NEWBURGH – In the wake of last weekend’s shootings in which one person died and two others were wounded, there are ongoing efforts to fight violence, drug dealings and other crimes, Newburgh City Police are working around the clock to keep the lid on things.
Chief Douglas Solomon told the city council and residents this week the efforts of his department are not letting up.
“We employ a variety of different methods to deal with this type of crime including working with other agencies, undercover officers, confidential informants, plain clothes officers, various types of surveillance, we work with the State Police, the FBI, so there is definitely no shortage of effort on our part to keep the crime rate down,” he said. “Unfortunately, we had this incident over the weekend, but across the board our numbers have dropped dramatically. It’s a work in progress and we give it our all-out effort every day,” the chief said.
One resident told city officials at the city council meeting that street lights were out in her neighborhood making it easier for drug dealers to commit their crimes under cover of darkness. City Manager Joseph Donat said he would push Central Hudson to replace those lights in a timely fashion.