Newburgh City Hall gets emergency repairs

Emergency repairs are being made to Newburgh City Hall to prevent it from falling apart. City Manager Michael Ciaravino says large cracks have been found

Emergency repairs are being made to Newburgh City Hall to prevent it from falling apart.

Emergency repairs are being made to Newburgh City Hall to prevent it from falling apart. (8/13/15)

NEWBURGH - Emergency repairs are being made to Newburgh City Hall to prevent it from falling apart.

City Manager Michael Ciaravino says large cracks have been found in the building's aging support beams, causing floors on all four levels to sag. New columns have been placed in the building's basement.

The repairs have caused several rooms to close or be cleared out.

Mayor Judy Kennedy says the repairs are short-term fixes and City Hall is not the only building in the city with safety issues.

Last November, News 12 first reported structural concerns in the police and fire department buildings. Kennedy says the cash-strapped city is considering a new municipal building to combine all of its services, but state and federal help is desperately needed.

Officials say that inspections at City Hall are ongoing and an emergency plan is in place if the building is deemed unsafe.

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