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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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Newburgh mayor candidate’s own tax bill debunks his tax-increase claim

City taxes on Jonathan Jacobson’s Pierces Road condo in Newburgh were $238 less this year than in 2012, but the mayoral candidate has been charging ahead with a not-quite-new and largely untrue claim that the taxes people pay have literally risen 23 percent since incumbent Mayor Judy Kennedy took office. Now Kennedy is pushing back [...]

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Newburgh mayoral candidate spends $20k on his campaign

Jonathan Jacobson’s biggest financial contributor is Jonathan Jacobson. The former county and City of Newburgh Democratic Committee Chairman seeded his campaign to become the city’s next mayor by donating $15,005 of his own money and lending the campaign $5,000, according to July disclosure reports. “I want to have people know that I cannot be bought,” [...]

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Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy opens campaign office

Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy has opened a campaign headquarters at 223 Broadway, a property owned by developer Vincent Cappelletti. Kennedy also announced that she is running on a slate with current Councilman Cedric Brown and Council candidate Fernando Cardona. Cardona is seeking to become the second Latino on the Council, joining Councilwoman Karen Mejia.

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One Newburgh mayoral candidate loses, another wins in petition battle

Orange County’s Board of Elections invalidated the Democratic petition of City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Gay Lee and reversed course by ruling valid petitions submitted by mayoral candidate Omari Shakur and Council candidate Sheila Murphy. On Tuesday Lee said 483 of her 660 signatures were struck for a variety of reasons, leaving her short of [...]

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Newburgh Democratic mayoral primary shrinks by one

There is one less City of Newburgh mayoral candidate for the Democratic Party line. Orange County’s Board of Elections ruled invalid the petition submitted by Omari Shakur after his signatures were challenged by Jonathan Jacobson, the former city and county Democratic Committee head who is also seeking the mayor’s seat. In addition to Shakur and [...]

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City of Newburgh candidates see Green, Working Families petitions tossed

Orange County’s elections commissioners invalidated the Green Party petitions filed by Newburgh City Council candidates James Thorpe III and Kevindaryan Lujan, and by mayoral candidate and City Councilwoman Gay Lee. They also invalidated Working Families Party petitions filed by Thorpe and at-large Councilman Cedric Brown. Thorpe, Kevindaryan and Gay had their Green petitions tossed because [...]

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Four Democrats, one Republican chasing Newburgh mayor’s seat

Five candidates, including four Democrats, submitted petitions for the City of Newburgh’s mayor’s race. Thursday’s deadline for designating petitions ended with incumbent Judy Kennedy, Councilwoman Gay Lee, former city and county Democratic Chairman Jonathan Jacobson and activist Omari Shakur all filing to run as Democrats. Former Councilman John Giudice is the lone Republican to file [...]

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    Chris McKenna covers Orange County government and politics for the Times Herald-Record. He has been a reporter at the newspaper since 1999. Read Full

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