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Fallsburg Awarded Renaissance Grant

Fallsburg Awarded Renaissance Golden Feather Community Impact Grant Award
-$400,000 Golden Feather Grant Awarded to the Town of Fallsburg-
Sullivan Renaissance announced that the Town of Fallsburg has been awarded the Golden Feather Community Impact Grant for its continued development of the O&W Rail Trial between Mountain Dale and Liberty.
The Town was awarded a $250,000 state grant secured and presented by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and a $100,000 Sullivan Renaissance grant presented by Sandra Gerry, Founder and Chairwoman of Sullivan Renaissance. The Town’s in-kind contribution is $50,000 for a total Grant package of $400,000.
“We are so proud to receive this recognition from Sullivan Renaissance. The Golden Feather award, made possible by Assemblywoman Gunther and Sullivan Renaissance will allow us to complete renovations on our rail trail and create a trail that will extend throughout our town. We would like to thank Sandra and Alan Gerry, all of the hardworking team at Sullivan Renaissance and of course, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for making this happen!” said Town of Fallsburg Supervisor Steve Vegliante. Read Supervisor Steven Vegliante’s Remarks at Awards Ceremony
“Sullivan Renaissance continues to bring out the best in all our communities. Each and every year our friends and neighbors get together and show us what Sullivan County is all about– teamwork and volunteerism. Without the volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to make these beautiful projects a reality, none of this would be possible. I want to extend my congratulations to the Town of Fallsburg on winning this year’s Golden Feather,” said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
“Sullivan Renaissance is so proud of the Town of Fallsburg for their far reaching and impactful initiative. The Golden Feather Grant Award of $400,000 has provided a ‘golden opportunity’ for a partnership of local, state and private funding. With the leadership and efforts of the municipality and their volunteers, this project will have local, county and regional economic impact,” said Sullivan Renaissance Founder and Chairwoman Sandra Gerry.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with support from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Bold Gold Media Group, The River Reporter, The Sullivan County Democrat, and Thompson Sanitation. For information, contact 845-295-2445 or SullivanRenaissance.org.
Read Supervisor Vegliante’s Address at Awards Ceremony:
Remarks by Supervisor Steven Vegliante:
Welcome to all of our distinguished guests today. This meeting, this day would not be possible without the commitment of many people to see real improvement in our communities. These include our incredible Assemblywoman, Aileen Gunther, our incredible neighbors and philanthropists, Alan and Sandra Gerry and everyone that works at Sullivan Renaissance and their new ambitious venture, Sullivan 180. I must also acknowledge our representatives in the Village of Woodridge, including Mayor Joan Collins and her team, and on the County Legislature, Ira Steingart, Joe Perello and Luis Alverez. Finally, our partners in this ambitious project, Freda Eisenberg, Heather Jacksy and the entire team at the County Planning Department.
Why are we here today? We have a bunch of exciting announcements. But let’s start with why we are HERE. We are standing here, just feet from the Mountain Dale trail head to the O&W Rail Trail. Over the years, our Town, Our County and Sullivan Renaissance through several local renaissance groups have developed and maintained this trail, that now hosts what we estimate tens of thousands of visitors each year. In this year of Covid, this trail, along with our other trails in Woodridge Hurleyville, South Fallsburg and extending up to the Liberty town line have offered people peaceful respite, allowing them to be outside, safe and surrounded by the astounding beauty that surrounds the trails throughout our Town.
Renaissance is defined as “a revival or renewed interest in something”. I grew up in this hamlet…when I was a child there were stores, a dairy, a bakery, several professionals, an ice cream parlor and a bar…for many years there was nothing…no stores, no arts, no people and not a whole lot of hope. There was always the Mountaindale Action Committee, a renaissance group that followed the Gerry’s mantra and kept the lights on. I was proud to work with a major landlord in the hamlet, Butch Resnick, who brought Nhi Mundy on board to curate a new hamlet. Mountain Dale now boasts, Sandburg Trading, a wonderful convenience store, three restaurants; The Dale with incredible sourdough pizza and craft cocktails, High Voltage, with their incredible barbecue and amazing streamside location. Ba&Me, a traditional Vietnamese restaurant and Forage and Gather, which now features home baked goods, local cheeses, dairy, a bookstore and local wine and liquors. We have Witchey Handmade, a natural apothecary store, and Sanborn Cycle who has grown with us into a trailhead supplier of bikes and service to all cyclists enjoying the trail and our town. Ambika boutique features vintage and handmade wool items. Yin gallery and healing space opened recently. Verde & Co. produces locally made sofrito which is distributed throughout the state. We have local artists Raymon Elozua and Micheline Gringas, as well as Michael Osterhoudt’s social sculpture park which inspires all of us to both appreciate art, and think about our social responsibilities and our place in society. All a result of a forward thinking land owner and a community that bought in to a new concept!
As the trail extends through Hurleyville, our residents and visitors can now visit restaurants like the Pickled Owl, La Salumina and Frankie and Johnnys, they can visit the brand new playgrounds, the Hurleyville General Store and Market, and it’s crown jewel, the Hurleyville Arts Center. None of this would be possible without our partners in Hurleyville, Patrick Dollard, Janet Carrus and the entire teams at the The Center for Discovery and the Hurleyville Arts Center. Their dogged determination to make our community a better place for ALL to enjoy, has transformed Hurleyville into an incredible arts and culture hamlet.
I bring these hamlets up and the teams that have improved them to point out how incredible the Sullivan Renaissance program has been to our community. Sandra, Alan, you encouraged us to plant flowers. We did. And then a funny thing happened, we all began to bloom.
You can now read about our hamlets in the New York Times. Any weekend you will find hundreds of visitors with many choosing to relocate here. A true Renaissance.
Today, our Board makes a commitment to you, and to our residents. I am here to announce a deal in principal to buy the remaining portions of the rail trail. We have committed to raising the funds necessary to build a bridge over the Neversink River. We will renovate the remaining rail beds of the O&W rail trail through South Fallsburg to complete the trail through our Town. We will join the Mountain Dale/Woodridge legs with the Fallsburg Hurleyville legs, to create a continuous trail over 13 miles long. We will renovate our beloved hundred plus year O&W Tunnel. We will create a rail trail that will bring thousands of new visitors to our Town each year, while fulfilling the goals of Sullivan 180, encouraging our residents to improve their health by utilizing our trails. This Golden Feather will allow our community to SOAR!
We can only do this with the help of those present here today, and with groups like Open Space Institute, and our State representatives. We have received additional support from Senator Jen Metzger. For that we are also profoundly grateful. It won’t take just a village…it will take us all. I and my Board are ready to deliver. We thank Senator Metzger. We thank Assemblywoman Gunther. We thank Sandra and Alan Gerry, Denise Frangipane, Allyson Cappella and the entire team at Sullivan Renaissance for recognizing the importance of this venture. We recognize and appreciate the other municipalities that participated in the municipal grant program this year…your hard work makes us all better! We will make you proud.
Remarks by Supervisor Steven Vegliante
Welcome to all of our distinguished guests today. This meeting, this day would not be possible without the commitment of many people to see real improvement in our communities. These include our incredible Assemblywoman, Aileen Gunther, our incredible neighbors and philanthropists, Alan and Sandra Gerry and everyone that works at Sullivan Renaissance and their new ambitious venture, Sullivan 180. I must also acknowledge our representatives in the Village of Woodridge, including Mayor Joan Collins and her team, and on the County Legislature, Ira Steingart, Joe Perello and Luis Alverez. Finally, our partners in this ambitious project, Freda Eisenberg, Heather Jacksy and the entire team at the County Planning Department.
Why are we here today? We have a bunch of exciting announcements. But let’s start with why we are HERE. We are standing here, just feet from the Mountain Dale trail head to the O&W Rail Trail. Over the years, our Town, Our County and Sullivan Renaissance through several local renaissance groups have developed and maintained this trail, that now hosts what we estimate tens of thousands of visitors each year. In this year of Covid, this trail, along with our other trails in Woodridge Hurleyville, South Fallsburg and extending up to the Liberty town line have offered people peaceful respite, allowing them to be outside, safe and surrounded by the astounding beauty that surrounds the trails throughout our Town.
Renaissance is defined as “a revival or renewed interest in something”. I grew up in this hamlet…when I was a child there were stores, a dairy, a bakery, several professionals, an ice cream parlor and a bar…for many years there was nothing…no stores, no arts, no people and not a whole lot of hope. There was always the Mountaindale Action Committee, a renaissance group that followed the Gerry’s mantra and kept the lights on. I was proud to work with a major landlord in the hamlet, Butch Resnick, who brought Nhi Mundy on board to curate a new hamlet. Mountain Dale now boasts, Sandburg Trading, a wonderful convenience store, three restaurants; The Dale with incredible sourdough pizza and craft cocktails, High Voltage, with their incredible barbecue and amazing streamside location. Ba&Me, a traditional Vietnamese restaurant and Forage and Gather, which now features home baked goods, local cheeses, dairy, a bookstore and local wine and liquors. We have Witchey Handmade, a natural apothecary store, and Sanborn Cycle who has grown with us into a trailhead supplier of bikes and service to all cyclists enjoying the trail and our town. Ambika boutique features vintage and handmade wool items. Yin gallery and healing space opened recently. Verde & Co. produces locally made sofrito which is distributed throughout the state. We have local artists Raymon Elozua and Micheline Gringas, as well as Michael Osterhoudt’s social sculpture park which inspires all of us to both appreciate art, and think about our social responsibilities and our place in society. All a result of a forward thinking land owner and a community that bought in to a new concept!
As the trail extends through Hurleyville, our residents and visitors can now visit restaurants like the Pickled Owl, La Salumina and Frankie and Johnnys, they can visit the brand new playgrounds, the Hurleyville General Store and Market, and it’s crown jewel, the Hurleyville Arts Center. None of this would be possible without our partners in Hurleyville, Patrick Dollard, Janet Carrus and the entire teams at the The Center for Discovery and the Hurleyville Arts Center. Their dogged determination to make our community a better place for ALL to enjoy, has transformed Hurleyville into an incredible arts and culture hamlet.
I bring these hamlets up and the teams that have improved them to point out how incredible the Sullivan Renaissance program has been to our community. Sandra, Alan, you encouraged us to plant flowers. We did. And then a funny thing happened, we all began to bloom.
You can now read about our hamlets in the New York Times. Any weekend you will find hundreds of visitors with many choosing to relocate here. A true Renaissance.
Today, our Board makes a commitment to you, and to our residents. I am here to announce a deal in principal to buy the remaining portions of the rail trail. We have committed to raising the funds necessary to build a bridge over the Neversink River. We will renovate the remaining rail beds of the O&W rail trail through South Fallsburg to complete the trail through our Town. We will join the Mountain Dale/Woodridge legs with the Fallsburg Hurleyville legs, to create a continuous trail over 13 miles long. We will renovate our beloved hundred plus year O&W Tunnel. We will create a rail trail that will bring thousands of new visitors to our Town each year, while fulfilling the goals of Sullivan 180, encouraging our residents to improve their health by utilizing our trails. This Golden Feather will allow our community to SOAR!
We can only do this with the help of those present here today, and with groups like Open Space Institute, and our State representatives. We have received additional support from Senator Jen Metzger. For that we are also profoundly grateful. It won’t take just a village…it will take us all. I and my Board are ready to deliver. We thank Senator Metzger. We thank Assemblywoman Gunther. We thank Sandra and Alan Gerry, Denise Frangipane, Allyson Cappella and the entire team at Sullivan Renaissance for recognizing the importance of this venture. We recognize and appreciate the other municipalities that participated in the municipal grant program this year…your hard work makes us all better! We will make you proud.