Here is an update regarding the long awaited Tyrone Crabb Park from the Newburgh Historical Society:
On Friday afternoon City of Newburgh dignitaries past and present gathered at the corner of South Street and Grand Avenue to break ground for the long anticipated Tyrone Crabb Park.
Tyrone Crabb was a long time city resident who worked hard to improve the condition of the city and its people for many years. He served as a teacher in the Newburgh school system, a counselor in the Orange County Mental Health Department. He served as a commissioner of the Newburgh Housing Authority, eventually assuming chairmanship of that important board. He also served on the Newburgh City Council and in 1999 was elected Mayor of the City of Newburgh. Unfortunately Tyrone Crabb died just days before taking office. This park has been dedicated in his memory for all the fine work he did to improve the quality of life for all people living in this historic city.
The ceremony was hosted by Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy and included many city dignitaries including former Mayor Mary Crabb, former Mayor Nick Valentine, former councilman Steve Rockafellow, former city manager Harold Porr and current city manager Richard Herbek.
Harold Porr, Newburgh city manager from 1992 to 2002 stated, “This location is the most appropriate place to recognize the community service of Tyrone Crabb. This is the heart of the city. The Palatines, Newburgh’s earliest European settlers, erected the first church in Newburgh just on the opposite side of this street. The history of Newburgh is represented in the historic Town Cemetery which is the resting place for many of Newburgh first builders and finest citizens. This new Tyrone Crabb Park is placed here in the heart of the city. How appropriate, as Tyrone Crabb always had the best interest of the city in his heart.”