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Veteran Real Estate Attorney to Be Honored As 2023 ‘Woman of Achievement in Economic Development’ on Oct. 3

The Orange County Partnership has announced that Kelly Naughton, partner at the Goshen law firm Naughton & Torre, LLP, has been named the organization’s 2023 "Woman of Achievement in Economic Development” honoree.


Naughton, a resident of The Town of Wallkill, will receive her award at the Orange County Partnership’s Investor Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at The Barn at Villa Venezia in Middletown. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m.


Orange County Partnership officials note that Naughton began her career as an attorney representing municipalities in Orange County, as well as private developers, in 2006. Since then, Naughton has been involved in some of the largest economic development projects in Orange County, including serving as attorney for the Town of Goshen’s Planning Board in connection with LEGOLAND New York’s theme park proposal. The development secured all municipal approvals in less than a year’s time. Naughton also represented Resorts World Hudson Valley in its successful bid to locate a gaming facility at the Newburgh Mall. Both projects are highly successful and generating hundreds of new jobs and millions in tax revenues to Orange County.


Orange County Partnership officials note that Naughton is currently involved in projects that cover many of the growth sectors of the Orange County economy: industrial, travel-tourism, residential and green energy to name just a few.


Maureen Halahan, CEO of The Orange County Partnership, said of this year’s Woman of Distinction: “We are honoring Kelly Naughton because of her resilience and intelligence that has directly enhanced our ability to attract and retain quality projects resulting in good paying jobs for the residents of Orange County. Specifically, her work on the Legoland project in Goshen, the Resorts World Hudson Valley project in Newburgh, and a host of strategic economic development projects that have created thousands of new jobs and contributed untold economic benefits to Orange County’s dynamic economy. In addition, Kelly’s municipal law expertise is vital to many local communities, helping advance visionary and prudent progress. Her efforts positively impact the lives of so many, with measurable results that strengthen economic development not only here in Orange County, but throughout the region.”


For more information, to make a reservation or to sponsor the event, contact Rebecca Hulse at or at 845.294.2323