The 13th Amendment, A Pivotal Step in the Long Walk To Freedom

Summer is officially over. The children have returned to school. And work is in full swing.

I hope that you are well and enjoying the briskness of fall.

Just to let you know what I’m up to, in recognition of Constitution Day, I will be lecturing at SUNY Orange on Thursday, September 26th, 7 p.m., at the Middletown Campus. The theme is “The 13th Amendment, A Pivotal Step in the Long Walk To Freedom”.

All my best,

Tiombe Tallie


RSVP for Friday’s Breakfast Meeting


BAC Meeting AgendaChris Knasiak, 845.476.0103 or

WIN (Working in Newburgh) Business Advisory Council Discussion
September 27, 2013
 7:30AM to 9:00AM
Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 321 South William Street, Newburgh, NY

Join Workforce Development Institute, local businesses, vocational trainers and Newburgh officials to discuss employment needs, training requirements and future expansion. Learn how WIN (Working in Newburgh) matches job seekers with training programs and employment opportunities. The agenda for Friday’s meeting is attached.

Hope to see you there!

Chris Knasiak

WIN Program Coordinator
Workforce Development Institute

Historical Society presenting Retrospective on “Battle of Newburgh”


The event will recall the 1960′ conflict over a plan to curb welfare costs to help meet the  city’s financial struggles.  The decision sparked a national debate that became known as the “Battle of Newburgh.” See attached pdf for full information.

The issue attracted the attention of prominent figures and organizations such as
Arizona Senator and Presidential Candidate Barry Goldwater, the NAACP and New York State Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.

The “Battle of Newburgh” was also turned into an NBC White Paper Report of the same name.

October 6th, 1 – 3:30 om at Aquinas Hall, Mt. St. Mary College.

Battle of Newbugh

Workforce Development Institute (WDI)


Join Workforce Development Institute (WDI) at the initial Business Advisory Council meeting on Friday, September 27 from 7:30 AM – 9 AM at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 321 South William Street, Newburgh. Breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to or call 845.476.0103.

Your input is important. As employers, training partners, community leaders and government officials, you know what is needed to make Newburgh’s economy successful. The Business Advisory Council will meet quarterly to discuss collective needs and workforce trends in employment and training as Newburgh’s local economy grows.

Workforce Development Institute (WDI) has been working with the City of Newburgh, area employers and key vocational service providers to createWorking in Newburgh (WIN). WIN specifically focuses on matchmaking between qualified local job seekers and employers with job openings.

WIN is not intended to duplicate services offered by other agencies or non-profits, but rather to focus on understanding the needs, trends and barriers that employers experience in hiring local residents. One way the WIN program addresses those needs is by pre-screening/matching local residents, many of them recent HSE (high school equivalency) or vocational training program graduates, with work opportunities. In some cases, an employer may need a pre-employment training program that does not currently exist; we want to identify those gaps and work with local providers to develop new training programs, making sure local residents have the skills they need to successfully compete in the today’s job market.