If it’s not too late, the leaders of SUNY Orange should pause in their plans to abandon the project overhauling three buildings near the City of Newburgh campus on Grand Street and using them for job training.

If it’s not too late, members of the Orange County Legislature should pause in their plans to sell the old YMCA building, a decision that removes it from its central position in the SUNY Orange development.

If it’s not too much trouble, somebody in authority in Orange County should explain why the Legislature decided it would scuttle this plan, one that had already been in the works for many months, one that already had attracted $3.2 million in state grants and private donations, one that was expected to get another $3.2 million in state matching funds, one that was a centerpiece in the application of the seven-county Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council for last year’s annual Consolidated Funding process, one that received $200,000 in funding in one of the last official acts of state Sen. Bill Larkin who had long been a supporter of the SUNY Orange expansion in Newburgh.

And if it’s not too much trouble, perhaps somebody could explain how all of that planning, all of the money and effort, could come apart merely because, as Newburgh Legislator Kevindaryan Lujan explained in an essay in the Times Herald-Record on Sunday, “Earlier this year, a developer was invited to present before the Legislature’s Education and Economic Development Committee and pitch an alternative project for the YMCA building.”

This happened, he said, “unbeknownst to the officials at the college, who had already spent months raising millions of dollars in funding.”

That building was a central part of the plan. SUNY Orange expected it to generate revenue from rent that employers would pay and they could use that to balance anticipated losses at the other two buildings which did not have the same potential, which were less flexible in how their space could be used.

Yet according to Steve Brescia, chairman of the Legislature, the county decided that it wanted to make back some of the $3.6 million it spent to buy the three buildings and decided it could do that by selling the YMCA building.

That makes about as much sense as his explanation earlier this year to have the county charge Valley View $3 million for its use of county services, a practice that is not evident in any other part of the government.

In that case, despite a bad precedent there has not been permanent damage yet because we do not know how this withdrawal of funds will affect the people who live and work at Valley View.

In this case we already can see that the invitation to have a developer come in and talk about selling a building, a building that SUNY Orange, Sen. Larkin and the Regional Economic Development Council all thought had already been spoken for, is doing the kind of damage that shows just what the rest of the legislators really think about the City of Newburgh and their intention to improve the economic opportunities of its citizens.