NEWBURGH, N.Y. – An amendment that will prevent funding for 10 new barge anchorage points in the Hudson, including a proposed anchorage spot near Newburgh, passed a vote on the House floor Thursday.
The amendment, authored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D- Orange County), prohibits funds appropriated by the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2018 from being used to establish the new anchorages.
“Just in case anyone gets any bright ideas, this is one more way to make sure that stupid proposal stays dead and buried,” Maloney said in a statement. “I’m not letting my guard down on this, and even after the PAWSA process, this will make sure that our river is safe and doesn’t become a parking lot for oil barges.”
If passed into law, the amendment would make it impossible for the agency to establish any anchorage sites between Yonkers and Kingston until Oct. 1, 2018.
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