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The Villages: Tree Maintenance, 2020 Rockland Budget

This week in the villages: The trees in Nyack will be spruced up over the next couple of weeks thanks to a DEC grant. The 2020 Rockland County Budget has been adopted. Upper Nyack has some tips on how you can be a more sustainable Santa. And Orangetown is holding a Community Choice Aggregation meeting.

Village of Nyack

Tree Work Begins Dec 16

The Village of Nyack was awarded a $50,000 grant from the DEC for tree maintenance in the village. Starting Mon, Dec 16, Wickes Arborists will begin work on Fifth Ave in the vicinity of Front St. The work is expected to continue for a few weeks through all areas of the village.

Nyack Homeless Project

The Nyack Homeless Project continues to collect coats, hats, gloves, new socks, toiletries, and boxed/canned food through December 22. A list of donation box locations may be found at

Holiday Shoppers Parking 

On Saturdays through December, parking will be free in the Municipal Lots on Artopee Way. Lots will be clearly identified as free parking. Parking on the streets will require payment through the MuniMeter or FlowBird App. Parking is always free on Sundays. Happy holiday shopping!

Village of Upper Nyack

December 2019 Green Committee Newsletter

The December 2019 Upper Nyack Green Committee Newsletter has some tips on how you can be a more sustainable Santa this holiday season. To get more earth friendly news, sign up to receive Nyack News and Views’ Earth Matters newsletter delivered to your mailbox every Thursday.

Food Drive for People to People

The Village of Upper Nyack will accept non-perishable food items for People to People. Please bring items to Village Hall for collection M-F from 9a-12p. A list of items may be found at

Town of Orangetown

Community Choice Aggregation Public Outreach Meeting

Orangetown is taking part in a New York State-supported partnership-program to help its residents and small businesses save money on electricity bills while also supporting renewable power produced in New York. The program is enabled by a New York State regulation called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), which allows cities, towns, and villages to source energy on behalf of their residents and small businesses. Orangetown has passed a local law and selected a state-approved Administration team for this program. It hopes to bring this benefit to its residents early in 2020, also in partnership with Orange & Rockland Utilities, which will continue to deliver, repair, and provide billing for everyone’s electricity. There will be an Open House Q&A meeting on Wed, Dec 18 from 7-8:30p in the Greenbush Auditorium, 20 Greenbush Rd, Orangeburg. More information about this program may be found on

Holiday Coat Drive

The Town of Orangetown will be sponsoring a Holiday Coat Drive along with the other four towns this year. The program runs now through December 23, and the towns will be competing against each other to collect the most coats. The town is collecting coats for both children and adults. Donations can be dropped off inside the bin located inside the entrance of Town Hall. At the end of the competition, all coats will be cleaned by local dry cleaners free of charge and donated to local charitable organization People-to-People for distribution. Help keep your neighbors warm this winter!

Town of Clarkstown

Clarkstown Cares Coat Drive and Holiday Toy Collection Drive

The town is collecting coats for kids and adults with the help of four local dry cleaners. The cleaners will clean the coats free of charge, and then forward them to three distribution agencies: Martin Luther King Center, People to People, and Advocates for Change. A list of participating cleaners and organizations to contact for those in need of a coat may be found at The program runs through December 20.

The Town of Clarkstown is also participating in a Holiday Toy Collection Drive until December 20. The toy drive will benefit the Marine Corp Reserves Toys for Tots program. The donation box is located in the lobby of Town Hall.

Rockland County

Amended 2020 Rockland County Budget Adopted

County Executive Ed Day recently signed the Resolution adopting Rockland County’s 2020 Budget which contained amendments from the Legislature. The amendments did not result in any additional increase in taxes from the proposed budget. The $729.9 million budget is under the NYS property tax cap and calls for a 2.879% property tax increase. On average, this increase is approximately $3 per month for a property tax owner.

The Legislative Amendments included three new positions in the District Attorney’s Office, First Assistant DA, Crime Prevention Aide and an ITS Specialist, which are necessary to implement the criminal justice “reforms” passed by New York State this year.

3rd Annual Department of Social Services (DSS) Toy and Clothing Drive

The DSS announced that the county will be accepting new, unwrapped toys, gifts, and clothing during its 3rd Annual Toy and Clothing Drive to begin Mon, Nov 25. The drive takes place each year to ensure that every child in Rockland County has a gift to open for the holidays. Toys and gifts are requested for children 18 or younger. The drive will run through Fri, Dec 20. A list of drop off locations may be found at

Here are the municipal events in Upper, South, and the Village of Nyack for the week of 12/16.

Village of Nyack

  • Mon 12/16, 6:30p: Tree Committee Meeting (Nyack Library)
  • Tue 12/17, 6:30p: Nyack Housing Authority (Depew Manor)
  • Wed 12/18, 7p: Architectural Review Board

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

Sat 12/21, 9a: Mayor’s Meet and Greet

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway. 

Village of Upper Nyack

  • Tue 12/17, 8p: Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Wed 12/18, 7:30p: Planning Board Meeting
  • Thurs 12/19, 7p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

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