CITY OF NEWBURGH – Approval of a $564,300 bid to build a skateboard park in Newburgh was postponed on Monday as the city considers constructing a scaled-down version and using the savings on surveillance cameras.
The City Council postponed a vote on a bid by William J. Keller & Sons Construction Corp. during an emotional meeting that drew dozens of family and friends of Keyshan Gayle, the Newburgh Free Academy graduate shot and killed outside a grocery store on Aug. 30.
During a standing-room-only, four and a half hour meeting, Gayle’s mother, sister and friends demanded that the city repair nonworking cameras and improve street lighting.
“It’s about security and cameras,” Mayor Judy Kennedy said. “It’s not us making that decision. We’re listening to the community.”