SUNY Orange takes Diana’s name off phys ed building

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MIDDLETOWN – Following the misdemeanor conviction of former Orange County Executive Edward Diana for his involvement in illegal activities related to the county Industrial Development Agency, the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees has voted to remove his name from the college’s Middletown campus physical education building.

“It is with great disappointment that the board felt obliged to take the unprecedented action,” Board President Ralph Martucci, Jr. said in a statement to Mid-Hudson News. “Trustees past and present have appreciated the support Ed Diana provided to Orange County Community College during his tenure as Orange County Executive. But, we hold our public servants to a high standard of ethics and conduct. The shared commitments by our Trustees and the College community to the values of excellence and integrity have led the Board to the decision that it is no longer in Orange County Community College’s best interests to have Ed Diana’s name affixed to our Physical Education Center.”

The new name of the facility is the Physical Education Center.

The facility, constructed in 1974, was dedicated in Diana’s name in June 2014.