The Empire Page, a longstanding aggregation news site for state and local news, has been bought by Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County, and a lobbyist with close ties to Assemblyman David Gantt, D-Rochester.
Nojay said this morning on 1300-AM (WGDJ) that he and Robert Scott Gaddy, a former aide to Gantt, bought the subscription-based Empire Page and plan to relaunch it this fall.
“Scott Gaddy and I are going to have ideology balance. Scott is obviously a Democrat. I am a Republican” Nojay explained. “We’re going to try to ferret out from all across New York state, so much of the coverage is New York City and Albany-centric, forgetting that there is the rest of New York state.”
Nojay told Gannett’s Albany Bureau that he is seeking an opinion from the Legislative Ethics Commission to ensure he is avoiding any conflicts of interest between the private endeavor and his public position.
Gaddy has several clients in the Rochester area, including the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority. Nojay is the former chairman of the RGRTA.
He said the site is a work in progress, in part so he can avoid any conflicts — such as ad purchases on the site from lobbying and special-interest groups.
“There’s a whole bunch of ethics issues that we had to work through,” Nojay said.