FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY OF NEWBURGH — As a former City Councilmember, I’ve voted no when needed. I’m proud
of my environmentally conscious and humanitarian driven voting record. The bottom line in regard
to the proposed Danskammer Power Plant is this: There’s no need to continue poisoning us
— our community, our constituents, our neighbors — with fossil fuel emissions. If we have
the options and opportunity to utilize a cleaner and more efficient form of energy, we ought
to. If we care about the future of our city and the next seven generations, the answer to
Danskammer is NO.
I’m proud of my former hometown, Beacon, NY, and Mayor Randy Casale, for making a statement
opposing Danskammer. They joined 7 other Lower Hudson Valley municipalities, including
Yonkers, to pass resolutions opposing the project. Our neighbors believe this would be a step
backward in the marathon against climate change.
I’m over the City of Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey’s lackluster approach to public service.
Quick to pass the buck or kick the proverbial can down the road, he’s quoted, “We are going to
“meet those deadlines” and pursue those things. We are going to reach out to those
“environmental agencies” to make sure our environment is clean and safe “from these
I have a few simple questions that we, the concerned citizens of Newburgh, NY want to be
answered in the name of god government, transparency, and accountability:
1. When are the deadlines and are we on track to meet them?
2. What other environmental agencies have you worked with and where are you in your
efforts to “reach out to them”?
3. As Mayor and City Manager, how has your administration “made sure our environment
is clean and safe from those toxins”, in case the project is approved?
4. What are those toxins?
Mayor Harvey’s refusal to make a decision is a failure to lead. Regardless of a toothless charter
that enables the City Manager to manage the city however they see fit. Our neighbors, friends,
and family deserve public servants willing to lead and listen to the people. We ought to have a
government that works for the people. The citizens of the City of Newburgh, the people, oppose
Danskammer. It's time our City Council acts accordingly.
Contact: Campaign Manager David S. Quill +1 (845) 625-3352
Ali T Muhammad, a Newburgh resident works within the Hudson Valley advocating for community development through civic engagement and volunteering. Muhammad is a lifelong Democrat running for Mayor of Newburgh endorsed by the Orange County Independence Party (Line G). For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.alitmuhammad.com
While a few of our elected officials have had the unique opportunity to educate our youth on important values and help them achieve them, the past 3 decades have demonstrated us that these “Community leaders” do not value our young folk's lives or quality of life. It makes folks like myself question their body of work as “Community leaders”, inside and outside of the classroom, entirely.
In order to bring about change, we must change within ourselves. Our current City Officials continue to carelessly spend taxpayers dollars on technology (Spot Shooter Maintenance) to combat gun violence in a community with generational woes and traumas. This is like putting a band-aid over a 9-inch wound. Without even disinfecting it first...
We’re not healing. We’re not rebuilding wholeheartedly. We’re covering up many issues that are nearest and dearest to our hearts. Continuing to kick them down the road. Our next generations ought to have more. That’s our responsibility now because our youth and their families deserve better today.
February 5, 1928 - September 1st, 2019
"In March of 1965, a young Army major named Bill Larkin found himself in Alabama. His assignment — along with thousands of other soldiers, National Guard members and FBI agents — was to escort a march in support of voting rights from Selma to Montgomery. And just before the marchers stepped off on their 50-plus mile route, Larkin met the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
I’ve had the opportunity to meet Former State Senator a few times in my life. Mainly at the Newburgh Armory. From what I knew and saw, he dedicated himself to his district and was a great example, in Albany, and at home. My love and condolences to the Larkin family. May you Rest In Peace Senator Larkin. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi, we belong to Allah (God) and to Allah, we shall return.
“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” - Reverend Dr. MLK Jr.
Senator Bill Larkin -- The Record Online
Our city is at a crossroads. Public safety is a major concern for the people. This issue has been danced around through the lack of actions by the Harvey Administration. Talked about on social media although his voting record doesn’t reflect any plan. If he wanted crosswalks for example (as an avid biker...), the council would have passed the complete streets legislation in 2015 when he was first elected. Instead as a reactionary measure, Complete Streets was passed this past April. If implemented appropriately by our council, the $200k that Senator Skoufis’s Office secured for Summer help, could have gone to painting those much-needed sharrows (bike lanes). Or sidewalk improvement for instance.
Currently, our municipal government is being led by a Mayor, whose a professional entertainer that acts like a politician. We are being managed by a City Manager who is a politician and political appointment, not a public servant.
It’s a new day in Newburgh, New York. I am a visionary and servant leader, who takes pride in listening to my neighbors. I’m not here to make friends, I’m running to serve my neighbors and make our government work for us. If you have any suggestions on how we can revitalize our neighborhoods, please message here: Suggestion Box.
It’s time we heal our community, together.
“Think outside the box, for the people.”
If you know anything about Newburgh, New York, you know that the folks living here are some of the strongest humans ever. Some of the impactful issues facing our neighbors are high unemployment rates (4.9%), high ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) residents (76%), and a high violent crime rate that is at its lowest in years. As important as it is to lower the tax burden by attracting folks that can help build a tax base, we must invest in our neighbors. Lifelong Newburgh residents are already being displaced and have been since 2015.
We strongly need tax stabilization and a holistic approach to government. All of our neighbors need this support. This past weekend Chloe and I visited Ghent and Hudson New York. We shopped at a local farm store (btw Newburgh is a food desert). The Hawthorne Valley Association (non for profit) has a school and camp (Waldorf) on their campus, a biodynamic farm as well as farmer training, and housing. In all my years of organizing and serving, their concept and practice are the most holistic and socially conscious that I’ve encountered. Partnered with some of the excellent non for profits and local leaders in Newburgh, we could systemically impact our next seven generations for the good if we formed some kind of public-private partnership.
Sometimes it just takes an outside perspective and a willingness to know there are things we do not know, to benefit our community at large. Check out their website (https://hawthornevalley.org/) and contact me if you’re interested in figuring out a way to use some of our lands for the people. #Newburgh #Hawthornevalley #Peace #Unity #BuildOurCommunity
Our campaigns have never been about elections, we’ve always been focused on human connections. Immediate support is needed for our neighbors on Van Ness Street, Lutheran Street, City Terrace, and Carpenter Ave, in Newburgh, New York. Thank you Marcus and John for showing me around today and sharing your perspectives and insights. We’re grateful for the work you’re putting in daily!
Drug addicts, dealers, and ill individuals with no help or support have been pushed to these streets. Needles and crack pipes are what children are forced to walk over and play near every day in this environment. Many landlords on these streets aren’t fixing properties and they have the nerve to demand their money on the 1st of the month, with no exemptions. All while good standing and good natured folks that have lived in Newburgh their entire lives do their best to scrape by.
These are the issues that our neighbors are facing in the City of Newburgh. From their mouths to my ears. Humans need support. Our neighbors need support. The voices that you don’t hear, our neighbors that are unheard need our support now. Not on or after November 5th, 2019. These issues didn’t occur overnight and they won’t be fixed overnight. The only way to properly address these issues is by making real connections and working with the human beings that live right up or down the road from us. The ones that live inside the historic corners and corridors of our great city. From Broadway to South Street, near St. Lukes and Mount St. Mary’s, they are our forgotten brothers and sisters at risk of being displaced tomorrow. They need our support today. #Newburgh #Peace #Unity #InTheFeild
Public-private partnerships are the way to go and our campaign has spoken about them early and often. In addition, zoning is the most powerful tool our municipal government has to ensure that all of our neighbors and stakeholders are improving their quality of life. I’m running for Mayor of Newburgh with a clear plan, vision, and fresh perspective.
“State and local governments, businesses, developers and nonprofits should collaborate, with a clear leader, to find and share public and private funding sources for expensive residential rehab projects.”
Record Online: "Experts: Newburgh nearing renaissance, but issues remain"
#Peace #Unity #ForThePeople #Newburgh
Newburgh Enlarged City School District school board is voting on the termination of Principal Dr. Buon of South Middle School tonight. Listen to her speech and rebuttal of Superintendent Dr. Padilla’s reasoning for her termination and potential transfer. Men lie, women lie, and the numbers that she shares prove that she’s doing more than moving the proverbial needle. She is shifting the culture here in Newburgh, New York! She has the support of the community, parents, students, and teachers.
See video here!
Hopefully, the newly elected school board does the right thing. Conflicts of interest and political expediency only continue to hurt our youth. We need our leaders to stand with our educators making a difference! #StandForSomethingOrFallForAnything #Newburgh #DrBuonMatters
Men lie, women lie, and numbers are manipulated like people. In at least the past decade I’ve never heard of a local Teachers Union, endorsing a Mayoral Candidate. Now, Mayor Torrance Harvey, whose known to embellish the truth and straight out lie to and manipulate his colleagues, is promoting that he’s been endorsed by the Newburgh Teacher’s Association. He has it on his campaign literature. The only issue here is, they haven’t endorsed him!
Attitude reflects leadership and I’m calling for the honest folks living in and around the City of Newburgh to apply pressure. This man should be forced to drop out of the race and resign. God knows how else he is perpetuating a fraud! The media won’t cover this, the local journalist won’t cover this, and some won’t touch it because they think it’s negative. I strongly believe if you have to lie about who supports you and how they support you, you’re willing to lie about anything. And we deserve much more than that.
This is the epitome of our problems here in Newburgh, historically. The dark cloud of corruption and incompetence that has squandered our neighbors for far too long. For the first time in this campaign, I’m personally offended. Mayor Harvey, you cannot dance your way out of this one! Stand for something or fall for anything.
This Spring and Summer, we will actively be cleaning the inner city streets of Newburgh, New York. Yes, we're back at it! Each month we will begin on a different street. We started with Chamber Street, last Saturday, May 4th. The fourth was indeed with us! Our plan is to conduct continuous spot checks throughout the month. We envision that we can improve our environment through our own sweat equity. Together we can be the change that we wish to see in our society. Our next official cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd, from 10 am - 1 pm, starting on the corners of Broadway and Landers Street. Please join us!