Maloney endorses Port Jervis mayor for fourth term

Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker got a boost for his re-election bid on Friday from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who held a conference call to endorse Decker and called him “exactly the kind of partner I need at the local level to get things done.”

Decker, a Democrat who has been mayor of Port Jervis since 2014, is running for a fourth term on Nov. 5, challenged by Republican David Campbell, a retired sergeant from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Decker has taught seventh-grade social studies for eight years, was a police officer for 22 years before then, served 22 years in the Air National Guard and has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years.

“He’s just one the best public servants anywhere in my district,” said Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat whose 18th District includes all of Orange County. “Everything Kelly does is about public service, and helping the people of Port Jervis.”

Maloney praised Decker for being proactive in pursuing federal funds for Port Jervis projects, saying Congress members can only advocate for grants for their districts since they lost the ability to earmark funds years ago, and they rely on local leaders like Decker to push for them as well.

Decker, who was on the conference call, described two major projects for which he is now seeking federal funding: a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks to connect the city’s downtown to its river front; and the creation of a community center.

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