Please come to a rally to demand Hudson River access! Amtrak’s proposal for the waterfront owned by CSX, under review until May 1 by the New York State Department of State, does not appear to attempt closing existing vehicular crossings in Columbia and Dutchess Counties. But it does appear to restrict access. New gates and fencing are proposed in Germantown, Stuyvesant, Stockport, Tivoli, Rhinebeck, and Rhinecliff. However, locked gates already prohibit access to the Hudson River at Castleton-on-Hudson’s public Riverfront Park. The LWRP committee in Germantown is holding a rally and is encouraging other communities to hold parallel Earth Day rallies about river access. The Village of Castleton-on-Hudson is coordinating with the Germantown committee to hold a rally at the locked gates to Riverfront Park (Scott Avenue and Main Street) in the Village.
Access to the Hudson River is a LEGAL RIGHT: The Hudson River is a navigable river, and there are special rules that the public must have access. It is an ISSUE OF EQUITY: All other communities on the east bank of the river have access. It is ECONOMICALLY BENEFICIAL: Main Street needs revitalization, and having a pocket park, kayak launch, etc. right there in the village will be a spark. It is an ETHICAL QUESTION: The Village owns the land and the State promised pedestrian access. The Village held up its end of the deal (no vehicular traffic) but the State has not!