Purchase of Trio of Grand Street Buildings Approved by Legislature During Final Meeting of 2013

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. –Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and Dr. William Richards, President of SUNY Orange, and Orange County Legislative Chairman Michael R. Pillmeier are pleased to announce the Orange County Legislature’s approval for the purchase of three new buildings for the community college in the City of Newburgh. The resolution was passed at the Legislature’s final meeting of 2013.

The buildings approved for purchase are 62 Grand Street, 54 Grand Street, and 48 Grand Street. These locations are commonly known by the names of their former owners – American Legion building, YMCA building, and Masonic Lodge respectively. The County’s purchase of these buildings for use by SUNY Orange will allow the college to expand its facilities and increase its offerings at the Newburgh branch campus.

“As a retired teacher, I firmly believe that education opens doors and leads to a brighter future for people of all ages,” said County Executive Diana. “I applaud the legislature for embracing the college’s vision and approving this purchase so that we can continue to improve and expand the Newburgh branch campus.”

Purchase and repair of the three buildings along Grand Street in the City of Newburgh will cost the County approximately $3.5 million and will allow SUNY Orange to expand its program offerings at the Newburgh campus.

“From its inception, SUNY Orange has been a leader as a community college,” said Dr. Richards. “We are in the midst of a multi-year building and expansion program that has allowed us to bring new things to our community and our students, including the Morrison Lab School and creating a full branch campus in Newburgh. The purchase of these buildings will allow SUNY Orange to continue to grow and serve our students. I greatly appreciate the support the legislature has put in our vision for the future.”

Legislative Chairman Pillmeier added, “I am delighted that our County legislators recognize the value of education and the quality of our SUNY Orange program and approved the purchase so that the college can continue to be a leader and innovator in secondary education in our community.”

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940