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The Villages: In Like A Lion

This week in the villages: It’s been a rough week around the villages due to the wind and snow from winter storms. Nyack Mayor Don Hammond addresses storm response–and other village projects and initiatives–in his monthly update. Upper Nyack is requesting your input on housing and aging in place and government services. And the Orangetown Bike Study also needs your input–on making the streets and paths safer for all. Local High Schoolers: The deadline to apply for Rockland Community Foundation scholarships has been extended to March 31. And watch out for Tappan Zee Bridge closures today.

Power to the People: Restored

Two back to back nor’easters have kept many Bergen, Rockland and Westchester residents in the dark affecting 67,000 O&R customers to service since Wednesday. The utility estimates that these remaining outages — approximately 960 in Bergen and 430 in Rockland — will be repaired today (3/12).

Village of Nyack

Village of Nyack Mayor Don Hammond

Village of Nyack Mayor Don Hammond

Mayor Don Hammond’s Board Update for February

As we continue our efforts to “focus and finish,” it is hard to start this monthly message without an update on the recent storm.  Responding to the aftermath of last week’s Nor’easter has kept us busy over the past few days. Our DPW and village staff have done an incredible job responding to the myriad of issues and keeping us all safe. Thank you! The high winds and downed trees caused quite a few power outages throughout the village. We know being without power is a hardship and along with Orange & Rockland, our efforts were focused on restoring power in a safe manner as quickly as possible.
Among the many majestic trees that were downed by the winds and rain, we lost two of our linden trees in Memorial Park. These trees have a great deal of historical community significance and were planted to honor the lost lives of Nyack soldiers during WWI. We are working with the VFW and local historians on how best to replace them and continue to honor both the lost lives and our history.
The Park Commission, Parks Conservancy, and Tree Committee are working to inventory the downed trees in the Village and plan for replacements. You can help us replace these trees by donating to the Parks Conservancy at Many thanks to our Sustainability Coordinator Marcy Denker for her work preserving and replacing trees in this Village and the Tree Committee which has taken on a complicated and important task.

Read more of Mayor Hammond’s February update in Nyack Village Board Update for February 2018. Visit the Village of Nyack website and Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest developments.

Village of Upper Nyack

March 12, 2018 Public Input Session #3
The next public input session of Upper Nyack’s Comprehensive Plan Update process will be held Mon March 12 from 7-9p. The session will take place at the Old Stone Church. The topics for the evening will be Housing and Aging in Place and Government Services.
You can also have your voice heard by filling out a “My Vision for Upper Nyack” form. Print and drop off at the Village Hall or email your answers to

Town of Orangetown

The Orangetown Bike Study Needs Your Input before March 16
Last month, a new bikeway network for connecting existing trails to the places you want to go–parks, schools, restaurants, and libraries–was introduced. There has been some positive feedback, but here’s another opportunity to share your ideas. Help ensure that the final bikeway network and plan reflects the community’s vision for a bicycle-friendly Orangetown by visiting The page includes a copy of last month’s presentation, a survey, and an interactive map with all of the proposed enhancements. You can use the map to post comments directly on the recommendations and make suggestions.

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.

Save the Date – 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.

Tappan Zee Bridge News

Rockland Abutment Work
TZC is scheduled to temporarily close the southbound lane on River Road in South Nyack/Grand View to facilitate a concrete pour for the eastbound span’s Rockland abutment on Monday, March 12, between 7a and 7p, weather permitting. TZC will provide flagging support to provide access in both directions. School buses will be given priority throughout the closure period.

Here are the municipal events in Upper, South and the Village of Nyack for the week of 3/12.

Village of Nyack

  • Tue 3/13, 5p: Justice Court
  • Thurs 3/15, 9:30a: Justice Court

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

  • Mon 3/12, 5:30p: Justice Court
  • Tue 3/13

6p: Budget Meeting
7:30p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

Village of Upper Nyack

  • Mon 3/12

6p: Architectural Review Board
7p: Public Input Session #3 – Old Stone Church

  • Thurs 3/15, 7p: Board of Trustees Meeting

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

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