NEW BURGH In response to more than forty speakers, primarily Newburgh, Beacon, and Poughkeepsie residents, who primarily advocated for an ongoing ceasefire in the Middle East, the Newburgh City Council decided on Monday night to approve the motion.
Two voted against the measure, while five supported it.
The motion’s proponent, Councilman Robert McLymore, voiced concern about the division in the city about the matter.
If you could only listen to everyone who talked for a moment. Indeed, there were those who spoke in favor and those who opposed, but it still demonstrates the differences. He remarked, “All I’m asking is that we have to get together, come together, and unify.”
A large number of people spoke passionately about how Israel’s bombs had killed hundreds upon thousands of civilians, but only two Jewish men brought up the cruelty of Hamas’s October 7 attacks in Israel. A rabbi also joined the chorus of people demanding an end to hostilities.
Speaking before the local lawmakers, several warned the resolution would split the inhabitants of the city.
The resolution demanded support for a long-term truce in Gaza from President Biden, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Congressman Pat Ryan, State Senator Rob Rolison, and Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson.