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Thursday, November 20, 2014 – The New York Department of State today announced the designation of Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP), Inc. as the Community Action Agency dedicated to serving the City of Newburgh. Through this designation, RECAP will receive federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds to provide targeted programs and services promoting economic independence for low-income individuals and families within the City of Newburgh. CSBG funds are administered in New York by the New York Department of State.

“Whether they are workforce skills training and job linkage programs, infrastructure improvements eliminating restrictions to economic growth in poor communities, social services to address challenges facing the long-term unemployed, or transportation assistance to reach newly created jobs, our state is seeking to bolster economic productivity across New York State by helping our poorest communities overcome barriers to economic success,” said Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “RECAP’s work in Newburgh will help the most vulnerable residents of our State. We look forward to RECAP’s success in building ladders of opportunity for the people of Newburgh.”

The federal Community Services Block Grant is funded through the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the New York Department of State. CSBG funds are provided to a designated network of Community Action Agencies throughout the State based on a federally mandated proportionate share funding formula to provide underserved communities with neighborhood-based services and initiatives designed to improve the economic conditions of their residents and combat the central causes of poverty. Designations for unserved areas are awarded following an open competitive application process. 

Established in 1965, RECAP is a not-for-profit anti-poverty organization committed to helping low-income residents in Orange County meet their fundamental needs by taking a proactive stance in combating the symptoms and causes of poverty. RECAP will provide much needed services to Newburgh residents, including: employment and training, parole re-entry assistance, emergency food support, weatherization assistance, veterans and homeless supportive housing and Head Start.

Joseph Czajka, the incoming Executive Director of RECAP, stated: “I look forward to working in collaboration with the City of Newburgh and local community agencies to enhance the quality of life for the residents of the City and create economic opportunities.” Czajka, who has been working in Community and Economic Development for nearly 25 years added, "These are exciting times in our community and the CSBG program will provide a solid foundation and act as a catalyst for RECAP to work in conjunction with our community partners to leverage additional resources to assist the residents and businesses in Newburgh.” 

“RECAP is an organization that has managed great programs,” said Judy Kennedy, Mayor of Newburgh. “Their ‘Fresh Start Café’ is just one example of how they give people a second chance to become self-sufficient.  I am excited to have RECAP as our community partner to help our low-income population create new opportunities to have a better quality of life.”

“Congratulations to RECAP for administering the Regional Community Action Program in Newburgh,” said Assemblyman Frank Skartados. “Their work will help numerous families and individuals overcome serious challenges, so they can improve their lives, and the community they live in, today and for years to come!”

Senator Bill Larkin said: “I have worked with RECAP for many years and consider them a real asset to the City of Newburgh. As a Community Action Agency, they will be able to expand their services and continue to be an integral part of Newburgh’s revitalization. I would like to thank Secretary Perales for this designation and for recognizing the tremendous assistance RECAP provides to the residents of Newburgh and their vital place in the community.”

“RECAP is an effective community partner in our effort to provide increased employment opportunities to City of Newburgh residents and emphasize a culture of success,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus. “My administration looks forward to working with Mayor Kennedy and others to achieve these goals.”




Contact:    Laz Benitez/Edison Alban (New York Department of State) 212-417-5803
                                          Charles J. Darden (Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc.) 845-421-6243