City of Newburgh

City Of Newburgh Sues Over PFOS Water Contamination

Aug 7, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Newburgh officials are suing a number of parties concerning PFOS contamination found in the city’s water supply — Washington Lake –  more than two years ago. The city wants to be reimbursed for costs associated with the contamination, and it wants the contamination cleaned up.

NYS Sues Manufacturers Over PFOS/PFOA Contamination

Jun 21, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State is suing six manufacturers of hazardous firefighting foam that contained the dangerous chemicals PFOA and/or PFOS. The lawsuit alleges that the foams used at military and civilian airports caused widespread contamination, including in drinking water, as in the case of Newburgh.

Newburgh Reconstitutes Two Commissions

Jun 12, 2018
Courtesy of the World Monuments Fund

The City of Newburgh is looking for members to serve on two reformulated commissions.

Courtesy of #NewburghStrong

United Way is continuing its supply drive for Newburgh residents following last week’s tornado. Tonight, a local taproom is donating all of its proceeds to United Way to help the city get back on its feet.

Courtesy of Torrance Harvey Enterprises

The recent death of Newburgh’s Judy Kennedy left her mayoral seat to go one of two ways. Either it could remain open until a special election in November or city council members could appoint an interim mayor, which they did. They unanimously appointed councilmember Torrance Harvey. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne caught up with Harvey at Republican New York state Senator Bill Larkin’s retirement announcement last week in Newburgh.

Newburgh Community Honors Mayor Judy Kennedy

Apr 20, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hundreds of people attended a transition service Thursday for Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy. She died Sunday at age 73 after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. It was a service the mayor herself planned, and there were speeches, songs and poems.

City of Newburgh

Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy has died after a battle with cancer. She was 73.

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.

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