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The testing of Washington Lake and Silver Stream near the Stewart Airport Air National Guard base has given the state Department of Environmental Conservation enough proof to declare the area a Superfund site because of PFOS contamination, believed to have originated from the Guard base.

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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.

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Following Friday’s declaration of Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh a state Superfund site, people are wondering what’s next.

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WAMC News has learned that New York state has declared Stewart Air National Guard Base in Orange County a Superfund site. The classification comes some three months after the public learned of PFOS contamination in the main source of drinking water for Newburgh. 

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation’s declaration comes after some three months of investigations. Martin Brand is DEC acting Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Remediation and Materials.

Schumer Visits PFOS-Contaminated Lake In Newburgh

Aug 10, 2016
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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.

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New York’s U.S. Senators and a Hudson Valley Congressman have announced additional funding for the Newburgh Fire Department.

DA Announces Guilty Pleas In A Newburgh Beating Death

Jul 20, 2016

The Orange County District Attorney has announced there have been guilty pleas in connection with the beating death of a man in Newburgh.

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This week the New York State Assembly Committees on Health and Environmental Conservation announced hearings into examine the quality of the state’s drinking water and state government’s responses to contamination issues.

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City officials are glad to know that 120 leaks in its water system have been identified and can be repaired, reducing the amount of water being lost as Newburgh continues to face its contamination crisis.

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Following months of intensifying gun violence in Newburgh, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is calling on the Department of Justice to approve funding for certain technology for the city’s police department.

The industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS have caused trouble for residents of communities like Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Petersburgh, and Bennington. Federal officials have advised residents to stop drinking the contaminated water and state governments are still putting measures in place to deliver clean water to residents.

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A Hudson Valley congressman has called on the Department of Defense to investigate water contamination in Newburgh. This comes as an environmental group wants Stewart Air National Guard base and Stewart International Airport to stop water discharges in areas where a chemical has been found at high levels.

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Saying that since Stewart Airport, specifically the Air National Guard Base, is “the most likely source” of contamination of the City of Newburgh’s water supply, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney called on the Defense Department to investigate the situation.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update its drinking water guidelines for chemical contaminants recently found in some upstate New York water supplies.

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Newburgh was placed under a state of emergency Monday after officials learned the city’s drinking water source was contaminated. In addition, water conservation measures are in effect.

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Former Newburgh City Fire Chief Michael Vatter pled guilty to wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining retirement benefits. His plea came Friday in federal district court in White Plains. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison.

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Our region is marking the Martin Luther King Day holiday today. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh held its 5th Annual MLK Day of Service. Volunteers worked on gutting houses while kids were building birdhouses.

Some 65 volunteers with Habitat Newburgh worked on four houses on South Miller Street, part of the city’s historic district. They braved blustery conditions and a temperature of just 25 degrees. Celeste Bloomer is a house captain who has been volunteering with Habitat for about 16 years.

Opposition to the state plan for the Thruway Authority to be lead agency in the environmental review of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline along the superhighway is mounting as the Newburgh City Council is against it.

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Residents of Newburgh Friday evening gathered at the site of the city’s latest murder, its fourth this year, to call for an end to the violence in the city.

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A national civil rights organization says the economic woes of Newburgh deserve special attention.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes to remove an Orange County site from the Superfund list.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was a keynote speaker at a housing conference today in Orange County. He unveiled plans to extend a homeowner protection program.

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office will additionally fund the Homeowner Protection Program, or HOPP, up to $40 million, given the number of distressed homeowners still in need of the free housing counseling and legal services the program provides.

NYS AG Candidate Discusses Crime In Newburgh

Jul 25, 2014
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The Republican candidate for New York state attorney general stopped in Orange County Thursday. He was in Newburgh to talk with local elected officials about what is needed to cut down on the city’s crime.

Replica Columbus Ships Visit Newburgh

Jul 18, 2014
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Replicas of two famous ships will arrive in the Hudson Valley Thursday morning.  Allison Dunne has more.

Local Officials Say Newburgh Is Ripe For A Casino

Jun 20, 2014
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Two elected officials in Orange County have penned a letter to members of the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board, inviting them to tour an area they say needs a casino.

City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy acknowledged the Catskills’ need for a casino, but says:

“No one needs this more than the city of Newburgh.”

U.S. Senators Seek Transportation Funds For Newburgh

Jun 19, 2014
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New York’s two U.S. senators are pushing for federal funds to develop a long-term plan to upgrade transportation infrastructure in an Orange County locale. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more.

Newburgh Gang Leader Is Sentenced

Nov 27, 2013

Officials say the founder of a gang in Orange County has been sentenced. 

105th Airlift Wing Opens C-17 Training Facility

Nov 14, 2013
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The Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh is now one of 12 locations in the U.S. with a C-17 Simulator Training Facility. 

That’s Lieutenant Colonel Steve Grant speaking from the cockpit of the C-17 Training System. It’s the latest addition to Stewart Air National Guard Base, home of the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard. He says training in such a simulator is important preparation for the strategic airlift mission of the C-17.

Legislator Urges Revision Of A NYS Traffic Law

Sep 25, 2013
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An Orange County legislator is calling for a change in a New York state traffic law. He says the change would help cut down on dangerous driving in his city that is putting residents - especially children - in harm’s way.

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