Hudson Valley Rail Trail Leadership

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Peter Bellizzi



Peter is a resident of Highland and has been dedicated to maintaining and improving the Rail Trail including finding new railroad artifacts along the trail. He serves as President of the Rail Trail and champions Boy Scout projects to enhance the trail.

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Eric Norberg



Eric has served on the board of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail for almost 12 years. Eric currently serves has Vice President of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. Eric is a Senior Director of Global Business Development on Private Equity for CWT based in New York. Eric and his wife also own and operate an Inn in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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Vera Lawrence



Lawrence is a 40 year resident of Highland, and is currently a Deputy Town Clerk for the Town of Lloyd.  She has been an active volunteer for the Rail Trail for the past five (or six years) and presently serves as Treasurer


Marie Sidgwick



Marie has lived in Highland all her life with the exception of a few years in the Bahamas and England. She has been a member of the Rail Trail Board for ten years. Marie is proud of seeing the Rail Trail go from a dream to a reality. She
is currently the Corresponding Secretary and has also served as the Treasurer
and contributed to various committees over the years.


Loretta Miller



Loretta is a lifelong resident of Highland with strong roots in her community, an avid golfer and a retired Physical Education Teacher from the Highland School System. She has been an active participant in promoting activities that have improved the physical health of all ages through lifetime recreational sports and fitness programs. Loretta has achieved this goal by serving as a 20-year member and past chairperson of the Town of Lloyd Recreation Commission. She also chaired the building of Highland’s tennis courts at Tony Williams Park and has served as an active Board member of the HVRTA since 1999.

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Ken Morgan




Ken Morgan is a retired IBM programmer who has lived in Highland for the last 20 years. His house is only a five minute walk from the rail trail, one of the reasons he bought that house. Running, walking,
and biking the rail trail has been such
an integral part of life for him that he decided to give back to the trail and joined the HVRTA board in 2018. 
You will often see him picking up litter, spreading wood chips, and weeding
the gardens along the trail.


Rafael Diaz




Manhattan native Rafael Díaz is a retired writer/editor on international business and sea kayaking.  An avid runner who has run in some 25 countries, part of the draw to move to Highland was its Rail Trail.  Rafael taught our Learn-to-Run program that had over 200 graduates. He writes our newsletter, brochure and posters; plus is our safety coordinator.  After turning 80, he continues to enjoy the Rail Trail now as a walker in all four seasons.


Ray Costantino




Ray is a lifelong resident of Highland and has been involved in many aspects of his community. He served 16 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals and 2 years on the Town of Lloyd Town Board as a councilman and 6 years as the Supervisor.  He has been a member of the Highland Rotary Club for over 30 years.  In 1995 he presented the idea of converting the abandoned Maybrook Line rail bed into a rail trail to the Club membership.  That began an over 25-year effort to create and expand the rail trail 7.1 miles from Haviland Road to Route 299.  Rebena Construction Co, Inc. was founded by Ray and served as a major contracting firm in the Hudson Valley for many years.