October 15
, 2012

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Gun buyback program being planned in Newburgh

NEWBURGH – In the wake of the latest homicide in the City of Newburgh, civil right attorney Michael Sussman, who heads the Democratic Alliance, Monday called for the city to initiate a gun buyback program.

Justin Doctor, 23, was gunned down early Sunday morning at Liberty and South Williams streets.

Sussman, who said his organization will pledge $10,000 to initiate the program, said it should be put into action “immediately before another life is lost due to gun violence.”

Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips, meanwhile, said he would welcome the offer since Newburgh is not in the financial position to up reward money at the moment. He said he would have to work out details with Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrera including granting immunity to anyone who would turn in a gun.

Deputy County Executive James O’Donnell, himself a retired State Police major, had planned on conducting another such program and discussed it with the county police liaison, Deputy Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Cherry, the former Port Jervis Police chief.

The idea is not a new one. Orange County and its three cities held such a program in January 2010.

In calling for the new program, Sussman said there are “too many guns on the streets of the City of Newburgh. These guns threaten police officers and civilians alike.”

He said the best way to turn them in is to buy them back for $250 per gun.



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