Residents of the City of Middletown:
As we approach the summer months, I wanted to personally reach out for you to clarify some of the provisions of the Middletown City Code regarding the possession, purchase, and use of fireworks within our city. Over the past three years, there has been a great deal of confusion as to whether or not fireworks are legal within the City of Middletown. For that reason, I want to clearly and undeniably advise all residents of the following: The purchase, possession, use, and sale of ALL fireworks (including sparklers) is prohibited anywhere within the confines of the City of Middletown.
Much of the confusion that exists regarding fireworks has to do with the legalization of certain types of fireworks by the State of New York in June of 2015. As a result of that legislation, sparklers and other similar types of fireworks became legal to sell, possess, and use in certain areas of New York State, including many of the towns and villages just outside of the City of Middletown. Nevertheless, the Middletown Common Council elected to opt out of this legislation, thereby leaving the fireworks laws unchanged for the City of Middletown.
The purpose behind the Middletown Common Council’s decision to opt out of the new fireworks legislation was simple: Our elected officials want to ensure that all of our residents remain safe and free to enjoy our quiet and peaceful community, without the excessive noise and substantial injury risks that fireworks pose. The city and county offer a number of fireworks demonstrations for you and your family to enjoy free of charge, so I encourage you to take advantage of these great opportunities.
Every summer, our agency responds to hundreds of complaints for fireworks being shot off and detonated in our neighborhoods. I want to respectfully ask that all residents assist in preventing injuries, unnecessary noise, and fires by choosing not to purchase and utilize any type of fireworks within the City of Middletown. I also ask that you keep an open line of communication to the police department, contacting us with any issues you may have, whether it be fireworks related or any other occurrence, so that we can effectively address your concerns. Together, we can build a safer Middletown!
Chief of Police
The City of Middletown
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Below is a list of the Bus Stop locations throughout the City of Middletown:
at "Franklin Square" on South Street near the former TD Bank Building
at Top of Ridge Street near Touro College Bus shelter
at King Street & James Street
at East Main Street & Railroad Avenue (on Railroad Ave. across from Tony Boffas Restaurant)
at Shop Rite on Dolson Avenue
at Dolson Avenue near Auto Zone
City of Middletown Code Chapter 319 Littering
No person shall post or affix any notice, poster or other paper or device calculated to attract the attention of the public to any lamppost, street sign, public utility pole or shade tree, or upon any public structure, building, public right-of-way or City property except as may be authorized or required by law.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of an offense within the meaning of the Penal Law of the State of New York and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $750 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.
Thank you to everyone who came to the City Hall Time Capsule Opening on Friday, June 28, 2013 by Mayor DeStefano and Council President Miguel Rodrigues.
The contents of the capsule is in the process of being preserved with the recomendation of a historical preservation company who preserves our historical records for City Hall. After the preservation process is complete the contents of the time capsule will be on display in City Hall. Please check this website for futher details on the time line of the display.
If you did not come to the opening of the time capsule please see the link below for the contents:
As soon as the preservation process is complete we will have the contents scaned and on the website. Below is a sample of a 1899 silver certificate dollar that was in the capsule by Hulse Brothers Jewelers and Optometrists at 9 James Street dated August 2, 1910.
Also, please check out our website for the placement of new time capsule that will be placed back into the cornerstone of City Hall soon.