Public Notice

Notice of Availability - DEC Region 4 Quarterly Reports of Administrative Use of Motor Vehicles and Aircraft in the Forest Preserve:

In compliance with DEC Commissioner Policy -17, the activity logs documenting the administrative use of motor vehicles and aircraft within the Forest Preserve in DEC Region 4 (Greene and Delaware Counties) for the time period July 2000 through September 2000, are available for review by contacting Douglas Bernhard at the DEC Stamford Office, Route 10, Stamford, NY 12167, phone: (607) 652-7365.

Negative Declaration

Albany County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Helderbergs Unit Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a plan for the continued recreational use and management of three State Forests and three Wildlife Management Areas in western and southeastern Albany County. The project is located in the Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area and State Forest, County Routes 6 and 13, Berne; Margaret Burke Wildlife Management Area, County Route 254 and State Route156, Knox; Louise Keir Wildlife Management Area, County Route 103, Coeymans; Cole Hill State Forest, County Routes 2 and 3, Berne; and Rensselaerville State Forest, County Routes 353 and 359, Rensselaerville.

Contact: Jack D Moser, NYS DEC, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady NY 12036, phone: (518) 357-2271

Ostego County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed land acquisition for the Athletic Fields Expansion - Site B in the Edmeston Central School District, SED Project No. 47-05-01-04-0-001-007, will not have a significant environmental impact. The action involves the purchase of 10 acres of land, located on Miller Road (Tax Parcel No. 108-1-11) in the Town of Edmeston.

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

Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS

The New York State Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, will be preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on a proposal( PIN 1089.62.121, l-90 Connector Phase ll, Rensselaer County) to provide a new connector road to Interstate 90 (l-90), in Rensselaer County, New York. The proposed improvement would involve the construction of a new limited access highway that extends from the terminus of the existing Interstate 90 Exit 8 at Route 43 northerly on an alignment about 1/2 mile west of Route 4 and curving northeasterly to an intersection with Route 4 in the vicinity of the Hudson Valley Community College, a distance of 5.1 km (3 miles). Improvements to the corridor are considered necessary to provide for the projected traffic demand. Project objectives include reducing forecast congestion and promoting economic development along the Route 4 corridor, supporting the land use goals and master plans of local communities, and improving mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. The project also seeks to establish an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) "in situ laboratory facility" on the new roadway and segments of the other existing area roadways.

Contact: Mark Silo, State of New York, Department of Transportation, 84 Holland Avenue, Albany, New York 12208, phone: (518) 474-6285.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Columbia County - The NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption and Implementation of a Comprehensive Plan for Olana State Historic Site. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on November 14, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia Greene Community College, Route 23, Hudson, New York. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until November 30, 2000. A Draft Comprehensive Plan has been developed jointly by OPRHP and the Friends of Olana to guide the long-term development and operation of Olana State Historic Site. Under the proposed plan, the site will include a fully restored main house; a historic landscape with original carriage drives, parkland, gardens and views; and a new museum/visitor center displaying and interpreting the work of Frederic Church, the Hudson River School of painting and related subjects, and introducing visitors to the heritage of the Hudson Valley. The project at the Olana State Historic Site is located on Route 9G in the Town of Greenport, Columbia County.

Contact: Jayne McLaughlin, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Staatsburg, NY 12580, phone: (845) 889-4100

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Albany and Saratoga Counties - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as lead agency has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for Peebles Island State Park. The action involves proposals for limited recreational development including a visitor center, improved parking and park administration offices. The north bridge to the park will be reopened to vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Use of the western area of the park will be primarily trails related. The portion of the park on Van Schaick Island would offer low impact river access camping, shoreline access for fishermen and marine related facilities in the area of the former Matton Shipyard. Peebles Island State Park is located at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers in the Town of Waterford, Saratoga County and the City of Cohoes, Albany County.

Contact: Donald Kasprzak, Regional Director, Saratoga-Capital District State Park Region, Administration Building, Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, donald.kasprzak@oprhp.state.ny.us, phone: (518) 584-2000 and Thomas B. Lyons, Director, Management Bureau, NYS OPRHP, Agency Building One, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, thomas.lyons@oprhp.state.ny.us, phone: (518) 474-0409.