Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus

A Hudson Valley county plans to sue over a proposal to allow a fast-growing Hasidic Jewish village to annex 164 acres of adjacent land.

Orange County, CSEA Reach Tentative Agreement

May 5, 2015
Courtesy of CSEA, Orange County, NY

A Hudson Valley county and union have reached a tentative agreement after four years without a contract.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and CSEA President Sabina Shapiro Monday announced that a tentative contract agreement has been reached between the county and the Civil Services Employees Association. The previous CSEA contract expired in 2011. CSEA is Orange County’s largest employee union representing about 1,550 county and college employees. The terms of the tentative contract include a 1.75% wage increase this year; 1.5% in 2016 and in 2017; and 1.25 % in 2018.

Forum On KJ Annexation Proposal Draws Large Crowd

Apr 17, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Orange County executive held a public forum last night as part of the county’s parallel review of the controversial annexation proposal from the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel. The forum drew several hundred residents and elected officials.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Following three carbon monoxide deaths in Newburgh in March, county and city officials recently gathered to talk about preventing such a tragedy from happening again. They visited some of the city’s residences to encourage the use of carbon monoxide detectors.

Lander Street in the City of Newburgh is where officials say three residents died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a building with a clogged chimney and no detectors. Michael Vatter is Newburgh Fire Chief.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A lawsuit brought by three Orange County residents against the county executive and a county legislator seeks to halt the demolition of an architecturally significant building. That building, the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, has been the subject of debate for more than three years.

Goshen attorney Michael Sussman represents the plaintiffs. He says the suit seeks injunctive relief to halt the demolition. Sussman also alleges it’s a waste of taxpayer money.

A public comment session on the Hudson Valley Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel’s controversial annexation proposal was held Tuesday evening — despite calls from some elected officials and area residents to postpone the session because of inclement weather. A village spokesman is defending the decision to press forward.

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There are two public hearings Monday in Orange County, and the county executive is providing additional public comment time because he expects a lot of interest.

Orange County Sends Trees For Troops

Dec 4, 2014
Tech Sgt. Michael O'Halloran, 105th Airlift Wing, NY Air National Guard

There is a “Trees for Troops” donation drive Thursday in Orange County.

Moody's Downgrades County's Bond Rating, Again

Aug 27, 2014

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Orange County’s bond rating for the second time in six months.

Moody’s Investors Service Tuesday downgraded Orange County’s bond rating from Aa2 to Aa3 and assigned the county a negative financial outlook. This is the second time Moody’s has downgraded the county’s bond rating this year. In March, Moody’s lowered the county’s rating two notches. Republican Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, who took office in January, had expected the downgrade this week after a recent meeting with Moody’s officials.

A few companies angling to be part of the forthcoming medical marijuana business in New York are expressing interest in Orange County.