Boards & Commissions

Board and Commission Appointment Policy and Procedure

A uniform policy and procedure for the appointment of individuals to serve on the City’s boards and commissions.

Appointments List

A list of all current City board and commission vacancies which will expire during the next calendar year with the name of the incumbent appointee, the date of appointment, and the date the term expires.

Board & Commission Application

Submit completed application or letter of intent to City of Newburgh Executive Office, attn: City Manager, 83 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550 or e-mail to

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Architectural Review Commission

The City's Architectural Review Commission (ARC), a certified agent of New York's State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO) is charged with protecting and promoting the enhancement of this cultural resource.

Arts & Cultural Commission

The mission of the Arts and Cultural Commission is to advise and make recommendations to the City government and its agencies on issues related to the development of art and culture and to insure public funding for the arts and arts education.

Board of Assessment Review

The Board of Assessment Review shall hear and determine complaints in relation to assessments and shall have all the powers and duties imposed by law on Boards of Review by Article 5 of the Real Property Tax Law and by any other law.

Board of Electrical Examiners

The City of Newburgh Board of Electrical Examiners is responsible for procedures designed to ensure the safe installation of electrical wiring and appliances in any building in the city.

Board of Ethics

The Ethics Board members review possible violations and complaints submitted towards officers and employees in the City of Newburgh.

Conservation Advisory Council

The purpose of the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) is to act as an advocate for all of the City's natural resources, including open spaces, wetlands, drinking water sources, the urban forest, coastal areas, and air quality.

Citizens Advisory Committee

The Citizens Advisory Committee’s sole purpose is to develop a pool of individuals interested and qualified to serve on the City of Newburgh’s next districting commission to evaluate the existing wards and redistrict them as necessary so that they remain compact and contiguous and in compliance with established standards of State and Federal law.

Civil Service Commission 

The Civil Service Commissioners (CSC) regulate the employment and working conditions of civil servants, oversee hiring and promotions, and promotes the values of the public service. The CSC shall have such powers, exercise such functions and perform such duties as are conferred or imposed by law upon Civil Service Commissioners.

Districting Commission

The Districting Commission is established every 10 years following the availability of the necessary decennial federal census data to evaluate existing wards and redistrict them as necessary so that they remain compact and contiguous and in compliance with established standards of state and federal law for equal and fair representation of all people in the City of Newburgh.

Examining Board of Plumbers

Responsible for overseeing the Plumbing Inspector in administering permits for any new plumbing installation and any renovation that involves modifications to existing plumbing services.

Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission receives complaints of alleged discrimination in the workplace.

Newburgh Housing Authority

The Newburgh Housing Authority (NHA) provides quality affordable and safe housing, as it strives to move our community forward and help families move from dependency to self-sufficiency. 

Newburgh Industrial Development Agency 

The mission of the City of Newburgh Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is to help attract and contribute to Newburgh’s job opportunities, a diverse and net positive tax base to provide long term economic prosperity and sustainability and advance the general welfare and standard of living for the city and its residents through the promotion, development, encouragement, and assistance of industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, commercial, technology, tourism initiatives, and recreational facilities, utilizing Green practices and adaptive re-use where available.

Police-Community Relations and Review Board

The PCRRB is an independent, nonexclusive body which reviews complaints of misconduct by members of the City of Newburgh Police Department.  The goals of the Board and Chapter 72 of the City Code are to improve communication between the City of Newburgh Police Department and the community, increase police accountability and credibility with the public and to create a fair and impartial complaint process.

Planning Board

The Planning Board shall have full power and authority to make or cause to be made such investigations, maps, reports and recommendations relating to the planning and development of the city as may be advisable or which the Council may direct.

Strategic Economic Development Committee

The Mayor’s Strategic Economic Development Advisory Committee (SEDAC) is a volunteer, community-led, non-chartered advisory board of residents, business owners, community leaders, and stakeholders tasked with analyzing, reviewing, and advising the City Council on economic development opportunities that are effective, inclusive, and equitable.

Transportation Advisory Committee

The Transportation Advisory Committee is a group of residents, volunteers, and City staff who advocate for a safe and effective multi-modal transportation network for the city's residents and businesses.

Zoning Board of Appeals 

The Zoning Board of Appeals enforces the zoning laws of the City of Newburgh and hears applications for variances to those laws.