Newburgh mayoral candidate spends $20k on his campaign

Jonathan Jacobson’s biggest financial contributor is Jonathan Jacobson.

The former county and City of Newburgh Democratic Committee Chairman seeded his campaign to become the city’s next mayor by donating $15,005 of his own money and lending the campaign $5,000, according to July disclosure reports.

“I want to have people know that I cannot be bought,” Jacobson said. “I’m not taking money from developers in the city; I’m not taking money from landlords.”

Jacobson is one of three Democrats in line to face each other in a September primary. Incumbent Mayor Judy Kennedy is running against Jacobson and activist Omari Shakur for the party line.

Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee was the fourth Democrat to announce, but she had her petition ruled invalid by the county Board of Elections.

Shakur has not, to date, submitted a campaign report. Kennedy’s July report shows her receiving $9,959 in contributions since the first of the year.

Among the biggest contributions are $1,000 each from motorcycle parts magnate and Motorcyclepedia Museum founder Ted Doering and Four Score and Seven LLC, whose listed address is the same as law firm Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC.

She also drew $1,000 donations from property owners Judy Johnson and Paula Dowd, a $500 donation from Laborer’s International Local 17 and $250 from United Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Plumbing and Heating.

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