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Public hearing on electric rail trail set for March 28

Mar 20, 2018 6:45 am

Richard Moody is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hudson River Valley Greenway will hold a public hearing later this month on the recently released environmental impact study of its 35-mile rail trail, which will connect downtown Albany to downtown Hudson. The Albany-Electric Trail would run through Rensselaer County and the towns of Chatham, Kinderhook, Stuyvesant, Stockport and Greenport in Columbia County, and would be part of the state’s Empire State trail system. The trail will be made up of a combination of off-road trails, using an electric utility corridor owned by National Grid, and on-road bike paths, sidewalks and side paths, using local, county and state roadways. Greenway announced the project in July, and held a public information meeting at Ichabod Crane High School about the project in August for a crowd of enthusiastic residents. But some public officials have concerns about who will be left paying for maintenance of the trail. “...I have questions about who will pay for that,” said Stuyvesant Town Supervisor Ronald Knott. “We, the town attorney and insurance company are looking into it. Maintenance of the trail could cause the town to exceed its tax cap.” The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 28 at Ichabod Crane High School. An open house will be held before the hearing, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The project's public comment period will end May 8. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.