Monday, April 4, 2005

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County lawmaker wants more info on proposed Newburgh OCCC campus

Orange County legislator Jeffrey Berkman represents the City of Middletown, home to Orange County Community College for its entire more than 50 year history. So, he wants assurances that if a second campus is built in the City of Newburgh, it will have no adverse impacts on the main facility.

Berkman has asked the Middletown Common Council and Business Improvement District to become involved by contacting top college officials. Berkman said many questions remain unanswered about the proposed campus.

“I don’t know how much money it is going to cost, they’ve never said that,” Berkman said. “They’ve never said what the county’s share is going to be, and they also didn’t explain what impacts it may have on the main campus in Middletown.”

Berkman, who said he is not opposed to the new campus, wants to make sure that the “partnership” between the college and the City of Middletown is protected.

The college currently operates an extension center in Newburgh, but school and county officials believe it has outgrown the facilities and the college should provide more offerings in Eastern Orange.

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