April 9, 2007

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Local lawmakers ask Empire State College not to move local office

Middletown – Orange County legislators Jeffrey Berkman and Thomas Pahucki have asked the dean of the Hudson Valley Region of Empire State College to reconsider a plan to move its regional office from Middletown to Newburgh.

In a letter to the dean, Dr. Robert Trullinger, the local lawmakers state their case for keeping the facility in Middletown.

“We’re urging the powers to be to reconsider that move and anything that Orange County could do, we as legislators could do to keep it in Middletown, we would certainly like to offer our assistance to do so,” said Pahucki.

Berkman and Pahucki say that Middletown represents an urban community that “is in need of an augmented state commitment of resources rather than reduction in service”, that Empire State College is centrally located in Middletown for the entire population of Orange county; that Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh serves residents of that community and its environs with a four year school; and that Orange County Community College has embarked on an expansion program for Eastern Orange County. 

Trullinger was unavailable for comment.

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