Assemblymember Shelley Mayer Celebrates Signing of Law Limiting Barges on the Hudson, which she Co-Sponsored

October 24, 2017

On Tuesday, October 23rd, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law bill A.6825-A/S.5197-B co-sponsored by Assemblymember Shelley B. Mayer (AD-90, Yonkers) which limits the creation of new anchorage sites along the Hudson River.

The bill was sponsored by Assemblymember Didi Barrett and State Senator Sue Serino, and co-sponsored by Assemblymember Shelley Mayer. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law this week.

"This new law limiting the installation of new anchorage sites along the Hudson River is a big win for the City of Yonkers and all of our rivertowns throughout the Hudson Valley," said Assemblymember Shelley Mayer. "At a time when so much of our politics have become divisive and partisan, I was encouraged to see bi-partisan support for this legislation. Clearly the actions of energized community members and municipal governments, especially the City of Yonkers, drew attention to the urgency of passing this bill. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for recognizing the importance of protecting the Hudson River from additional barges and signing this bill into law."

The new law grants the state added oversight of plans, policies, and programs affecting petroleum-bearing vessels on the Hudson River and on any proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Coast Guard which would impact the Hudson River. The bill came at a critical time when the U.S. Coast Guard had issued a notice proposing the installation of 10 new anchorage grounds and the creation of 43 new vessel berths in the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston.

Four of the new anchorage grounds proposed by the U.S. Coast Guard were planned to be installed in Yonkers.

After the New York State Legislature passed the bill limiting the barges, and due to the thousands of complaints Hudson Valley residents and environmental groups issued, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its plans for the controversial proposal. If the U.S. Coast Guard decides to move forward again with its plans, the new law co-sponsored by Assemblymember Mayer leaves New York State much better prepared to protect the Hudson River from potentially harmful proposals.