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.”
New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney appeared at a community college in Orange County today, calling for a three-pronged approach to the student loan crisis. Interest rates on a type of federal student loan doubled July 1, and Maloney wants to reverse that — for starters.
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.
On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo held the districts up as models for the rest of the state, while promising them $12 million in competitive grants over the next three years.
Rochester is the biggest winner, receiving $4.5 million for identifying $9.5 million in savings. Newburgh and Kenmore-Tonawanda will each get $3.6 million for finding nearly $6 million in savings and Queensbury is being awarded $561,000 for finding $624,000 in savings.
Only 57 miles outside New York City on the Hudson River, the city of Newburgh has fallen from the status of "All American City" awarded by Look Magazine in 1952, to in 1981 being put on a Federal list of most distressed areas in the United States.