Orange County News Roundup, July 27

By Yvonne Marcotte, Epoch Times
July 27, 2016 Updated: July 28, 2016

Middletown Can Now Develop Former Federal Building as Courthouse

The City of Middletown has received approval to develop the former federal courthouse on South Street for its city courts, reported the Mid-Hudson News. An old oil tank was thought to still be buried under the building, but that issue has been cleared up, said Mayor Joseph DeStefano. “The tank had already been removed,” DeStefano told the online news service. “It’s just that it was removed so many years ago before regulations apparently, but the paperwork filed with the state indicated there was a tank there so we had to prove that it wasn’t there and if it wasn’t there, that the soil wasn’t contaminated. The independent engineer did that and now we are ready to move.” Middletown secured a $2.7 million grant in 2015 to buy and remodel the building to suit the city court’s requirements.

Elevated Lead Found in Goshen Central School District’s Water

In a letter dated June 27, Goshen Central School District Superintendent Daniel T. Connor told parents that a “very small amount” of the locations the district tested for lead in school water contained levels higher than allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He stressed none of them were drinking fountains. Remediation efforts include removing faucets where high levels of lead were found, putting warning signs in English and Spanish next to water sources where the lead source could not be immediately replaced, and flushing the water prior to it being used. In his letter, Connor said he believed there was no threat to the students or staff, but the district would continue to monitor the water quality with ongoing testing. He promised to update parents with any new information and invited them to contact the district with questions and concerns.

SUNY Orange To Offer Degree in Public Health

SUNY Orange now offers a two-year Associate degree in a public health degree program that will be partly available through the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium. Graduates will be trained to work in local health departments, hospitals, wellness programs, and international development agencies. The Associate in Science degree will allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree in a related field. “This new Public Health degree is a natural extension of our healthcare expertise that will serve a wide cross section of our students now and into the future,” said SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young.

Bonacic Announces Support for Proposed LEGOLAND Park in Goshen

State Senator John Bonacic announced support on July 20 for the proposed LEGOLAND theme park in the Town of Goshen. “I’m pleased to support the project, as long as the issues focused on water, sewer, and traffic are resolved, and would urge others to do so as well,” Bonacic said. “This proposed LEGOLAND Park will have tremendous economic benefits for the Town of Goshen and Orange County as a whole. The project will provide 800 construction jobs, as well as 500 permanent jobs when completed, and revenues from the park will go towards the Goshen Central School District.”

Port Jervis First Responders Save Heart Attack Victim

Port Jervis Police and Ambulance Corps personnel are being credited with saving the life of a woman, who suffered an apparent heart attack, reported the Mid-Hudson News. Responding to a domestic disturbance call on July 11, police officers administered an automated external defibrillator and oxygen on a woman, 51, who had suffered an apparent heart attack unrelated to the domestic incident. Port Jervis Ambulance Corp’s EMTs “continued with CPR and chest compressions until the woman regained consciousness,” the online news service said. The woman was taken to Bon Secours Hospital where she recovered.

Flotilla Honoring Veterans Launched on Hudson River

A flotilla honoring military veterans toured communities along the Hudson River on July 23. The event was the fifth annual flotilla hosted by a Hudson Highlands yacht club to honor veterans, Wounded Warriors, Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipients. The flotilla started in northern Westchester County and passed West Point en route to its final stop at the waterfront in the City of Newburgh. The Cortlandt Yacht Club and other boat and yacht clubs participated as the flotilla made stops in Peekskill, Highland Falls, Garrison, West Point, Cold Spring, and Newburgh.

From The Associated Press

New Windsor Water Supply Not Contaminated

The Town of New Windsor is not impacted by the City of Newburgh’s contamination of their drinking water. The town’s website announced that its raw drinking water comes from the Catskill Aqueduct, which also supplies drinking water to several other municipalities including New York City. The town does not use or take raw drinking water from Washington Lake, Silver Stream, or Browns Pond where possibly highly toxic perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contaminants were found. There are no water restrictions in place for the Town of New Windsor’s drinking water.

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