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Leaders at family-owned NY newspapers step aside

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Leadership changes have been announced at two of upstate New York's largest family-owned newspaper companies.

In Schenectady, John E.N. "Jack" Hume III will retire this summer after 23 years as publisher of The Daily Gazette, where he'd worked in a variety of jobs since 1966. And in Watertown, John B. Johnson Jr. says Friday he's stepping aside as CEO of Johnson Newspapers and editor and co-publisher of the Watertown Daily Times.

Both companies say they'll remain in family hands.

Johnson will remain as chairman of the board. He says his son John will take over as CEO and as co-publisher with his brother, Harold, who will become vice-chairman and continue as company president.

Daily Gazette Co. President Betsie Hume Lind, one of Hume's three cousins involved with the business, says a national search has been launched for a new publisher.