Critical funding decisions were announced for key organizations in the Newburgh community during the August town board meeting.
Orange County Youth Bureau and Jewish Family Services of Orange County were approved to receive extra funding.
The board voted to approve a proposed $2,500 increase from the county in funding for the Youth Bureau, which provides programs for county youth that include drug education and the Junior Police Academy.
The budget increase was smaller than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but nonetheless a significant contribution according to councilmember Betty Greene.
“I want to stress to everyone that we really rely on the Youth Bureau,” she said. “I’m thoroughly endorsing [this measure].”
Meanwhile, the town board reached an agreement with Jewish Family Services that will provide $2,000 to supplement the services the organization provides to the elderly and those with special needs.
Since Deputy Town Supervisor Scott Manley’s mother Anita is a co-founder of the organization, he abstained from the vote on the agreement, but Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio spoke on his behalf.
“They do a tremendous amount of work for seniors here,” he said. “It’s Councilman Manley’s mom who really leads here in the town. We can’t thank her enough.”