The Newburgh Heights Association will meet tonight, October 4th, at the Congregational Church on the corner of Liberty and Courtney at 6:45 PM sharp. The agenda will include member requirements and Neighborhood Watch, and the Guest speaker will be Steve Gold.
The by-laws of Newburgh Heights Association are a legal document that governs the way the association does its business in order to comply with the requirements of being a tax exempt 501c3. We are bound to adhere to the articles of the by-laws. Please note the requirements for membership (below). You can mail your $6 check to Treasurer, Nancy Colas, Simple Gifts and Goodies, 19 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12550; drop it off at Simple Gifts and Goodies on the corner of Benkard and Liberty; or you can bring your dues to the Oct. 4th meeting.
Note, in order to vote on any matter, you must be a member according to Article III and Article IV.
Article III Membership
A. Membership in the organization shall be limited to residents of Newburgh, New York who live anywhere in the geographic area from the west side of Bridge Street east to Bay View Terrace, with all residents of Bay View Terrace being included; and from the north side of Benkard Avenue south to Bay View Terrace.
B. Membership shall be on a yearly basis, running from April 1 through March 31.
C. Membership in the organization shall be contingent upon timely payment of dues.
Article IV Dues
A. Dues for the association shall be $12.00 per person, per year. For this one time only since this is mid-way through the year, the dues will be $6.00.
B. Non-residents of the Heights, including property owners who don’t live here, can join for the same amount of dues and attend the monthly meeting, but without voting privileges at those meetings.
The next meeting of the Newburgh Heights Association will take place on Thursday, August 30th at 6:30 PM at the Congregational Church on the corner of Liberty St. and Courtney Ave.
According to our bi-laws, Yaakov Sullivan is the President of NHA as he was Vice President when Ariyke Diggs had to resign last fall. Yaakov does not wish to continue in that position and has called for a nominating committee. The committee is comprised of Deborah Dresser and Ann Thomas. In a following notice, the slate will be announced.
At the meeting on the 30th we will have an election of officers: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. We will also lay the ground work for a Neighborhood Watch. We anticipate that a NW will call for block captains, so begin thinking if you would be willing to be a block captain for your neighborhood!
There will be a meeting tomorrow (Monday) night at 6:30 PM with members of the Police Department at the Congregational Church on the corner of Liberty and Courtney Streets. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please come—and spread the word.
Several of our community members in the Heights have banded together and pooled resources to rehab a vacant property on Courtney Avenue between Liberty Street and Bay View Terrace. Take a look at this video for an overview of their efforts!
As many of you know, the majority of the city council voted in November 2010 to adopt a budget that raises homestead property tax rates by 71% for 2011. The reality of that increase will shortly make itself felt as our first tax installments come due at the beginning of February. Furthermore, the acting city manager’s financial plan which was submitted to New York State’s Comptroller on December 22 forecasts additional minimum tax increases of 28% and 11% in 2012 and 2013 respectively. This is so even as the value of our properties continues to decline.
The response to the tax increase (both for homestead and non-homestead) and other fiscal decisions by the majority of the city council has been strong as many, many people struggle to manage in these difficult economic times. Please see the attached letter (linked below) regarding a meeting that will be held tomorrow, January 19 at 7pm for all concerned citizens and taxpayers who want to find out what legal rights and remedies may be available to challenge the imposition of such burdensome tax hikes. Due to the importance and urgency of this issue, we have canceled our monthly NHA meeting scheduled for tomorrow to provide you with the opportunity to attend this other meeting and to obtain information that may be critical to you and your family.
As a result of the considerable response to the attached letter calling for this meeting, it will NOT take place at the Wherehouse on Liberty St. as stated. Instead, the meeting will be held at St. George’s Church tomorrow, Wednesday January 19 at 7pm. The church is located at 105 Grand Street.
Please be aware that this meeting is not sponsored by the NHA. We are merely announcing a meeting which is of considerable interest to members of the Heights community as well as many other people throughout the entire city.
It’s the season to lift up your voice and sing for hope, a new creation, and a spirit of generosity!
The Newburgh Heights Association will be caroling in the neighborhood with members of
the Heights Congregational Church on Saturday, December 18th. We will meet at the church on the corner of Liberty and Courtney Streets between 3:30 and 4:00 PM and return after caroling for a pot luck supper in the church. There will be gifts presented to the younger children at that time.
Music, bells and candles will be provided. Bring food for the pot-luck and leave it at the church. We have it on good information that St. Nicholas will be joining us as we sing our way through the neighborhood.
Due to an important, community-wide meeting/presentation on December 15th that is being held by PACE University regarding how to help Newburgh effectively deal with vacant buildings, the NHA meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 15th at 7:00 PM has been CANCELED.