Hudson River Trust Picks New Head

By DNAinfo Staff on May 26, 2011 7:27pm  | Updated on May 27, 2011 8:40am

The Hudson River Trust, which manages public land on the West Side waterfront, has a new leader.
The Hudson River Trust, which manages public land on the West Side waterfront, has a new leader.
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By Dave Goldiner

DNAinfo News Editor

CHELSEA — Madelyn Wils has been named head of the Hudson River Trust, which manages the public lands along the river below 59th Street.

Wils, 55, who lives in Tribeca, was previously vice president of the city's economic development corporation. She succeeds Connie Fishman, who left the trust in February.

Wils will oversee continued development of piers that make up much of the park and provide potential revenue sources.

The trust must decide what to do with Pier 40, which houses a parking garage that provides more than one-third of the trust’s annual revenue.

The trust, which has spent about $400 million to redevelop the crumbling piers, takes in about $16 million a year.

Its plans have repeatedly been scuttled by community opposition to plans for commercial uses for some of the piers.

Madelyn Wils was named head of the Hudson River Trust.
Madelyn Wils was named head of the Hudson River Trust.
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