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Helping to Save Kids from Sudden Cardiac Arrest: WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Urges Schools to Become “Heart Safe”

Written By Editor on 2/23/22 | 2/23/22

More than 5,000 children suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year outside of a hospital setting, according to the American Heart Association. Pediatric cardiologists at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), are urging school districts to prepare for the possibility of a student experiencing sudden cardiac arrest on school grounds. To assist schools with a cardiac arrest preparedness plan, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital doctors are offering counseling and training by pediatric cardiologists as part of the national effort to certify schools as “Heart Safe.”   

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the first hospital in New York State to become an affiliate of Project ADAM, a national community outreach program with a mission to provide schools with the knowledge, skills and equipment necessary to quickly identify cardiac arrest symptoms and administer on-site intervention. The early use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during sudden cardiac arrest can improve survival* and Project ADAM and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital recommend that every school create sudden cardiac arrest preparedness plan that includes: 

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training for school staff, teachers, coaches, and students 

  • Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to provide rapid defibrillation in the event of sudden cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation, with ongoing maintenance plans and drills 

  • Drills to enhance staff familiarity, rapid on-site communication and practiced coordination with local Emergency Medical Services 

  • Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for individual students known to be at risk. 

New York schools seeking “Heart Safe” training should contact Christa Miliaresis, MD, a pediatric cardiologist at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, at 914.493.8372Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and Project ADAM will deem a school “Heart Safe” aftestaff training is complete and the school shows evidence of a functional, cardiac arrest preparedness plan that includes internal awareness effortsstaff CPR and AED training and successful demonstration of an emergency response to sudden cardiac arrest on school grounds. 

Project ADAM 
Project ADAM was named in memory of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Wisconsin athlete who died of sudden cardiac arrest.  Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is one of 34 Project ADAM affiliated programs in the United States, according to Project ADAM. 

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Offers Comprehensive Care for Young Hearts 
The pediatric cardiology team at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital provides cardiac care for patients ranging from before birth through young adulthood. Referring physicians or families seeking a pediatric cardiology consultation should call 914.493.8372 to schedule an appointment and visit MariaFareriChildrens.org/Pediatric-Cardiology for service offerings and provider information. 

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network 
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org. 


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Virtual Readings of New Works by Regional Playwrights Offered by Fenimore Art Museum


Three virtual performances will take place on select Sundays: February 27, March 20, and April 3

 

 

NEXT! Readings of New Works by Regional Playwrights

Sundays: February 27, March 20, and April 3 • 3:00-5:00 p.m.

All readings are free and stream live on Glimmer Globe Theatre’s Facebook page: facebook.com/GlimmerGlobeTheatre
Donations appreciated.

 

 

Cooperstown, New York  Returning for a sixth season, the NEXT! play-reading series produced by Fenimore Art Museum and the Glimmer Globe Theatre continues its mission to celebrate and inspire Central New York playwrights, as well as to introduce their work to a larger audience. Each year, playwrights across the region are invited to submit plays for consideration; of these, three are selected as the most exceptional and promising works based on their literary and artistic merit. This workshopping program is designed to be a constructive part of the playwriting process that allows the playwright to hear and see their play, receive audience feedback, and strengthen the piece to make it full-production stage-ready. Play readings are virtual and stream live on Glimmer Globe Theatre’s Facebook page on select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (February 27, March 20, and April 3). There is no charge for these programs, but please consider a donation of $10.00 or more to help us continue to provide more content in the future.  For more information, please visit FenimoreArt.org. 

 

 

2022 SCHEDULE:

 

February 27, 2022 • 3:00pm • Streaming on Glimmer Globe Theatre’s Facebook page
Cards and Spinners

by Daniel Smirlock

 
Synopsis: 
June 2019: Two middle-aged married couples, good friends who haven’t seen each other for a while, get together for drinks, dinner, and catching up in the suburban home of one of them.  The evening begins as a pre-prandial session of one-liners and funny stories. By the time dinner is ready, though, annoyances are voiced, grievances are aired, and frustrations are vented. February 2020: The couples, their nerves frayed by kids and work, again get together for drinks. laughs, and drama. Eleven months later, it is Inauguration Day 2021, and the characters—each couple now in their own home—are already in a celebratory mood, despite the pandemic, when an unexpected piece of (arguably) good news arrives.  Finally, in May, 2022, with the pandemic receding, they get together in person again.

 

 

 

March 20, 2022 • 3:00pm • Streaming on Glimmer Globe Theatre’s Facebook page
The Tragedy of the Faerie Queen and Her Councilors

by Joseph Scott

 
Synopsis: 
The faerie forest, once a serene and blissful utopia, is now in turmoil.  Unknown forces have brought on it a premature autumn and plunged the realm into endless twilight. Furthermore, a mysterious spectre has used twisted sorcery to disable and paralyze the magical faerie queen, and abducted one of her trusted councilors. As the faeries work to restore things to as they were before, they begin to realize that their problems, perhaps, lie inside the forest as much as they do outside.

 

 

April 3, 2022 • 3:00pm • Streaming on Glimmer Globe Theatre’s Facebook page
Locker Room Talk
Written and directed by Karen Butler

Synopsis: To overthrow fusty gender stereotypes… toss humor at ‘em! Locker Room Talk, a good-natured skewering of the patriarchy, speculates how women and men fell to disorder.  The answer lies back with the ancients who taught Homo sapiens to think—would they had taught us to think straight!  It’s hard to fathom, but the sages—Homer, Ovid, Henry James and their ilk—indulged in common locker room talk, and our world suffers the slings and arrows for it to this day. Alarms blare. How to fix this before too late? Delving into our ancestral and even animal past, a troupe of rackety actors hurtle through ancient literature, underworld myth, and 19th century novels, knocking against Fate and rickety shibboleths. They play on surges of theatrical absurdism as alarms sound and civilization teeters. In the grand scheme of things, does the human species even matter?  Of course we do; we know love.


 

 

 

 

 

About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.


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Press Conference Raises Concerns about Child Victims Act and Adult Survivors Act Loopholes Leaving Some Without Justice

Advocates call on State to close loopholes that left some victims without means for justice in the Child Victims Act

ALBANY— The three years since the passage of the Child Victims Act led to long-awaited justice for many survivors in New York, but advocates and survivors are now calling attention to a loophole that led some victims without justice that must be fixed. 

The ability to sue created a mechanism for lawyers to take on cases where a financial remedy was most likely to be achieved—cases held against a wealthy individual or institution. In situations where there was no wealthy individual or institution involved, survivors were often still left with no recourse. The victims who did file a CVA claim and have been waiting three years with little movement in the courts.

The Adult Survivors Act has the same potential lookback that will create a new class of heartbroken victims. Those at the press conference will address how this must be fixed before any new laws are passed. 

WHAT:             Virtual Press Conference on Child Victims Act -Adult Survivors Act Loopholes

WHEN:              February 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm Eastern

WHERE:            Zoom Webinar:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83799927708?pwd=OUdEVkpjbnZWV2ZXUmpSNVdnL1lIZz09

 

WHO:    Child Victims Act -Adult Survivors Act Advocates including: 

• Gary Greenberg, State Senate candidate, who spearheaded the movement to pass the Child Victims Act in New York state, and founder of the Fighting for Children PAC and ProtectNYKids Inc.
• Patrice Griffin, Founder of Patrice Kids 
• Bryan Milazzo, a pro-se claimant representing himself
• H.T. Webster, writer and survivor
• Soyini Crenshaw survivor with no lawyer 
• Jack Cesare, survivor pro-se after letting two attorneys go 
• Tracy Fichter, survivor with no lawyer

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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team lost on a buzzer beater in the Western Division Semifinals of the 2021-22 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship Tournament 55-53 to the SUNY Canton Kangaroos in a game played at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Canton, N.Y. on Friday evening to close the season at 13-12 overall. Sophomore forward Hannah Cater, Schoharie, N.Y., Schoharie High School, scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Fighting Tigers on the evening.  

Fighting Tiger men’s swimming & diving team members junior Zachary Walters, West Seneca, N.Y., West Seneca High School, and senior Daniel Mullen, Oswego, N.Y., Mexico High School, have qualified for the 2022 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships to be hosted by the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI at the university's Tootell Aquatic Center from Thursday February 24 thru Sunday February 27.  

The men’s indoor track & field team competed at the 2022 Deneault Invitational hosted by Cornell University on Saturday at the Big Red’s Barton Hall. Fighting Tiger senior jumper Tyler Brado, St. Johnsville, N.Y., Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School, was the team’s top finisher placing second overall in the high jump by clearing a height of 6’7 ½”. Brado was the tops among the Division III jumpers in the field. 

The Cobleskill Athletic Department announced this week that former Fighting Tiger player Greg Valachovic, Gloversville, N.Y., Mayfield High School/Herkimer Community College, has been named the Interim Men's Lacrosse Coach for the 2022 season. Valachovic replaces Chris Mango who resigned after compiling a 0-8 overall record including a 0-6 record in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play in two seasons with the program. 

The men’s basketball team closed out the 2021-22 season on Tuesday by losing to the host SUNY Canton Kangaroos in Canton, N.Y. in the opening round of the North Atlantic Conference Championship by a score of 87-68 to close the season with a 3-20 overall record. Junior Justin Feldman, Chester, N.Y., Chester High School/Orange Community College, turned in a strong effort for the Fighting Tigers on the evening with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists on the night.  

First-year distance runner Jenna Swyers, Peru, N.Y., Peru High School, was the women’s indoor track & field team at the 2022 Deneault Invitational hosted by Cornell University on Saturday at the Big Red’s Barton Hall. The Fighting Tiger rookie placed 29th overall in the mile run at the non-scoring meet, 12th among Division III runners, with a time of 6:27.70. 


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Catskill Symphony Orchestra announces Cabaret Concert and Guest Conductor Competition

Written By Editor on 2/22/22 | 2/22/22

Event to feature pop-jazz vocalist Mandy Harvey on March 26 at SUNY Oneonta, silent auction at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. 


ONEONTA, NY, Feb. 21, 2022—For the first time since 2019, The Catskill Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will present its annual Cabaret Concert and Guest Conductor Competition Fundraiser with headliner Mandy Harvey on Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. and a silent auction at 6 p.m. at SUNY Oneonta’s Alumni Field House.


“We’re thrilled to have the Cabaret again after three years. It’s an event the community really looks forward to, not just to hear our impressive orchestra perform popular music with a headliner, but because people love the guest conductor competition,” said Sarah Patterson, CSO board chair. “This year’s candidates are Dr. Tracy Allen, a dean at SUNY Oneonta aka ‘The Geologist’;  Co-owner of Stagecoach Coffee Matt Grady aka ‘The Connoisseur,’ whose brother was a guest conductor several years ago; and former Director of Oneonta Public Transit Paul Patterson aka ‘The Fleetmeister,’ who also happens to be my husband. It’s a fantastic group. Whoever raises the most funds will win the privilege of guest conducting the symphony in the finale at the Cabaret concert.”


This year’s Cabaret, the first conducted by new CSO Music Director Maciej Żółtowski, will be emceed by Oneonta radio host Leslie Ann Parmerter and include a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. with more than a dozen items, including fine art, jewelry, and vacation getaways. The concert starts at 7 p.m. with Maestro Żółtowski leading the CSO in Slavonic Dances by Dvořák and A Night in Venice Overture by Strauss. The three guest conductor candidates will make their appeals before intermission, followed by the second half of the concert, which features jazz-pop vocalist Mandy Harvey singing popular songs ranging from favorite standards like “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” to contemporary classics like “Creep,” backed by the orchestra. 


Harvey was the Golden Buzzer winner on America's Got Talent and is an award-winning jazz and pop singer, songwriter, and inspirational speaker who lost her residual hearing at the age of 19. Mandy tours the world performing her original music and presenting her inspirational story of never giving up and continuing to try – she calls these messages “Wisdom For Life.” After Harvey’s set, the winner of the guest conductor competition will be announced and lead the CSO in a rendition of John Philip Sousa's “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”


“This event is stacked with entertaining elements–not only do we have the impressive, beautifully emotive and pitch-perfect Mandy Harvey performing crowd-pleasing songs, we also have a new silent auction component and are bringing back the popular guest conductor competition,” said Cassandra Miller, executive director of the CSO. “Every past guest conductor candidate I’ve talked to has such fond memories of the event, and people really do look forward to supporting their fellow community members, and in turn, supporting the CSO. It’s going to be a great event.”


Tickets are $50 and include the concert and light refreshments. Voting for guest conductor candidates can be done at www.catskillsymphony.org/cabaret or at the event. For more information and tickets, visit www.catskillsymphony.org/cabaret. All attendees are required to wear masks when not eating or drinking. 


About the Catskill Symphony Orchestra


The Catskill Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded in 1953 for the purpose of providing access to live symphonic music to area residents, who otherwise would have to travel great distances in order to enjoy such performances. In 1974, the committee filed for articles of incorporation, applied for tax-exempt status, and oversaw the transition from a volunteer community orchestra to a professional organization that has grown steadily in the quality of its musicians and programming. Maestro Charles Schneider served as the orchestra's conductor from 1973 until 2017. After an international search, Maciej Zoltowski became the new conductor, and 2021-2022 will be his first season with the orchestra. The CSO is an unparalleled resource to entertain, educate, and inspire  audiences of all ages in upstate New York—by presenting an ensemble of the highest artistic quality performing the full range of symphonic literature. The CSO typically holds four concerts this ‘22-’23 season to an audience of over 3,500 patrons offering a diverse repertoire.  


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Visitation Restrictions Partially Lifting across Bassett Healthcare Network This Week

Written By Editor on 2/16/22 | 2/16/22

Now effective, Bassett Healthcare Network has partially lifted visitation restrictions at its inpatient and clinic locations across the region.


General Inpatient Visiting Guidelines – All Hospitals:
Bassett Healthcare Network’s inpatient hospital locations – including A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital in Delhi – are now permitting three visitors at a time per non-COVID-patient between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily. COVID-positive patients may have virtual visits only. General inpatient visitors must be at least 12 years old. Full visitation guidelines are available on www.bassett.org.

 

Please note that extenuating circumstances will continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis for end-of-life patients and other exceptional situations.

 

Outpatient Settings, Clinics, Other Off-Site Locations:
Patients may have one visitor within the waiting area and exam room during their visit. Social distancing must be observed.

 

Hospital Visitation Exceptions:

 

  • Inpatient Psychiatry – Bassett Medical Center
    Bassett Medical Center’s Inpatient Psychiatry Department may have differing hours based on patient needs; visitors to this area are encouraged to consult with their loved one’s care team and plan ahead.
  • Birthing Center – Bassett Medical Center
    Bassett Medical Center’s Birthing Center is not currently permitting any visitors; however, patients may have a support person and a doula, if they wish, at the bedside throughout labor, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period. Support persons must be at least 18 years old.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Special Care Unit (SCU) at Bassett Medical Center
    Critical care patients in Bassett’s ICU and SCU may have up to two visitors at the bedside between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Visitors to critical care areas must be at least 14 years old unless otherwise approved by the patient’s care team.
  • Emergency Departments
    All Emergency Departments across Bassett Healthcare Network remain closed to visitors. Patients may have up to one support person at the beside on a case-by-case basis (for children, those who are cognitively impaired, etc.). Support persons must be at least 18 years old and approved by the patient’s care team.

 

 

Support Person Guidelines in All Locations:

In general, support persons may visit between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. for patients who require cognitive or other extra support. Other extenuating circumstances – like for end-of-life patients and young children, will continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Support persons should be 18 years of age or older, except in rare situations approved by a patient’s clinical team. Patients will determine who their support persons will be. Visit www.bassett.org for more details about support persons.

 

In all care areas, once in the facility, both visitors and support persons must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit, except when directed by hospital staff to leave during certain care procedures.

 

 

Ongoing Reminders about Community COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination
For patients and community members experiencing minor symptoms – like a sore throat, cough, runny nose, headache, chills, body aches, or low-grade fever – the following COVID-19 testing options are the best course of action:

Patients are urged not to use emergency departments for routine COVID-19 testing; please reserve emergency department resources for people experiencing emergent and critical care needs.

The most important thing we can do right now to help control the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated as soon as possible, including obtaining a booster shot. COVID-19 vaccines are free and available in all of Bassett Healthcare Network’s clinics, school-based health centers, at regularly scheduled community vaccine clinics hosted by Bassett, and at retail pharmacies. Visit 
www.bassett.org for the latest list of Bassett’s upcoming clinic events.

Additionally, always wearing a properly fitting mask in public, washing your hands frequently, and staying home when you experience symptoms are all effective and responsible practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory illnesses.


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Narcan Training Feb 17th

Written By Editor on 2/14/22 | 2/14/22

Mountain Top Cares Coalition is offering a one-hour, virtual training February 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM.



All participants will be given a kit containing the life-saving drug, naloxone (Narcan®).

Register now: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUod-CuqzMoHNVbIkPX01_PD7AslaMXiTAh

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Landis Hosting Propagation Workshop

Saturday, February 26, 1:00 - 2:00 PM on Zoom
Propagation Group 
 
Join SUNY Cobleskill Professor Emeritus Chris Cash for the first session of a series on propagation. Do you want to try growing plants from seeds, or cutting or grafting, or maybe even hybridizing your own plants? This could be a fun group for the novice to the plant world or the experienced gardener. Chris Cash is launching a new group to share ideas and techniques for propagating plants, using ZOOM meetings and in-person gatherings depending on COVID restrictions. We hope to be able to meet in person on March 26 to chat and gather ideas, and maybe even demonstrate the planting of native azalea seeds. The current intention is to have monthly meetings. Please consider joining the group.

Registration required. Register by emailing info@landisarboretum.org. Registrants will receive the Zoom link by email.
 
Instructor: Chris Cash, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Cobleskill
Location: Zoom (registrants will receive the Zoom link by email)
Members and non-members: Free. Donations to the Arboretum gratefully accepted.

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DEC to Require Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Ashokan Reservoir Water Release Proposal

State to Require NYCDEP to Address Climate Change, Duration of Turbidity Events, Potential Mitigation Measures, Impacts on Drinking Water Supply Safe Yield, and Hudson River Drinking Water Impacts

Additional Analysis Following Review of 1,300 Public Comments on Ashokan Draft Permit Modification and DEIS

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the agency is requiring the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) to undertake additional analysis and prepare a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for releases from the city's Ashokan Reservoir. The new requirements follow DEC's review of nearly 1,300 comments submitted during the 2021 public comment period on a Draft Catalum State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit Modification and draft Environmental Impact Statement for Ashokan Reservoir releases.

"Safeguarding water quality for Hudson Valley and Catskill communities is critical to ongoing efforts to protect New York City's water supply," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Today's announcement requires actions to further address impacts to water quality in the Ashokan Reservoir and connected waters in consideration of the thousands of comments DEC received from local residents and other stakeholders. DEC will continue to work with NYCDEP to ensure the ongoing protection of drinking water and natural resources."

After releasing the draft SPDES permit and DEIS for public comment, DEC held public statement hearings on Feb. 3, and March 3, 2021, and an extended public comment period that ended June 16, 2021. Comments submitted by residents, elected officials, and other stakeholders addressed the need to reduce turbidity in the Ashokan Reservoir and connected waterbodies, including the Lower Esopus Creek. In addition, many commenters requested that NYCDEP look more closely at alternatives to address turbidity issues in the system.

The SDEIS will augment information included in the draft permit modification that incorporates turbidity control measures, including operation of the Ashokan Reservoir in accordance with the "Interim Release Protocol," helping to improve water quality, mitigate potential flood impacts, protect critical fish and wildlife habitat in the Ashokan and downstream communities, and continue to provide a reliable supply of clean drinking water. The documents can be found on DEC's website.

Required additional analysis in the SDEIS includes:

  • Comprehensive examination of the impacts reservoir water releases to the Hudson River drinking water supply;
  • Preparation of a more detailed Alternatives Analysis, including the assessment of mitigation alternatives in combination;
  • Efforts to address the impacts of climate change on future water supply operations; and
  • Methods under the new analyses to ensure an adequate water supply "safe yield."

After NYCDEP submits the SDEIS and DEC determines it is complete, DEC will release the submission for public review and comment.

The draft SPDES permit modification and DEIS would codify and fulfill requirements in a 2013 Order on Consent (PDF) between New York City and New York State. DEC and NYCDEP work closely with the Ashokan Release Working Group, which consists of municipal officials, environmental groups, community residents, and other stakeholders, to share information and input during the development of the DEIS and the draft permit.

Senator Michelle Hinchey said, "Protecting our natural resources and the quality of our drinking water is of paramount importance, and we thank the DEC for recognizing the urgent need for better management of the Ashokan Reservoir. With the climate crisis making extreme weather more frequent and intense, we know that new mechanisms for remediating these turbid releases are desperately needed. For months we have been calling for a more comprehensive study on the impacts of these releases on our local communities, and we're extremely grateful to the DEC for hearing our calls. We are encouraged that this supplemental DEIS will give us deeper insight into ways we can move forward to protect our watershed communities while still delivering the best quality water to New York City residents."

Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan said, "This is a major victory for our community - after decades of fighting to hold New York City accountable for the damage they have caused, and continue to cause. I would like to thank DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos for listening and working with the requests of not just my office but the countless environmental groups, local leaders, and residents who have collectively called for this action. The City of New York has benefited from and depends upon our clean water, and downstream impacts like the turbid water we saw last winter and spring can't become their standard operating procedure. The DEC's requirement of a Supplemental EIS is an important step in ensuring that they are good neighbors and respect our environment and residents in the process."

"The Ashokan Reservoir forms a major part of one of the greatest water supply systems in the world, and today's decision by the NYS DEC recognizes that delivering safe, pure drinking water to the residents of New York City cannot come at the expense of water quality or the quality of life of those who live downstream from the reservoir," said Kathy Nolan, Senior Research Director for Catskill Mountainkeeper. "By requiring New York City to do further analysis, she continued, "the DEC is protecting water quality in the Esopus Creek and Hudson River while making sure that the best possible options are considered to deal with and mitigate impacts from climate change. The communities near the Ashokan Reservoir can now step up efforts to make sure that their needs are addressed and to participate constructively in the ongoing review of New York City's plans."

"We applaud this important and long-awaited decision," said Victoria Leung, Riverkeeper Staff Attorney. "For more than a decade, communities, individuals, and elected officials have been calling for New York City to find an alternative to its massive, muddy releases from Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek. This is an important milestone, but we will have to ensure the city acts with urgency to address these concerns, and finally develops a real solution that will protect both downstream communities and everyone who relies on the city's drinking water."

For more information about the New York City reservoir system, go to NYC's Reservoir System website (leaves DEC website).


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