LET'S STAY TOGETHER!
We all did it: On April 19th, 2005, six-and-a-half years after St. Lawrence Cement first announced its vast, coal-fired proposal, Secretary of State Randy Daniels ruled decisively that the project must not be built:
The proposed activities are inconsistent with New York’s federally approved Coastal Management Program’s enforceable policies 1, 2, 4, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25, and with the enforceable policies of the Coastal Management Program.
And then, on April 23rd, SLC officially announced that it has abandoned the proposal, once and for all. Company attorneys have sent a message to Administrative Law Judge Helene Goldberger, confirming their withdrawal from the unfinished Department of Environmental Conservation review.
Together we can build on this success. A vibrant community of members, groups, volunteers, and officials has come together around the cement plant issue. Now it's time to unite around a positive vision for the future.
So what’s next for Friends of Hudson?
First and foremost, we will take a very keen interest in what happens to SLC’s quarry and dock—and step up our watchdogging of the company’s Catskill plant. Our investigations into Lafarge’s proposal to burn millions of tires annually in Ravena will also continue.
In anticipation of the eventual news that St. Lawrence some day would have to withdraw, our strategic planning committee has for the past year been quietly but steadily working on a long-range strategic plan for FoH.
Now that day is upon us, and we are fully committed to building upon our success, and to reuniting our diverse community.
Our new mission and vision are the result of hundreds of interviews, surveys, retreats and other research among our members, board, allies, community leaders, local and regional neighbors, and non-members alike.
We hope you will be a part of this future. In May, we’ll publish a detailed overview of our plans. And on June 18th at Columbia-Greene Community College at 1 pm we’ll hold a public meeting to unveil the full plan, to engage you in dialogue, and harness the same energy we all put into stopping the plant into working for a positive, healthy and inclusive community.
If you have ideas and suggestions for our future work, please do not hesitate to call our office at (518) 822-0334. To renew your commitment to the organization, please make an online donation by clicking HERE, or mail your contributions to:
Friends of Hudson
P.O. Box 326
Hudson NY 12534.