Costen working on first book

By Observer Staff

Local journalist Scott Costen is working on a book about G. Cecil Day and his time at the helm of the Queens County Advance.

Day was the owner, editor and publisher of the Advance from 1937 to 1968. He was recently recognized with a plaque outside the Main Street, Liverpool building that housed the now-defunct newspaper.

The idea for the project came during a meeting of Region of Queens council. Day’s daughter, Beverley Burlock, made an inspiring presentation Sept. 11 about her father’s leadership of the newspaper.

Burlock described Day’s fearless editorials, which often ruffled feathers in Queens. “He never refrained when he saw injustice or what he thought was important for discussion,” she told council.

The Advance ceased operations in June after years of decline. Burlock lamented the loss of “a voice promoting and defending our area.”

This will be the first book by Costen, who edits the Queens Observer and previously operated the Queens County Citizen. Publication is expected in mid-2019.

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