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Leonard Sparks

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

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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Skartados endorses Jacobson for Newburgh mayor

  Assemblyman Frank Skartados endorsed City of Newburgh mayoral candidate Jonathan Jacobson on Tuesday. The endorsement came during an afternoon press conference at the Broadway headquarters for Jacobson and his slate-mates, City Council candidates Torrance Harvey and Hillary Rayford. Also on hand were current Councilwomen Regina Angelo and Cindy Holmes, both Jacobson supporters. “He has [...]

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Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee renews mayoral quest as independent

Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee is not ending her mayoral quest. Lee met the Aug. 18 deadline to file an independent nominating petition after having her signatures for the Democratic, Independence and Green parties ruled invalid by the Orange County Board of Elections. Lee began collecting the required 135 independent signatures after she failed to meet [...]

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Former Newburgh Mayor Nick Valentine hosts fundraiser for Judy Kennedy

Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy earned an endorsement from former Mayor Nick Valentine, who hosted a fundraiser for Kennedy on Monday morning at 2 Alices Coffee Lounge on Broadway. Kennedy is running for her second term as mayor and faces a Democratic primary on Sept. 10 against former county Democratic Committee Chairman Jonathan Jacobson and activist [...]

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