Today, Governor Cuomo signed a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Poughkeepsie/Newburgh/Beacon) that would bring the development of the Poughkeepsie waterfront one step closer to reality.
The Skartados bill authorizes the City of Poughkeepsie to sell waterfront property to the Dyson Foundation (Ch. 348 of 2012). The Dyson Foundation will develop the land into a public park and the sale ensures that the land will be enjoyed by the public at no cost to the taxpayers.
“The Walkway Over the Hudson is an amazing thing and it is really having a great impact on the city of Poughkeepsie and all of the Mid-Hudson region,” Skartados said. “I am proud to have been able to secure state funding to complete the Walkway and now I’m very happy to help move this waterfront project forward. This will mean yet another beautiful addition to the Hudson Valley.”
The property which will be sold to the Dyson Foundation, known as Upper Landing, is located under the Walkway and is currently not accessible by the public.
“The Dyson Foundation is very grateful that Assemblyman Skartados, his colleagues in the Legislature and Governor Cuomo have supported our plan to create a public waterfront park in the City of Poughkeepsie” said Chris Dyson, Dyson Foundation director and treasurer.