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May 13th, 2014

Celebration of Arbor Day in the City of Newburgh

Councilwomen Karen Mejia, Genie Abrams, and Cindy Holmes, with CAC Chair Richard Harper, Karen McCarthy, Sal Colandrea, Reed Sheehan, and Phil Prinzivalli, plant a tree on Ann Street, where the City’s first Arbor Day event was held.

NEWBURGH - On Friday, April 25, the Urban Forestry subcommittee of the Conservation Advisory Council, along with the DPW tree crew, City Council members and City residents planted trees in three City Wards to celebrate Arbor Day.

A London Planetree, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilson, was planted in Ward 1 at 272 Montgomery Street. Two sugar maples were planted in Ward 2 on Washington St. by the Ann Street Parking lot, where the City’s first Arbor Day event took place. And another London Planetree was planted in Clinton Square Park at Colonial Terraces in Ward 4.

Mayor Judy Kennedy and Councilwomen Genie Abrams, Karen Mejia, and Cindy Holmes participated in the tree plantings which were organized by the Urban Forestry subcommittee. The CAC’s Urban Forestry subcommittee members are Richard Harper, Phil Prinzivalli, Kippy Boyle, Chad Wade and Karen McCarthy.

City of Newburgh DPW participants included John Colurciello, Sal Colandrea, Pat Shaughnessy and Reed Sheehan, Tree Crew Manager, who coordinated site preparations for the plantings.

"The City of Newburgh is proud to have been designated a Tree City USA for the last eight years," Mayor Kennedy commented. "We are grateful to the Urban Forestry subcommittee, our DPW workers, and residents who have helped keep this tradition going."

Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska and now is an international spring event. Here in Newburgh, we annually proclaim the last Friday of April Arbor Day. Just in time for the City’s Arbor Day Celebration, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the City of Newburgh will receive a $25,000 Urban Forestry Grant to create a tree inventory or streets and parks. The former Shade Tree Commission applied for the grant in 2013.

Phil Prinzivalli, co-chair of the Urban Forestry Committee commented, "We are very grateful for the support of the City, especially the DPW and its Superintendent George Garrison, who have provided invaluable assistance in our efforts to maintain healthy and beautiful trees in our community."

To plant a street tree or to become an Urban Forestry volunteer in your Ward, contact Phil Prinzivalli, at

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