Mountain Top Progressives commend and thank Senator Michelle Hinchey

Contributed photoAward and appreciation presented at the Villa Vosilla in Tannersville with Mayor Lee McGunnigle and MTP members.

TANNERSVILLE — Mountain Top Progressives–representatives of a group of nearly 400 activist members located throughout the mountain top in Greene County publicly demonstrated their gratitude to State Senator Michelle Hinchey for her leadership, her advocacy, and her attention to mountain top issues. MTP has been a long-time advocate for: environmental protection, especially the Watershed and the Catskill Forest Preserve Park; providing healthcare access for our rural residents, especially our senior community; and expanding broadband and cell service, issues that became imperative due to the pandemic requiring at-home work and schooling options. Senator Hinchey has engaged in each of these issues and much more.

MTP initiated a vaccination assist project to help Mountaintop residents make vaccination appointments, and when necessary, to drive them to the vaccination sites. MTP requested a “Pop-up Shop” on the Mountaintop; Senator Hinchey encouraged “Pop-ups” and the State agreed. The very first “Pop-up Shop” was held at the Villa Vosilla with the cooperation of Village of Tannersville Mayor Lee McGunnigle Wellness Rx Pharmacist Ed Ullman, a set of volunteers, including some from MTP, and the Hunter Foundation;

MTP has long been an advocate for the rural expansion of BROADBAND both through Congressman Antonio Delgado and now through Hinchey. This past month, Hinchey co-sponsored the comprehensive broadband connectivity act which addressed this issue for rural New York; it was accepted and included in the NY State Budget;

And, most recently, she led the battle against a proposed study for a hydro-electric construction project that, if approved, would have caused massive destruction of the Catskill Forest Preserve, our Watershed, and the beauty of our environment – homes and villages, flora, fauna, and small businesses. Our recreational resources and related economy were at risk and the project would have been a threat to our entire region. Hinchey joined many community groups and bi-partisan officials in Ulster and Greene counties and led the opposition to a massive environmental invasion. She served us well as a leading voice in opposing this threat to our regional environment. April 12 the proposal was withdrawn the battle won.

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