Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Declares Victory As U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Barge Anchorages Proposal Along Hudson River
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:
Village of Briarcliff Manor
Village of Bronxville
City of Peekskill
Village of Tuckahoe
Town of Mount Pleasant
Town of New Castle
For more information on the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance, visit www.yonkersny.gov/banthebarges.