“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 ♻️ 💚
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”.
To be clear, the voter suppression issues that I have, are with the objector of my 2019 Democratic Nominating petitions, Special Election Mayor, Torrance R. Harvey, and the NYS Election law which allows for objections to be made to candidates for public office nominating petitions. They will not defer our dreams. Kudos to the Board of Elections Commissioners and staff that do not have enough time or the appropriate tools to properly vet the often politically motivated objections. This law is meant to protect Democracy, our election process from fraud. Instead it’s used as a “politricks” by party establishments and in this case, fear of an opponent. Unfortunately, our neighbors who sign, are the ones hurt the most by this law and abuse of it.
As of April 15th, 2019, I was a Democratic candidate for the position of Mayor, for the City of Newburgh. As of April 18th, 2019 (I received confirmation April 19th and mail notification April 22nd), I was taken off of the June 25th, Democratic Primary Ballot. Out of our 341 signatures accepted, 117 objections were sustained by OC BOE, leaving us with 224 signatures. Out of the 117 objections sustained, we believe that 51 of the signers could have been brought back in court. Due to past precedents, Gay Lee vs OC BOE 2018 (residency), and Ali Muhammad vs DC BOE 2017 (printed signatures), and the acknowledgment that they are Democrats who printed, or they are an unidentifiable person or address, which all could be rectified with the collection of signed and notarized affidavits.
Mayor Harvey has used a tool of our oppressors to hold our campaign down. And still, we rise! We have recourse, although we were limited on time and are low on resources, our team has decided to accept the Orange County Board of Elections rulings and continue to campaign for our Mayoral election this fall! There will be a face-off between myself and Mayor Harvey in November. I have his paperwork if anyone wants to see how and who he knocked off the ballot, your neighbors, his constituents.
I’m genuinely grateful to have this amazing opportunity to be able to run for Mayor and present my vision of a healed Newburgh. To the 341 people that signed my petition, to my friends and neighbors who have helped me behind the scenes, to my family and loved ones who have continuously supported me 100% from the gate, 9 years and counting, this has been a year of many firsts (already)! This was the first time I turned down a signature because the woman was going to reluctantly sign (politicians only come around when they need something) but I wanted her to know that I’m a public servant, it’s less about her signature and more about building a relationship with my neighbors and that I would be back. This was the first time a blind woman signed my petition, I will never forget the visual of her brown shaking hand, signing away, as I did my best to hold the clipboard and move as she did. It was a humbling experience and an inspiring lesson. I’m thankful that Bridget Hayes was true to her word and was there to witness this moment with me as we hustled together to get enough signatures for the Democratic and Independence lines. This is the first time that I’ve realized that I do not need to validate my name in court and waste precious and limited time and resources to the Justice System and Democratic Primary. As an independent Democrat running for Mayor of Newburgh, I believe in an open and inclusive government, and encourage any and all residents to reach out to me directly and see how we can work together on healing our great city! It’s time. https://www.alitmuhammad.com/meet_and_speak_with_mayoral_candidate_ali_t_muhammad_3