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March 21, 2022

NYS Climate Action Council

17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399

Submitted Electronically

Dear Co-Chairs Seggos and Harris and Members of the Climate Action Council:

We, the undersigned citizens, elected officials, businesses, and organizations in the Mid-Hudson
Region, are very concerned to learn that our communities would not have an opportunity to
provide in-person input on the Draft Scoping Plan, and write to request that at least one hearing
be added to the schedule for our communities. Our region, like others, has an enormous stake in
the State's plan to achieve the ambitious goals of Climate Leadership and Community Protection
Act, and deserves the opportunity to directly share our perspectives and concerns as part of the
public comment process.

The Hudson Valley has a long history of environmental leadership, and the region has been at the
forefront of local efforts to reduce the severity of climate change and bolster our resilience to its
effects. Mid-Hudson municipalities comprise the majority of Silver-certified and
Bronze-certified Climate Smart Communities in the state, and over a third of the 339 registered
Climate Smart Communities. Over 60 Mid-Hudson municipalities are designated NYSERDA
Clean Energy Communities, and close to 40 are working toward this designation. Our
communities have valuable experience and perspective to share on the many recommendations
contained in the Draft Scoping Plan, from decarbonizing buildings and electrifying transportation
to building out renewables and sequestering carbon in our forests, and on our farms and natural

Holding a hearing in the Mid-Hudson region is also essential to a truly equitable process. New
York's Climate Law commits our state to an equitable and environmentally just transition.
Meeting this objective requires a voice in decision-making by low-income communities and
communities of color who have experienced a disproportionate cumulative environmental
burden. The Mid-Hudson Region is tied with New York City in the percentage of our census
tracts that have been identified as Disadvantaged Communities (DACs)--fully 45 percent of
census tracts in the region, according to the Climate Justice Working Group's Draft DAC criteria.
An in-person hearing is essential to providing Mid-Hudson DAC communities an opportunity to
be heard.

We are grateful to you, as well as to State agency and department staff, the Climate Justice
Working Group, Just Transition Working Group, and the seven Advisory Panels, for the
tremendous time and effort you have dedicated to the development of the Draft Scoping Plan. It
is a momentous achievement. Ultimately, however, the success of this effort will depend upon
the support and engagement of all New Yorkers, and requires a robust and inclusive public
process. We urge that you add at least one public hearing for the Mid-Hudson region and provide
our communities with an in-person opportunity to be heard.


Jen Metzger Betta Broad

New Yorkers for Clean Power, former State New Yorkers for Clean Power, Power Gen
Senator Advisory Panel

Raya Salter Kevin Cahill

Climate Action Council Assemblymember, AD 103

Didi Barrett Tracey Bartels

Assemblymember, AD 106 Chair, Ulster County Legislature

Patrick Ryan Manna Jo Greene

Ulster County Executive Ulster County Legislator, District 19

Megan Sperry Genesis Ramos

Ulster County Legislator, District 17 Orange County Legislator, District 6

Abe Uchitelle Robert Mckeon

Ulster County Legislator, District 5 Town Supervisor, Town of Red Hook

Timothy Rogers Karen Smythe
Mayor, Village of New Paltz Mayor, Village of Red Hook

Steven Noble Gary Bassett

Mayor, City of Kingston Mayor, Village of Rhinebeck

Neil Bettez Erin Enouen

Town Supervisor, Town of New Paltz Town Board Member, Town of Rochester

Ernest Klepeis Evelyn Clarke

Town Councilperson, Town of Rosendale Town Council Member, Town of Esopus

Franco Carucci Sarah Salem

Councilman, Town of Gardiner Councilmember At-Large, City of

Giselle Martinez Sparrow Tobin

Councilmember, City of Newburgh Alderman, 4th Ward, City of Middletown

Anthony Grice Daisy B Foote

Councilman-at-Large, City of Newburgh Councilmember, Town of Marbletown

Stana Weisburd Vanessa Bertozzi

Trustee, Village of New Paltz Trustee, Village of Rhinebeck

Richard Lewit Lydia Slaby

Trustee, Village of Rhinebeck Trustee, Village of Rhinebeck

Matthew Hartzog
Trustee, Village of Millerton Jacob Testa
Town Board Member, Town of Red Hook

Patricia Coleman Michael Hartner

Member, Rosendale Environmental Member, Town of Gardiner
Commission Environmental Conservation Commission

Christopher Spencer
Board member Chatham Central School Fred Osborn
District Commissioner, Taconic Region,

Krystal Ford Gwen Greene

Climate Smart Philipstown Town of Gallatin Conservation Advisory
Edward Warren
Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council
Jessica Azulay
Alliance for a Green Economy

Tara Vamos Taun Toay

Code Red Hudson Highlands Bard College

Sonia Skindrud Catherine Mikic

Basilica Hudson Blue Sky Home and Property LLC

Michael Richardson Susan J Murphy

Buddhist Action Coalition - Upper Hudson Cantine's Island CoHousing Community
& Berkshires

Joel Gingold Laurie Husted

CCoHOPE Indivisible Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Mid Hudson

Eve Morgenstern Suzie Ross

Climate Reality Hudson Valley & Catskills Climate Reality Project - Westchester
Chapter Chapter

Michael Brady Rebecca Carucci

Climate Reality Project-Suffolk County Climate Smart Gardiner

Bob Johnson Dawn Deevy

ATM & RiverCubes Dawn's Dog Boarding & Pet Sitting

Ed Haffmans Caroline Ritchey
DIS organization Woodstock NY Transition

Sister Eileen Gannon Simon Strauss

Dominican Sisters of Sparkill E/W Capital NY, LLC

Rose Quinn Jonathan Bix

Effervescence For the Many

Renee Vogelsang Mallory Mort

Frack Action Gallagher's Stud

Kathryn Kassner Suzie Ross

UU Catskills Climate Action Team Green Ossining

David Toman Avalon Bunge

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Hudson Valley AgriBusiness
Development Corporation

Margaret Bradbury Lin Sakai

Indivisible New Rochelle Indivisible Ulster

Joanna Ford Susanne Lachapelle

Joanna Ford Counseling Little Sisters of the Assumption Family
Health service

Sam Zurofsky Martin Burstein

Long Season Farm Vassar GREENS

Mary O'Donnell Caroline Fenner

Coordinator, Saugerties Climate Smart Task Mothers Out Front Dutchess County

Kathy Chow Bryan Krebs

NE/Millerton CSC Coordinator New Paltz Central School District Climate

Janelle Peotter Mary Jane Nusbaum

New Paltz Climate Smart New Paltz Middle School Climate Club

Eric Wood Susan Holland

New York Public Interest Research Group AAUW Kingston

Tara Vamos Jerry Rivers

New Yorkers for Cool Refrigerant North American Climate, Conservation
Management and Environment (NACCE)

Margaret Comaskey Terrence Moran

NYBG Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological
Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint

Sandra Kissam Michael Edelstein

Orange County RAPP (Residents Against Orange Environment, Inc
Pilgrim Pipelines)

Sandra Kissam Ronald Zorrilla

Orange Residents Against Pilgrim Pipelines Outdoor Promise

Robert Dandrew Doug Couchon

Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley People for a Healthy Environment

Adrienne Bolten Diana Urban

Plant Strong Nutrition LLC Protecting Kids and Pets Partnership

Iris Marie Bloom Rebecca Martin

Protecting Our Waters Riverkeeper and KingstonCitizens

Michael Richardson Laura Finestone

Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith Circle Rondout Creek Watershed Alliance

Audrey Friedrichsen Veronica Mendez

Scenic Hudson, Inc. Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine

Dorothy Scesny Ann Lagoy

Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Sound Earth (Fishkill)
Virgin Mary

Jess Mullen Bill Kish

Stop Danskammer Coalition

Colin Coyne Jake Elliott

Storm King Adventure Tours SunCommon

Daniel Lipson Melissa Everett

SUNY New Paltz Environmental Task Force Sustainable Hudson Valley

Mary Makofske Nina Orville

Sustainable Warwick Sustainable Westchester

Anna Jacus Thomas Kiernan

The Stop Danskammer Coalition The Stop Danskammer Coalition

Kevin Cawley Lori Morris

Thomas Berry Forum at Iona College Ulster Activists

Amy Kletter Jacalyn Dinhofer

Ulster Activists United For Action

Sarah Gallagher
Upper Green Side

Victoria Ettlinger, Mount Tremper Christine Arroyo, Carmel Hamlet

John Skelly, Clarkstown Amy Moses, Kingston

Robert Sanchez , City of Newburgh Thomas Parrett, Millerton

Veekas Ashoka, Beacon Carol Reingold , High Falls

Jason Taylor, New Paltz Karen Miller, Kingston

Alyssa Mittiga, Hillsdale Oded Broshi, Cold Spring

Jo Yanow-Schwartz, Woodstock Susan Anspach, Cold Spring

Lee Horowitz, Staatsburg Iris Arno, Hastings on Hudson

Mary Stormer, Rosendale Jesse Scherer, Rosendale

Michael Joyce, New Hamburg Joanne Sanchez, City of Newburgh

Paige R. Ruane, Austerlitz Karen Sullivan, Kingston

Mark Thielking, Bedford Sarita Bhandarkar, Cornwall on Hudson

Joseph Pepe, East Jewett Ron Horiszny, Red Hook

Maria Spencer, Chatham Samrat Pathania, New Paltz

Erin Nylen, Hurley Chris Hackenbrock, Clinton Corners

Janet Asiain, Saugerties Marie Girard, New Paltz

Judith Zingher, Elmsford Captain Larry Freedman, Rhinebeck

Donna Frankel, New Paltz Joyce Bressler, New Windsor

Patricia Russell, New Rochelle Barbara Upton, Kerhonkson

Andrea Olstein, Hastings-on-Hudson Angus Eaton, Chatham

Doreen Tignanelli, Poughkeepsie Misha Fredericks, Gardiner

Peter Johnson, Philmont John Rhodes, Mt. Kisco

Stephen Metts, Gardiner Gregory E. Sauter, Nanuet

Victoria Lucarini, Ulster Patricia Flood, Poughquag

Rachel Ramirez-Guest, Kingston Shyama Orum, Spring Glen

Judith Matthews, Chatham Sophie Mortner, Red Hook

Joel Schuman, Saugerties Ardal Powell, Beacon

Sue Lichtenberg, Town of Ulster Susan Greenstein, Woodstock

Rosey Rouhana, Rosendale Eve Walter, New Paltz

Dawn Meola, Saugerties Arielle Gartenstein, Esopus

Richie Rosencrans, Newburgh Marie Palmieri, Marlboro

Patricia Matteson, High Falls Priscilla Woolworth, Taghkanic

Jennifer Giddy, Katonah Cheryl Schneider, Rosendale

Jonathan Brady, Elka Park Leslie Bender, New Paltz

Liz Wassell, Rosendale Sister Joan Agro, Blauvelt

Leola Specht John Mcdonald, Austerlitz

John Rath, Poughkeepsie Bidu Tashjian, Cold Spring

Richard Lasalvia, Marbletown Stephen Callahan, Milan

Peter A Poccia, Village of Saugerties Cheryl Dzubak Dzubak, Yardville

Polly Armour, Gardiner Bethe Myers, Germantown

Kathryn Adorney, Gardiner Sheila Conroy, Highland Mills

Julie Noble, Kingston Margaret Hill, Town of Poughkeepsie

Lauren Wolff, Ghent Joyce Hartsfield, Rosendale

Joanna Dempsey, New Paltz Janene Ping, Ghent

Jean Schmidlein , Bloomingburg Neil Rindlaub, Gardiner

Elizabeth Cantrell, Ulster Park Mary Finneran, Cairo

Ann Meader, New Hamburg Eugene Hamond, Pattekill

Paul Uhlir, Callicoon Samirah Aziz, Newburgh

Richard & Margaret Pennington, Rifton Susan Bane, Claverack

Eileen Desanna, Woodstock Amy Fall, Gardiner

Sophie Heymann, James Newberry, Spencertown

Neal Warshaw, Chatham Kristin Brown, New Paltz

Judy Mage, New Paltz John Berman, Accord

Ross Ostrow, Wappingers Amanda Gotto, Town of New Paltz

Adam Harlec, New Paltz Joy Taylor, Red Hook

Sarah Vogwill, Saugerties Marie Beichert, Town of Ulster

Fern Stearney, Tarrytown Bette Ann Jaster, Croton on Hudson

Matt Salton, Lewisboro Peter Schaeffer, Wappingers Falls

Rosalyn Cherry, Village of New Paltz Pamela Lovinger, Salt Point

Sarah Wenk, Kingston Joyce Thompson, Taghkanic

Katharine Wood, Cornwall on Hudson James Hoover, Marbletown

Joseph M. Varon, West Hempstead Regina Velasco, Chappaqua

Kate Ahmadi, Washingtonville Doug Couchon, Elmira

Sarah Lipari Serena Whitridge, Stanfordville

David Mortimer, Harriman Wendy Rudder, New Paltz

Gina Coatney, Rosendale Daniel Vatsky, Beacon

Jan Blaire, Irvington Jeanne Bergman, Saugerties

Jocelyn Greenhut-Figueroa, Middletown Laraine Mai, New Paltz

Matthew Arbolino, City of Newburgh Kelly Parden, Wappingers Falls

Mary Catherine Redmond, Newburgh Alison Choate, Hastings-on-Hudson

Barbara Dibeler, Marbletown Martin Ping, Ghent

Teresa Thompson, Gardiner Elizabeth Logiudice, New Baltimore

Jenn Sturiale, Rosendale Rob Hare, Esopus

Kristine Logan, New Paltz Dan Crosta, Beacon

Judith Ryan, Upper Nyack Alex Passas, New Paltz

Richard Horowitz, Hyde Park Shayok Mukhopadhyay, White Plains

Doug Leihbacher, Tarrytown Valerie Mcallister, New Paltz

Elisa Tucci, Kingston Rick Werwaiss, Chatham

Maggie Veve, New Paltz Myrna Hilton, Ulster Park

Stephen Shafer, Saugerties Doris Chorny, Wallkill

Rebekah Roberts, Stone Ridge Nancy Van Laan, Rosendale

Anshul Gupta, Valhalla James Doherty, Mahopac

Pamela Kray, Rosendale Eileen Chadwick, Wappingers Falls

Eileen Murphy, Ulster Nathan Larson, Beacon

Denis Collet, Town of Red Hook Brett Barry, Shandaken

Alicia Burey, Mount Vernon Elizabeth Elkin, New Paltz

Kelleigh Mckenzie, Rosendale Nina Stender, Olivebridge

Zoe Tether, Newburgh Agnes Devereux, Clinton

Charles Gadol, New Paltz Jacki Brownstein, New Paltz

Joan Martorano, Beacon Matthew O'Neill, Phoenicia

Martin Lupowitz, Ulster Park Robert Beatty, Wappingers Falls

Alexandra Lunt, Hudson Brenda Dorman, Hamlet of Wallkill

Jeremy Cherson, Kingston Laurence Kirby, Woodstock

Sandra Petersen, Rosendale Carl Atkins, Canaan

Kanwaldeep Sekhon Wendy Blair, Gardiner

Mary Jane Nusbaum, Kingston Caroline Sévilla

William Sepe, Poughkeepsie Judy Allen, Putnam Valley

Jo Salas, New Paltz Elana Michelson, Rosendale

Don O'Shea, Red Hook Barb Hertel, Wawarsing

Karen Kirschling Bonnie Cook, West Sand Lake

Tom Konrad, Marbletown

Karyn Quinlan, Newburgh Carol Warren, Shokan

Jean Naples David Dukler, New Paltz

Maggie Veve, New Paltz Gail Giles, Chatham

Arlene Santaniello, Rosendale Stuart Ober, Woodstock

Marilyn Neiman, Nyack Susan H Gillespie, Rosendale

Kippy Boyle, Newburgh Jon Nedbor, High Falls

Ronald Frank, Saugerties Denise Perretta, Kingston

Brendan Ledley, Southeast Philip Bender, Beacon

Pat Henneberger, Gardiner Jonathan Ridgeway, Plattekill

Isabel Cottingham, Gardiner Susan Stessin Cohn, New Paltz

Barbara Dague, Hudson Yodd Pfleger, Fleischmanns

Jean-Claude Fouere, Poughkeepsie Nancy Mahoney, Middletown

William Irwin, Beacon Sara Asa, Chappaqua

Jinhee Chu, Elizaville Elizabeth Allee, Fishkill

Stephen Cheng, Valley Stream Diane Chillog, Fishkill

Cornelia Wathen, Stone Ridge Leyana Dessauer

Shannon Coalw, Kingston Diana Leis Delker, Clifton Park

June Finer, New Paltz Barbara Pichler, Hartsdale

Harvey Weiss, Wappinger Sarah Gardner

Michael Chaban, North East Mia Nacamulli, Hudson

Garrett Johnson Nancy Erts, Croton on Hudson

Harvey Flad, Poughkeepsie Eugene Hamond, Plattekill

Carol Moore, Chatham Marjorie Hart

George Brown, New Paltz Lena Cole, Hudson

Sheila Head, Gardiner Nadine Thomas, New Paltz

Cristina Arnold, Croton on Hudson Jean Naples, Suffern

Kevin Halloran, Warwick Olga Kachook, Beacon

Alex Forrester, Philmont Matthew Mercier, Germantown

Troy Ellen Dixon, Kingston Marjorie Menahem-Weiner, New Paltz

Gretchen Salcedo, Port Chester Jenna Cain, Mt. Pleasant

Christina Bryant, Poughkeepsie Jeanne Hobert, Hurley

John Rhodes, Mt. Kisco Whitney Falk, Pine Plains

Joyce Shiffrin Nicolette Dakin, Beacon

Barbara Hochfield, Olivebridge Susan Picard, Red Hook

Stephanie L Berra, Monroe Christina Hohner

Susan Van Dolsen, Harrison Douglas Land, Cornwall on Hudson

Steve Powers, New Lebanon David Limburg, Nelsonville

Michael Rynish, Glenmont Merrie Wardell, Hurley

Tina Volz-Bongar, Peekskill Tamer Ulasan, Beacon

Georgene Gardner, Chatham Joe Brophy , Newburgh

George Brown, New Paltz Larry Reilly, Fleischmanns

Jill Berman, Ghent Yliana Hernandez, New Windsor

Diane Dintruff, Esopus Mindy Ross, New Paltz

Marjorie Mccoy, New Baltimore Janet O’Dowd, New Paltz

Christine Gummere, Boyd Herforth, High Falls

Regina Klein, Poughkeepsie Theresa Ryder, Hopewell Junction

Ellen Kirschner, Beacon Tim Buzinski, Beacon

Alessandra Chapman, Croton on Hudson Frances Sansone, Esopus

Elizabeth Lee, New Paltz Karine Gordineer, Hopewell Junction

Benjamin Healey, Highland Brad Berg, New Paltz

Marianne Marichal, Newburgh Ted Dixon, Rosendale

Holly Shader, Gardiner Theodora Pappas, New Paltz

John Witter, New Paltz Jordan Dale, Clarkstown

Ann Gabler, Red Hook Bart Thibadeau, Chatham

Kate Ahmadi, Blooming Grove Ralph Szur, Carmel

Nancy Ribakove, Wappingers Falls Sarah Howard, Newburgh

June Finer, New Paltz Robert May, Garrison

Caroline Alsup, Poughkeepsie Linda Mccarthy, Cottekill

Elizabeth Smyth, Marbletown Sherry Runk, New Paltz

Wendy K Rudder Rudder, New Paltz Jasper Gastel Lincoln, Hastings on


Howard Leibovitch, New Paltz Tim Guinee, Marbletown

Doree Lipson, New Paltz Jacquelyn Drechsler, Clarkstown

Lori Morris, Gardiner Sandra Nencetti, Wallkill

Kristin Misik, New Paltz Jacqueline Davis-Soman, Rosendale

Lois Doherty-Mander, Millbrook Lyn Cap, Great Neck

Mary Byrnes, Washingtonville Eve Propp, Millbrook

Eleanor Joyce, Kingston Ryan Hose, Garrison

Joseph Chernek, Newburgh Alicia Tether, Newburgh

Jennifer Horowitz, New Rochelle Sr. Barbara King, Yonkers

Lee Gough, Esopus Susan Koff, Rhinebeck

Eleanor Joyce, Kingston Marthe Schulwolf, Piermont

Rondi M Davies, Wappingers Dianne Paolo, Wallkill

Alison Gregor, High Falls Elizabeth O'Donnell, Tahgkanic

James O'Dowd, New Paltz Harry Mccarthy, Rosendale

Carolyn Clark Pierson, Treadwell Ann Finneran, Hurleyville

Saptarshi Lahiri Marcel Barrick, City of Newburgh

Amanda Sachs, Suffern Melissa J Short, Poughquag

Sergei Krasikov, Beacon Frances Gonzalez, Gardiner

Brianna Merrill, Saugerties Fredda Brennan, New Paltz

Dan Smith, Kingston Cynthia Bobseine, Old Chatham

Nancy Kuster, Ancram Blanche Braillard, Claverack

Gunnar Wordon, Chatham Mary O'Donnell, Town of Saugerties

Jason Weinstein, Esopus Barbara Tanguay, Cold Spring

Lori Gross, High Falls Natalie Polvere, Yonkers

Linda Keeling, Red Hook Mark Varian, Gardiner

Harold Chorney, Shawangunk Norma Carney, New Windsor

Dan Chen, Hudson Eileen O'Mara-Garcia, Chatham

Valeria O'Flaherty, Middletown Ava Lamb-Freeman, Cornwall on Hudson

Lynn Woods, Kingston Paul Russell, Rosendale

Susan Deane, Poughkeepsie Elizabeth Spinzia, Rhinebeck

Grace Cosentino Natasha Williams, Marbletown

Megan Ferguson, Rosendale Alice Marie Giordano, New Rochelle

Robert Barton, New Hamburg Rena Blumenthal, New Paltz

Edward Rengers, Saugerties Laurence Kirby

Phyllis Palmer, Tivoli Joseph Chemek, Newburgh

Deborah Dewan, Bearsville Margaret Davidson, Germantown

Glenn Kreisberg, Woodstock Jeanette York , Beacon

Douglas C Smyth, High Falls Cynthia Soroka-Dunn, Woodstock

Rachel Treichler, Hammondsport Bruce Dyer, Poughkeepsie

Diane Silvergleid, Stone Ridge Klaus Yoder, New Paltz

Melissa Iachetta, City of Kingston Sheila Newman, Poughkeepsie

Bradley Pitts, Coake Jane Bloom, Gardiner

Anne Johnson, Rosendale Cionin Lorenzo, Rhinebeck

Linda Reik, Livingston Manor Linda Piester, Ancram

Julie Brinkmann, Ulster Park Mary Fetherolf, Town of Newburgh

Claudia Ackerman, Poughkeepsie Marcus Arthur, Saugerties

N. Sorvino, Fishkill Beth Hoeffner, Montgomery

Orelle Feher, New Paltz Russell Faller, Wappingers Falls

Claudial Faller, Wappingers Falls Rusty Faller, Wappingers Falls

Martha Faller, Wappingers Falls Mary Faller, Wappingers Falls

Judith Sandford, Irvington Susan Schwarz, Tarrytown


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