Jessica VallejoApr 18, 2018, 8:14 pmApr 19, 2018, 12:10 am

Residents called her a ‘legend’ who ‘did a lot for the City of Newburgh’

Memorial service for Judy Kennedy will be held at the ‘Transition of Life’


NEWBURGH — Judy Kennedy, the accomplished mayor of Newburgh since 2012, died on Sunday morning after a battle with ovarian cancer. Also a beloved mother and grandmother, her success was measured in new businesses throughout the city, the reduction in crime, and with an uplift of optimism in the community. The city became more financially stable, cleaner, and safer.

“She was loved by many and will go down in the books as a legend. She did a lot for the City of Newburgh,” said Jose Rodriguez, a Newburgh resident.

Donations in Kennedy’s memory are asked to be made to the city’s ShotSpotter program, which is an audio sensor that detects gunshots.

Kennedy’s life will be honored to the public on Thursday at the “Transition of Life” service at 11 a.m. at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Attendees are asked to bring plants rather than flowers to plant in the city after the service.

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