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Monday, October 26, 2020



Sep 21, 2020

To the editor:
We appreciate that Highland columnist Paula Campbell wrote about the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) in her Aug. 18 article and offer these clarifications.
Gov. FD Roosevelt did not sign legislation designating NY Route 97 as the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway in 1932. The highway was constructed then but the state designation occurred in 2002 under Gov. Pataki's pen based on a successful local nomination of an Enhancement Concept corridor management plan to the NYS Scenic Byways Advisory Committee.
UDSB is not “overseen by the State of New York” however; it is actually a 501(c)(3) organization administered by a volunteer committee of representatives from each participating municipality along the route. The designation comes with no state funding source so all monies to support UDSB activities must be contributed or raised.
The column incorrectly stated that “the UDSB has just initiated ‘The Kate Project'… which will be headed by The Delaware Company.” The fact is, fellow non-profit The Delaware Company is the originator and sponsor of this multi-phase project to commemorate the local history of the Delaware & Hudson Canal.
Executive Director and Town of Highland Co-Historian Debra Conway simply applied for and was awarded a $10,000 UDSB 2020 Vista Enhancement grant to assist with selectively clearing vegetation to enable development of a half-mile extension of a riverside path along Rt. 97 from the Roebling Bridge's Towpath Trail to the Eagle Observation Blind Access in Minisink Ford.
We are pleased to support this historical interpretation and recreational improvement, and look forward with excitement to The Delaware Company's announcements providing further details on the Kate Project's goals and progress.

John Pizzolato

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