Celebrating Human Rights

Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document drafted by representatives from all around the world, which …

Desperate choices in the city

After much deliberation and reworking, the Newburgh City Council approved a 2020 budget that amounted to a 0.25 percent increase in taxes for homestead property taxpayers last week, along with a five …

Dear Senator Skoufis

Q: “Having children has become a privilege of the wealthy. Our childcare costs are our biggest expense after our mortgage (the cost for preschool, before & after school care are essentially …

Small Business Saturday: the movement is growing

Most of us have done it. It only takes a few clicks at the Amazon site and a package arrives at our doorstep virtually hours later. Need something delivered on a Sunday? No problem. The U.S. Postal …

Don’t be prey to a utility scam

A Central Hudson press release issued Monday reminds us that we are in the middle of Utility Scam Awareness Week. It always comes around the middle of November, at a time when the weather first …

LeBron off base

I have the utmost respect for LeBron James, possibly the greatest basketball player ever. I respect him, not for his sport skills, but for his charitable commitments, notably a school in his hometown …

Time to regroup?

Much has been said recently about the tax breaks being granted to the many new large companies locating here in the Mid-Hudson region. Both Senator Skoufis and others have weighed in on the subject, …

November 16, 1989 – our day of infamy

We remember the day as being unseasonably mild for November, almost balmy. Then came the thick black clouds, the heavy rains and then the wind. Some 125 students were having lunch in the cafeteria …

Honor our Veterans, in word and in deed

On Monday, we pay our annual tribute to all of those who served in the military with a host of services throughout the region, and many special activities. Many organizations and businesses have …

Having a Happy Halloween

Halloween can be a fun time for children. Costumes of superheroes and Disney characters and candy can foster lifelong memories of our times of innocence. At least that’s how it’s …

Medicare for all: Good or bad?

Question: When is a tax not a tax? Answer: When it is a FICA. Look at your pay stub. You’ll see withholding to pay your federal tax. You’ll see withholding to pay your state tax. And in …

Kelly Allegra

I have had the opportunity to know Kelly Allegra, candidate for Town Clerk of New Windsor roughly four years. Kelly is a leader not only in her hometown with her role in the local PTO and her …

Water District purchase

Recently the residents of the Town of Newburgh received a brochure about a public hearing in regards to the different charges for the various water and sewage districts. What has not been stated that …