SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, ENGEL, LOWEY & MALONEY URGE U.S. COAST GUARD TO EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD FOR PROPOSED ANCHORAGE AREAS FOR LARGE VESSELS AND BARGES ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER
Hudson Valley, N.Y. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, and Sean Patrick Maloney urged the U.S. Coast Guard to extend the public comment period for the proposed plan to add ten new designated anchorage areas along the Hudson River. With the original comment period scheduled to close on September 7, 2016, the members are calling for an additional 90-day extension to allow residents the opportunity to learn and fully express their comments and concerns about the potential impact the proposal would have in the region.
“We want to ensure that the process addresses the concerns of the communities along the Hudson River, provides sufficient opportunities for their input,” said the members in their joint letter to the U.S. Coast Guard. “We believe a reasonable extension of the comment period would better enable the US Coast Guard to work in conjunction with local, state, and federals agencies and experts to find the optimal plan to ensure the safety and integrity of the Hudson Valley region and the Hudson River, its environment and its economic vitality.”
A copy of their letter to the USCG can be seen HERE: