By Eugenia Moskowitz
Last Monday, a house was demolished on East Main Street, just across from the Sunoco gas station. According to the Washingtonville Police Department, it had been damaged from the flood resulting from Hurricane Irene in 2011, and has since been uninhabited.
A string of similar houses along West Main Street across from the middle school and high school were demolished last fall. Since nothing new can be built in a flood zone, it remains to be seen what will happen with the land.
By Mark Gerlach
Two medical marijuana companies that want to set up local growing operations received letters of support from the Town of Newburgh this week.
Both companies, Hudson Health Extracts and Medigro Organics, are vying to be selected by the state Department of Health for one of about five state medical marijuana licenses.
Patients that suffer from cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other sicknesses could obtain medical marijuana, according to the state Department of Health website.
“The medical marijuana would have some medical benefits for people with different illnesses,” Newburgh Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio said Thursday. The town council voted to approve the support letters during a Monday night meeting.
Hudson Health Extracts is eyeing a 170,500-square-foot industrial building on 12 acres of land at Stewart International Airport Business Park, located at 40 Governor Dr. The manufacturing facility estimates to bring 100 construction jobs and 125 permanent jobs into the area, according to CEO Ethan Ruby, who made a presentation to the town council. The investment would cost in the ballpark of $10 million, Ruby said.
“Safety and security are paramount at this facility,” Ruby said.
Ruby is also at the helm of a medical marijuana facility in Watertown, Connecticut called Theraplant. The facility is secured with 130 cameras, on-site guards, biometric security systems (e.g., fingerprint and retina scanning) and other security measures. Similar precautions would be taken in Newburgh, he said.
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Some City of Newburgh police officers will be wearing cameras this summer, at least on a trial basis.
The cameras, which are on a 90-day trial period starting June 1, would be worn on the outside of the officers clothing, and could be located on their police vests. “It’s going to be worn on the outermost clothing,” Daniel Cameron, acting police chief, said.
The catalyst for the cameras is a national trend, Cameron said. The city police department tested body cameras in 2012, but the program never got off the ground, he said.
Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland saw uprisings and protests after controversial actions by police that resulted in the deaths of two men, one from each city – Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.
Cameron made the statements at a Police-Community Relations and Review Board meeting held at city hall Wednesday night.
The board reviews “complaints of misconduct by members of the City of Newburgh Police Department,” the City of Newburgh website said.
“This board’s mission is to bridge the gap of communication between the police and the community they police,” Corey Allen, Police-Community Relations and Review Board chairman said. “We’re basically trying to produce a transparency that you’ve never seen.”
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