Boat Launch In Verplanck Could Be Built By Spring

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Frank Farrell stands in front of the Hudson River in Verplanck. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
A boat launch will be constructed on the Hudson River in Verplanck at the location of the former Peekskill Seaplane base. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

Clarification December 7, 2012: The public boat launch was incorrectly identified in this story.

CORTLANDT, N.Y. — Construction on a planned public boat launch on the Hudson River in Verplanck could be completed by spring, Cortlandt officials said. 

"We have to have this constructed before the fish spawn" in late spring, Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi said. That guidance came from the Department of Environmental Conservation, she said.

The Frank Farrell Public Boat Launch will be built on the former James Martin property, formerly called the Peekskill Seaplane Base, on Riverview Avenue in Verplanck. The property was donated to the town by Martin after his death in 2006.

Frank Farrell said he hopes a rowing team can one day use the boat launch and nearby airplane hangars for storing supplies. But he said he hasn't seen a spike in public interest in the project.

The boat launch is expected to cost $80,000 to $90,000, about half of which will be paid for out of the recreation fund. Applicants to the Planning Board contribute to that recreation fund.

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Fly on the Wall:

Why not just expand on the launch that was already built by the town a mere 300' away from the proposed site?


Why wouldnt they name it after the person that gave them the property .Duh, Politics.


Why wouldnt they name it after the person that gave them the property .Duh, Politics.


Good correction, Frank, but with the effort you're putting into this project it wouldn't be a bad name! It's exciting that a new boat launch from such a magnificent location is being added. I hope that interest in building a rowing team(s) builds because it's a wonderful idea.

Frank F.:

Dear Ms. Glenza, I see you did not realize the Supervisor was being funny when she referred to the boat launch as you report in this article. While I have long supported increased public access to the Hudson River, and am pleased the Town Board shares my view, the launch is not to be named as you indicate.
I'm not sure public facilities should be named for persons still living, never mind while holding office!
The list of persons for whom such a fixture would more appropriately commemorate is long, so while flattered, I must ask you correct the article.

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