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URGENT ACTION ALERT: Hudson River Anchorages Proposal

 

 

Photo Credit: www.riverkeeper.org

Background:

In June, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it was soliciting comments and concerns from the public on a proposal to establish a large number of anchorage grounds for commercial vessels in the Hudson River - 10 anchorage locations with more than 40 berths from Yonkers to Kingston - at the request of industry.


The three highest priority anchorages are a hub near Kingston, another near Newburgh, - and the site in Yonkers, which would be the largest designated parking area, with 16 spaces. 

Many of these barges will be carrying crude oil up and down the Hudson River. Past experience has shown us that if  crude oil happens to leak into the Hudson, it would be extremely difficult to clean up and would impact our river ecosystem.

 

Here's what you can do.

 

1. Educate yourself on the facts behind this proposal.

 

To learn more we suggest reviewing Riverkeeper's website. Riverkeeper has written a synopsis of the situation as well as posted many helpful articles.

2. Submit comments to the U.S. Coast Guard.

(Update) The U.S. Coast Guard solicitation of public comments closed on December 6th, 2016.

3. Join many others in Westchester and beyond in requesting a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement be required to assess the full impact of this proposal.

URGENT ACTION ALERT: County Parks in 2018 Westchester County Budget

Update to this Action Alert! 
Westchester Board of Legislatures have confirmed that the County Park Curator positions have been officially added back into the 2018 Westchester County Budget. Thank you to everyone who made phone calls, attended the public hearings and wrote letters. It is because of your dedication that we were able to achieve this great victory.

Background:

The 2018 Westchester County budget plans to cut all Curator positions at County parks.

The proposed 2018 Westchester County Budget, released last week, once again completely eliminates all six Curator positions located in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

This represents a direct attack on environmentalism in Westchester County as these are the only positions cut from that department. As we all know, environmental education has never been more important.

It is now incumbent upon the Board of Legislators to reinstate these positions. It is for this reason that we are asking you to please show your support.

Here's what you can do.

 

There are 3 important actions that you can take to voice your concern regarding Westchester's County Park Curator positions. Thank you for your support and for taking action. We hope these positions will be here for years to come and to provide you with the quality programming you have come to expect.

 

1. Sign the petition.

 

 

 

The easiest way for you to make your voice heard is to sign the petition to keep our curators. Join many other Westchester County residents in saying that these positions are essential to our park system. 

2. Attend a public hearing.

 

Join FCWC at the three upcoming public hearings on the budget to voice your concerns. All Public Hearings are scheduled for 7pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. Here are the dates:


11/21 - Yonkers Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, 
Yonkers, New York
 
11/29 - Mount Kisco Public Library, 100 East Main Street,
Mount Kisco, New York
 
12/6 - BOL Chamber, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor,
White Plains, NY

 

*Note that numbered speaker cards will be given out at 6:15pm. Only one speaker card per person shall be given out. Speakers shall be limited to three (3) minutes.  Anyone may submit a written statement in advance which will be included in the record.*

3. Contact your legislator.

Please write, call, or email your County Legislator - tell them how deeply important it is to preserve these positions. Remember they represent you, so tell them how important these resources are to you as one of their constituents. We've included their contact information below to make it as easy as possible for you.

 
County Board of Legislators - Address for snail mail:
148 Martine Ave, #800
White Plains, NY 10601

Clear directions of how to contact your legislator provided by Greenburgh Nature Center.

District 1:
John G. Testa (R)
Minority Leader
Cortlandt, Peekskill, Yorktown

914-995-2828
jxt2@westchestergov.com

 

District 2:
Francis T. Corcoran (R)
Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers
914-995-2810
ftc9@westchestergov.com

 

District 3:
Margaret A. Cunzio (R)
Mount Pleasant, North Castle, Pleasantville
914-995-2847
mac5@westchestergov.com

 

District 4:
Michael B. Kaplowitz (D)
Chairman
New Castle, Somers, Yorktown
914-995-2848
mkk8@westchestergov.com

 

District 5:
Benjamin Boykin(D)
White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison
914-995-2827
bxb3@westchestergov.com
 

District 6:
David B. Gelfarb (R)
Harrison, Port Chester, Rye Brook
914-995-2834
dxg1@westchestergov.com

 

District 7:
Catherine Parker (D)
Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye
914-995-2802
cfp7@westchestergov.com

 

District 8:
Alfreda A. Williams (D)
Elmsford, Greenburgh, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown
914-995-2833
aaw3@westchestergov.com

 

District 9:
Catherine Borgia (D)
Majority Leader
Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Peekskill
914-995-2812
cxb9@westchestergov.com

District 10:
Sheila Marcotte (R) 
Eastchester, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe
914-995-2817
smm6@westchestergov.com

 

District 11:
James Maisano (R)
Vice Chairman
New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor
914-995-2826
jjm3@westchestergov.com

 

District 12:
MaryJane Shimsky (D)
Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington
914-995-2821
mjs2@westchestergov.com

 

District 13:
Lyndon Williams (D)
Majority Whip
Mount Vernon
914-995-2837
ldw3@westchestergov.com

 

District 14:
David J. Tubiolo (R)
Mount Vernon, Yonkers
914-995-2815
djt4@westchestergov.com

 

District 15:
Gordon A. Burrows (R)
Minority Whip
Bronxville, Yonkers
914-995-2830
gab6@westchestergov.com

 

District 16:
Kenneth W. Jenkins (D)
Yonkers
914-995-2829
kwj6@westchestergov.com

 

District 17:
Virginia Perez (D)
Yonkers
914-995-2846
vxp1@westchestergov.com

 

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Dangerous High Pressure Gas Pipeline Project

 

 

Background:

Spectra Energy's Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion project involves new high-pressure 42" diameter gas pipeline sections slated to run from Stony Point in Rockland County, NY under Hudson River into Westchester and Putnam Counties in NY through Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. New proposed high pressure pipeline segment would intersect with 2 proposed 1,000 megawatt electrical lines within Indian Point nuclear power plant's near Ramapo and Peekskill-Stamford fault lines and in a densely populated region. A gas pipeline rupture could trigger a release of Indian Point's 40 years of radioactive spent fuel.

The new pipeline expansion is routed next to homes, schools, houses of worship,through sensitive parkland, eco-systems and watersheds; and is planned to go through Westchester County Park, Blue Mountain Reservation.  Pipelines, compressor, metering and regulating stations are subject to fires, ruptures, explosions and emit thousands of tons of toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases per year, all for gas that is not needed. The pipeline expansion is far larger than capacity requested by distributors, making export and price hikes likely.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued the approval Certificate for this high pressure gas pipeline project which could proceed if our elected officials don't intervene NOW and demand FERC vacate its Certificate. Our elected officials must advocate for these critical assessments and measures immediately.

 

For more information, please visit: www.SAPE2016.org 

 

Here's what you can do.

 

Help protect Blue Mountain Reservation and the rest of Westchester County by telling County Executive Astorino that Westchester County residents say NO to the AIM pipeline expansion. Clear cutting of old growth trees, and disturbing vernal pools and wetlands would be detrimental to the biodiversity of critical habitat.

 

Enlarging this pipeline and the expansion of the easements will have negative impacts on the park. There will be permanent destruction of trees and habitat for animals. New edges will be opened a few hundred feet into the forest on either side of the expansion, which will allow invasive species to further infiltrate the park.

 

1. Keep calling Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino: 914-995-2900

 

Tell County Executive Astorino to deny a license for Spectra Energy to expand the Algonquin pipeline in Blue Mountain Reservation. The park and its biodiversity must be preserved, not fragmented and destroyed.

 

 

 

2. Keep calling other elected officials:

 

Please contact your federal officials and tell them you are deeply concerned about the AIM pipeline expansion project. Tell them: Please stand with your constituents and insist that fully, independent risk and Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and baseline air and water testing be conducted immediately!


Senator Schumer: (914) 734-1532
Senator Gillibrand: (845) 875-4585
Congresswoman Lowey: (914) 428-1707 or (845) 639-3485
Congressman Maloney: (845) 561-1259
Governor Cuomo: (518) 474-8390

 

Please continue to make these important calls as often as possible!
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White Plains, NY 10603

 

T: (914) 422-4053 | E: fcwc@fcwc.org

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