Now retired, Putney lives near the town's Henry Hudson Park, where erosion of the Hudson's bank is threatening town land. This is a problem that is repeated along the river, said Putney, and needs to be addressed.
The entire eastern border of the Town of Bethlehem consists of the Hudson, making it an underutilized resource, said Putney.
"We have a rather extensive waterfront, some of which could be developed to a greater extent than it has been," he said.
He also said a greater effort should be made to publicize the value of the river to those near and far.
"Tourism is always a thing that needs to be promoted, because there are a lot of good tourist destinations around, and getting people to stay close to home and enjoy the Hudson River Valley is important," Putney said.