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For Immediate Release: 4/27/2016

Contact:
Jennifer Givner | Jennifer.Givner@thruway.ny.gov | (518) 471-5300
Khurram Saeed | Khurram.Saeed@newnybridge.com | (914) 524-5444

THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES $1.5 MILLION IN GRANTS TO RIVERFRONT COMMUNITIES

Seven Villages in Rockland and Westchester Counties near the New NY Bridge to Receive Funding

The Thruway Authority today announced $1.5 million in state grants to seven municipalities in Rockland and Westchester counties to support riverfront restoration and revitalization projects near the New NY Bridge. The grants will fund recreational, cultural and infrastructure projects in villages along the Hudson River.

The Thruway Authority partnered with the New York Department of State and two Hudson Valley environmental organizations—Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson—as part of its environmental commitments for the construction of the New NY Bridge, which will replace the existing Tappan Zee Bridge.

The grant recipients are:

  • The Village of Tarrytown: $300,000 to improve Patriots Park, including new playground equipment, furnishings, safety surfacing and brook stabilization.
  • The Village of Piermont: $250,000 to raise and repave Ferry Road to prevent future storm damage.
  • The Village of Sleepy Hollow: $246,000 to construct the Hudson River Plaza waterfront park. 
  • The Village of Nyack: $195,000 to construct a pedestrian bridge over the inlet separating Memorial Park along the Hudson River from the village's public boat launch and marina.
  • The Village of Irvington: $187,090 to construct streetscape improvements to the Theater District. 
  • The Village of South Nyack: $163,200 to improve Franklin Street Park, including tennis court renovations and a shade canopy for the children’s playground.
  • The Village of Upper Nyack: $158,710 to construct a new sidewalk along North Broadway.

Maria Lehman, P.E., Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the New York State Thruway Authority, said: "We are thrilled to help local communities improve access to the Hudson River while supporting a wide range of projects important to their residents. The implementation of this grant program is another example of our commitment to communities neighboring the New NY Bridge project, and we're proud to play a role in making these worthwhile projects a reality.”

Rossana Rosado, Acting New York Secretary of State, said: “The New York Department of State looks forward to working with the Thruway Authority and these river towns neighboring the New NY Bridge on these important projects. Improving waterfront access, recreational opportunities and creating a link to downtowns will help these communities thrive.”

Paul Gallay, President of Hudson Riverkeeper, said: "We are pleased to see the awarding of these grants. These restoration and revitalization projects are a good investment in our Hudson River communities, and will allow more opportunities for people to enjoy the river and shoreline."

Hayley Carlock, Director of Environmental Advocacy for Scenic Hudson, said: “Scenic Hudson is pleased to see the award of seven grants to riverfront communities that will enable them to improve parks and public access to the Hudson River. We worked collaboratively with Riverkeeper and the Thruway Authority to secure this $1.5 million in mitigation funding that will boost riverfront revitalization efforts in the Westchester and Rockland communities most directly impacted by the New NY Bridge project.”

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