Hudson anchorage meetings set for spring

adminHudson River, News Residents will have a chance to say their piece about the proposed Hudson River anchorages — they’ll just have to wait until the spring to do so.

Opponents of the 10 proposed anchorage sites from Yonkers north to Kingston have been vocal about their desire for a public hearing, fretting that the federal government is railroading riverfront communities with the rule.

Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy said hearings were always part of the process.

“As we move forward, we’ll include an advertisement of the proposed changes, (which is) what we’re in now, a statement of the environmental impacts and public meetings,” she said this week.

Conroy said the June 9 rule proposal was the first step in a nearly two-year process. After public comment closes Sept. 7, the Coast Guard will refine the rule before holding a round of public meetings —  or hearings — next spring. Environmental factors will be taken into account and any new rule would not hit the books until early 2018.

Elected officials — riverfront village trustees, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spanostate Sen. Terrence Murphy and U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — have called on the Coast Guard to hold hearings. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is expected to do the same on Thursday.  Read more.

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