Orange County executive outlines many advances in State of the County address

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GOSHEN – Orange County employment is up, sales tax revenue has increased, more businesses are locating in the county, educational opportunities for county residents are expanded, and the fight against opioid abuse is continuing, County Executive Steven Neuhaus said in his annual State of the County address Thursday evening.

Stewart Airport going truly “international” among many highlights noted by Neuhaus

In an hour-long speech delivered at the county’s emergency services
center, Neuhaus said the county is on the move.
“The county budget is balanced, the fund balance has doubled, union contracts are settled, the economy is growing, Stewart Airport is now truly international (with the introduction of Norwegian Air’s European flights this summer), the government center is going up, bridges are being built and so is the Heritage Trail,” he said.
Neuhaus also announced a new partnership between the county and Cornerstone Healthcare to open an opioid addiction clinic in Newburgh.
He also said the county is teaming up with BOCES and SUNY Orange to establish classroom space in Port Jervis and Newburgh to offer adult education classes. And with Empire Resorts’ Vice President Charles Degliomini announce that a casino dealer training site will be established in Orange County to support the education of workers when the Resorts World casino and resort opens in March 2018.
Stewart Airport Manager Ed Harrison introduced Neuhaus at the beginning of the evening calling him “a builder of bridges,” credited the county executive with the success of the New York Air Shows held at Stewart, the attraction of Norwegian Air and the return of the DHL cargo airline to the airport.