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County funding boosts food programs for hungry, homeless students

Cans of vegetables and tuna fish. Bags of dry beans and loaves of bread. Jars of peanut butter and boxes of cereal and pancake mix. Volunteers deployed around tables inside the food pantry of St. Francis of Assisi Church in the City of Newburgh rushed to fill a gaping need – stuffing plastic grocery bags [...]

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Newburgh city manager says DPW head’s Facebook post to be ‘taken seriously’

Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino said a Facebook post in which Public Works Superintendent George Garrison seemed to vent about an unnamed employee or employees’ work ethic is taken “very seriously” and not going to be “swept under the rug.” In a post last week, George Garrison wrote: “Wanted: If you are not ambitious, don’t [...]

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City manager deletes cloud, creates storm

Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino has been accused of having a communication problem. Now, his solo decision to delete all information stored on city government’s “cloud” because of a perceived “security breach” has angered Council members, some of who lost irretrievable information they accessed from their city-issued iPads. Councilwoman Cindy Holmes called for an investigation [...]

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Newburgh Council, city manager discuss communication and secrets

One thing driving a group of Newburgh City Council members to consider a charter amendment giving the body final approval over executive appointments is the belief that City Manager Michael Ciaravino’s shares information with a very small loop that excludes some of the people who hired him. Ciaravino did nothing to dispel that belief during [...]

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Newburgh considers new lighting near scene of beating death

Newburgh’s City Council is weighing a proposal to install an additional street light in the area where a 40-year-old man was beaten to death with a metal pipe on April 3 outside a bar and restaurant on Washington Street. Police responding to a report of an assault found Armando Soriano-Martel seriously beaten on the sidewalk [...]

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Local hip-hop artist pens tribute to Pete Seeger song

Beacon artist Decora Sandiford’s fingerprints are all over Newburgh – from giant outdoor murals like those on South Street and on Colden Street to the window paintings that adorn vacant houses on Lander Street and a community garden at Chambers and First streets. On Feb. 17 WAMC broadcast a segment by Allison Dunne on the [...]

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Council considers $100 increase for summer camp

Newburgh’s City Council is weighing a $100 per child increase in the price it charges residents and non-residents for the city’s summer camp. Recreation Director Derrick Stanton’s initial recommendation is for the Council to increase the current $250 price for residents to the same $350 non-residents pay per child. The increase amounts to the costs [...]

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Council weighs residency requirement for municipal officers, department heads

Newburgh’s City Council is weighing a local law requiring that all newly hired city officers and department heads live in the city at the time of hire or relocate their residence to the city within a certain time period. At their Thursday work session, members of the Council discussed a proposed local law drafted by [...]

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Councilwoman denies role in demonstration that never happened

The rumor was strong: A contingent of sign-carrying people would storm Monday’s City Council meeting to call for the ouster of City Manager Michael Ciaravino, who fired James Slaughter, Newburgh’s former business and industrial development director and one-time interim city manager. Not such protest took place on Monday, and Councilwoman Gay Lee used part of [...]

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NFA tennis coach seeks to raise $220k to renovate Delano Hitch courts

Desolation describes what used to be the tennis courts at Delano Hitch Park. Chain-link fencing is rusted and warped. Water pools in places along the cracked blacktop surface. In all but a few places, the outlines of the individual courts have faded and sneakers hang from power lines. Enter Dennis Maher III. The Newburgh Free [...]

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