Think Outside the Box, for the people

“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  


Human connections over elections

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! 

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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. 

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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 

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Public-private partnerships

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


Dr. Buon Matters

 


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


 


Mayor Torrance Harvey lies about anchor institution endorsements

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.


4th consecutive year of Inner City Newburgh Cleanups

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!  

 


"Dress For Success" a BIG hit for the people of Newburgh

“To evolve we must be involved." April's "Last Saturday" was truly moving. Our first Dress for Success (Community Support Initiative) was a true blessing! It was cold, windy, and prolific. As we continue to provide this grassroots-led community service, you're more than welcome to donate clothing or participate by volunteering for our next drive. We will return to the same location on the corner of Liberty Street and Broadway. Humans need support. #NewburghNY #ServeDifferent #OnPurpose #UnityintheCommunity #TheGiveBack ♻️ 💚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mayor Harvey Lacks Vision for 2020 Census

It’s true, our community deserves to have a census office located in the City of Newburgh. Yes, the census bureau needs to hire local folks from our City. We ought to have elected officials that have the foresight to avoid the pitfalls of yesterday. Only 57% of our cities population participated in the census 10 years ago, which provides evidence to the disconnect and disenfranchisement that all of our taxpayers feel here. 

 

Mayor Harvey’s weak leadership and tools of divisiveness have perpetuated these issues. Being that the census occurs every 10 years... I am left with a few questions for our Mayor:

1. Why are we only now drawing attention and noisily trying to get an office here? 

2. Why hasn’t this been on the forefront of our cities agenda over the past 4 years since Mayor Harvey was elected to City Council?                                    

3. What is Mayor Harvey’s plan to implement the procurement of a census office? 

4. What is Mayor Harvey’s plan to ensure appropriate preparation and retention skills are provided for our neighbors to become qualified to be hired? 

 

“Mayor Torrance Harvey, meanwhile, said census takers should be chosen from among the community because people are afraid to provide personal information. "That some way, somehow, that’s going to backfire on that family whether it is because they receive social services, because they are impoverished, whatever,” Harvey said. “There may be people who may have a criminal record. The point is, the people in the black community don’t trust the government.” This coming from the same government official who knocked off his own constituents signatures. 

 

Our neighbors, regardless of their race, sex, religion, political affiliation, or tax bracket, are displeased with our government and lack of efficient services. We long for public servants who understand our issues and act on them accordingly, not for political gains or speculation. “Attitude reflects leadership”. 

http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2019/April/22/Nbrg_census_off-22Apr19.html 


Our Future Deserves Better

Grand jury: Newburgh school staff tampered with grades, altered athletes' attendance records

Anyone a part of the administration, faculty, or staff with knowledge of this scandal or participated in this corruption, needs to resign, immediately. Criminal charges may not have been founded, although the punishment for abusing our students needs to be harsher. The student-athletes who’ve been abandoned early on by their “educators”, people supposed to be teaching them morals & integrity, have lost the most in this scandal. They deserved our support then. And they surely need it now. Trust was broken and they graduated without a path to make it here... so they do whatever they must to get what they need to have. Which leads them further down the school to prison pipeline. AND FOR WHAT? Higher graduation rates & sports accolades? Our children & young folks need our support daily. They need trusts & bonds that are forged through honesty & dedication. Our future deserves better. ”Attitude reflects leadership.” #ServeDifferent #OnPurpose 

 

 


Re-Imagining Criminal and Social Justice

I advocate for Cyntoia Brown's immediate release without parole. A victim of teen sex-trafficking, Cyntoia was dealt an unnecessarily harsh sentence for self-defense from a rapist and kidnapper. What would you have done in her shoes? Her harsh sentencing and release under the condition of parole are symptoms of a broken, victim-blaming system. Not all prisoners belong there, and not all prisoners are a threat to society. I believe we can reimagine the criminal justice system with greater compassion, more humanity, and better justice.

  • RELEASE CYNTOIA BROWN NOW! FULL PARDON AND RESTORATION OF RIGHTS!
  • MAKE SURE SHE HAS THE SUPPORT AND RESOURCES NEEDED TO THRIVE WHEN SHE REENTERS SOCIETY!
  • NO PAROLE, SHE’S NOT A SAFETY RISK - AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU LEAVE INCARCERATED LIFE YOU’RE MORE VERSED IN BREAKING THE LAW, DO BETTER AND CONSTRUCTIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO REIMAGINING OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM!

 

“Brown, 30, will be released to parole supervision on August 7 after serving 15 years in prison, Gov. Bill Haslam's office said in a statement.  'This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case,' Haslam said.”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/07/us/tennessee-cyntoia-brown-granted-clemency/index.html