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A Movie Starring Brendan Fraser Is Filming In Newburgh

Mar 18, 2021
Actor Brendan Fraser
Courtesy of Andriy Makukha (Amakuha)

A movie starring Brendan Fraser is filming in Newburgh.

Broadway location where Rhinebeck Bank will open in Newburgh
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A brick and mortar bank will open in Newburgh. The city hasn’t had a full-operation bank in a few years, a hole that Rhinebeck Bank will soon fill. Local lawmakers say the void has been noticeable, and welcome the new branch as an integral part of revitalization.

Newburgh Hires New Fire Chief

Feb 16, 2021
City of Newburgh Fire Department
WAMC, Allison Dunne

There’s a new fire chief for the City of Newburgh, New York.

City of Newburgh, NY seal
Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

The City of Newburgh held a public hearing Monday night to present its draft report on police reform. It’s part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order requiring local police agencies to modernize their strategies and programs based on community input. After listening to public input, councilmembers weighed in with their thoughts.

Newburgh Works On Arts And Culture Study

Aug 24, 2020
Newburgh Illuminated Festival
Courtesy of the Newburgh Arts and Cultural Commission/City of Newburgh

Newburgh, New York has launched its first arts and cultural study. The idea is to use the study to better understand the city’s arts and cultural assets, and to understand the role they play in Newburgh.

Genesis Ramos
Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

In New York, the City of Newburgh has enlisted an equity and diversity consultant.

Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

In New York, the City of Newburgh is seeking proposals from nonprofits to start a program to prevent homelessness stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Environmental and community advocates are calling for the immediate repair of a temporary water filtration system at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh that failed after about a month of use. It was supposed to trap PFOS-contaminated water. The advocates say the system was not equipped to handle the flow in the first place, a concern also shared by New York state officials.

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This morning we focus on Fareground Community to discuss hunger and food insecurity in the Beacon/Newburgh/ Wappingers Falls areas of New York’s Hudson Valley, and how Fareground has been supporting those communities. Kara Dean-Assael is co-founder of Fareground and Karen George is Fareground Board President.

A man who pulled a gun on Newburgh City Police late Friday afternoon was shot and killed by officers.

The Newburgh Illuminated Festival is an event designed to celebrate the diversity and dynamism of the city with a day of music, art, dance, poetry, food, and more. It brings people and families together to shine a light on the City of Newburgh to bring new people to the area, increased tourism, attract new businesses and have a positive effect on our regional perception.

The brainchild of Newburgh mayor Judy Kennedy, the event will be held this year on June 1 on Broadway near Liberty and Grand Streets from noon until 10pm. Four outdoor performance stages will be featured throughout the day along with the annual Colorfest, activities especially for children on the lawn of Washington Headquarters, musical guests at the Wherehouse, a dance and performing arts stage, a fashion show and much more.

To tell us more, we welcome Festival Board Chairman, Paul Ernenwein.

Two Democratic New York state senators are holding a public hearing on code enforcement Thursday in Newburgh.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the Department of Defense will send two officials to Newburgh, New York, this month to hold a town hall meeting with area residents. The officials plan to talk about their efforts to help stem the city’s PFOS water contamination.

New York state Senator James Skoufis was in Newburgh Friday to announce an ongoing statewide investigation into housing conditions and code enforcement outside New York City. Newburgh is one of four municipalities, all in the listening area, at the heart of the investigation.

DoD Says No To Reimbursing Newburgh For PFAS Expenses

Feb 21, 2019

The federal government has told Newburgh that it will not reimburse the city for expenses incurred from PFAS contamination emanating from Stewart Air National Guard base. The interim city manager says the response is unacceptable. Meantime, the area around the base is one of eight communities selected for a government PFAS study.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler Thursday laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS chemicals. PFOA and PFOS have contaminated drinking water in such New York communities as Hoosick Falls and Newburgh. Environmentalists say the plan doesn’t go far enough, and it’s up to states to take the lead.

A project that aims to further higher education, offer workforce development and help revitalize Newburgh is receiving its first influx of private funding.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As the Newburgh city manager prepares to leave his post at the end of the year, he is speaking out against the use of a state-funded granulated activated carbon filtration system. New York had the system built to filter PFOS and other contaminants from Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

Newburgh City Manager Asks Residents To Conserve Water

Sep 20, 2018
Photo of a faucet
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In preparation for a temporary shutdown of the city’s current water source, a Newburgh official is urging that residents and businesses to step up water conservation efforts.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard / WAMC

UPDATE 9/13/18:

The communications office for NCEH/ATSDR tells WAMC "the communities for this project have not been selected at this time."

A spokesman for the New York State Department of Health tells WAMC it has reached out to ATSDR seeking clarification on the communities included in the study and has spoke to the mayor of Hoosick Falls about the issue. 

A spokesman for the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the senator is "still looking into the proposal, but she is supportive of any proposal that can help communities affected by PFOA get more information on health impacts."

The federal government has proposed studying communities affected by PFAS contamination – like many in the Northeast. But residents of one community that is not on the list say the study is too short-sighted.

A new filtration plant for the City of Newburgh awaits testing and operation. New York state paid for the plant it had constructed to filter a class of chemicals that includes PFOS. State officials expect testing to begin soon. But Newburgh’s city manager continues to have concerns.

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.

United Way Thanks Community For Newburgh Donations

Jun 11, 2018
Courtesy of Central Hudson

United Way is thanking the community after receiving nearly $22,000 in donations to help Newburgh following a deadly tornado in May.

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.


An article published in Politico earlier this week revealed federal officials sought to block a report on PFAS chemicals, pollutants found in water sources in some local communities. The story is drawing strong reaction from environmental advocates and political leaders.

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

The New York state Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health have released preliminary results of ongoing studies to assess PFC contamination in fish in both the Newburgh area and the Hoosick Falls region. As a result, they are issuing several fish advisories.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Newburgh Monday to announce he is taking legislative action to ensure the Department of Defense pays for the remediation of PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard Base. Also there was New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, who divulged the results of a PFOS fish study in the area.

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.