New York State AG Voices Concern About Hudson Valley Barge Anchorage Sites

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Yonkers Daily Voice: The Westchester County officials protesting to the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal to create riverfront anchorage sites for bargesalong the Hudson River got a strong supporter this week in the form of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

This week, Schneiderman requested that U.S. Homeland Security call on the Coast Guard to withdraw their proposal, which includes the installation of 16 anchor berths across 715 acres on the water between Yonkers and Dobbs Ferry.

Since it was announced earlier this year, the Coast Guard’s proposal has been under fire by local officials, who believe it would harm the environment and aesthetics of dozens of communities.

“The Hudson River offers a unique natural beauty, and these communities tout the proximity to it as an enormous economic asset,” Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “These towns have invested millions of dollars to spur economic development along the river under the assumption this beauty would not be infringed upon.

“These anchorages threaten the aesthetic value of the wonderful views the river affords and will obstruct free use of the river for boaters, kayakers, swimmers and others.”  Read more.

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