YONKERS, N.Y. -- Those opposed to federal government-imposed rules about anchorage sites along the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston want a meeting, but one will not take place until spring, reported lohud.com.
The proposal is to place 10 formal commercial anchorage sites along the Hudson River, including three in the Lower Hudson Valley at Stony Point, Montrose and Yonkers. It prompted the two New York senators to call for a public hearing, lohud.com previously reported.
“As we move forward, we’ll include an advertisement of the proposed changes, (which is) what we’re in now, a statement of the environmental impacts and public meetings,” Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy told lohud.com.
The June 9 proposed rule was "the first step" in a process that would take two years, she said to lohud.com.
A public hearing is being requested of the U.S. Coast Guard by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand over the anchorage sites, which are considered necessary for safe navigation up the river.
The commercial ships are primarily carrying petroleum-based goods to Rhinebeck, where they would stop before the river narrows, according to lohud.com.
Last week, Assemblyman James Skoufis, D-Woodbury, had a press conference with U.S. Rep. Sean Maloney, the Riverkeeper, and other local officials on the issue, hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com reported.
The officials met at New Windsor Town Park at Plum Point in "solidarity" to oppose the proposed expansion along the Hudson River of the anchorage sites, said the report.
“We are united in one voice across both parties and saying ‘Come to the Hudson Valley, talk to us before moving forward," Skoufis reportedly said.
“My neighbors deserve to have their voices heard on issues that impact our environment, economy and public safety – especially when it comes to dangerous oil barges docked in their backyard,” Maloney, said, according to the coverage.