As Curlie Dillard mulls OC Legislature reelection bid, former Newburgh Councilwoman to seek seat

Ailing Democratic Orange County Legislator Curlie Dillard is unsure if he will be healthy enough to represent the City and Town of Newburgh for a second term, and former Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee has declared her candidacy for the seat.

Dillard, a former Newburgh councilman who won the District 4 Legislature seat in 2013, will let his doctor determine whether he is well enough to campaign for another term, he said on Tuesday.

“I’ve got to check with my doctor,” said Dillard, whose district is mostly composed of a swath of the city “It will probably be a number of people running for my seat if I rule it out.”

Lee, a clinical social worker, said on Tuesday that she will be one of those running.

After deciding to forgo another campaign for the Council in 2015, Lee unsuccessfully fought to get on the ballot for the Newburgh mayor’s race after Jonathan Jacobson won the endorsement from the city’s Democratic Committee.

She said she announced her candidacy for the District 4 seat was announced last week during a meeting of the Orange County Democratic Committee, Lee said.

“I think that if I’m in the county, I can be the voice that the City of Newburgh needs,” she said. “I can be the person that either screams fire or helps to put the fire out.”


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