City of Newburgh

Newburgh Drug Ring Investigation Yields 16 Arrests

Feb 14, 2018
Courtesy of the office of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a 172-count indictment charging 16 members of a drug trafficking ring operating in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday. Several of those arrested are alleged to be members of a gang that has plagued Newburgh streets.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state officials were in Newburgh Monday night to update city residents and officials on the testing timeline and procedure for a new PFOS carbon filtration system. And while community members had concerns about the state-funded system, they also expressed frustration with PFOS blood testing results and potential health impacts.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and Health Department officials were in Newburgh Monday night to provide an update on the city’s new carbon filtration system to filter PFOS contamination from the city’s drinking water. Many residents voiced concern about switching to the state-funded system. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the date for testing the system has been pushed back.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Newburgh Thursday, calling on city officials to reverse course and provide funding to prevent firefighter layoffs. The city’s budget did not include funding for the 12 positions and Maloney says something needs to get figured out locally.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials say the City of Newburgh should be able to connect its main drinking water source to a new, state-funded carbon filtration system in February. That source is Washington Lake, where PFOS was found in 2016. The city now draws water from the Catskill Aqueduct. State environmental and health officials delivered an update during a Newburgh City Council meeting Monday night.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night. Callers asked about a range of topics, from health care to PFOS contamination in Newburgh to domestic violence. 

Hudson Valley Congressman Maloney, a Democrat, responded to a caller’s concern about the potential repeal of Obamacare.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Local groups and citizens held a rally over the weekend to call on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt PFOS discharges from Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York, which drain into the city’s main drinking water source and the Hudson River. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As officials continue grappling with the PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh, thoughts are turning to the distant future — to creating a watershed model replicable throughout New York.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state officials were in Newburgh this week to update the community on PFOS contamination and the blood testing program. It was the sixth community meeting in the city since PFOS contamination in Newburgh’s main drinking water source was discovered in May 2016.

There is a public meeting Monday night in Newburgh on the PFOS water issue.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Monday marked one year since the City of Newburgh was under a state of emergency due to PFOS drinking water contamination. Elected officials and an environmental group  used the occasion to continue their call on the Department of Defense to stop PFOS discharges from Stewart Air National Guard base.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The second set of PFOS blood test results is being mailed to Newburgh area residents. During a public meeting on PFOS water contamination Monday night, New York State Department of Health officials said envelopes are being stuffed and a meeting date is being planned to discuss the results. Meanwhile, some people voiced concern over the meaning of the results.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Health officials were on hand in Newburgh Wednesday night to discuss the first set of PFOS blood testing results. The blood testing program began in November following news last May of the city’s PFOS drinking water contamination.

2016: A Look Back At Newburgh PFOS Water Contamination

Dec 29, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Four months following news of PFOA water contamination in Hoosick Falls in upstate New York, a Hudson Valley city faced a water crisis of its own. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look back at the PFOS contamination issue in Newburgh that came to light in the early spring.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

City of Newburgh officials held their fourth public meeting Monday night on PFOS water contamination and New York state’s blood testing program. Some audience members voiced concern about the information not getting out to enough people. Officials say they will try other approaches, including through churches. 

The meeting with city, state and federal officials was held in Baptist Temple Church, where Byron Williams is pastor.

Orange County is rolling out free holiday bus service for the greater Newburgh area.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

After learning in May of PFOS drinking water contamination, the New York state Department of Health began a blood testing program this month in Newburgh. And a Hudson Valley congressman is among those who have had their blood drawn. 

New York state health officials have been notifying New Windsor residents of the results of private well testing in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base. The state declared the base a Superfund site in August after identifying it as a source of PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

Officials Detail PFOS Newburgh Blood Testing Program

Oct 26, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

About one month after the New York State Department of Health’s formal announcement of a PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh, state, federal and local officials were on hand during a public meeting Tuesday night to offer more details and answer questions.

Authorities say they've charged a man with fatally shooting a teenager in the City of Newburgh in the late summer.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has introduced two pieces of legislation in response to the PFOS water contamination in Newburgh. The bills come shortly after the state Department of Health announced a PFOS blood-testing program for Newburgh.

Newburgh Receives Funding For Security Cameras

Sep 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the City of Newburgh’s request to redirect funds for security cameras. The approval comes after U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney urged that the funding be repurposed.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The formal announcement of a blood testing program in Newburgh garnered the most attention during a public meeting Monday concerning an update on the PFOS water contamination issue. However, there were a few developments on the environmental side.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A public meeting last night concerning an update on the PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh brought a formal announcement about the launch of a blood testing program for the city. But with it came more questions and concerns.  

Many more seats were filled in the auditorium at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh than at the first such public forum in June. Local, state and federal officials first delivered a recap of what has been done to address PFOS contamination and residents grew impatient, wanting to hear more about a blood testing program.

Newburgh Boxing Club Owner Enters Plea In Heroin Case

Aug 23, 2016

The owner of the Newburgh Boxing Club has pleaded guilty in a heroin distribution conspiracy case.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Newburgh Friday to announce the launch of a pilot program to transform vacant homes into affordable housing. The funding for the program comes from the bank settlements. The program provides subsidies to land banks.

State Attorney General Schneiderman stood in front of a boarded-up house on Lander Street to announce the new “Neighbors for Neighborhoods” pilot program.

Schumer Visits PFOS-Contaminated Lake In Newburgh

Aug 10, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he will introduce legislation that would require the Air Force to identify the source of water contamination in Newburgh and pay to clean it up if a base nearby is responsible.

After the public learned in May of PFOS contamination in Newburgh’s main drinking water supply, there were calls to provide blood testing for residents. Those calls continue. In addition, the state continues to investigate sources of contamination while prepping a new filtration system.

  Being a politician is more than debating on the floor of the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about a new piece of equipment he helped secure for Newburgh. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

During an informational forum Monday in Newburgh about PFOS contamination found in the city’s drinking water supply, federal, state and local officials updated the public on actions being taken. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

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