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Governor Cuomo Announces $254,000 for Trail Development Projects in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Capital Region

10/26/2016 12:07:00 PM

For Immediate Release: 10/26/2016

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO


22 Communities Receive Funding toSupport Trail Construction, Planning and Enhancements

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo todayannounced that 22 communities and organizations in the Mid-Hudson Valley andCapital Region received an unprecedented $254,000 in matching grants throughthe 2016 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program. These projects will improvepublic access to natural and cultural resources, provide greater connectivitybetween communities, and enhance the visitor experience at trails and openspaces throughout the Hudson River Valley.

“These trails are pathways to theHudson River Valley’s unparalleled natural beauty and outdoor recreation,” GovernorCuomo said. “This funding will help to ensure these trailways remainwell-preserved and accessible so that residents and visitors alike can enjoythese natural treasures for years to come.”

The Greenway Conservancy TrailGrant Program is administered by the Hudson River Valley Greenway, with funds from the New York StateEnvironmental Protection Fund. The Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Programsupports the Greenway’s goal to establish the Hudson River Valley GreenwayTrail, a contiguous trail linking cultural and historic sites, parks, openspaces and community centers from New York City to the Adirondacks.

The following projects will besupported by the 2016 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program:

  • Arts and Recreation Commission of Whitehall, Inc. - $10,000 - Fort Ann to Whitehall Canalway Trail
  • City of Troy - $12,500 - Uncle Sam Bike Improvement Action Plan
  • Rensselaer Plateau Alliance - $25,000 - A Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail Action Plan for the Rensselaer Plateau
  • Village of Nassau - $18,300 - Albany-Hudson Electric Trail in the Village of Nassau
  • Town of Kinderhook - $3,000 - Kinderhook Trail Connection to Town Park
  • Columbia Land Conservancy - $7,500 - Interpretive Signage at Greenport Conservation Area
  • Town of Saugerties - $15,000 - Eve’s Point to Bristol Beach Connecting Trail
  • Town of Red Hook - $20,000 - Village to Village Connector Trail: Village of Tivoli-Bard College-Town of Red Hook-Village of Red Hook
  • Town of Rhinebeck - $4,000 - Trailhead Pavilion for the Town of Rhinebeck Community Park
  • Winnakee Land Trust - $14,800 - Rhinebeck Trails Project 
  • City of Kingston - $30,000 - Hasbrouck at Delaware Node on the Kingston Point Rail Trail
  • Scenic Hudson - $4,900 - Fabricating and Installing Interpretive Signs at Esopus Meadows Preserve and Black Creek Preserve
  • Town of Marbletown - $2,000 - O&W Rail Trail Map and Brochure
  • Town of Rosendale - $10,000 - Wallkill Valley Rail Trail-Rosendale Wayfinding Project
  • Town of Hyde Park - $7,500 - Hyde Park Trails-Map, Web and Kiosk User Guide
  • Mohonk Preserve - $5,000 - Mohonk Preserve Foothills Interpretive Signage
  • Palisades Parks Conservancy, Inc. - $5,000 - Improving the Ice Caves Trail
  • Walkway Over the Hudson - $5,000 - Greater Walkway Experience Map Enhancement
  • Poughkeepsie Alliance - $7,000 - Waterfront Connectivity Project: Phase 1.5
  • NY-NJ Trail Conference - $5,000 - Westchester Trail Maps
  • Yorktown Trail Committee - $12,500 - Mohansic Trailway Construction Phase 2
  • Town of Ossining - $30,000 - Planning for Open Space, Bike Lane, and Commerce Connectivity Corridor

“Quality trails offer four-seasonsof recreation for all who live and visit our great state,” said State ParksCommissioner Rose Harvey. “Thanks to these grants, we will better connectpeople to the Hudson Valley’s spectacular scenery, while improving the qualityof life and lifting the economies of host communities.”

Hudson River Valley GreenwayActing Executive Director Mark Castiglione said, “The Hudson River Valley Greenway ispleased to be able to support such a diverse array of trail projects. Weapplaud these communities and organizations for their efforts to build regionaltrail connections, create more walkable and bikeable communities, and increasetourism opportunities.”

Senator Sue Serino said, “These projects are a perfect exampleof all that can be accomplished when partners at the state level and across ourcommunities come together to support our local environment. Our naturalresources are some of our area’s greatest assets, and I am proud to play a rolein helping to increase access so that visitors and residents alike canexperience these natural wonders first-hand. I thank the Hudson River ValleyGreenway for all that they do to help our communities preserve our localnatural resources so that generations to come can continue to enjoy all thatour area has to offer.”

Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahillsaid, “The resources,financial and otherwise, that are dedicated to the improvement and growth ofour District’s beautiful hiking trails is a direct reflection of ourcommunity’s environmental stewardship efforts. Through the Greenway ConservancyTrail Grant Program, the Hudson River Valley Greenway and New York StateEnvironmental Protection Fund, we are taking a significant step in preservingthese precious paths for all who use them. I am pleased to have partnered withthe Greenway to assist in securing these funds and I look forward to furthercollaboration to advance the development of projects that serve to better ourarea for visitors and residents alike.”

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef said, “I am glad to see that the Town ofOssining has been selected to receive $30,000 from the Hudson River ValleyGreenway’s 2016 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program. The proposed plan foropen space, a bike lane, and commerce connectivity corridor will have atangible impact on the Ossining community.”

Assemblywoman Didi Barrettsaid, "Ourregional trails – whether hiking, biking, skiing or walking trails – connectcommunities, get people outdoors and stimulate the local economy,""This significant new funding supports a diverse network of trails thatwill do all that while also showcasing some of the Hudson Valley's mostbeautiful landscapes."

Ned Sullivan, President ofScenic Hudson said,“Greenway trails are pathways to the Hudson Valley’s remarkable natural beautyand history, and a link to our future. Investing in these resources is criticalto sustaining the region’s strong quality of life and vibrant tourism economy.I congratulate Governor Cuomo and the Greenway Conservancy for their vision andleadership.”

The Hudson River Valley Greenwayis a unique state-sponsored program established by the Greenway Act of 1991.More than 84 percent of municipalities within the Greenway area have designatedthemselves as “Greenway Communities.” The program is designed to encourageprojects and initiatives related to the intersecting goals of natural andcultural resource protection, regional planning, economic development, publicaccess, and heritage and environmental education. It provides technicalassistance and catalytic grant funding for planning, water and land trails, andother projects that reinforce these goals. In keeping with the New Yorktradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority andparticipation by municipalities in Greenway programs and projects is entirelyvoluntary.

The Greenway also manages theHudson River Valley National Heritage Area in partnership with the NationalPark Service. Visit www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov for more information on the HudsonRiver Valley Greenway. Visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com for more information on the HudsonRiver Valley National Heritage Area.

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