Skoufis presents agenda to help Newburgh as senator

Democratic assemblyman and state Senate candidate James Skoufis issued a litany of proposals on Wednesday to improve the City of Newburgh, laying out priorities for road work, school funding, drinking-water protection and other areas he said he will pursue if elected.

His ideas included repaving Route 32 and replacing a temporary Route 32 bridge; helping the Fire Department form an ambulance corps that would serve as a revenue source for the cash-strapped Fire Department; advocating removal of contaminated sediments from Washington Lake and other water sources; fighting for state funds that Newburgh schools are owed; and ensuring the continued use of state bank settlement funds to support the Newburgh Land Bank.

Skoufis, who’s running for the 39th Senate District seat that retiring Sen. Bill Larkin is vacating, also said he supported establishing special state aid for Newburgh and other municipalities in New York State in which 50 percent or more of the tax base is exempt from property taxes.

“The City of Newburgh is moving forward, but it needs to move forward faster,” Skoufis said in a campaign press release. “As State Senator, I’ll be committed to creating opportunities for local residents and businesses through much-needed investments and community involvement. Working together, we can help build a thriving local economy with good jobs that will have a positive impact on the entire region.”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey and other officials added words of support for the proposals. Maloney said that as senator, Skoufis would be “a valuable partner in creating more opportunities for Newburgh’s residents, growing the city’s economy and improving neighborhoods throughout Newburgh.”

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