Newburgh mayor takes heat for post explaining why city is in financial crisisPosted: Updated:
While two dozen jobs are at stake, Newburgh's mayor is taking some heat after a controversial post explaining why he says the city is in a financial crisis.
Local Union 589 President Brendan Hogan had some harsh words Monday as Newburgh City Council members are considering a proposed budget that would give 13 of his firefighters and 12 police officers the ax.
Mayor Torrance Harvey, who is up for re-election, posted remarks over the weekend claiming police and fire department salaries, coupled with overtime, are bankrupting the city.
Harvey himself makes six figures in his full-time job as a teacher for the Newburgh school district, according to online records.
His opponent, Ali Muhammad, is against Harvey's suggestion to hire a safety commissioner to oversee police and fire department spending and says the answer isn't in political mudslinging.
Harvey was unavailable for an on-camera interview Monday, but by phone called the city's overtime an "outrage" and said it's been near $2 million for years.
The Newburgh City Council will vote on the budget and the proposed cuts next month.