In June 1998, the New York State legislature passed the Hudson River Park Act. Signed by Governor George E. Pataki in September 1998, this milestone legislation formally designated the project area as a park and established the Hudson River Park Trust to continue the planning, construction, management, and operation of the park. In approving the Act, the State legislature found that:
- Planning and development of the Hudson River Park as a public resource was a matter of State concern and in the interest of the people of the State. Further, the Park will enhance the ability of New Yorkers to enjoy the Hudson River, one of the great natural and public resources of the State.
- The marine environment of the Park is known to provide critical habitat for striped bass and other aquatic species. It is in the public interest to protect and conserve this habitat.
- Quality of life and economic benefits can be derived from creating the Park.
- The Park will encourage, promote, and expand public access to the river, promote water-based recreation, and enhance the natural, cultural and historic aspects of the Hudson River.
- It is in the public interest to encourage park uses and allow limited commercial uses in the Park.
2018 Amendments to Hudson River Park Act (Hudson Tunnel and Whitney’s Days End)