Westchester County Executive George Latimer included $ 1.3 million in his 2022 County Budget proposal to conduct an environmental study of the Westchester RiverWalk extension under the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. In partnership with environmental organization Scenic Hudson, Latimer is working to move the project forward until it is ready to go. The 0.9-mile stretch of the RiverWalk below the bridge has long been seen as a critical “missing link” in efforts to complete the 51-mile trail spanning the length of the waterfront from Westchester to Hudson.
The Act invests $ 11 billion in transportation safety, including safer paths and crossings for cyclists and pedestrians. In addition to connecting the current RiverWalk segments to Tarrytown and Irvington, the extension is expected to be connected to the bridge’s shared-use path, making it a viable option for Rockland County commuters to access nearby jobs and businesses. Metro-North stations across the river.
Latimer said: “The RiverWalk project means an opportunity for recreation, the ability to drive to jobs and shops without a car, less traffic jams and pollution, and a boost to Westchester’s tourist economy. All are benefits that county residents and visitors alike will receive from the RiverWalk Extension. This groundbreaking investment in the project will take it one step closer to construction – and increase its potential to receive funds from the recently enacted federal infrastructure bill to complete it. “
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “I look forward to partnering with the federal government, the county, our local communities and others in providing assistance to the Riverwalk Project.”
Westchester County Planning Department Commissioner Norma Drummond said, “RiverWalk started as a vision on a towel 20 years ago by County Executive Spano and we worked with local partners on each piece to get a continuous trail as close to the river as possible. Studying this part of the RiverWalk is extremely important to be sure that we are as sensitive to the environment as possible. “
Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan said, “We are grateful to County Executive Latimer for providing this visionary funding that will bring together so many communities along the beautiful riverside of Westchester. We look forward to working with him to gain the support of the county legislature and, in the future, seek additional funding from the Federal Infrastructure Bill for this extraordinary collaborative project.
Scenic Hudson led a collaborative effort to complete the expansion. The project received broad support from the business community (including the Business Council of Westchester, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Westchester County Association), the four municipalities around the extension ( Briarcliff Manor, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown) and many cycling organizations in the area.
On November 17, the Tarrytown Village Board of Directors passed a resolution expressing the village’s commitment to serve as the lead agency in the environmental review. This reflects the excellent working relationships of Westchester County, Scenic Hudson and the Village and their collective determination to bring this project to fruition.
Other partners in this initiative include Metro-North Railroad, the New York State Thruway Authority, and the State Department.