NEWBURGH - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his endorsement of Newburgh City Councilman Curlie Dillard for the Orange County Legislature at an event over the weekend.
Governor Cuomo stated, "I proudly endorse Curlie Dillard for the Orange County Legislature. Councilman Dillard brought common sense leadership to the City of Newburgh and helped turn the City around. Now we need him to do the same thing for Orange County. Curlie is a proven leader and will help move Orange County forward."
As a Council Member on Newburgh’s City Council, Dillard helped restore fiscal stability to the City of Newburgh after years of unsustainable tax increases. He also led the successful Gun Buy-Back program resulting in over 340 guns being turned in throughout the County. He has served on the board of the Newburgh Housing Authority and as Commissioner of the Orange County Human Rights Commission.
As a County Legislator, he will fight to ensure that a greater share of the County’s sales tax revenue gets directed to the Town and City of Newburgh. He will also work to ensure that all County taxpayer dollars are put to good use. He opposes the construction of a new government center, which would cost County taxpayers more than $30 million compared to renovating the existing facilities. He also plans to spearhead an effort to turn Stewart Airport into a job creating hub for all of Orange County.
Council Member Dillard has served on the Newburgh City Council and is running for the 4th County Legislative District representing sections of both the City and Town of Newburgh. He is the endorsed candidate of both the Democratic and Working Families parties.