Support Swells Among Veterans to Keep “God” on Monument

By Mark Gerlach

Cornwall-on-Hudson resident, and Manhattan-based constitutional lawyer, Martin E. Karlinsky asked to meet with Town of New Windsor Supervisor George Green in a letter dated Dec. 9.

Karlinsky previously wrote the town requesting that the word “God” be removed from the veterans monument at the corner of routes 94 and 9W. Since the request, many veterans and elected officials have stated they support keeping “God” on the monument. The Sentinel and Orange County Post received numerous letters this week supporting the preservation of the monument in its current form.

It was confirmed Thursday afternoon that Green will respond to the letter. At a town board meeting earlier this month Green vehemently opposed altering the monument, which reads: “To Those Who Served Both God and Country.”

“It’ll be a cold day in hell when I’ll submit to taking ‘God’ off that monument,” Green said at the Dec. 7 meeting. “You have our assurance that we will not capitulate in this.”

In a Nov. 1 letter to the town, Karlinsky wrote: “I am writing to protest the Town of New Windsor’s endorsement of religion in contravention of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and, as a citizen, to demand that the town remedy this breach of law.”

To read the full article see the Friday, Dec. 16 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post.

Christmas Light Display Switched on in New Windsor

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Antonio’s Barber Shop in New Windsor switched on its renowned Christmas light display on Sunday, Nov. 27. About 85 people attended the free event, which featured a small fireworks show, music, snacks, hot chocolate and a guest appearance by Santa Claus and his reindeer. The display, located at 28 Riley Rd., is currently visible from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., barber shop owner Antonio Mugnano, 41, said. The barber shop is located at the same address as his home. Residents are encouraged to take photos of the display and share them on social media, Mugnano said. The weather was “beautiful” at the lighting. It started raining, but only after everyone had left, he said. The event was formerly held on Cimorelli Drive since 2001, and moved to its current location in Dec. 2013. “It’s our way of giving back to the community for the kids,” said Mugnano.

An Interview With… Leonard Golino, Entrepreneur, Private Investigator

By Mark Gerlach

Ever since he was a child, Leonard Golino wanted to be a police officer. After a long NYPD career, the New Windsor resident now operates his own private investigation firm, is a consultant for TV news and published a book.

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Leonard Golino. (photo by Mark Gerlach)

After graduating the police academy, Golino joined the NYPD in the mid-1980s. He worked in the Bronx, first for the 49th Precinct and later for the 52nd Precinct. Golino started as a patrol officer answering radio calls and retired as second-grade detective. During his career, he was a member of the quality of life, robbery investigation, anti-crime and homicide units.

One case that stands out in his memory involves a 14-year-old girl who was murdered doing laundry for her mother in a tenement building. The incident was about a decade-old cold case when Golino picked it up. He met with victim’s family, who was crying when he paid them a visit because, by a strange coincidence, he visited them on the girl’s birthday, and the family had just returned from the cemetery. After the visit Golino vowed that he’d solve the crime, he said. He eventually tracked down a suspect, who was incarcerated for another crime. The suspect confessed, and the investigation, which lasted about 1.5 years, came to a close.

“I didn’t get paid extra, it’s just the right thing to do,” he said of the substantial amount of work involved in solving the case. “We would speak for the dead when we’d go to the crime scene.”

To read the full article see the Friday, Oct. 28 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

New Windsor Recreation Department News

  • The Town of New Windsor Annual Halloween Party will be held tonight 6-8pm at Kristi Babcock Memorial Park. There will be a Haunted Hay Ride, a costume parade, and refreshments. See you tonight!
  • Men’s Over 18 basketball meets on Sunday’s 10am-12noon is a weekly program going through May 28th. The program takes place at Stewart Gym and is $75 for New Windsor Residents and $85 for non-New Windsor Residents.
  • Men’s Over 30 basketball meets on Wednesday nights 7pm-9pm is a weekly program that goes through May 31st. The program takes place at Stewart Gym and is $75 for New Windsor Residents and $85 for non-New Windsor Residents.
  • Open Gym Floor Hockey takes place at Stewart Gym on Tuesday nights is a weekly program that goes through June 27th from 7pm-9pm. This program is for ages 17 and up and is $75 for New Windsor Residents at $85 for non-New Windsor Residents.
  • CPR and First Aid Classes are being held at the Marasco Center on Saturday October 22nd. CPR for the Professional Rescuer is scheduled for 9am to 1pm and is $80, and Community CPR and First Aid is from 1pm to 5pm and is $65.
  • Join the Recreation Department on Saturday November 5thfor a day trip to the Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania. Bus leaves New Windsor Town Hall at 8am and returns at 7pm. The trip is $35 per person.
  • Then on Sunday November 20th join the Recreation Department for a trip to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This is the most famous Christmas Show in the World. Join the Rockettes and get into the Christmas Spirit Early this year! There will be some time before the show for shopping, sight-seeing, or to get some lunch. This show always fills up fast, so be sure to sign up early! Bus leaves New Windsor Town Hall at 10am for a 2pm show and returns at 6pm. The price is $80 for New Windsor Residents and $90 for non-New Windsor Residents.
  • The Senior Matinee movie is held every Tuesday at the Marasco Center at 11:30am. The movie for Tuesday October 18th is “Genius.” In 1920s New York, Max Perkins, renowned editor of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, discovers writer Thomas Wolfe, and their creative bond and ensuing friendship leave an indelible mark on both of their lives.
  • The Start Smart Basketball Program for ages 3-5 takes place at Stewart Gym on Wednesday nights from 6-7pm starting October 26th through November 30th is a parent assist program that will teach the basic skills of basketball such as passing, dribbling, and shooting.  This six week program is $75 for New Windsor Residents and $85 for non-residents.
  • Sign-ups for our winter programs has begun. The Jeff McCormick Coed Winter Basketball Program for ages 6-17 years old players and which takes place weeknights Monday-Thursday’s from 6-8pm (one set day a week day) at Stewart Gym. The price for the nine week program is $50 for New Windsor Residents and $60 for non-residents.
  • The New Windsor Indoor Coed Soccer Academy takes place at Stewart Gym on Friday nights or Saturday’s depending on the age bracket is for ages 4-14 and is $50 for New Windsor Residents and $60 for non-residents. This is a nine week program.
  • The Winter Start Smart Soccer Program for players ages 3-4 is a parent assist program that will meet on Saturday mornings from 9-10am from January 7th-February 11th at Stewart Gym. This six week program is $75 for New Windsor Residents and $85 for non-residents.

For more information on the programs above or for all of the Fall Town of New Windsor Recreation programs visit our website at www.nwrecisfun.com or call 565-7750.

Local Fire Departments March in Annual Parade

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Many local fire departments took part in the 2016 Orange County Volunteer Firemen’s Association parade on Sept. 24 in Monroe. The Vails Gate Fire Department, seen here, was represented at the parade. The Vails Gate Fire Department won best overall.

For more photos and coverage see the Friday, Sept. 30 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

Primary Day Around The Corner on Sept. 13

Primary elections will be held on Sept. 13. For those outside of the county that day, absentee ballots can be obtained by calling the Board of Elections at 845-360-6500, visiting their website (orangecountygov.com/elections), or in person at their office at 75 Webster Ave. in Goshen between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The board’s office will be open for extended absentee balloting on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Here’s what to expect on the ballot:

State Senate challenger Christopher Eachus is solo on the Working Families Party line in Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, New Windsor, City of Newburgh, and the Town of Newburgh, among other locations. Eachus is taking on incumbent Republican state Sen. William Larkin in the general election in November. There will be a write-in space for the Women’s Equality Party for the state senator seat in the same locations.

Robert Freehill and Steven Brockett will be on the ballot for county judge on the Green Party ticket in Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Hamptonburgh, New Windsor, both the city and town of Newburgh, and elsewhere.

Blooming Grove:

Philip Canterino and James O’Donnell will be on the ballot for the Conservative, Independence (District 2), and Republican (District 2) line for an Orange County Legislator seat.

Cornwall:

Michael O’Connor and Lynn A. Beesecker will vie for the Conservative and Independence lines for town justice.

City of Newburgh: Dorcas Brown, Joseph Fogarty, Yvonne Garriques, and Jason Alfred will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s First Ward, District One. Voters can pick two candidates.

Hilary Rayford, Roxie Royal, Daniella Jones, and Benilda Armstead-Jones will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s First Ward, District Two. Voters can pick two candidates.

Charline Boyle, Mark Carnes, and Zina Woody will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s First Ward, District Three. Voters can pick two candidates.

Jerry Maldonado, Luis Fonseca, and Gay Lee will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s First Ward, District Four. Voters can pick two candidates.

Nancy Colas, Kevindaryan Lujan, Ramona Monteverde, and Nadene Speer will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee in the city’s Second Ward, District Two. Voters can pick two candidates.

Lillian Burgarelli, Jason Muller, Jonathan Jacobson, and William Hernandez will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee in the city’s Third Ward, District One. Voters can pick two candidates.

Judith Kennedy, Mary Phillips, Mary Keller, and William Keller will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Third Ward, District Two. Voters can pick two candidates.

Owen Fraser, Deborah Danzy, and Tamle Hollins will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Third Ward, District Three. Voters can pick two candidates.

Regina Angelo, Lori Angelo, Robert Sklarz, and Roberto Orduna will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Third Ward, District Four. Voters can pick two candidates.

Karen McCarthy, Mary Korchinsky, Jeffrey Gardiner will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Fourth Ward, District One. Voters can pick two candidates.

Patricia Sofokles, Candace Nicholas, and Lisa Dally will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Fourth Ward, District Two. Voters can pick two candidates.

Cindy Holmes, Anissa Williams, Gabrielle Hill, and Yvondra Sims-Bruce will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee in the city’s Fourth Ward, District Four. Voters can pick two candidates.

Little Known About Shooting of New Windsor Teen

By Mark Gerlach

Questions still surround the shooting of 18-year-old Keyshan Gayle of New Windsor more than a week after his death.

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Keyshan Gayle. (photo provided)

Police have released few details about the incident, which occurred on Aug. 30. Gayle suffered a single gunshot wound to the back in the City of Newburgh near Fullerton Avenue and Third Street. Officers received a “shot fired” call at about 11:15 p.m. Gayle, who was found laying on the ground when police arrived, was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s emergency room in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the City of Newburgh Police Department at 845-561-3131. 

State police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are helping city police with their investigation, a bulletin from the City of Newburgh Police Department said.

Gayle, born in 1998, graduated Newburgh Free Academy in June. “Keyshan’s vibrant sense of humor and his infectious smile made him the kind of person whose friendship everyone coveted,” his obituary said. “He had a naturally-respectful disposition that won over everyone he knew, and he often went out of his way to make others feel welcome and loved.”

To read the full article see the Friday, Sept. 9 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

Lake Road Bridge to Be Replaced

By Mark Gerlach

The Lake Road Bridge over Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line in the Beaver Dam Lake section of New Windsor is slated to be replaced. Work is scheduled to begin in spring 2019.

There’s been a temporary, pre-fabricated, replacement bridge in that location since about the late ’80s. It now needs to be replaced, professionals say.

Work is expected to wrap up in one construction season, according to an informational meeting about the project during New Windsor’s monthly town board meeting on Sept. 7. Representatives from design firm Clark Patterson Lee, including Principal Matthew Smullen, gave a presentation at the meeting.

The current bridge is not dangerous, and is inspected every two years by the state Department of Transportation, according to Smullen. The safety concerns involve the vertical alignment and the width of the bridge.

The new bridge will include safety improvements, better vertical alignment where the bridges blends into the roadway,  and the shoulders will be about two feet wider on either side (from 1-foot to 3-foot shoulders), among other enhancements. The road lanes are approximately 10-feet wide, and will remain about the same size.

To read the full article see the Friday, Sept. 9 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

Spectators Cram Into Stewart to Watch Marvels in the Sky

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About 40,000 people packed into Stewart International Airport for the New York Air Show on Sept. 3 and 4. (photo by Bob Root)

By Eugenia Moskowitz

The New York Air Show came to Stewart International Airport for the second year in a row on Sept. 3 and 4, and area residents in parts of New Windsor and Washingtonville under the aerobatic flight box could see practice flyovers and parts of the weekend show from their very own back decks. Crowds lined Route 17K for free viewing, while just under 40,000 people in total came to the show over the weekend.

This year, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headlined the show, and screamed over the treetops and across the sky. Their general popularity was the reason for the expected increase in spectators, Cathy Bassett, an air show spokesperson, said.

TheC-17 Globemaster II, routinely seen above New Windsor transporting heavy cargo to and from Stewart Airport by the 105th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard, brought in tanks for the air show’s static display.

The West Point Parachute Team dropped the flag in during the National Anthem, and as part of the helicopter demonstrations, the U.S. Coast Guard gave a water-rescue demonstration.

To read the full article see the Friday, Sept. 9 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post. 

New Windsor Resident, 18, Dies in Shooting

By Mark Gerlach

A New Windsor teen, and recent Newburgh Free Academy graduate, died from a gunshot wound on Aug. 30.

Keyshan Gayle, 18, suffered a single gunshot wound to the back, police said.

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“Keyshan was a great person,” Nicolette Scaglione, Keyshan’s girlfriend said. “His smile was the best thing anybody could look at. He was a happy soul.”

Keyshan and Scaglione were together for about eight months, she said. “I loved him with every piece of me,” Scaglione, 16, of New Windsor said. “Those were the best eight months I could have experienced with such a beautiful person.”

The City of Newburgh Police Department received a “shots fired” call at about 11:15 p.m. in the area of Fullerton Avenue and Third Street. Police found Gayle lying on the ground when they arrived. Gayle was taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital on Dubois Street in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Little information about the incident had been released as of press time Thursday.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the City of Newburgh Police Department at 845-561-3131.

The City of Newburgh Police Department, as well as state police, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting.

“He loved his friends,” Scaglione said. “He loved being with his friends and family and being surrounded by good, positive energy. His smile was so bright; he could have lit up a room with it.”

To read the full article see the Friday, Sept. 2 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post.