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The Villages: Mostly Music, TZ Vista & US Budget

Mostly Music will ride again, but with a different sponsor in the saddle. It’s TZ Vista time again: the Nyack Village Board and the village’s planning board will hold a joint meeting program on Wed March 23 regarding the planned condo apartment complex on Gedney St at the Hudson River.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey says the GOP Health Plan and the Trump Administration’s proposed budget is bad news for New York State and the Hudson Valley.  Plus a rundown of this week’s municipal meetings in the Nyack River Villages and information on the March 27 Rockland County Water Task Force meeting.

Hammond’s Highlights

by Don Hammond

August 2012 Mostly Music concert in Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Dave Zornow

Summer Music In Memorial park is Only a Few Months Away — Mostly Music will be back for another year, offering free summer time concerts in Memorial Park. But this year, there will be a new sponsor. The Nyack Chamber of Commerce will be taking over this event.
Nyack’s business association is looking to revamp Mostly Music and move half of the concerts downtown to Veteran’s Park on Main Street. The Friends Of The Nyacks, a non-profit group which created this event and has been running it for several decades, has decided to turn responsibility for the annual event over to the Nyack Chamber.

Don Hammond

If you have thoughts or questions based on either what you read here or things you’ve heard buzz about in the community, please feel free to reach out to me directly by email at or by phone at 914.954.7556. — Dr. Don Hammond

TZ Vista Meeting Scheduled — The public is invited to a March 23 meeting of the Village Board in conjunction with the Nyack Planning Board focusing on the waterfront TZ Vista. Nyack has hired a planning firm who will present issues related to whether the project meets the requirements of the zoning code established for the waterfront and the environmental review process.
Is It Spring Yet? (Yes it is.) Special thanks to the DPW for their work helping us all dig out after the Tues March 14 snowstorm. They have been working long hours for several days and deserve a special thank you.

And In Washington…

Congresswoman Nita Lowey last week criticized the administration’s proposed budget and its replacement plan for Obamacare.

Lowey Statement on the Effect of the President’s Budget on New York and the Lower Hudson Valley

March 16 — “Budgets are a statement of values, and it is clear this Administration does not value investments that support hardworking New Yorkers,” said Lowey. “Instead of responsible solutions that will help move us forward, President Trump’s budget savages programs critical to the health, education, and economic security of families in the Lower Hudson Valley.” Source:

Lowey Statement on Congressional Budget Office Analysis of GOP Health Plan

March 14 — “It’s clear why the President and Congressional Republicans were so desperate last week to ram their disastrous health care plan through committee in the dead of night: their plan would take health care away from 14 million Americans in 2018 alone and 24 million Americans in ten years. By 2026, there would be 52 million uninsured Americans.” Source:

Here’s next week’s municipal events in Upper, South and the Village of Nyack.

Village of Nyack

  • Tue 3/21, 5p: Justice Court
  • Wed 3/22
    • 7p: Nyack NAACP Meeting
    • 7p: Parks Commission Meeting
  • Thurs 3/23
    • 9:30a: Justice Court
    • 6:30p: Village Board Pre-meeting Workshop
    • 7:30p: Village Board Meeting

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

  • Tue 3/21, 12p-9p: Village Election
  • Wed 3/22, 7:30p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

Village of Upper Nyack

  • Tue 3/21
    • 12p-9p: Village Election
    • 8p: Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Thurs 3/23, 4p: Village Board Workshop

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N. Broadway.

Rockland County Water Task Force: “Effective Water Planning Approaches” Presentation

The Rockland County Water Task Force and Chairwoman Harriet Cornell will hold a public presentation and discussion on March 27, 2017 at 5:30p at the Clarkstown Town Hall Room 301, 10 Maple Ave, New City. The featured speaker will be Dr. Daniel Van Abs who will discuss how two regions in New Jersey have developed programs to protect and manage regional water resources through task force planning processes, and lessons learned from similar efforts.
Dr. Dan Van Abs is currently Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society & Environment at Rutgers University. He was Senior Director for Planning & Science with the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council from 2007 to 2012. He managed Council staff efforts regarding development and implementation of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. Before that, he served as Director of Watershed Protection Programs for the New Jersey Water Supply Authority for more than eight years, creating and managing source water protection program for the Raritan and Manasquan river watersheds under Raritan Basin Watershed Management Plan. Dr. Van Abs also managed New Jersey’s water supply, wastewater and watershed management programs at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. He received the 2010 Peter Homack Award from the NJ Chapter of American Water Resources Association for his achievements in water resources management. Dr. Van Abs has published many peer-reviewed and conference papers in the watershed management field, and is co-editor of a new Rutgers University Press book (June 2016) Taking Chances: The Coast After Sandy. Dr. Van Abs is a frequent public speaker and commentator in news media on water resources and water infrastructure issues.
The public is invited to attend, ask questions and engage in discussions that will follow the presentation.

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