Ramona Monteverde to seek Abrams’ Newburgh Council seat

Democrat Ramona Monteverde, director of operations for Safe Harbors of the Hudson and a member of the City of Newburgh’s planning board, will seek the Ward 2 Council seat currently held by Genie Abrams.

Abrams is vacating her seat after just one term on Newburgh’s City Council, and giving her support to Monteverde, who believes Newburgh is enjoying a burst of momentum in recent years.

“I want to keep it going,” Monteverde said. “I want the progress we’ve made in the past three and a half years to continue, and to pick up even more momentum.”

In a press release Monteverde listed a number of developments she considers positive.

The list includes the hiring of City Manager Michael Ciaravino, the adoption of a new zoning code and the passage of a so-called “sanctuary” policy declaring that Newburgh’s police will not help the federal government enforce immigration law beyond what is legally required.

Monteverde, who has lived in Newburgh for 18 years and directs the annual citywide cleanup, also cited gains in the sales of city-owned properties and an improved process for reporting code violations.

“It’s clear that after decades of decline, Newburgh is moving forward in a vibrant manner,” Abrams said. “Ramona is committed to our residents and our businesses, and to guiding the city to even greater achievements in the next four years.”

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