April 20, 2007

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Middletown officials address concerns to their representatives

Duncanson (center), council membrers,
lawmakers, meet

Middletown – Members of the Middletown Common Council and City School Board talked budget and finances and infrastructure with their representatives.

Mayor Marlinda Duncanson brought everyone together at City Hall for a session that included state Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Orange County Legislator Jeffrey Berkman and Chris White, the regional representative for Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

The local leaders are hoping the state and federal lawmakers will be able to bring home more money for a number of projects and tops on Duncanson’s list are infrastructure needs.

“We’re doing a new wastewater treatment plant, and during the past storm, which was devastating, not the way other communities have had, but various neighborhoods had problems and problems arose from underground pipes, the age of the pipes and the fact that they need to be replaced in various areas of the city,” she said. “We are looking to do that, but it costs millions of dollars.”

Duncanson said the joint city-school board session will be the first of more such meetings to work on issues of mutual concern.

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