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NYPD POLICE OFFICER ENGAGES IN SEX TRAFFICKING

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

On September 21, 2016 former New York City Police officer, Eduardo Cornejo, plead guilty to conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor. He was sentenced to 66 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and sex offender registration. Cornejo was ordered to pay $5,000 in forfeiture. United States District Judge Brian M. Cogan imposed the sentence.

Acting United States Attorney Rohde stated, “Cornejo conspired to engage in the sex trafficking of a 16-year-old girl during his off-duty time, a violation of his oath to protect the community and uphold the law. Together with our law enforcement partners, this Office will continue to address and bring to justice those who occupy positions of trust at any level and who engage in criminal conduct.”

Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney said, “The subject in this case used information he knew from being a sworn member of law enforcement to elude officers who would know he was doing something illegal. He was aware of the laws, and continued to break them even after being arrested.  We wear badges as law enforcement to serve and protect our communities, not to endanger and exploit children for financial gain.”

The then-NYPD police officer Cornejo engaged in an interstate prostitution scheme that involved at least 10 different women, according to court documents. Upon completing a tour a duty with the NYPD Cornejo transported the women to motels throughout the New York metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Long Island. The illegal purposes of his activities were confirmed by judicially authorized interceptions of communications inside Cornejo’s vehicle.  Cornejo was heard saying, “The girls is at the [a motel] so it nice and clean, it’s picking up now it was alright last night.”  Soon thereafter, he stated, “That might make it hot though, standing outside with a bunch of girls. . . . [Members of law enforcement] going to know what’s up real quick.”

At least one of the women transported by Cornejo (“Jane Doe”) appeared to be particularly young, when members of law enforcement observed this in January 2016.  Members of law enforcement interviewed Jane Doe shortly after members of law enforcement observed Cornejo transport her to a motel since they were concerned about the possibility that Cornejo might be trafficking a minor. Even though Jane Doe presented an identification document reflecting that she had turned 18 years old two months earlier, further investigation revealed that Cornejo began transporting Jane Doe to participate in prostitution activity when she was just 16 years old. It was also confirmed that she engaged in commercial sexual acts at Cornejo’s direction.  In his post-arrest statement, Cornejo confirmed that he had transported Jane Doe for numerous months with the intent that she engage in prostitution.

When Judge Cogan revoked Cornejo’s bond, Cornejo has been in custody since August 10, 2016. Cornejo had been continuing to promote prostitution by driving multiple women to motels throughout the New York metropolitan area even after his arrest and release on bond.

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BROOKLYN MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS AFTER KILLING AN INNOCENT MAN

By JUSTICE CAMBELL

Four gang members were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of robbery and murder at trial earlier this year. Today a fifth gang member has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty.

“Today’s sentencing brings to justice the final defendant in this harrowing case in which an innocent young man was killed and his brother was injured. We have now held all five defendants who participated in the robbery accountable and ensured they will spend many years in prison for their actions,” says Acting District Attorney Gonzalez.

The defendant has been identified as Celestino Martinez, 25, of Prospect Park South, in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Laporte sentenced him to 20 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision following his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter on August 16, 2017. Four co-defendants, Carmello Bello, 28, and Miguel Bello, 34, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Javier Ortiz, 35, and Martin Carillo, 36 of Sunset Park, Brooklyn were convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery earlier this year following a jury trial before Justice Laporte. Each of the defendants was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

On September 7, 2014, at approximately 1:50 a.m., on Myrtle Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant, the defendants approached and demanded money from the victims, Juan Carlos Luna-Juarez, 23, and his 27-year-old brother as they returned home from work. The defendants, repeatedly punched, kicked and stabbed the two victims, when they did not comply. According to the trial testimony the defendants stole a bike and backpack. Juan Juarez was stabbed approximately 10 times and died as the result of a puncture wound to the heart, said The Acting District Attorney.

Shortly after the attack all members of the Ninos Malos gang, were apprehended near the crime scene. Two of the defendants had blood on their clothing, which was later determined to belong to the victims, and officers found a knife in the pocket of one defendant, at the time of their arrest. Two additional knives were recovered from the crime scene. The evidence also showed that the defendant Miguel Bello subsequently admitted to being at the crime scene and stabbing someone.

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NYS PAROLEE CAUGHT AFTER FOOT CHASE

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Wilber Quintana is a NYS parolee of Bennett Avenue, Rochester NY who was arrested for trespassing on Gentile’s Farm Market located at 1080 Penfield Road on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies were in the area of 1092 Penfield Road conducting investigations involving a burglary, several vehicle larcenies and a stolen vehicle. On Wednesday, around 6:30 in the morning while deputies were on scene investigating these incidents, a neighbor informed the deputies that a male ran from the area when he saw the deputies arrive. After the deputies found the male in the area of 1060 Penfield Road and chased him on foot, the male was taken into custody.

Investigators believe the suspect identified as Wilber Quintana, is also responsible for a number of burglaries, stolen vehicles and car larcenies in Monroe County. The investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn comments, ”Once again we see the all-too familiar story of a lifelong criminal with an extensive record victimizing our community while under the supervision of New York State parole. We will continue to work with our local law enforcement partners to push for parole reform at the state level.”

Quintana is currently being held without bail on a parole violation in the Monroe County Jail.

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RIKERS ISLAND INMATES INDICTED FOR BRUTAL ASSAULTS

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Today 29 gang members have been indicted in attacks on fellow inmates and two New York City Department of Correction Officers in Rikers Island, announced Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark.

“Some of these defendants may have thought they were free and clear for crimes on Rikers Island because they had left there, but if you beat, slash or stab anyone while in jail we will arrest you, prosecute you and urge consecutive sentences if you’re convicted. No one will escape justice for violence committed against inmates or staff. These indictments show that you will pay for such brutality,”  states District Attorney Clark.

The defendants are charged with disfiguring an inmate with multiple cuts, beating a Correction Officer who was protecting a slashed inmate, and attacking a rookie Correction Officer with a chair, fists and feet. They’ve been charged with four separate incidents as well.

Acting Department of Correction Commissioner Brann said, “These arrests send a clear message: If you violently assault our hardworking staff or people in our custody, you will suffer certain consequences. Regardless of whether you have already been released, you will be prosecuted for any violent acts committed while in custody. We thank the Bronx D.A, the NYPD, the court, and our Correction Intelligence Bureau and Investigation Division for their work on these cases.”

The defendants — members of the Bloods, Trinitarians,  MS-13 and Folk Nation gangs — were brought before the court by the Bronx District Attorney’s Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau, the DOC Correction Intelligence Bureau and the NYPD Field Intelligence Investigation Unit, in a coordinated effort dubbed “Operation Zero Tolerance.” Nine of the defendants are currently incarcerated in state prison where they are serving sentences for various crimes, 13 defendants are currently in DOC custody, five defendants were arrested on felony warrants, one defendant is in federal custody and one defendant remains at large.

One of the indictments charges six men with second-degree Harassment, third-degree Assault, fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon first and second-degree Gang Assault, two counts of first-degree Assault, and three counts of second-degree Assault. The defendants attacked an inmate, causing multiple, deep lacerations to his face, arms and hands, requiring over 100 sutures according to the investigation, on Oct. 20, 2016.

On Jan. 24, 2017 the defendants slashed an inmate in a housing area. Another indictment charges eight defendants with two counts of second-degree Assault and two counts of Obstructing Governmental Administration.

In the third indictment, six defendants are charged with third-degree Menacing, second-degree Obstructing Governmental Administration, three counts of second-degree Assault and fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon. On Feb. 20, 2017 the defendants covered a camera with peanut butter, put sheets over their heads and beat a rookie Correction Officer, striking him with a chair, according to the investigation.

In the fourth indictment, nine defendants are charged with four counts of second-degree Assault, two counts of second-degree Harassment, two counts of third-degree Menacing, two counts of third-degree Assault, and second-degree Obstructing Governmental Administration.  On Nov. 17, 2016, the defendants proceeded to beat a Correction Officer when the officer got between the attackers and the victimized inmate. They also slashed an inmate.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Tiesha R. Peal and Gary Kropkowski of the Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau, under the supervision of Sheryl Konigsberg and Carmen Martinez, Supervisors of the Bureau, and Deanna Logan, Chief of the Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau; and the overall supervision of Stuart Levy, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division and Jean T. Walsh, Chief of the Investigations Division.

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COURT OFFICER COERCES WOMAN TO PERFORM SEXUAL ACT

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

A Brooklyn court officer has been indicted for official misconduct and other charges for allegedly coercing a woman to perform a sex act on him in a public stairwell while she was waiting in Criminal Court, states Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. The victim believed that her boyfriends case would be adversely impacted if she didn’t comply. She also believed that the defendant would help her boyfriends case if she did comply.

“What this defendant – a public servant – allegedly did was a disgrace to his fellow court officers who day in and day out serve the public with respect and work hard to keep our courthouses safe. He allegedly abused his authority to exploit a young woman who needed assistance in order to gratify himself. Such conduct will not be tolerated and we will now seek to hold him accountable for this despicable act,” said Acting District Attorney Gonzalez

 

The defendant has been identified as Sergeant Timothy Nolan, 58, of Lake Grove, NY, by The Acting District Attorney. Today he was charged with official misconduct, second-degree coercion, public lewdness and exposure of a person, before the Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. He was ordered to return to court on October 4, 2017 and released without bail. If convicted of the top count, the defendant faces up to a year in jail.

On October 21, 2016, the victim – who was 25-years-old at the time – was in Brooklyn Criminal Court at 120 Schermerhorn Street to bail out her boyfriend. According to the investigation, while she was sitting in the hallway, she was approached by the defendant, who was on duty and in uniform.

The investigation found that the defendant told her to take a walk with him and led her to a public stairwell. He allegedly told her “I got you” and “I will take care of you,” then exposed himself and asked for a sexual act. It is alleged that the victim took the statements to mean that the defendant would help with bailing out her boyfriend if she complied, but would adversely impact his case if she didn’t.

The defendant allegedly fondled the victim and grabbed her by the hair, and attempted to kiss her as she performed a sex act on him.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney William Neri of the District Attorney’s Blue Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Robert Walsh, Bureau Chief.

 

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POWERFUL UP-AND-COMING DIRECTOR, TRIFON DIMITROPOULOS, IS MAKING MAJOR MOVES AS A NEW JERSEY DIRECTOR

By R. J. NICHOLAS

Trifon Dimitropoulos has always been fascinated with film. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 2006 with a degree in Film & Philosophy. From there, Trifon was an assistant editor at As The World Turns, where he coincidentally met his mentor, Bob Mackler, who is a 3 time Emmy award winning editor. Dimitropoulos would begin to start writing his own scripts and in turn, start to direct his own short films. They would range from comedy web series to a few thrillers.

Not until 2013, is when Trifon started plotting his first feature, The Method, a psychological thriller, which was released in 2015. The film was screened privately in Tribeca & Red Bank, NJ & was selected to a few film festivals that gave Trifon momentum that would inspire him towards his next project, The Five In Merseyside, which will begin shooting in late August of 2017.

The Five In Merseyside is a tale of a post apocalyptic world, where a small town does whatever it takes to survive. World War III has just ended and immigrants from England come over state side to create their own “Merseyside” (An actual town in Liverpool). Five babies are born at the same time and grow up together, only to wake up with a virus on their 21st birthdays that in turn has them wreak havoc throughout the beloved makeshift town. Trifon will tell you it is a hybrid between Django Unchained & 28 Days Later. He describes the film as a Sci-Fi / Spaghetti Western.

Watching movies at an early age propelled Dimitropoulos for his passion of film. Growing up watching films directed by Tarantino, Scorsese, Fincher, Kubrick & The Coen Brothers has had such an impact on his vision. Pushing the envelope and provoking human thought are two main reasons why he’s become a filmmaker.

“I thrive on energy and emotion. The decisions I make with my projects are simply coming from the heart. Nothing more. I want the audience to have many emotions as they watch my work. Telling a story, character development, great acting, production value…..these are all essential. However these don’t come to life unless you create vibrations for your crew and talent. Its all about rhythm. And that stems from my heart and the passion I have for my vision….”

 

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THE JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL BECOMES A BEACON OF LIGHT FOR NEW JERSEY

R. J. NICHOLAS

The state of New Jersey is rich in beauty with so much to offer including a safe atmosphere to raise newly budding families. However, reality shows like MTV’s the Grind, The Jersey Shore, or New Jersey Housewives have threatened to taint viewers perspective of New Jersey and even give it’s residents a negative reputation. Meanwhile, many talented actors, writers, producers, directors, singers and artists were born and raised in New Jersey and are nothing like the image or idol’s Hollywood tries to paint with it’s “reality television” trend and cast of dysfunctional characters.

What most viewers don’t realize is that much of reality television is not real, organic or even true. The majority of reality shows have producers and directors behind the scenes that are putting everyday people in scripted situations that just appear to be “reality.” It’s a hoax, smoke and mirrors as some would like to say, and basically all lies. Do the research. Hollywood grosses millions each year on unsuspecting viewers who think they are watching a real life scenario play out in front of them, when in actuality they are paying millions to be deceived.

Further research exposes that the holly wood is a choice piece of wood that magicians, sorcerers and those who practiced magic, witchcraft and deception would use to cast spells. Centuries ago the holly wood was the main source of wood used in their magic wands. Is it a coincidence that an entire industry based off of fantasy would be named after a magic wand?

History shows that the first movie studio was actually founded in West Orange, New Jersey by Thomas Edison in 1893. Since then, New Jersey has continued to birth many successful movies, television shows, independent feature films, short films, documentaries, theatrical performances and even well respected acting schools like The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts in Bloomfield, NJ.

New Jersey is a humble state that continues to get a negative wrap and no one is able to see what the state really has to offer. In 2015, 67 Feature Films and 19 Television series were filmed in New Jersey. In 2016, 53 Feature Films and 183 Television series were filmed in New Jersey. Even the amount of Independent Film Festivals in New Jersey have grown exponentially in the past 10 years.

One of the film festivals that has gained a lot of positive press lately is The Jersey Shore Film Festival. It took place from August 3 through August 7, 2017 in Asbury Park, NJ. The festival has been around for a while, but last weekend it gained more attention and popularity then ever before. Filmmakers from New Jersey and beyond showed up at the House of Independents to watch films that were thoughtfully selected. Every film had a message that touched on the human condition and almost every filmmaker posted about the incredible time they had while at the festival. The festival was sold out and maxed to capacity to the point where people are already inquiring about the dates the festival will take place next year.

The festival was originally founded by Stevie Doueck who ran JSFF for about 10 years. This year Doueck did one thing differently then years prior, he appointed a staff of about 9 filmmakers from New Jersey to run the festival. Doueck appointed John Hedlund as the director in charge of The 2017 Jersey Shore Film Festival. Hedlund was born and raised in New Jersey where he started acting in local theater and went on to become the Technical Director and Post Production Supervisor for PopSugar’s live web broadcasts and cable television show. He then partnered with Francesco Nuzzi to form Open Iris Entertainment. They produced, directed, and edited the award winning feature film “Star Crossed Lovers” along with many other short films shot in New Jersey. Hedlund was calm, balanced, and loving toward his entire staff throughout the run of the festival. It is that balanced persona that set the tone for a smooth flowing, light hearted, fun filled festival that people have been raving about days after it’s completion. John Hedlund’s wife, Katie Hedlund, served as a major support to John and the JSFF team by helping everything run smoothly behind the scenes and greeting every attendee with a warm smile as they entered the building.

Francesco Nuzzi assisted Hedlund with running The Jersey Shore Film Festival. Nuzzi was raised in New Jersey and worked as an actor in numerous theater companies before appearing on television in shows like General Hospital, Guiding Light, White Collar and Unforgettable. He recently starred in the feature Rambler and played Mercutio in a films adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Nuzzi’s short film “The Writer” screened at the festival and his comedic performance lightened the mood after some heavy films screened in the prior film block. Nuzzi established a sense of family and camaraderie within the JSFF team and made sure that every member of the team was taken care of from beginning to end.

Hedlund and Nuzzi teamed up with New Jersey raised actress Danielle Nicolette Najarian and appointed her the Host of The Jersey Shore Film Festival’s red carpet. Najarian interviewed each filmmaker that attended the festival and allowed them to shine by highlighting their talents and abilities that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. Danielle Nicolette Najarian holds a degree in Psychology & the Performing Arts from Monmouth University and is a true humanitarian. She seeks to heal others through the roles she brings to life and the stories she’s a part of. She started acting in theater at a very young age. She then became a back up dancer for major stars like Mariah Carey while in college. Later she moved to LA where she trained and worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood’s like Will Smith, Christian Slater, Felicity Hoffman, Amy Brenneman, Taye Digs, Tim Daly, Emmy winner Rami Malek and many, many others. She’s had reoccurring appearances on TV shows like ABC’s Private Practice and USA’s Mr. Robot. Danielle appreciates independent films and has completed a number of films and television pilot’s since she’s been on the east coast. She is getting ready to star in a feature film shooting on the Jersey Shore at the end of this month.

Keith Bishop was hired as the main cinematographer of The Jersey Shore Film Festival and was born in Upper Saddle River, NJ. He worked alongside Danielle Nicolette Najarian covering footage of interviews on the red carpet, the Q&A panels after each block and he built up and broke down the step and repeat and red carpet each day of the festival. He directed the film, “3 Minutes to Air” and has worked as a cinematographer on numerous independent films. Melissa O’ Donnell served as the festival’s Program Director where she strategically arranged the films in each block of the festival in a way that conveyed a similar message. Melissa appreciates the deeper aspects of storytelling and how it touches on the human condition. Melissa was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She is a LaSalle University graduate with a degree in Psychology and a passion for the arts. She has been in over 40 independent films and studio projects and has worked on the board of other independent film festivals in the past.

Greg Jolley was the head photographer of the festival along with his partner Amber Appleberg on second camera. Jolley was raised in New Jersey and is a professional photographer as well as a director, writer, producer and editor at Open Iris Entertainment along with Hedlund and Nuzzi. He produced and directed the independent film Flare that screened at JSFF. Debbie Higgins conducted the Q&A panels at the end of each film block and kept the crowd engaged and interested by appreciating the work that went into each film. She lives in New Jersey where she graduated with a BA in Music from Monmouth University and has served on the staff of JSFF since the beginning.

The Jersey Shore Film Festival took place in an intimate setting under one roof at the House Of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ. Many film festivals, movie screenings and events take place at the House of Independents throughout the year, but one exceptionally talented team made a positive impact on the indie filmmakers who attended and shined brightly on the Jersey Shore this past weekend. John Hedlund, Katie Hedlund, Francesco Nuzzi, Keith Bishop, Greg Jolley, Amber Appleberg, Debbie Higgins, Melissa O’Donnell and actress Danielle Nicolette Najarian were the team that transformed The House of Independents into a home. These 9 young artists came together like a family and brought heart, soul, healing and love back to the Jersey Shore. The warm, welcoming atmosphere that they created along with the heartfelt films that were shown on the big screen is enough to bring New Jersey a new level of respect and a positive reputation in the entertainment industry. So much so, that actor Dash Mihok from NBC’s Ray Donovan, spent the weekend hanging out with this JSFF Crew and even introduced them to his music. ABC’s 20/20 also showed up to cover the festival and a film that screened there titled, “The Twinning Reaction.” In their first year of working together the JSFF Crew have brought the “New” back to the Jersey Shore and have proven what true New Jersey residents are really made of.

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FATHER & STEPSON RESCUE A WOMAN FROM ATTEMPTED RAPE IN WILLIAMSBURG

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Today, a 31-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to rape a woman who was walking on a sidewalk in Williamsburg said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Another man and his stepson were exiting their car at the same time the attempted rape was taking place. They saw the man on top of the woman and came to her rescue.

“I commend the men who thwarted this horrific attack and helped the police catch this violent defendant. He’s a dangerous person who has now been held accountable for his actions and removed from the streets of Brooklyn” said, Acting District Attorney Gonzalez.

 

The defendant was identified by the Acting District Attorney as Todd Deas, 31, of Porter Street, Brooklyn. Today he appeared before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dena Douglas and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 15 years’ post-release supervision. Todd Deas pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted rape on July 18, 2017.

On October 18, 2016, at approximately 12:25 a.m., in the vicinity of White and McKibben Street, according to investigation, the defendant followed a 27-year-old woman as she was walking along McKibben Street. He was trying to talk to her. The victim attempted to walk away from him while at the same time ignoring him but he grabbed her arm. The next thing the victim remembered was waking up in the ambulance.

Two men had just parked their car and when they heard a disturbance. One male was 28 years-old and the other was his 46-year-old stepfather. They saw the defendant repeatedly slamming the woman’s body onto the ground while on top of her. When the men approached, the defendant stood up, tightened his pants and walked away. The older man stayed with the woman, whose pantyhose and underwear had been ripped off of one leg.

The 28 year-old man called 911 while pursuing the defendant on foot. He then flagged down a passing patrol car and canvassed the area with police. With the assistance of these two men the defendant was apprehended on Harrison Place.

The woman had been strangled by the defendant, which left her in and our of consciousness. A bone fracture resulted in her inner neck and she was badly beaten about the face. Her one eye was swollen shut and the other badly bruised, she also suffered numerous cuts and scratches on her face and neck.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michelle Haddad and Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Silver, of the District Attorney’s Special Victims’ Bureau. While under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Bureau Chief.

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STEVE NEUHAUS HAS BRIGHTENED ORANGE COUNTY, SEEKS RE-ELECTION

By MITCHEL CLIMENT

When first elected in 2013, Steve Neuhaus became one of the youngest county executives in the country’s history. He is now in the throes of a campaign for a bid to be re-elected to this post in Orange County, New York.

The man has had an impressive career trajectory:

Neuhaus went from a childhood on a working farm to becoming a Monroe-Woodbury graduate, who simultaneously took courses at SUNY Orange during his high school years. He received a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

With post-schooling experience in both the private and public sector – Neuhaus worker in the Newburgh City Manager’s Office and with the Village of Walden, in addition to a job as Vice President of Special Projects for Taylor Recycling in Montgomery – he gained considerable professional experience. Neuhaus began elected public service in 2004, as a councilman in Chester; he held that position until 2007. He then climbed the ranks to Chester Town Supervisor, where he ramped up his efforts in economic development, while holding the line on property taxes for the town’s residents. He remained in this office from 2008 until he assumed the Orange County Executive post in 2014.

After the September 11 attack, Neuhaus voluntarily joined the U.S. military. He enlisted in the Army Guard and later joined the United States Navy Reserves, where he currently serves as a lieutenant. In being assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, he often is taken to volatile locales, which denotes not only an impressive showing of loyalty to his nation but also inherently encompasses bravery.

Neuhaus was a guardian for the first Hudson Valley Honor Flight to bring World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the new memorial created in their honor. He is also a founding board member and former chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, which supports veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

It has been a difficult task for the Democrats to find an opponent suitable to run against this dynamic Republican county executive. If Neuhaus’s professional background isn’t daunting enough to scare off potential adversaries, his service as Orange County Executive surely makes it all that much worse. Since taking office, spending in his county is down – over $25 million down. The tax rate is lower. Unemployment has greatly decreased. Thousands of jobs have been created. And economic development is through the roof. Even union contracts that were expired when Neuhaus took office are now settled.

Democrat Michael Sussman, a well-known Orange County attorney and civil rights activist, considered running against Neuhaus, but decided against it. He admitted his hesitancy to oppose Neuhaus, saying, “How can I be the candidate for the Democratic Party in that context?”

With the deadline fast approaching and no viable candidate at hand, the Democrats finally nominated Pat Davis as their Orange County Executive candidate. While Neuhaus has done a lot to enrich Orange County, the 35-year-old Davis has been busy racking in millions for Price Waterhouse Cooper as a financial service advisor in their New York office.

There’s no telling what each man will bring to Orange County in the months and years to come, but one thing is certain: thus far, Neuhaus did what he set out to do and is preparing to do more. In addition to his spending cuts, job creation, unemployment reduction, etc – he has overseen the slashing of the county tax rate. This has all led to invigorating the private sector. The real estate market is growing and there are significant investments being made in Orange County. The future looks bright for this county’s residents. Keeping Neuhaus at the helm likely will keep it that way, but if the voters want a different, darker path, then, like with most elections, they have an option. It’s Davis versus Neuhaus this November in Orange County, New York.

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE NEUHAUS BRINGS BRIGHT FUTURE TO ORANGE COUNTY IF RE-ELECTED

By MITCHEL CLIMENT

When first elected in 2013, Steve Neuhaus became one of the youngest county executives in the country’s history. He is now in the throes of a campaign for a bid to be re-elected to this post in Orange County, New York.

The man has had an impressive career trajectory:

Neuhaus went from a childhood on a working farm to becoming a Monroe-Woodbury graduate, who simultaneously took courses at SUNY Orange during his high school years. He received a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

With post-schooling experience in both the private and public sector – Neuhaus worker in the Newburgh City Manager’s Office and with the Village of Walden, in addition to a job as Vice President of Special Projects for Taylor Recycling in Montgomery – he gained considerable professional experience. Neuhaus began elected public service in 2004, as a councilman in Chester; he held that position until 2007. He then climbed the ranks to Chester Town Supervisor, where he ramped up his efforts in economic development, while holding the line on property taxes for the town’s residents. He remained in this office from 2008 until he assumed the Orange County Executive post in 2014.

After the September 11 attack, Neuhaus voluntarily joined the U.S. military. He enlisted in the Army Guard and later joined the United States Navy Reserves, where he currently serves as a lieutenant. In being assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, he often is taken to volatile locales, which denotes not only an impressive showing of loyalty to his nation but also inherently encompasses bravery.

Neuhaus was a guardian for the first Hudson Valley Honor Flight to bring World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the new memorial created in their honor. He is also a founding board member and former chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, which supports veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

It has been a difficult task for the Democrats to find an opponent suitable to run against this dynamic Republican county executive. If Neuhaus’s professional background isn’t daunting enough to scare off potential adversaries, his service as Orange County Executive surely makes it all that much worse. Since taking office, spending in his county is down – over $25 million down. The tax rate is lower. Unemployment has greatly decreased. Thousands of jobs have been created. And economic development is through the roof. Even union contracts that were expired when Neuhaus took office are now settled.

Democrat Michael Sussman, a well-known Orange County attorney and civil rights activist, considered running against Neuhaus, but decided against it. He admitted his hesitancy to oppose Neuhaus, saying, “How can I be the candidate for the Democratic Party in that context?”

With the deadline fast approaching and no viable candidate at hand, the Democrats finally nominated Pat Davis as their Orange County Executive candidate. While Neuhaus has done a lot to enrich Orange County, the 35-year-old Davis has been busy racking in millions for Price Waterhouse Cooper as a financial service advisor in their New York office.

There’s no telling what each man will bring to Orange County in the months and years to come, but one thing is certain: thus far, Neuhaus did what he set out to do and is preparing to do more. In addition to his spending cuts, job creation, unemployment reduction, etc – he has overseen the slashing of the county tax rate. This has all led to invigorating the private sector. The real estate market is growing and there are significant investments being made in Orange County. The future looks bright for this county’s residents. Keeping Neuhaus at the helm likely will keep it that way, but if the voters want a different, darker path, then, like with most elections, they have an option. It’s Davis versus Neuhaus this November in Orange County, New York.

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