Serino/Byrne Bill to Make Local Lake Eligible for Revitalization Program Signed into Law

ALBANY, NY – Senator Sue Serino and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne today are announcing that their bill to designate Lake Peekskill as an inland waterway has been signed into law by the Governor. The bill would pave the way for the community to participate in the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), qualifying them for state revitalization grants and empowering area communities to more effectively create long-term development and preservation plans.

“Preserving and enhancing our local waterways will play a key role in the economic and environmental future of the Hudson Valley,” said Senator Serino. “By designating Lake Peekskill as an inland waterway, we are empowering the local community to access state and federal funds that can be used for pollution control, flood prevention, and infrastructure improvements. I am proud to join Assemblyman Byrne in passing a bill that can play a key role in and more to help protect this area for generations to come.”

 

“Finding ways to improve our local waterbodies is vitally important to both the environmental and economic health of these communities,” said Assemblyman Byrne. “Lake Peekskill is a great resource for the town and is already filled with beautiful memories from local residents and their families within the hamlet.This legislation was the last bill I introduced that passed the Assembly.Over the years we’ve passed similar legislation for other lake communities in the region. This is simply another way we get to work together with our partners in local government to unlock new opportunities that can assist them in maintaining and improving these precious waterways. As always, I remain proud to work with both Senator Serino and Supervisor Annabi to get this legislation signed into law.”

Putnam Valley Town Supervisor Jackie Annabi, said, “The Town of Putnam Valley would like to Thank Senator Serino and Assemblyman Byrne for creating and getting passed a bill that places Lake Peekskill within the Inland Waterways Revitalization Program. Having this designation will help preserve, enhance and protect this lake using grants that before this, were not available to us. This is a big win for the community.”

 

LWRP funding can be obtained by eligible municipalities through Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants. According to the Department of State, this funding can be utilized to protect and preserve natural areas, improve water quality, guide development to areas with adequate infrastructure and away from sensitive environments, promote access to public waterfronts, and provide for the redevelopment of underutilized waterfronts.

The law is slated to take effect immediately.