NEWBURGH – City finances in Newburgh are a lot better now than they were just a few years ago and Mayor Judy Kennedy credits that with continued belt tightening and holding the line on spending.
To keep it on track, the city has a spending freeze in place, not laying out anything more than they have to.
“Capital projects will continue,” Kennedy said. “Other things will continue that have already started, but we are going to put in a spending freeze to make sure that we stay on target because we really have a commitment our taxpayers not to raise taxes.”
NEWBURGH – Unity was the message at a vigil and march for Trayvon Martin in Newburgh Monday night. Fifty people, residents and members of Community Voices Heard and the NAACP, gathered to protest George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder of the Florida teenager.
“From this day forward,” community activist Beatrice Harris said, “we have to stand together as ‘the people’.”
NEWBURGH – Amid controversy that he was involved with a prostitute, Newburgh City Manager Richard Herbek resigned abruptly on Thursday.
Hours later, the city council named Police Chief Michael Ferrera as acting city manager.
“I’m the police chief and the police chief is my heart, but of course, I am here, I have covered as city manager quite a few times in the past and of course I will be here until I find a city manager, and hopefully it will be soon,” Ferrera said.
Mayor Judy Kennedy suggested an investigation into the Herbek situation may continue.
NEWBURGH – Lower Broadway in the City of Newburgh is slated for a full-fledged supermarket, Mayor Judy Kennedy said.
The facility, to be constructed in a city-owned vacant lot adjacent to the DMV office, would house apartments on the second floor, the mayor said. She could not divulge the name of the supermarket at this time.
“It’s a way in which we can bring in a little vitality to the lower part of Broadway,” Kennedy said.
At present city residents must shop at supermarkets in the neighboring towns of Newburgh and New Windsor.