Author Archives: Leonard Sparks

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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Jacobson, educators unite on Newburgh ‘change’ slate

City of Newburgh mayoral candidate Jonathan Jacobson is joining with Council candidates Torrance Harvey and Hillary Rayford to form the “Team for Change.” The trio made the announcement outside City Hall on Monday afternoon. “We’re running as a team to end the bickering at City Hall and to move Newburgh forward,” Jacobson said. Jacobson is [...]

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Former Walden mayor, Chamber president to seek Montgomery Council seats

Montgomery Chamber of Commerce President John Kidd and former Village of Walden Mayor Becky Pearson are running for two town council seats, uniting on a ticket with supervisor candidate and Village of Maybrook Mayor Dennis Leahy. Kidd and Pearson announced their candidacy on June 4, three days after Leahy announced his pursuit of the supervisor seat [...]

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Newburgh attorney to seek Family Court seat

Newburgh attorney Eric Shiller is going to seek the Democratic nomination for one of two  Orange County Family Court judge seats up for grabs in November. For the last six years the one-time Legal Aid attorney has run a private firm based on Broadway in the City of Newburgh. His practice focuses on criminal defense [...]

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Newburgh supervisor announces campaign launch

Town of Newburgh Supervisor Gil Piaquadio is launching his re-election campaign at the Ramada Inn on April 21. Piaquadio will be seeking his first full two-year term as supervisor since winning a special election in November to replace Wayne Booth after the former supervisor was named deputy county executive. Before replacing Booth, Piaquadio sat on [...]

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Newburgh mayor kicks off reelection campaign

Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy is formally launching her reelection campaign on Saturday at the Washington Street location for United Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Plumbing and Heating. Kennedy is seeking a second term in November after first being elected in 2011. She names among the city’s accomplishments since her election: the creation of a payment plan for [...]

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Bethel supervisor candidate hosting forum on lowering taxes

Fat Lady Café owner Judith Maidenbaum officially launches her campaign for town supervisor on Sunday, when she is holding a community forum on high taxes at Kauneonga Lake. Two years ago Maidenbaum carried the independent “Fat Lady” line in losing the supervisor’s race to Sturm, who won with nearly 71 percent of the vote This [...]

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