Fall 2017

The newsletter of the Hudson Valley Regional Council

HVRC is a regional planning organization providing outreach, education, and advocacy to the seven Mid-Hudson counties: Ulster, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, & Sullivan.

If you're receiving this newsletter it's because the Hudson Valley Regional Council is working for you.  As an organization of the seven Mid-Hudson county governments, we offer a regional perspective and provide education, outreach, and advocacy services to the communities we serve.

Here is our annual update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS): Work on the CEDS annual update is nearing completion. Executive Director Pat Pomeroy and Planning Consultant Peter Fairweather have been crisscrossing the region to meet with County planners and economic development professionals to gather data on projects in each county. The final report will be presented at the next meeting of the HVRC Board of Directors, scheduled for Friday, September 29th in Newburgh.

In addition to drafting the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), we are continuing to administer various grants.  These include an EDA planning grant, NYSDEC funding for water quality and storm water management, and NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program, among several others.

We are excited share this newsletter as part of our continued effort to better serve our communities and to share their important work in the Hudson Valley. Please contact us for more information, and follow us on Facebook at Hudson Valley Regional Council.

National Drive Electric Week is September 9-17, 2017. It is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles, and we have two events happening in the Hudson Valley:
  • Bear Mountain Ride and Drive
    • Wednesday, September 13th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Bear Mountain State Park
    • Please join NYS Parks as the latest innovations in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, propane, hydrogen, and CNG vehicles/equipment are showcased. A variety of clean/alternate fuel vehicles will be available for test drives. Test drives available with valid driver's license. The event will take place at the parking lot next to Carousel (Field 2), and the concession stand will be open and there will be live music during the event.
  • 4th Annual Drive Electric Poughkeepsie :
    • Sunday, September 17th from noon to 3:00pm at Marist College, McCann Parking Lot
    • Come learn about how exciting and convenient it is to drive electric at this free event. The 2017 Drive Electric Week event will be held at MARIST COLLEGE in Poughkeepsie, in the Sheahan parking lot, in front of the McCann Arena .Enter Marist via the South entrance, closest to the Mid-Hudson Bridge and make your first left into the parking lot.

Water Quality and Onsite Wastewater Systems: A Regulatory and Policy Perspective
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12:00noon-4:30pm
Rondout Municipal Center, 1915 Lucas Avenue Cottekill, NY

Workshop will provide an introduction to onsite wastewater treatment (septic) systems, an overview of key laws andregulations relevant to onsite and community wastewater systems in NY, a discussion of the USEPA Voluntary National Guidelines for Management of Onsite and Clustered (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment Systems as well as two onsite wastewater system case studies.


Gleaning Training Workshop

Do you want to learn more about how prevent food waste while getting local fruits and vegetables to those in need? Gleaning is a win-win-win – for the farmer, for the environment, and for folks who are food insecure. Hudson Valley gleaning experts will be discussing the ins and outs of gleaning and opportunities for you to participate. Gleaning opportunities exist throughout the local growing season. Find out how you can participate! Specific gleaning opportunities are being scheduled for the end of September to rescue produce for Feeding the Hudson Valley, to be held Saturday October 7, 2017, on the Walkway over the Hudson. Learn more about how you can volunteer for this event.

Sponsored by Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Dutchess Outreach, Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Family of Woodstock, Hudson River Housing, Hudson Valley Agri-Business Development Corp, Hudson Valley Regional Council, Long Table Harvest, Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Rondout Valley Growers Association, and UlsterCorps.


Protecting Drinking Water in the Saw Kill Watershed: A Regulatory and Policy Perspective

Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:00-8:30pm
Red Hook Community Center, 59 Fisk St Red Hook, NY

A panel will provide a discussion of the Saw Kill  Watershed as a drinking water source and how a community responds to water supply contamination, and why is it important to protect water supplies and what laws, policies, tools, resources are available or potentially available to a community to protect drinking water supplies?
Plenty of time for discussion and question and answers.


WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

Screening of a Film by Anna Chai and Nari Ky
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 6:30pm, SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center Room 102
Can you imagine if every time you opened your wallet, a third of your cash fell out and you did nothing about it?  Consider the fact that one-third of the food grown annually for human consumption is never eaten – for one reason or another, it ends up in the garbage. That’s $218 billion – or 1.3 billion tons of food annually. In the U.S., families discard about 25% of the food and beverages they buy at a cost of $1,365 to $2,275 annually. Yet at the same time, 800 million people around the globe are starving. It’s a problem, but one with no shortage of solutions.
WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED!  exposes the pervasiveness of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.
The filmed is sponsored by SUNY New Paltz Campus Auxiliary Services and Sodexo and co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Regional Council, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp, Valley Table and ZeroToGo, LLC.
For directions and a SUNY New Paltz Campus Map visit:
For more information contact Rich Schiafo at, 845-564-4075 ext 213
Link to Trailer of film: WASTED! The Story of Food Waste


Saturday, October 7, 2017, 11:00am-3:00pm
Walkway Over the Hudson

Volunteers needed for the 2nd Feeding the Hudson Valley to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, 11am-3pm at the Walkway Over the Hudson. We will also need volunteers the week before the event to help us prepare the free feast. Please sign up to volunteer for Feeding the Hudson Valley Signup to help us create our second successful event.

Feeding the Hudson Valley is a celebration of positive solutions to the issue of food waste. In addition to a free lunch, the event will include live music, expert speakers, local chef demonstrations, educational activities and resources to create awareness about food waste, food recovery, food waste prevention, and feeding hungry people, not landfills.

More Information | Sign up to Volunteer


Our region continues to be actively engaged in NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program.  Dozens of municipalities locally are working with our Clean Energy Community Coordinators here at HVRC to complete various High Impact Actions.  Each action brings energy and cost savings, and communities that complete four actions receive the New York State Clean Energy Community designation.
  • Electric Vehicles:  It is a great time to buy an electric vehicle or get a charging station in your community!  There are incentives available, including:
  • Solar for your community: Our colleagues at Solarize Hudson Valley are working with communities on the Solarize Orange.  Sign up for your free home solar assessment here by September 17th: Free Site Assessment.  LAST CALL!
  • Municipal resources for solar development: Contact the PV Trainers Network if your community is interested in solar development. The Network offers NYSERDA support for jurisdictions to accelerate solar development, including introductory workshops, in-depth trainings, technical assistance, model codes, and other documents.
  • A few of our designated Clean Energy Communities have now submitted project proposals for their CEC grants to NYSERDA:
    • Ulster County's $250,000 proposal is for the assessment, implementation, and measurement and verification of energy efficiency measures at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center.
    • City of Kingston:  Their $100,000 proposal is for window inserts and LED lighting retrofits to increase energy efficiency in the historic City Hall building.
    • Town of Red Hook: Several projects are included in their proposal; these include co-funding a capital investment plan at the municipal campus for various energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and an innovative community outreach program, which may include provision of financial incentives for residential and business installation of EV charging stations.
  • Sullivan County received their Clean Energy Community designation by becoming a certified Climate Smart Community!
Check out NYSERDA's new Participating Clean Energy Communities Map to see what your neighbors have been working on.
Electric Vehicle charging stations are coming to the Hudson Valley!
Dutchess County and Saugerties are among many local  communities that will soon be installing publicly accessible charging stations.  Contact us at HVRC if you are interested in one for your community.
Mid-Hudson Region designated Clean Energy Communities:

Ulster County
Town of New Castle
Village of Dobbs Ferry
City of Kingston
Town of Red Hook
Town of Rosendale
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson
Village of Croton-on-Hudson
Town of Ossining
City of White Plains
City of Yonkers
Town of Somers
Town of Marbletown
City of New Rochelle
City of Beacon
City of Peeksill
Town of Mamaroneck
Sullivan County
The Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley, in partnership with the Hudson Valley Regional Council, is piloting FeedHV, a web and mobile app designed to link donors of fresh produce and other prepared-but-unserved food to non-profit food assistance programs (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc) via volunteer food runners.

With nearly 40% of all food in the United States wasted, and nearly one in eight Americans not having enough to eat, our aim is to reduce food insecurity as well as food waste in the Hudson Valley. One in 10 people across Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as “food stamps”). Through a simple matching process, FeedHV (powered by ChowMatch) will allow food donors, volunteers, and nonprofit agencies to divert food from landfills to lunch boxes.

The app is being piloted in the Kingston and Poughkeepsie area.  Eventually it will be available in a seven county area: Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Orange, Columbia, Greene and Sullivan counties.

FeedHV offers a convenient, direct, technological solution to issues of food waste and hunger in the Hudson Valley allowing for food donors, volunteers and recipient organizations to create a greater impact by quickly making connections between those who have unused food and those who need it.

Feeding the Hudson Valley is a food recovery and gleaning network that, through our web-based mobile application (app) ChowMatch, recovers edible and nutritious unused food and delivers it through a network of volunteers to organizations that feed the hungry.

For more information visit or contact Rich Schiafo at or 845-564-4075 ext 213

Link to recent article in Hudson Valley Magazine - Help Fight Food Waste With This App

  • NYSDEC Zero Emission Vehicle Rebates:  This funding opportunity closed on March 31st, but is about the reopen
    • $5,000 rebate per vehicle
    • Up to $8,000 rebate per port for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

NYSERDA funding opportunities:
  • NYSERDA Drive Clean Rebate
    • Up to a $2,000 rebate off the purchase of qualifying EVs (this includes those purchased by municipalities)
  • Flex Tech Program: Open enrollment.
    • 50% of the cost to produce an objective, site-specific, and targeted study on how best to implement clean energy and/or energy efficiency technologies. A NYSERDA FlexTech Consultant will work with you to complete the energy study.
Photo credit: Instagram @vsunlight7
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Hudson Valley Regional Council
3 Washington Center #2
Newburgh, NY 12550
 (845) 564-4075

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