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Stage for Family Court Judge

I have had the pleasure of working closely with Asst District Attorney, Christine Stage, for over 10 years, while I was a caseworker in the Children’s Services division of the Dept of Social Services.  As a skillful and caring attorney, Ms. Stage showed a strong grasp of the laws used in Family Court, a clear understanding of the psycho-social dynamics within families, and was able to achieve a balance of these qualities in finding solutions within troubled families, that helped protect the children while enabling parents to correct their behaviors. She knew when to be firm, and when to give parents and children a second chance.

Christine Stage has the necessary combination of experience, skills, and thoughtful temperament, to serve effectively as Family Court Judge, and has my full support and Vote.

John F. Austin
(August 31)


Former chief clerk supports Victoria B. Campbell, best candidate for OC Family Court Judge

I support Victoria B Campbell because of my experience of working with her in the City Court of Port Jervis  in my years of Chief Clerk I worked with her as a lawyer when she was having her children. She never missed a beat. She had the baby and was right back to court, fair, honest, and hardworking as ever. Of course, when she became my Judge she was firm, fair and dedicated to her position. I also witnessed her work as an attorney, when she represented one of my relatives. She went above and beyond for this family court issue. Victoria B Campbell is the best candidate for the Orange County Family Court Judge and will have my support this September in the Independence and Green Party primaries and again in the November elections!

Edwina E Wulff
Retired Chief Clerk City Court of Port Jervis
(August 31)


Larkin, Dubaldi and the Cookie Jar!!

It’s refreshing that Senator Bill Larkin has broken silence on irregularities with campaign funds at the hands of Mr. Carmen Dubaldi.  The situation brings up concerns surrounding those past and present elected officials whom Mr. Dubaldi managed campaign funds for that included former County Executive Ed Diana, County Clerk Annie Rabbitt and County Legislature Chairman Steve Brescia.  These folks paid this individual tens of thousands of dollars over the years as a “consultant” and “aide”.   These discrepancies in various campaign transactions and expenses, currently being investigated, was not mere chump change moving around. With several staff and campaign aides, aligned with these public official, these curious financial anomalies should have raised a red flag much sooner.  This does bring up concerns as to the abilities of some of these elected officials in the areas of fiscal responsibility and judgment.   For many years Mr. Dubaldi worked on the campaigns of these folks who preached their own prowess in being fiscally responsible and able to make good judgements when it comes to our tax dollars.  While certain records may indicate success in some fiscal initiatives, questions around the “ability” of these elected officials when it comes to judgement of character is in serious question. 

The public should not forget, and be very aware, that Mr. Dubaldi has allegedly been associated with many political smear campaigns in New Windsor politics and the region for many years.  Our elected officials who were paying him seemed to have looked the other way as he engaged in many questionable tactics.  Let’s hope the investigation answers many questions and also discloses any other hands that may have been in the cookie jar!

Stephen L. Krasner
Town of Newburgh
(August 31)


Praises Putnam Golf Course

I have been playing golf at Putnam Golf Course for the past 40 years and this year surpassed and exceeded all others. I had been a member of Branton Woods but then opted for a public course because my friends were not able to afford a private country club.

I have brought 3 or 4 foursomes to Putnam regularly this season and I can truthfully say that the conditions of the course equal that of a private club. For the most part, all the sand traps and greens have been outstanding. While playing, it is so encouraging to see so many people working and maintaining the course. The Club House and bar also have had so many improvements. The Pro Shop is first rate and truly professional.

Jim Woods, the new golf pro, has upgraded the course in the past two years with all the improvements that he has overseen. The tee times have been on schedule and the rangers see to it that the pace of place is a reasonable one. Jim’s leadership and example is evident in the professionalism that all the employees exemplify.

It has been a wonderful golf experience this year.

Jerry Horowitz
(August 31)



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