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$200 Million Empire State Trail Plan Resurected

The Empire State Trail looks like it could happen after all. Just a few weeks ago the plan was all but dead, but there has been a change of plans.

The Empire State Trail would cost $200 million to complete and it would be the longest recreational trail in the country. That’s a lot of money to go for a walk or bike ride. The majority of New York residents polled by Siena College did not think the trail should be built.


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According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, the state Assembly approved a budget that includes the money for the project on Friday. Work could start on the project in the near future, but where is the money coming from?

The state funding is coming from two pots: one controlled by the state Power Authority because they run the state canal system and the other by the Hudson River Valley Greenway for the north-south proportion.

I love the rail trails here in the Hudson Valley and they are a boost to our economic and physical health, but doesn’t New York State need to spend money on other things first? What do you think? Are you in favor of the Empire State Trail or is it a waste of taxpayer dollars? Please leave your comments on our Facebook page.

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