October 22, 2012

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Community activists rally to protest Newburgh’s housing situation

NEWBURGH – Activists from Poughkeepsie and Yonkers joined with the Community Voices Heard Newburgh chapter to protest living conditions in the city.

Armed with banners and chanting slogans, the group of more than 100 walked from SUNY Orange Kaplan Hall to 10 Clark Street on Saturday where two tenants opened their doors to let the public view inside their rent-subsidized apartments.

Tension escalated when property owner Russell Turiak showed up.  He claimed one tenant showing her apartment was in the process of being evicted for non-payment of rent, the other withholding the rent. 

As the atmosphere grew tense, he called for police intervention, prompting demonstrators to scatter.

Turiak currently owns three buildings on Clark Street and is in the process of refurbishing one he bought from the city for $10,000 at auction. “The apartments are clean and up to code when they are ready to be rented,” said Turiak, touring the multi-family building. “Isn’t it up to the tenants to keep them that way?”

March took place in Newburgh's east end


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