In an effort to consolidate services, DMV Commissioner, Annie Rabbit has recommended closing the Newburgh DMV located on Broadway. The plan would be to merge the three remaining Orange County DMV offices to one in Middletown. If the plan is carried out, Newburgh residents will either have to go to Beacon or Middletown.
According to local attorney, Juliana Lobiondo, before the Goshen office was closed Newburgh did the second highest amount of transactions and now does over 90,000 transactions per year. She says that, “The people on this end of the county are going to fall into two categories: those who are not able to afford a 50-mile round trip car ride to Middletown and cannot give up half a day of work, and who will be completely disenfranchised. And those of us who can afford it but will choose to go to Beacon instead, or do everything possible online.” She goes on to propose to build a Mega DMV in Newburgh instead of Goshen since Newburgh could use the economic boost such an office would provide.
What are your thoughts about the possibility of the Newburgh DMV closing or a new Mega DMV in the city? For more on Mrs. Lobiondo’s thoughts, check out her blog post.
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