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Leonard Sparks

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

Longtime admin asst., records officer given sendoffs

Ann Kuzmik was a reporter for the Mid Hudson Times when then-Newburgh City Manager Bill Ketcham convinced her to take an administrative job with the city, with a particular focus on media relations. One of her first assignments: A pig that had escaped from a petting zoo at a local festival. “It was my job [...]

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Council to vote Monday on contract for video streaming of its meetings

Newburgh’s City Council is moving toward making its twice-monthly legislative meetings and twice-monthly work sessions available via live streaming. Members of the Council will take up a resolution Monday authorizing a contract with Plano, Texas-based Swagit Productions LLC to broadcast live up to 50 meetings a year. The contract would pay up to $25,584 for [...]

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Work on Crabb Park continues

Newburgh city workers have quietly been working on Tyrone Crabb Park, officially launching a project whose repeated delays had disappointed advocates for the park and stoked anger at a city government considered dysfunctional. In June members of the Council rejected bids to landscape and build a playground for the park, saying the cost had ballooned [...]

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Fecal bacteria found in stream that feeds Washington Lake

A bacteria found in fecal matter was discovered in higher-than-normal levels in Silver Stream, prompting City of Newburgh officials to close a gate allowing its waters into Washington Lake. Enderococcus was discovered at levels far exceeding 60 parts per 100 milliliters in the stream during testing conducted by Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance in partnership with [...]

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Armory immigration office now offering fingerprinting

Immigrants applying to become naturalized U.S. citizens can now get fingerprinted at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, which last month opened a formal immigration office. U.S. Rep. Sean Maloney and state Sen. Bill Larkin announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at the Armory will begin taking fingerprints, which are required [...]

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Council approves police-misconduct oversight board

Goodbye “Police Community Relations Advisory Council” and hello “Police Community Relations and Review Board.” A name change is not the only thing separating Newburgh’s newly approved review board from the old 11-member advisory council. When the City Council approved an ordinance replacing the citizen-run panel on Monday, they created a nine-member board with the power [...]

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Newburgh votes to disclose service contracts

Newburgh’s Council took a step toward increased transparency on Monday, approving a resolution that would make public all service contracts exceeding $5,000. The resolution applies to contracts entered into since January. It requires that a full copy of each contract, and the bid package requesting the service, be posted in an online database that is [...]

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Councilwoman proposes city’s first Gay Pride event

Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee is looking to organize the city’s first-ever Gay Pride festival this August, making it an annual event. Lee, who is gay, introduced the idea at Thursday’s City Council work session, garnering verbal support from her colleagues. “It doesn’t have to be something grand,” she said. “We need something that sends a [...]

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Sci-fi film finishes five-week Newburgh shoot

Omnipresent technology constantly shapes and reshapes human interaction. Directors Isak Borg and Dena Hysell explore our relationship with technology in “The App,” the latest film to be shot in the City of Newburgh. Sean Faris stars in the science-fiction thriller, which centers on a successful app gone wrong and the corruption of its creator. Borg [...]

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Newburgh B&B celebrates Fourth of July weekend rarity: guests

Fourth of July weekend has brought the City of Newburgh’s Goldsmith Denniston House something no prior Independence Day ever did: guests. All four rooms at the bed and breakfast are booked this weekend, said city library Director Chuck Thomas, who runs Goldsmith Denniston with his wife. Two rooms have been taken by a Connecticut group [...]

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