Environment

$4.2-Billion Environmental Bond Act Sails to Victory; Project List Yet to be Set


Carrying nearly 60 percent of the vote, the state’s first environmental bond issue in 26 years sailed to passage in Tuesday’s election.  Among 5,649,569 votes cast, 3,333,589 were in favor of the $4.2-billion measure, with 29 percent opposed, according to the New York State Board of Elections. Just over 12 percent of voters did not vote on the measure, possibly […]

Record Number of Volunteers Turns Out to Plant Trees as Red Hook Village Commemorates 20 Years as a Tree City USA


For the twentieth year in a row, volunteers in Red Hook Village planted trees this week, cementing two decades for the community as a Tree City USA. All told this year, 18 trees were planted by nearly two dozen volunteers working with the Village Green Tree Committee. The tree commission of the Town of Red Hook also planted trees in […]

Red Hook Nature-Loving Couple Provides Funds to Restore Tivoli Bays Route 9G Entrance


Eager to rid the Route 9G Tivoli Bays hike-in entrance of invasive plants that suppress healthy plants and animals, a Red Hook couple has created a partnership with New York State to restore three acres of land with dozens of pounds of native meadow seeds. The public-private initiative, expected to cost upwards of $100,000, was launched by Harlan Bratcher and […]

$4.2-Billion Environmental Bond Issue, Largest in State History, To Face Voters This November


For the first time in 26 years, New Yorkers this November will vote on an environmental bond act, the largest in state history. The Environmental and Climate Change Projects Bond Measure, or the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, would issue $4.2 billion in general obligation bonds for potential environmental projects around New York State. The […]

“Kind of Spectacular,” One Village Resident Exclaims, As His Shiny Sewer-Ready Septic Is Installed


Red Hook Village residents along East Market Street this week are having their backyards altered with shiny new equipment, the underground state-of-the-art septic tanks that will pump sewage when the new sewer goes online later this year. For the past month, crews of workmen in yellow vests and red hard hats operating an excavator have been making their way through […]

Outpouring of Grief as Rhinebeck Village Prepares to Cut Down Sickly Norway Maple Trees Along Montgomery Street


Two dozen beloved Norway maples, which have shaded the sidewalks and defined the canopy along Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck Village for half a century, will be cut down next month. In their place, 35 new trees of a dozen different species will be planted.   At a public meeting Tuesday night, the Village Board of Trustees approved a proposal from Rhinebeck’s […]

Red Hook Applies for $2.2-Million Grant to Replace Town’s Aging Green Water Tank Off Kelly Road


Red Hook is moving forward with a $2.2-million grant application seeking state funds to help the Town replace its aging steel water storage tank on Twin Tower Road off of Kelly Road.  The 920,000-gallon steel-green tank stores water for nearly 500 households in Linden Acres and College Park. But the tank is rusted and in need of repainting both on the outside […]

Red Hook Town Board Eyes Sewer Expansion South of the Village and Applies for $30K Grant To Study the Idea


The Red Hook Town Board voted this week to apply for a $30,000 grant to study extending the new village sewer south to the Hannaford supermarket.  Town Supervisor Robert McKeon envisions a shared water and sewer district between the town and the village. The grant will help the town study how to create such a district.  The news comes as […]

Red Hook Town Board Votes to Join Lawsuit to Save Endangered Fixed-Rate, Alt-Fuel Community Energy Pact


Some 25,000 customers in the Hudson Valley who receive fixed-rate electricity from renewable energy sources, including 1,316 homes and businesses in Red Hook and 287 in Rhinebeck, may be dropped from their so-called community choice aggregation program (CCA) as a local energy provider seeks to back out of its contract. The Town Board of Red Hook, which opted in to […]

Red Hook Moves One Step Closer to Becoming an Audubon Certified Sustainable Community


The Town of Red Hook, thanks to the ambitious work of more than a dozen residents, has moved one step closer to earning designation as a sustainable community by Audubon International. As part of the project, the Town on Saturday debuted an innovative project:  a small outdoor art gallery in a box near Key Bank in the village of Red […]


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