Governor Signs Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act

Cahill and Rabbitt urge the Senate to pass legislation to include Ulster and Orange Counties
August 16, 2007

Assemblymembers Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) and Annie Rabbitt (R- Orange, Rockland) announced today that Governor Spitzer has signed the Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act.

The new law will give the residents of municipalities in Westchester and Putnam Counties the ability, through referendum, to enact a revenue stream dedicated to protect their natural and historic heritage. Earlier this year, the Assemblymembers worked together to pass legislation that would add localities in Ulster and Orange Counties to the act.

“I have been working diligently in Albany to advance legislation to protect our communities from the unwise developments and sprawl that have been creeping their way up the Hudson Valley,” said Mr. Cahill. “The addition of Ulster and Orange to the Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act will not only help to protect the open space that defines our region, but it will also play a key role in protecting our communities from the flooding that has been ravaging our area as overdevelopment and sprawl have been sited as major contributing factors to flooding.”

The Senate has so far failed to act on the Assembly legislation despite overwhelming local support. Both the Ulster and Orange County Legislatures passed “home rule” resolutions requesting the state legislation. The bills (A.9104-A, A.9105-A, A9123-A) passed the Assembly by wide margins in June.

“I am pleased that the Governor has signed the Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act into law. This is an important step towards ensuring that our children and grandchildren will have access and be able to enjoy the scenic Hudson Valley free from unwise and unnecessary growth and sprawl,” said Assemblymember Rabbitt.

“Having a Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act signed into law by Governor Spitzer is a great next step for communities in the lower Hudson Valley to preserve their character and resources,” said Tom Alworth, Executive Director of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. “We appreciate Assemblyman Cahill’s efforts and are very encouraged for the region given the tremendous interest expressed by communities in Ulster County and elsewhere to have this tool available to them in the future.”