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Fireworks dazzle spectators along the Newburgh waterfront

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The show goes on along the waterfront. As our Christian Farrell tells us, thanks to some friends, fireworks light up the sky once again in the City of Newburgh.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- It's a summer tradition along the banks of the Hudson. Fireworks along the river in Newburgh have been a Fourth of July staple for some 40 years. But firework shows cost money. And city officials say they can no longer afford them.

"We have an item on the budget line for ten thousand. But it's just written on that line. There's nothing behind it," said City of Newburgh Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo.

So this year, the event that typically attracts thousands of people, gets some outside help. The Greater Newburgh Partnership steps up to sponsor this dazzling show that has been a hit here for decades.

"We funded the fireworks at no cost to the city and hope it will become an annual event that gets bigger and better every year," said Greater Newburgh Partnership Executive Director Sue Sullivan.

Officials with the non-profit organization say it's costing them about $20,000 to put on the show. Meanwhile, the City of Newburgh is covering the cost of crowd control.

"It's great to have the fireworks. People come out enjoy life. See the fireworks with their family," said Newburgh resident Darren Williams.

"Having them be shot off a barge in the middle of the Hudson River really provides a gift to both sides of the river: Dutchess County and Orange County as well," said Sullivan.

But it's a gift intended mostly for the City of Newburgh.

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