FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 25, 2013 Contact: News@co.ulster.ny.us 845.340.3800

STATEMENT FROM ULSTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE HEIN
“Today’s announcement by the NYS DEC, regarding the draft NYS DEC Consent Order with NYC DEP, represents a step forward. Ulster County welcomes the opportunity for the County and the public to participate in a meaningful way in the comprehensive environmental review of releases from the Ashokan Reservoir. This review will be overseen by NYS DEC as the lead agency. I have always sought to build a partnership with NYC DEP in which Ulster County is a full partner in making decisions which affect our people, property and environment. I am hopeful that the Consent Order, together with the City’s obligations under the FAD, will provide a framework to begin to work together on critical issues facing my communities. The projects and programs set forth in the Consent Order have the potential to provide significant benefits to Ulster County residents. Going forward, I will continue to vigorously monitor NYC DEP’s activities and assure that Ulster County's best interests are represented.” ###

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