Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting
On October 12, 2011 the Hudson River Valley Greenway held a Joint Board Meeting
at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY
The Board and meeting attendees were welcomed by Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus, who was honored by the Greenway Board for his longstanding support of the Greenway and its initiatives, as he prepares to leave office after 20 years of dedicated service to Dutchess County.
Town of Hyde Park Supervisor Thomas Martino and Sarah Olson, Superintendent of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site also welcomed the Board and meeting attendees.
The Board meeting featured a presentation by Peter Wohl, NYS Empire State Development's Capital District Regional Director and Executive Director of the Capital District Regional Economic Development Council.
Peter gave an outline of the Governor's Regional Economic Development Council initiative including the regional strategic economic development plan process, competitive award framework, public participation and the state's new Consolidated Funding Application. These Regional Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state's approach to economic development, from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes regions' unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers communities to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide.
Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Awardees
Senator Stephen Saland joined the Greenway boards in announing the recipients of the 2011 Greenway Conservancy Small Grants. Senator Saland has helped to procure funding for this trail-related grant program.
This year's awardees are:
-Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Comprehensive Graphic Communication System for
Education Materials on Albany County Rail Trail - $10,000
-Columbia County S&WCD, Greenway Snowshoe Hikes - $1,000
-Columbia County Historical Association, Luykas Van Alen House to Martin Van Buren
National Historic Site Trail Connector - $10,000
-City of Beacon, Fishkill Creek Greenway and Heritage Trail - $6,500
-Town of Walkill, Greenway Environmental Education Trail - $6,000
-Kingston Land Trust, Kingston Point Rail Trail Project - $10,000
-Mohonk Preserve, Inc., Shawangunk Foothills Planning Project - $5,000
-City of White Plains, Greenway Entrance Improvement - $1,500
|Check presented to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy on the Albany County Rail Trail with Friends of the Rail Trail|
|Check presented to the Columbia County Historical Society, with members of the Kinderhook-Stockport-Stuyvesant Trail Committee, representatives of the National Park Service and Congressman Chris Gibson's office, at the Luykas Van Alen House - photo by Ashley Hopkins-Benton|
Greenway Community Grants
A number of Greenway Community Grants were also awarded. These include:
-City of Beacon, Dutchess County: Development plan for CBD and waterfront area as
part of ongoing Comprehensive Plan - $5,000.
-Town of Brunswick, Rensselaer County: Development of comprehensive vision and
planning guide - $5,000.
-Town of Nassau, Rensselaer County: Economic impact study - $10,000.
-Town of Red Hook, Dutchess County: Amending town's zoning law - $7,500.
-City of New Rochelle, Westchester County: Comprehensive Plan update - $5,000.
|Check presented to the Town of Nassau/Rensselaer Plateau Alliance|
Save the date: Heritage Weekend 2012!!
The 2012 state-wide Heritage Weekend celebration will take place during the weekend of May 19th and May 20th, 2012. This event will coincide with "National Preservation Month" and the start of the summer tourism season, when many historic sites are opening for the year. Please join us for this incredible celebration of NYS Heritage! Heritage Weekend events can include special programs, free admission, discounts or any event that celebrates our heritage. Historic sites, museums, architecturally significant buildings, local historians and historical societies, battlefields, historic districts, and any resources that connects directly with New York State heritage are all invited to participate. Read more...