Announcement to be made very soon!: Garnham

PORT JERVIS — Douglas Garnham is running for Second Ward Common Councilman, on the Republican line, this November. There’s going to be a “full announcement” soon Douglas told BriennaParsons.com Thursday evening. Details of the announcement are being worked out by Mr. Garnham and his team of “15 or so” individuals and are still to be seen, but he has agreed to further questions about city policy in an upcoming interview.

The forthcoming profile, to the backdrop: the City in Renaissance, Mr Garnham, will be answering questions regarding city policy and issues such as the Council, planning, zoning, recent construction, taxes, fees, as well as other matters. To be part of the conversation, leave your Port Jervis subject of interest or questions for Douglas Garnham in the comments. As always, thank you again for reading.

Port Jervis: Turning Over a New Leaf

PORT JERVIS – It’s late September 2015, and unseasonably warm. I’m wearing jeans and a black v-neck as I cross Front Street and Jersey Avenue to approach the Gun Lady I was chasing down a story that I had just stumbled upon after a speed bump along my initial path had sent me home.

Maria Mann, the patron saint of the city of Port Jervis, according to a 2nd Ward resident at the time, was running for the Common Council from her ward. Aiming to be picked up by the Republican committee, the female gun shop owner with progressive views and conservative tastes, made the one liberal bone in my body twitch. After chasing scoops and policy change for years at a “progressive” Upstate New York college, I couldn’t slow my haste, and decided to drop in for an interview.

No forewarning, I requested a Q&A session that moment, and she graciously accepted. Conveniently, Maria’s Campaign Manager, Christopher, was there and helped smooth the harshly left-of-center questions back into focus within the city. Maria, didn’t bat an eye at my gay or transgender outward appearance, and neither did he; not only that, but they were genuinely helpful in keeping me informed and without slant in their favor with their info.

Fast forward, the Primaries, like the most recent Bernie Bust, were rigged. At least, that was the unofficial reason that Maria Mann didn’t get her name on the ballot under the red flag. She didn’t give up, and neither did any of her voters, she ran as a write in.

Coming close, Maria would try the tactic of the write-in candidacy one mote time upon the mournful passing of a long-time statesman, Mr. Bell. Another unsuccessful bid by a hair, had honestly left ‘the people’s candidate’ bruised and without her trusted Campaign Manager, or myself for the record as a GOTV and Volunteer coordinator. The job was beyond my availability and expertise, but Maria Mann didn’t need it, because she knew to stick to her guns.

Maria wouldn’t let them forget their choices, their words, and especially not their inaction. Taking action in the name of justice is what accelerated her to the greater public eye in the first place, when she helped in the arrest of the man who had murdered her neighboring shop owner, Mr. Kucher. Her luck, dedication to the city, and persistence paid off.

Monday evening, the Common Council of the city of Port Jervis, with the resignation upon a conflict of interest by Mr. van Horn , filled his seat. The body led by 2nd Ward Senior Councilman George Belcher moved to appoint Maria Mann 2nd Ward Councilwoman beside them. Many celebrated in the city that night.

Looking forward to asking you questions at Council meetings Maria.

New Addition of Vaczine Magazine reaches Port!

PORT JERVIS, New York – Last Thursday morning, in the hours before dawn, Vaczine Magazine #3 by Walt Cessna arrived in the care of two agents of art. The piece, free to one of the contributors and residents of Port Jervis, Owen Tate, is the third in a series of photography magazines that curate and showcase works of LGBT artists from all over. The magazine is now on display at The Space in Port Jervis.

For more information on viewing the magazine or purchasing a copy for yourself, please contact Owen Tate. His recent photographic ensemble, Celso by Owen Tate, is still on display at the Mount Vernon Public Library in New York City. All business inquiries can be directed to the artist, whom is always eager to work with new and returning artists.


Featured Image of Gwen with U Project CD, Horns Magazine, and Vaczine Magazine by Owen Tate.

Special Council Meeting, November 22nd, Tuesday, pre-Thanksgiving

A Special Common Council Meeting was scheduled Saturday, for the following Tuesday, the 22nd, before Thanksgiving. Many elected representatives of Port Jervis, New York were ill-notified of the session, and subsequently, the public, which was in poor attendance of the most recent engagement this past Monday. With topics for public discussion on the Port Jervis Ambulance Corps and our current local water crisis, it is with high hopes that one expects the press to be present, and perhaps even a better turnout than the most recent Monday Common Council Meeting.

The Port Jervis Ambulance Corp, an independent body unconnected to the city, was once a wholly volunteer organization. However, in more recent years since it was originally organized, it has paid EMTs and Paramedics, in order to offset the costs of their training. Unfortunately, it has had to close due to its services remaining unpaid for by those that utilize it.

Second on the agenda is the current state of Port Jervis water. Where we aren’t discussing the drying reservoir system, we are most certainly speaking about the water quality in the city and its plumbing. The costs of renovating the piping and cleaning up the water as a whole is something of great debate for residents.

Again, please make it to the Special Common Council Meeting Monday in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building of Port Jervis, 20 Hammond Street, at 6pm.