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Leonard Sparks

Leonard Sparks covers the City of Newburgh as a reporter for the Times Herald-Record newspaper.

Harvey, Lee file petitions for City of Newburgh mayor’s seat

City of Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey and former Councilwoman Gay Lee will tentatively face each other in a September Democratic primary as they seek to serve the last year of the four-year term won by the late Mayor Judy Kennedy in 2015. Kennedy died on April 15, less than three-and-a-half years into her second four-year [...]

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Maloney seeks to boost CTE teachers, programs

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney joined Linda Romano, a Newburgh Free Academy nursing instructor and national Career and Technical Education “Teacher of Year,” on Monday to announce that he is introducing two bills that would foster professional development for CTE teachers, make scholarships available and fund the expansion of programs. Maloney said his “Technical Educator [...]

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Lujan endorsed by progressive group in run for OC Legislature

Kevindaryán Luján, who is seeking to represent the City of Newburgh and part of the Town of Newburgh in the Orange County Legislature, has been endorsed by Run for Something, a national organization set up to support progressive political candidates under 35. Lujan, who last month bested Omari Shakur in a Democratic Party primary for [...]

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New faces join perennial Democratic candidates for Newburgh City Council

Among the candidates filing Democratic Party petitions for Council are Radee Anglin, Nancy Colas, Anthony Grice and Ramona Monteverde. Anglin, who is challenging Karen Mejia for her Ward 1 Council seat, is well-known among Newburgh’s urban farming community and recently started a business selling natural products. Grice is a grants development assistant for the Newburgh [...]

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Omari Shakur wins Democratic endorsement for Legislature seat

Orange County’s Democratic Committee endorsed activist and one-time City of Newburgh mayoral candidate Omari Shakur for the District 4 Legislature seat being vacated by incumbent Curlie Dillard, and at least one of three challengers for the endorsement plans to run against Shakur in a primary. Shakur won the endorsement on Tuesday with 389.5 weighted votes, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Oliva renews criticism of Maloney response to Hudson River anchorage proposal

As Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced legislation on Monday that he predicted would defeat a Coast Guard proposal to create 10 anchorage sites for vessels on the Hudson River, the Republican challenger for his House of Representatives seat continued criticizing how Maloney has handled an idea that is drawing widespread opposition from environmentalists [...]

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‘Disloyal’ City of Newburgh Dems regain committee seats

Every Newburgh Democratic Committee member who sought reelection after being ousted on “disloyalty” charges for supporting Judy Kennedy after she lost a primary to committee Chairman Jonathan Jacobson in last year’s mayoral campaign regained seats on Tuesday. Kippy Boyle, Mark Carnes, Lisa Daily, Deborah Danzy and Brian Flannery were all reelected to the committee. Four [...]

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Maloney endorses Jacobson for Newburgh mayor

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney endorsed fellow Democrat Jonathan Jacobson for City of Newburgh mayor and Jacobson’s running-mates – Torrance Harvey and Hillary Rayford – for City Council on Monday. Maloney, who has an office at 123 Grand St. in Newburgh, made the announcement on Jacobson’s campaign headquarters on Broadway. Among those attending were labor [...]

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