Monday, April 30, 2018

Don't Fence Us In . . . or Out

The public comment period on Amtrak's proposal to install fences and gates at various points along the Hudson River ends tomorrow, May 1, at 4:30 p.m. Comments should be submitted by email to, with the subject line "F-2018-0060."  

Meanwhile, Gossips has learned that a meeting about the fences and other plans Amtrak has for safety enhancements--plans that include Hudson--took place on Tuesday, April 24, right here in Hudson at 401 State Street. The meeting was arranged by Congressman John Faso. Present at the meeting were Faso, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, a representative for State Senator Kathy Marchione, the supervisors of Germantown, Stockport, Stuyvesant, and Rhinebeck, the mayors of Hudson and Tivoli, and officials from the NYS Department of State, the NYS Department of Transportation, and Amtrak. William Shannon reports what he has been able to learn about the meeting on his blog, Hudson River Zeitgeist: "Confusion and 'radio silence' in waning hours of Amtrak plan's comment period." In his post, Shannon mentions a meeting to be hosted by Mayor Rick Rector tomorrow to "discuss with a few members of the press what Amtrak may possibly be now proposing in Hudson." Gossips is one of those "few members of the press," and a report about what was learned will appear on Gossips as soon as possible after the meeting.

1 comment:

  1. When the City finally takes back the 4.4 acres, unless we enjoy a right of way how will we access that part of the river which is rightfully ours?

    The deed for that parcel, which is the former Brennan-Kennedy Dock, specifies "the right of access to the said Dock property from the public way" (see Liber 453, p. 16).

    That's the same public way described in the "Easement and Right of Way Deed" between CSXT and Colarusso Ventures, which grants "a non-exclusive surface easement and right of way easement in common with Grantor, its successors and assigns and others, for vehicular and pedestrian ingress, egress and regress on, over, across and through ... [the access road]" (Liber 787, p. 228).

    The City will need the above information to guard our access rights, but whether or not WE have the will to defend our public interests against City officials and their lawyers is not at all clear.