WHEREAS, Our country is made up of people from every nation on earth, who are declared equal not only in freedom but also in justice, both of which are essential for a healthy human civilization; and

WHEREAS, On New Year's Day, January 1, 1863, using his war powers as President, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, providing that all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free;" and

WHEREAS, The Emancipation Proclamation made the permanent abolition of slavery a Union war aim and provided the legal framework for the emancipation of nearly all four million slaves as the Union armies advanced; and

WHEREAS, Hearing of the Proclamation, many slaves escaped to Union lines as the army units moved south; and

WHEREAS, Texans began the celebration of Juneteenth in 1866, with community events such as parades, cookouts, prayer gatherings, musical performances and historical cultural readings; some communities purchased land for Juneteenth celebrations, such as Emancipation Park in Houston, TX; and as freed families emigrated from Texas to other parts of the United States, they carried the Juneteenth celebration with them; and

WHEREAS, Al Edwards, a freshman state representative, put forward the bill 1979 making Texas the first state to grant this emancipation celebration; and on January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official Texas state holiday; and since then, 45 other states and the District of Columbia have also declared it an official holiday; and

RESOLVED, I, Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor of the City of Middletown, do hereby designate the June 19th, 2020 as Juneteenth.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City,
DONE at the City of Middletown, New York this nineteenth day of June 2020. Dated: June 19, 2020



Pursuant to Section 24 of the New York Executive Law and in accordance with the Code and Charter of the City of Middletown, New York, I, Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor of the City of Middletown, New York, make the following findings and orders in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus, in New York State and particularly in Orange County:

WHEREAS, I issued a Proclamation of Local State of Emergency, effective March 16, 2020, based upon findings and conditions which are hereby fully incorporated into this Proclamation as if fully set forth herein, and

WHEREAS, I extended said Proclamation on April 3, 2020 to be effective until May 2, 2020, and

WHEREAS, I extended said Proclamation on April 30, 2020 to be effective until May 15, 2020, and

WHEREAS, I extended said Proclamation on May 14, 2020 to be effective until May 30, 2020, and

WHEREAS, the findings and conditions that led to the issuance and extensions of such Proclamation have continued despite the beginning of the phased reopening of New York State, and

WHEREAS, the Governor has made clear that the success of the phased reopening depends upon adherence to the guidelines incorporated in my initial Proclamation.

NOW, THEREFORE, based upon the above findings and in accordance with applicable local and State law, I, Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor of the City of Middletown, New York, have promulgated the following local emergency orders to protect life and health and to bring the emergency situation under control:

1. The state of local emergency due to the virus as set forth above shall commence at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020 and shall terminate on July 10, 2020, unless rescinded on an earlier date by me.

2. All of the orders and directives set forth in my initial Proclamation, effective March 16, 2020, and as amended by my Proclamations of April 3, 2020, April 30, 2020 and May 14, 2020, are hereby renewed and re-issued as if fully incorporated herein.

3. A person who shall violate any provision of this Proclamation, including provisions carried over from my initial and amended Proclamations, or who violates any currently effective provision of any executive order or proclamation issued by the Governor of the State of New York between March 1, 2020 and July 10, 2020, shall be guilty, upon conviction, of an offense punishable by a fine not less than $250 nor more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Promulgated this 11th day of June, 2020, at Middletown, New York.

Joseph M. DeStefano


Effective Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the City of Middletown Senior Center will be closed for all programming.  The bus service will continue to operate on its regular schedule.  At this point we are hopeful that regular programming will resume approximatley at the end of March.  We will advise in advance of re-opening date.

During this period, the building will be scrubbed and sanitized.

Seniors are at higher risk for adverse health complications if they  contact this virus it is recommended that they stay away from public places and gatherings to protect their health.

Some seniors rely on the center for food, warmth and socialization.  Closing the doors will have a severe impact on vulnerable individuals.

Staff at the center will be availible by phone to assist any Middletown Seniors with any special needs and bus transportation.  Phone number is 845-346-4073.

The center has set-up volunteers to assist seniors with shopping, transportation, and other needs.  If you or someone you know is looking for help, please contact the Senior Center at 845-346-4073.

Joseph DeStefano



Proposal on changes of sanitation pick-up in the city of Middletown.

A Public Hearing for this porposal will be published in the nespaper and on this website soon

Click here for full proposal →  pdf Proposal for Sanitation Pick-Up (236 KB)

PEARL RIVER, NY February 25, 2020 --- O&R customers are being hounded by a new round of persistent predatory phone calls today from phony bill collectors trying to steal their money.
The scheme goes this way: individuals posing as O&R employees call unsuspecting customers and threaten them with the immediate shut off of their electric service if they don’t pay phony O&R bills with Green Dot or other prepaid debit cards.

Here are two big reasons not to believe any crook who makes a shutoff threat:

NO DEBIT CARDS - O&R does not accept bill payment for electric and gas utility bills by Green Dot or any other prepaid debit cards. Never has.

NO IMMEDIATE SHUTOFF - Disconnecting O&R electric or gas service for non-payment of bills involves a multi-step process – including written communications from O&R to the customer over a period of several days, or even weeks --- not hours. That process is regulated by the NYS Public Service Commission and NJ Board of Public Utilities.

So, if someone calls you, says they are an O&R employee and threatens to shut off your electric or gas service that day if not immediately paid through a prepaid debit card, here’s what you should do:

Hang Up – Disengage so you’re not further subjected to the fraudulent high-pressure “sales pitch.”

Text Trouble – After you hang up on them, the more aggressive predatory callers will try to repeat their shutoff threat by texting you. Ignore the threat.

Don’t Hit “REDIAL” – The caller ID screen on your phone for the phony bill collector’s call may read “Orange and Rockland Utilities”, but that’s a hi-tech bogus copy of the utility company’s number. That’s not O&R. Do not redial, and don’t call the number that the caller gives you to call them back. That will reconnect you to the crook.

Fast Track - If you are unsure about whether you have an overdue balance on your O&R bill, the fastest way to find out is to log onto your account through ORU.com. to review your latest account information. You also can call O&R’s automated phone system at 1-877-434-4100. Have your Orange and Rockland account number ready and follow the automated phone prompts to check your balance.