What: Lake Mohegan, Junior Lake and Osceola Lake were added to New York State’s inland waterways list making them eligible for local waterfront revitalization plans to be developed and funded. Legislation adding Sparkle Lake to New York’s Inland Waterway List has already passed the New York State Senate this year. These planning documents address an array of issues from environmental remediation, economic development and infrastructure needs such as finally bringing sewers to these areas.
Why: Yorktown has watched three local lakes significantly deteriorate over the last decade. New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation classifies Lake Mohegan as that state’s most at risk waterbody. The cost to handle the necessary improvements continues to grow as time passes and conditions worsen. Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans can act as a sword or a shield by cutting through years of neglect by collaborating with our government partners on the state and federal levels.
How: A Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan is a collaborative planning documents that requires stakeholders on the local, state and federal levels of government to engage in this process. As Supervisor, my administration will immediately begin this process, build critical partnerships here in Yorktown and expand to our cohorts in Albany and Washington.