PORT JERVIS–Incumbent mayor of Port Jervis Kelly Decker announced his candidacy for reelection on August 7. He was joined by the democratic slate for the city’s wards and Dick Roberts who is running for the county legislature representing the city, Deerpark, and Mt. Hope.
The mayor spoke of the goals he wants to achieve in education, tourism, recreation, and history. He hopes to establish a college consortium in Port Jervis to include Orange County Community College, Mount St. Mary College, Dutchess Community College, Sullivan Community College, SUNY-New Paltz, and Marist College.
His goal to increase tourism included ads in New York City and Philadelphia. Decker said money is needed to demolish more than 15 buildings to improve the urban landscape. “These are tasks we have to tackle.”
Joining him on the banks of the Delaware near the Creamery were Matthew Clarke, John Quevedo, Peter Tomasi, Gina Fitzpatrick, William Harris, and Wendy Nellums.
Dick Roberts expressed his pleasure running for the county legislature. Roberts seconded the mayor’s plan for a college consortium, citing Middletown’s rebound with the schools there.
Democratic andidates for Deerpark offices, Liam O’Neill, Gail Rachlin, Sarah Cook, and Eric Stein, attended the announcement.
Roberts said during his previous term the county had an urban task force with ways to help the cities. “We need to make the cities stronger and healthier, so that we can all be a better area.”
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