Council takes stand against anchoring proposal
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.