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Cortlandt Takes Over Hudson Highlands Gateway Park

The Town of Cortlandt recently closed on the property that includes 352 park area of the Hudson Highlands Gateway Park.
The Town of Cortlandt recently closed on the property that includes 352 park area of the Hudson Highlands Gateway Park. Photo Credit: Town of Cortlandt

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- The Town of Cortlandt recently officially closed on the 352 park area the Hudson Highlands Gateway Park, originally called “Hillpoint” by the previous owner Martin Ginsburg in the 1990’s.

In 2000, Scenic Hudson and the town jointly purchased the property, with the town being the steward of the land and responsible for developing a trail to the summit, which offers a lovely view of the area and the Hudson River, said Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi.

The Town and Scenic Hudson agreed that the property would be conveyed/transferred to the Town of Cortlandt for preserved open space forever, after 15 years. That conveyance took place on Thursday, March 10.

Puglisi said the town was able to put together an excellent partnership with New York State, $1 million, Westchester County $1 million, Scenic Hudson, $2.5 million, Town of Cortlandt, $1 million, residents in the area, $600,000, and Ginsburg, $100,000, to cover the purchase of these 352 acres.

"The deed is now recorded in the Town Clerk’s office," Puglisi said. "This pristine property is now a part of our open space in Cortlandt for future generations to enjoy and I thank Scenic Hudson and all of our other partners in making our dream become a reality”

The purchase of this property ensured that the proposed large application of homes (352) by the developer would not take place. After an appraisal was done, the total cost was $6 million to ensure no development would ever take place in the future.

“Hudson Highlands Gateway Park is a tremendous natural asset of the Town of Cortlandt and the Hudson Highlands. We were gratified to work collaboratively in 2000 with the town, Westchester County, New York State and multiple private donors to conserve this important property, which had been slated for over 300 homes on its forested slopes, said Steve Rosenberg, executive director of Scenic Hudson Land Trust. "We are just as gratified to turn over full ownership to the town, which has been a fine steward of the property over the past 15 years. Scenic Hudson will hold a permanent conservation restriction on the property that will ensure it remains protected open space forever.”

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