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Representatives want long-term ban on Hudson River anchorages

Nov 28, 2017 3:02 pm
The Mid-Hudson News Network reports in the Daily Freeman that three Hudson Valley-based Democratic House members called for a long-term ban on Hudson River anchorages on Nov. 27. Currently, the U.S. Coast Guard, which proposed the anchorages last year, is completing its Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment. “The safety process they are running is a good process, but I am concerned that it could result in a revised proposal that might still be problematic,” U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Democrat of Cold Spring, said. “We are watching it very closely. We are keeping the coalition together and we are going to hold their feet to the fire to make sure that whatever they do in this area is properly focused on what is good for our communities and the real safety issues we have on the river.” In May, U.S. Rep. John Faso, Republican of Kinderhook, added an amendment to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, to delay any new barge anchorage sites on the Hudson River for at least a year. The Coast Guard, facing opposition, eventually withdrew its anchorage proposal, but then started a new study last month. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.