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Free Community Papers of New York (FCPNY) is a trade association made up entirely of free distribution shopping guides, newspapers and periodicals that publish throughout the state of New York. Our members deliver nearly 3.4 million homes via 280 editions weekly. Our advertising arm, AdNetworkNY (formerly Community Papers Ad Network or CPAN) brings buyers and sellers together both regionally and statewide via classified ads, ROP and pre-printed inserts.


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Classified Rates 7-2014
R.O.I. - Certain Truths

By Frank J. Rich


  • Less than 2% of businesses succeed without advertising.
  • Fewer succeed who do not advertise consistently.
  • The Internet contributes only 5.9% of retail sales.
  • 55% of consumers share their purchases socially on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites, yet social media delivers less than 2% of retail sales.

Written by: Donna Hanbery, Executive Director | Saturation Mailers Coalition

On December 24, 2013, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued an order approving, but limiting, the USPS request for a permanent postal rate increase of 4.3%, on top of its annual CPI price change, as an "exigency" rate increase to compensate the Postal Service for the revenue lost from the Great Recession of 2008-2009.

The PRC found that the Postal Service had justified a basis for showing lost revenues of approximately $2.8 billion due to the extraordinary or exceptional circumstances of the Great Recession and related mail volume losses. The PRC ordered that the rates originally proposed by the Postal Service, and attached to its original exigency increase, could go into effect on January 26, 2014 as a surcharge. The PRC found that the across the board approach to the exigent rate increase was equitable in that it distributed the increase proportionately to all categories of mail. The PRC found that the Service's dangerously low liquidity levels made the rate adjustment necessary to maintain and continue needed postal services.

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CHEEKTOWAGA, NY, APRIL 24, 2014:  Community Papers of Western New York (CPWNY) announced today that it has acquired the business of Metro Group, Inc, publisher of weekly community newspapers and shoppers serving over 250,000 households in Erie County and Niagara County. The group also serves communities in portions of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany and Wyoming counties. The publications include the Source group of papers, the Hamburg Sun, Springville Journal, Gowanda News, and specialty publications including WNY Advertiser and WNY Health.

CPWNY is owned by James Austin, a career newspaper man who recently made his first acquisition of The Angola Pennysaver. Mr. Austin said, “First and foremost, I would like to thank Bernard and Denny for selecting me as the new owner. After working for great companies in the Newspaper industry for over 30 years, it is very exciting to enter a new chapter in my life. I believe very strongly that weekly community papers play an important part in the communities that they serve. I will continue, and build upon the great work that the Metro Group, Inc. has done. . Being a native from Western New York, my wife and I are very proud to be a part of this great area and look forward to serving our readers, and our advertisers.”

Outgoing CEO Bernard Bradpiece said, “After fourteen years of hard work growing the company, my partner Denny Guastaferro and I are delighted to hand over responsibility for this outstanding group of newspapers to a timed served newspaperman. With the outstanding management team he inherits, James has a great start to what we know will be a new chapter of success for the business.”


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