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The Villages: Pay by Plate Parking, Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge Tolls

This week in the villages: Question: “If I parked here tomorrow, would you still remember me?” Answer: Yes, but only if Lynyrd Skynyrd (and anyone else with a smartphone) used the new Flowbird app when parking in Nyack. Driving to work across the Hudson River can take a toll — and that toll is likely to go up significantly in 2021. The NYS Thruway’s Toll Advisory panel will be in town on Thursday to hear from the public about future commuter discount programs. Cycling and walking got a little safer with the opening of the Route 303 and Greenbush Rd Bypass.

Village of Nyack

Music on the Hudson

Nyack Park Conservancy’s Music on the Hudson series continues on Tue, July 16 at 7p in Memorial Park with I Anbassa. Bring your blankets, chairs, and a picnic dinner, and come out to enjoy the music with your friends, family, and neighbors. The series continues every Tuesday through July 30.

Classic Car Night

On Thurs, July 18, from 5p to dusk, take a stroll through downtown and see hundreds of rare, antique, and vintage vehicles.

Message from Nyack Mayor Don Hammond

Last week, installation of the new Pay by Plate Munimeters was completed. You can use coin or the Flowbird app at Munimeters and coin only at single space meter locations. The hours of operation are the same as before–11a to 6p, and 11p to 6a–and this applies to the on street MuniMeter areas.  Additional FAQs about the new meters may be found at nyack-ny.gov.

And school’s out for summer, and Memorial Park is in full swing. The splash pad is open, the lineup of Tuesday night concerts is set, and skateboarding classes begin on July 23. Memorial Park, situated on the Hudson, has beautiful views and is one of the village’s natural treasures. We welcome all to visit the park, open from 6a til dark and staffed with park monitors available to answer questions. And Save the Date… our third annual free community day, The Great Nyack Get-Together, will be held on Sat, September 14 from 12 to 6p in Memorial Park. — Nyack Mayor Don Hammond

Volunteers Needed to Help the Young Trees

Do you have a young street tree in front of your house? You can help it grow strong and stay healthy by watering it regularly during the summer and keeping it mulched. Just 2-3 inches of mulch suppresses weeds and keeps moisture in. (Keep the mulch away from the trunk.) If you do help your tree, we would love to hear from you. And all are welcome to join the volunteers with the Nyack Tree Project. Please contact Marcy Denker at nyacktreeproject@gmail.com.

Milling and Paving Schedule for the Week of July 22, 2019

The Village of Nyack will begin to mill and pave the following village roads during the week of July 22, 2019. Residents in the construction zones will be notified in advance of the exact dates, and arrangements for access and parking during the construction work will be made. The schedule is subject to change due to weather and contractor obligations. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 845-358-3552.

  • East Catherine Street, from Midland Avenue to Main Street
  • 3rd Avenue from North Franklin Street to Broadway
  • Burd Street south of Piermont Avenue

Summer Food Program

Reminder: Nyack’s Summer Food Program offers FREE breakfast and lunch to ANY child under 18 each weekday through August 30. There are two locations: Waldron Terrace and The Nyack Center. There is no sign-up, no application, no income requirement, and no identification needed. For hours, text “summer meals” to 97779. Visit www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or call 845-358-0548.

Summer Skateboarding Classes

Registration is now open for Summer Skateboarding Classes with Shred Co. for kids age 6 – 14 for both beginner and intermediate levels. The classes will be held on Tuesdays from July 23 through August 13, from 5 to 6p, and are $80 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Protective gear is required and you may register at Nyack Village Hall or by printing the form at nyack-ny.gov/recreation.




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Town of Orangetown

Route 303 and Greenbush Road Bypass Now Open

The Greenbush Rd / Rt 303 Bike Bypass was officially opened with a ribbon cutting on July 12. (L to R): Rockland Bicycling Club President Mike Hays, former Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart, NYS Senator David Carlucci, Orangetown Superintendent of Highways Jim Dean, Orangetown Supervisor Chris Day, Teresa Kenney, Orangetown Councilman Paul Valentine, Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell. Senator David Carlucci secured the $125,000 in state funding necessary for the project to be completed.


Last week, a bike-pedestrian bypass intended to keep cyclists and pedestrians safer opened at the intersection of Route 303 and Greenbush Rd in Blauvelt. The quarter-mile bypass will allow cyclists and pedestrians to avoid a busy stretch of Route 303, which hosts four lanes of traffic with no shoulder, and cars traveling at 45 miles per hour. In 2003, 72-year-old Upper Nyack resident Robert Carl Pinckert was struck by a tractor-trailer near this intersection.
 “The addition of a Greenbush alternative for cyclists will take some of the stress off the only two north/south corridors: River Road from Piermont to Nyack and the unsafe section of 9W from Sparkill to Nyack,” said Mike Hays, President of Rockland Bicycling Club. In 2018 there were 40 crashes involving a car and a cyclist in Rockland County.

Village of Upper Nyack

Summer 2019 Green Committee Newsletter

The Summer 2019 Upper Nyack Green Committee Newsletter shares some tips for staying cool in the summer heat while saving energy and money. To get more earth friendly news, sign up to receive Nyack News and Views’ Earth Matters newsletter delivered to your mailbox every Thursday.

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Town of Clarkstown

Summer Concert Series

The Town of Clarkstown Summer Concert Series continues on Tue, July 16 at 7:30p at Congers Station Park with The Mix, a party rock band, and on Wed, July 17 at 7:30p at Germonds Park, 185 Germonds Rd, West Nyack with Celtic Cross, a pop and folk fun band with Celtic traditional roots.

Mario Cuomo Bridge News

The New York State Thruway Authority’s Toll Advisory Panel will be at the Time Hotel in Nyack on Thursday to receive public input on toll rates, potential resident and commuter discount programs, and commercial vehicle rates on the Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge. Thruway tolls are currently frozen through 2020 due to a $2 billion infusion to the Thruway Stabilization Fund included in the NYS budget. The “listening session” will take place on Thurs July 18 from 4:30-7:30p at the Time Nyack Hotel, 400 High Ave, Nyack.

Traffic Shift and Overnight Lane and Ramp Closures

Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) is scheduled to realign the southbound New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) traffic lanes near the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge this week. The realigned traffic lanes will allow TZC to continue roadway improvements in the area. The traffic shift operation will require multiple overnight lane and ramp closures.
At least one lane will remain open in both directions except during the early morning hours of Mon, July 15, near Thruway exit 10 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) and Tue, July 16, near Thruway exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – US Route 9) when State Police will temporarily hold southbound traffic for approximately 15 minutes. The traffic stops will allow workers to shift barriers and equipment.
Work during the overnight of Mon, July 15 will require a temporary closure of the Thruway exit 10 southbound on-ramp. Southbound drivers will be detoured to the exit 11 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) on-ramp.
Work during the overnight of Tue, July 16 will require temporary closures of the Thruway exit 9 southbound off-ramp. Southbound drivers will be detoured to the exit 8A (Elmsford – NY Route 119 – Saw Mill River Parkway North) off-ramp.
Continuing roadway and overhead gantry improvements will require overnight lane closures on the southbound Thruway. Specific lane and ramp closure times are listed in the chart below.

Lane Closures Near the Bridge

DATE: CLOSURES BEGIN: CLOSURES END: LOCATION:
Mon 7/15 11p – Ramp closure 5a, Tue 7/16 Southbound
exit 10 on-ramp
Mon 7/15 8p. – Two left lanes
11p – Three left lanes
5a, Tue 7/16 Southbound
from exit 11 to the bridge
Tue 7/16 11p – Ramp closure 5a, Wed 7/17 Southbound
exit 9 off-ramp
Tue 7/16 8p – Two right lanes
11p – Three right lanes
5a, Wed 7/17 Southbound
from exit 9 to the bridge
Wed 7/17 8p – Two left lanes
11p – Three left lanes
5a, Thurs 7/18 Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Thurs 7/18 9p – Two left lanes
11p – Three left lanes
5a, Fri 7/19 Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9
Fri 7/19 10p – Two right lanes 7a, Sat 7/20 Southbound
from exit 11 to exit 9

River Road Work

TZC is scheduled to conduct painting operations on the Thruway overpass at River Road in Grand View this week. Work will take place within an overhead containment system designed to mitigate the impact on the travelling public and nearby residents. The work will not require lane closures, and noise-abating curtains will be installed around the operation’s machinery. The work is scheduled to occur between 7a and 5p, Monday to Friday, and it is anticipated to be completed in approximately four weeks.

Bicycle/Pedestrian Path

Construction of the shared bicycle and pedestrian path continues. At the Rockland Landing, prep work to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Clinton Ave and South Franklin St is underway and is scheduled to continue in the area for several weeks.


Here are the municipal events in Upper, South, and the Village of Nyack for the week of 7/15.

Village of Nyack

  • Tue 7/16

5p: Justice Court
6:30p: Tree Committee Meeting (Nyack Library)

  • Wed 7/17

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

  • Thurs 7/18, 9:30a: Justice Court
  • Sat 7/20, 10a: Mayor’s Update Meeting

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

Sat 7/20, 9a: Mayor’s Meet and Greet

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

Village of Upper Nyack

  • Tue 7/16, 8p: Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Wed 7/17, 7:30p: Planning Board Meeting

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

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