DOT to unveil 7 options for Stuy’s Ferry Road

The state Department of Transportation will be collecting input from local resident regarding the safety improvements at the intersection August 30 at Stuyvesant Town Hall.

Ferry Road crosses the railroad tracks just a few feet before the Route 9J intersection, and the DOT has  been studying ways to improve safety there, because Amtrak passenger trains and CSX freights travel at high speeds along that section of track. The state has come up with seven alternatives, and town Supervisor Ron Knott says that DOT has a “scoping document” prepared and requested August 30 session to present the options and hear responses from the public.

Mr. Knott encouraged residents to attend the meeting, saying that the DOT needs to conduct the session and it does not have to settle for the least expensive plan and can consider an approach that residents think is best for the future.

In other business Stuyvesant is looking to renovate the town website,, with the ability to manage the site in-house as the main goal of the project. Supervisor Knott also wants to have the site include a subscriber list so all subscribers will be notified automatically of news, events, photos and even emergencies.

Also at the meeting Karen Hummel discussed the Ken Hummel Run. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kinderhook (Ichabod Crane) Central School District Arts and Humanities Endowment Fund. This is an independent fund supported by a gift from Spencertown artist Ellsworth Kelly and managed by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Grant applications for to the foundation are accepted from organizations in the school and from teachers, students and parents for activities not funded by the district.

Ms. Hummel said that by raising a matching $45,000 by December 2013, an endowment could be set up for cultural education in the school district. For more information about the foundation or how to donate visit


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