Patricia R. Doxsey reports in the Daily Freeman
that the newspaper retracted a story after bank surveillance video showed the story was false. Diane Pineiro-Zucker wrote a first-person story first online, then in the Jan. 19 newspaper, claiming a Kingston Rondout Savings Bank gave her a counterfeit $100 bill. The video showed the bank teller did not give the reporter anything larger than a $20 bill. “It’s not accurate, her allegations are not accurate and her memory of what happened are not accurate,” said bank President Cheryl Bowers. She said that the newspaper moved too quickly with the story, when it is well known that banks have surveillance video. “None of this had to happen,” said Bowers. “It could have all been avoided.” Freeman Managing Editor Tony Adamis apologized and took the blame for allowing the story online before the bank could fully respond. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.