Two Cents

The need for Newburgh is not more low-income housing. We need to take care of and maintain the affordable housing stock that we have, get abandoned houses back on the tax rolls no matter how small of a percentage they contribute (every little bit helps!), and clean up our community in order to attract more businesses to the city. These neighborhoods have been neglected for decades because the politicians here have not focused on growth and development. Not only is Newburgh becoming a dumping site for others... our own struggling with homelessness, mental illness, poverty, hunger and joblessness continue to be ignored. Displacement is happening here also.

From my experience on Beacon’s City Council as an elected official, as well as an appointed official for the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights, Newburgh has the people power, the infrastructure and the will to generate the means to truly and positively impact this community. It takes hard work, know-how and a focus on what’s most important: our neighbors, our own, quality of life.

Living in a such a divisive state will not get more people involved, especially if they’re treated as if they don’t deserve or aren’t allowed to be there. Poor folks are tired of being talked down to by people with more means and different educational levels, telling them what they need to survive. The truth is that most Newburgh residents are cost burdened, similar to the majority of people displaced from the city of Beacon, like me. The answer isn’t more low-income housing. It’s job development, it’s economic development, it’s improving upon the services already being provided which are not efficient. The tax base affects how much renters pay, so it is a misconception that renters don’t contribute to the economy or aren't affected by the economic health of a municipality. Again, in the case of the City of Newburgh, attracting more jobs to Broadway and the waterfront will help stabilize the tax base. Getting folks livable wage with transferable skills will help boost the economy, as well as contribute to their quality of life. If people make more, they will be less burdened by their bills and their necessities.

From my experience, we all must contribute, becoming more invested and involved, while applying positive pressure to those in elected and appointed positions. Where is the City of Newburgh on executing these plans? 2019 is quickly approaching: Who has the foresight to lead, manage, and unite our City?

Some numbers that back this up below: 

“Households facing the termination of re‐housing assistance are in a similar situation. In order to obtain a stable housing situation, they need full‐time employment, affordable child care, affordable housing, and transportation. Access to healthcare, life skills training, and additional education and/or training, including GED programs, and English as a Second Language, is valuable, if not necessary, in most situations.” -…/10-2_nburgh_con_plan_pr…

  • Per household $16,000
  • Living in poverty 27%
  • HUD has identified four housing problems, which are (1) overcrowding, (2) lack of complete kitchen, (3) lack of complete plumbing, and (4) cost burden.
  • The largest employment sector in Newburgh is Education and Health Care Services, with Manufacturing as the second largest sector in terms of employment, Retail as third, and Arts, Entertainment and Accommodations/Food Service as fourth.


July 4th

God willing, I will be 86 years of age when our young America turns 300. We have come a long way, yet we have an excessive amount of work to accomplish together. We know these truths to be self-evident. I’m optimistic, resolute, and willing to continue to be the change that I wish to see in our world. I hope you are having a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!

"[W]e look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want--which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants--everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor--anywhere in the world."

--Franklin Roosevelt

The Ugly Truth

As a devout patriot, public servant, former elected and current appointed official, and most importantly an erred human being, I am deeply dismayed by the 5-4 ruling of our SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban. I believe wholeheartedly, with no influence of anyone else and without speaking for anyone else or any agency or officials that I work with, that this ruling only hurts the citizens who call the United States of America home, while continuing to baselessly ostracize our fellow human beings- albeit foreign to our county yet similar in our relation to this universe and planet. The choices our elected and appointed officials have been making for decades has led us to this point, choices politicians have made on both sides of the aisle.

“The United States has always been a nation of immigrants – a beacon for those seeking refuge from war, tyranny, oppression, and instability. We’ve aspired to govern in the spirit of the words so many have read at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty, "give me you're tired, you're poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” And we’ve all been made better for it.” - Keith Ellison

I’ve chosen the ballot over the bullet early on in life because I believe in the empowerment of people. I believe and have always imagined living in a just world, a fair and equal environment. Today at 30 years young, I feel jaded and ready to run away, or worse, fight back in ways that have never seemed to work out positively. Today, now, I still choose the ballot but I am of sound consciousness knowing that until there are real impactful changes within our systematic structures, the same cyclical woes can continue to plague our humanity. I have truly been at a loss for words and fatigued by the false actions that I’ve witnessed over the past few months, years, decades. The lives of our next seven generations depend on what we do today, every day, always. Can we do better and achieve more for one another or are we destined to repeat our innate trait to be selfish in nature and inaction?

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Public House

This week, "Public House" welcomes Ali T. Muhammad, community organizer, Executive Aide with the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights and a former Beacon City Councilman. Ali is making a difference for young people in Beacon and throughout Dutchess County. 


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City of Beacon School Board Vote

Thank you to the signatories for my current bid for 1/3 of the available City of Beacon School Board seats, your unwavering support is what continues to inspire me to serve unconventionally! To All my supporters, May 15th is the next opportunity to directly affect policy decisions for the residents of our unique city – Please save the date (May 15th, 2018). Our youth are worth it.

School Budget Vote and Election FYI

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Polls open at 7:00 A.M. and close at 9:00 P.M.
  • There are two polling locations for the Beacon City School District:
    • Beacon High School - Voters who reside within the boundaries of the City of Beacon: 101 Matteawan Road Beacon, New York, 12508
    • Glenham Elementary - Voters who reside within the boundaries of the Town of Fishkill or the Town of Wappinger: 20 Chase Drive Fishkill, New York 12524

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Let’s Not Sugarcoat This

Let’s not sugarcoat this. Former Sheriff David A. Clarke J.R.’s behavior goes beyond insensitive, “JOE BIDEN: “I’VE BEEN IN A LOT OF LOCKER ROOMS IN MY LIFE.”

Really Joe? Please tell us why and what you were doing hanging around all those locker rooms, Joe? Taking in the sights? Did the soap keep falling out of your hands Joe? Huh? Tell us Joe. #MAGA.”.

The childish dispute between Former Vice President Biden and President Trump only makes sense because of the climate we’re stuck in today, unfortunately it’s expected now. The fact that Sheriff David Clark is coming to Dutchess County to speak in April makes less sense and continues to show the general public (imho), that many of our public servants don’t care what they say or do, or the people surrounding them. How easily we forget that words matter, that our actions speak louder than our words!

Speaking for myself, inviting this man to our Dutchess County as a guest speaker for anything is a careless, thoughtless error. This is not a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.” This is a “it’s always the right time to do what is right” moment. Whoever invited him, please unitive him and book a speaker that doesn’t promote hate and violence.

Ryan Coogler and the Empathy Machine of Story

"As I was writing this article, I was afraid that in explaining my appreciation and admiration of Black Panther, and how it furthers the discussion of the representation of African Americans in cinema, that my opinions may inadvertently and unintentionally come across as exploitative or even encouraging appropriation in some critical way; "whitesplaining" as some would call it. I was hesitant beyond measure, and I wanted to be mindful and to keep a diligent amount of grace and respect for the topics that are heavily involved, not only in discussing the film, but in really experiencing it in the way it was intended to be by the director and artists behind it. I spoke with a close friend of mine and contributor to this site, Ali T. Muhammad, about these tentative and unsure thoughts and his advice was encouraging and simple: he told me he loved me, that he trusted me and that as a person who thinks the way I do I should write my truth and be honest on how the movie made me feel."

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