At its meeting tonight, the Common Council will be voting on a resolution related to Amtrak's plan to install fences and gates along the Hudson River to prevent people from accessing the river using the railroad right of way. This is a subject that Gossips has been following since it first surfaced in March 2017. This past August, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors weighed in, calling for a state-sanctioned regional river access plan to protect local access to the river. When the resolution now before the Council was introduced last week, Gossips wondered what new development had inspired it. It turns out that information is provided on the third page of the three-page resolution:
Calling it "the gate at Broad Street" is a bit misleading. It is actually on the access road that leads to East Jeezus and the 4.4 acre waterfront parcel that research has shown belongs to the City of Hudson. The gate in question is next to the gate that gives access to Colarusso's fenced yard at the dock. Concrete barriers have also been installed to the left of the gate to prevent vehicles from circumventing the gate. In the photograph below, the gate is standing open.
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