. She hopes to return, May writes, “Ms Fenoff told Seeing Greene… she suffered a collapse from exhaustion and was hospitalized for several days. Now she is resting at the home of a friend, is still weak and depressed, but is ‘absolutely’ determined to get back to the job.

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21 Responses

  1. Please no more adding to the rumors of the “poor little struggling Linda Fenoff”. She may want to stick to this story, but there is a mountain of debt and creditors lined up, not to mention the alleged non-payment of payroll taxes for 2009. Is she going to clear all that up before attempting to get back on her feet? How many more people will she burn financially?

  2. I am Seeing RED – somebody please get to the bottom of this story and give the public a full accounting of the financial shenanigans.

  3. Anonymous must be the same Red Mill poster on Dick’s blog. Did “poor little struggling Linda Fenoff” expose you in some way in the newspaper because you sure sound bitter?

  4. It was the Daily Fail, but still, I agree. Unless this poster is someone who is actually “owed” something, I can only deduce that he/she has a personal axe to grind with the paper.

  5. It was the Daily Fail, but still, I agree. Unless this poster is someone who is actually “owed” something, I can only deduce that he/she has a personal axe to grind with the paper.

  6. A lie is a lie is a lie and I know that the anti-Linda Red Mill character is spouting completely distorted, inaccurate b.s. There is no mountain of debts. There are debts, as many businesses (especially small newspapers) have incurred lately, but no one knows, least of all Red Mill man, how much Linda struggled to keep her very popular (because of its integrity and fairness) newspaper going. She went many times without taking any pay for herself so that her help could have theirs. I wonder if Mr. Red Mill would ever do anything close to that for his staff.

  7. Of course, almost anyone, pro or con, has an axe to grind. Any business has debts at all times, and if one of these posters is owed something, that would be an axe too. So grind away…

  8. Having known Ms. Fenoff for years, I hope she recovers and can get back to her true talent of writing. But speaking as part of that small staff, I was over-whelmed by the events that unfolded the first week of February. Not only did the job as we knew it cease, but I was informed that my health coverage would be canceled since the premiums were not paid, even though deductions had been made and no cobra would be available since the company would no longer exist – not a good situation when people are older with existing health issues. I have letters from the provider.

    Then I’ve had to spend the last 3 weeks with countless calls and sessions with the IRS, Social Security and the Department of Labor, to prove that I worked and existed for 2009. It seems no payroll taxes were filed for 2009 even though the deductions are shown on pay stubs and W-2s. The last record they have for the staff is the final quarter of 2008. This is not “distorted”… it’s what we’ve been shown and presented with by government offices. I am hoping it’s some sort of mix-up in paperwork/late filing(?) and it will be resolved soon, but it has been very difficult on us, frustrating and quite frankly scary. I’ve never had to cope with such a situation or talk with so many government departments and accountants to safeguard my future. Linda might have been struggling, but so is the staff. We have been put in a tough and awkward position. We are still missing a check for the last week worked and are in financial limbo. I am not attempting to “grind an ax” here – I simply want people to know it has been a nightmare of uncertainty for ALL involved, especially for anyone wanting an early retirement since a full year of social security is unaccounted for at this time.

    I’ve seen so many comments hinting at rumors, and then the attacks on the paper itself – I will defend the quality of the publication and Ms. Fenoff’s dedication to her craft, but feel the need to speak frankly so that people realize more than one person is desperately struggling here, the situation is serious – beyond just a paper not arriving in a mail box.

  9. You could retire early on newspaper pay? Maybe Linda was paying her people too much!

  10. Yet again another smart and flippant comment making light of a serious situation – I meant a person at 63/64 years of age and eligible for taking retirement and having to consider that as an option rather than unemployment, or facing age discrimination in a scarce job market. And NO nobody at the Press was making too much money. Not all the staff is of retirement age though.

    I am not pro-Linda or anti-Linda, I am just trying to be honest as to the staff’s situation and show the other side of the coin. We don’t need to be belittled on top of everything else going on, how about some compassion for us too? I’m not casting judgment, nor have I stooped to personal flip comments like some of these posts. If anything I’m still defending Ms. Fenoff as a top journalist who had an award-winning paper.

  11. I am appalled at the weak arguments provided by the Linda supporters. As a small business owner I know the difficulties of making payments and providing for my loyal employees. BUT! I never would fail to pay social security, NYS withholding, Workman’s Comp., and NYS disability, or fail to contribute my legal responsibility for NYS and Federal Unemployment taxes. This is the legal responsibility of any business owner. I have not taken any pay from my own business in over a year, but every employee has been paid timely and every tax requirement has been met and paid. There is no room for sympathy of a small business if they are taking social security, NYS withholding taxes, and disability from an employee’s check and not properly depositing it for them as required by law. If the social security office and the unemployment offices are telling these employees that they have no record of their working for the past year then I don’t see where there could be a “mistake” or a “late filing”. You can’t play with employee’s lives and not expect anger, fear, and resentment. You can expect the IRS and the NYS Dept.of Labor to issue fines and penalties, as well as civil and criminal penalties. Until these pro-Linda people walk in the shoes of the employees who were left out to dry without their last paychecks, without their social security payments deposited for a year which jeopardizes their retirement, without proof of employment for the unemployment office, and with medical payments unpaid without COBRA – then stop the snide comments about the employees and find a way to assit them so they can go on. Linda may have had a physical breakdown from all the difficulties of running her small paper but she also hurt a number of good people who didn’t deserve her failure to file employee taxes, her failure to pay wages, and her failure as an small business owner.

  12. Linda only had five employees, including herself, and I know at least two of them I have spoken to have been able to get benefits. As for the above poster, shame on you for not taking a salary in a year. You think that’s not a failure? What’s that thing about glass houses?… PS: any medical payments unpaid without COBRA would be those involving co-pays, deductibles and other items not covered, or those incurred when insurance ran out.

  13. Shame on me?- You’ve got to be kidding! I have other sources of income from other business investments. I just pointed out that not taking a salary sometimes is not something Linda should take credit for. It’s what a good employer does to take care of his employees. Glass houses – once again, I never failed to provide or failed to follow the laws of this state or country for my labor force. And pointing out that two employees out of five (less than 1/2) have finally gotten benefits that they had to scrounge for is another poor example that is totally unimpressive. Noticed you didn’t offer any assistance in getting these five employees their final paychecks they earned and never received. This is what I consider a failure and a case for the NYS Dept. of Labor.

  14. How would I be able to help people at the Press get their paychecks? That’s a ridiculous remark, clearly coming from your utter frustration and resentment. I am merely an interested observer and fan of the Press. I would like to suggest that since the Press’s demise, which, along with her health, financial and other problems has caused Linda much suffering of her own — that you try to move on, perhaps developing along the lines of your “other sources of income.” The line about “taking credit” is ironic, considering the fact that not taking her check left her in arrears for her personal as well as professional daily living. Condemn the Wall Street guys, the insurance people with million dollar bonuses and free trips all over the world. Linda worked 80 hours a week and NEVER took a trip anywhere, never a vacation. She always worked Christmas week when everyone else was off, preparing for the next publication. Walk a mile in her shoes before you claim how perfect you are. I won’t be back to see your answer. Enough. It’s over and we all need to move on.

  15. Moving on will happen only when the Press does the right thing and pays what is due. There are no excuses acceptable when employees find that they no longer have a job, no payment for unpaid wages, and their social security is jeopardized. I have worked for 40 years in my industry and those long hours and lack of time off are a way of life. Never taking trips and working hard does not justify what has been done. It’s not over yet.

  16. Moving on will happen only when the Press does the right thing and pays what is due. There are no excuses acceptable when employees find that they no longer have a job, no payment for unpaid wages, and their social security is jeopardized. I have worked for 40 years in my industry and those long hours and lack of time off are a way of life. Never taking trips and working hard does not justify what has been done. It’s not over yet.

  17. To work 80 hours was Ms. Fenoffs choice as a business owner. It was also her call to take a vacation or not.
    As for her working Christmas week while everyone else was off. Here’s an FYI for you, those at home they were not getting paid for being off? I’m sure they would have rather been collecting a salary. As for COBRA
    non is offered when company does not exists anymore it has nothing to do with co-pays since they are collected before services are performed.

  18. Sure sounds like one bitter employee here. Can we please be more constructive? I’d like to hear from Linda herself. Sign me, Amigo.

  19. I’d like to hear from Linda too. When will you make good on the payroll you never signed and distributed?

  20. The women is a criminal. When the State of NY and the IRS gets done with her, she will be behind bars where she belongs. That will really be depressing for her.

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