LINCOLN DAY DINNER A SUCCESS
Statistics prove that the Democrats are becoming the predominant party in Orange County. Last Friday night, at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Anthony’s Pier 9, it was shown again that at least in the Town of Newburgh the Republicans remain a vital, vibrant and enthusiastic force.
Leigh J. Benton, Republican Party chairman, welcomed nearly 150 guests to the festivities, which are hosted every year by the Town of Newburgh Republican Committee. Traditionally held in conjunction with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in February, the Committee voted late last year to withhold the 2018 festivities until April, in order to avoid potential postponement due to snowfall. The move proved to be prudent, as heavy snowstorms buffeted the mid Hudson valley throughout February and March, and even into April.
The high point of every Lincoln Day Dinner is the presentation of the “Republican of the Year” award, and this year proved to be no exception to the rule. The honoree was L. Stephen Brescia of Montgomery, who is now serving his twenty-fourth year as a member of the Orange County Legislature, as well as his twenty-seventh as Mayor of the Village of Montgomery. Since 2014, he has been the Chairman of the Legislature, as well as its longest serving member.
Mr. Brescia, who has lived on the same block in Montgomery all his life, has along with his family had a hand in many area businesses. As Mayor, he has been the spearhead for many public works projects in his village, and as a County Legislator, he has served on each of the eight statutory committees, in several occasions as Committee chairman.
Mr. Brescia’s respect in his community was underscored by a large contingent of Montgomery residents in attendance at the Lincoln Day Dinner. In addition, most Republican members of the County Legislature were present and were among many dignitaries to present Brescia with Certificates of Recognition.
Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio, who served as master of ceremonies at the event, presented Brescia with a resolution of the Town Board declaring April 6 to be “Steve Brescia Day” in the Town of Newburgh.
“The selection of Steve Brescia as ‘Republican of the Year’ by the Republican Committee was truly inspired,” said Town Clerk Andrew Zarutskie. “He is an outstanding public servant who is loved by many and respected by all.”
The Lincoln Day Dinner is a tradition in the Town of Newburgh extending back for nearly fifty years. The funds raised are used to defray the campaign expenses of the Republican candidates every year. It was discovered in the early years that the presentation of a Republican of the Year award always draws more patrons than in those years when there was no particular designee.
Also present at the dinner this year was Town Justice Jude T. Martini, who is seeking election to a fifth four year term this year. He is the only Town official whose term expires this year. As of this year, the Newburgh Town Board has had for twenty-five consecutive years a five to zero Republican majority.
Persons interested in obtaining more information about the Republican Committee are encouraged to contact Mr. Benton, Mr. Zarutskie, or any other member of the Committee.
Caption: At the Lincoln Day Dinner were Scott Manley, James Predutti, Honoree Stephen Brescia, Gil Piaquadio, and Paul Ruggiero, members of the Newburgh Town Board, as well as (L) Town of Newburgh Clerk Andrew Zarutskie.