Together – We Will Make it Better

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#Water and #PFOS

#Knowyourlevel #PFOS in #Newburgh. Lots has happened these last two weeks. We had the DOH come and present to our community the results of the first 370 individuals who were tested for PFOS. I participated in that meeting.  It was packed house at Kaplan Hall.



People had lots of questions and at times were frustrated with the perception that the DOH had no direct answer to calm our fears.  To this I say, I am glad that there is a push to study the impact of emergent contaminants as introduced by Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.  The Investing in Testing Act authorizes $15 million for a two year study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to determine the health impact of PFOS contamination in drinking water, and The Clean Water Healthy Communities Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test unregulated contaminants in communities with fewer than 10,000 people. The current EPA requirement for testing only applies to communities with more than 10,000 residents.  But this effort would be in the coming years if it passes.  In the meantime, I am encouraging all to get tested.

How to Participate in Blood Testing

  • Call the Water Quality Hotline at 1-800-801-8092. (Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Participants in the blood testing program will receive a test order in the mail that can be used at one of the participating laboratories.
  • Participating labs will be accepting test orders through the end of June, 2017.
These Newburgh labs are currently participating in the program. You must have a test order before scheduling an appointment or going to the lab.
5 Hudson Valley Professional Plaza
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: 845-562-3189

Appointment Instructions

Quest Diagnostics
347 Fullerton Ave
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: 845-562-2107

Appointment Instructions

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
70 Dubois Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: 845-568-2271

Appointment Instructions

If you are interested in reading the aggregated results click here.

For more information in Spanish and Creole.

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Own your piece of the American dream in Newburgh!

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To live or not in the City …

This is one of the questions currently being debated between the Executive office and the Legislative body:  Should department heads live in the City of Newburgh?  According to legislation passed in 2014, the answer is yes.  Recent vacancies have made it necessary to discuss the matter once more.  To that end, I’ve asked for data that supports or negates the concept.  More on that when it becomes available.  In the meantime, what is your take on the matter.  Please fill out the quick survey below.

In case you missed it, click here to read Monday’s THR article on the subject.



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Walk for Education Oct 2016

Catching up on some of the topics I’ve been addressing this month.  View the video below by Hudson Valley News Network!


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Initial Blood Testing Announced

NYS Health Department Announces dates and locations for blood testing for City of Newburgh residents.

Free Tests Will Provide Information on Exposure to PFOS

Albany, N.Y. (October 17, 2016) – New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, together with US Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, today announced dates for initial blood testing for City of Newburgh residents with concerns about their past exposures to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and other perfluorinatedchemicals (PFCs) from the City’s drinking water.

The first blood tests will be held at the Cornerstone Family Healthcare locations at 147 Lake Street and 290 Broadway in Newburgh on the following dates:

  • 147 Lake Street, Newburgh
    • Tuesday, November 1;
    • Wednesday, November 2;
    • Thursday, November 3;
    • Saturday, November 12;
    • Saturday, November 19.
  • 290 Broadway, Newburgh
    • Monday, November 7;
    • Thursday, November 10.

Blood tests will be scheduled first for residents who expressed interest in participating in testing at public meetings or contacted the Department of Health (DOH). Interested residents are strongly encouraged to pre-register for an appointment by calling 518-402-7950 or emailing Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available and more dates will be added based on demand and feedback from the community.

Also please come to the Third Community Meeting October 25th at 7:00pm at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 321 South William Street.

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