The Hudson River is no doubt why theTown of Stuyvesant began and thrived through the early days. In recent years we have witnessed the River becoming much more of a tourist attraction, providing many with recreational opportunities. Maintaining and gaining access to the 9 miles of shoreline we enjoy here in town has been a goal for many years. Our town’s Comprehensive Plan speaks volumes about the importance of the River and our desire to have better access. We have gained considerable amenities at Ice House road location over the years, and now NYSDEC is working at Ferry Road location on an improved shoreline stabilization project that will provide us with a new fishing pier this Spring.
The major entity separating us from the River is the Railroad. While it is no doubt true that the development of the railroad brought prosperity to the town and the fact that the railroad exists today has helped maintain nature waterfront by keeping other development out, it does present its challenges to river access. The Rail Road has recently begun talks of installing fences in areas to channel pedestrian traffic to the at grade crossing that exist here in town. To help develop a response to the concerns of these fences limiting access or restricting views enjoyed by many, Scenic Hudson has developed an interactive mapping program that allows residents to comment on their personal use of the access points we enjoy or indicate unknown access points that have not been mapped.
I would encourage everyone to visit Hudson River Access and comment on their favorite river access points. Compiled, this information will be valuable to us locally and can become very good information that will be submitted to State agencies who have to determine the importance of river access, and approve the Railroad's plan for increased safety.
ENHANCED STAR: Seniors will no longer receive renewals (Blue forms) from the Assessor. NYS Tax & Finance has taken this exemption over. They will confirm eligibility and continue to process your Enhanced Star annually.
If you receive a letter from NYS asking for more information, please respond to the address provided on their letter.
SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION: Seniors will continue to receive a renewal (Pink form) in the mail from the Assessor. Please complete & sign the form and return it to the ASSESSOR prior to March 1 with income documentation.
If you currently have the BASIC STAR and are 65 or turning 65 in 2020 and would like to apply for the ENHANCED STAR, please visit the Assessor’s Office for an application and instructions.
If you currently do not have a STAR exemption on your primary residence, you should contact NYS to register with them : www.tax.ny.gov or 518-457-2036.
ALL EXEMPTIONS ARE DUE PRIOR TO MARCH 1, 2020
Please contact the Assessor with questions: 518758-6248 ext. 21
We have been notified that DOT and DEC have begun work at the end of Ferry Road. Until further notice, the road is only open to local traffic - going to the residences on the road. The DEC lands at the end of the road will not be open to the public.