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Dear Newburgh Enlarged City School District Residents:

My name is Mark Levinstein and I am running for a seat on the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (NECSD) Board of Education, and I am asking for your vote.  I am married and have four children.  My two oldest graduated from NFA and are attending college, and we have one child in NFA and one in South Middle School. 

If elected, I can assure you that any decisions that I make would be in the best interest of the children of this district.  I am aware that all candidates say this, but what is said may not become the reality.

I have attended almost all of the BOE meetings for the last 10 years, for different reasons, and in different capacities, including three years as a Board Member.  This has given me a wide variety of perspectives, which is important.  Making decisions that everyone is happy with, can at times be difficult, but I will do my best for what is right for our students.

Actions recently by some of the members of the BOE seem completely beyond what are the roles and responsibilities of School Board Members.  That is one of the reasons I have decided to run again. 

I want to be the voice for the parents and children, and hope you feel that I am deserving of your support.

Please cast your vote on May 17th.

Mark Levinstein
(May 3)


Everyone deserves clean healthy air

The American Lung Association 2016 “State of the Air” report, published in the April 20, 2016 issue of the MidHudson News, brought good news to Orange County which received an “A” for having no high ozone days from 2012-2014 and also for having no high particle pollution days during the same period. 

Despite this welcome news, several surrounding counties received poor grades in these areas showing there is still more work to be done.

I applaud the American Lung Association for their strong and sustained advocacy to achieve healthy air for all. Providing this information to the public each year creates an opportunity to focus attention on regions that need improvement. 

Everyone deserves to breathe clean, healthy air.   

Susan E. Lennon
(April 26)


“Sullivan’s Board of Elections ready for potentially pivotal presidential primary”  
(MidHudusonNews.Com  April 11, 2016)

I hope they are ready for the onslaught of angry and disenfranchised voters of both parties.

NY rules state we must be registered in either the Democrat or Republican party to vote in the Primary for that party.

With all of the shenanigans of this current election cycle I am sure many fell as I am feeling, “our votes don’t count”!

The Primary Election is Tuesday April 19th and I am registered to vote and certainly will. On April 20th I will be visiting the Sullivan County Board of Elections to switch my party affiliation to Independent because I have no more desire to be affiliated with either of these parties in future elections. Both have taken the concept of fairness and tossed it in the trash and our votes are completely meaningless and a waste of time and effort. All registered voters whether Democrat, Republican or Independent can vote in the General Elections in November for whom ever they prefer so there is absolutely no need to remain registered as a Republican or Democrat if like me you disagree with these unfair tactics of both parties. “We, The People” are being silenced by the very parties we elect to hear us!

Gary Lothrop
(April 11)


Accomplished Community Leader and Volunteer

We feel compelled to set the record straight about Mount Saint Mary’s Board Chairman and our father, Dr. Albert J. Gruner.  Dr. Gruner, a leader in our community, a man of incredible integrity and a generous contributor of both time and financial resources, is being publicly attacked by the very College he has passionately advocated for over the past 8 years.

Our father has lived his entire life governed by three pillars – his faith, his family and his service to his community.  He has consistently held himself to the highest standards and donated countless hours of his time in unpaid, volunteer positions to improve and expand the impact of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.  Instead of being honored for these contributions – as he should be – he is, instead, being criticized for practices of the Board of Trustees that are governed by confidentiality laws and policies.  His respect for these procedures and for the requirements of confidentiality should be lauded, not ridiculed.  Even more disappointing, there are several individuals expressing their misguided beliefs in a way that personally attack a gentleman who has done nothing but demonstrate leadership and selflessness to his community and to this College. 

Given the nature of the attacks on our father, we felt it necessary to set the record straight and reiterate the many organizations that have benefitted from his integrity, service and altruism over the last 50 years.  These organizations include:  St. Anselm’s College, YMCA of Ulster County, the Rosemary D. Gruner Cancer Fund, Gateway Community Industries, Benedictine Health Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club, the Children’s Home of Kingston and Kiwanis Club.

We are proud of our father and his accomplishments and could not let these personal attacks go unanswered.  He deserves better! Mount St. Mary College is a private college and those associated with these attacks should hold themselves to a higher standard of faith, gratitude and respect.  It is difficult to believe that anyone who so generously gives of his time and energy for a volunteer position could face an attack of such a personal nature.  We ask that you stand up to this type of bullying and do not allow those critics to continue to make baseless statements.

The Children of Dr. Albert J. Gruner
Ellen Arsenault
Albert Joseph Gruner Jr.
Daniel J. Gruner
Margaret DiDonna
(April 11)



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