NEWBURGH – Democratic committee member and community leader, Bryan Luna announces that he is running for an open At-Large seat in the Newburgh City Council. Luna, reflecting about his upbringing in his childhood neighborhood, Grand Street.
“Our community is struggling with the rising cost of living, from unaffordable rent to devastating utility expenses. Our residents don’t have the luxury of waiting for Federal and State politicians. A collaborative, accountable and decisive government is essential to address the challenges Newburgh faces. Equally so, is a public servant who shows up for the residents and is unafraid to raise the hard truths. As a child of Mexican immigrants, as a homeowner and as a life-long resident of the City of Newburgh I want to contribute to the changes we are seeing in our community. I will be a fierce voice for City of Newburgh residents and a public servant beholden to the community members above all else.” said Luna.
“While it is undeniable that Newburgh is experiencing an important renaissance, we must also ensure that generations of community members aren’t being priced out of their neighborhoods. We are attracting economic anchors to our community that will help us face some of our challenges such as high unemployment and housing. However, we need to ensure that we are planning for an inclusive and sustainable Newburgh. We must also ensure that we are allocating the adequate funds to public safety services and DPW, who are the backbone of the city. The City of Newburgh government is at a crucial crossroads. The policies we enact as a city, will shape whether we are a community that fuels revitalization or feeds displacement. It is essential that we bridge our community to the changes happening in Newburgh. Decisions made today must provide our residents a future here.”
Bryan Luna born in the City of Newburgh, a first generation Mexican American, attended public education and graduated class of 2011 from Newburgh Free Academy. He is an alumni of SUNY Orange and New Paltz. Working in the field of human services since 2016 and currently a graduate student at CUNY Baruch for his masters in mental health counseling.