ENB - REGION 3 NOTICES

Negative Declarations

Dutchess County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed acquisition of land in the Arlington Central School District for New Elementary School, SED Project No. 13-16-01-06-0-037-001 and New Middle School, SED Project No. 13-16-01-06-0-036-001, will not have a significant environmental impact.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234


Ulster County - The Woodstock Board of Fire Commissioners, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Fire House for Woodstock Fire Company Number One will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a fire house on a 6.97 acre parcel of land . The project is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Speare Road and N.Y. Route 212 in the Town of Woodstock.

Contact: Arthur Rose, 60 Overlook Drive, Woodstock, NY 12498 (914) 679-2927.


Westchester County - The Westchester County Health Care Corporation, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Renovations at Behavioral Health Center and Taylor Care Center will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the interior renovation of the Behavioral Health Center and Taylor Care Center with associated exterior improvements. The project is located at the Westchester Medical Center, Grasslands Reservation, in Valhalla, Town of Mount Pleasant.

Contact: Marianne Oros, Westchester Medical Center, Elmwood Hall 4th Floor, Planning Department, Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 493-7021


Westchester County - The City of White Plains Common Council, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Redevelopment of Urban Renewal Parcel No. 26 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves amendments to the White Plains Zoning Ordinance regarding the UR-2 Urban Renewal Central Business District and to the Urban Renewal Plan for the Central Renewal Project No. N.Y. R-37 regarding the Office Use Areas to facilitate development of a mixed-use project including a 500 dwelling unit, multiple-family residence and a 168 room hotel. The project is located at the intersection of Main Street and Bank Street, City of White Plains.

Contact: Rod Johnson, Environmental Officer, c/o Planning Department, Municipal Building Annex, 255 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601 (914) 422-1372 Fax: (914) 422-1301.

Draft EIS

Ulster County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft EIS on the proposed acquisition of land (including two story dwelling and detached garage) in the Marlboro Central School District, SED Project No. 62-10-01-06-7-016-001. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until December 31, 1999. The action involves 0.274 acre of land. The project is located at 1263 Route 9W in the Town of Marlborough.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234

Public Notice - Hudson River Access Sites

Governor George E. Pataki today announced that the Governor's Task Force on Access to the Hudson River Estuary has made recommendations for the development of public access sites to the River in the lower Hudson Valley.

"As the Hudson River continues its remarkable recovery, New Yorkers' desire for access to the river grows ever greater," Governor Pataki said. "The important efforts of this Task Force, combined with local riverfront recreation and economic development projects will help our efforts to restore public access to the Hudson so that anglers, hikers, picnickers and swimmers are able to once again enjoy this magnificent resource."

The Hudson River line of Metro-North, which extends from Manhattan north to Poughkeepsie along the river's east shore, has impeded access to the river for decades due to safety concerns and the physical barrier of the railroad tracks.

In February, Governor Pataki appointed a 17-member task force to evaluate the sites by taking into consideration ownership of parcels, the need to construct roads and pedestrian bridges, and the need to rehabilitate existing structures. The original list of 26 sites was developed by environmental groups, anglers and Metro-North and was the subject of a series of public hearings held in the Bronx and in Westchester and Dutchess counties. After a series of meetings and inspections of the potential sites, the Task Force recommended nine sites for improved public access. The recommendations are subject to a 30-day public comment period.

The potential access sites and action recommendations include:

An additional access site at Zinsser Bridge in Hastings-on-Hudson is still being evaluated.

Governor Pataki committed $500,000 in this year's budget for planning and implementation of the access initiative. An additional $150,000 has been pledged through the Governor's Hudson River Estuary Action Plan, a comprehensive plan to restore the Hudson River from Manhattan to the Troy Dam. In total, $5 million is being provided from DEC, DOT, the MTA, the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the State Department of State to implement improvements at each of the sites.

For more information contact: Barbara Fratianni, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYSDEC, 200 White Plains Road, 5th Floor, Tarrytown, NY 10591-5805 (914) 332-1835 x369

Amendments of the Final Freshwater Wetlands Maps for Orange County

Orange County - Subsequent to the promulgation of the final Freshwater Wetlands Maps for Orange County on March 25, 1987, DEC Region 3 Staff found an inaccuracy affecting Map 20 of 26. Having fully investigated this site, Staff sent notice of the proposed amendments to the affected landowners and published notice in local newspapers and in the ENB. DEC Staff reviewed public comments received during the comment period and no public hearing was held. Upon review of Staff's findings and recommendations relative to this matter, the Commissioner was satisfied that Staff appropriately responded to all oral and written comments on the proposed amendments, and that Staff's recommendations were consistent with the requirements of the Freshwater Wetlands Act and supported by the record. The Commissioner ordered that MO-9 be added as a Class II wetland to Map 20 of 26 for Orange County, effective December 8, 1999. A copy of the amended final maps will be filed with the office of the clerk of each affected local government and in the Department's Region 3 office.

Contact: Roy Jacobson, NYSDEC, Region 3 Headquarters, 12 South Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561, (914) 256-3086.