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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Declares Victory As U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Barge Anchorages Proposal Along Hudson River

Post Date:06/29/2017 9:18 AM

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YONKERS, NY – June 29, 2017 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today declares victory as the U.S. Coast Guard announced its suspension of its Hudson River anchorage proposal. The suspension of the plan comes after a yearlong “Ban the Barges” initiative launched by Mayor Spano which included the convening of over 30 Hudson Valley communities that would be affected by the proposal and the launch of an effective social media advocacy campaign that led to more than 10,000 public comments opposing the proposal.

“Together, we can declare victory and reclaim our river,” said Mayor Spano. “The shores of the Hudson River will remain a place where our residents and visitors can gather to live, work and play rather than become a parking lot for oil tankers.  I want to give special thanks and recognition to the countless local municipal leaders and advocates, especially our federal representatives and community partners Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson, who helped fight to keep the Hudson River our national treasure for generations to come.”

Last summer, Mayor Spano convened elected leaders from the Westchester County communities to create the Hudson River Waterfront Allianceto collectively stand in opposition to the United States Coast Guard’s proposal of 10 new anchorage locations along the Hudson River. The Alliance, consisting of officials from each town, city or village from Yonkers and points  north in the Hudson Valley, launched the “Ban the Barges” social media advocacy campaign on Facebook (facebook.com/banthebarges) and Twitter (@banthebarges) including a change.org petition (www.yonkersny.gov/bargepetition) directed to the U.S. Coast Guard, urging the regulatory agency of the Hudson River to prohibit the  anchorage plan.

Mayor Spano and the other Westchester waterfront community leaders also obtained legal opinion by outside maritime counsel to assess the Alliance’s legal and appeal options in the event of a rule-making, to consider possible Environmental Justice implications and to seek additional strategies for opposition.

The Hudson River Waterfront Alliance includes:

City of Beacon

Town of Bedford 

Village of Briarcliff Manor

Village of Bronxville

Town of Cortlandt

Village of Dobbs Ferry

Dutchess County Mayors and Supervisors Association

Town of Esopus

Town of Fishkill

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson

Town of Hyde Park

Village of Irvington

City of Kingston

Ossining Town

Ossining Village

City of Peekskill

Village of Tarrytown

Village of Tuckahoe

City of Yonkers

Town of Marlborough

Town of Mamaroneck

Town of Mount Pleasant

City of Newburgh

Town of New Castle

Putnam County

Town of Lewisboro

Villiage of Larchmont

Town of Red Hook

Town of Rye

City of New Rochelle

Village of Tivoli

Ulster County

Westchester County

City of White Plains

For more information on the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance, visit www.yonkersny.gov/banthebarges.

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