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Greene urges Cuomo to sign anchorage bill

Oct 24, 2017 1:45 pm
The Mid-Hudson News Network reports that Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Environmental Action Director Manna Jo Greene is still hoping New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign legislation to hinder large tanker barges from parking in the Hudson River. The bill would amend existing law to allow state Department of Environmental Conservation officials to work with the Department of State and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to set, “conditions for petroleum-bearing vessels to enter or move upon navigable waters of the state, as well as tanker-avoidance zones” in the lower Hudson River. Ten new anchorage sites for commercial ships had been proposed between Kingston and Yonkers, though the U.S. Coast Guard pulled that proposal after much opposition. State Assemblyperson Didi Barrett, a Democrat from Hudson, and state Sen. Sue Serino, a Republican of Hyde Park, have said they agree with the activist group and want Cuomo to sign the bill. They contend that delay could lose an opportunity for the state to strengthen its position with federal agencies before a new U.S. Coast Guard review of the pending anchorage proposal begins. “Back in June the New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation that authorized the Department of Environmental Conservation to take steps to protect the most sensitive and important areas of the Hudson River and communities along its banks,” she said. “This bill is a critical element of our collective efforts to stop dangerous and unsightly new anchorages on the Hudson River,” Greene said. Read the full story in The Mid-Hudson News Network.
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