The Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan's second round of public meetings kick-off this evening in Orange County - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
The interactive forums will take place tonight at SUNY Orange in Newburgh; and Thursday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. In both sessions, a presentation of the draft plan will be followed by a question/ answer session and open discussion. Organizers would like to see more local residents at the gatherings.
Sustainable Hudson Valley Executive Director Melissa Everett explains why the draft plan is important
The Plan is one of ten such collaborative initiatives taking place around New York State as part of Phase One of Governor Cuomo's Cleaner, Greener Communities program.
Orange County Commissioner of Planning Dave Church explains that water figures prominently among issues with regional impact.
The draft plan also address Transportation: Nadine Lemmon is an Albany legislative advocate for Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
Lemmon affirms the purpose of holding the public events.
The draft Plan also addresses land use, infrastructure, energy, agriculture and food, housing, and the cross-cutting theme of climate change adaptation to protect people and resources from unpreventable changes. It also identifies project ideas that could significantly improve economic and environmental health.
Public comments are invited : the final plan is nearing completion - Dave Church
Church says almost 400 project ideas have been solicited from government, business and citizens, with demand in the hundreds of millions of dollars if all of the project ideas were validated. But only a fraction of that funding would be available from New York State
Here's a link where you can read the draft plan and share your ideas online.