These 12 awards, from the 2009-2010 budget, will serve as legacy projects of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebration, which marked the 400th anniversary of the voyages of Henry Hudson, who led the expedition up the river that now bears his name, and Samuel de Champlain, the first European to discover the 110-mile-long Upstate lake.
Governor David A. Paterson said, "As part of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebration, these awards honor our state's explorers by helping a new generation of New Yorkers enjoy our water resources. Not only will the grants lead to better recreational access to the Hudson River and Lake Champlain, but they will also provide long-term economic development benefits for the communities receiving them."
Secretary of State Cortés-Vázquez said, "I am pleased to announce these awards for improvements to boater access to the Hudson River and Lake Champlain. These docks will serve as a reminder of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebration, but more importantly they will bring people to the water and will be key elements in the revitalization efforts of these waterfront communities."
Grant awards have been made for the following projects:
· Albany County: $45,000 to enable the City of Watervliet to provide utilities to a proposed boathouse/storage facility at the south end of Hudson Shores Park to complement its newly constructed non-motorized boat dock.
· Clinton County: $25,000 to enable the City of Plattsburgh to design and construct a dock for non-motorized watercraft at Wilcox Park located on Lake Champlain.
· Clinton County: $44, 241 to enable the City of Plattsburgh to design and construct a dock for non-motorized boaters on Peace Point at Dock Street Landing
· Columbia County: $38,542 to enable the City of Hudson to construct a canoe/kayak launch at the southern end of Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. In addition, a secure storage rack for canoes/kayaks will be provided.
· Dutchess County: $150,000 to enable the City of Beacon, in partnership with Scenic Hudson, to construct a kayak deck at Long Dock Beacon as part of a kayak center.
· Greene County: $22,500 to enable the Village of Athens to construct a dockage system for non-motorized boaters to complete its Fourth Street Boat Launch.
· New York County: $90,000 to enable the NYC Department of Education, in partnership with the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, to enhance the recently built dock along the northern tip of Governors Island for use by non-motorized boaters.
· Rensselaer County: $43,762 to enable the City of Troy to construct a non-motorized boat launch at the foot of Madison Street.
· Rockland County: $150,000 to enable the Village of Nyack to design and construct a ramp and dock at the Nyack Marina.
· Saratoga County: $24,000 to enable the Town of Halfmoon to design and construct a dock for non-motorized boats at its Hudson River Park.
· Saratoga County: $51,400 to enable the Town of Waterford to construct a floating dock system for non-motorized boaters at an area known as "The Point," just south of the Fourth Street Bridge.
· Westchester County: $8,625 to enable the Village of Irvington to construct a rubberized docking system adjacent to the existing kayak and canoe ramp located at the southern end of Scenic Hudson Park.
Since 1994 communities along the Hudson River and on Lake Champlain have received 272 awards from the EPF Local Waterfront Revitalization Program totaling over $47 million for planning, design and construction of waterfront improvements. Twenty-seven communities on the Hudson River and two communities on Lake Champlain have approved Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs.
Additional quotes have been provided in support of the eco-docks awards:
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis said: "This is an exciting legacy project and a fitting conclusion to the Quadricentennial celebration. These 'eco-docks' championed by Quad Commission chair Joan K. Davidson will enhance access to the magnificent waterfront of both the Hudson River and Lake Champlain and boost recreational opportunities now and for years to come."
Senator Neil D. Breslin said: "This is wonderful news for the Hudson River and Lake Champlain waterfront communities. These awards will provide increased access for boaters and are a critical step in bringing about the much needed revitalization and improvement to the waterfront communities. Not only will the docks help remember the legacy of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebration but they will also facilitate an increase in tourism and boost the economy of these communities."
Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little said: "Lake Champlain is a wonderful asset made even better when the public has safe and easy access to it. This funding will enable the City of Plattsburgh to design and construct two docks that will be part of a Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial legacy project for future generations to enjoy."
Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill said: "As New Yorkers all along the great Hudson River contribute to the waterway's continued renaissance, there is a surge of interest to expand river-based recreational activities. Seeking to move forward and not back, much of that movement has been focused on non-motorized enjoyment of the river. The EPF's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grants dedicated to the creation of 12 'eco-docks' along the Hudson is a solid example of New York state's commitment to expanding recreational activities along the river. These eco-docks will open up the waterway to literally thousands of boating enthusiasts who choose self-powered vehicles like kayaks and canoes. The grants will also offer educational benefits, as schools in many communities near the river can offer crew as an athletic activity for the first time. Self-powered boaters who launch from eco-docks proposed in Beacon, for example, will enjoy a unique viewpoint of the newly-opened Walkway Over The Hudson. As Assemblyman from the 101st district, I represent communities on both sides of the river that will benefit from growing eco-tourism. The EPF's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is vital not just to the prosperity of our riverside towns and cities, but to the growing sense of pride all New Yorkers take in showing off our own 'Eighth Wonder of the World.'"
Joan K. Davidson, Chairperson of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, said: "I am so gratified that the Quadricentennial under the Paterson Administration has been able to engender important new assets for New York. These first eco-docks will bring people to the Hudson, connect river towns to each other, encourage river transport – and they represent a wonderful down payment on the even bigger program of docks to come in the years ahead!"
Village of Athens Mayor Andrea Smallwood said: "I am very appreciative to the state Environmental Protection Fund and the Governor's office for awarding the Village of Athens this grant to complete the installation of dockage at our fourth street kayak launch. The Village of Athens is proud of its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and feels that this project is consistent with many state coastal zone policies, one of which is the promotion and encouragement of recreational boating on the Hudson River. The new dockage will be a great aid and enhancement to the final phase of this launch."
City of Beacon Mayor Steve Gold said: "This is about reclaiming the historic Hudson River to be accessible for recreation; for people to appreciate the river's natural beauty and to connect with the role a clean environment plays in our lives. It's is what good government is all about."
Town of Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth said: "It is a pleasure to partner with the Department of State. This grant will be a perfect fit with the development of our Hudson Riverfront Park. It will allow our residents more recreational opportunities to enjoy the beauty of our waterfront."
City of Hudson Mayor Rick Scalera said: "This grant secures the necessary funding to accomplish our primary goal, which is to make the Hudson River accessible from our waterfront lands ensuring public access mainly for recreational purposes."
Village of Irvington Mayor Jonathan Siegel said: "For a decade, we have been searching for a way to make our kayak ramp more user-friendly. We believe we have found the solution and, with the financial help of the Department of State's eco-docks grant program, it will now get done. This is an important step on the way to making our beautiful Scenic Hudson Park a waterfront destination and the gateway to the Village of Irvington."
Village of Nyack Mayor Richard Kavesh said: "New York state's eco-docks award for Nyack will help us perform badly-needed repairs to our marina and improve our community's access to our wonderful riverfront. We thank the Department of State, the River Rowing Association and its founder, Ivan Rudolph Shabinsky, the Nyack Park Conservancy, and all our villagers who continue to work hard for an even better waterfront."
City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak said: "I appreciate the support of Governor Paterson and Secretary of State Cortés-Vázquez for the grant funding to enhance access and development on our waterfront. Lake Champlain is one of our most important assets in our region and with this funding we will provide further economic and recreational opportunities to our residents and visitors. I am grateful for Governor Paterson's continued interest in the North Country."
City of Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian said: "The history of Troy is intertwined with that of the Hudson River and so is the future of Troy. We're looking at redeveloping the city's waterfront to provide more public access and recreational opportunities, like the recently completed fishing pier on Madison Street. This area is one of the few points currently allowing public access to the river in South Troy and is already a popular spot for fishermen in the spring. The new dry dock, once completed, will dramatically enhance the city's goal of opening the Hudson to more Troy residents."
City of Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning said: "Revitalization of Hudson Shores Park is critically important to Watervliet's efforts to enhance opportunities along our underutilized waterfront. Last summer we constructed new docks and started a rowing training program to stimulate new interest in the park. The new boathouse is the critical centerpiece to our plan to maintain long term use of the park and we are grateful to the New York State Department of State for this funding to help make our plans a reality."
Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan said: "The state's investment in this project will produce a dynamic attraction at a public park Scenic Hudson is developing on the City of Beacon's riverfront. The funding also will help enhance the valley's place in the emerging green economy. The kayaking deck will help establish a river-recreation hub used by individuals and nearby outfitter companies. Creating the facility will provide jobs and introduce a lasting source of economic activity in the community. All along the river, more and more paddlers are seeking access to the Hudson, which is good for the river and the regional economy."
Urban Assembly President Richard Kahan said: "As cofounder with Murray Fisher of the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, we at the Urban Assembly are thrilled, that as a result of this generous grant, our students will finally have direct boat access to the water. When we arrive next September as the first tenant on Governors Island since the Coast Guard left in 1995, this eco-dock will be waiting to help our students not only receive an excellent maritime education, but to fall in love with the Hudson River estuary like Henry Hudson did 400 years ago."