New York State Senator James Skoufis is ending the year by saying goodbye to his former constituents in the City and Town of Newburgh.
Due to a change in the State Senate’s district lines, Skoufis will no longer cover Newburgh once the new year rings in. Skoufis previously served the 39th Senate District and will now cover the 42nd Senate District.
Skoufis will continue serving New Windsor, Cornwall, and beyond. Senator-elect Rob Rolison will begin covering Newburgh.
“After a long history of being neglected by state government, we knew the City of Newburgh deserved a strong voice and fair representation in Albany,” Skoufis explained. “That’s why we chose to bring our district office directly into the heart of the city – to be visible, accessible, and accountable to the folks who live here.”
Skoufis noted that City and Town of Newburgh elected officials worked hand-in-hand with him, along with New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson. Together, Skoufis stated they accomplished the following:
• Secure millions in new funding for infrastructure for projects like the Lake Street/Route 32 bridge replacement
• Waive $12 million in penalties Newburgh schools were forced to pay the state for clerical errors
• Advance legislation to strengthen code enforcement following a Senate investigation
• Secure new state funds to offset SUNY Orange being off the city’s tax rolls
• Bring the new Resorts World Casino to the Town of Newburgh
• Help secure desperately-needed local COVID sites
• Author and passed landmark clean water legislation
• Fund a new pre-apprenticeship program for Newburgh-area youth
• Secure a new budget line item for Newburgh SNUG, a gun violence prevention program
• Bring millions of new dollars to police and fire first responders
• Recently fund a pilot program for free bus transit
• Fight back against runaway corporate welfare and advocated for smart development
• Secure money to remove gang graffiti from the streets
• Pass legislation providing hotel taxes to both the town and city to offset local property taxes
• Host countless community events for our neighbors
“We’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished here, but again, I’m not big on goodbyes,” Skoufis said. “So, farewell for now. Our new district office, which we expect to announce in the coming weeks, will always support our neighbors in Newburgh.”