Jeff Wilson | The Hudson Independent | Sept. 3, 2023

Gaz­ing out over the wa­ter­front at the Tar­ry­town Ma­rina, New York State As­sem­bly Speaker Carl Heastie lis­tened as vil­lage of­fi­cials and Heast­ie’s col­league in Al­bany, 92nd As­sem­bly Dis­trict rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mary­Jane Shim­sky (who spear­headed the tour), ex­plained the need to ex­tend the dock into deeper wa­ter to avoid ground­ing Tar­ry­town’s Emer­gency Ser­vices Fire­boat in low tide. This up­grade, which as­sures that the ves­sel can re­spond to emer­gen­cies more safely and ef­fec­tively, will now be­come re­al­ity cour­tesy of a $150,000 grant the vil­lage had al­ready re­ceived from the state.

Speaker Heastie was in the River­towns on Au­gust 31 for the pur­pose of view­ing and even­tu­ally fund­ing (to the tune of $2.1 mil­lion in ad­di­tion to the dock grant) var­i­ous in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in Tar­ry­town, Irv­ing­ton and Dobbs Ferry. The in­ter­vil­lage trip would in­clude a stop in Irv­ing­ton, to view “Yes­ter­day,” a new sculp­ture de­pict­ing an en­slaved girl.

     Hea­stie’s tour was de­layed for three hours by an ac­ci­dent on the New York State Thruway on the west­ern end of the Mario Cuomo Bridge that backed up traf­fic for 12 miles.

     Once in the River­towns, Heast­ie’s visit was all busi­ness, with none of the cer­e­mony that of­ten ac­com­pa­nies a visit by a high-rank­ing of­fi­cial. This trip was all about in­fra­struc­ture….