Mayor Torrance Harvey is a history teacher, published poet and motivational speaker, who moved to Newburgh, New York as a teenager in 1991 with his family and fell in love with the historical texture and character of the city. Mayor Torrance Harvey served for two years as a City Councilman at large and is completing former Mayor Judy Kennedy’s term at her request. He was appointed on April 23, 2018 with a unanimous vote by the current City Council; his council seat was then filled by Anthony Grice. Mayor Harvey has been a history educator at Newburgh Free Academy for the past two decades.
Mayor Harvey resides in Newburgh with his wife, Tina and three children, TJ, Armani and Brizayna. He is also a part of the Excelsior Academy at NFA’s North Campus, which is a New York State P-TECH program. Excelsior Academy is a unique program where students receive a high school diploma and an Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences in Cyber Security or Networking through SUNY Orange.
Mayor Harvey has initiated many pieces of legislation and initiatives to reduce crime in our city, including a comprehensive video surveillance program and the Shotspotter Program. He is the founder and president of 100 Men For Newburgh, a mentoring group for inner city youth. Most recently, Mayor Harvey has been working with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District on an Obama Foundation initiative created for young men of color called the My Brother's Keeper Program.
After graduating with a B.A. in drama from Morehouse College, Mayor Harvey was recruited to attend an MFA in Acting Program at DePaul University and later received a Master of Science Degree in History and Secondary Education from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Mayor Harvey was awarded Mount Saint Mary College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.
In addition to numerous recognitions throughout his teaching career, Mayor Harvey recently released his first book of poetry, Y’a Sankofa. He recently traveled to Quito, Ecuador with Global to Local, where he volunteered alongside fifteen high school students and four colleagues in an after-school program for underserved youth. He won the My Favorite Teacher Contest through the annual Newburgh Barnes & Nobles Contest in 2018. Mayor Harvey believes in the value of serving others and his community, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve his city.
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