Assemblyman Colin Schmitt and Senator Mike Martucci Pass Key Legislation Designating Otter Kill Creek A NYS Inland Waterway

ALBANY, NY — Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM-New Windsor) and Senator Mike Martucci (R,C,I-Hudson Valley/Catskills), today, announced the passage of A.9780/S.8969, amending New York State Executive Law to define Otter Kill Creek in Orange County as part of the state’s inland waterway system.

The legislation passed the Assembly and Senate unanimously during the legislative session this week. The bill now goes to the Governor for final approval.

Otter Kill Creek is a 16-mile-long waterway flowing through central Orange County that eventually runs into the Hudson River. With its new designation as an inland waterway, Otter Kill Creek is now eligible for grants through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Working together for Orange County, Senator Martucci and I were able to unanimously pass this legislation in both chambers of the State Legislature. This bill will open up further opportunities for Otter Kill Creek that benefit all residents and our local environment through grant funding, resources, and conservation opportunities.”

Senator Mike Martucci stated, “I’m proud to join efforts alongside Assemblyman Schmitt to protect and preserve Otter Kill Creek for generations to come. This new designation allows us to gain key resources that will ensure its quality and support future revitalization projects, all in an effort to guarantee its safe use by Orange County residents.”