NEWBURGH - City officials came to Brown’s Pond on June 27 to check out the successful fishing program, and to thank Captain Walter Garschagen of Sea Tow Central Hudson and the Sea Tow Foundation for their generous donation of 35 lifejackets.
The pond was re-opened on May 21, 2014 for the first time since 2009; and since then has attracted more than 625 boaters and anglers, all of whom have to use a lifejacket and boat provided by the City.
"Sea Tow helped make it possible for us to re-open this beautiful natural asset to the public, while keeping our water supply safe," said Mayor Judy Kennedy. "Since we cannot allow people to use their own lifejackets or boats because of possible contamination by zebra mussels or other sources, this donation was critical to the success of the program."
Since 2007, the Sea Tow Foundation has donated more than 20,000 lifejackets to boaters through their Life Jacket Loaner program, and there are more than 200 loaner stands throughout the U.S. The jackets for Brown’s Pond, ranging in size from child to XXL, were paid for in part by a grant from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Sea Tow (Your Road Service at Sea®) is a 24/7 on-water assistance provider for boaters with headquarters in Southold, NY and franchises across the United States and internationally. Sea Tow Central Hudson serves Hudson River boaters from the George Washington Bridge to the Newburgh Beacon Bridge.
Councilwoman Genie Abrams has first-hand knowledge of how invaluable Sea Tow’s assistance can be. She commented, "Sea Tow is a great company, saving lives wherever people work or play on the water. My husband and I once were rescued by Sea Tow off the Florida Keys when our friends’ sailboat got stuck, and I’ve been grateful to them ever since. These life vests from Sea Tow will last for years and will benefit everyone who comes out to enjoy a day at Brown’s Pond."
For information please visit the City’s website at http://www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov/home/news/city-of-newburgh-announces-fishing-programs or call the Recreation Department at (845) 565-3230.