Metro-North cuts ribbon on Putnam section of Empire State Trail

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BREWSTER – A 23-mile section of the Maybrook Trailway, part of the 750-mile Empire State Trail, was formally opened on Monday as officials from Metro-North Railroad, the state legislature and Putnam County cut the ribbon at a trailhead in Brewster.

Railroad President Cathy Rinaldi said the new section of paved trail runs from Brewster to Hopewell Junction.

Among those speaking at a brief outdoor ceremony was Dylan Carey, project director for Parks & Trails New York.

“For more than 30 years now we have advocated for an interconnected network of parks, greenspaces, trails, greenways, that connect the different historic sites, the different parks and connected communities all across the state. We had a vision for decades of closing the gaps in their existing trail networks; closing the gaps in the Hudson Valley Greenway, closing the gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail,” he said.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said the new section of trailway “is an amazing asset and a great way for cyclists and walkers to see the natural beauty that Putnam County has to offer.”