Coun­cil takes stand against an­chor­ing pro­posal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

KINGSTON >> The Com­mon Coun­cil has adopted a res­o­lu­tion op­pos­ing a pro­posal for 10 an­chor­ing sites for large ves­sels on the Hud­son River.

Vot­ing 7-1 last week, the coun­cil asked the U.S. Coast Guard to re­ject a ship­ping in­dus­try re­quest for the sites be­tween Kingston and Yonkers. The “no” vote was cast by Alder­woman Maryann Mills, D-Ward 7. Alder­woman Nina Daw­son, DWard 4, was ab­sent.

Alder­woman Lynn Eck­ert said there’s no rea­son for for­mal an­chor­ing sites to be es­tab­lished.

“Com­mer­cial ships have the right to an­chor any­where they need to do so in case of emer­gency or for any kind of safety rea­son,” said Eck­ert, D-Ward 1. “All they have to do is ask the Coast Guard.”

Mills did not com­ment about the is­sued dur­ing last week’s meet­ing, but at a coun­cil cau­cus ear­lier in the week said eco­nomic con­cerns would keep ves­sels from us­ing the an­chor­ing lo­ca­tions.

“A ship or a tug is like a truck,” she said. “If they are not mov­ing, they do not make money. So they do not

want to sit idle .... ”

The Coast Guard pro­posed the sites — which in­clude lo­ca­tions near Kingston, Rhinebeck, Port Ewen and Marl­bor­ough

— in June, at the re­quest of the Mar­itime As­so­ci­a­tion of the Port of NY/ NJ Tug and Barge Com­mit­tee, the Hud­son River Port Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Wa­ter­ways Op­er­a­tors.

The res­o­lu­tion adopted by the Kingston coun­cil con­tends the sites would

con­flict with re­cre­ation along the river and could harm the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Ul­ster County Leg­is­la­ture also has gone on record op­pos­ing the an­chor­ing pro­posal, as have en­vi­ron­men­tal groups up and down the Hud­son River, Ul­ster County Ex­ec­u­tive Michael Hein, Dutchess

County Ex­ec­u­tive Marc Moli­naro, Kingston Mayor Steve Noble, U.S. Rep. Sean Pa­trick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, and the su­per­vi­sors of towns on both sides of the river.

The Coast Guard is ac­cept­ing pub­lic com­ment on the pro­posal un­til Dec. 6 at bit.ly/2c8hdUq.

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