August 13, 2008

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Empire State College moves to other side of county

MIDDLETOWN – Empire State College has relocated its Mid-Hudson satellite office from Middletown to Newburgh.

The so-called college without walls had been invited to move to the yet-to-be-built Orange County Community College campus. Last week, it moved to the current OCCC satellite campus in Newburgh.

County Legislator Jeffrey Berkman of Middletown had been lobbying to keep the Empire State College office in his city and expressed disappointment by its move.

“I regret that decision and I also regret that they didn’t listen to the leadership of Middletown and to myself. I also regret that the college president of Orange County Community College thought it was in the best interest to cooperate in Empire State College’s leaving Middletown,” he said. “To me, it’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

Berkman did say he supports Empire State College’s program expansions and enhancement.

College officials have said a move to Newburgh would make the office more accessible to residents throughout the Mid-Hudson because it is at the crossroads of the Thruway and I-84.

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