SAMPLE Resolution in Support of State Legislation for Tanker-Avoidance Zones

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -- Scenic Hudson

Whereas, the U.S. Coast Guard is currently considering a proposal to establish new anchorage areas along the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston;

And whereas, the [NAME OF MUNICIPALITY] is home to [describe local economic, natural, and scenic assets], which the integrity of are threatened by the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal;

And whereas, the [NAME OF MUNICIPALITY] has documented its concerns about the anchoring of petroleum-carrying tankers, including disrupting the economic vitality of the waterfront, endangering drinking water supplies, damaging fish habitat and detracting from scenic beauty and quality of life along the river (see Resolution [ENTER LOCAL RESOULTUION NUMBER, ] of 2016);

And whereas, New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett has introduced Assembly Bill A06825a, which would enable New York State agencies to consider environmental impacts in designating “tanker-avoidance zones”;

And whereas, New York State Senator Sue Serino has introduced the same measure in the Senate as Bill S05197b;

And whereas this proposal would enable New York State to take a stronger role in controlling the placement of any anchorage areas for petroleum-carrying vessels, to ensure that the needs of the Hudson River and riverfront communities are protected;

Now therefore be it resolved that the [NAME OF MUNICIPAL BOARD OR COUNCIL] expresses its support for Assembly Bill A06825a and Senate Bill S05197b.

Please send copies of your passed municipal resolution to the following offices:

New York State Assembly:

  • Local Assembly Representative
  • Assemblywoman Didi Barrett
    LOB 553
    Albany, NY 12248
    Fax: 518-455-5418

New York State Senate:

  • Local Senate Representative
  • Senator Sue Serino
    Legislative Office Building, Room 812
    Albany, NY 12247

Not-for-Profit organizations:

  • The NYS Association of Towns, NYS Conference of Mayors, Association of Counties, or any other municipal associations to which your local government belongs
  • Jeremy Cherson, Campaign Advocacy Coordinator
    Riverkeeper
    20 Secor Road
    Ossining, NY 10562
    jcherson@riverkeeper.org
  • Rebecca De La Cruz, Advocacy Associate
    Scenic Hudson
    One Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    rdelacruz@scenichudson.org
    FAX: (845) 473-2648

Download a PDF of this resolution here.