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2019 Village Trustee Closing Arguments: Marie Lorenzini

There’s early voting this weekend from 9a-2p  for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov 5. Visit the Rockland County Board of Elections to learn where and when to vote.

by Marie Lorenzini

Nyackers, as we move closer to Election Day on November 5, I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your support of my work on the Village Board over the last 14 years. It has been my honor and privilege to serve you as a Village Trustee. I love our village, its people and culture, which I believe is unique in all of Rockland County. Moving here nearly 40 years ago I felt how special Nyack was. My deep belief in the good people of our community and my desire to “give back” led me to municipal public service on the Nyack Planning and Zoning Boards before my tenure as a Village Trustee. As you can see below, I am also deeply involved with the community outside of village government.

Now, 40 years after I first felt Nyack’s love I am still so enamored with our community, and so proud of the work we have done together.

That is why I would like to continue to serve our village and why I’m asking for your vote on November 5.

Standing up for fiscally responsible endeavors while supporting all members of Nyack’s diverse community have resulted in a string of accomplishments, all of which are public record. During my years of service to our village, I have:

  • Kept village budgets under the state’s 2% budget tax cap.
  • Prevented overdevelopment in the Waldron Avenue neighborhood by voting against a zoning change that would have green-lighted an inappropriately large multifamily housing development there.
  • I vigorously advocate for the building of affordable housing units. According to the Building Department since 2016, 48 of units of affordable housing have been built and occupied by Nyack families. Another 7 units are currently in progress. Before 2016, no new affordable housing units had been built for years due to a well meaning but overly restrictive law that we changed.
  • Strongly supported the village’s infrastructure initiatives, including:
    • Completed Midland Avenue drainage and paving project—end to end;
    • Completed Nyack Senior Center renovation and new emergency shelter;
    • Completed renovation of Nyack Village Hall;
    • Bike/Pedestrian Safety Plan, for which the village was granted an award;
    • Street paving and sidewalk improvements on DePew Avenue, First Avenue, Third Avenue, Burd Street, Piermont Avenue and East Catherine Street;
  • Helped obtain $4.3 million grant for “Safe Routes To School” to the Nyack Middle School to help make our students safer as they travel to school and home.
  • Helped secure an easement and a $401,000 grant for the Riverwalk that will connect Memorial Park to the Nyack Marina.
  • In coordination with our Sustainability Department, I have pushed for the completion projects to protect our environment (e.g. LED Streetlight project, EV charging station to name a few) that have garnered Nyack recognition as a Bronze Certified Climate Smart Community by New York State; a Certified Green Power Partner (US EPA); and recognized as a Designated Clean Energy Community by New York State.
  • I am a long time supporter of the Nyack Parks Conservancy and its work, especially the Memorial Park Splash Pad and the renewal of the playground at the Park.
  • I am a longstanding member of the NAACP.
  • I am a staunch advocate for our LGBTQ+ community.
  • Served as founding steering committee member of Soup Angels, now 13 years strong.
  • I am the president of the Rockland Riverfront Communities Council.
  • I am Vice President of the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation.

I am dedicated to ensuring Nyack continues to thrive as a community.

I humbly ask you to support my re-election as Village Trustee and to vote on Tuesday, November 5th.

Thank you!

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