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Meeting Notice

The Technical Advisory Committee of the Watershed Protection and Partnership Council (WPPC) will meet on Tuesday January 28th, 2003, at 1:00pm at the offices of the Empire State Development Corporation, 33 Airport Center Drive, Newburgh, NY.

The Executive Committee of the Watershed Protection and Partnership Council has asked the Technical Advisory Committee to review the interim final Phase II Nonpoint Source TMDL Implementation Report (Report) prepared by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), to solicit stakeholder input, and to make recommendations to DEC on how to finalize the Report.


Notice Of Intent To Prepare An Environmental Impact Statement/Alternatives Analysis For Tappan Zee Bridge/Interstate-287 Corridor In Westchester And Rockland Counties, New York

AGENCIES: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), United States Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an Alternatives Analysis (AA) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the I-287 Corridor between Suffern, New York (Rockland County) and Port Chester, New York (Westchester County). Included within the corridor is the Tappan Zee Bridge.

SUMMARY: FHWA and FTA, in cooperation with the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) and the Metro-North Railroad, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA/MNR), will prepare an AA and an EIS for the I-287 Corridor in Westchester and Rockland Counties, NY, which includes the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Corridor’s most important infrastructure element. The FTA and FHWA are the federal lead agencies under NEPA and the NYSTA and MTA/MNR are the project sponsors. The AA and the DEIS are being prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), the FTA/FHWA Environmental Impact regulations (23 CFR Part 771), and the FTA/FHWA Statewide Planning/Metropolitan Planning regulations (23 CFR Part 450). The EIS and the environmental review process will also satisfy the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), pursuant to the New York Environmental Conservation Law, Article 8 and its implementing regulations, 6 NYCRR Part 617. This Notice of Intent eliminates the need for a positive declaration under that statute.

The purpose of the environmental review is to undertake a comprehensive study of transportation needs and mobility within the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor (the Project). The AA will also take into account the structural needs of the Tappan Zee Bridge, as well as other existing infrastructure in the Corridor. The AA will document the identification, evaluation and screening of a large number of possible actions to produce a reasonable range of alternatives that meet the proposed Project’s purpose and need. The DEIS (which will incorporate the findings of the AA) will then document the evaluation of those identified alternatives in terms of their environmental impacts and other relevant factors as compared to a baseline case (i.e., the No Build alternative). A preferred alternative(s) will be identified in a Final EIS (FEIS).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Robert Arnold, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, New York Division, Leo W. O'Brien Federal Building, 7th Floor, Clinton Avenue and North Pearl Street, Albany, New York, 12207, Telephone: (518) 431-4127.

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Irwin B. Kessman, Director of Planning and Program Development, Federal Transit Administration, One Bowling Green, Room 429, New York, NY 10004, Telephone: 212-668-2177

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Christopher A. Waite, Executive Project Manager, New York State Thruway Authority, 200 Southern Boulevard, Albany, NY 12209, Telephone: 518-436-3190.

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Janet M. Mainiero, Deputy Project Manager, MTA Metro-North Railroad 347 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Telephone: 212-340-4085.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Scoping: FHWA and FTA invite interested individuals, organizations, and Federal, State, and local agencies to provide comments on the scope of the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor AA/EIS. Comments should suggest alternatives that meet the Project’s transportation goals and objectives and have the potential to reduce environmental impacts. Comments should also focus on specific environmental issues and other relevant factors that should be evaluated during the environmental review of the Project.

To assist interested parties in formulating their comments, a scoping information packet has been prepared and is available upon request from the FHWA, FTA, NYSTA, or MTA/MNR representatives identified above or online at the project’s website (www.tzbsite.com). The information packet includes the project’s purpose and need, goals and objectives, a preliminary list of alternatives, and environmental areas that will be addressed during the course of the environmental review process. An outline of the public participation program is also contained in the information packet.

Three public scoping meetings will be conducted, one each in Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties, to solicit public comments on the scope of the AA/DEIS. The public scoping meetings will be held in the following locations:

Westchester County Public Scoping Meeting:
Tuesday, January 14, 2003, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow High School
200 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Rockland County Public Scoping Meeting:
Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Adler Room
Palisades Mall
1000 Palisades Center
West Nyack, NY 10994

Orange County Public Scoping Meeting:
Thursday, January 16, 2003, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Orange County Community College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940

The public comment period will be open for a minimum of 45 days following the January 16th meeting. Written comments will be accepted by the contact people above until March 4, 2003.

Two governmental agency scoping meetings will also be conducted, one each in New York City and Albany, to solicit input and comments from State and Federal agencies. The agency meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

January 21, 2003, 2 – 4 pm MTA/MNR Headquarters
347 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017

January 22, 2003, 1 – 3 pm New York State Thruway Authority>br> 200 Southern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12209

FHWA/FTA Procedures: Upon completion, the AA, and subsequently the DEIS, will be available for public and agency review and comment. Public hearings will be held on the DEIS within the study area. On the basis of the AA/DEIS and the public and Agency comments, a preferred alternative will be selected and fully described in the FEIS. Following completion of the FEIS a Record of Decision (ROD) will be issued by the Federal lead agencies.


Public Notice of Availability for Comment

Westchester County

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Project Title: Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Work Plan for Comment Commercial Decal Site, #V-00158-3

Name of Volunteer: Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency
City Hall
Roosevelt square
Mount Vernon, NY 10550

Project Location: This site is located at 650 South Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon. It is in Westchester County, Region 3.

Project Description: The site is a vacant commercial property which formerly housed a decal manufacturer. Powdered metalic pigments were used extensively. Following shut-down of the manufacturing operation in 1983, USEPA removed abandoned pigments and other chemicals plus asbestos insulation scattered by vandals and vacuumed the floors and ducts. The groundwater investigation called for by the approved VCP workplan was completed and indicated no contamination problems other than low level MTBE contamination in one well. The amendment to the VCA changes the intended use from restricted commercial to an unrestricted use. The current plan is for the facility to be used for food processing. The original work plan called for excavation of a 20 foot by 285 foot area of the yard down to a depth of 18 inches and to be backfilled with clean fill and paved. This is to address lead contamination in the soil. It also included removal and proper closure of 2 USTs formerly used for heating fuel in the yard. The amended work plan extends the excavation in the lead contaminated area to bedrock, within the same 20 foot by 285 foot area, and eliminates the paving requirement. In addition, the amended work plan requires wipe sampling and indoor air quality testing inside the building following the planned gut renovation.

Comment Period: The Voluntary Cleanup Agreement, the approved Remediation Work Plan, and the proposed amendment to the Remediation Work Plan for the property described above are available for review at the locations set forth below. Written comments on this action must be received within 30 days following the date of this Notice. Written comments expressing objections or opposition to the amendment to the Work Plan must explain the basis of the opposition and identify the specific grounds which could justify the Department’s imposing significant changes to a Work Plan. No formal response is made to comments, but as a result of comments, the Department may reevaluate and revise the Work Plan.

Contact person: John B. Swartwout, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7014, phone (518)402-9564, fax (518)402-9022, e-mail jbswarto@gw.dec.state.ny.us. For individuals with health-related concerns, contact: Bridget Callahan, NYSDOH, Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation, 547 River Street, Troy, NY 12180-2216, phone (518)402-7880.

The site documents are available for review at the NYSDEC office located at 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY and at the Mount Vernon Public Library (Reference Department), 28 South First Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY.


Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Planning Board of the Village of Rhinebeck, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Curthoys - 41 East Market Street Expansion Site Plan Application and Bathrick - 43-51 East Market Street Expansion Site Plan Application will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves creation of infill development by expanding existing buildings and adding new structures in the Village Center, with commercial use on the ground floor and office and/or residential use above. As part of the development, these two owners, The Rhinebeck Savings Bank, and the Village of Rhinebeck are cooperating to create a coordinated parking plan for the Savings Bank Plaza and a connecting rear alley behind the Curthoys and Bathrick lands. This will help relieve congestion east of Routes 9 and 308. The project is located at 41 East Market Street and 43-51 East Market Street.

Contact: John Clarke, Village of Rhinebeck Planning Board, 76 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12472, phone: (845) 876-1922.


Orange County - The Town Board of the Town of Newburgh, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law Amending Chapter 185 entitled "Zoning" of the Code of the Town of Newburgh: Lakefront Access Lots will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves adoption of a proposed local law by the Town Board of the Town of Newburgh, Local Law No. 11 of the Year 2002 entitled "A Local Law Amending Chapter 185 entitled 'Zoning' of the Code of the Town of Newburgh: Lakefront Access Lots" the effect of which is to establish minimum lakefront frontage, lot width and lot area requirements for all "Lakefront Access Lots" on Orange Lake in any Zoning District. The Local Law additionally provides for parking space and screening requirements, and further provides that the lease or rental of a dock at Orange Lake is considered a commercial use and shall not be permitted in any residential zone. The project is located on Orange Lake, Town of Newburgh.

Contact: Wayne C. Booth, Town of Newburgh, 1496 Route 300, Newburgh, New York 12550, phone: (914) 564-4552.


Sullivan County - The Sullivan County Department of Public Works, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Runway 15-33 Safety Area Improvements at Sullivan County International Airport, will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves improving the Runway 15-33 Safety Area (RSA) at Sullivan County International Airport to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. The RSA beyond both runway ends currently contains downward sloping topography. The improvements would involve grading and filling within the RSA to provide stable surfaces for aircraft and emergency vehicles in the event of a runway overrun. The RSA would be extended 600 feet beyond the Runway 15 end, and 500 feet beyond the Runway 33 end. The fill material would be excavated from borrow areas on airport property. The proposed action would also include the removal of trees and brush within the RSA, and property acquisition or easements involving approximately two acres of privately-owned land. The project is located at Sullivan County International Airport, Town of Bethel, NY.

Contact: Robert Trotta, Sullivan County Department of Public Works, 100 North Street, P.O. Box 5012, Monticello, NY 12701, phone: (845) 794-3000, fax: (845) 791-8462.


Sullivan County - The New York State Department of Transportation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed NY Route 42 Reconstruction (Project Identification No. 901321) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The project will reconstruct a portion of NY Route 42 (Pleasant Street) in the Village of Monticello, Town of Thompson, Sullivan County. The project will include reconstruction of two major intersections: Pleasant Street/High Street and Pleasant Street/Thompsonville Road. Minor side street intersections will be reconstructed to match the proposed grade. Sidewalks will be provided throughout the project and will continue beyond the limits of highway reconstruction (and beyond the Village limits) to a point south of Anawana Lake Road in the Town of Thompson. The project will require the acquisition of right-of-way, including three dwellings.

Contact: Tom Miller, New York State Department of Transportation, 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, New York 13901, phone: (607) 721-8026.


Ulster County - The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Rochester, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Nicholas and Cheryl Lapp will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves area variance for placement of 28' x 30' two-car garage 18' from side boundary line. The project is located at 278 Airport Road, Accord, Town of Rochester.

Contact:Marijane Knudsen-Hunlock, Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Rochester, Post Office Box 65, Accord, New York 12404.


Westchester County - The Westchester County Board of Legislators, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Security Lighting and Cameras at the Westchester County Airport will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves installation of 7 security/emergency lighting fixtures and poles and 32 security cameras at various locations around the airport. Some cameras will be pole-mounted while others will be mounted on existing buildings. The poles for all fixtures will be twenty feet tall. The monitoring stations will be located in existing buildings. The project requires the trenching of electrical conduit about 5.5 to 6 miles in length and 1.5 to 5.5 feet in width around the airport grounds in previously disturbed areas. The project is located in the Town of North Castle, Village of Rye Brook, Village of Harrison.

Contact: Gina D'Agrosa, Environmental Planning, 432 Michaelian Office Building, White Plains, NY 10601, phone: (914) 995-4422.


Revised Negative Declaration

Dutchess County - The Planning Board of the City of Poughkeepsie, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Fox Hill Phase VII will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a site plan and partial rezoning in order to construct 44 two bedroom residential units with 97 associated parking spaces on a 5 acre parcel. The 44 units are all one family dwellings to be owned in condominium form. The project request site plan approval from the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board and a partial rezoning from the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council. The project is located at Wilbur Boulevard/Cedar Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Contact: Susan Sanderson, Planning Department Office, Box 300, Municipal Building, Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York 12602, phone: (845) 451-4055.


Positive Declaration

Orange County - The Planning Board for the Town of New Windsor, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Redevelopment of the former STAS may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves redevelopment of the former STAS, a 248-acre parcel in the Town of New Windsor. The STAS lands have been ground-leased by the Town of New Windsor for the purposes of economic development. The redevelopment plan contemplates redevelopment in multiple phases to establish a broad range of commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and/or other uses pursuant to existing zoning requirements, including parking, utilities, street and other improvements and facilities identified as necessary or appropriate as redevelopment proceeds. The project is located at the former Stewart Army Subpost property, generally bounded by Stewart International Airport to the north and east, Route 207 to the south, and Jackson Avenue to the west.

Contact: Mark J. Edsall, Town of New Windsor Planning Board, 555 Union Avenue, New Windsor, New York 12553, phone: (845) 563-4615.


Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period Supplemental Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Dutchess County - The Planning Board of the Town of East Fishkill, as lead agency, has extended the public comment period on the Supplemental Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Meadow Creek Corporate Park published in the ENB on January 8, 2003. The proposed action involves the assessment of potential environmental impacts regarding the construction of one million two hundred seventy thousand (1.27 million) square feet of floor space: two hundred seventy thousand eight hundred eighty (270,880) square feet of professional office space, two thousand two hundred (2,200) square feet for a convenience mart/gas station, and nine hundred ninety eight thousand (998,000) square feet of light industrial/research and development uses. Thirty-nine (39) acres are zoned Planned Commercial Park and one hundred twelve (112) acres are zoned I-1. The project is bounded by Interstate 84 (I-84) Exit 15 to the south, Lime Kiln road to the west and north, and Shenandoah Road to the east, in East Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York 12533.

Written comments on the DGEIS and SDGEIS are also requested, and will be accepted by the lead agency until Monday, February 3, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. and should be addressed to the contact person listed below. The original public comment period was to end on Friday, January 17, 2003 at 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Patricia Twomey, Town of East Fishkill, Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533, phone: (845) 221-2428, fax: (845) 226-1924.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS And Public Hearing

Rockland County - The Planning Board of the Village of Suffern, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Suffern Pines subdivision. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on February 19, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. at the Suffern Village Hall, 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, New York. Comments on the DEIS will be accepted until March 3, 2003 or ten days following the close of public hearing whichever is later. The project involves a proposed subdivision of a 28-lot single-family detached subdivision on an 8.72 acre parcel of property. The project is located in the incorporated Village of Suffern, Rockland County, New York.

Contact: Marvin Oppenheim, Suffern Planning Board, Suffern Village Hall, 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, New York 10901, phone: (845) 357-2600.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Rockland County - The Planning Board of the Village of South Nyack, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Major Subdivision/Lands of Dansome, LLC. The action consists of 17.3 acres of land, which is being proposed for development involving 21 lots (18 new lots, 2 existing lots, and 1 existing lot capable of being developed). The proposed new lots range in size from 22,000 to 64,000 ft. averaging 35,000 ft. The majority of the lots are to attain roadway access via two proposed cul-de-sacs, one off College Avenue and the other off Berachah Avenue, which will be constructed substantially in accordance with Village of South Nyack roadway specifications. Two lots will have access directly to an existing village road, South Boulevard. The driveways for all lots have been designed with slopes in accordance with the village requirements. All lots will be provided with central water supply and wastewater disposal via extensions of existing systems. The project is located in the Village of South Nyack.

Contact: William Truss, Village of South Nyack Planning Board, 282 South Broadway, South Nyack, NY 10960, phone: (845) 358-0287.