The arrangement and description of this collection was made possible through a New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program Arrangement and Description Grant.
Jeanne Casatelli is a native of East Greenbush, New York, who has fought sprawl in her hometown for more than twenty years. She is a founding member of East Greenbush's Community Action Network, a grassroots organization whose stated purpose is "to promote good planning and the protection of natural, historic, and civic resources in accordance with principles espoused as Smart Growth, New Urbanism, and Quality Community." (Community Action Network of East Greenbush Statement of Purpose, undated, Series 2, Box 1, Folder 5.)
One of CAN's most visible activities was their campaign to prevent the widening of a stretch of U.S. Route 9 and 20, also known as the Columbia Turnpike, which passes through East Greenbush. New York's Department of Transportation (DOT) wanted to widen the road by a total of 34 feet, converting it from four lanes to five lanes. Casatelli and CAN argued that DOT's plan was not in keeping with new regulations that favored context sensitive design for highway projects, nor with the recommendations of Lt. Governor Mary Donahue's Quality Communities Task Force. CAN saw the rebuilding of Route 9 and 20 as an opportunity to develop a community-oriented "main street" in the suburban town of East Greenbush, which lacked a traditional town center. They argued that the road could be redesigned to comply with DOT's safety requirements without being widened to five lanes, and sought the input of nationally-renowned highway designers to support their position. CAN's campaign was unsuccessful, and the road was widened.
Casatelli is also involved in Citizens for Riverfront Action, an organization dedicated to protecting and providing access to the Hudson River in Rensselaer.
The papers document Casatelli's interest in issue-based grassroots organizations in the late 1990s and early 2000s through her involvement in Community Action Network (CAN). CAN opposed the widening of U.S. Route 9 and 20 in East Greenbush through a vigorous campaign of public education and political action. The papers provide near-complete documentation of this campaign, including letters, e-mail, press releases, position papers, contact lists, and notes.
Information on another organization of which Casatelli was a member, Citizens for Riverfront Action (CRA), is limited to CRA's involvement in coordinating Scenic Hudson's Great River Sweep in the community of Rensselaer.
Not included in this collection are Casatelli's files on CAN's effort to save the Defreest-Church house from destruction by developers. The house, which was constructed in the 1830s, was eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places because of its links to the Anti-Rent War of the mid 1800s. It was demolished in November 2002 to make way for a Target store parking lot. Casatelli transferred her files on the Defreest-Church house to the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter for use in potential litigation.
Since both CAN and CRA are grassroots organizations, there is virtually no information on organizational structure or membership, and no formal records of meetings. One exception is an undated statement of purpose for CAN in Series 2, Box 1, Folder 5.
The collection is organized into five file series.
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Jeanne Casatelli,2002 November
Processed by: Aimee Morgan in 2005.
Collection record created by: Aimee Morgan
Published: 2005 March
Converted to EAD with EADMachine, 2016 December
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|1||1||Addresses of Homes and Business on Route 9 and 20||Undated|
|1||2||Conceptual Stage Relocation Plan, U.S Route 9 and 20||ca. 1997|
|1||3||Contact List||ca. 1998-ca. 2001|
|1||13||Correspondence - Department of Transportation||1998-1999|
|1||14||Department of Transportation, Route 9 and 20 Newsletter, Issue 3||1999|
|1||19||Final Design Report/ Environmental Assessment||1999|
|1||20||Notes||ca. 1998-ca. 2001|
|1||21||Notes||ca. 1998-ca. 2001|
|1||22||Parcel Maps - Route 9 and 20 Properties||Undated|
|1||24||Position Papers, Fact Sheets, and Fliers||1998-2001|
|1||26||Project Location Map||Undated|
|1||27||Proposal Buildout Images||Undated|
|1||28||Proposal and Placement Plan, First Draft of Colombia Turnpikes Transportation Management System||1998|
|1||29||Public Hearing on 9 and 20 Proposal - Transcript||1998|
|1||30||Report from the Public on the Rt. and 20/Colombia Turnpike Project||1998|
|1||31||Signalized Intersections Input Worksheets||Undated|
|1||32||Survey of Route 9 and 20 Business Owners||Undated|
|Oversized 1||1||Community Action Network, Route 9 and 20 Posters||Undated|
|Oversized 1||2||Route 9 and 20, Maps and Plans||Undated|
|1||1||Articles - Miscellaneous||1998-2001, Undated|
|1||3||Capital District Transportation Committee||2001|
|1||4||Community Action Network of East Greenbush, Statement of Purpose||Undated|
|1||5||Community Image Survey||2001|
|1||6||Context Sensitive Design||1998-1999, 2001|
|1||7||Contributors to Senator Joseph Bruno's Campaign||2001|
|1||8||Defreestville Area Neighborhoods Association||2000, Undated|
|1||9||East Greenbush, Boat Launch||1997-2000|
|1||10||East Greenbush, Politics, 1999, 2001||1999, 2001|
|1||11||Energy, Alternative Sources, 2000||2000|
|1||12||Friends of Hudson/St. Lawrence Cement Project||2002|
|1||13||A Good Place To Live, Terry Pundell, Excerpts||Undated|
|1||14||Greater Capital Region Teacher Center||1995, 2001|
|1||15||Healthy Heart Program, New York State Department of Health||2001|
|1||16||Hudson River and Hudson River Valley||1995-2001|
|1||17||Miscellaneous||ca. 1996-ca. 2001|
|1||18||National Register of Historic Places||Undated|
|1||19||New York State Department of State, Publications||1998, 2000|
|1||20||New York State Governor's Office, Press Releases||1998, 2001|
|1||21||New York State, History and Facts||Undated|
|1||22||New York State Tourism, Brochures, and Postcards||Undated|
|1||23||Northern Adirondack Revitalization Initiative, Briefing Paper||Undated|
|1||24||Planning Commissioners' Journal, Articles||1992-1994, 1996-1997|
|1||25||Project for Public Spaces, Inc.||2000|
|1||26||Property Rights Foundation of America||2000|
|1||27||Quality Coasts, Quality Communities, Waterfront Rediscovery Conference||2001|
|1||28||Quality Communities, Demonstration Program and Task Force||2000-2001|
|1||29||Quality Communities, Quality Coasts Conference, Brochure||2002|
|1||31||Rensselaer County 1791-1966, Excerpts||ca. 1966|
|1||32||"Rensselaer: The Right Side of the River" Campaign||1994|
|1||34||Riverview Road, Rexford||1999|
|1||35||Road Design||1984, 1997-1999, 2001|
|1||36||Scenic Hudson, Great River Sweep||1998-2000, Undated|
|1||37||Smart Growth||1995-2002, Undated|
|1||38||Smart Growth, Urban Advantage||ca. 2001|
|1||39||Surface Transportation Policy Project||1996, 1998, 2001|
|1||40||Urban Design Group||ca. 2000|
|1||41||Walkable Communities Inc||ca. 2000|
|1||42||Walkable Communities, Slide Presentation||Undated|
|1||43||Website Printouts - Miscellaneous||2001|
|1||44||Westchester Land Trust||2001, Undated|
|1||1||Photographs of Routes 9 and 20, East Greenbush [29 items]||ca. 1999-2001|
|2||1||Rennselaer [sic] River Sweep and Urban Sprawl," VHS Videocassette||2000|
|2||2||"Route #303 The Visioning Process: Smart Growth and Public Health," 2 VHS Videocassettes||Undated|
|2||3||"Scenic Hudson: The Great River Sweep," VHS Videocassette, Roadrunner Production Services||Undated|
|MPEG 1||"303." "The Route 303 Sustainable Development Study, Rockland County, New York." 7 min., 36 sec. Copyright 2000, Rockland County.||2000 May 31 (Last Modified)|
|MPEG 2||"303Charette." "Route 303 Sustainable Development Study: The Visioning Process." 6 min., 20 sec.||2000 February 5 (Last Modified)|
|AVI 3||Untitled file. Interview of Don Chen, founding director, Smart Growth America, 2 min, 5 sec.||Undated|
|PPT 1||"Charette Presentation." Microsoft PowerPoint file. 24 slides.||2000 April 21 (Last Modified)|
|PPT 2||"Route 303 Challenges Presentation." Microsoft PowerPoint file. 18 slides.||2000 April 20 (Last Modified)|
|PPT 3||"Route 303 Slideshow." Microsoft PowerPoint file. 18 slides.||2000 April 20 (Last Modified)|