2023 Hudson Valley Regional Council Awards

About the Hudson Valley Regional Council Awards

The Hudson Valley Regional Council recognizes local municipalities doing extraordinary work in the Mid-Hudson Region in the areas of economic development, water quality planning, and clean energy and climate smart actions.

Mid-Hudson municipalities are selected by HVRC for their various achievements. The six awards are:

 Building Bridges Award - demonstrated a significant commitment to collaboration and partnership.

Climate Stalwart Award - recognition for sustained and exceptional contributions to climate action over an extended duration.

Commitment Award - exhibited exceptional dedication and productivity in a demanding environment and often times overcoming obstacles.

Impact Award - honors a recipient whose project has been especially significant and has far-reaching impact.

 Momentum Award - achieved notable milestones in a remarkably brief timeframe.

 Resilience Award - fosters community resilience through proactive initiatives.


The inaugural event was held on December 6, 2023 in Newburgh, NY.

From left to right :  Councilwoman Lynn Ruggiero, Town of Hyde Park, Emily Svenson, Hudson 7 Technical Advisor, Devin Rigolino, Dutchess County, Dan Shapley, Hudson 7 Technical Advisor and Riverkeeper, Russell Gilmore, Town of Lloyd , Carla Castillo, HVRC, Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia, Town of Rhinebeck, Mayor Gary Bassett, Village of Rhinebeck, Councilwomen and Mayor Elect Yvonne Flowers, City of Poughkeepsie •	Mayor Marc Nelson, City of Poughkeepsie, Rebecca Martin, Consultant
Rivertowns: Sarah Smiley, CSC Coordinator, Village of Sleepy Hollow, Trustee Anthony Giaccio, Village of Sleepy Hollow, Carla C. Castillo, HVRC Executive Director, Dean Gallea and Trustee Thomas Mitchell, Village of Tarrytown, Mayor Nancy Kaboolian, Village of Ardsley, Mayor Niki Armacost and Village Manager Mary Beth Murphy, Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, Janet Roseff and Matthew Ghiorse, Village of Dobbs Ferry

2023 Award Winners

Mid-Hudson municipalities are doing amazing work and there were many worthy projects from which to choose. We thank our entire region. HVRC is pleased to honor the following inaugural award recipients:

Building Bridges Award

• Hudson 7: Dutchess and Ulster County, City of Poughkeepsie, Towns of Esopus, Hyde Park, Lloyd, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, and Village of Rhinebeck
• Town of Philipstown & Village of Cold Spring
• The Rivertowns: Villages of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, and Tarrytown

Climate Stalwart Award

• Town of Bethel
• Village of Nyack
• Village of Rhinebeck

Commitment Award

• Town of Highlands
• Town of Orangetown
• Town of Rosendale

Impact Award

• Village of Croton-on-Hudson
• City of Kingston
• City of Poughkeepsie

Momentum Award

• Town of Shandaken
• Village of Warwick
• City of White Plains

Resilience Award

• Village of New Paltz
• County of Westchester

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