Newburgh, New York once one of the prettiest river towns on the Hudson, is now home to the highest violent crime rate in New York state. Earlier this month the town was the scene of one of the largest gang bust on the east coast. “We have brought federal narcotics charges against 78 members and associates of 2 notorious national gangs,” told U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Valentine also blames the federal government’s urban renewal project in the 1970’s which demolished homes and then failed to rebuild in the area. He credits the government for at least getting involved with law enforcement. He says the May gang bust was the first step in getting his city back on track.
If the government is able to provide the monetary funds to support Newburgh then it seems there is hope in bringing this beautiful river town back to life.