Byrne Bill Passes Designating Journeys End Lake as Inland Waterway in Yorktown

Posted: July 23, 2020 in Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Community, Environment, In the News

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, Ref – Mahopac) is pleased to report that on June 10th, 2020, his legislation (A10073) passed the Assembly to add Journeys End Lake in Yorktown as a designated inland waterway in the state of New York. By designating Journeys End Lake an inland waterway, the Town of Yorktown can now pursue additional grant opportunities for the purposes of waterfront revitalization. Localities with designated inland waterways are eligible to apply for grants through the Department of State and the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.  This designation will better enable the town to address some of the local needs within its lake communities.

“Since first elected, with both Senator Murphy and Senator Harckham, we’ve been able to successfully pass numerous pieces of legislation that add our local waterbodies as designated inland waterways in our state,” said Byrne. “Clean water is vital to every community, and this important designation will help enable our local governments to apply and compete for additional state funding to support our lake communities and revitalize their waterfronts.  I thank my colleagues for their support in this common-sense, bipartisan legislation.”

Prior to this legislation, Assemblyman Byrne had already passed five pieces of legislation designating various water bodies as inland waterways, including Osceola Lake, Lake Mohegan, Junior Lake, and Sparkle Lake in the Town of Yorktown.  The legislation designating Journeys End Lake as an inland waterway passed the Assembly on June 10, 2020. Same as legislation was also introduced in the Senate by Sen. Harckham and recently passed the Senate. 

Learn more about the state’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) and the potential benefits it provides at the New York State Department of State’s Division of Planning & Development website HERE