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The Villages: Village Elections and Transit Updates

This week in the villages: Tuesday is election day in South and Upper Nyack. Get out and vote for your local leaders. But be mindful of closures on River Road. Then on Thursday, attend an open house to learn about the new transit system that will be launched in the fall. Also, reimbursements for spoiled food and medicine are available to those who lost power for three days or more during the recent nor’easters.

Village of South Nyack

March 20 Village Elections
The following individuals and referendum are on the ballot in the Village of South Nyack election to be held on Tuesday:

  • Trustees: Alain Leinbach and Andrew Goodwillie
  • Village Justice: Dennis E. Lynch
  • Referendum Question: “Whether the Village Law shall be amended regarding the date of the general Village election so as to move the said date from the month of March of each year to the month of November of each year and changing the administration of the election from the Village of South Nyack to the Rockland County Board of Elections.” (Yes or No)

A sample village ballot may be found at

Village of Upper Nyack

March 20 Village Elections
The following individuals are on the ballot in the Village of Upper Nyack election to be held on Tuesday:

Trustees: Joseph Diamond and Kennon Rothchild III

Adoption of Resolution by the Board of Trustees Subject to Permissive Referendum
Notice is hereby given that at a regular meeting held on the 8th day of March, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack duly adopted a resolution, an abstract of which follows, which resolution is subject to a permissive referendum pursuant to Article 9 of the Village Law of the State of New York.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack authorized the purchase of approximately twelve (12) acres from James Orville Cason which property is commonly known as 626 North Broadway, Upper Nyack, NY for public use, including but not limited to a new Village Hall, park land, and open space for the purchase price of $2,500,000.00 subject to obtaining a municipal bond for $2,500,000.00 for twenty years at prevailing rates and subject to a permissive referendum and other terms and conditions set forth in the contract of sale.

Reimbursements for Food and Medicine Spoilage for Those Who Lost Power Three Days or More

Orange and Rockland (O&R) will reimburse customers for food and prescription medicine spoilage if they lost power for three consecutive days or more during the two nor’easters that recently slammed the region. Customers may receive reimbursements for up to $225, or up to $515 with receipts. Business owners are eligible for food spoilage reimbursements of up to $10,200 with receipts.
While recognizing the efforts of hundreds of employees and mutual aid workers to restore power safely to over 140,000 customers, the company acknowledges that it was unable to provide reliable restoration times for some customers. Those seeking to file for reimbursements can locate a reimbursement form at Requests for reimbursement must be filed on or before April 15, 2018.

March 22 Lower Hudson Transit Link Public Open House

The NYSDOT will host an open house event for the Lower Hudson Transit Link (LHTL) program on Thursday, March 22 from 6 to 8p in the Adler Room (4th fl) of the Palisades Center (1000 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack).
A new bus transit system will be launched in the fall of 2018, featuring new bus stops with amenities such as WiFi, real-time passenger information, and weather protected waiting areas. The service will use state-of-the-art transit vehicles to provide frequent connections to popular destinations in the region. The program also includes infrastructure improvements along Rt 59 in Rockland and Rt 119 in Westchester that will help manage traffic congestion and allow buses to move across the corridor quickly. Drop in anytime to meet the transit operator and learn more.

College Scholarships Available to Nyack Area Students

The Rockland Community Foundation 2018 College Scholarship application period is now open for the following scholarships available to Nyack area graduating seniors:

  • Auerbach/Goldberg Memorial Scholarship was established to foster a spirit of respect, tolerance and compassion in response to lessons learned from the Holocaust, and will award $1,000 to each of one or more selected recipients.
  • Chazen Spirit of Rockland Scholarship: Awarded to a promising high school senior in need of financial aid to assist with college costs, the scholarship is granted in increments of $1,000 per year, with renewal of up to four years for qualifying recipients, for a total grant of $4,000.
  • Christine Gallagher Scholarship will award $1,000 to a Rockland County high school senior who has shown a demonstrated commitment towards the education and treatment of those with disabilities.
  • ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship will award two $1,000 scholarships – one to a woman who is a graduating HS student in Rockland, and one to a woman who is a graduating student in Nyack HS, who embrace the principals of civic and community involvement, commitment to social justice, social equality, and environment/ecofriendly lifestyles.
  • Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandana Memorial Scholarship: Honoring the memory of a young man who courageously saved the lives of many on 9/11, the $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior active in volunteering and pursuing a career in emergency services or medicine.

Applicants to any of these programs must be residents of Rockland County and meet specific criteria set forth by the individual scholarships. The Rockland Community Foundation website has more information on all of these scholarships. The deadline for all applications is March 31, 2018.

Tappan Zee Bridge News

Rockland Abutment Work
TZC is scheduled to pour concrete for the eastbound span’s Rockland abutment on Tuesday, March 20, between 7a and 6p, weather permitting. TZC will provide flagging support on River Road in South Nyack/Grand View during the operation.
Noise Panel Installation
TZC is scheduled to finalize a concrete noise barrier and associated fencing along the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) in South Nyack in the coming weeks. TZC is treating the barriers with sound-absorbing material to further reduce traffic noise in the nearby community.

Here are the municipal events in Upper, South and the Village of Nyack and the Nyack Public Schools meetings for the week of 3/19.

Village of Nyack

  • Tue 3/20, 5p: Justice Court
  • Wed 3/21

7p: Nyack Art Collective
7p: Architectural Review Board

  • Thurs 3/22

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 3/20, 12-9p: Village Election

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

Village of Upper Nyack

  • Tue 3/20, 12-9p: Village Election
  • Wed 3/21, 7:30p: Planning Board Meeting
  • Thurs 3/22, 7p: Board of Trustees Workshop

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

Nyack Public Schools

Tue 3/20, 7:30p: School Board Meeting

The Nyack School Board Meeting will be held at the Nyack Middle School, 98 South Highland Avenue, Nyack.

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