ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Four cities in the lower Hudson Valley are getting state grants to develop public access to the Hudson River from poor urban neighborhoods for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and wildlife education.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson Estuary Program has awarded grants totaling $117,611 to the cities of Kingston, Albany, Yonkers and New York City.

Albany will receive $30,000 to increase educational and recreational opportunities along the Patroon Creek, a tributary of the Hudson River estuary in the urban Tivoli Lake Preserve.

Kingston will receive $30,000 to install a floating fishing pier and dock on the Rondout Creek near subsidized housing complexes, one of the poorest parts of the city.