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Port expected to be built in Newburgh - thoughts?

Big announcement today by local govt officials to build huge port to help transport materials for new Tappan Zee bridge. 150 jobs will be created but at what cost?

"It has concrete marine launchways capable of accommodating vessels up to 300 feet long and 125 feet wide, and a marine railway capable of hauling 500-ton vessels." 

Will this bring on more pollution in an already fragile Hudson River eco system?

How will this affect our landscape views across the river as well as river sports, like kayaking?

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Comment by Susan E. MacDonald on February 4, 2014 at 6:42pm

Dear Gentle Readers  :-), P.S. In a previous posting I omitted  NB Historian Mary McTamaney"s Phone # at the Newburgh Heritage Ctr.  (845) 569-8090 (hrs. are below in the previous post.)  Susan E. MacDonald  

Comment by Susan E. MacDonald on February 3, 2014 at 6:25pm

P.S. You also have to remember that down the road, it may also translate to many more jobs down the road, much more than 150---no offense meant here, but I am a true believer in keeping it local & real (as in practical-we need the jobs here!)  :-)).  And btw, for those of you unfamiliar with the history of Stewart Airport, they were a Newburgh family   who donated their property for the airport, not unlike the Verplancks with Mt. Gulian, and Stony Kill Farm, the late great Mrs. Frances Reese and Obercreek farm etc.  In case anyone thinks I am being one-sided for Newburgh, permit me to stop you now since my parents were from each side of the bridge.  Have a pleasant evening  :-))  Susan MacDonald 

Comment by Susan E. MacDonald on February 3, 2014 at 6:13pm

It should prove to be a very good thing.  With the HUGE upcoming loss of jobs @ IBM (and this area has been long dependent on that employer) & the closure of the USPS Postal Facility @ Stewart Airport (another 400+ jobs).  If you reread the final paragraph of the article, all of that historical info is very true.  My late grandfather was a banker for 60 (not a typo) years at what is now the Karpeles Manuscript Library on Broadway.  I invite you to contact Mary McTamaney longtime area resident &, City Historian at the Newburgh Heritage Ctr. (124 Grand St., former Newburgh Crt. House, hrs. Tues. & Thurs. 1P-4P) She is behind this project & very knowledgable--I know her personally.  As a very overqualified & degreed unemployed person, I am willing to cope with a little loss of views or a bit of pollution if it means sustainable employment. . . not a $10.00/hr. McJob.  After all, (& I say this with utmost politeness) not everyone can be lucky enough to (& this is back in the day) to  snag a job @ Reader's Digest (or anywhere in NYC for that matter) when they were located over the Pan-Am bldg. above Grand Central (talk about a great commute!).  That was a relative of mine & she was able to retire @ age 55 with 35 yrs. srvce. in 1979 of srvce., a long time before the Beacon renaissance--she was an innovator of her time with the whole commute scene.  Me, I'd rather have well paying jobs in the immediate area & not have to pay hundreds to Metro North + NYC employement tax or fill my gas tank evey other day, been there done that, as well as commuting to  Westchester Co. too.  Thanks, but no thanks!  :-))  Peace out, Susan MacDonald

Comment by Anna West on February 2, 2014 at 10:24am

My first thought was how to prevent corruption because from my view, poor Newburgh surely must be full of evil schemers waiting to jump in.  Who will get the jobs?   What kind of jobs? Who is selling the land?  Where is the land?  Who is overseeing the whole kit and koodle? With that corruption comes the pollution because the whole point of making "under the table money" are the short cuts (personal opinion, like the NB Bridge) and short cuts usually mean the environment suffers.  Just sayin"   ah, am I cynical????

Comment by Joan Martorano on February 2, 2014 at 7:41am

The jobs are great news, but I'm concerned about increasing pollution. As it is, the air is pretty bad around Beacon. Some mornings the air smells so bad I don't want to go out.

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