A Journalist Who Once Thwarted New York Governor Hugh Carey

Robert Wacker, who passed away this week, scored one of his biggest scoops while at Newsday.

Robert Wacker, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 92, was a “newspaper man” through and through.

As an obituary in the Riverhead News-Review notes, he met his wife of 50 years while working at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Back in the 1970s, he was also the editor of said Riverhead weekly newspaper.

A high point of Wacker’s journalism career – he also did PR – involved the man Ed Koch once called “the greatest governor in modern history.” From reporter Nicole Smith’s article:

One of Mr. Wacker’s proudest moments of his career was when he broke for Newsday the story about former New York Governor Hugh Carey seeking state condemnation on his neighbor’s home on Shelter Island because he believed it would block his view. His son, Tim Wacker, said that after his father reported the story, the neighbor was allowed to build the home.

Wacker, who leaves behind five sons, will be honored and celebrated at a June 14 gathering in Nassau Point. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in learning more about Carey’s long personal history with Shelter Island, click here. RIP.
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