Supporters press case for rehiring of fired Newburgh tax collector

Former Newburgh Tax Collector Helen Murphy is flanked by the Rev. Jeffrey Woody (left) and attorney Michael Sussman.

On a night when sign-carrying supporters of former Newburgh Tax Collector Helen Murphy continued to protest her firing, City Manager Michael Ciaravino suggested that a review of her case is part of the investigation triggered by former Comptroller John Aber’s arrest on a grand-larceny charge.

The Rev. Jeffrey Woody and attorney Michael Sussman were among those accompanying Murphy to Monday’s City Council meeting. For months Murphy and her supporters have waged a public campaign over her firing by Aber, who is alleged to have stolen cash paid by people to use the city’s boat launch.

Their end game is to see Murphy reinstated to the position, something Ciaravino raised as a possible outcome as the district attorney’s office and his administration investigate Aber’s office.

“We are going to proceed with a mind toward fairness and justice, and that also includes any disciplinary action that has been taken with regard to any employees,” Ciaravino said.

“If we find that, at the end, the information that we have indicates that a number of actions need to be undone or reversed, then we will do that.”

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