The Hudson River Valley Greenway has proven to be a positive influence in the region. It has encouraged better local planning and provided funds for beautification around the region.
When the Greenway was created, it excluded communities in the Catskill State Park. In 2006, I wrote the legislation - which became law to allow those communities in Ulster County to participate, regardless of whether or not they are in the Catskill Park.
The New York State Senate today, passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, (S.6276), which would authorize the use of $4 million in State funds to buyout families who have been subject to repeated and ongoing water seepage and flooding in the Town of Wawarsing.
New York State Senator Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) discussing some of his concerns about the management of the New York City Reservoir System by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the flooding issues related to it.
Attached as part of a PDF you will find the following information:
1. A copy of the legislation authorizing State funds for the buyout of properties in Ulster County which are near New York City's leaking aqueducts;
2. Questions and Answers prepared by the NYS Division of Housing on the original flood buyout program. The questions and answers are generally expected to be applicable to the Wawarsing buyouts since the funding comes from the same source;
“Governor Paterson’s apparent decision to fire DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis is bad government at its worst executed by an accidental Governor with no moral, fiscal, or leadership authority whatsoever.”
February 8, 2011 - New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I - Mt. Hope) discussing the role of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in overseeing the regulation of gas drilling in New York State with DEC Acting Commissioner Joe Martens.
March 29, 2011 The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has historically forsaken the residents in the New York City Ashokan Watershed and violated National Clean Water Act standards. In addition, ineffective leadership in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has contributed to the continued destruction of upstate communities.