NEWBURGH – As the Newburgh City Council is poised to formally vote not to renew his contract, City Manager Joseph Donat has written an email to all city employees saying “how proud I am of the accomplishments we have achieved together over the last 2 ½ years.”
In the email obtained by Mid-Hudson News, Donat said, “Some may be happy to see me go, others of course are fearful of the road ahead. Whatever the case may be, all of the great work will continue as long as we keep our integrity and humility front and center.”
His contract expires at the end of the months, so he told the city employees “I am not going anywhere… yet, I intend to remain city manager until my contract expires and will be in and out of City Hall over the next several days.”
He told the workers to “Keep up the great work. I wish everyone noting but the best and hope to see the city remain on the positive trajectory that each of you helped put us on.”
While no city council member would comment on Donat’s departure at this point, Mayor Torrance Harvey recently told Mid-Hudson News he thought Donat was doing a good job and had expected him to be reupped as city manager.