On Tuesday evening, Peter Jung and Sam Pratt of The Valley Alliance addressed a packed house at Basilica Hudson to articulate the shortcomings of Hudson's Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) and the accompanying Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS). The central message, stated and elaborated upon in many different ways, was clear. The decision delivered by Secretary of State Randy A. Daniels in April 2005--the decision that put an end to St. Lawrence Cement's Greenport Project--"laid out a future for the waterfront that the City has not followed." Although a city's LWRP is supposed to "reflect the sentiments of the citizenry" . . . "irrespective of current uses," Hudson's LWRP is "too deferential to one property owner"--Holcim.
The visuals from last night's presentation, reviewing the issues and highlighting the inconsistencies in the LWRP and GEIS, can be viewed here. Pratt and Jung were interviewed this morning by Victor Mendolia and Columbia Paper reporter Debora Gilbert on WGXC's @ Issue. To listen to the tape of that interview, click here.