SOMERS, N.Y. – Andrew Falk, Democratic candidate in the New York State Assembly's 94th District, was among the 217 volunteers who swam Saturday across the Hudson River, from Newburgh to Beacon, to raise money for the Beacon River Pool.
This was Falk’s second swim across the Hudson to raise money for the pool. He also has swum twice from Nyack to Sleepy Hollow to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Beacon River Pool is the brainchild of entertainer/environmentalist and Hudson enthusiast Pete Seeger, who recently turned 93. The pool can be described as a wading area set within the Hudson River itself. Its permeable sides and base allow bathers to enjoy the waters of the river, while protecting them from boaters and currents. It has a 20-foot diameter, is less than 3 feet deep and is furnished with floating fiberglass seats.
Since the pool was opened to the public in 2007, more than 5,000 people have enjoyed cooling off in the Hudson River. The pool is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. There is no admission charge.
Falk is a Patterson resident, running for Assemblyman in District 94, which is comprised of Somers, Yorktown, Carmel, Southeast, Putnam Valley and Patterson.