Candidates Forum at second Annual Meeting

The Newburgh Professional & Business Association will host a Candidates Forum at its second Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The Annual Meeting will be held at 5:30 PM at Don Fernando’s Restaurant, 362 Broadway, Newburgh.

The Candidates Forum will provide an opportunity for local candidates to share their perspectives and also hear from the business community. The following candidates have been invited to participate:

NY State Senator
Senator Bill Larkin
Councilwoman Gay Lee

State Assembly District 104
Assemblyman Frank Skartados
Sakima Green-Brown

City Judge
Hon. Peter Kulkin
Paul Trachte

The October 15th Annual Meeting is open to the public. The admission fee is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information please contact Tiombe Tallie Carter by phone – (917) 363-2184 or by email

The NPBA is a local association whose mission is to promote commerce and tourism in the City of Newburgh by unifying the efforts of local businesses and related organizations through a common voice. Our membership is comprised of local business owners, professionals and concerned citizens from the greater Newburgh area. For more information logon to

Special New Member Drive

Bring a potential new member to our General Meeting. If that new member joins, you will win free admission for the month.

The Special New Member Drive is brought to us By Spencer’s Financial and will run for the months of July, August and September.

Newburgh Community Conversation

Thank you to those of you who could join for this past Sunday’s Community Conversation with City Manager Michael Ciaravino at Mount Saint Mary College. And to those of you who were there in spirit, we look forward to seeing you next time! The event was a huge success, with over 70 community members in attendance.

For a quick recap: -Attached are notes from the Q&A session (please reply to me if I need to issue a correction for something recorded incorrectly).

Next Steps Updates forthcoming on the next Community Conversation, which will take place sometime this fall at another Newburgh-based community institution. We are still confirming a location and financial sponsor to cover food/supply costs (which are minimal/at the discretion of the sponsor).

Please be in touch with recommendations/offers to host or sponsor!

Arianna Koudounas
Programs Manager,
Landscape Architecture Foundation MURP Candidate,
Georgetown University 2015 @AriannaKoudouna


General Meeting August 20th

August 20th  5:30pm  at Don Fernando’s

Speaker: Elyse Goldberg, Executive Director of Washington’s Headquarters

Admission: $10 for Members $20 for NonMembers (Join Today!)

Special New Member Drive brought to us By Spencer’s Financial
For the month of August and September – Bring a potential new member to the General Meeting. If that new member joins, you win free admission for the month!

The City of Newburgh needs your input!!

Why is the City interested?

The City of Newburgh is developing a five-year strategic plan, which will describe how to spend the federal housing and community development funds it will receive during the next five years (2015-2019). This funding must benefit low and moderate income persons.The City needs your input about how these funds will be spent.  The City will be holding focus group and neighborhood meetings during the month of June to obtain citizen input about the community’s needs and priorities and to discuss fair housing issues.

What do we want to know?

• What housing & service programs are working for low/moderate-income residents?
• What is needed to improve housing & service programs for low/moderate-income residents?
• What segments of the populations are most in need of assistance?
• What projects would make a real difference for our community?
• What are the fair housing concerns across the City?

How to Get Involved

The City will conduct a Public Meeting to gather public input on housing, community services, homelessness, fair housing situation and other community needs. During this meetings residents will have the opportunity to discuss the City’s current needs, action items and priorities.

WHEN:    June 11, 2014 – 6 PM

WHERE:  401 Washington Street  Activity Center

The City Council will discuss the Consolidated Plan, the Annual Action Plan and the AI at two publicized City Council meetings.  The public is encouraged to attend these Hearings and to comment upon the documents in the formulation stage and as they are adopted.  These meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers in City Hall (83 Broadway) on:
July 14, 2014 – 7:00 PM   —  Program Development
TBD  Fall 2014 – 7:00 PM – Program Approval


The City is conducting a Citizen Survey through the use of a Web-based program available to all residents of the City.  This survey asks residents to tell how they feel about programs relating to housing, community services, economic development, homelessness, and fair housing.

The survey may be completed from a home computer or by using a computer at the public library, a church, or a community center.  The survey is direct and takes only about five minutes to complete.  Newburgh residents are urged to go to to complete the survey.  Copies of the survey will also be available at the neighborhood meetings and those responses will be entered into the database.  The survey will be available in English and Spanish.

For more information about this process, or to make disability accommodations, please contact Ms. Courtney Kain, Director, Community Development at
845/569-9400 or Send us an email!

Let’s Celebrate Wednesday, June 18th!

June marks our one year anniversary of membership and it’s a cause for celebration.

Join us on June 18th, for a special evening at Goldsmith Denniston House, 227 Montgomery Street.

Come out and meet our new City Manager, Mr. Michael Ciaravino. Enjoy a lovely historic gem owned by fellow NPBA members – Nancy & Chuck Thomas. Bring a new member and enter a raffle for special prizes!

See you there – Wednesday, June 18th, 5:30PM

Admission is Free and Current & New Members are Welcome