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On May 30, 2024 the ReThink 17 coalition submitted comments on the Route 17 Notice of Intent. In our comments, Mountainkeeper partnered with leaders across the region and the state to call on decisionmakers to a purpose and need statement and project that provides a more comprehensive vision for the corridor.

In particular, and in addition to providing safe, accessible and reliable transportation, this vision can: connect our communities, support smart, sustainable growth, meet climate mandates under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and Justice 40 initiatives, and encourage economic growth in the region.

This overall vision is also supported by specific recommendations. Click here to read more. 

Ulster County Polluter Brought to Justice

J. Karolys and Son, LLC ordered to completely clean up dump sites and pay $8 million in fines

May 15, 2024, Saugerties, NY – In a judgment signed May 10, 2024, New York State Supreme Court Justice Richard Mott ruled that J. Karolys and Son, LLC of Saugerties, NY must remediate three illegally-sited construction and demolition debris dumps and pay $8 million to the State of New York.

Bringing polluters to justice can be very difficult, yet that's precisely what the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Attorney General Tish James, aided by a diligent and highly engaged community in Saugerties NY, has accomplished in the case of J. Karolys & Son, LLC. In a recent ruling by the New York State Supreme Court, the polluters have been ordered to clean up the mess they made and to pay significant, attention-getting fines totaling $8 million. This landmark decision serves as a stern warning to anyone considering illegally dumping or accepting construction and demonstration debris--New York will pursue and prosecute polluters, and convicted polluters will be forced to pay. Our water, air, lands, and communities are worth more than anyone's ill-gained profits.

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Catskill Mountainkeeper Seeks Development Director

Catskill Mountainkeeper, a regional environmental advocacy organization, is actively seeking a dynamic, strategic, and experienced professional with a proven track record in cultivating donor engagement and philanthropic support to serve as our Development Director. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates, including people of color, people with disabilities, women, non-binary individuals, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Click here to learn more and apply.

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