- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FORT MONTGOMERY, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to help create more and better access to the Hudson River.

Schumer says public access points along the Hudson are few and far between, and that forces many people to join boating or yacht clubs, or go someplace else.

Schumer says the Hudson River Estuary Program has helped the push to open access to the river, but more efforts are needed. He singled out the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as federal agencies that could help.

Both agencies would have to approve elements of the Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan. Schumer says the plan, which aims to bring river improvements, “could be a game-changer” for the local economy.

He made his comments Tuesday at Fort Montgomery.

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