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.
Supervisor Knott, working with Congressman Gibson, has addressed residents' concerns about the odor at the riverfront from the railroad ties being stored. The following link will take you to a letter from Supervisor Knott updating you on the status of that problem.
In an effort to correct inaccuracies and provide the most up-to-date information to stakeholders, landowners, and citizens, we here at National Grid want to share the following with you.
You may have recently received or viewed an email from Scenic Hudson, an opponent to the much-needed transmission upgrades. Included was a misleading graphic of what the new transmission system would look like in the Hudson Valley. The graphic misinformed the public, rather than provide a fair assessment of the upgrades. The graphic shows the current lattice transmission structures standing approximately 80-90 feet tall. Scenic Hudson's graphic also shows the proposed monopole transmission structures standing at 120 feet tall.
This is not what National Grid proposed. The proposed monopole structure would stand approximately 85-90 feet tall throughout most of the route in the Hudson Valley. The structures would not be 30 feet taller as shown by Scenic Hudson.
Scenic Hudson should be claiming victory: DPS released the final staff report, stating that an upgraded transmission system should not be expanded outside of the current right of way, that there would be no new Hudson River crossings, and there would likely be fewer structures than currently stand.