The following announcement was just released on the mayor's Facebook page:
Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton today announced the re-creation of a Waterfront
Advisory Steering Committee. The committee is made up of a cross-section of
Hudson residents and waterfront stakeholders and is tasked with aiding the City in overseeing the redevelopment of the waterfront: one
of our city's greatest assets. “We have a unique opportunity to develop this
amazing resource as a community,” said Hamilton, “and we hope that the creation
of this committee will be a first step in this exciting and important process.”
Advisory Steering Committee (WASC) will act as a liaison between the community
and city government and the New York State Department of State, revisiting and
revising the City’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), adopted by
the Common Council in 2011, with the goal of having the program finally
approved at the state and federal government levels. A major part of the
committee’s mission will be to gather public input to understand the
community’s vision for the waterfront ten years after work on the current LWRP
committee will be chaired by Carole Osterink, preservation advocate for
Historic Hudson and former First Ward alderman, who served on the original
Waterfront Advisory Steering Committee in 2006 and 2007, and is made up of Melissa
Auf der Maur, co-founder of Basilica Hudson; Tom DePietro, chair of the Hudson
Planning Board; J. R. Heffner, vice president of operations at A. Colarusso
& Son; Elsa Leviseur, landscape architect; Sam Merrett, director of the Apollonia Project; Sean Sawyer,
president of The Olana Partnership; Peter Spear, of Spear Brand Consulting;
Ellen Thurston, former Third Ward alderman and Third Ward supervisor; David
Voorhees, director of the Jacob Leisler Institute; Kaya Weidman, co-director of
Kite’s Nest; and Nick Zachos, director of the Hudson Sloop Club.
Congrats! And good luck.ReplyDelete
Attention Waterfront Advisory Steering Committee: the public will defend the inviolability of the SEQR Findings Statement:ReplyDelete
The Findings Statement only applies to the existing plan. If the committee intends to give a second look at the entire program, which I've been promised it will, then the public can feel less defensive on behalf of the City's tidal wetlands, and maybe even make a positive contribution for the ecology.Delete
Sad to say, that would be extremely novel in a place like this. Just so, let's give this effort a try and see if we can't turn things around.
Bravo! Good luck!ReplyDelete
Please keep in mind the S.S. Columbia Project and maintaining a river view for people visiting the park.
I wish you success.