The following is a statement from Newburgh City Councilman Curlie Dillard, who is running for Orange County Legislator for the 4th Legislative District:
I am seeking your support for my candidacy for Orange County Legislator to succeed the Hon. Harvey J. Burger who is retiring from the 4th Legislative District which includes the east end of the City of Newburgh and a small part of the Town of Newburgh.
We need a strong, effective advocate to fight for Newburgh in the County Legislature. As your Newburgh City Councilman for the past 4 years, I have fought had to make Newburgh a better place. I fought to get the City’s finances under control and the current budget under the 2% state tax cap. I led the successful gun buy-back program which removed 143 guns off the street of Newburgh and 342 guns county-wide, and I am a board member of the Newburgh Land Bank.
I have supported the mid-Broadway redevelopment project which includes a proposed grocery store and ninety-one: one, two, three bedroom apartments with a handful of three bedroom duplexes, which will cater to veterans, working families and individual’s. This project will revitalize and stabilize lower Newburgh and create 30 to 40 permanent jobs.
I advocated for a review of the police department, which resulted in the hiring of the Matrix consulting group. Matrix was tasked with an assessment of the culture, community relations, use of force, training and disciplinary relations practices of the Newburgh police department.
My priorities as county legislator will be as follows:
1. I will fight for the City of Newburgh’s fair share of county sales tax revenue.
2. I will seek additional dollars for infrastructure repair in the City.
3. I will push for increased opportunities for women and minorities in county government positions.
4. I will seek to change the unwritten policy of having the City of Newburgh as the dumping ground for parolees and sex offenders.
5. I will fight to keep Valley View Nursing Home as a county-owned and run facility.
6. I favor renovating the existing county government center to save at least $20 million dollars which can be sent to cities and towns for special projects and youth services.