City of Newburgh Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo May Be Retiring from City Council, But Is Not At All Done With Her Community Work
There are few citizens in Orange County, or elsewhere for that matter, who have stepped up to show the kinds of dedication and civic commitment seen by Regina Angelo’s passion for the City of Newburgh over the past 40 years. When she officially retires next month there is some serious talk about creating a special position in the City for this very special person’s endless community work.
In addition to her longtime position on the City Council, her accomplishments on behalf of Newburgh are and will become legendary. Best known for her beautification work, which led to her once being dubbed Newburgh’s “Flower Power Lady”, and for starting the popular International Waterfront Festival 25 years ago, she has also been instrumental in restoration projects throughout the City, including revitalization of a 3-block area around the Landmark Collectibles shop she opened on Liberty Street near Washington’s Headquarters 15 years ago. Angelo was named Deputy Mayor in February of 2014.
She helped form the Newburgh Citizens Advisory Commission to improve communication between residents and city officials. It includes representatives from all nine of Newburgh’s voting wards, and is their liaison to the city council.
Noting a few more of Regina’s accomplishments toward a better Newburgh: Angelo was instrumental in establishing and helping to flourish include the City’s Pride Month for cleanup in May, a citizen observer program to help police, barter programs for home services, organizing the parades for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and the yearly Christmas Tree Lighting. She helped establish housing rehabilitation loan program, was involved with Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA as well as being the local 4-H “City Slickers” Club leader for 25 years. She also served on the following boards:
Downing Park Planning Committee
Historical Society of the Newburgh Bay and the Hudson Highlands since 1973
Board member of the Friends of Historic Sites
Member of the Newburgh Democratic Committee since 1952
Member Club 60
Member of NAACP
Member of the Opti-Mrs
Board member and former membership chairman for Trestle
4-H Leader at the Newburgh Free Library for 35 years…The City Slickers
Member of the Foreign Trade Zone Committee
Former board member of YMCA and Big Brothers, Big Sisters boards
Secretary to the Joint Memorial Day Parade committee for the past ten years
One might say her work is “legendary”, except that it appears that, at 84, Regina Angelo is far from done.