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The Villages: Veterans Day 2019

This week in the villages: All village halls are closed Mon, Nov 11 in observance of Veterans Day. In Nyack, there will be no trash collection. The DPW will be picking up trash on Tue, Nov 12. There will be a public information session on the recently passed Criminal Justice Reform bill. Safety concerns about the new bus stops located on the Franklin Street Extension (Road F) are being addressed. The Nyack Kid’s Wrestling Program begins this week, and it’s not too late to register.

In Case You Missed It …

Local Election Results

The votes are in, and Nyack Village Trustees Marie Lorenzini and Elijah Reichlin-Melnick have both been re-elected to two year terms. Orangetown has elected its first female town supervisor, Teresa Kenny. And Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann easily won re-election. Mike Graziano won the Clarkstown Ward 2 Town Council seat. Harriet Cornell was re-elected to the Rockland County Legislature for District 10, but the results are still too close to call and absentee ballots are still being counted in the District 17 race between James Foley and Nancy Low-Hogan.

Village of Nyack

Nyack Kids Wrestling Club

The 11th annual Kids Wrestling Program for kids grade 2 through 6 begins on Wed, Nov 13 with a mandatory player and parent orientation meeting at the Nyack High School library at 6p. The program takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays through Feb 12, 2020 (except when school is closed) at 6p for grades 2 and 3 and at 7:15p for grades 4 through 6 in the Nyack High School Wrestling Room. Each participant receives a Nyack Kids Wrestling T-shirt and a USA Wrestling Membership Card (plus insurance and liability). The cost is $135 for Village of Nyack residents and $165 for non-residents.  Please register at www.nyack-ny.gov.

Employment Opportunities

The Village of Nyack is looking for a full-time Maintenance Equipment Operator at the DPW (CDL Required) and a part-time Code Enforcement Officer. Learn more about the requirements for these positions and how to apply at >www.nyack-ny.gov.

Leaf Season 2019

The DPW will be picking up loose leaf piles through Dec 8, 2019 (or the first snowfall–whichever comes first). Leaf pick-up will occur during the work week, but generally not on Mondays or Thursdays. Learn more about how to prepare your leaves for removal at www.nyack-ny.gov.

Village of South Nyack

Safety Concerns at the new Franklin St Extension (Road F) Bus Stops

Mayor Bonnie Christian and the South Nyack Trustees have received many emails and phone calls regarding safety concerns at the new bus stops located on the Franklin Street Extension (Road F). These concerns have been shared with both the NYS Thruway Authority and NYS Department of Transportation officials. Michael Schaefer (Project Director Lower Hudson Transit Link) and George Paschalis (Thruway’s Deputy Project Director for Outreach) have reported that numerous safety measures will be implemented in the very near future. More information on these safety measures and Mayor Christian’s Full Update may be found at southnyack.ny.gov.

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Leaf Collection

Loose leaves will be picked up in the village through Dec 13 (weather permitting). Loose leaves should be placed in the gutter in a wind-row for pick-up by the DPW vacuum. The leaves must be free of sticks, rocks, and trash. It’s homeowners’ responsibility to inform their landscape contractor of village requirements.

Village of Upper Nyack

Save the Date – Public Hearing on a Moratorium on New Special Permit Applications

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a public hearing on Thurs, Nov 21 at 7:30p at the Upper Nyack Village Hall to consider the passing of a moratorium for a period of a six months on all of the land use applications requiring new special permits as set forth in Section 15:88 of the Zoning Code of the Village of Upper Nyack, pending review and amendment of the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code pertaining to said subject matters.

All interested parties are entitled to appear in person, or by agent, and speak on the subject matter at the public hearing. Full text of the law is available at the Village Hall office, Monday through Friday, 9a to 12n and at www.uppernyack-ny.us.

Town of Orangetown

Criminal Justice Reform Public Information Session

On Tue, Nov 12, the Orangetown Police Commission meeting at 7p will be open to the public and serve as an information session to educate residents on the dangers of the recently passed Criminal Justice Reform bill out of Albany.

Rockland County

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Programs) Applications Available to Rockland Residents

Beginning on Tue, Nov 12, 2019, Rockland County families with low incomes can apply for grants to help pay for their heating bills under New York State’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The amount of the benefit depends on income and family size and payments are made directly to the utility company. To be eligible, single persons living alone must have a monthly gross income no higher than $2,494. Monthly income limits for larger households may be found at rocklandgov.com. Anyone who is living in federally subsidized housing or who is enrolled in the Section 8 Voucher/Certificate Program where heat is included in the rent may be eligible for a $21 benefit if they have an electric bill in their name.

New HEAP applicants can apply online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov or by mail. Anyone who wants to apply in person should call to make an appointment. Appointments will not be scheduled until the program opens Nov 12. To request an appointment, call the Department of Social Services at 364-3480 or 364-3212, Monday through Friday between 8a and 5p.

Foster Families Needed

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Social Services Joan Silvestri announced that staff from the Rockland County Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Children’s Services Unit will celebrate National Adoption Month and increase awareness of the need for foster families. For the eighth year in a row, staff will be available at Wendy’s restaurants in Nanuet and West Haverstraw to answer questions from residents interested in becoming foster/adoptive parents.

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Residents interested in finding out more about becoming a foster parent can stop by Wendy’s at 90 E Rt 59 in Nanuet,  or 125 Rt 9W in West Haverstraw, on Wed, Nov 13, 2019, from 4 to 7p.

Save the Date – How to Solve Climate Change by 2030 Public Talk

Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard Sustainability Program, will give a public talk, How to Solve Climate Change by 2030, on Tue, Nov 19 at 7p in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall, Dominican College, 470 Western Highway, Orangeburg.

Mario Cuomo Bridge News

Lane Closures Near Bridge This Week

Temporary lane closures will be suspended through Mon, Nov 11 to accommodate travelers during Veterans Day weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) is scheduled to continue roadway and overhead gantry improvement operations near the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge this week. The work requires overnight closures of northbound New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) traffic lanes Specific lane closure times are listed in the chart below.

Lane Closures Near the Bridge

DATE: CLOSURES BEGIN: CLOSURES END: LOCATION:
Tue 11/12 9p – Two left lanes
11p – Three left lanes
6a, Wed 11/13 Northbound (I-87/I-287)
From exit 8 to exit 10
Wed 11/13 9p – Two left lanes
11p – Three left lanes
6a, Thurs 11/14 Northbound
From exit 8 to exit 10
Thurs 11/14 9p – Two right lanes 6a, Fri 11/15 Northbound
From exit 8 to exit 10
Fri 11/15 9p – Two right lanes 6a, Sat 11/16 Northbound
From exit 8 to exit 10

Bicycle/Pedestrian Path

Construction of the shared bicycle and pedestrian path continues. At the Rockland landing, construction continues along the side path and the path’s underpass at South Broadway.


Here are the municipal events in Upper, South, and the Village of Nyack and the Nyack Public Schools meetings for the week of 11/11. 

Village of Nyack

  • Tue 11/12, 5p: Justice Court
  • Thurs 11/14

9:30a: Justice Court
4:30p: Board of Water Commissioners Meeting
6:30p: Village Board Pre-meeting Workshop
7:30p: Village Board Meeting

  • Sat 11/16, 10a: Mayor Hammond’s Saturday Morning Meeting

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

  • Tue 11/12, 7:30p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting
  • Wed 11/13, 7:30p: Planning Board Meeting

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway. 

Village of Upper Nyack

Thurs 11/14, 7p: Board of Trustees Workshop

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

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Nyack Public Schools

Tue 11/12, 7:30p: Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education Meeting will be held at Liberty Elementary School, 142 Lake Rd, Valley Cottage.


Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.


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