County Health Dept. Warns of COVID Exposure at Hung With Care Event

Goshen, N.Y. – The Orange County Health Department is advising residents that if they worked or attended the Hung with Care event hosted by Big Gay Hudson Valley, located at Hudson Valley Arts Live, 299 Washington Street, Newburgh, on November 26th, they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman recommends that if you or your child were there, to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, which may include but are not limited to: fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Anyone experiencing symptoms indicative of COVID-19 should contact their medical provider to discuss a plan of care.

Dr. Gelman advised residents to consider any public site in Orange County as a potential site of COVID-19 exposure, due to high transmission throughout the county.

According to Dr. Gelman, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, continues to be adhering to proper safety measures such as wearing your mask, vaccination, avoiding unnecessary contact with others, as well as practicing basic personal hygiene. This includes washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, refraining from touching your face and avoiding unnecessary contact with others.

Should you feel ill, contact your healthcare provider. These simple steps will help prevent the spread of the virus and protect you and your loved ones.

For information about COVID-19 go to the Orange County website at or call the Orange County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 845-291-2330.

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Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Joins Forces With NY Vascular Group

On Monday, November 22, Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall partnered with the New York Vascular Group (NYVG) to host a Ribbon Cutting Event to celebrate the grand opening of this new, expanded service at the hospital’s Cornwall campus. Joan Cusack-McGuirk, MSLC Chief Executive Officer, along with hospital and New York Vascular Group leadership were joined by Senator James Skoufis, Supervisor Richard Randazzo, incoming Supervisor Joshua Wojehowski, Mayor of Cornwall on Hudson James Gagliano, Councilwoman Virginia Scott as well as representation from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt’s office to celebrate the office’s grand opening.

New York Vascular Group, led by Dr. Sae Hahm, Medical Director and Michael D’Aquila, Chief Operating Officer of parent group U.S. Vascular Management Group, is the latest addition of programmatic expansion at MSLC, as the hospital continues to grow services that best meet the healthcare needs of the community. “We are so excited to welcome Dr. Hahm and the New York Vascular Group to both the Hudson Valley and our community hospital,” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, Chief Executive Officer. “The evolution of the Cornwall campus has truly come full circle, and the addition of Vascular Medicine in the outpatient setting, further contributes to surgical services provided in Newburgh. We made a promise several years ago that the community would experience the transformation of healthcare delivery and this is a distinct example of how we’ve been able to do so, working in partnership with our community providers, medical staff and the multitude of services MSLC offers.” Vascular Medicine at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall includes treatment of carotid artery disease, Hemodialysis and access work, venous disease, vein treatment and much more. To learn more about vascular medicine please visit

“I’m thrilled to welcome New York Vascular Group to the MSLC family,” said Senator James Skoufis. “Cornwall has become a nation-leading health care delivery campus, made even stronger with this much-needed vascular care. Our local residents will be well served for many years to come.”  Partnership with New York Vascular Group brings a level of care, skill and excellence that we are so proud to provide our patients with,” said Daniel J. Maughan, President & Chief Operating Officer.

Cutline: Mayor James Gagliano, Village of Cornwall on Hudson, Donna DeRocco Director of Operational Strategy, U.S. Vascular Management Group, Austin Dubois, Vice Chairman, MSLC Board of Trustees, Supervisor Richard Randazzo, Town of Cornwall, Senator James Skoufis, Taylor Weyneth, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, Dr. Sae Hahm, Medical Director of New York Vascular Group, Joe Surace, MSLC Vice President of Operations, Joan Cusack-McGuirk, MSLC Chief Executive Officer, Mike D’Aquila,  Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Vascular Management Group, Ashley Castro, Practice Administrator, David Potack, Chairman of the MSLC Board of Trustees,  Josh Wojechowski, Incoming Town of Cornwall Supervisor, Dr. Gina Del Savio, MSLC Chief Medical Officer and Virginia Scott, Councilwoman, Town of Cornwall.

A Community Comes Together

Those having a hard time in the Greater Newburgh area have plenty of folks ready to help them out.  Nearly a dozen groups, including the Newburgh Armory, Loaves and Fishes, We R Newburgh, Habitat for Humanity and Life Restoration Church filled food pantries, gave baskets and boxes full of holiday fixings, and offered delicious meals to those in need. 

At the Newburgh Armory there were 250 turkeys given out. The men and women of Laborers’ Local 17 gave out as many pillows and pajamas as were wanted, saying  “We believe that every child deserves the comfort of a fresh pillow and cozy pajamas.” And Sacred Heart Parish Center (Previously Sacred Heart School) offered the 4th Annual Newburgh Community Thanksgiving Feast, for anyone in need, on Thanksgiving Day, sponsored by Vesuvio’s Ristorante and Papaleo’s Auto Body.  This, in addition to about 15 individuals  offering turkeys and  other Thanksgiving fare online to anyone who faced being alone or hungry.

The generosity of most of the people in Orange County and in the City of Newburgh far outshines any of the negative incidents occurring in the City during the past 2 weeks, and makes it clear that while the road to Newburgh prosperity includes some hilly and rocky terrain, there are plenty of good hearted people ready to take on the task of continuing to beautify this historic river community, support its young people and show them the way to a brighter future, and lift up any members who are poor, hungry, lonely, or troubled.

City Of Newburgh Reeling From Weeks Of Shootings

In the first round, City of Newburgh Police responded to reports of gunfire in area of William and Carson Ave-Police sealed off area and searched for suspect and shell casings. State Police we’re called to assist. City of Newburgh used canines to search scene.

Reports of four people were shot in area. All were taken to Montefiore St Luke’s Hospital.  In the following days there were at least 5 more incidents, ultimately frightening residents near schools so much that students were offered the alternative to go back to “Virtual Learning” 

On November 22 there was another round of shots fired in the vicinity of South and Lander Street, where police found vehicles with bullet holes and shell casings.  Most after school activities have been put on hold in the Newburgh Enlarged School District. Mayor Torrance Harvey declared a “call to action for all stakeholders,” including residents,  to do whatever is necessary to “reach our troubled youth.” The city will launch a special task force of federal, state, county and local law enforcement and other agencies, including the FBI, to look at solutions to the gun violence in Newburgh.

BGVAC Receives $85,000 Grant From Senator Skoufis

Senator James Skoufis presented an $85,000 grant to the Blooming Grove Ambulance Corps to purchase power-load stretchers, new AED’s, new LifePak monitors, and new stair chairs. This will help them  better serve our community with state of the art equipment.

American Legion  #1420 Holds Suicide Prevention Event

American Legion Post 1420 held a Veterans Suicide Awareness and Prevention Event  on November 21 at their legion hall. .Commander Duane Mickle welcomed everyone to the ceremony. Mary K Messenger sang the National Anthem. An opening prayer was said by Legion Chaplain. Kevin W. Hertell.. Founder and President,  Air Force Veteran gave history of the SAR and what it does. Honored at ceremony was Christian LoBiondo who presently is attending the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, His friend and classmate William “Billy” Gorczynski committed suicide while attending the Academy. Christian was sworn in by Kevin Hartell as a supporter of the SAR. Fred Nielsen-Vice President and Marine Veteran and the SAR Flag was marched to Kevin. Christian was then presented a folded SAR Flag in support  of his friend Billy.

Town of Newburgh Supervisor Gil Piaquadio then thanked everyone for attending and congratulated Christian on his friendship and support of what the SAR does. Christian then spoke about his friend Billy-Billy had just received word that he was going to be a pilot in the Air Force,he was thrilled and upbeat-Billy put everyone before himself-went out of the way to make things right. Christian said that people need to  keep in touch with their friends-… that nobody had picked up on what Billy was going thru since he seemed to be always smiling.  “Sometimes you have to ask-is everything is OK.” He said that Billy was isolated a lot, especially since we were going thru Covid during this time. Christian  said “I will keep his legacy alive thru him, and I will make sure Billy is never forgotten.”  Commander Mickle then asked the color guard to retire the colors.

W’ville  Police Officer Mendez & K9  “Jax”  Demo Their Skills

Earlier this week, Washingtonville Police Officer Mendez and K9 Jax were invited to the Middle School’s career day. Officer Mendez and Jax had a great time explaining the job of the K9 Officer and the capabilities of what they can do together to the school students. The highlight of the presentation was when Officer Cronin used the K9 training bit sleeve and Jax showed off his bite and when Officer Mendez hid a article in the lunchroom and Jax located it without any difficulty.

Washingtonville Wizard Varsity Swim/Dive At NYSPHSAA Championships

The Washingtonville High School Girls Varsity Swim and Dive team are competing at the NYSPHSAA Championship at Ithaca College. The girls varsity team is competing in the Diving, 500 Free, and 200 Free Relay events.

Caption – Coach Wargo, Julianna Powzaniuk (FR), Paige Fischer(SO), Madeline Kline(SO), Kate Kennedy(JR), Katya Baranov (JR), Miranda Castro (SR), Coach Duffy

New Windsor Recognizes Officer McLean’s Service

A Service Award was presented to Police Officer Brian McLean in recognition of his 25-years of dedicated service to the Town of New Windsor Police Department. Chief Doss and Supervisor Meyers did the presentation.and thanked him for his many years of service to the community!

BGVAC Receives $85,000 Grant From Senator Skoufis

On Sunday, Senator James Skoufis presented an $85,000 grant to the Blooming Grove Ambulance Corps to purchase power-load stretchers, new AED’s, new LifePak monitors, and new stair chairs. This will help them  better serve our community with state of the art equipment.