November 2011


Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Sara Griffen, Acting Chair Greenway Conservancy, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director Greenway, Acting Director National Heritage Area  


In This Issue

What's New?            Upcoming Grant Opportunities       Regional Events 

Project Spotlight        Trail Spotlight                      Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew



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.




RPA check
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...



Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants will be due December 16th for our January Board Meeting. Read more...




ArtPlace invites Letters of Inquiry from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy. (November 15) Read more...


PTNY Capacity Building Grants 

Parks & Trails New York's Capacity Building Grants program for park and trail groups provides grants of up to $3,000 to strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state. (November 16) Read more...

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program
Through a grant to Project for Public Spaces from the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program, Livability Solutions will be offering free technical assistance workshops to 6 to 12 communities around the country, enabling local governments and communities to implement changes that will move them along the road towards smart growth and sustainability. (November 22) Read more...

NOAA Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2011
 NOAA Sea Grant is planning to make a total of $1 million available for a national competition to fund climate adaptation in coastal communities. Climate adaptation projects can request a maximum of $100K in federal funds. Matching funds are required. (November 22) Read More...


FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance FEMA HMA programs provide funding for certain mitigation activities that act to reduce disaster losses, while protecting life and property from future damages. The five grant programs within FEMA HMA include: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP), Pre-disaster mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL). (Dec. 2) Read more...



NYS Department of Environmental Conservation State Assistance Programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste programs.

Read More... (Ongoing)   


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Technical Assistance Grants for community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community Read More... (Ongoing) 



Enterprise Green Communities to help cover costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits. Read More... (Ongoing)  





BJ's Charitable Foundation to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Read More... (Ongoing)  

EventsRegional Events



November 14


"Sustenance and Style: Dining Customs in the Seventeenth-Century Hudson River Valley" Site manager Heidi Hill will present surviving evidence of dining customs that existed 350 years ago in the Hudson River Valley.  


November 16


Solid Waste Management in Dutchess and Ulster County Past and Future  


November 17


Revitalizing Riverfronts: Opportunities in an Era of Global Climate Change  a morning of presentations and panel discussions at Scenic Hudson's River Center at Long Dock Park.


November 19


Holiday Ornament Workshop Beverly Cornelius leads this ash and wheat weaving workshop that results in amazing ornaments for your home or to give as a gift.     


Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents Stephanie Fix This Austin, Texas based artist is an award winning singer/songwriter who has toured nationally and internationally and is at home on any stage  


November 30 


 Comprehensive Planning and the Role of the Planning Board

Westchester Municipal Planning Federation 

 December 2  

Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference: Sustainable Development in Tough Economic Times - Pace Land Use Law Center


December 3


The Chosin Encore presentation of the film The Chosin at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. A powerful documentary on the 61st anniversary of the campaign.



December 4


First Sunday Free Gallery Tour Tour the galleries of The Dorsky with our guest educator.


December 7


70th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl HarborThe Hall will honor those who fell, share some recollections of people in our area and feature on the Roll of Honor some of our recipients who were killed or wounded on December 7th 1941.



HeritageSpotlightTrail Spotlight

Ulster County Trail Conference a Great Success!



On November 5th, the Greenway hosted the Ulster County Trail Conference at the Terrace at SUNY New Paltz. The day was filled with presentations, information sharing and conversations about trails in Ulster County and beyond. Our partners in this event were Ulster County; the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach; Barton & Loguidice; Scenic Hudson; the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association; Gilmour Planning; Kingston Land Trust; and the NYNJ Trail Conference. We are very grateful to all of our partners and presenters for a great turnout and a wonderful opportunity to learn about trails and trail benefits.   



Craig Della Penna
Our keynote speaker, Craig Della Penna, is the owner of Sugar Maple Trailside Inn, the first B&B in New England next to a rail trail, and Della Penna's Trailside Realty, a Northampton, MA trailside real estate and rental agency specializing in properties next to trails. Craig spoke about the economic benefits of trails, and how building coalitions with the business community can help to move trail projects forward. He has had great experience with rail trail projects, and his stories of success were an inspiration and an eye-opener to all.



Special thanks also go to SUNY New Paltz for hosting the event, and to the Gilded Otter, who provided refreshments for the networking portion of the day.

All of the presentations will be posted online at the Greenway website.




UC trail conference
Ulster County Trail Conference, November 5, 2011



ProjectspotProject Spotlight
 Greenway funded project wins New York Planning Federation's Pomeroy Award for Zoning Achievement
The Town of Red Hook with the Villages of Red Hook and Tivoli have been recognized for 
the recent passage of the Centers and Greenspaces zoning ordinance. The ordinance uses innovative zoning techniques to incentivize growth around existing centers while preserving the rural agricultural landscape.  The ordinance was an outgrowth of the "Centers and Greenspaces Plan" which was funded by the Greenway. The Greenway has provided numerous small grants to help implement the plan including one for the development of the award-winning

The Pomeroy Award is given to an individual, municipality or agency for consistent high quality work and/or an outstanding contribution to zoning in New York State through the development of a specific zoning law or legal agreement. Read more...

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



Door openings account for 7% of your fridge energy use, and poor open/close habits  waste 50 to 120kWh a year. In the long run, 50kWh of energy saved could run your dishwasher 20 times and 100kWh could run your washing machine 50 times, that's almost a free load of laundry every week for an entire year.

Read more: The Daily Green

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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