NEWBURGH - City of Newburgh resident Karen Mejia recently launched her campaign for city council. In a statement to those in Newburgh’s Historic East End (Ward 1), Mejia stated:
It’s time to put Newburgh on the right track. It’s time for change. That’s why I’m running to represent Newburgh’s Historic East End (Ward 1) on the City Council.
Newburgh’s East End is and should be the crown jewel of this city. Its potential is evident in the beauty of its historic buildings and breathtaking waterfront. It’s in the commitment of its colleges, hospital, churches and small businesses to improving the lives of Newburgh residents. And it’s in the passion and resilience of its hardworking residents who never, ever gave up on the potential of this great city. These are the city’s most important and vibrant assets. They must be honored and nurtured if we are to move this city forward.
Unfortunately, decades of urban renewal, mismanagement and neglect have taken its toll on this part of the city, leaving behind crumbling buildings, sidewalks and streets.
We can and must do better. Our children and families deserve it.
I am committed to making Ward One Number One in Quality of Life for all of our residents. That means we need community policing to make our streets safer. We need to repave our streets, sidewalks and crumbling infrastructure. We need to reclaim our vacant buildings and hold slumlords accountable. And we need an economic development strategy that promotes innovation, tourism, and mixed use, mixed income development along the waterfront in order to create better housing and job opportunities for all of our residents.
But I can’t do it alone. I need your support. You can help us turn the page and write a new chapter in Newburgh’s history by joining our campaign for change.