Announcements Feb. 13-19

February 16, 2016 Updated: February 16, 2016

Election Inspectors Needed for Upcoming 2016 Election

The Orange County Board of Elections is seeking enrolled Republicans and Democrats to seve as election inspectors for the upcoming elections in 2016.
The upcoming Elections are:
Presidential Primary 04/19/16
Federal Primary 06/28/16
State and Local Primary 09/13/16
Presidential General Election 11/08/16
If interested call the Board of Elections at 845-360-6515 or 845-360-6516

Free Tax Preparation Assistance
The Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition and AARP Tax Aide Foundation offer free tax preparation assistance for low to moderate income individuals, families, and seniors. Certified volunteer tax preparers assist filers and ensure those who may be eligible for tax credits and refunds receive these valuable credits. There are many sites throughout the Hudson Valley including libraries, community centers and churches offering this free service. There are no age restrictions, and AARP membership is not required. To schedule an appointment call 211 or 1-800-899-1479.

IRS Telephone Scam
An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. Often times, the scammers leave urgent callback requests on answering machines. The calls always come from U.S. area codes, often times from the Washington D.C. area. However, the calls likely come from overseas and the phone number is changed using spoofing.

The IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Indian Point Alarm Testing

The Indian Point Energy Center siren system will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 throughout the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) around Indian Point, including the sirens in Orange County. During this full-system activation test, sirens will sound simultaneously for four minutes. The sirens will sound at full-volume for the entire duration of the test. No action on the part of the public is necessary or required for this drill. If the sirens were sounded during an actual emergency, residents would listen to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information and instructions about any action to be taken. Sounding the sirens is a signal for residents to listen to EAS broadcasts for important information. It is NOT a signal to evacuate.  

Part Time Recreation Specialist Position Open
Port Jervis Recreations has a part time position working in the Recreation Room at the Youth Center open. Job description, applicant requirements, and applications can be picked up at the Youth Center or the City Clerk’s office. Call the Recreation office at 845-858-4016 for more information. You can also email the department at Deadline to apply is February 12. 

Orange County Fuel Fund
The Orange County Fuel Fund is an initiative designed to connect energy related services with low to moderate income residents of Orange County. It provides resources for financial assistance and education on ways to increase energy savings. Find the OCFF online at or call 845-457-4774 ext. 3112.

Tax Preparation Help for Seniors in Port Jervis
Low income seniors interested in having their taxes done call 845-858-4054 to set up an appointment.
Additionally, St. Peters Lutheran Church is running a free tax program for low income people and seniors on the following dates: Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27, March 12, 19, and April 2 and 9 from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Anyone interested in making an appointment can do so by dialing 211 and hitting the prompt for tax appointment.

Middletown State of the City Address
Mayor DeStefano will present his State of the City Address to the Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers, second floor at City Hall, 16 James Street.
The address will be live on Channel 20 with the regular Council Meeting proceeding the address.

Middletown 2016 Spring Break Program
The Middletown Recreation & Parks Department is accepting applications for its Spring Break Program. From March 21–March 25 there will be a daily program at the Middletown High School from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Children must be between 6 and 13 years of age to participate. Activities will include, but are not be limited to, swimming, basketball, floor hockey, soccer, cheerleading, and arts and crafts. The cost is $90 for the week, per child for Middletown residents, and $110 for non-Middletown residents. Call 845-346-4180 for more information.

Night Parking on Streets of Middletown
The parking of vehicles is prohibited on all highways and streets within the City between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from the 15th day of November until and including the 15th day of April of each year, except on the westerly side of Rivervale Road.

Mount Hope-Otisville Joint Public Hearing on Land Annexation
A Joint Resolution to initiate the annexation of territory by the Village of Otisville presently within the boundaries of the Town of Mount Hope has been proposed by both municipalities. For more information, visit the website at
The Village of Otisville Board of trustees and the Town of Mount Hope Board will hold a joint Public Hearing on the joint resolution to initiate the annexation on Tuesday, Feb. 16 starting at 6:00 p.m., at the Town Hall 1706 Route 211W, Otisville, NY 10963.

Middletown Fourth Ward Quarterly Meetings
Alderwomen Sommers and Alderman Jean-Francois will hold quarterly 4th Ward Special Meetings in place of the Monday Meetings each month at City Hall at 16 James Street at 10:00 a.m., in the Council Chambers on the second floor.
The quarterly meeting dates will be: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. All Constituents from the fourth ward are welcome to come to discuss any issues. 

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