The Waterfront Advisory Board shall be established and appointed by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus. The Board shall consist of nine members who shall be appointed for a period of three years, except that the first Board shall consist of three members appointed for three years, three members appointed for two years and three members appointed for one year. Each member shall be a resident of the town. Members shall be chosen for their demonstrated knowledge, ability and readiness to serve the Board in functions described in this chapter and with due regard for maintaining among the membership a range of special aptitudes and expertise in areas relevant to the work of the Board. In addition, one member shall be a member of the Planning Board, one shall be a member of the Environmental Board and one shall be a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenditures in the performance of their work, subject to limitations of the budget established by the town.

The Board's basic task will be to advise and assist in the implementation of the LWRP, its policies and projects, including physical, legislative, regulatory, administrative and other actions included in the program. In pursuance of this task, the Board will:

  1. Advise the Town Board on implementation, priorities, work assignments, time tables and budgetary requirements of the program.
  2. Review applications for site plans, zone changes, subdivisions and public works projects in the coastal area, as may be referred to it, and advise the appropriate agency as to their consistency with policies of the LWRP.
  3. Subject to the approval of the Town Board, make application for funding from state, federal or other sources to finance projects under the LWRP.
  4. Maintain liaison with related town bodies, including, but not limited to, the Planning and Zoning Boards and the Environmental Board, and with concerned nongovernmental bodies, in order to further the implementation of the LWRP.
  5. Upon the request of the Town Board, evaluate, in timely fashion, proposed actions of state agencies within the coastal zone in order to assure consistency of such actions with policies of the LWRP, advise the Board of any conflicts and participate in discussions to resolve such conflicts.
  6. Assist the Town Board in the review of proposed federal actions referred to it by the Department of State and provide its opinion concerning the consistency of the action with local coastal policies.
  7. Prepare an annual report on progress achieved and problems encountered during the year and recommend such actions as the Board considers necessary for the further implementation of the LWRP to the appropriate body.
  8. Perform other functions regarding the waterfront area as the Town Board may assign to it from time to time.

Waterfront Advisory Board Members

Janet Bellusci, Chairperson, 845-334-8384
Amy Cahill
Brett Gehrke
Margaret Phelan
Mercedes Ross
Eli Schloss
Carol Carson Tomassetti
Marion Zimmer

Catherine Quick, Town Board Liaison
Joe Guido, Zoning Board Liaison