POINTS ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER, NY–This Thursday evening, July 23, residents of nine municipalities along the Hudson River, stretching from Saratoga County campaign-for-cleaner-hudson-logo-2to New York City, will hold candlelight vigils along their waterfronts, looking to light the way to a Cleaner Hudson.  The vigils are part of a rising movement to press General Electric to complete dredging of PCB-polluted river sediments it generated from two former plants over three decades.

The company has announced plans to end its PCB cleanup work by the end of the year, when it is done with Superfund-related requirements.  The Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson, a coalition of business leaders, environmentalists, fishing groups and others who love the Hudson, has rallied to put pressure on GE to keep its cleanup going until the river is fully recovered.

More than 70 municipalities have adopted a resolution calling for the company to “finish the job” by entering into a voluntary settlement agreement with the Federal Trustees and the NYS Canal Corporation.  Also, 200 state lawmakers from both houses have signed a letter to GE’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt to meet its full responsibility to “make the river a safe and usable resource” once again.

The Candlelight for a Cleaner Hudson events begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, at nine waterfront area parks. All are invited to participate.  Here is a full list of candlelight vigil locations and contact information:

BEACON (Dutchess County)

Sponsored by City of Beacon/Scenic Hudson (Beacon Riverfest concert starts at 6 p.m.)
Location: Long Dock Park, Long Dock Rd, Beacon, NY 12508
Contact: Jake Salt, 415-378-1658jsalt@scenichudson.org

COEYMANS (Albany County)

Sponsored by Coeymans Neighborhood Association
Location: Coeymans Landing between Westerlo and Dock Street, Coeymans, NY 12143
Contact: Barbara Heinzen, 646-238-7089barbara@barbaraheinzen.com

KINGSTON (Ulster County)

Sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Location: Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing at foot of Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
Contact: Kyle Downey, 845-803-6862kdowney@skidmore.edu

MECHANICVILLE (Saratoga County)
Sponsored by City of Mechanicville/Scenic Hudson
Location: Mechanicville City Dock at Terminal Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118
Contact Jake Salt, 415-378-1658jsalt@scenichudson.org 

NEWBURGH (Orange County)
Sponsored by City of Newburgh/Scenic Hudson (live music and food)
Location: Unico Park waterfront, Front Street bet. 3rd & 4th St, Newburgh, NY 12550
Contact: Jake Salt, 415-378-1658jsalt@scenichudson.org

Sponsored by NYC Friends of Clearwater
Location: Pier 63 between 22nd and 23rd Streets, at Hudson River, NY 10001
Contact: John Breitbart, 917-612-9353johnbnycfc@yahoo.com

NYACK (Rockland County)
Sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation
Location: 521 W. Broadway, Nyack, 10960
Contact: Hope Shaltkin, 845-358-4601 ext. 32, shaltkin@forusa.org

OSSINING (Westchester County)
Sponsored by Riverkeeper
Location: Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Westerly Rd, Ossining, NY 10562
Contact: Suzie Ross, 914-588-6100suzie.e.ross@gmail.com and Emma Lagle,914-355-0874elagle00@gmail.com

SCHUYLERVILLE (Saratoga County)
Sponsored by Village of Schulyerville/Scenic Hudson
Location: Fort Hardy Park, Off of Ferry Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871
Contact: Jake Salt, 415-378-1658,

For more on current efforts to compel GE to do more, check out the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson website: www.cleanerhudson.org