Brabanec and Martucci Deliver Legislative Win For The Town Of Warwick

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I- Deerpark) and Sen. Mike Martucci (R,C,I-Hudson Valley) are celebrating the passage of landmark legislation to extend the Town of Warwick’s Community Preservation Fund for an additional 25 years, until 2050. (A.5324)

Community leaders in Warwick have been lobbying hard for the bill. Revenue collected for the program has been used by the town to protect local farmland, recreation areas, water access, resource areas and historic structures since the program was first implemented in 2005.

“This bill is a huge, historic win for the town of Warwick, and I am so glad that our hard work pushing for this legislation has finally paid off,” said Brabenec. “The Community Preservation Fund is a tremendous resource for our community to preserve the outdoor areas and historic landmarks we all know and love. By extending this great program for another 25 years, we have ensured that the places we enjoy visiting will be available for generations to come.”

“The long-term extension of the Warwick Preservation Fund provides predictability for an important conservation program with strong community support,” said Martucci. “This extension has been on the table for some time, but Albany was unable to get it done. Working together, Karl and I were able to deliver this big win for Warwick and overcome the New York City leadership in the Legislature that had been holding it up.”

Town of Warwick Supervisor Mike Sweeton said, “Assemblyman Brabenec worked hard for passage of our bill to extend the Community Preservation Act that has preserved over 4300 acres, a public beach on Greenwood Lake and several parks, including the former Kutz Camp. Karl worked across the aisle with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther to get the job done for our residents. We will be forever grateful.”

The bill is now on Gov. Cuomo’s desk awaiting his signature to make the program’s extension official.

The Giving Tree Cafe & Book Store

City of  Newburgh – Take two lifetime teachers who have dedicated much of their lives to local communities, offer them a time to retire, and what do they do?  Of course, the come up with a multifaceted Book Store and Cafe. It’s a family project, but really the idea of Rebecca Sanders-Eachus. Her husband, Chris Eachus, who is a former Orange County Legislator and active in Veterans events, said it has been a dream of Rebecca’s, a big item on her bucket list.  The shop is also environmentally minded. Not only does it save thousands of books from needlessly ending up in landfills, but they also use all biodegradable

There is a small corner for gathering, reading, and doing board games, with an electric fireplace to keep it cozy in Winter,  and YES, believe it or not Chris built a tree house in the corner, just for the kids and with a reading nook underneath.  In another corner he put up a train track to keep smiles on the littlest …push a button and the choo choo goes round and round.

The books are all donated and there are already about 2,000 of them, with another 2,000 stored and ready to refill any spots where books are sold.  They are free to   read in-store and $2.00 to take home. 

The shop, located at 136 Lake Street (845-522-8944) is also available for rental for events, community meetings, tutoring, and monthly children’s readings.  Located right around the corner from Delano Hitch Stadium, the Newburgh Pool, and the Armory Unity Center it is convenient and friendly, and a great place to stop for snacks  after studying, working out, or just to stop with a friend on a quiet Saturday morning. Snacks include coffee, tea, latte, cappuccino, frappe, smoothies, pastries, bagels and more!

County To Hold Gun Buyback On 7/10

Program Allows People to Safely Turn in Any Gun,in Exchange For

Store Gift Cards Valued at Up to $150

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler; City of Newburgh Acting Police Chief Kevin Lahar; and the New York State Police, Troop F,announced a Gun Buy-Back Program to be held Saturday, July 10, 2021, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., at the City of Newburgh Community Center, 401 Washington Street in the City of Newburgh.The program is designed to allow people to safely surrender guns and, in exchange,to receive store gift cards valued at up to $150.00, depending on the type of gun surrendered.

Those surrendering operable assault weapons will receive gift cards totaling $150.00.Those surrendering operable handguns, or modified rifles or shotguns, will receive gift cards totaling $100.00. Those surrendering rifles, shotguns, or antique or non-working firearms will receive gift cards in the amount of $25.00. There is no limit on the number of weapons that may be surrendered.

Guns to be surrendered must be unloaded and brought in plastic or paper bags.Guns being transported in a vehicle must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of the vehicle. Active or retired law enforcement officers and licensed gun dealers are not eligible to participate in the program.

No identification is required to surrender any weapon, and no questions will be asked of the person dropping off the firearm.Under the New York State Penal Law, a person who voluntarily surrenders a weapon to the police at the Gun Buy-Back Program, in accordance with the terms and conditions described above, receives immunity for the unlawful possession of the weapon, although not for other crimes that they may have committed using the weapon.

“We are committed to reducing gun violence in the City of Newburgh,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “and gun buy-back programs are only one means to that end. Every illegal gun that we remove from the street makes Orange County a little safer, and I encourage those who are in possession of unwanted guns, especially illegal guns, to take advantage of the program.Under my Office’s policy, those who carry illegal guns in Orange County face a minimum of 3½ years in prison.If you’re in possession of an illegal gun, or one that you don’t want, bring it to the Newburgh Community Center on July 10, 2021, and turn it over to law enforcement, before you’re caught in possession of it, and before it falls into the wrong hands.”

City of Newburgh Launches New Interactive Website

The City of Newburgh is pleased to announce that it is launching its new website as of June 14, 2021.

The website just underwent a re-design process by CivicPlus, the leading government website provider. The website is now ADA compliant, and has a cleaner, easier layout to navigate.

Citizens and their local government will be able to communicate, monitor, and report through some of the new featured modules:

  • Community Voice: lets residents submit ideas for improvements and changes they’d like to see within the community.
  • ePayment Center: allows digital payments to be efficiently submitted giving citizens more ways to pay at any time.
  • Form Center: enhances communication and customer service between the community and city government.

With the new website the City of Newburgh will be able to increase its community engagement and enhance the communication between residents and the local government.

 “The City of Newburgh is located sixty (60) miles north of New York City on the western side of the Hudson River in Orange County, New York. It is a small, densely settled community of 3.8 square miles. The City offers links to the regional transportation system, including Interstate I-84 and the New York State Thruway (I-87), navigable Hudson River access, and proximity to Stewart International Airport; scenic beauty; a rich cultural and architectural history, and organizations willing to invest time and capital to stimulate redevelopment.”

Breaking News on PDR For Blooming Grove!

The Orange County Post has just received word from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt’s Chief of Staff, Taylor Weyeneth that Blooming Grove’s application for Home Rule of a PDR Program (Purchase of Development Rights) has moved forward! The message sent from them in Albany read:

“Assemblyman Schmitt unanimously passed PDR legislation with strong bipartisan support out of the local government’s committee on Monday. It is working its way through the legislative process now before the end of session. I will report back when the final passage occurs.”

Both Assemblyman Colin Schmitt and Senator James Skoufis have worked hard for the past two years to get this accomplished.

A Purchase of Development Program allows a municipality to assess a minimal real estate transfer fee, usually about .75 percent, that can be kept in a fund specifically devoted to protecting land considered especially environmentally important, either by purchasing it as Open Space, or by purchasing the development rights from a farmer who makes a contract to not develop it. This can be very helpful to enable continued farming/agricultural use and/or purchasing important environmental swaths of land. The towns of Goshen and Warwick have used PDRs with great success as part of their conservation program.

Stay tuned for notice when the passage is formally announced!

We note that the message says they expect it to work its way before the end of the legislative session, which is expected to be within the next 2 days

UPDATE: Chester House Sustains Major Storm Damage

UPDATE: A reporter spoke to the Homeowner who said he and his wife had just gotten home and were about to walk into the house during the storm when the tree fell.

Their two older sons were inside. One of the sons is Autism Spectrum and was quite shaken, but neither the parents or the sons were hurt. A pet cat, named JINKS, however, was not so lucky and died when the tree crashed.

Chester’s Building Department has ruled the house is uninhabitable.

Rainy Day Carnival Brings Washingtonville to Life

Washingtonvillians and other area residents showed that a few raindrops (well, more than a few) could not keep them from enjoying a long weekend and the Knights of Columbus Carnival.  It was an on-again, off-again because of the rain. But the waiting made it even more fun when the sun came back out and the park filled.   Top of the list of fun  were the giant ferris wheel  and swing carousel.  The food vendors were kept busy throughout the evening while the crowd kept their energy up.  And what could be cuter than the Washingtonville Police Department’s Canine Officer Jax getting a chance to  drive  a mini lime- colored convertible. 

BREAKING NEWS! OC Legislature Passes 2 Historic & Environmental Bills

By Edie Johnson

Tonight’s Orange County Legislature Session passed a resolution on sale of 3 historic buildings on Grand Street in Newburgh for future development to what is become what is sometimes known as an “Urban Resort”. The historic buildings include the architecturally significant Masonic Lodge, American Legion Hall, the YMCA, and a view of the Hudson River. The site is being designed for a hotel, boutique, restaurant and art gallery.

The Legislature also passed a resolution to officially create the Schunnemunk Rail Trail and front $1.8 M toward its purchase. The remainder of funding for its development is expected to come from state and federal government grants. The County has been working with the Orange County Land Trust and the Open Space Institute to bring this project to fruition. It will begin at Greycourt Rd. at the Chester/Blooming Grove Border and connect with the Heritage Trail there. The new portion will travel North and East through Blooming Grove and Washingtonville to the Moodna Trestle in Salisbury Mills at the Cornwall border. From there it can access the trailhead that goes up to the Schunnemunk Ridge and connects with the other significant Hudson Valley trail connections.

(Feature photo by Tom Lyons, Lyons Eye Photography)

Washingtonville BOE Announcement

The Board of Education will be meeting tomorrow, June 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm. to go into Executive Session (For the purpose of medical, financial, credit, or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal, or removal of a particular person(s) or corporation.) 

Carrie Rodriguez Executive Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools Washingtonville Central School District Phone: 845-497-4010Fax: 845-497-4030