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The Villages: Spring Is Building Season

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“Nyack Hospital Children’s Ward” Photo Credit: Nyack Library. For more on Nyack Hospital’s long service to the community, read Nyack Sketch Log: Nyack Hospital’s Next Chapter.

It’s Spring and planners and architects are almost as busy as birds and bees with new construction projects. Last week the Nyack Village Board and Planning Board held a joint meeting on the TZ Vista condo project on the Hudson; this week Nyack Hospital hosts a Q&A about their expansion plans on Midland Ave. Nyack Schools invite the public to their Thursday night Innovation Now showcase; Clarkstown holds another meeting to discuss the future ward system for local elections. Local elections in South and Upper Nyack last week produced no surprises as all six elected candidates ran unopposed.

Hammond’s Highlights, Special TZ Vista Edition

by Don Hammond
Public engagement and input are essential in getting the TZ Vista project implemented in a way that best benefits the village. The Village of Nyack is at the beginning of the process and there will be a number of meetings where the village will receive feedback as well as receive public input for how to move forward.
Last week’s Joint Planning Village Board Workshop on the proposed project, held in order to provide the applicant an opportunity to present their proposed project to both boards, was well-attended and informative. It was decided that the village board will be responsible for considering the Special Permit portion of the process and the Planning Board will be responsible for reviewing the site plan. Nyack’s Architectural Review Board will review the project in relation to design guidelines.

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

As the Planning Board has voted itself the lead agency on the project, PB Chair Peter Klose presided over the meeting. Presenters included the village planning consultant, the applicant’s attorney, planner and the DCAK-MSA principal architect.

Nyack Schools’
Community Forum and “Innovation Now” Showcase

Are the Nyack Public Schools Future-Ready? Come and see how the district’s schools are preparing students on Thursday, March 30th at 7p at the Nyack Center.
The evening will feature an Ed Talk with Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Montesano, a Q&A, demos, displays and dialogue with Nyack Public Schools Staff.

After a virtual tour of the project, the applicant’s planner went over zoning issues relevant to the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), currently in process. That review has included potential impacts to state and local historic properties (the John Green House), endangered or threatened species, wetlands/floodplains, sea level rise, schools, traffic and parking. Traffic was addressed in some detail; studies done at five different locations along Main Street, High Street, Piermont Ave, Broadway and Gedney intersections. A parking utilization survey of a number of locations during peak and weekend hours is also ongoing.
Nyack residents in attendance raised a number of additional issues to be addressed, including: view loss of upland homes; tax revenue differential between rental and condo units; potential village liability for the bulkhead during extreme sea level rise; traffic and parking impacts on Sundays when the Nyack Boat Club is active; and expansion of the parking and traffic studies to include First Avenue and other streets that may be affected by the proposed project. Both planners noted that a number of these issues were already being addressed, and agreed that those that were not should be included in ongoing studies.
No action was taken at the joint meeting by either board. Neither the Village Board nor the Planning Board can grant any approvals until completion of the SEQR process. Additional information and supporting documents for this project can be found at

Here’s next week’s municipal events in the Village of Nyack and in South Nyack; there are no scheduled meetings this week in Upper Nyack.

Village of Nyack

  • Mon 3/27, 7p: Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Tue 3/28
    • 5p: Justice Court
    • 6:30p: Nyack Housing Authority
  • Thurs 3/30, 9:30a: Justice Court

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Nyack Hospital Hosts Tues Community Forum on its Construction Project

Representatives from Nyack Hospital will  hold a public informational meeting about the Hospital’s Care Transformation Project on Tuesday, March 28 at the Village Hall in Nyack. The meeting begins at 7p and will include an update on the project as well as a question and answer session.
Nyack Hospital’s Care Transformation Project includes the construction of a two-story addition which will double the size of the existing emergency department and add a new medical village. The construction will also incorporate the renovation and reconfiguration of existing space which includes the current Emergency Department, hospital lobby and adjacent corridors. Construction will begin in April and is expected to be completed in 2018.
For more info on the history of Nyack Hospital, read Nyack Sketch Log: Nyack Hospital’s Next Chapter.

Village of South Nyack

  • Tue 3/28
    • 6:30p: Public Hearing/Budget Meeting
    • 7:30p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting
  • Wed 3/29, 7:30p: Board of Trustees Meeting – Shared Use Path

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

2017 Spring Local Elections

Two of Nyack’s three river villages hold their annual elections in March instead of November. Last Tuesday, elections for trustee and mayor were held in Upper and South Nyack. All candidates in both village elections ran unopposed.

2017 Election Results for the Village of South Nyack

MAYOR: Bonnie Christian
TRUSTEE: Catherine McCue
TRUSTEE: Nancy Willen

2017 Election Results for the Village of Upper Nyack

MAYOR: Karen Tarapata
TRUSTEE: Michael Esmay
TRUSTEE: Donna L. Nye

Clarkstown Town Board Wards Public Hearing

On March 7 a ward boundaries map was unanimously adopted by the Clarkstown Town Board. Once filed with the Board of Elections, it will go into effect in 2018. The Clarkstown Town Board will hold a public hearing on March 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Clarkstown Town Hall to discuss the wards local law.

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